La Gaia by Óscar Molina wins its first Michelin star

21 Jan 2022
2 min read

Ibiza Gran Hotel’s flagship restaurant, La Gaia by Óscar Molina, has been awarded its first Michelin star in the revered guide’s latest selection. And with it, the illustrious property has become the first hotel in Ibiza to be awarded this prestigious accolade, marking a new era for the island’s culinary esteem.

The Michelin-star award is the culmination of more than a decade of dedication and determination from the team at La Gaia and Ibiza Gran Hotel. Chef Molina combines Mediterranean flavours and traditional techniques with Japan’s innovative approach to gastronomy to deliver a creative and provocative dining experience that showcases the very essence of the local ingredients.

A combination of haute cuisine and creative expression, the Mediterranean Kaiseki menu at La Gaia by Óscar Molina takes diners on a journey through the unexpected, where every detail has been designed to excite the senses. The signature tasting menu, Posidonia, is a 12-course gastronomical ceremony, starting with a personal welcome from chef Óscar Molina, and progressing seamlessly through a series of exquisite creations that celebrate the island’s finest produce and rich Mediterranean heritage.

Chef Óscar Molina has led the culinary team at Ibiza Gran Hotel since 2008 and La Gaia is his most personal contribution to his art. Molina joined the hotel after two decades within some of the world’s leading five-star hotels, having worked with world-famous Michelin-starred chefs Joan Piqué and May Hoffman. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious VI National Gastronomy Award by FACYRE and in 2018 chef Molina was voted ‘Chef of the Year’ by the Balearic Association of Journalists and Writers. Most recently, Molina was awarded the Best Chef 2020 by the Ibiza Academy of Gastronomy.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this international accolade,” said chef Óscar Molina. “It is every chef’s dream to be acknowledged for their work and I am delighted to be recognised alongside my esteemed peers. I am so proud of my team for putting Ibiza on the culinary map and showing the whole world what we can do.”

Situated in an enviable position overlooking Ibiza’s grand marina, Ibiza Gran Hotel is an oasis within the heartbeat of the white isle.  The property’s 185 spacious suites serve as a sanctuary for guests who choose the quiet luxuries of excellent service and a quality environment.  The hotel’s four restaurants demonstrate a continued commitment to exceptional dining, from their extensive The Grand Breakfast to the Pool Restaurant,  Cipriani’s classic Italian cuisine and Casino de Ibiza.

“We are delighted to be recognised with this prestigious Michelin star.  The award is the culmination of more than a decade’s hard work and dedication, not only by chef Óscar Molina, but the whole team at La Gaia and Ibiza Gran Hotel,” said General Manager Raúl Sierra.

“We are proud to bring the first Michelin star to a hotel in Ibiza and will continue to show the world the extraordinary flavours of our beloved island.”