Don’t let the bland, residential street fool you. Aguas de Ibiza is actually in a stunning location with sea views when you’re facing outwards from the pool or your room. It’s just a short stroll to the sand, promenade and also the gastronomic heart of the area, (very originally) dubbed “Restaurant Street” by the locals.
I could get used to living like this: very luxurious and kitted out with high-end décor, plus gorgeous finishing touches like murals, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, modern lighting and slick silver four-poster beds – super comfy, might I add. I wasn’t fortunate enough to stay in a VIP “Cloud 9” suite, but based on my experience in a smaller room, any better would be out of this world.
The lobby is lofty, glossy and screams five-star style no matter where you look, and the lounge bar is equally as polished for pre-dinner drinks. I especially like the contrast of marble floors, sparkling floor-to-ceiling windows and modern lighting against a giant wall made of Ibiza’s famous stones – an intentional, Ibiza-centric design touch that reminds you this is not just a generic luxury complex.
Eating and drinking
Really carries the local themes throughout all menus. Breakfast is an amazing buffet, chock-full of locally sourced and organic ingredients (very Mediterranean – don’t be surprised when there are olives in your buffet), while La Sal restaurant takes you on a gastronomic tour of Ibicenco cuisine. A nice touch… but I struggled with the degustacion menu – way too much for my appetite!
The rooftop chillout bar, Air Ibiza, boasts a lofty view of the bay and surrounding mountains – great for sunset cocktails.
Two outdoor pools and to my relief, it seems one is for adults and one for children, so my sunbathing tranquility wasn’t disturbed. But my favourite thing of all is the Bodyna Spa, a haven of tranquility that is super hi-tech with cool touches like a spa circuit (believe me, when you try it, you’ll know why it’s mind-blowing), three indoor pools with different water effects, a spa and sauna circuit including cooling ice blocks and plunge pool plus an indoor sunbathing deck, perfect for those windy out-of-season days.
Run by locals, the Torres family, service is always with a smile, though often a little slow compared to precision five-star standards. Upon meeting owner Alberto and hearing about his passion for the island and his desire to create such an amazing atmosphere for guests, I quickly forgot the snail-like pace of room service and lapped up the local, laidback vibes.
Who stays there
Aguas de Ibiza is great for families and the clientele tends to be heavily German, Spanish and English. There are very few party people, so the hotel is great if you’re not looking for that kind of Ibiza experience.
It’s possible to stay here on a budget at the right time of year – smaller rooms can be up to 1000 euros less than the Cloud 9 suites. Be aware that hotel guests are required to pay a small fee to use the spa facilities.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Amazing spa
- Great for families
- Slightly understaffed for its size
- No tea and coffee making facilities in rooms