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Five Openings Drawing Travelers To Spain’s Balearic Islands

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A ROKA pop-up, new Hauser & Wirth site and several highly anticipated hotels add to the many reasons travelers are making the journey to Spain’s scenic Balearic islands.

An easy jaunt from mainland Spain — a country that’s now welcoming U.S. travelers who have the full COVID-19 vaccination — flights take travelers from Barcelona to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca each day, with boats then transporting people across the water from Ibiza to Formentera. This archipelago off the east coast of mainland Spain is a major draw for its rugged landscape and sandy shores, laidback lifestyle, historic towns and the famous party scene of Ibiza.

Several new openings are now adding to the islands’ long-held appeal, from the latest offshoot of the Hauser & Wirth empire to Six Senses’ new Ibiza resort, which pairs a celebration of the Ibizan spirit with optimum sustainability.

Several new openings are now adding to the islands’ long-held appeal, from the latest offshoot of the Hauser & Wirth empire to Six Senses’ new Ibiza resort, which pairs a celebration of the Ibizan spirit with optimum sustainability.

Hauser & Wirth Menorca

Opening on 19 July, Hauser & Wirth Menorca takes over a collection of historic buildings following a two-year conservation project. This picturesque coastal site is just a 10-minute boat ride from the Port of Mahón on the Isla del Rey, Menorca’s historic ‘hospital island’ famously home to 18th-century structures. The gallery group now representing over 75 artists and estates across the world has transformed a 1,500-sq-m area into an arts center designed to host exhibitions, as well as an educational program of talks and workshops engaging both visitors and the local community. The site is opening with an exhibition entitled ‘Masses and Movements’, showcasing new paintings and sculptures by the contemporary artist, Mark Bradford.

ROKA Mallorca at Cap Vermell Grand Hotel

The first pop-up restaurant from the contemporary Japanese restaurant brand ROKA is now open at the luxurious Cap Vermell Grand Hotel on Mallorca’s east coast. Between now and 12 September, ROKA Mallorca will offer its signature robatayaki cuisine in an outdoor space featuring décor in earthy tones designed to reflect the bucolic setting. Dark wooden tables, charcoal and clay-colored textiles and brushed copper features fill the 585-sq-m terrace with grass area. Diners can expect robatayaki dishes, such as black cod marinated in yuzu miso, highlighting local flavors from the land and sea, alongside the brand’s signature cocktails. The hotel this restaurant is a part of is designed in the style of a traditional Mallorcan village and positioned in a verdant setting overlooking the island’s lush landscape.

Six Senses Ibiza

Six Senses opened on 10 July as the Balearics’ first sustainable BREEAM certified resort and residential community. The year-round retreat fuses this sustainable approach with an appreciation for the local culture, community and Ibiza lifestyle. Spanning 20 acres of land on the island’s northern tip, this brand-new resort comprises a range of luxurious accommodations including private residences and Cave Suites built into the coastal cliffs, along with four organic restaurants by the master of new Israeli cuisine, chef Eyal Shani. These restaurants are joined by an onsite Farmer’s Market, a 1,200-sq-m Six Senses Spa housing the Rose Bar Longevity Lounge, and the retail experience Agora. Additional highlights include the Live Cave and Recording Studio. Guest experiences here range from immersive wellness retreats to solar catamaran tours and scuba diving.

Casa Pacha Formentera

Signifying Pacha Group’s expansion into luxury boutique hotels, Casa Pacha is now hosting guests on the laidback island of Formentera. The brand behind one of Ibiza’s most legendary nightclubs has created a barefoot luxury retreat on the island’s longest beach, Migjorn. This hotel combines the pared back yet stylish interiors of Patricia Golden Studio with a relaxed service style and Balearic inspired lifestyle offering. Dine at Pacha’s very first beach restaurant, which offers Mediterranean-style dishes and a sunset tapas menu around wooden tables, and unwind with a wellness offering including yoga on the roof and massages under the pine trees next to the coastline’s dunes. The hotel aims to be plastic free and will support local sustainability initiatives through the Ibiza and Formentera Preservation Foundation.

Can Ferrereta, Mallorca

This design-led hotel resulting from the restoration of a 17th-century building provides a serene new place to stay in the town of Santanyí on the island’s south east coast. The Soldevila-Ferrer family, who also own Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Palma, transformed this historic site into a 32-room retreat housing the Mediterranean restaurant OCRE, the poolside all-day dining restaurant and bar LA FRESCA, the tranquil SA CALMA spa with hammam, indoor pool and gym, and a library curated by Maison Assouline. This site reminiscent of a grand summer house is surrounded by verdant gardens also home to an outdoor pool. The Mallorca-based BASTIDAS Architecture and WIT Spanish design house brought the hotel to fruition and the property is filled with the work of local and other Spanish artists. From here, guests can explore the natural environment and historic sites characterizing this side of the island.

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