By Rebecca Lee
A hot sunny climate, beautiful beaches and an unreal party atmosphere –those were just some of my requirements when booking my holiday to escape the brutal Irish weather.
Life’s a beach in Ibiza!
Ibiza is one of ‘those’ places that I’ve always wanted to visit and with a crazy workload facing me from September- I decided it would be the most appropriate place to go to let my hair down before I have to keep it tied up.
From speaking to a number of DJs that I’ve worked with over the years and conducting an endless amount of research I must confess I had great expectations for the Spanish ‘party isle’ in the Mediterranean Sea.
Hence my sister Rachael and I packed our bags and before she could even suggest Portugal or Lanzarote our trip was booked and we were on our way. Being true Ibiza virgins we stayed in San Antonio which is supposedly the most suitable resort for ‘first timers’.
Despite its wild reputation, I was surprised to find that San Antonio was quite a pretty little spot away from The Westend which is the tacky party strip full of neon lights, topless men and you heard it right -knicker flashers! There were some really good little restaurants to eat in in San Antonio- many running five course set menus at an unbelievable price of 12.50 each (The Ibiza Rocks Diner and David’s Pizzeria were particularly good). In addition to this, it hosts a stretch of white sandy beach which is perfect for party goers who needed to rest their dancing feet. If you’re heading to San Antonio I would highly recommend you visit Ibiza’s newest hotspot ‘Ocean Beach Club’. It’s an uber posh club ridden with large white leather couches, hot waiters and waitresses, pumping music and jawdropping strobe lights. A number of celebs have been spotted there recently such as Tulisa from the X Factor, Denise Van Outen and Joey Essex from TOWIE- so you won’t look like a creep if you bring your binoculars….
Rachael and I at Ibiza Rocks
Also worth a visit and the entrance fee is Ibiza Rocks which is also in the fabulous ‘San An’. It’s a large club consisting of a pool and a stage that many well-known artists such as Professor Green, Amelia Banks, Ed Sheeran and Example among others have performed on. World famous DJs are also known to frequent Ibiza Rocks on nights off- while there I had the pleasure of meeting top DJ Paul Oakenfold and founder and star of Dirty Sanchez Mathew Pritchard- who had no problem having the chats with us and posing for pics!
If you’re heading to Ibiza and are looking for a sunset to remember then go no further than Café del Mar or Café Mambo. The views of the sunset from the area these bars are in is unbelievable, with crowds clapping when the sun finally turns from yellow to pink to purple and slowly sinks down behind the sea.
Being the ever curious pair and with a bus station right behind our hotel we simply couldn’t stay in San Antonio. A half hour journey on a bus brought us to Ibiza town which I must say was extremely impressive. Being the old part of Ibiza it’s miles away from and consists of ornate white washed buildings, winding cobblestone streets and hoards of pretty little eateries and market stalls. There’s also a beautiful harbour area which is great for quietly watching boats and life go by.
Also during our week’s stay we took a trip to Playa De Bossa (which is about 40 mins away from San An). Although extremely commercial it’s about three times the size of San Antonio, its way more hip and boasts a huge array of restaurants, bars and shops as well as having the best beaches I’ve ever seen- which surprisingly enough didn’t appear to be overcrowded during peak season. Playa de Bossa is also home to world class clubs Space and the five star Ushuaia Beach Hotel which sees David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia do DJ sets regularly. Be warned though both clubs are pricey (you’re looking at about 30 euro for two vodka diet cokes -seriously!) Another spot to visit if you’re looking for a party during the day is Bora Bora which is a bar that’s famous for hosting raves on the beach during what would be office hours back here!
The craziest club we visited over our stay had to be Pacha which is between San Antonio and Ibiza Old Town. If you’re looking for the ultimate rave and trance experience I would recommend you head there. The atmosphere, the body ripped dancers and the lighting effects make it well worth a visit.
Despite its reputation as the ‘party isle’ It’s worth remembering that Ibiza isn’t just about dirty dancing in hoards of clubs-there are loads of family friendly spots such as Santa Eulalia, Cala Llonga and San Antonio Bay which are quieter and better equipped for kids and adults. There’s waterparks, funparks, shopping malls, boutiques world class tapas restaurants- you name it. It all depends on the purpose of your holiday- which in our case was to party our pink socks off.
Did Ibiza meet my expectations? Yes. Would I go back? I’m already planning my next trip! Would I do anything differently? I’d stay in Playa de Bossa (because it’s far nicer than the other spots we visited). And would I have any advice for fellow Ibiza clubbing virgins? Definitely- bring a big wallet and tanning oil along with your comfiest flipflops and prepare to party from sunset to sunrise!
Rachael at the famous Café Del Mar
As featured in U Magazine