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Nature wild and free at Cala Bonita

Beautiful eco-elegance meets lush cuisine at this romantic beachside restaurant, a place where you say "te dijo te amo".

VITAL STATISTICS

Why go? For a romantic, intimate dinner with a lover or friends

What kind of food is it? Ibizan, fresh Mediterranean cuisine

Who is it for? Anyone, particularly frequented by locals and regulars on the island. Prices are very reasonable although there are opportunities to splash out if you want.

Can anyone go? Yes, although vegan options are limited.

Best table? For lunch, the ones on the beach side, overlooking the bay. For dinner, the cosy cave table by the altar of candles in the back.

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The Venue

The view from Cala Bonita restaurant Playa S'Estanyol IbizaA dreamy sunset view from Cala Bonita

Cala Bonita is located at Playa de s'Estanyol. This almost private spot makes you feel like you're in a secret spot on the island - a rarity.

The restaurant itself is perched overlooking the beach and the bay, tucked in a perfect corner for great view from all tables. Crisp white table cloths adorn eco-chic wooden tables and chairs. Rustic charm oozed from the main dining room, with an equally appealing side dining area called Petit Bonita for groups.


The Ambience


Preparing a huge sea bass for us

As we anticipated the mains, the restaurant was filling up with locals and regular island visitors. Ideal for a romantic date, there's a cosy little cave table for two tucked off to the side as well as tables for four lining the edge and overlooking the moonlit bay. An altar of pillar candles gave the room a friendly, intimate glow.

Losing ourselves in conversation, it was a perfectly timed wait between courses. Soft background music filled the room but the table spacing was ideal and there was no need to strain to hear or be heard.


The Food

Mussels with haute cuisine finesse at Cala Bonita IbizaMussels made with haute cuisine finesse

An understated passion for local food and a love of Ibiza was evident in the food from start to finish. The starters were simply lush. A tangy, delicately spicy and perfectly marinated ceviche danced across our tongues. Artfully carved squares of Jamon Iberico from the famed Duchess of Alba estate melted in our mouths and came accompanied by lovely tomato bread or pan con tomate.

A plate of meaty mussels arrived artfully drizzled with a green sauce and marinated in a hearty minestrone broth: these had a beautiful depth of flavour. This was a dish you could have for a shared plate or as a main all to yourself with bread to soak up the sauce.

The main courses arrived with elegance and flair. A whole sea bass was presented, perfectly crispy on the outside with local herbs and an oil drizzle. It was expertly de-boned for us by the waiter and the pure white flesh inside was like butter. Rich and meaty yet fresh and delicate, with a squeeze of lemon bringing out the grilled flavour. Accompanied by a fresh green salad and potatoes it was a perfect dish for two or to share with other mains.


Delicious steak with truffle sauce at Cala Bonita Playa S'Estanyol IbizaTender memories: a perfectly cooked beef tenderloin

For the meat lovers, a beef tenderloin or solomillo was one of the stars of the show. Strips of beef, tenderly sealed and baked were served with a gorgeous truffle foam and al dente asparagus spears. Just a hint of pink in the middle; we didn't even need a knife to cut them. The broccolini with sheep's milk curd, caramelised garlic and shallots was the perfect side, an explosion of flavours on the palate.

Having eaten like kings, we knew we couldn't pass up dessert. Cala Bonita has its own dessert kitchen and brought out two simply delicious options.


For lovers or friends, a cheeescake for two

The first was a cheesecake for two. It was served in a large gin goblet and layered with biscuit base, cheesecake filling, ice cream and sprigs of baked biscuit flake sticking out like an homage to the ice cream treats you had as a kid. Despite being satisfied by the starters and mains, we were fighting for the last spoonfuls of this!

Chocolate passion was the second dish. It came as a slice of chocolate heaven with fruit compote drizzle, chunks of passion fruit and a delicate banana cream. Forks were at the ready and it was gone in seconds.

Cala Bonita was one of the best meals I have ever had in Ibiza. The love for the island combined with the notion of “imperfection is perfection” with food and the eco-elegance of the restaurant is my idea of dining heaven


Ibiza Spotlight tip

Go a bit earlier to dine and catch the glimpse of sunset from the fishermen's huts. It's a treat to watch the beautiful orange and yellow colours that shine as the sun falls in the sky.

Book now before the word is out.


PHOTOGRAPHY | Peter Young

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