Review: Six Senses Ibiza Resort (Spain)


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Final September, I used to be purported to journey to French Polynesia for a vacation of a lifetime. Sadly, as a result of ongoing pandemic, that journey was cancelled two weeks previous to departure, so I needed to search for a final minute vacation elsewhere. In the long run, I select Spain as a journey vacation spot, the place I loved a beautiful time, regardless of some unusually wet and dreadful climate. You may learn my journey experiences right here:


At present: Evaluate of Six Senses Ibiza Resort

Conceived by architect Jonathan Leitersdorf, Six Senses Ibiza is a year-round vacation spot set in Xarraca bay, a long-hidden secret on Ibiza’s northern tip. Built-in into its contours to get pleasure from unobstructed sunsets, the property options 116 visitor rooms and suites. Six Senses Ibiza gives a complete vary of facilities and programming, farm-to-table eating, music, artwork, sustainable trend, tradition, longevity and wellness. Sadly, regardless of it being a brand-new Six Senses Resort, the property didn’t reside as much as its hype throughout my go to, and I’d not advise to guide a keep there except it has sorted out its teething issues (which I’m positive it can within the coming months, given all of the dangerous Tripadvisor critiques the resort received over the previous summer time).

Six Senses Ibiza options in my high 10 record of the perfect luxurious accommodations in Ibiza.

Have you ever ever stayed at Six Senses Ibiza? In that case, what was your expertise? Depart a remark.

