May 12, 2021
4 min read
A Guide to Sunny Ibiza
Every time summer rolls around (or we get to thinking about where we’ll be holidaying when the sun’s out this year), we have to talk about Ibiza. Once a destination for all-night dancing and severe hangovers, the island has had quite the rebrand in recent years, with an influx of wellness businesses and digital nomads looking for laptop sun traps.
And it’s never been all about the nightlife, really – the north side of the island has always been a beautiful retreat for those in the know. These days, for us, the chill does tend to outweigh the clubbing – so here’s our round-up of the best places on the island to do it.
Where to stay in Ibiza
This hotel was made for Instagram – check out that millennial pink. Each of the rooms at the Paradiso has Marshall speakers, a Smeg fridge, and colorful furniture characteristic of the 70s. The hotel also has its own gallery that hosts three exhibitions per peak season.
Surrounded by orchards, 450 olive trees, and fragrant fruit trees, this romantic 19th-century farmhouse is whitewashed in classic Ibiza style and offers just 10 rooms. It’s an excellent base for exploring the countryside and the pool is gigantic. The head chef is from Valencia, so expect lots of paellas. Did we mention they have two hotel dogs?
The owners of this nine-room hotel only open their doors in late spring, ready for the summer season, and close around fall. Based in North Ibiza, Los Enamorados is full of quirky antiques and one-off pieces. The Peruvian chef is masterful with fresh fish. And massages are also available.
A retreat for the party animal or quiet introvert alike. The 38 rooms and suites tie into a nautical theme, with stripped wood floors. There’s also a pool, bar, and penthouse, with views of Ibiza’s Old Town.
Where to eat in Ibiza
Restaurante Cala Bonita
The Spanish chef cooks up simple yet sophisticated dishes, showcasing local produce and seafood – try the
arroz con bogavante
(rice with lobster). It’s also adjacent to the beach.
The Boat House Ibiza
A tiny jungle in the heart of Ibiza. The relaxed atmosphere hits you as soon as you arrive, and see the huge hammocks on the beachfront. Order some tapas, sip coconut water and enjoy.
Casa Colonial Ibiza
This restaurant and bar distill their own gin (LAW) on the premises. The Thai and Mediterranean-French fusion food is served on the large terrace, with great views.
Best beaches in Ibiza
- Cala Comte
: Pedalos to hire, sand dunes, a 15-minute drive from San Antonio.
- Cala Saladeta
: Quiet, snorkeling available, access on foot.
- Agua Blancas
: Nudist-friendly, a favorite among residents, a 10-minute drive from San Carlos.
Where to shop in Ibiza
Junco yi Mimbre
The best local emporium for anything raffia or woven. From beautiful bags of all shapes and sizes to furniture, hammocks, shoes, and more, it’s all here. Prices are up to 300% cheaper than in hotels or fancy boutiques. And it’s a close walk if you’re staying at the Sir Joan hotel.
Don’t miss the on-site concept store at Los Enamorados hotel, for high fashion mixed with some more local, affordable items. One of the owners is a former magazine editor, so we trust his judgment.
Experimental Beach Club
The beach club’s boutique is the most “Ibiza” of the bunch. Pricier than it should be, but it has a great curation of women’s and men’s clothes, bathing suits, and jewelry.
Where to dance at night
A former airplane hanger, where the planes still soar low over the outdoor terrace, for an adrenalin buzz! Circo Loco on Mondays is the best night. It may be pricey, but the 150 euro VIP bracelet is 100% worth it for the extra bar (easier-to-order drinks), a cleaner washroom, and a special patio exclusive to your group. The average age is older than in other places, at around 30 to 40, which makes a nice change.
Only open for the summer season – the night to go is Black Coffee on Saturdays. South Africa’s DJ Nathi Maphumulo has collaborated with some of the biggest names, including Akon, Alicia Keys, Drake, David Guetta, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Jay Z. TheGlitter Box
night skews towards a younger crowd, bringing dancers, fierce performers, drag queens and music together.
An old-school favorite that’s been kicking about since 1973. Go for Flower Power on Monday nights: a retro hippy party where colorful and free-spirited characters come together to dance to hits from the 60s and the 70s.
Where to dance in the day
Experimental Beach Club
The original sunrise-to-sunset spot. Reserve in advance to ensure a table, and graze on amazing tapas and white sangria, while you watch the sunset over Es Vedra. Must order: the watermelon feta salad and the squid a la plancha.
Only open for the summer season, this spot is pretty easy to get into if you have a large crew and can’t find reservations elsewhere. On a soft sandy beach (rare in Ibiza), and the food is good, and comes in huge portions that are ideal for sharing. It’s also a great spot to swim, and close to the airport, too – the perfect place to welcome friends who have just arrived.
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