Sir Joan Hotel Reviews, Ibiza

Why book?
For proximity to all the parties, Pacha, the harbor, feasting and scavenger hunting in Ibiza Town – Sir Joan offers five star style on an intimate scale.

Address: Sir Joan, Passeig Joan Carles I, 1, Ibiza Town, 07800 Eivissa, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Telephone: +34 871 18 25 25
Price: Doubles from around £ 130
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Set the scene
Beside Pasha and Marina Botafoch, this city dweller is a striking contemporary addition to the rattan and tassel bohemian of Ibiza Town. Arranged around the green fish scale tiled pool at its heart is the signature Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, which inspires the kind of glamor that takes you straight up to your room to try your look harder.

Luxury room in Sir Joan, Ibiza

Steve Herud

The backstory
Tel Aviv entrepreneur Liran Wizman opened his first hotel almost a decade ago in Amsterdam – and he now has 13 (with two more on the way). Its Sir boutique hotels are cool, modern, and inherently urban, drawing a smart, adult and fun crowd, and Sir Joan brings a touch of the brand’s urban intelligence to Ibiza, fusing elements of Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and ‘Spain. Here, Israeli design studio Baranowitz and Kronenberg have gone on a sort of nautical journey, so entering the open-plan lobby / lounge / restaurant / terrace feels like you are aboard a luxury sailboat, Bridge-shaped wooden floors with hammered steel walls that resemble the surface of the sea, reflecting the ever-changing light.

Terrace at Sir Joan, Ibiza

The rooms
Marine motifs run through the 38 rooms and suites (most of them fairly standard): ocean blue walls; sliding steel panels for more privacy between the bed and double sinks; a wall of shelves, uncluttered and organized as only a hotel room can be, with locally produced products and shiny cardboard (photography, art, nudes). Ask for a harbor side room (try 301 or 311); those at the back overlook an Ikea and busy roads. If you really want to get started – and why not if you are in Ibiza? – there are two penthouse suites with stunning views over walled Dalt Vila. Of these, 402 is calling for an afterparty, with its rooftop garden with sofas for a large crowd and its own bar.

Restaurant Izakaya in Sir Joan, Ibiza

Food and drink
Take two popular cuisines, skillfully combine and boom! Hottest instant restaurant in town, if not on the whole island. At Sir Joan’s iconic Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, Izakaya, sushi and sashimi pair wonderfully with ceviche and salads. Small, innovative dishes are made with light touch, rich in flavor and low in calories – the most delicious grilled octopus tentacle lying on a bed of quinoa, for example – which is just one of the reasons why this place is so popular with groups of friends sitting on the terrace by the pool. At the back, a second, more informal restaurant, The Butcher, serves award-winning gourmet burgers from noon to midnight.

The Butcher restaurant in Sir Joan, Ibiza

Steve Herud

The neighborhood
Those who sell real estate might describe the Sir Joan as “well located”. Its immediate location is not charming, on a double roundabout next to the harbor – but it is indeed only a few minutes walk from the bohemian boutiques and craggy passages of the old town, and the boutiques of creators and superyachts from Marina Botafoch, in an increasingly cool Region. Talamanca beach is just around the corner, while Pacha is practically next door; and it’s a great bookender for anyone going to Formentera.

The service
Warm and informal – and, in Ibiza terms at least, mostly efficient. Front desk staff are happy to help with beach club and restaurant reservations, but what’s especially nice is the pride they take in organizing great things to see and do – and not the usual stuff either, whether coordinating a surprise beach party or a pottery workshop with Ibiza ceramicist Charlotte de Lantsheere. In the restaurant, the waitresses hang out in LBD, attentive and discreet.

With the exception of large bottles of bathroom products, green efforts are not immediately apparent, but apart from composting food and using energy-saving sensors, the hotel supports the IbizaPreservation fund, which works for more sustainable practices.

Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
All bedrooms have step-free access and there is one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom designed for wheelchair users.

Nothing to report?
Most guests use the hotel’s sun-yellow Dutch bikes as their Instagram backdrop rather than transportation, but they’re actually great for exploring the neighborhood. Nothing like seeing a place on two wheels to make you feel more like a local (formerly the art of cycling frenzied sin has been mastered).

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