On this evaluate (extra information and pictures beneath my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Situated simply half-hour from the airport, Six Senses Ibiza is tucked away in a picturesque cove on the northern tip of Ibiza. Well-known for its laidback way of life and uncooked, unspoiled nature, the island’s sleepier north facet is a world away from the occasion scene and legendary nightlife on the southern shores. Ibiza’s north facet additionally has a status as a wellness and therapeutic vacation spot, providing a number of wonderful yoga and spa retreats. Ibiza’s quieter, extra rural and calmer north facet can be the place that almost all usually is linked with the hippie motion and the bohemian tradition. For instance, the whitewashed hamlet of San Juan with its completely satisfied, hippy Sunday market is a 10-minute drive away from the resort.
  • Sprawled throughout a pine-clad hillside, the huge property is comprised of a number of pavilions which tumble down the cliffs in the direction of the crystalline waters of Cala Xarraca Bay. On account of its hillside place, most resort areas get pleasure from unobstructed and dramatic views of Ibiza’s northern shoreline, the Mediterranean Sea, and spectacular sunsets. On high of the hill is the resort’s huge welcome pavilion, which homes the reception space and the Farmers’ Market Restaurant. From right here, a walkway results in the resort’s central piazza, which is dwelling to the principle pool space, the exercise heart with library, and HaSalon Restaurant. Beneath the pool space, simply above the shoreline, are the spa and caves rooms (extra on that beneath).
  • Mixing into its good pure environment, Six Senses Ibiza is designed to appear to be an utopian village. The resort’s distinctive exterior was conceived by architect, developer and proprietor Jonathan Leitersdorf, who drew on themes of spirituality, celebration and neighborhood. The result’s a tactile Finca-style aesthetic which mimics the tonal colours and textures of the Balearics, from shifting rust hues of the partitions that mirror these of the cliffs throughout the bay to bamboo-clad roofs that resemble Ibiza’s conventional fisherman huts. All resort pavilions are immersed in greenery with dwelling roofs and bougainvillea trailing throughout partitions, whereas the encircling Mediterranean panorama is dotted with of lemon, fig and pomegranate timber.
  • Additionally designed by Leiterdorf, the Six Senses Ibiza’s slick and understated interiors are largely impressed by the native panorama and conventional Ibizan craft. The resort’s stylish, modern dwellings are embellished in a soothing colour palette dominated by rustic stone and earth tones. Private and non-private areas are fitted with the best high quality options, midcentury furnishings and trendy finishes, whereas pure supplies like rattan, wooden, leather-based cushions and woven fiber add an genuine contact. The partitions of the resort’s corridors are adorned with stylish Magnum black-and-white {photograph}. Design aficionados will have the ability to determine iconic furnishings items like Michel Ducaroy’s Togo sofas or Herman Miller’s Eames chair.
  • Six Senses Ibiza options 116 visitor rooms and suites, together with a few cave suites constructed into the cliffs. For visitors in want of more room, three-, four- and five-bedroom townhouses are additionally accessible, every with non-public swimming pools, indoor-outdoor dwelling areas and garages. For my vacation on the resort, I had booked a ‘Sea View Premium Junior Suite’. That includes a locally-sourced décor, the attractive suite had a contemporary but cozy ambiance. A generously sized bed room gave option to an outside sitting space and personal rooftop backyard terrace, offering additional dwelling house from dawn to sundown. The massive ensuite open-plan lavatory was fitted together with his and her sinks, a rain bathe, and standalone bathtub. Floral robes by Milan-based model La Double J had been supplied.
  • Leitersdorf’s design of the resort was guided by the next motto: “an ideal day consists of 12 hours to attach with your self and 12 hours spent with the remainder of the world.” As a consequence, half of Six Senses Ibiza’s areas are meant for solace and privateness, whereas the opposite half are devoted to convivial, neighborhood socialization. The guts of the resort’s social areas is the principle pool space, which contains a fabulous infinity pool lined by two rows of cozy loungers. Curving alongside Cala Xarraca Bay, the pool decks enjoys a number of the most spectacular views on your entire island and is within the solar till sundown. It’s the proper place to unwind with a guide and order a cocktail, given that you’ll be able to safe a lounger (extra on that beneath).
  • Six Senses Ibiza gives 4 eating places:
    • Situated throughout the minimalist foyer is the Farmers’ Market Restaurant. Replete with pink Porsche tractor and a twisted ceiling-height olive tree, the venue is a casual all-day eating vacation spot, surrounded by a juice & veggies bar, a espresso store providing the Dalgona espresso, a bakery, a pizza stall, and a pinchos station.
    • Situated subsequent to the Farmers’ Market Restaurant is Orchard, an outside venue with communal tables superbly laid within the shade of our citrus timber. It’s the property’s most intimate eating venue, mixing basic, native delicacies with Mexican-Peruvian cocktails.
    • Helmed by Israeli chef Eyal Shani , the resort’s signature restaurant HaSalon showcases plant-based eating, hereby harnessing the island’s pure abundance of components – from avocados to watermelons, oranges, lemons and Ibiza rock salt. The venue contains a beautiful 50-seat chef’s desk within the shade of 100-year-old olive timber.
    • Seashore Caves is a shocking feat of design and structure constructed into the rock overlooking the ocean on the sting of Xarraca Bay. The advanced includes a sequence of caves, together with two eating rooms the place Hip New York sushi outfit BondST gives a menu of sushi and sashimi alongside a spread of Japanese-inspired dishes.
  • The spotlight of the resort is the Six Senses Spa, which is constructed into the cliffs beneath the principle pool space. From tailor-made therapies supplied by world practitioners and professional yogic masters to multi-day immersive retreats, every part is centered across the wellbeing of visitors.  Spa amenities embrace a steam room, hammam, indoor pool, and several other remedy rooms together with a state-of-the-art health space, café and juice bar. The spa can be dwelling to the Rose Bar, a one-of-a-kind vacation spot for impactful longevity packages, combining diagnostics with dietary steerage and trendy therapeutic strategies. Outdoor there are therapeutic massage catacombs with direct entry to natural gardens, the place components for the spa botanicals are grown.
  • Powered by its personal renewable power supply – as much as 51 % at any given second – and with punchy zero waste and nil single-use plastic targets, the Six Senses Ibiza has sustainability at its core. The result’s the Balearic Islands’ first resort to realize certification by BREEAM, the world’s authentic and main evaluation of sustainability throughout the constructed setting. For instance, 298 photo voltaic panels cowl 10% of the resort’s electrical energy wants and10 Olympic sized swimming swimming pools of water are saved annually through the use of trendy geothermal cooling techniques. The property additionally helps a neighborhood hedgehog sanctuary that takes care of the spiky little animals populating Ibiza Island when injured or in want.
  • The resort is operated by Six Senses, one among my favourite luxurious resort manufacturers on the earth. After its launch in 1995 by Soneva CEO Sonu Shivdasani, Six Senses rapidly turned acknowledged because the hospitality trade’s pioneer of sustainable practices, demonstrating that accountability may be efficiently wedded to uncompromised high-end amenities. Six Senses Resorts & Spas are all the time situated in a number of the world’s most unusual and delightful locations. Whether or not or not it’s a Six Senses resort on a distant non-public island or a Six Senses Spa in an thrilling city setting, the touch-points are all the time decidedly the identical. I’ve beforehand reviewed the next Six Senses properties:

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW

On account of its spectacular views, fabulous design, model new amenities, and administration by the Six Senses model, you’d anticipate Six Senses Ibiza to be the perfect resort on the island. Sadly, it’s not. I’m scripting this evaluate with a heavy coronary heart as I wished to like the property a lot however there are simply too many kinks the resort must work out first earlier than positioning itself as Ibiza’s high resort.

