Mikasa – On-trend, intimate hotel that achieves minimalist hippy-chic.
Mikasa may be one of the island’s newest hotels, but it has already won over a slew of fans thanks to its beautiful location, its relaxed sophistication, and its mouthwatering food. The latter is not surprising, given that the same team runs the hotel as the nearby Massa Coffee, the trendy Finca La Plaza restaurant in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, and Platja d’en Bossa’s ever-popular Beachouse. Mikasa means ‘my house’ and everything feels designed to help you relax: the sixteen rooms are unfussy – sparse, even – with pops of earthy, sun-bleached color and macramé hangings, rugs, and rustic furniture which give the place a homespun feel. The common areas are bathed in turquoise, making the hotel feel like a natural extension of the glorious surroundings – you won’t miss having a pool at all.
Mikasa – Location
- Address: Calle Ibosim 11, Eivissa.
- Area: Marina Botafoc, right on the harbor arm, which provides stunning views over to Dalt Vila. One half of the isthmus is an authentic, peaceful residential neighborhood with the beautiful Talamanca beach, the other half is a working port where cruise ships dock outside a mega hotel. Being on the edge of town makes it a breeze to get around the island by car.
- How to Get There: A 13-minute car ride (7 miles) from the airport (the hotel can provide transportation for an extra charge). On public transport, the #10 bus runs every 15-30 minutes and takes 20 minutes to Club Nautico on the port, from where it’s a 5-minute (1 mile) taxi ride to the hotel.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €110 from Ibiza International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Platja Talamanca, Pacha, Marina Botafoch (ferries across the harbor to Old Town as well as to Mallorca and Barcelona).
Mikasa – The Basics
- Ages: Adults only.
- Beach: Platja Talamanca, a mellow beach with good amenities and shallow waters, is a 5-minute walk (0.3 mile) from the hotel.
- View: Stunning views across the harbor to the ocean and Dalt Vila.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: The hotel can provide laundry services for an additional charge.
- Parking: Free on-street parking.
- Extras: Concierge service, beach bag with towels available to borrow, pillow menu, use of a shower room for late departures, welcome drink, private airport shuttle upon request, all-day breakfast, newspapers, complimentary daily yoga class, and discount card for Massa Coffee/Finca La Plaza/Beachouse.
- When to Book: As far ahead as possible for July and August, when the hotel imposes a 3-night minimum stay. Out of season, there’s no minimum stay and there’s usually last-minute availability.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +34 971 317 922
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: mikasaibiza.com
Mikasa – Amenities
- Pool: No pool (5-minute walk to the beach).
- Spa: No spa. In-room pampering services available (extra charge).
- Fitness Center: No fitness center. There’s a Pilates studio a 1-minute walk (50m) away. The hotel’s sister business, Beachouse, offers daily complimentary beach yoga sessions on Platja d’en Bossa.
- For Disabled Guests: No wheelchair access or elevator.
- Activities: Yoga classes every morning on the terrace (complimentary for guests). Other seasonal events (check with staff or social media). Concierge can arrange tours and car/boat/bike rentals.
Mikasa – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Mikasa’s own restaurant has 2 daily menus: an all-day brunch menu serving a range of options from around the world like poke bowls, guacamole toast, fancy burgers, and a Lebanese breakfast (8am-7pm, $-$$) as well as a Mediterranean Levantine menu offering an all-vegetarian mezze and mains like grilled octopus, olive harissa, and turmeric potatoes in pita (8pm-midnight, $$-$$$).
- Lounge/Bar: Run by restaurant staff; open all day. Seasonal events on the upper terrace, such as cocktails and tapas nights.
- Breakfast: Excellent buffet breakfast (€19, 8am-midday), which includes fresh fruits, local gourmet products, and freshly-baked bread, served in the restaurant for guests. Additional breakfast/brunch menu available until 7pm. $-$$.
- Room Service: A room service menu (distinct from the restaurant) is available 24-hours.
Mikasa – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard • Superior (with balcony) • Superior Frontal (balcony with view) • Premium • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Mikasa is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: All rooms have ACs, Smart TVs, ceiling fans, Rituals amenities, and rain showers. The decision as to the best room will be between a room with a balcony and sea view (Superior Frontal), or the largest rooms (Premium) that do not have balconies but make up for it with inside space.
Mikasa – Local Transport
- Walking: It’s a picturesque 25-minute walk (1.5 miles) around the harbor to get into town. Hiring scooters or bikes can be a great way of getting around. If you decide to drive in, park on the edge of town as much of the Old Town is pedestrianized.
