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West coast

Cotton Beach Club

Cala Tarida beach was missing a beach club and the Cotton Club has filled that gap. The restaurant is somewhat elevated from the beach with about 50 steps up that need to be climbed but it means the views are fantastic. It’s a stylish venue offering a very good Mediterranean menu, and when you add in the striking setting it is a real treat for summer dining. Highly recommended

 

Fay at Cotton Beach Club, Cala Tarida.

Fay

Fay, a sushi and Asian restaurant on the roof of Cotton Beach Club is a mouth-watering experience. The setting in Cala Tarida is unparalleled with westward sea views as far as mainland Spain at dusk, a mere 70km away. If you are staying near the west coast this is one place to definitely dine on your holiday. Even if you are staying further afield it’s well worth the drive. It gets windy up there so the ladies should bring wraps, even in mid summer.

 

Xaxa, Cala Tarida.

Xaxa is just opening it’s doors for the first time as we are going to print so we have not had the opportunity to visit. It sits directly on the beach just below the Cotton Club and is owned by the Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder and his Ibicencan born wife Yolande Sneijder Cabau. It will no doubt add a bit more glamour to Cala Tarida and Ibiza’s west coast. Should be a stylish spot for a sunset cocktail. We hope the food is good too!

 

Sunset Ashram, Cala Conte.

Sunset Ashram3

We love this place. It´s just wonderfully Ibiza. A slightly hippy vibe, with a DJ playing supported by the odd live musician, great cocktails and good food, albeit slightly slow chaotic service in mid summer. It won´t be winning a Michelin star but the Asian Med blend menu works perfectly well as you see the sun melt into the ocean. The best sunset spot on the island? Without a doubt in our opinion. A nice beach to spend the day too with Formentera-esque turquoise waters. Family friendly and very laid back. Definitely come for a cocktail at the very least.

 

Cala Bassa Beach Club

Cala Bassa is a beautiful west coast bay with perfect swimming water and lovely sand. The beach club is a very good place to head with young kids. Perhaps it is best to avoid the bay in mid July and August when the glass bottom boats come in packed from San Antonio but otherwise it’s a lovely spot to enjoy a day. The food is generally good but perhaps not good enough for the price tag. There are three different restaurants to choose from, from the high end (middle)to a very simple snack bar (far end) . We recommend the first one as you arrive from the beach entrance.

 

El Carmen, Cala d’Hort

One of our favourite lunch spots on the island. A typically Spanish and busy beachside restaurant with a stunning outlook over-looking the impressive and mystical island of Es Vedra (a 413m high pillar of rock rearing out of the ocean). This is a great place to eat paella and enjoy simple local fish cooked very well. Popular with locals and families but most definitely caters for all with a lovely swimming beach below. Book well in advance for weekend lunches. A tip; go for an early dinner and avoid the lunchtime crowds, a superbly tranquil meal.

 

Restaurante Cala d’Hort, Cala d’Hort

a similar quality to El Carmen which is only 50m away but in our opinion El Carmen gets the vote. Same seafood menu, great views and access to the beach. Definitely worth a lunch if El Carmen is full.

  • +34 971 935 036.

 

Es Boldado, Cala d’Hort

In terms of quality of the arroces y paellas this is perhaps the best of the three Cala d’Hort restaurants. It also has stunning views over the sea to Es Vedra but it doesn´t have easy access to the beach and is in fact a 5 to 10 minute drive inland to link with the main beach. It’s a lovely spot but if a beach restaurant is what you are after then this is not for you.

 

Can Jaume, Cala Vadella

A large restaurant that goes straight onto the soft sand of the pretty beach at Cala Vadella. It´s a family friendly spot, particularly as the kids can play on the sand and swim in the safe protected waters of the bay all in eye sight of your table. Solidly good paella and seafood and overall a great lunch spot. One of our favourites.

  • +34 971 808 488

 

Bagatelle Beach, Cala Moli.

We think this is pretty much the only beach club with a pool in Ibiza. Luxuriate at the poolside sipping cocktails during the day and then stay to sample the high-end bistro food at night. It only recently opened so we are waiting on the reviews. As it is fronted by Cathy Guetta with the team from the global Bistro Bagetelle behind her we expect a certain St Tropez feel with prices to match, which may or may not be your thing. Let’s see. We’re looking forward to trying it out.

 

Can Vicent / Restaurante Cala Carbo

The two restaurants in the pretty little bay of Cala Carbo are carbon copies in terms of the menu. Both offer typical Spanish seafood and are family friendly Spanish affairs. A great place for a relaxed low key meal. Restaurante Cala Carbo just gets the vote as it is closer to the water.

Can Vicent

  • Tel +34 971 80 81 55.

Restaurante Cala Carbo

  • +34 971 808 251