Review: Six Senses Ibiza calls on the island's calmer side

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Photo credit: Six Senses
Photo credit: Six Senses

Six Senses Ibiza sits partially hidden in Xarraca Bay at the secluded northern tip of Ibiza, with parts of the retreat built directly into the remote cliffside. This rugged location was the inspiration for the overall vision behind the coastal enclave, designed to look like a utopian village, with architect Jonathan Leitersdorf drawing on themes of spirituality, celebration and community, as well as the island's wild environment.

Steps leading down from the minimalist lobby arrive at a capacious, light-filled hall in wood and white, home to a farmer's market replete with red Porsche tractor and a twisted ceiling-height olive tree.

Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza
Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza

Further steps lead to a chic indoor-outdoor lounge with modern chandeliers and views out to sea. This community-focused space sits at the highest point of the resort, where three- to five-bedroom townhouses and terraced sea-facing suites are staggered down the slope leading towards the shore. Each buzzy indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar in between gathers guests for fire-cooked seafood, plant-based cuisine and mixology using locally grown ingredients.

Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza
Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza

Beneath the subterranean Six Senses Spa and sun-lounger lined pool you’ll find the Beach Caves, a network of spaces dedicated to celebration that includes a recording studio, live venue, rehearsal room and cave suites built into the cliffside.

Designed to blend in, the resort mimics the tonal colours and textures of its natural surroundings, while cantilevered roofs ensuring glass surfaces are hidden from view. Structures are immersed in greenery with living roofs, bougainvillea trailing across walls and an edible landscape of lemon, fig and pomegranate trees dotted through the resort.

Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza
Photo credit: Six Senses Ibiza

Heightening its connection to the location, its use of natural materials draws on the work of local artisans. Walls are peppered with 685 photographic artworks by photographers such as Herbert List, in partnership with Magnus Photos, with plans to rotate the collection every four years.

Sustainability is at the forefront of the site’s design and operation, with efforts like the production of renewable energy earning BREAAM certification – it's the first hotel in the Balearic Islands to achieve the award.

With its themes of community and celebration – and everything from sound healing and yoga to a recording studio – this year-round destination is serene yet certainly not sedate. From approx £332 per night. sixsensesibiza.com

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