Ibiza. The sultry isle of sun, sea, sexy deep house and closing parties that shamelessly go on until mid October. It’s truly a magical place where sleep-deprived people remain beautiful, sunsets are otherworldly and absolutely anything is possible.
To help you avoid mincing about the generic tourist traps with the sweaty masses, we’ve come up with this handy mini guide so you know where to eat, sleep, lounge and dance against one of Earth’s most magnificent backdrops.
For lazy long lunches and sun worship
Forget sweltering on a plastic sun bed at your hotel poolside, Ibiza is all about the beach clubs – and this year it’s all about Beachhouse.
This ultra chic venue refuses to advertise, preferring to maintain an air of exclusivity through its word-of-mouth recommendations. Situated on the picturesque Playa d’en Bossa beach, Beachhouse serves rustic Italian cuisine in a beautiful St Tropez-esque setting which includes plush beach beds topped with plump pillows and a DJ spinning some seriously smooth chillout in an elaborately adorned floral booth.
Go for the zesty beetroot salad – a fresh combination of beetroot, grated ricotta, asparagus, broccoli and pistachios, drizzled with a decadent hazelnut vinaigrette, or for something heartier try the hefty slab of Salmoriglio Turbot, which arrives at the table decorated with pumpkin puree, coriander, pomegranate and fennel.
Watch the sunset…and shake it like it’s hot (it always is)
Previously frequented by the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and a host of famous DJs and other showbiz types, this laid back, hippy-friendly beach club is perfectly situated in Cala Conta and is all about good vibes, breathtaking sea views, hangover-banishing food and the kind of music that celebrates free-spirited frolickdom.
This is a non pretentious place to come as you are – worn out flip flops and swimwear is A-OK! Sunbathe, people watch, do a spot of summer shopping for kaftans or artisan jewellery, grab a burger, then just kick back and watch the amber sun disappear into an aquamarine horizon dotted with super yachts.
Start the night right
Owned by the fun loving, Ibiza born and bred Mambo brothers, Cafe Mambo is often hailed as the new Cafe del Mar and the ultimate Ibiza sunset, pre-clubbing venue. Famous for its epic house sets from world class DJs such as Carl Cox, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, this scenic gem is frequented by beautiful people in the know, who come to watch exquisite sunsets as they tuck into protein-laden salads, down copious amounts of cocktails and shake their tanned booties to uplifting house before they make their way to a club to party till the wee hours.
The über trendy steak restaurant chain STK just opened a glitzy new venue a couple of months ago in Marina Botafoch (try saying that after a few drinks) to tempt party-goers with a tasty T Bone or a sizzling sirloin before a lengthy night on the razz.
Perfect for getting you in the raving mood, the venue is packed to the rafters with a ravishingly glam clientele and an in-house DJ spinning the latest hits – with a few cheesy numbers thrown in for the sake of nostalgia. Mixologists are always on hand, and if you’re lucky you’ll have the pleasure of witnessing the whimsically dressed cabaret performers strutting their stuff through the restaurant.
Rest that weary head
If you like your accommodation with an extra side of Oh Yeeeeeeah, opt for a room at Sol House, just off the sandy shores of Punta Pinet beach. The hotel has very recently collaborated with the booty-shaking Ibiza Rocks brand for Summer 2016, meaning that lucky guests get free entry to all three of the Ibiza Rocks events, including the infamous Craig David TS5 pool party and the We are Rockstars night, featuring a plethora of talented underground UK acts.
The rooftop bar, with its mesmerising infinity pool, is the perfect place for sunset drinks before nomming yourself into oblivion at their Food Factory restaurant. Rooms are spacious, stylish and minimalist, with many boasting striking sea views.
Every day, as the sun goes down, Sol Sets Cocktail Club kicks off from 7pm to midnight at Rooftop Nine – the hotel’s sassy rooftop bar. Guests can chill out to the sounds of resident DJ’s providing a sunset soundtrack alongside live acoustic performers.
To mark the end of the summer season, Sol House’s rooftop bar will also host the History of House party on Thursday 29th September, looking back through classic house moments with live guest PA’s performing seminal house anthems, featuring Rocks favourite resident DJs and island heroes.
Following a full refurbishment, Sol House Mixed by Ibiza Rocks is “The” new hotspot on the island. Located on Punta Pinet beach on the beautiful San Antonio Bay and boasting 275 renovated rooms, guests can discover the wide variety of high-end facilities and a unique tech-enhanced concierge service. The hotel also boasts what is arguably the best sunset views in Ibiza from the rooftop bar – so grab a Mojito and prepare to be amazed.
Rates start from €210 for a standard room with breakfast and €320 for a superior room with breakfast, based on double occupancy (high season). For further information and to book visit: www.sol-hotels.com
Splash out on a villa for group getaways
If you’re travelling to the majestic isle with a big bunch of boisterous buddies, the best form of accommodation is a massive villa situated in the perfect location – complete with your very own private pool so you can partake in group water bombing activities without annoying fellow holiday goers.
Chic Ibiza Villas has oodles of slick properties dotted around the island with different levels of luxuriousness – sleeping from four to 30 people, so you’re bound to find one that suits your budget and the tastes of your party posse.
We’re particularly fond of Skyfall – the badass urban style villa with giant buddhas in the lounge, brushed grey concrete bathrooms and al fresco chillout pavilions with plush day beds. Casa Celeste is also a winner – sporting a decadent pool area, traditional Spanish bedrooms that sleep up to 14 people and a convenient location close to Ibiza Town.
Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Ibiza from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester airports during the summer season with fares, including taxes, starting from £39 one way (£100 return)
For further information or to book Monarch flights, Monarch Holidays or Monarch Hotels, please visit www.monarch.co.uk