The plane lowered over jewel-colored water and a stunning old town. I was finally in Ibiza.
It was the first truly hot and sunny day I had experienced so far this year. As my taxi drove through windy roads and a lemon tree-filled landscape, I couldn’t help but feel giddy at the spirit of this Mediterranean island. The lush and wild nature was enough to put me at ease after a cramped flight. We made it deeper into the pine-tree covered side of the island through residential villas, and then we arrived at Hotel Las Brisas.
Large gates opened up to gorgeous, well-manicured grounds. The sun illuminated the white walls, terracotta shingles, and vibrant Spanish accents. I was already in heaven.
Disclaimer: my trip to Hotel Las Brisas was part of a collaboration for this blog; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
THE 4* BOUTIQUE HOTEL
It was in the early ’90s when a French couple decided to open a cliff-side hotel on Ibiza. They drew major inspiration from Morocco and Bali to create a quiet paradise in this heavenly spot. The Casablanca roots of one of the owners show unmistakable design touches like the blue riad courtyard. It might seem unlikely that Spanish, Asian, and Moroccan elements can be mesh so well together, but at Las Brisas, it’s a fabulous design combination that’s rustic and reflects the natural wonder of the island. The wooden beamed ceilings and eclectic decoration add a warm and homey ambiance. From the open courtyards to the oasis of a garden, the hotel invites you to sit outside and bask in the beauty no matter where you are. As for the vibrant blue, you’ll see all over the hotel? It’s called Formentera blue.
One of the best things that Las Brisas has going for it is that it feels like you’re at the edge of paradise. The hotel is tucked into the Bay of Escubells facing the cliffs of Es Porroig. Its perfect location means all rooms face out towards the spectacular sea view each with a private terrace.
Whether you’re in your room or lounging in the garden, you have stunning views. Choose between several areas to dine or relax; I personally loved the circular lounge bed by the cliff. There’s also a charming gazebo outside, or you can take it all in from your balcony overlooking the lush palms and pool. I sat on a lounge bed for hours and lazed the day away with a few glasses of wine and lunch, a delicious nod to Balinese chicken skewers with peanut sauce. Boats came by and anchored in the shallow waters and spent their afternoons there. By night, I witnessed the breathtaking sunset close out the day.
I have to say, the service at Las Brisas was exceptional. I felt I was in the privacy of my very own cliffside villa, and I was never in want of anything. The staff was on top of every request before I even thought of it. The clientele is a testament to their polished and relaxed service; I was told many loyal guests return year after year to enjoy this slice of paradise, hailing from all over, especially New York.
Concierge services available: If you’re in need of a massage, boat rental, car rental and more, the staff can arrange it.
At Hotel Las Brisas, it’s all about feeling genuinely at home. Yes, some hotels promise that experience, but here it’s really true. The hotel manager Sabrina told me that’s the priority of the staff there, to give their guests a true getaway with all the comforts of home. While I was there, I felt an unbelievable amount of privacy and quiet. My particular room was really spacious with a nice lounge area and large balcony with a table to marvel at the view. The most beautiful design touch was the gold-painted walls with a sheen, contrasting well with blue accents like the eye-catching wall art and blue velvet chairs.
Each room is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, spacious closet, telephone, mini-bar and safe.
There are 9 rooms in total: Double, Junior Suite, and Double Rooms ranging from 300-1,300 euros per night. No room is decorated the same and Sabrina infused her love for design into each room, making sure each had ‘crazy and different’ style, one that’s ‘colonial and yet flashy’ in ways that are inspired by Asia as much as Europe. I was flattered that she noted my love for velvet and gold; she chose a room for me that was flashy, light and airy with warm homey touches. The spacious living room opened up to its second story balcony view over the pool and bay.
THE POOL, GARDEN & RESTAURANT
The menu at Las Brisas is extensive and covers everything from Balinese inspired fare to Mediterranean delights: fish, pasta, and more. Each breakfast was bright, healthy, and just enough with freshly squeezed juice, an assortment of bread, yogurt and granola as well as fresh fruit. Once the sun went down, we dined under stars and enjoyed a tasting menu led by executive chef Xavi Petit. Each dish was creatively imagined, beautifully plated, and full of fresh Mediterranean flavor. I especially loved the crispy prawns with Romesco sauce!
Staying at Hotel Las Brisas showed me another side to Ibiza I wasn’t expecting, a side of breathtaking serenity and nature. It’s a true boutique experience with eclectic and romantic design throughout and bespoke service. The beauty and hospitality experienced there is something special and made me think how nice this place would be to celebrate a special occasion like a honeymoon or engagement. Something to note is that the location is perfect for what I wanted to see and do, but if you’re looking to party until late hours of the night, this may not be the side of the island you’re after. Also not extremely kid friend due to the location close to the cliffs.
- 15 minutes from Ibiza’s airport
- 25 minutes from Ibiza old town
- Website: http://www.lasbrisasibiza.com/en/bookings