- Bus: The #10 bus to the airport is quick (takes 20-30 minutes) or regular (every 15-30 minutes), and stops relatively close, outside the Club Nautico (1 mile). Buses to other parts of the island can be hailed on Avenida de Sant Joan de Labritja, near Pacha (1 mile). There’s also the all-important Discobus that will get you between clubs and cities at night during high season (it, of course, stops at Pacha, a 15-minute walk or 0.7 mile from the hotel). There is a bus (#12B) that goes right from Marina Botafoch into the center of Eivissa (every 1-2 hours, timetable).
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: There are no international taxi firms on the island. Look out for taxi ranks or call one of the various numbers (all part of the same radio taxi co-operative with bilingual operators): +34 971 333 333/+34 971 398 483/+34 971 800 080/+34 971 343 764. The co-op launched an Uber-esque app, Taxi Ibiza (iOS, Android), in summer 2019 (mixed reviews so far).
- Water taxi: Barcas de Talamanca runs a small ferry every 30 minutes (takes 15 minutes) between Marina Botafoch in Talamanca and Ibiza port. 9am-11:30pm May-October only.
Mikasa – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Sir Explore – The Sir hotel chain handpicks various local experiences. Though their line-up sometimes changes, expect things like snorkeling, yoga, cooking classes, boating, and ceramics from native experts. Various locations.
- Ducks United – Offering classic car rentals as well as tours in old Citroen 2CVs or Defenders, Ducks United offers the most characterful transportation on the island. Various locations.
- Ibiza Food Tours – Excellent tours of Ibiza Town’s food and wine scenes with an emphasis on local specialties and the island’s gastronomic history. Tours start by the port-side sailors’ statue. (1.5 miles).
The title for the island’s best bullit de peix (bu-yeet di pesh) is hotly contested and you’ll be in for a treat if you try this regional specialty in any great fish restaurant. Originally concocted by fishers who would have to cook everything in one pan, various fish pieces are cooked in a broth, sieved out, and eaten, followed with sticky rice cooked with cuttlefish in the same broth and drizzled with aioli. If you like seafood, you must not leave without trying this flavor explosion.
- Can Bof – Quirky family-run restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean cuisine and tapas, just off Marina Botafoch. Its garden offers stunning views over Dalt Vila. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 8pm. $$. (50m).
- Bar Flotante – Very convenient and reliable bar-restaurant right on the Platja Talamanca, popular among locals. Specializes in fish dishes. (0.1 mile).
- Nobu – Famous and highly awarded modern Japanese cooking from Nobu Matsuhisa in his brand’s hotel in Talamanca Bay. (0.6 mile).
- La Dispensa – Describing itself as a ‘creative gastronomic workshop’, La Dispensa has 4 distinctly themed salons along Carrer de la Santa Creu in Dalt Vila. It serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$. (2 miles).
- Fish Shack – Rustic shack serving simple but excellent fresh fish and seafood for lunch, right on the water. Cash only. Open daily noon-5pm or when food runs out. $-$$. (2 miles).
- Re.Art – This ‘urban gastrobar’ serves up delectable, creative tapas from talented Catalan chef David Reartes. Michelin recommended. $$-$$$. (2 miles).
- Finca La Plaza – Gorgeous restaurant serving rustic-chic seasonal Mediterranean in a romantic setting, with lights strung up between the palm trees. From the same team as Beachouse in Platja d’en Bossa and Mikasa hotel-restaurant in Talamanca. $$-$$$. (7 miles).
- El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. (11 miles).
- 45 Millas – Truly outstanding food coming from this small kitchen in an unlikely San An backstreet. World-fusion tapas with an amazing liquor selection. $$-$$$. (11 miles).
- Ca’s Pagès – Delicious traditional Ibizan food (specializing in grilled meats) in a rustic restaurant with a delightful garden. Open lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only. $$. (11 miles).
- Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. (14 miles).
- Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. (15 miles).
- Es Boldadó – Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Es Vedrà rock formation, this place not only has one of the best views on the island, but it also serves truly excellent seafood. Michelin recommended. $$$-$$$$. (16 miles, or scramble around the cliffs from Cala d’Hort).
- Massa Coffee – Some crossover with Mikasa’s offerings but Massa makes for a hip hangout close to the hotel and, yes, the coffee’s excellent. (0.2 mile).
