Ibiza… the mere mention of these three syllables is enough to make you dream. This paradise island with its crystal-clear waters in the heart of the Mediterranean, best known for its parties and DJs, has been home to the second hotel in Europe to be built by the ultra-luxury Six Senses brand. Success was dazzling, as the hotel was fully booked within the first few months. Pascal Languillon, CEO of Luxe Wellness Club, was able to understand where this craze comes from during a short family weekend. Here’s his account of a particularly pleasant stay.
A hotel in a golden location
Location, location, location… The golden rule for the value of any real estate property, and therefore of any hotel! Six Senses has perfectly chosen where to build its new European showcase. What could be better than the most unspoilt bay in Ibiza, itself one of the most attractive islands in the Mediterranean?
Environmentalists can rest assured that although the hotel is located in a protected area, it was built in place of an old building and is intended to be eco-responsible. Overlooking the sea, it offers splendid views from most rooms and from the huge infinity pool.
The only downside to this geography, if you’re looking to be really picky, is that there’s no sandy beach within easy walking distance, as the hotel’s location is rocky. Not to worry, the hotel has staircases that plunge into the sea for safe bathing. This disadvantage is transformed into an advantage: no crowds like on most Ibiza beaches, here the feeling of exclusivity is total .
Theinterminable 70-metre-long infinity pool is in fact the nerve center of the hotel, as it is around it that the majority of rooms are laid out, and where many guests spend most of their day! This pool is quite unique, with a gradual beach-like entry into the water. Bluffing.
Lounging is good, but moving is better! At Six Senses Ibiza, you can take part in water activities such as stand-up paddling or kayaking. There are also electric bikes available, and many other experiences offered by a dedicated team.
For my wife Virginie and me, the vacation would probably have been a little less successful without theexcellent Kid’s Club available for guests to leave our two daughters in. This gave us the opportunity to go kayaking to discover this wild part of the island, and then enjoy the spa.
Tastefully furnished rooms
If there’s one thing I particularly like about this new Six Senses, it’s the furniture in the bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s a far cry from the ostentatious luxury and marble that make many palaces look a little cold. It’s like being at home, only better.
This bohemian chic style with Asian-inspired touches proves that theSix Senses DNA has not been lost after the brand was acquired by Intercontinental Hotels Group. Of course, as always, the bedding is exceptional, and the pillow menu is much appreciated.
We were lucky enough to enjoy one of the hotel’s most beautiful suites, known as the “Seascape Suite”. Love at first sight, thanks to its position in the last row, facing the sea. A large terrace lets you enjoy the sun and the sumptuous view.
A special mention for the bathroom, with its sunset bathtub, just divine. We even went swimming with the kids. I also loved the ultra-soft stools that let you brush your teeth in total comfort. Let’s be honest, it’s the kind of room that’s really hard to leave!
A spa that lives up to our expectations
Six Senses is undeniably one of our favorite hotel brands, and part of its reputation comes from its spas. So we had pretty high expectations when we arrived. In Ibiza, the spa is 1200 square meters, which is quite respectable without being gigantic. However, the quality of a spa is not measured by its size, but by its atmosphere, its scents and its therapists! No disappointment here, on the contrary.
The spa’s magical atmosphere provides an almost instant sense of well-being. There are some very attractive treatment cabins and a small pool for cooling off between the hammam and infrared sauna. The relaxation room is particularly cosy.
On the wellness side, there’s also a huge rooftop yoga platform surrounded by sunflower plantations, with a marvellous view of the sea. Certainly one of the best places in the world for morning yoga! Free group classes are offered every day, as well as other wellness activities.
The spa also boasts an attractive boutique, and for sports enthusiasts there’s a state-of-the-art fitness room and even a boxing ring…
Fresh, tasty cuisine based on the Mediterranean diet
A little surprise on the gastronomic front, as the hotel is moving away from Spanish cuisine. In fact, renowned Israeli chef Eyal Shani is in charge of the kitchen, offering menus featuring local produce and fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which come from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden. Shakshukas and hummus are back on the menu, while patatas fritas and croquetas are out, and we’re not complaining.
While we can’t strictly speak of a gourmet restaurant, we were struck by the quality of the produce, especially the vegetables. Special mention for the barbecue dinner at the Orchard, both for its relaxed atmosphere and the flavors of its succulent grilled meats.
Personally, one of my favorite things about luxury hotels is their breakfasts! The reason for this is that you never make such an effort at home as soon as you get out of bed. At Six Senses Ibiza, it didn’t fail! Room service breakfast on the terrace of our suite overlooking the sea was one ofthe highlights of the weekend for me.
Breakfast was delicious, with savory and sweet options to suit all tastes. The kids loved it! Of course, there were plenty of healthy options on our breakfast table, from vitality juices with ginger to fresh fruit bowls…
Conclusion at the end of the stay: A weekend is far too short!
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A huge infinity pool with breathtaking views, tastefully furnished rooms, an enchantingly scented spa and an exceptional yoga deck. The list of the hotel’s qualities is long, but the magic of the place is something indescribable. There’s an energy all its own on the island of Ibiza, and it’s captured at Six Senses in all its splendor. A hotel to stay in without moderation.Luxe Wellness Club
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