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Nobu opening aims to be 'best in Ibiza'

But of course, the headliner is the 211-cover Nobu restaurant. Nobu Matsuhisa's signature Japanese fusion dishes, such as Tiradito, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Black Cod Miso will all be there, as well as dishes inspired by the island, while the restaurant will also have a sushi bar and lounge bar.

 

“There’s just going to be a lovely atmosphere wherever you go in the hotel, relaxed and calm and flexible for the guests – and everyone will be welcome to the restaurants; we have 600 covers across all the restaurants,” Mandl said.

 

Last year, Small Luxury Hotels said Ibiza was the “most unfulfilled search” on its website as clients came looking for hotels on the island but were left wanting; with the opening of Nobu, that is corrected, with the hotel launching as a member.

 

The hotel is 60% booked for July, Mandl said, with the average length of stay already six nights.

 

“We didn’t really think it would be a vacation destination, more short stays, but we’re delighted to be proved wrong. I think the hotel is also moderately priced for lead-in rooms for a place of this quality,” he added.

 

Rooms start from £425 per night and the UK will be the most important market, with the hotel already featured by key operators.

 

“Ibiza is very much a grown-up destination these days – and this is the “ultimate playground,” said Mandl. “It’s also a place where people can come and feel safe; there’s also a reason celebrities come here – they can hide away and their privacy is [usually] respected too.”

 

New arrivals for the White Isle

New arrivals for the White Isle

Several other new hotels are also attracting luxury attention to the island.

 

New for the summer is the fifth hotel from Dutch-based group Sir Hotels, which will open Sir Joan on July 7 in Ibiza Town, with “the feel of a luxury private villa”. Designed by Baranowitz + Kronenberg, it will have 38 rooms and suites; Izakaya, a Japanese meets Peruvian restaurant; and The Butcher, a high-end burger bar based on its popular Amsterdam cousin. Room rates will be from €750 per night (July-August).

 

In the west coast of the island, Seven Pines Resort Ibiza near Cala Conta is set for a soft opening in Q4 this year with a full opening for the season next spring.

The cliff-top resort will be a year-round property with 195 suites set within a collection of whitewashed Ibizenco-style homes and will also have its own 78-foot Pershing yacht.

 

Looking ahead, Six Senses will open a 134-room resort on a 25-acre site on Cala Xarraca Bay.

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