REVIEW: MIM ES VIVÉ, IBIZA
If you follow me on Instagram, it may have come to your attention that I was recently on holiday in my favourite place, Ibiza staying at Hotel MiM Es Vivé. What can I say, it's a very Instagrammable island.... This was only my second visit to Ibiza after visiting for the first time last summer and I knew there were a few things I'd do differently this year, most notably, paying closer attention to the hotel we stayed in. This year, we opted to stay in the Hotel MiM Es Vivé, in Figueretas, on the East side of Ibiza. I read about approximately 3,687 reviews of the hotel before we booked so I thought I'd give my honest review of exactly what to expect at Hotel MiM Es Vivé. We found the hotel through booking.com and paid for it all ourselves so it really is a completely honest review.
WHY HOTEL MIM ES VIVÉ?
Last year we stayed further towards the old town in a beautiful hotel called Hotel Nautico Ebeso which was clean, friendly and had a shit tonne of marble EVERYWHERE so what wasn't to love, right? For a start, we didn't have a balcony and faced towards a back street and truly my favourite time of day on holiday is when you come back from the pool and sit on the balcony and eat Lay's crisps and have a few drinks before getting ready so a balcony was high on our list of priorities this year. Also, although the pool was nice, it was across a public walkway from the hotel and there was no music, no bar, no atmosphere and the sun loungers were a bit basic so we wanted to make sure we had somewhere a bit more lively and somewhere that would serve us Bloody Mary's on our sun loungers. It was also a really big hotel and there were quite a lot of families so breakfast was a bit busy for my liking, especially after only a couple of hours sleep most night.
Everything we wanted this year, we definitely found at Hotel MiM Es Vivé. We had a really big balcony overlooking the pool which was perfect for a little Prosecco drinking, Lay's eating and Love Island catch up (sorry, not sorry) every night. The pool was also right below our room and right next to the restaurant/bar area so it was also good for a spot of people watching. The area around the pool was quite tight and tightly packed but you could always get a sun lounger which was really comfortable. There were also towels laid out on the loungers every day; last year at our other hotel, we had to pay a deposit every day for our towel and then return it at the end of the day which was slightly annoying.
The MiM Es Vivé is a small, boutique hotel and, as such, breakfast was a much more relaxing experience where you could sit at the outside dining area. It's also adult only which was also something we were looking for in a hotel this year.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF MIM ES VIVÉ
We arrived on the 18th of July at about 7pm and the hotel itself did NOT disappoint as far as first impressions go. It's located on quite a quiet, one way street that doesn't have lots of traffic but is just one street back from the sea.
The reception is beautiful and the staff were so welcoming and friendly. Not just upon our arrival but throughout our entire stay, another thing I much preferred about staying in a smaller hotel. I was also very excited to learn (my non-football fan friend, Jayne, less so) that Lionel Messi actually owns MiM Es Vivé and his Ballon d'Or is proudly displayed in reception. *fangirl moment*
There is a real art deco/Miami vibe at MiM Es Vivé and I loved all the white with the hint of blue/green. The decor was beautiful and really tastefully done.
ROOMS AT HOTEL MIM ES VIVÉ
Our room was located on the second of three floors and I would actually ask for this floor again. On the third floor, there is access to the rooftop bar so I think it must be slightly more noisy with more people passing and there is a smell of smoke in the corridor as it makes it's way down from the terrace area. We stayed in a Superior Room and I'd read from a lot of reviews that it still wasn't that spacious but I was really pleasantly surprised with the size of the room and, as we were a corner room, we had a much bigger balcony too. (Please excuse the mess of the bed, I forgot to take pictures until our last morning... #bloggerfail)
Our bed was SUPER comfy and we both slept so well during our stay and the sheets felt really luxurious too. There were plenty of full length mirrors and the AC worked really efficiently too which was lucky because it was so hot this year.
The bathroom was also a really decent size and our shower was huge. The shower was marble and really powerful so, again, absolutely no complaints there.