- Passion – This award-winning Ibiza mini-chain, with branches in several of Ibiza’s most popular spots, does delicious, healthy food that’s good any time of day. 9am-11:30pm. (0.5 mile).
- S’Escalinata – Lounge on the steps of Dalt Vila, literally, at this cafe-bar where seating is on bean bags sprawled on the cobbled steps; expect cocktails and light bites. (2 miles).
- La Bodega Talamanca – The original outpost, a fun, unpretentious tapas bar at the foot of the Portal de ses Taules, was so popular that there’s now a La Bodega Talamanca, right on the beach. (0.8 mile).
- Born – Tiny vermouth and wine bar with great coffee, tapas, and light bites on the lively Plaça del Parc. (1.5 miles).
- Petit Vermut – Easygoing vermouth and tapas bar that has disco and funk music in the evenings. (2 miles).
- TiraPallá – A vertiginous terrace bar (steep staircase to the top) with gorgeous views up to Dalt Vila. Open most of the night into the early hours for cocktails and music. (2 miles).
- Paradise Lost – With the tagline ‘rum, ale, and real good records’, is there anything else you need to know? Quirky kitsch bar with good DJ nights. (2 miles).
- Cafe del Mar & Cafe Mambo – San An’s Sunset Strip has a range of bars to sample, but Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo are so well-established they are brands in themselves. DJs play epic tunes as the sun slips beneath the sea. Book to secure the coveted seaside tables. The action on the strip starts in the early evening and fizzles out shortly after midnight when the crowds move onto the clubs. (11 miles).
Entertainment Restaurants/Smaller Clubs
- STK (Botafoch) – Part swanky lounge, part steakhouse, the Ibizan outpost of this US chain has entertainment every night of the week, from dancers to cabaret acts and live music. And it’s right next door. (50m).
- Lío – From the Pacha team comes a dinner show ‘extravaganza’ with cabaret, gourmet cuisine, and club nights right on the water. (0.5 mile).
- Racó Verd – Unpretentious Mexican-inspired al fresco dining in a lovely Sant Josep courtyard with local acts. Everything from live jazz, flamenco, or folk, to DJs spinning chill-out tunes. In the daytime, this place has a boutique gift store and does brunch, lunch, and smoothies. (11 miles).
- Pike’s – Reading about Pike’s heyday is a bit like reciting the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with a guest list that has included Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Bon Jovi, and Freddie Mercury among others. Its pool was also the location of Wham’s Club Tropicana video. Nowadays, the hotel-bar, run by the Ibiza Rocks group, does theme brunches, afternoon teas, and poolside dinner events. The bar’s open to the public but reservations are necessary for many events and for the restaurant. (11 miles).
- Sluiz Entertainment Restaurant – Intimate Sant Josep dinner-show with surrealist fine dining, theater, cabaret, music, and bar, run by the creators of the extravagant Sluiz megastore. Open Wednesday-Sunday (low season: Friday-Sunday) 8pm-midnight. (11 miles).
Day clubs throw parties – usually around a pool – that start in the late afternoon and go on until the other clubs begin around midnight. Most are also hotels.
- Ushuaïa – Ushuaïa has become a huge brand and now has a hotel, spa, many restaurants (sushi, steak, oysters, and caviar), a shop, and more in its name. Look out for its famous ANTS party and residencies from massive DJs like Calvin Harris. (6 miles).
- Benimussa Park – Benimussa Park really used to be a zoo, so it’s apt that its most famous night has come to be The Zoo Project. There are several different arenas (e.g. the Seal Pit and the Rabbit Hole) and a roller disco, as well as stalls, makeup artists, and performers in abundance. The party starts around 5pm. (11 miles).
- O Beach – San An’s answer to Ushuaïa, O Beach has an enormous pool (almost 6,500 sq ft) and is famous for the Hed Kandi, Kisstory, and HotBed parties. (11 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks – Drawing a younger Instagram-friendly crowd, the renovated Ibiza Rocks Hotel throws epic daytime pool parties with acts like Craig David, Stormzy, as well as the BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA crews. (12 miles).
Ibiza’s superclubs generally run from May-October, with spectacular opening and closing parties. Not only do you have to choose which club to go to (see below as well as websites like Ibiza Spotlight), but also which particular night/event to go for. Once that’s decided, all that’s left is to plan which Discobus to get (or order your taxi), dress up, and get your credit card ready; this much fun does not come cheap.
