Ibiza, also known as the White Isle, is famous for its nightlife, yet there is another side to the island that many visitors never discover. From secret beaches to boho boutiques and seafood restaurants, there are lots of Ibiza hidden gems for you to explore. If you’re seeking quiet resorts in Ibiza, head to the North or Eastern side of the island for an altogether more relaxing experience. The lively resorts of San Antonio and Eivissa, aka Ibiza Town can get very hectic in Summertime so it’s definitely worth considering a quiet alternative. Portinatx, Santa Eulalia, Puerto de San Miguel and Port des Torrent are all good places to stay in Ibiza.
We asked an Ibiza native, Nina Deckers, for her secret Ibiza recommendations. Nina is the brains behind LAZUL, a luxury resort wear brand popular with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Rihanna. It’s a collection inspired by the elegance of the 1970s and the playfulness of contemporary style. Each piece is designed to transition effortlessly from day to night. We love the hand drawn prints and rich colour palette of her designs, which are all made in Europe and hand-finished. You can find the collection in Harrods, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and many other top retailers worldwide.
Ibiza is known for its party atmosphere but we’ve heard there’s another side to the island that is much more laid- back and untouristy. Could you share with us some of your favourite hidden gems?
“I think the fun is to explore…I love hiking, so Cala D’abarca sunset hike would be a tip. Portixol bay, a hidden gem that takes about a 30 min walk down to the bay, is rocky but gorgeous. I also love Can Pilot, a local grill in San Rafael. Handmade shoes and soaps from the street market in San Juan on Sundays, Forada Market on a Saturday for local food suppliers with all kinds of delicious snacks. The shop Code on the way from Ibiza town to Santa Eularia. My favourite thing is a 9 am swim at Las Salinas beach and then coffee in Jockey Club, NO ONE is there and you have the entire beach to yourself, including jazz music. Bar Costa in Santa Gertrudis for a bocadillo and beer, and Macao in Santa Gertrudis for a fun dinner. Various amazing yoga classes all around the island are well worth joining. Head to Can Balafia for the island’s best chicken and tomato salad, where you dine under the lemon trees”.
What is it about Ibiza that drew you to live here and how does the island inspire your designs?
“I am drawn to Ibiza because of its gorgeous nature, its special energy, its unconventional lifestyle, the freedom, and the wonderful people that live here and make the island what it is”.
Where is the best place to watch the sunset on the White Isle?
“So many: Punta Galera is pretty special, the plateau in front of Es Vedra is amazing, Experimental Beach Club is nice”….
How would you sum up Ibiza style?
“It’s impossible to sum up. It is very eclectic, and people here are incredibly free in their expression of personal style. If you feel like wearing a feather headdress or go out on stilts that is fine. No one will take a double glance.
In general of course the style is more bohemian, loose, natural fabrics like cotton, silks. fringing and tribal elements are seen more then city suits. I would say what is very noticeable is that we see definitely more tattoos in Ibiza then in London for example. But the community here is pretty diverse and we see all sorts of styles”.
Many thanks to Nina for her insights on hidden Ibiza, we can’t wait to check them out! Here are some examples of her beautiful LAZUL designs.