Relaxed and vibrant – W Ibiza hotel review

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Given its reputation for creating fun and adult party hotels, it’s surprising that the W Hotel group waited until 2020 to open their first outpost in Ibiza. Even more surprising is the hotel’s discreet location in sleepy Santa Eulalia, where it’s only the second luxury hotel to open a shop. The chain’s distinctive boho-chic beachy brand, however, translates well into the White Isle, and this unassuming foodie hideaway is no doubt destined for success.

Where?

Just 25 minutes drive from Ibiza Town and 22 minutes from the airport, the hotel is well located on the seafront of Santa Eulalia, the third largest city on the island. Known for its laid-back vibe, Santa Eulalia has a marina, good shops, popular beaches, and a promenade teeming with restaurants and bars.

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Style

Designed by Dutch design studio Baranowitz + Kronenberg, the interiors blend a kaleidoscope of brilliant blues and sunset shades inspired by the Balearic sand and sea. The V-shaped building and triangular pool overlook the sea, with colorful umbrellas hanging from the windows that have been designed to resemble the sails of a ship. The Wet Deck, or pool area, is the focal point of the entire building. Lined with palm trees and blue daybeds with white canopies, the glamorous space is relaxed and delicately vibrant, the service attentive and smiling.

Interiors mix bright whites and minimal grays with splash painted walls and colorful fabrics. Neon Aztec print cushions sit on gray sofas, coffee tables upholstered in yellow and orange formica, and geometric circular mandalas – typically a feature of Hindu and Buddhist art – line the ceiling. The overall effect is beachy, albeit a bit ’90s.

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Food and beverages

The hotel’s main restaurant, La Llama, is the breakfast spot, where a truly exceptional rich buffet is complemented with a la carte eggs. At night it is a steakhouse serving top quality seafood, pasta and cuts of meat.

For daytime meals, there’s a great poolside menu served on the Wet Deck (main pool area), with everything from salads and burgers to sushi and club sandwiches on the lounger. The same menu is served on the adults-only rooftop terrace and in the Glow Bar pool area.

The blade (W Ibiza)

The blade (W Ibiza)

For a healthy lunch, the hotel has an exterior-facing vegan café on the main promenade that serves an excellent range of vegan burgers, smoothies, and wraps that’s popular with the celebrity crowd.

The hotel’s main lounge area is designed in a dramatic amphitheater style, with seat cushions and small tables on each step creating a fun extension of the bar area.

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Which room?

All 109 rooms and 53 suites, spread over four floors, are equipped with smart TVs, Marshall Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, and comfortable Frette linens.

The rooms vary a lot in size depending on the category, of which there are 14. If you are planning to stay as a couple and for more than one night, it is definitely worth considering a category above the entry level “Cozy”, which lives up to much up to their name. The brightly colored flower-power-meets-Jackson-Pollock decor of my Cozy room (which works quite well in the larger suites) looked a bit claustrophobic in a 21sqm space, the only respite from which was a tiny balcony box that overlooked a car park. The shower and toilet were in a windowless wet room with a heavy metal door. For the £ 350 night you’ll pay for a cozy room in peak season, there are certainly brighter, more spacious options on the island.

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If you can save a few hundred pounds a night more (which obviously not everyone can), the “Fantastica” and “Meraviglie” suites are another story. They all have good closet space, indoor and outdoor seating areas, and large balconies overlooking the central pool area and side sea gazes. The Wow suite can accommodate up to three people and occupies the entire upper floor. For around £ 1500 a night you get two terraces, an outdoor dining table and a large bathroom with a bathtub.

Be warned, the hotel plays loud music by the pool and in the bars almost 24 hours a day, so if you’re looking for a quiet retreat from the island’s vibrant nightlife, it may not be the place for you. If you are okay with the daytime hustle and bustle but want peace and quiet at night, request a room across the property from the hotel’s nightclub.

Ve Café (W Ibiza)

Ve Café (W Ibiza)

Extracurricular

For those coming to celebrate, the hotel’s nightclub is active throughout the season and features a roster of DJs and live entertainment.

The underground spa meanwhile is the perfect spot for some post-party R&R. There’s a nail bar, six treatment rooms, and a Zen relaxation area, and the talented therapists offer some of the best deep tissue massages on the island. There is also a graffiti-covered basement gym with all the latest Technogym equipment.

Separated from the beach by the tree-lined promenade, the hotel has no beach access as such, but guests can use the loungers in front of the adjacent Chiringuito Blue restaurant.

Details

Rooms start at £ 268 per night. The hotel is open from April to October. marriott.co.uk/w-ibiza

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