- Heart – From the creators of Cirque du Soleil and the Adrià brothers, both Michelin-starred chefs, Heart presents guests with a 5-act dinner-club experience. Expect superlative cuisine amid avant-garde acts and music. The club’s La Troya night is LGBT+ friendly. (0.5 mile).
- Pacha – Legendary club that started small in 1973 but has since burst out of the island to become an international mega brand (those cherries…). Still going strong thanks to its program of resident DJs and long-running nights like the ‘authentic hippie party’ Flower Power and Monday night’s The Masquerade. Warm up at the club’s intimate and glamorous sushi restaurant (with live DJ on the decks, of course). (0.7 mile).
- Amnesia – Throwing great parties to help you forget life’s sorrows since the 1980s with all the biggest DJs, immersive jamborees, as well as live performances from international artists. Famous nights include the outrageous and creative elrow as well as the La Espuma foam party and the ever-popular Pyramid. (5 miles).
- Privilege – With a capacity of 10,000 (nearly 70,000 sq ft), Privilege holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest club. In its former incarnations, this was KU club as well as the site of the Manumission night, and it still draws a large gay crowd, especially to its SuperMartXé night. (5 miles).
- Hï – Located right opposite its sister club, Ushuaïa, Hï keeps the party going all night with DJ residencies. Its nights are varied and imaginative (F*** Me I’m Famous!/Glitterbox/Black Coffee), as is the quirky decor. (6 miles).
- Es Paradis – Es Paradis does fun, pure and simple. Water parties, neon paint parties, R&B, and reggaeton nights are on the calendar, and the inside is a dazzling maze with a garden, soaring Grecian columns, and a pyramid roof. (11 miles).
- Eden – Opposite Es Paradis, Eden and its newer sound system pump out amazing underground electronica and dazzling light shows. Former incarnations of the same club, Star and Kaos, were infamous. (11 miles).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Thanks to the thousands of creatives who’ve been drawn here over the years, Ibiza is an eminently stylish place that has spawned its very own fashion styles. Look out for the terms ‘Adlib’ and ‘boho chic,’ which bring together traditional Balearic fabrics with whimsical, freewheeling flourishes. The best places to shop on the island are the port area in Ibiza Town and the gentrified town of Santa Gertrudis, a veritable treasure trove. Do not, under any circumstances, miss the concept stores Gallería Elefante and Sluiz. While many shops are ditching the traditional siesta between 2-5pm, you’ll still find it harder to shop in the afternoon. On the upside, shops stay open until 9pm or later.
- Charo Ruiz – Visit the flagship store of one of the founders of Ibiza’s ‘Adlib’ fashion. Ruiz’s gypsy/boho couture made with fine fabrics started on a market stall in the 1980s and has since become a worldwide brand and a byword for Ibiza-chic. (1.5 miles).
- Sombrerería Bonet – Selling Ibiza’s finest selection of hats for over 100 years, this island institution is still run by the Bonet family. (1.5 miles).
- Vila Vins – Best-stocked wine store in Ibiza. There are often tastings and talks. (1.5 miles).
- Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí – This street is bursting with great stores. If you’re looking for boho chic, try Jeffrey’s or Isla Ibiza Bonita, complemented with beaded jewelry from Piedras. Meanwhile, Can Gourmet/Gourmet Bocadillos does budget-friendly, mouthwatering sandwiches with local and international delicacies such as jamón serrano, caviar, or wagyu beef. (2 miles).
- Espadrilles – High quality espadrilles in classic and funky styles, from the brand who made the humble peasant shoe an international favorite. (2 miles).
- Cerámica Can Kinoto – Carme Corominas and colleagues have produced high-quality artisanal pottery here since 1978. Worth a visit. Open 10:30am-1pm & 3-6pm. (5 miles).
- La Galería Elefante – More of a sensory experience than a shop, you can drench yourself in everything you need for the complete boho-chic lifestyle, including clothes, jewelry, kids’ toys, gifts, and homeware. (6 miles).
- Sluiz – From the cows hanging in the trees and outrageous parking lot signs to the cafe dripping in kitsch, Sluiz has to be experienced to be believed. An enormous warehouse, full of fantastical, fun, and fabulous clothing and homeware. There’s a cafe too. (6 miles).
- Aurobelle – Light, bright, whimsical, and ethically-sourced clothes in cotton and silk. Flagship store in Santa Gertrudis (7 miles), with outposts in Sant Josep and Las Dalias.
- Toni y Lina Pujolet – Want to buy souvenirs, espadrilles, or a nice cesta (beach basket) without being ripped off? The Pujolets have a huge selection of good quality souvenirs at reasonable prices. (11 miles).
