(File photo) Chef Paco Roncero. REUTERS/Andy Ho

London - It will certainly make a dent in your holiday budget. The island of Ibiza is soon to be home to the most expensive restaurant on the planet. The new Hard Rock Hotel, opening in Playa d’en Bossa on May 18, will be launching Sublimotion – an “unparalleled gastro-sensory venture” where a 20-course meal will set diners back £1 235 (R21 965) a head.

Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero is behind the five-star resort’s exclusive concept, aiming to take 12 guests at a time on “an experience for all the senses”. Combining food, art and technology, the menu promises to create a “complete and unprecedented emotional experience” at the first Hard Rock Hotel to open in Europe.

A spokesman said: “The dishes will cause a stir among the most neglected senses – from moments of humour, pleasure, fear, reflection and nostalgia, diners will be wandering through a world of sensations from the North Pole where they will enjoy a cold snack that they carve on their own iceberg or to the baroque Versailles where the elegance of a rose is sure to melt in their palate.”

Guests will dine in a unique space that will recreate a titillating atmosphere for all the senses, with “state-of-the-art” systems creating a “vivid setting transcending human senses”.

Roncero, Spain’s most famous chef, will also launch the 300-seater Tapas restaurant Estado Puro at the Hard Rock – set to be the biggest luxury hotel in Ibiza. He said: “We are very excited about the opening of Sublimotion and believe our guests will enjoy a culinary experience they’ve never encountered. We are so delighted to be working with Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in one of the most international islands in the world.”

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza will include 493 rooms, boasting suites with private pools, ocean-front balconies and outdoor jacuzzis. VIP services, including access to Ibiza’s most exclusive clubs and restaurants, will also be offered to guests.

Abel Matutes Prats, chief executive of Palladium Hotel Group, said: “This commitment to gastronomy, entertainment, technology and luxury fits perfectly with Hard Rock’s passion to keep music at the forefront of each initiative, as well as Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza’s standing as a music-inspired innovator in one of the world’s most renowned music capitals.” - Daily Mail