Derived from the Japanese spiritual and architectural concept meaning “inner space”, OKU prides itself on offering understated luxury in destinations that captivate, with wellbeing practices that revive, and dining and music experiences that awaken the senses. The debut of OKU Ibiza will join OKU Kos, which soft-launched for a short season this year and will open with its full offering in April 2021.
Located on the fringe of Cala Gracio bay and nestled in lush hills, OKU Ibiza is home to the island’s largest pool - one of four swimming pools at the property. With a focus on slower living and enriching experiences for the curious traveller, the hotel comprises 184 boho-chic guest rooms and suites, a 140m2 OKU Signature Suite, a standalone four-bedroom villa with private pool, ocean-view penthouses, two hotel pools, two restaurants and an intimate spa.
The look and feel of OKU Ibiza has been thoughtfully designed by OKU's in-house design team, who have taken inspiration from the location to reflect the simplicity of beach life and invite barefoot living. Principles of ‘OKU’ are brought to life through meaningful use of space, whilst making the most of natural light and shadows. The team drew inspiration from the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy which champions the connection to earth and using natural materials.
The brand’s considered natural design ethos has been applied to architecture by award-winning father and son duo of MG&AG, who have worked on over 60 residential and hospitality projects worldwide. OKU Ibiza will also showcase the work of rising modern artists including bespoke commissions by LA-based painter and sculptor Steve Tepas, and a piece from Belgian artist Tom Van Puyvelde. Whether staying in one of the swim-up pool guest rooms, ocean-view penthouses, the epic OKU Signature Suite or the four-bedroom villa, meticulous care has been taken to ensure guests will feel relaxed and at home at this Balearic island retreat.
Guests can enjoy daily complimentary yoga in the rooftop yoga shala. A serene spa, with five treatment rooms, will offer a thoughtfully curated menu of treatments blending ancient traditions with modern advances using all-natural products. The hotel will also have a fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment by NOHrD & Casall and personal trainers will be on hand for those seeking a more dedicated personalised programme.
Alongside a focus on R&R, the weekly brunch is something not to be missed. A rotating programme of some of the island’s best DJs and live performers will perform every Sunday as guests enjoy an all-day brunch by the main pool, served with fresh juices and delicious cocktails.
Whilst guests are unlikely to want to tear themselves away from the relaxed sanctuary of OKU Ibiza, there are beautiful cliffside coastal walks with stunning views right on its doorstep. The guest experience team can also organise an array of activities such as private boat trips to Formentera and nearby islands, kayaking by sunset and guided walks through Ibiza’s breathtaking terrain.
There will be two main restaurants at OKU Ibiza: destination dining at the OKU Restaurant and the poolside To Kima for relaxed fare. Both menus have been curated and overseen by Executive Chef Mark Vaessen, formerly from SUSHISAMBA. Renowned for his mastery of fusion Japanese cuisine, Vaessen has crafted innovative menus that will take guests on a mouth-watering culinary journey, using the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Guests can expect a more refined affair at the OKU Restaurant, which will be open for dinner and will serve adventurous international fusion cuisine with a strong Asian influence. From Asian-inspired tapas to grilled meats and fish, as well as a raw menu of Asian delicacies, sashimi and nigiri and extensive vegetarian and vegan options, there will be something for everyone.
The impressive bar is located adjacent to the restaurant, alongside the hotel’s remarkable 50m pool, and serves refreshing signature cocktails all day. It is also the perfect place for an aperitif or post-dinner night cap accompanied by DJ beats ‘til late.
For a more laid back setting, head to To Kima, which will serve breakfast followed by an all-day lunch menu. Here, Mediterranean cuisine will take centre stage in various forms, from sharing style platters and light bites to a la carte and poolside snacks. There will also be a healthy juice bar at the end of the main pool where guests can enjoy fresh-pressed juices and smoothies throughout the day.
Rates at OKU Ibiza from €360 per night, based on two sharing a Superior room.