- Boutique Papillon – Unassuming store that features a huge array of locally designed cotton clothing for men and women, in the island’s famous bright whites and unique block prints. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-2pm and 5-9:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-2pm. (13 miles).
For an overview and pictures of all the beaches, go to the official Balearic Island tourist site. Ibiza’s international reputation for being a party island does not disappoint. The island has everything from the biggest club in the world to wild costume party nights, grubby underground hedonism, and everything in between. There’s music for all tastes and the clubs are multigenerational affairs that tend to be tolerant and diverse: it’s all about having fun. For those who want to have a good time without the raving, try one of the entertainment restaurants or chill-out bars at sunset.
- Dalt Vila – 16th-century walled city within Ibiza Town’s old quarter with a warren of steep, pedestrianized, and cobbled streets (wear flat shoes with grip). There’s a cathedral, castle, the ancient Unesco-protected Puig des Molins necropolis and attached archeological museum, churches and little chapels, a monastery, a contemporary art museum, lookout points, and medieval bulwarks. There are a few ways into Dalt Vila but the magnificent Portal de ses Taules on the Plaça de la Constitució is by far the most dramatic. Every Friday night, you can enjoy traditional Ibizan dancing and costumes at the Baluarde de Sant Pere. (2 miles).
- Puig de Missa & Santa Eulària des Riu – Santa Eulària is a delightful city to explore with a pleasant beach and great indoor food market, but if you only have time for one thing in this area, do not miss the majestic 16th-century Puig de Missa (pweesh deh meesa). It is possible to drive up but make sure to wander around the characterful cluster of streets up there and marvel at the views. (9 miles).
- Ses Salines – Spectacular salt flats and protected woodlands. Excellent birding opportunities; you can sometimes spot flamingos. There’s an interpretation center if you want to learn more about the area. The beach of the same name is one of the island’s best. For one of the most fabulous bar-restaurants on the whole island, take the dirt path to Experimental Beach on Cap des Falcó, where you can eat and drink from the comfort of your sun lounger. 20-minute drive to Platja de ses Salines (8 miles) or to Experimental Beach (9 miles).
- Sant Josep & Sa Talaia (hiking) – The tourist board has produced a good guide to some of the best hikes on the island, but for view-hunters, head for Sa Talaia, Ibiza’s highest peak at 1,550ft above sea level. The walk starts in the delightful town of Sant Josep, which somehow manages to fuse the best of sleepy inland Ibiza with stylish stores and eateries. 22-minute drive (11 miles) to Sant Josep.
- Sant Antoni de Portmany & Around – ‘San An’ gets a bad rap for being flooded with young, drunk Brits, but if you can navigate your way around them (avoid the blocks around Carrer Santa Agnes), you’ll find a delightful, diverse town with excellent restaurants and a glorious bay full of little villages and coves to explore. It has some of the island’s most famous and enduring superclubs like Es Paradis and bars like the ever-popular Sunset Strip. (11 miles).
- Las Dalias – Ibiza has long attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and nowhere is a more enduring symbol of their legacy than Las Dalias hippy market just outside Sant Carles de Peralta. As the market grew in popularity (it draws up to 20,000 people on Saturdays), it inevitably became more corporate: many stallholders accept credit cards and there’s even an online store. Nevertheless, it’s well worth exploring the market’s heady mix of clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, artwork, and more. It’s a fun place to hang out, with lots of food stalls and club/live music nights. (13 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (14 miles).
- Es Vedrà & Southern Beaches – The south-westerly section of the island is most famous for the stunning Es Vedrà rock formation in the sea, and it is also home to some fantastic beaches. Standouts include: Cala d’Hort – for the best views of Es Vedrà, you can go out on boat trips from here to see it up close; Es Cubells – for its magnificently situated cliffside church and off-the-beaten-track cove; and Cala Vadella – one of the most perfect little beach villages, with a crescent of sand and a pretty plaza right on the beach with all the amenities you’d need for a day out. All are a 30-50 minute drive (15 miles).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Suma – Minimart selling all the basics. (200m).
- Mercat Vell – Small produce market in a Grecian structure in the Plaça de la Constitución. (1.5 miles).
- Es Mercat – Santa Eulalia’s produce market has a great selection of local foodstuffs, including little tapas bars. Underground and un-touristy. Monday-Saturday 7am-2pm. (9 miles).
Mikasa – The Hotel
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