There are several excellent five star hotels in Ibiza, but few feel as generously spacious or beautifully positioned as Seven Pines.
The five-star property on the island’s west coast opened amid much fanfare in spring 2018, and has since gone on to establish itself, via its staggering sea views, excellent spa and impeccable service, as one of the most luxurious properties on the island.
Where is it
Perched on a cliff edge on the west coast of the island and set on an area of 56,000 square meters, Seven Pines takes its name from the sweet-scented conifers that surround it.
The resort is 25 minutes from Ibiza airport by car, and guests can book the private pick-up with the Seven Pines limousine service. Those arriving by boat can drop anchor below the resort’s cliffs where they’ll be collected on a rib to enter via the resort’s grotto entrance.
The resort of San Antonio and San José village can both be reached in under 15 minutes, for a range of restaurants and bars.
The all-suite resort is set in whitewashed Ibiza-style homes which marry the island’s traditional aesthetic with modern touches. The décor focuses on natural materials and a neutral palette with flashes of turquoise.
The terrific staff, many of whom get about on bikes and golf buggies as the resort is so spread out, are not only some of the most helpful I have ever encountered, but they are all beautifully dressed – men in white shirts and linen shorts, women in white Broderie Anglaise dresses and cream wedge espadrilles.
From laying a towel on your lounger before you have even thought of it, to plotting the perfect itinerary for your sunset drinks excursion, service here is immaculate and delivered always with a bronze-faced smile.
The 186 suites at Seven Pines are set in sprawling gardens in a village-style resort.
These open-plan one and two bedroom suites (which can also be configured to allow a villa with three to four independent suites in one private home), allow for so much space and privacy you feel more like you’re in your own little apartment than any sort of hotel.
The Cliff Suites are the most secluded, and perfect for anyone who likes the sea in view at all times, while the Laguna Suites, situated around a central child-friendly swimming pool, are perfect for families.
All suites have a terrace or balcony and the largest (and all of the two bedroom ones) come with their own private plunge pool.
While décor feels a little basic and beachy in places for a five star hotel (think laminated canvases of bright aqua waves and pine furniture so simple it had a whiff of Ikea), the suites are spacious, well laid-out and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need – from vintage champage and locally-sourced nuts and crisps to a beach bag and Molton Brown bath products.
Everything was spotless and regularly cleaned, and each day a carton of sustainable local water was placed bedside.
Food & Drink
There are two main dining venues at 7 Pines, both of which use locally sourced, seasonal, organic produce where possible, and kitchen induction stoves that have zero carbon emissions.
The Pool Bar, located adjacent to the main infinity pool, serves a casual (and delicious) all-day menu of salads, pizzas, tacos and sushi – all just the sort of thing you fancy when you’re cooking yourself poolside, and the bar’s team of smiley and super attentive white polo shirt-clad waiters are more than happy to deliver you lunch, drinks and snacks to your lounger; for days when the upright position simply doesn’t appeal.
Breakfasts are served in the first floor The View restaurant, which has plentiful outdoor seating and dual aspect sea views. There’s an extensive buffet, both hot and cold, as well as enticing a la carte options – the egg white omelette with green vegetables was a perfect healthy start to my day of doing nothing. Well, until I discovered the fruits of the bread oven that is, which were bikini diet damagingly good.
By night, The View transforms into the property’s fine dining destination where Chef Seungmin Bae creates simple yet exciting European gastronomy using Korean cooking techniques such as steaming, fermentation and Robata grill. The tasting menu, which was deftly tailored to suit my vegetarian requirements, changes daily. For special occasions, there’s also a Chef’s Table – set around an open kitchen – which has its own special menu and allows close interaction with the chef.
On ground level below The View is The Cone Club, the perfect spot for evenings when you fancy dining on more relaxed food (Mediterranean sharing plates with Arabic and Asian influences) under the stars. Padron peppers and insanely good croquettas were followed by an excellent – if rich – oxtail cannelloni and a good tuna tartare.
There’s also an area with cushioned and cabana seating that looks out over the sea on two sides which also an amazing spot for sundowners. As the sun disappears behind the watery horizon, the Cone Club DJ, decks perched al fresco by the cliff edge, sounds a giant gold gong: Ibiza night time is here.
For after-dinner drinks, the Pershing Yacht Bar – named after the famous yachtmaker who constructed its boat-like design – is low lit by glowing torches and also overlooks the sea, albeit a different vista. In addition to all the usual cocktails there’s an excellent and extensive gin and tonic menu – the Tanqueray with coriander and grapefruit was so delicious I have since recreated it at home.
The resort has two pools. The main sea-facing pool is adults-only and comes with semi-submerged loungers and a glass wall at one end through which you can see the sea. The Laguna Pool is surrounded by the Laguna Suites, shallower and frequented by families.
The Pure 7 spa is one of the hotel’s most impressive features. An 1,500sqm oasis of pampering bathed in natural light and sea views, it comprises six treatment rooms including a spa suite for couples, complete with a private balcony, a thermal circuit (including steam bath, sauna, cold mists and water beds), and beauty space with salon services that include manicure and pedicures, hair and make-up. There’s also a small gym within the spa, where you can get a sweat on while looking out to sea.
In addition to offering a whole range of excellent treatments, from Thai and hot stone massage, to reflexology and cosmeceutical facials, the spa is entirely plastic-free and makes efforts to be sustainable with paraben-free and vegan products that contain ingredients sourced from the island.
Finish your treatment and recline in a sea-facing cabana on the spa terrace, looking out to the island of Es Vedrà, and you’ll start to believe that there really is something magnetic and magical about the island.
For anyone fancying a stroll, the property is surrounded by several fantastic beaches. Ten minutes’ walk away is Cala Colodar, a pretty little pebbled cove with sparkling blue water and a super casual beach bar – the ideal spot for an afternoon dip and a cerveza.
For anyone seeking Ibiza’s sensational sunsets, Sunset Ashram restaurant on Cala Conta is an incredible spot for early evening drinks, a five minute drive or 15 minute walk from the hotel. Get your #sunsetselfie then settle in for super strength cocktails and surprisingly good sushi until long after dusk.
When to go
From May to September to enjoy good weather and ambience.
May to September is also the season in which the nightclubs are open, should dancing be on your holiday agenda.
How to get there
Flights to Ibiza are regular with Monarch, British Airways and Easyjet. The hotel is a 25 minute cab ride from Ibiza airport.
Unlike many of Ibiza’s hotels, Seven Pines is a year-round resort. Rates vary depending on the season and occupancy, and start from around £430 per night.