Headed to Ibiza this summer? Whether you’re looking to join the party pilgrims at the best clubs in Ibiza, or you want to unwind amidst the beauty of the White Isle, read our guide to where to go and what to do this season…
24 August – 29 September 2017
If you’re headed to Ibiza this season, take a break from hedonistic pursuits and check out Diana Gomez’s show at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. The FREE WOMEN exhibition features the photographer’s most famous portraits, including Jade Jagger (read Jade’s guide to Ibiza for Country & Town House, here), Rosario Dawson, Daisy Lowe and Gizzi Erskine to name but a few. Taking over the grounds, swimming pool and terraces of Pikes Hotel, FREE WOMEN is a feminist-driven and auto-biographical show consisting of life-size portraits and outdoor installations. The glossy, high contrast, glamorous show is perfect in the iconic surroundings of 80s party palace Pikes, which is getting a stylish makeover courtesy of current co-owner and creative director Dawn Hindle. Don’t miss the racy black and white image at the bottom of the pool, best observed from the restaurant above (feel free to jump in from the ledge for a better view; you wouldn’t be the first).
‘The show is all about celebrating strong, free women and their amazing energies’ – Diana Gomez
The charity partner for Diana’s show is Teenage Cancer Trust, with a percentage of the profits from all sales going to the charity. While you’re in the area to see the show it would be rude not to stop by the pool bar and enjoy a ‘Club Tropicana’ cocktail while dipping your toes in the famous pool the Wham! video was filmed in. Buy your own slice of the show (and help raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust) online at dianagomezshop.com.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
The brand new Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is the most talked-about luxury opening of the summer. Positioned as the White Isle’s leading five-star destination, from the owners of Marbella Club and Puente Romano, the hotel offers 152 leading designer rooms and suites, a spa by Six Senses, four restaurants and bars, and an incredibly skilful curation of indulgence and serenity in one of Ibiza’s chicest bays.
Designed to be the ultimate playground for grownups, every element has been carefully considered to provide guests with the finest, authentic island experience. The resort itself is a masterclass in understated luxury – natural materials like marble, stone and rope are used against a cool palette of whites, golds and Ibizan blues and the entrance is a light-filled atrium that leads your gaze directly through to the ocean beyond. Read Sophie Ball’s full review of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, here.
Review by Lucy Cleland
Really, there’s only one way to travel to the White Isle. By private jet. Bypass the diehard party crowd who head straight to Pacha from the airport to throw an all-nighter on the dancefloor and head instead to Santa Eulalia and the sparklingly white ME Ibiza for sundowners on the rooftop bar and a spot of supper. After all, no self-respecting partygoer would dream of turning up at a club before 2am.
Check in with your ‘aura hostess’ (yes, really) to make sure the hotel’s whole vibe is doing it for you and that the ‘sexy light’ in your room is working properly (what’s this, I hear you cry – well, it’s a red ambient filter light that is switched on for when you return from clubbing and feel like getting jiggy with it. Probably best to leave the kids behind on this trip). You barely need to pack your washbag either – the hotel has a bundle of stealable products to use, from eye makeup remover to toothbrush and comb. By day, laze by the pool, nurse your hangover with hair of the dog and listen to Ibizan beats or pop literally next door to Nikki Beach for a slap up seafood lunch. ME Ibiza’s JET ME package, which includes private jet, DJ, six nights’ accommodation, yacht charter, VIP entrance to the island’s best beach cubs, daily spa treatments and much more, costs €25,000 pp based on a group of 12. +34 971 330051; melia.com
Boutiques on the island are springing up faster than you can say ‘boho chic’. There are two sartorial vibes, so you need to choose your fashion tribe. Those from the Roberto Cavalli school of dressing – and, indeed, he has just opened his latest Cavalli Club near the marina – will be flaunting tight-fitting everything, sky-scraping shoes and excessively glam accessories, all packed and brought with you in your Louis Vuitton luggage.
For the more laidback look, you can stockpile broderie anglaise, scarves, shawls and yoga gear at La Galeria Elefante. Oh, and check out ex-Elle journalist Grace Saunders’ gorgeous new jewellery label Circa Ibiza, which reworks vintage charms and lockets, turning them into modern collectibles.
You can of course come to Ibiza and not party. The northern part of the island is far quieter (this is where Jade Jagger and Charlotte Tilbury prefer to be; read Jade’s guide to Ibiza, here) – and you can do some beautiful walks and enjoy gentle evenings at places like Paloma, which serves up terrific homemade grub in the middle of the island.
But really – at least once – you need to shake your bootie on the podium at Pacha or Amnesia to strike it off your bucket list. Lots of restaurants, like the Cavalli Club mentioned, have dance floors that you can hit after supper if you want to avoid the megaclubs. For celeb spotting and day-to-night partying, we love Blue Marlin, Nikki Beach and Cipriani, the very place where the Justin Bieber/Orlando Bloom face-off went down in 2014.
From the team behind the widely renowned Amante Ibiza, comes sister restaurant Aiyanna. Located in Cala Nova Bay on the north side of the island, Aiyanna offers a modern take on Western Mediterranean food with meze sharing plates, free-range fish, organic meat and an array of vegetarian options. Continuing the tradition of the perennially popular Ibizan boho vibe, Aiyanna also offers 60 beach beds, a DJ and a daily wellness programme with morning Pilates and yoga sessions.
Without a doubt, take ME’s boat, a blissful hour of seabreeze, to Formentera for a tranquil day at the beach. Pitch up just outside one of the coolest beachside restaurants you’d hope to find – Juan y Andrea – for piles of paella and cold cervezas. Muck about in the blue, blue sea and sunbathe on the white sand beach before gearing up for yet another night out back on Ibiza.
Don’t miss a trip to the famous Hippy Market where over 500 craftspeople tout their wares (it runs every Wednesday). There’s also excellent food and music to keep you happily occupied for a few hours. For something off-the-beaten track, try the Sunday market at San Juan (again, in the quieter north of the island), which sells everything from natural soaps, herbs and spices and leather goods to freshly baked bread, fresh olive oil and cheese.
WHATEVER YOU DO…
So many of the beaches (we recommend Benirrás beach or Cala Salada) have the most amazing beach cafes, which offer the perfect antidote to the big clubs. Pre-trip, buy Hjordis Fogelberg Jensen’s new book My Ibiza, which includes things to do and places to see that even the locals don’t know about.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL…
Avoid visiting in high summer. The island’s character changes completely in the quieter months and you can even find a fair amount of sunshine in January and February – perfect for a yoga or detox retreat. Ibiza Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth a proper visit.
If travelling commercial to Ibiza fills you with dread (we’ve all read those in-flight party headlines) then look no further than Surf Air, the world’s first all-you-can-fly membership airline which offers the benefits of private aviation for a fraction of the price. Founded in 2013 and well-established in the US, where it serves 17 destinations from hubs in California and Texas, the airline debuted its London-Ibiza route this summer with a further European roll out imminent.
Working on a subscription flight-sharing model, the airline provides limitless flights in the Surf Air network for a monthly fee starting at £1,750 and services California, Texas and European destinations including Ibiza, Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Seats are secured on your chosen flight in under 30 seconds through the app and tedious airport waiting times are eliminated as passengers are only required to arrive 15 minutes before take off.
It looks like the future of air-travel is already here.