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First Look: The New Six Senses Ibiza Shows a Softer Side of the Spanish Resort Destination

Focused on wellness, sustainability and vibrant year-round programming, the resort sits on exclusive Xarraca Bay on the northern tip of the island.

Six Senses Ibiza Spain Courtesy Six Senses Ibiza

Culture, wellness and sustainability are at the heart of the Six Senses brand, so it’s only natural that its arrival on Ibiza–for a long time known primarily for its wild club nights and jet-setting clientele–offers something something a little different. Opened on July 10, after seven years of development, Six Senses Ibiza has been designed to celebrate experiences that recharge guests’ bodies and minds, along with helping them develop a strong connection to the destination—and their fellow travelers. Just 35-minutes from the international airport, the resort is found at the northern tip of the island on the “insider’s secret” Xarraca Bay, a picturesque cove with unobstructed sunset views.

“This is the first purposefully built five-star hotel that Ibiza has seen in the last 30 years, (and) we are also the first sustainable resort and residential community in the Balearics,” Jonathan Leitersdorf, the architect and developer, tells Robb Report, referencing the fact that the complex also features a handful of for-sale homes. To help channel “the unique sense of community and celebration found on the north of the island,” he adds, the property has been envisioned as “a year-round destination, where our programming is curated by season.”

This means that in the warmer months, “the focus is on celebration, with incredibly rich programming from day to night, while in the off season, the community (will host) bespoke retreats and immersions designed to facilitate connection and empowerment.” Music, art, sustainable fashion, cuisine and wellness are some of the areas that are likely to be featured in the programming, which Leitersdorf notes was created with the input of “over 200 local experts, from artists to wellness practitioners to our in-house musicians.”

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Many of the accommodations have indoor-outdoor living space.  Courtesy Six Senses Ibiza

The design of the 20-acre community takes inspiration from Xarraca Bay, mimicking the colors of the rocks and water throughout the property. The 116 guest accommodations—which include rooms, suites, villas and beachfront caves (which are fancier than any cave you’re likely to have seen)—frame views of the sea, forest or courtyards, and feature a locally-sourced décor inspired by the region’s fincas (agricultural estates). Touted as the ultimate accommodation on the island, the Cave Royal suite pays homage to Ibiza’s free-spirit vibe and music-festival history with touches like an expansive outdoor living area, a grand piano and a secret door leading to the resort’s recording studio. For guests in need of more space, three-, four- and five-bedroom townhouses are also available, each with private pools, indoor-outdoor living spaces and garages.

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The main pool stretches 164-feet and looks out at the bay.  Courtesy Six Senses Ibiza

The 12,900 square-foot wellness center acts as the property’s healing hub, housing a fitness center, café and juice bar, hammam and hot baths, sauna and steam room; areas for outdoor and aerial yoga, a rooftop boxing ring and a 164-foot bay-view swimming pool are also available, along with a few unique massage catacombs built into the rocks. The spa offers treatments, retreats and numerous programs on nutrition, sleep health and biohacking to locally inspired skincare therapies. (There’s also a service designed to help you find your spirit animal, should that be of need.) The health of the planet is also a part of the experience: in addition to the spa’s organic gardens, from which the therapists draw ingredients for some of the services, the BREEAM-certified resort (the first to earn that status in the Balearics) uses renewable energy and is committed to zero waste and zero single-use plastic operations.

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Farm-fresh fare is served at Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani’s HaSalon Ibiza.  Courtesy Six Senses Ibiza

Also at guests’ disposal is The Farm at Six Senses Ibiza, a 400-year-old olive press and agricultural estate that supplies products for the resort’s café, bars and four organic restaurants. Among the latter is HaSalon Ibiza, by Israeli celebrity chef Eyal Shani. Translating to “the living room,” Shani’s first European outlet features plant-forward dining full of fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients—all cooked in the open kitchen—as well as a selection of biodynamic wines and botanical-based cocktails. Meals can also be enjoyed at outlets like the Farmer’s Market, the Farmacy Bar and the two indoor-outdoor eateries at the Beach Caves—a inventive waterside structure built into the rocks that also houses the recording studio and the Live Cave entertainment venue. Rates start at approximately $890 in the high season and $463 in the low season.

 

 

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