Mini Ibiza Guide: Our Hit List
It’s summer, 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 British expats looking for sun-trapped laptop spots. It’s not all about the nightlife – these days the chill does tend to outweigh the clubbing.
We asked those in the know for a quick list of their favourites. It’s not too late to get booking – Ibiza in fall is divine.
Where to stay
- Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel – this hotel was simply 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 70’s. The hotel also has its own gallery that hosts three exhibitions per peak season.
- Cas Gasi Boutique Hotel – surrounded by orchards, 450 olive trees and fragrant fruit trees. The romantic 19th century farmhouse is whitewashed in classic Ibiza style and offers just 10 rooms. An excellent base for exploring the countryside and the pool is gigantic. The head chef is from Valencia so expect lots of paella. Did we mention they have two hotel dogs?
- Los Enamorados – the owners of this 9 room hotel were certainly not afraid of taking risks – just look at the outlandish decor. 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.
- Sir Joan Hotel – a retreat for the party animal or quiet introvert alike. The 38 rooms and suites tie into a nautical theme with stripped wood yacht floors. Also features a pool, bar and penthouse with views of Ibiza’s Old Town.
Where to eat
- Restaurante Cala Bonita – here a Spanish chef produces simple yet sophisticated dishes showcasing local produce and seafood. It’s also adjacent to the beach. Try the ‘Arroz con Bogavante.’
- The Boat House Ibiza – a tiny jungle in the heart of Ibiza. The relaxed atmosphere hits you as soon as you arrive with huge hammocks on the beachfront. Food is served in tapas form and coconut water makes the perfect accompaniment.
- Casa Colonial Ibiza – this restaurant and bar distill their own gin (LAW) on the premises. The Thai and Mediterranean-French fusion food will convince you to stay for dinner – served on the large colonial-style terrace.
- Cala Comte – pedalos to hire, sand dunes, 15 minute drive from San Antonio.
- Cala Saladeta – quiet, snorkelling available, accessed by walking.
- Agua Blancas – nudist-friendly, favourite among residents, 10 minute drive from San Carlos.
Where to shop
- Junco yi Mimbre is 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 hotels or fancy boutiques. A close walk from the new 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 judgement.
- The boutique at Experimental Beach Club is the most “Ibiza” of the bunch. Pricier than it should be, but a great curation of women’s and men’s clothes, bathing suits, and jewelry.
Where to dance at night
- DC-10 – a former airplane hanger where the plans soar low over the outdoor terrace, giving the audience an adrenalin buzz! Circo Loco on Mondays is the best night. It may be pricey, but the 150 EUR VIP bracelet is 100% worth it for the extra bar (easy drinks), a cleaner washroom, and a special patio exclusive to your group. The average age is older at around 30-40 – a nice change from other clubs.
- Hi Ibiza – 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. The Glitter Box night skews towards a younger crowd, bringing dancers, fierce performers, drag queens and music together.
- Pacha – 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 60’s and the 70’s.
Where to dance in the day
- Experimental Beach Club – the original ‘day party to sunset’ spot. Reserve in advance to ensure a table, and graze over amazing light bites and white sangria for hours, while you watch the sunset over Es Vedra. Must order: the watermellon feta salad and the squid a la plancha.
- Beachhouse – pretty easy to get into if you have a large crew and can’t find reservations in the smaller options. On a soft sand beach (rare in Ibiza) and offers good food with huge portions for sharing. Great spot to swim. Close to the airport too – the perfect place to welcome friends who have just arrived.