We stayed in a Superior room at MiM Es Vivé and I'm SO glad we upgraded from the aptly named 'Tiny/Cosy' rooms. When we walked past some of the smaller rooms in the morning when they were being cleaned, we noticed that they were significantly smaller and I don't think they have balconies either. I'd definitely recommend one of the pool facing rooms as they all seemed to be much bigger and more luxurious. But, then again, I guess it depends how much you plan on being in the room but for two girls with massive suitcases, I think the standard room would be far too small for us.
Hotel MiM Es Vivé is located in between Playa d'en Bossa and Ibiza Old Town in a quite area called Figueretas (about 10/15 mins in a taxi from the airport) and there are definitely quite a lot of locals that live in that area which I actually really liked. The beach is a five minute walk away and there is also a water taxi stop which takes you to either Playa d'en Bossa or round the coast to the huge harbour at the Old Town. There were quite a few really nice restaurants and bars along the front, some of which were really reasonably priced for Ibiza. It was about €8 for a taxi to Playa d'en Bossa for Ushuaia and Hï and about €25-30 for a taxi to San Antonio for Cafe Mambo or Ocean Beach Club.
FOOD & DRINK AT MIM ES VIVÉ
Let's start with my favourite meal of the day, breakfast. As with most hotels, it was a self serve buffet located in the restaurant next to the pool called 'Experience'. It was quite an opulent setting for breakfast and I loved that it was served until 11am so we didn't need to get up too early. The first thing we spotted was the Prosecco which we could help ourselves to so that was a good start. The breakfast was almost exactly the same every day which was really tasty but a little variation in the cooked breakfast (scrambled eggs/hash browns/tomatoes/sausages/bacon every single day) wouldn't have gone amiss. You could order other things from the menu but you would need to pay about €12 for an eggs benedict type of breakfast.
As I mentioned, they served drinks around the pool and the lovely Pablo was our favourite waiter. As with almost everywhere in Ibiza, the drinks weren't exactly cheap at about €12-15 for a cocktail but that probably isn't much more than I'd pay in Glasgow these days.
Although you could just sign for drinks and have them added to your room, we chose to pay after every round as I dread to think how much you could easily spend in a week. Sunbathing is seriously thirsty work after all!
We actually didn't eat lunch or dinner in the hotel as we usually went to a little beach bar called Prince just along from the hotel which was pretty good and was much cheaper. It was nice to actually go there for a change in scenery in the afternoon anyway and they also did half price cocktails before 9pm too!
From 4pm each day, the rooftop bar and terrace area opens and you get the most amazing views over the bay. They have a few big beds for relaxing on and soaking up the last few hours of the sun and watching the sunset.
THE POOL AT MIM ES VIVÉ
As I mentioned, the area around the pool was quite, well, 'compact' but there was also another area at the other side of the entrance to the hotel which had more sun loungers and was a bit quieter. The entire pool area was in the sun for the vast majority of the day so you didn't need to worry about where you sat around the pool as it wasn't shaded by any buildings etc.
There was a DJ on everyday from about 2pm which made for a really good, chilled, Ibiza vibe. The pool itself and the grounds were all perfectly clean and you can tell it's very well maintained as you'd always see maintenance staff working away keeping the place looking pristine.
WOULD I GO BACK?
So, I guess the big question is... would I go back again? And my honest answer would be ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY! We really loved our stay at the MiM Es Vivé, felt completely settled there really quickly there and were so sad to leave. It was lively without being wild and I think it would be perfect for a group of girls or even a group of couples. Even the communal areas at the lift were nicely styled and it felt like a really safe hotel too. As I mentioned before, the staff were particularly friendly and helpful and hotel has a concierge who can book trips, tickets etc too.
There will be another Ibiza blog post in the near future about my Top 5 Things To Do in Ibiza... other than drink Bloody Mary's at the pool all day!
I also vlogged the trip so don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel 'Victoria M Style' to see exactly what we got up to.