Should any doubts still linger over Ibiza’s status as a luxury destination with serious clout, definitive confirmation is set to come in the form of Nobu Hotels’ latest offering, due to open on the shore of Talamanca Bay on Friday June 30.
With a remit of total laid-back immersion, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (open until October 15 and thereafter from May to October) will boast two seafront pools, four restaurants, Ibiza’s first Six Senses Spa, a nail bar and a fitness centre, not to mention a fashion and homewares boutique. Style-wise, the 152 rooms and suites (from €490 per night) will take their cue from the island’s natural colour palette; expect light-suffused interiors decked in whites, gold and blues, with floor-to-ceiling windows, open terraces and local craftworks for an air of serenely understated luxe.
Naturally, the main buzz is about the gastronomic offerings, and the hotel’s eclectic culinary line-up promises not to disappoint the brand’s epicurean devotees. Nobu Matsuhisa’s acclaimed Peruvian/Japanese fusion dishes will take centre stage at the resort’s signature restaurant, with special Ibiza-inspired creations sitting alongside Nobu classics such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, and black-cod miso. The hotel will also host the second outpost of Peyote Group’s Peyotito, following its successful incarnation in London’s Notting Hill, bringing a Spanish accent to Eduardo Garcia and Adriana Cavita’s refined modern Mexican menu, while a nod to the island’s traditional chiringuitos will come in the form of Chambao, replete with freshly prepared seafood, drinks and a relaxed party ambience. Rounding out the billing will be café Celicioso, whose inventive take on coeliac-friendly patisserie has made a name for the company in Madrid.
With no fixed restaurant agendas, guests will be free to dine according to their own schedule – from late breakfasts to lunches that segue, in true Ibiza style, into evenings. While these indulgent confines may prove incentive enough to stay firmly put, the Unesco World Heritage site of Ibiza Town and the boutiques and clubs of Marina Botafoch are close by for those wishing to explore, as are specially chartered boats to neighbouring Formentera.
“Ibiza was an easy choice for us,” says the hotel’s general manager Enrique Mandl. “With so much diversity and beauty, the island has so many opportunities. We’re bringing an international five-star hotel with luxury standards to the scene, but with a sexy, fun and relaxed setting to match that of the island. There’s absolutely no pretence here, everyone will be treated the same. That’s what true Nobu hospitality is about.”