Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Eastern Spain, is an ideal travel destination for a combination of the best nightlife, spectacular beaches and chic restaurants. The best time to visit Ibiza is from June through September, when renowned electronic Dj’s are in town to perform, and the weather is warm and balmy. I ventured to Ibiza last August with friends Rena Vincent and Laura Steiner. This was Rena’s sixth time to Ibiza, and she was excited to show us all of her favorite venues.
We stayed at the magnificent five-star Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, located 590 feet above a breathtaking cliff, showcasing an emerald sea in a truly magical setting. This hotel provided a relaxing haven from the hustle of the frenetic Ibiza town. The Andalusia hacienda architecture was integrated very well into the landscape, preserving the surrounding nature. We enjoyed the suspended cascades treatment at the Spa, moving around the three-tiered pool with a waterfall, overlooking the dramatic sea below. The guestrooms are very contemporary draped in white d‚àö¬©cor with modern amenities, and we saw the most picturesque sunsets from our balcony each night. The hotel features 77 rooms and suites, some with private mini pools. We enjoyed both the casual poolside restaurant Cascades for lunch and the Eden restaurant for dinner, featuring produce from the hotel’s organic garden. Hacienda also offers cooking classes, as part of the hotel’s wellness program. For other accommodation options, I would recommend the new Destino Hotel or Ibiza Gran Hotel. For those who want a full club experience at a hotel, the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel provides that atmosphere, but be prepared for music at all hours.
The best party we attended in Ibiza was renowned DJ Guy Gerber’s Rumors at Beachouse, which is an oceanfront restaurant that opened last year on Playa d’en Bossa. Guy Gerber performed for the posh crowd every Sunday from July 20 through September 2014 and will hopefully return for the 2015 season. Beachouse is a fantastic Italian restaurant with a beautiful oceanfront setting, which also has a chic boutique, where we purchased fashionable clothing. Another highlight of the trip was seeing DJ Alesso perform poolside at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel with large fountains, resembling a Vegas nightclub.
We truly enjoyed Pacha club, which has five rooms, including an outdoor rooftop patio. Pacha attracts several top DJ’s throughout the summer months, and also hosts a bohemian “Flower Power” party every Wednesday with 60’s d‚àö¬©cor. Pacha Ibiza is also home to the DJ Awards event, held each fall during the closing parties of the most famous clubs, celebrating the top DJ’s on the planet and the electronic dance music industry.
We visited a number of other clubs highly-regarded in the electronic music community, including Amnesia, Space and DC 10, seeing well-known DJ’s perform including Luciano, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Solomon, and others.
Ibiza features many fabulous restaurants with beautiful design, including El Ayoun, resembling a Moroccan palace, where we attended a chic white party while dining on the spacious patio. We also enjoyed Km5 restaurant, B.for Ibiza sushi restaurant, Cipriani and Lio, which also turns into a nightclub. For a casual meal, we were very impressed by the thin-crust pizza and salads at Bella Napoli located in the center of town.
I would definitely recommend spending the afternoon at relaxed beach clubs including Blue Marlin and Experimental Beach, which offer exceptional cocktails and cuisine in a stunning setting. Experimental Beach is located past a narrow road surrounded by water on either side, located on southern Ibiza’s Ses Salinas national reserve. The most picturesque beach we visited was Cala Salada, surrounded by pine trees with a private cove. We climbed over boulders to get to the beach, featuring the most pristine emerald water.
Another benefit is that tourist ferries can’t get to this beach, so it is less crowded.
We definitely recommend renting a car to get around the island, especially to see the spectacular beaches, however be prepared that since Ibiza is full of rocks and has many dirt paths, the cars get dirty very fast.
I hope to return to Ibiza again during my next trip to the Mediterranean, to visit additional exceptional beaches, and also explore the nearby island of Formentera.