The mixology geniuses behind Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris are helping transform the Spanish island of Ibiza into a compelling food-and-drink destination.
Ibiza, the legendary ittle island off the east coast of Spain, might be famous for its decadent 24-hour raves, but it has a quieter side—there are meditation and yoga retreats, hidden coves and secret beaches accessible mainly by boat or steep, unmarked trails. “That’s why I love Ibiza,” says celebrated mixologist Romée de Goriainoff, co-owner of Experimental Beach Ibiza. “You can do everything or nothing—whatever you want.”
Two things you couldn’t do until recently on Ibiza: eat or drink very well. “Even at the best places, there was a tendency to put a big Buddha at the entrance and serve sushi and pasta on white Plexiglas tables,” de Goriainoff says. Now that’s changing. The extraordinary chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià are the latest to open a place there. Meanwhile, de Goriainoff has launched his Ibiza bar and restaurant with partners Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros and Xavier Padovani.