After a summer that has seen her working at some of the island’s finest establishments as well as frequenting many, if not all, of the island’s cooler parties, Essentialibiza finally persuaded Lauren Chester to put her partying to good use and sent her along to Kumharas for the triumphant return of Wax Da Beach to Khumaras with special guest Daddy G from Massive Attack in tow…
“After a great afternoon at Sands beach bar, Playa d’en Bossa checking out the guest chef, Tim Payne, and his cracking roast lunch, not to mention a nice long Sunday sleep on the beach, it’s just a quick pop home for a shower before I’m rushing out again to head to Kumharas. Hard life, but some ones got to do it!
Kumharas is by far one of my favourite sunset spots on the island, located in Cala de Bou. Although just a stones throw away from the chaos and carnage of San Antonio’s west end, you would think you have found yourself in a remote beach somewhere in the north of the island. There is something about Kumharas that makes you forget about all the thoughts bouncing about in your head and take a step back to admire your surroundings in true Ibicencan style.
Our timing is perfect, as we arrive just as the sun is setting and DJ Daddy G of Massive Attack is playing a chill out drum and bass set to an eclectic mix of islanders of all ages. And what a privilege it is to see Daddy G in such an intimate venue. As one half of the down-tempo electro double act from Bristol, he has managed to keep producing relevant, boundary stretching music for the last 20 years, picking up a few Brit awards and EMA’s along the way.
Kumharas is built around an authentic pirate lookout tower, which has been reconstructed as a bar, with a rustic wooden canopy shading the bar and café area. There is a real laid back energy, which always attracts a more earthy and open-minded clientele. The venue is truly spectacular and becoming very busy. Everyone is looking out over the rocks to watch the sun go down, enjoying a bite from the sushi shack, some shisha or just a few drinks. I decided to have a wonder around and look at the hippy market stalls which separate the bar area from the restaurant, where I pick up a couple of anklets and a Kumharas album.
But I mustn’t fail to mention one of my highlights of the evening, the crepe stall, where I nailed a Nutella and banana crepe and was tempted to get another one. Daddy G is joined by DJ E.A.S.E of Nightmares On Wax with an appearance from MC Harley Maxwell for Wax da Beach’s first appearance at Kumharas in some time and the crowd is not short of smiling faces. The sun has just set and the music is starting to pick up tempo, I spot a few friendly faces as I hear Blackstreet’s ‘No Digity’, and before I have even finished half my mojito I am straight on the dance floor…where I remain until the early hours. Unfortunately for me I was full of cocktails and have overstuffed myself in the afternoon at Sands so didn’t have a chance to get some food in the beautiful and romantic Kumharas restaurant. Gutted! But watch this space, the essentialibiza team will be back soon with a full restaurant review.”