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…
Want to find your own slice of rock ‘n’ roll history on Ibiza this summer? Head to the legendary boutique hotel Pikes, where this year celebrations are in progress to mark 40 years since octogenarian founder Tony Pike landed on the White Isle way back in the late 1970s. ‘Tony Pike’s Day’ will culminate the celebrations, a lavish party planned for 1 September 2018. On Saturday 30 June from 3pm-6pm, Zoe Ball will be broadcasting live on BBC Radio 2 from the terraces of Pikes Hotel, where Wham! famously filmed the video for Club Tropicana. Maxi Jazz of Faithless will join Zoe for a special performance, plus there’ll be a poolside-mix from Groove Armada as well as live acoustic set from Morcheeba. Find out more and book your stay at pikesibiza.com.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Positioned as one of 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
Review by Emma Whitehair
A relatively new 5 star boutique hotel, low-key sophistication is the name of the OD game. Located a block back from the iconic Talamanca beach, and just a 15-minute drive from Ibiza Airport, make use of their valet service for guests, if you arrive by hire car. Although, with a stylish sundeck featuring three pools, and a DJ playing from lunchtime ‘till dusk, there’s little need to move far during the day. Not to mention the local beaches, and Ibiza’s legendary Fish Shack, being just a short walk away.
Architecturally designed interiors feature narrow tongue and groove sustainable wood panelling, creating a Scandinavian look and feel of organic warmth. Iconic mid century pieces include Eames Bucket Chairs in the dining area. Where we took full advantage of the breakfast buffet – with everything from protein pancakes to eggs benedict on the extensive menu. All served ‘till noon, for those sleeping off a night on the party Isle. Rooms are mostly open plan, with well considered enclosed bathroom areas, allowing for a little…ahem, privacy. Our balcony overlooked those lounging poolside, with stunning vistas of the island’s most exclusive marina and Ibiza town twinking further afield. While another worthy mention goes to the complimentary soft drinks in the mini-bar. A rarity in Ibiza, where a bottle of water in hotels and clubs often costs 15 euros. Book your stay at od-hotels.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.
Known as one of the best sunset spots on the island, Hostal La Torre is a must-visit for tasty tapas, speedy service and sundowners, weather permitting. Tapas of crisp fried anchovies, moist tortilla and creamy burrata with sticky figs arrived promptly before delectable monkfish stew with clams and plenty of garlic. A crumbly and tangy berry cheesecake (two spoons), rounds things off nicely. If you pick a clear evening, you’ll find the place buzzing – DJ playing ambient house, not a single free spot out front on the bleached decking. A hotspot indeed, with booking essential – when in season.
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.
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