Ibiza, sensual party island Featured

Top tips on enjoying life on this Mediterranean resort.
by 04 June 2009

DAY
People usually like to stay in a villa and for this you do need to book in advance as the island is not very big and fills up fast. One of the best agencies to get in touch with is Villas del Mundo. Also ask them about car rentals (as getting a taxi in the summer is next to impossible) and boat rentals. If it is a last minute trip you can always try a hotel.

A party people favourite is Pacha Hotel which as a plus will put you on the guest list to their club, the trendiest one on the island, and accommodate you with a VIP table if requested. More perks? The club is conveniently located just across the road from the hotel so you do not need to drive.

Another great place to stay is the newly opened five star Ibiza Gran Hotel with minimalist design and walking distance form the port so you can charter a boat for the day. If what you need is to get away from it all, we recommend the Hacienda Na Xamena, built on a cliff, with breathtaking views of the ocean or Atzaro, a rural hotel built like a Balinese temple, both exclusive and reclusive. Aguas de Ibiza. If you are renting a boat or if you have been invited on a friend’s yacht, the best place to start your day is Café Sidney right on Marina Botafoch port.

It is important to go to the right beach, as not any strand of sand will do. If you want to see and be seen head straight to Malibu, a beach club on Salinas Beach, the playground for models and Spanish celebrities. But the real international jet setter joint is Blue Marlin, equipped with white day beds and low leather couches to lounge on. If you want a more select environment head to the newly refurbished Pura Vida on Niu Blau beach. Now for the luxury treatment, we recommend Nassau Beach club.

NIGHT
As the sun sets, and the heat becomes more bearable, it’s the best time to head into town for some shopping. For the one of the best selections in luxury brands go straight to Mayurca (Passeig Vara De Rey 10). One of the most famous shops on the island is located right at the steps of the Dal Villa walls. Fashion brand Antik Batic, a favourite amongst a list celebrities and fashionistas, is known for their colourful print kaftans and boho style accessories. Whatever you do, do not miss out on the homemade cakes at Croissant Show, next to the shop. Sit at one of their outdoor tables and enjoy a latte and pastries for your afternoon ‘merienda’, Spain’s answer to ‘english tea time’.

If on the other hand, you are just mooring the boat do have a look around the port as some of the most exclusive boutiques are located right on the ocean front. Blue Marlin carries international brands like Bluemarine, Ralph Lauren and Barbara Bui (Marina Botafoch Local 320/1/2).

The white island as it is often called, has a wide array of dining experiences on offer. Book a table from 10 PM onwards if you want to be in with the ‘in’ crowd. From an enchanted garden in the center of town (La Brasa, Calle Pere Sala, 3) to a decadent morrocan inspired restaurant complete with belly dancers (El Ayoun, Calle Isidor Macabich, 6). We also love alfresco dining at Dos Lunas (Carretera Eivissa-Sant Antoni km5.4) and the coctails at Ocho Brasserie (C-733 Road to San Juan, Km 9.5).

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