As a regular visitor to the sunny white isle of Ibiza, there are certain hotspots which take up a special place in my heart – and stomach..
Cotton Beach Club is a good example. Nestled on the top of a hill in the scenic town of Cala Tarida, this minimalist-chic beach club is often frequented by the rich, famous and famished.
During my recent yearly visit with my fine food-loving partner in crime, we indulged in a Mediterranean feast whilst overlooking the breathtaking bay underneath us – dotted with sun-worshipers and shiny white yachts galore.
The space is always inviting, warm and elegant – with its famous all-white decor, soothing chill out music and welcoming staff.
We started our Cotton Beach Club experience with a few of their renowned summer cocktails – the oh so creamy Pina Coladas and zesty margaritas – perfect choices to get into that all-important holiday mood.
Starters were a delicate dance of various sushi and sashimi dishes – each served to the table with immaculate presentation, each tasting even more divine than the year before. The special sea bass nigiri mix was a sushi-lovers dream -fresh fish combined with the heady flavours of coriander, wasabi mayonnaise and lime, whereas the tuna tataki with white garlic, pistachio and spring onion tasted almost otherworldly.
The finest Tibetan caviar was also on offer for anyone wishing to add a touch more decadence to their Balearic feasting experience – one for next year I think…
Next to arrive at our pristinely made up table was a true artwork of a dish – the ruby red tuna tartare, marinated in zesty lime and perched regally on a creamy bed of avocado. A generous dollop of mango and wasabi ice-cream rested smugly on top and was a welcome cooling addition to this perfect-for-summer culinary creation.
The lobster salad was another alfresco-appropriate dish which touched our seafood-adoring hearts. We marvelled at how the refreshing cubes of watermelon added touch of summertime pizazz to the buttery chunks of perfectly-poached lobster – smothered in a etherial avocado cream and tastebud-enticing almond vinaigrette.
By the end of such an exquisite Ibizan banquet, we were perplexed at the thought of ordering pudding, but in the name of journalistic research and integrity we ploughed ahead and took part in the arduous task of devouring an obscenely silky coconut creme brûlée.
Whilst at the club, I learnt about all the exciting coming events to be hosted for the summer. I was particularly intrigued to hear that the nearby Cotton Fitness Club plans to host a one-off workshop on Wataflow – a powerful underwater healing practice. This unique event will take place in collaboration with Ibiza’s expert therapist Michelle McLaughlin, founder of Shell Therapy Ibiza. Fitness buffs can book taster sessions this on Monday 29th July.
Cotton Fitness Club resides in the tranquil turquoise surrounding of San Antonio’s Calo des Moro beach, a concept committed to health, fitness and wellbeing in luxe settings. The Wataflow therapy is for anyone seeking a truly immersive escape, giving guests the opportunity to reconnect with themselves. The treatment can be hosted exclusively at Cotton Fitness Club’s swimming pool, where guests can enjoy a one-to-one bespoke session.
I also learnt about Cotton Supper Club – held at a picturesque setting near Ibiza Town, boasting striking sea views. This exclusive experience involves a glamorous private space for dining and special occasions with your most fabulous friends.
Only open for private bookings, this swanky supper club will offer in-the-know foodies a gastronomic experience worthy of a million Instagram posts – expect special guest DJs, stylish interiors and experimental dishes inspired by the Far East and the Balearics.
Cotton Beach Club is also famed for its one off special guest performances. Last week the club hosted the Grammy award-winning international jazz sensation, Gregory Porter, as he performed live at an intimate one-night only Gala Dinner. The Californian jazz king sang a selection of his soulful songs to a lucky private audience after feasting on a specially created fine-dining menu.
After lunch, we made our way past gaggles of effortlessly-stylish diners laughing over relaxed lunchtime conversation, and walked down the whitewashed steps to the sandy beach beneath us. As we lay down on the powder white sand and listened to the sound of the waves and excitable holidaymakers around us, we made a mental note to return the following year – or more realistically for the closing parties.
Cotton Beach Club is in my opinion the best beach club on the island that never sleeps, perfectly merging Balearic chic, warm hospitality and seriously game-changing food. Tell only your closest friends and bring enough money to tip generously…