Ibiza: Natalie Buck, Digital Marketing Manager

Date Posted: 13/06/2019

Es Cana is a small resort in Ibiza which has some stunning views.

 We stayed at Hotel Anfora which was very modern, simplistic and had a true Ibiza vibe about it. It was quite a small hotel but still had a nice atmosphere. As we went early May the hotel was quiet but got a bit busier as the week went on. The hotel was immaculately clean, probably one of the cleanest hotels I have had the pleasure to stay in. There was also a lovely spa like scent throughout the hotel which made you feel instantly relaxed.

The weather was nice and it got hotter during our five-day stay. The first two days it was low 20's, which made it perfect to get out and explore as it wasn't too hot. Later in the week it became more sunbathing weather, which was nice as we got to really enjoy the hotel facilities. In the evening the temperature dropped slightly and it was a little cooler, so I would recommend a light jacket or cardigan.

Our room was very well thought out; just like the hotel reception it was very modern and minimalist yet had everything you needed (including a fridge). The only point to mention was the shower had a clear door and opened up directly into the room so not ideal if you wanted some privacy, however, we made it work.

We stayed bed and breakfast as I like to try different restaurants in the area. The breakfast was delicious and just what you needed to set you up for the day. There was even cava for breakfast which was a nice touch. The selection was your usual hotel food, including pastries and fruit (there were even churros and chocolate sauce one morning!) There was also a very nice coffee machine providing the perfect kick start to your day. The setting was so lovely, we chose to sit outside on the terrace for breakfast each morning.

There are two pools in the hotel (which I was impressed by considering the size of the hotel). There was a pool at the front of the hotel and one at the back. We used the pool to the back of the hotel as it had a little more privacy and was more popular. The sunbeds were very good quality and there were also four poster double sunbeds which added to the atmosphere of the pool area. There was also a Jacuzzi. Overall, the hotel was a very modern base to stay if you are looking to explore the local area and the island.

In the evenings we headed to Santa Eulalia where we were spoilt for choice for restaurants; there is a large selection of eateries on the front but there is also a street known as ‘Restaurant Street’ which has a massive variety of restaurants to choose from. We tried two Italian places, which were both amazing, and also a burger place called 'Project Social' which was delicious. The Mirage was a good bar in Santa Eulalia with entertainment on most nights. We also enjoyed the Liquid Bar where we could comfortably sit outside under the outdoor heaters.

As it was the beginning of the season the bars were just starting to open when we arrived. We headed to the Jacarnda Lounge for an early evening drink, which was a lovely spot to continue enjoying the sun and views. The Marvant was a popular spot for food, we had both a lunch and dinner here. It's a varied menu with plenty of choice, and was very popular (every time we walked past it was busy). We headed to Charlie's Bar a couple of evenings and there were some good singers on here a couple of nights followed by tribute acts. Another very busy spot and good atmosphere. Generally there were plenty of your typical resort bars close by for an evening out.

You could get boat trips from Es Cana over to Ibiza Town (we didn't have time to do this). We also visited the famous Hippy Market which I think takes place every Wednesday. We were able to walk here from our hotel (about 15/20 mins). If you choose to visit the neighbouring resort of Santa Eulalia during the day and/or evening. I would recommend getting the bus which was only 1.55 euro and took about 10 minutes. The bus stop is easy to find with a taxi rank next to it. Santa Eulalia is a much bigger resort than Es Cana with a lovely promenade and some amazing spots for food and drinks. My favourite was a Mexican restaurant called 'El Deseo' where we enjoyed a sharing platter of Nachos at lunchtime, they were only 14 euro and a massive portion. I would definitely recommend paying a visit here.

For one of our days we decided to hire a car so we could explore the rest of the island and I would definitely recommend doing so. As the island is quite small you can get around relatively easily and we got to enjoy the beauty of the island at our own leisure. Our first stop was San Carlos where we stopped for a coffee at Bar Anita (3 euro for two delicious coffees). We stopped off at a few places before heading to Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, which was definitely worth a visit. We enjoyed lunch here at Musset Cafe where we went for a cheese and ham board which was delicious.

Even though our trip was only five nights, we still managed to pack quite a lot in. I would suggest no longer than one week for Es Cana with it being quite a small resort (depending on what you are looking for).