There is a reason why I have stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel twice already, it’s simple, I like it. There are plenty of suites, has the biggest spa in Ibiza, a couple of pools, it’s close to everything, whilst overlooking the sea – it’s a ravers paradise. With all the calories burnt dancing like you just don’t care, with your hands in the air, nourishment is an essential stepping stone to do it all over again the next day. Room or pool service is a luxury that you need to abuse unforgivingly with a hangover – that we did.
Visit 1.0 September 2016
After a hard nights raving I went for the parma ham pizza with mozzarella and pesto. Pizza with a hangover is generally a happy place for me, but this would give anyone a salt induce face scrunch after the first bite. It was more akin to a salty sea creature than a pizza, water was immediately grabbed. Avoid folks and order something else.
My mate, who was also my boss at the time opted for the nacho’s with all the toppings imaginable. Eating them in 30 degree heat with a raging hangover was the total opposite of comforting. The heat turns them soggy too. If they’re you’re thing, have them in the shade.
That evening I went for their pretzel burger with Angus beef, red onions, bacon, mayo and manchego cheese. It was wonderful creation that I’d order again in a heartbeat. Get this over the pizza – you’ll thank me for it.
My last meal ordered at their ‘Munchies’ bar was painful, not because of the monumental hangover, but jaw ache I got from those twig like chips and boiled to death hot dog. The salad was as dry as autumn leaves too, what a shame. It cost €20 too with a drink. Avoid folks.
VISIT 2.0 September 2017
The swoon worthy views do their job of soothing those sore morning eyes, I can tell you that for nothing. The echoes of techno from Ushuaia soon reminds you that you’re on the party capital of the world though!
Chicken Caesar salad came with parmesan shavings, iceberg lettuce, croutons and Caesar sauce €17. This one came without Caesar sauce as quite frankly, I think it’s rank! The chicken itself was succulent and did the job of soaking up the booze.
Room service the next day brought along pappardelle on the wrong side of lukewarm, it doesn’t stop there though as the pasta didn’t require any chewing, nor did the sauce have any flavour. The parmesan tasted like the if was from a cardboard tub too. For €25, I’d expected more. (Sigh).
Ravioli stuffed with burrata cheese, sun-dried tomato came with a sage and butter emulsion €22. It wasn’t bad to be fair, definite improvement of that tepid pappardelle I had at room service. It taste more like salmon than burrata though!
Potato gnocchi with octopus rags €25 is seemingly an obvious choice for me as I love both in general. I couldn’t finish the bowl though as the lack of seasoning and sauce meant the dish didn’t leave first base.
The last meal..
I went for the chicken burger with manchego cheese, with aubergine, bacon, wasabi and soy mayonnaise €15. There was nothing soothing about the dry chicken or bacon for that matter and I couldn’t wait for it be taken away. It came with those dreaded chips again, so dry they could ignite a fire.
When did I go? September 2016/2017
The damage: Expect to pay €20-€60 (£15-£60) for the food and £350-£600+ per a night for the rooms.
The good: It’s convenient!
The bad: The food is expensive for what it is, options to eat in the local area are limited too, so you’re kinda stuck! Don’t get me started on the drinks service again!
Rating: 2/5 (Food only)
Would I go again? Yes for the hotel – not the food!
Address: Carretera Playa D’en Bossa, s/n, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Islas Baleares, Spain
Phone: +34 971 39 67 26