Friday Night Fun At Sunset Ashram

Posted on September 27, 2015

Words: Abby Lowe
Images: La Skimal.

You may think that once you’ve seen a sunset, you’ve seen a sunset. That there’s no need to purposefully seek one out, or go somewhere especially to see one, because what happens is inevitable – the sun disappears below the horizon, the sky turns pretty colours, everyone applauds (this happens in Ibiza, get used to it) etc etc. But actually that’s not the case, because having lived in Ibiza for a few years now I am still amazed anew by the sunset each time I see one. In fact just the other day I was so impressed by the majesty of one that when I got home I was ranting about it at about a million miles a second and it made me feel a bit nauseas. I was so excited my housemate had to calm me down with some herbal tea. Anyway, all this sunset loving needs a good venue to house it, and you can’t better than Sunset Ashram in Cala Conta because it’s a place of island legend. I’m going to say sunset one more time just because I can. Sunset.

Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal

Cala Conta is notoriously one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, and perched on the east coast, it’s in the perfect place for sky gazing, whatever the time of day. Sunset Ashram is a restaurant that’s been at its heart for years – effortlessly blending in with its surroundings, it’s a place that feels like it’s been carved out of the landscape. It’s perhaps this that allows it to serve as a gateway between us the natural spectacle of sunset, and this that makes it an undisputed islanders’ favourite.

Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal

Every Friday there is live music to accompany nature’s most spectacular of shows and it comes courtesy of Dimitri Nakov and Gustin, two DJs who’ve got an upbeat sunset soundtrack nailed. On Friday, big bouncy beats were layered with ethereal vocals and blissful melodies, so dreamy sounds filled our ears as the sun assuaged our eyes, and on arrival we ordered cocktails, and so by this point pretty much all of our senses are undergoing a pleasure overload. And we’re not the only ones have a fine time, the restaurant is full, the music is pumping and people are already up dancing by speakers or nodding along in their seats.

Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal

The arrival of our first courses coincides with darkness, luckily meaning we can focus on the task in hand. We’ve ordered tempura soft shell crab, Bluefin tuna served with medlar sauce and beef carpaccio. We share them between the three of us – the flavours are punchy and the ingredients fresh, so we’re unable to pick a favourite from the pack. For mains we opt for Asian style marinated beef with wasabi sauce, cod fillet with crispy chorizo and yellow prawn curry. There’s a range of cuisine available on this menu but it’s all executed to perfection, and we relish savouring every mouthful. We’ve little room left for dessert but we plump for a sharing plate so we can have a tiny taste of each – the cheesecake is our standout favourite but each dish a parcel of sweet goodness and gives us the energy we need to get up and dance. While we’ve been eating people have been abandoning their tables in favour of dancing to Dimitri and co. and so by the time we make our way to the makeshift dancefloor there’s a full on party brewing. The tunes have got harder and the bass heavier, and the crowd are responding fittingly with whoops of approval and hands in the air. We dance well into darkness, happy to make the most of this magical venue and all it has to offer.

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Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal
Sunset AShram by la skimal