Wanderlust on the White Isle: A Guide to Ibiza
When someone speaks of Ibiza, you will usually think of it as a party island. Whilst this is true, it is one of the best party destinations in the world, it’s also a real island paradise. There are different parts of the island which are suitable for different types of people. For clubbers, San Antonio and Playa D’en Bossa are the best places to go. For a quieter vibe which is perfect for couples and families, head to Cala Llonga or Santa Eulalia. There are a lot of accommodation options available from hotels and hostels, to apartments and luxury villas. Contrary to the popular belief that the island is expensive, you can often find cheap accommodation and flights.
Places to Stay
Ibiza Rocks Hotel: Home of live concerts, staying in this hotel will get you instant access to three events per week- a pool party and two concerts. This is the place to be for a party atmosphere.
Hard Rock Hotel: Five pools, five restaurants and a spa. Last year, rapper Tinie Tempah had a residency in the hotel.
Ushuaia Beach Hotel: A taste of luxury and the home of the most amazing daytime parties alongside hedonistic nights.
Hotel Brisa- Just a few minutes away from Ibiza Rocks, this is a good budget option.
If you are travelling with a large family, why not consider a villa? We found a great one in San Jose for six people with a private tennis court, but there are plenty of other options.
Young couples should try the Santos Ibiza Coast Suites in Playa D’en Bossa. This adults only hotel has live DJs by the pool every day, day beds and a beach bar. Perfect!
Things to do
With the island being so full of beaches and surrounded by sea, there are plenty of activities for you to take part in. They include cliff diving, jet packing, chartering a boat, the Ocean Mania Total Wipeout style course and the Aguamar water park. If you prefer land, you could hire a beach buggy and go on an island tour.
If you love to keep fit and eat well, there are plenty of options in Ibiza for you. There are a lot of wellness and yoga retreats, where you can switch off your phone and get away from it all. For something more physical, try the No.1 exercise boot camp- brutal but effective.
Although the island isn’t necessarily famous for cultural sights, it certainly has some. Visit the Castle of Ibiza. Note that you will have to be pretty fit to reach the top, but the castle itself is actually an old city filled with cute little shops. The island also has Dalt Vila, an old fortress and a World Heritage site. If you like shopping, you should check out a traditional Ibiza hippy market. The best one is Punta Avabi which is held on Wednesdays in Es Cana.
There are three main clubbing resorts: San Antonio, Playa D’en Bossa and Ibiza Town. Each resort has its own vibe and variety of clubs. There are beach clubs, superclubs, low key bars and so much more. Café Mambo is the best place to see the iconic Ibiza sunset and their strawberry daiquiris are insanely good. Pacha is one of the most popular clubs on the island with different club nights each week. Ocean Beach Club is well known for day time pool parties. For a cheap and cheerful night out, head to San Antonio’s West End.
It’s too early for official line ups for the clubs, but some of the island’s best events include:
- Zoo Project
- F*ck me I’m Famous- David Guetta club night.
- Cream at Amnesia.
- Martin Solveig My House at Pacha.
- Boat parties- different companies will run different themed boat parties.
- Kisstory- Playing the best old school anthems at Ocean Beach Club.
- Radio 1 Weekend in Ibiza- Usually occurs in August.
Tips and tricks
- The opening parties take place at the end of May.
- The clubs generally close by the end of September- early October.
- Use the disco bus to get from San Antonio to the clubs.
- Superclubs generally open at around midnight until 6am, so don’t get there too early.
At the moment, Monarch has some great flight deals to Ibiza.