  • A significant design fault of the resort is the comparatively small pool deck (with solely round 75 sunbeds) in comparison with enormous variety of rooms (116 rooms, none of them with a non-public pool). As a consequence, throughout instances of excessive occupancy (which was the case throughout my keep), there are not sufficient sunbeds accessible on the pool. It’s just about absurd to pay all this cash for a high-end resort to be confronted with no seat availability on the solely pool space. Apparently, the resort has identified this concern for the reason that opening a number of months in the past, so the suitable factor to have achieved was to dam some rooms in the course of the previous summer time season to keep away from a capability drawback on the pool. Additionally, the resort is widespread with households, so inevitably, you’ll be confronted with taking part in and screaming kids on the pool (that’s not their fault after all).
  • Meals is a big disappointment, particularly on the signature restaurant HaSalon, which is promoted as a high-quality eating vacation spot helmed by a Michelin-starred chef. Nicely, it isn’t, and it doesn’t even come near a classy eating expertise (regardless of astronomical costs). First, the poorly offered menu of HaSalon could be very complicated with no distinction between starters and major programs. Second, the style of the meals is mix and their presentation uninspiring: many of the dishes I ordered throughout my keep consisted of grilled meat and greens simply thrown on a plate. I additionally had dinner on the Farmer’s Market one night time, the place meals appeared and tasted the identical as those I used to be served at HaSalon, so there isn’t any differentiation between the 2 major meals retailers. As well as, the eating venues really feel very crowded and getting a reservation at one of many eating places throughout instances of excessive occupancy is difficult.
  • Service shouldn’t be good. The employees are very pleasant and take a look at their greatest, however apparently they lack expertise and coaching. Some examples:
    • At breakfast, I persistently obtained the fallacious dishes. Additionally, all dishes had been all the time served directly, making breakfast a really rushed affair (possibly to clear tables for different visitors for the reason that resort was working at full capability).
    • I had lunch at some point on the pool (on the at some point I used to be capable of safe a sunbed) however it began raining midway my meal. The employees was speeding to take away all of the seat cushions however no one appeared to care about me, the one visitor left on the pool (which was totally bizarre). Once I lastly took my plate and glass myself to the indoor bar, every part was soaked with water and nonetheless no one got here to supply help.
    • My dinner reservations had been made on the fallacious eating places. One night time, we had a reservation on the Seashore Caves (confirmed by the employees) however it turned out to be at HaSalon (and the Seashore Cave had no file of our reservation). Once more, the employees appeared to not care about these errors, nor to make any effort to attempt to right them.
  • Though it’s a matter of private style, I really feel that the design of the foyer shouldn’t be what you’d anticipate from a luxurious resort. It feels extra like a foodcourt in a theme park or shopping center, with the pink tractor including a bizarre contact to an underwhelming decor. The poor design of the foyer contrasts with the resort’s superbly executed exterior and the good decor of the rooms.
  • The Six Senses model is all about serenity, tranquillity and understated luxurious. Sadly, the huge scale of the resort (with an enormous variety of rooms) and the truth that there’s just one pool space make a serene ambiance virtually not possible. IMHO, this is able to work for an InterContinental Lodge (to remain throughout the IHG group) however not for a Six Senses.

In abstract, my major points with Six Senses Ibiza are the shortage of seat availablity across the pool, the disappointing meals expertise, the crowded atmosphere in all places, and the shortage of service. If the resort doesn’t tackle all of those points, it would trigger hurt to the Six Senses model in the long run (since its visitor include sure expectations). On a optimistic be aware, I used to be contacted by the administration after sharing my suggestions with them, who acknowledged there have been a number of issues throughout their opening season. To sort out the problems, resort administration determined to construct a second pool, to diversify the meals choices, and to additional prepare its employees to the degrees you’d anticipate from a Six Senses. They satisfied me to present the resort a second probability, so I’m going again subsequent summer time, after which I’ll write a brand new (and hopefully extra optimistic) journey report.


MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Pool: 8/10
  • Rooms: 9/10
  • Meals: 4/10
  • Breakfast: 5/10
  • Spa: 9/10
  • Service: 4/10
  • Worth for cash: 5/10
  • Total expertise: mediocre 6,5/10

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

The most effective time to go to Ibiza is in the course of the summer time months, from late Could by early October, when temperatures are scorching and the events are even hotter. Count on plenty of motion, loads of vacationers, and costly resort charges. Go to late spring or early fall to keep away from the most important crowds and the most popular temperatures.


HOW TO GET THERE

Six Senses Ibiza is situated half-hour from the airport. Test the Wikipedia web page of Ibiza Airport for an up to date record of airways that provide direct flights to Ibiza.


PHOTOS

Beneath is a collection of my pictures of Six Senses Ibiza. To view extra resort pictures (together with meals), click on right here.

LOBBY: RECEPTION & CONCIERGE AREA
LOBBY: FARMERS’ MARKET RESTAURANT
LOBBY: FARMERS’ MARKET RESTAURANT
LOBBY: FARMERS’ MARKET RESTAURANT
LOBBY: LOUNGE
LOBBY: LOUNGE (VIEW)
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
SEA VIEW PREMIER JUNIOR SUITE
SEA VIEW PREMIER JUNIOR SUITE: BEDROOM
SEA VIEW PREMIER JUNIOR SUITE: BEDROOM
SEA VIEW PREMIER JUNIOR SUITE: TERRACE
SEA VIEW PREMIER JUNIOR SUITE: TERRACE
PIAZZA: HASALON RESTAURANT
PIAZZA: HASALON RESTAURANT
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
POOL DECK
SIX SENSES IBIZA SPA: ENTRANCE
SIX SENSES IBIZA SPA
SIX SENSES IBIZA SPA
SIX SENSES IBIZA SPA
SHORELINE
SHORELINE
BOUTIQUE
BOUTIQUE
BEACH CAVES
BEACH CAVES
SUNSET

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