What comes to mind when you think of Ibiza? Late nights clubbing? Boat parties along the med? Or a romantic getaway watching one of the world’s most famous sunsets?
I’ve just arrived back from a couple’s trip to Ibiza. We stayed in San Antonio, notorious with clubbers, during the opening parties. It was our first time in Ibiza, and apart from a quick scroll through Instagram, we didn’t have a clue where to start.
So if you’re like me, first time to the island, but fancy trying a bit of everything, here is a snapshot of the best bits of our holiday.
- O Beach Ibiza
A favourite amongst ex-love islanders and semi-pro footballers, O Beach Ibiza is a beach club/pool party with a difference. Each day of the week brings a different flavour, from old-school anthems by Kisstory DJ’s to dance classics with Hedkandi. Expect lots of dancing, lots of drinks, and a load of surprises. Keep an eye out for the dancers arriving on cranes, and watch out for the sprinklers in the pool.
Top tip: You don’t need to book a bed, especially if you’ll be spending your night flitting from the bar to the dancefloor. Lockers are only €2 for the day, so throw in your shoes and tops and get back to the action.
2. Ramp it up
I don’t need to try and sell the Ibiza clubbing scene to you. We headed over to Playa d’en Bossa for the ANTS Metropolis opening party at Ushuaia. From the huge open air venue, to the top DJ’s and unbeatable stage production, Ushuaia should be near the top of your clubbing list.
Top tip: Have a few drinks beforehand and head down a couple of hours after opening to beat the queues. We arrived just after 8pm and walked straight in.
3. Explore by sea
Continue the party on a boat trip, or raise your pulse in a different way with a watersports trip. We booked an afternoon trip with Salvador Ibiza, where we kayaked, paddle boarded and snorkelled at the caves. With unlimited drinks and fresh fruit, tropical house music and only a handful of people accompanying us, this was the ultimate chilled escape.
Top tip: Don’t go for the first trip offered to you. There are plenty of reps who claim their cruise is the best. Grab some leaflets and have a quick look on TripAdvisor to see what other tourists recommend.
4. Dalt Vila/Eivissa (Old Town)
Take a break from the party scene and get a bus over to Ibiza Town. Hit the shops in the centre if you fancy spending some cash, or take a stroll along the port as the sun sets for a moment of peace. Head on up to Dalt Vila for dinner and enjoy a glass of sangria as street performers dance along the cobbled streets.
Top tip: If you want to eat in Dalt Vila, reserve a table. We were lucky enough to grab a spot at La Torreta and had a beautiful meal. Just make sure you bring enough cash as these aren’t cheap eats.
5. Sunset from Cafe Mambo
The sunset from Cafe Mambo is dreamy. Live music, fresh drinks, the sound of waves crashing and orange hues filling the skyline. Nothing beats it. Head down early (with a reservation) and grab some dinner as the sun sets. Or simply have a few cocktails and a shisha to soak up the atmosphere.
Top tip: Make like the locals and watch the sunset from the rocks. An espresso martini will set you back €18, so take some drinks to the beach with you to get the same experience for a fraction of the cost.
Ibiza is an island that has it all. Whether you want to party all night and into the day, or kick back and relax, you’re spoilt for choice. I’ll definitely be returning. Until next time.