Ibiza: Your Essential Guide To The White Isle

Warning: This may cause some serious #FOMO!

It may be known as the Party Capital of the World but despite what you think Ibiza isn’t all about all-night-raving and all-day-drinking (although that’s fun too, right?) From white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to indulgent dining and bohemian boutiques there’s something for everyone on the white isle.

Explore…

There’s a deeply spiritual side to Ibiza, which is likely to be the reason why it was the island of choice for many travelling hippies in the 1960s. Today you can still feel it and it’s all thanks to Es Vedra – a large mystical rock off the coast of Cala d’Hort which legends say has healing and supernatural powers. #Spooky!

Play (or rather dress) the part by visiting the famous hippy market in Es Canar or the numerous boho boutiques in Ibiza town. Emonk offers beautifully crafted leather and suede footwear adorned with embellishment, fringing and glitter that are ideal for any bohemian queen. If you want to update your beachwear wardrobe then head to Amanecer where you’ll find plenty of colourful basket beach bags, embroidered kaftans and beach-to-bar ready sandals.

Es Vedra Island at sunset. Picture credit: Rex

Party…

As we wave goodbye to one legendary club we welcome in another and it’s even better, bolder (and certainly louder) than its predecessor. Yep, we are of course talking about Hï Ibiza; the island’s latest super-club that’s located in the same site of the recently closed Space. Hï Ibiza, the new brainchild of the team who brought us Ushuaïa, opened it doors earlier this summer season and after catching the line-up for the opening party alone we think it’s fair to say we are pretty darn excited for what else is yet to come.

 

Eat…

Famous steak house, STK, opened its doors to its first Ibiza eatery last summer and attracted a long list of our fave A-listers. Despite the fact they serve up some of the best dishes on the island (lobster fish fingers followed by a 300g fillet steak = utter heaven) don’t be fooled into thinking this steakhouse is just a restaurant. Oh no… Thanks to an excellent cocktail menu and a bunch of impressive in-house entertainment including magicians, dancers and DJs, STK is the ultimate pre-party party.

Had a little too much to drink the night before? Head to Passion cafe in San Jose for a healthy avo and egg based brunch and you’ll be straight back on the Cava in no time. We promise!

Stay…

Save! Hostal Juanita, Ibiza town. (Rooms from €40 a night)

Don’t let the name ‘hostal’ fool you, Juanita is basically a hotel but with excellent rates and an even better location. Their roof top terrace is the perfect spot for a glass of wine whilst watching the sunset.

Spend! Ryan’s La Marina, Ibiza town (Rooms from €50 /£42 to €350 /£298 a night)

After an A-list location but don’t have an A-list budget to go with it? Enter Ryan’s La Marina, a newly refurbished boutique style hotel consisting of 49 rooms and its own tapas bar. Located in the lively port of Ibiza town, the hotel is the perfect base for your vacay; a whole host of restaurants and bars are on the hotel’s doorstep (literally) whilst the 24-hour parties of Playa d’en Bossa are just a short taxi ride away. It’s an ideal spot for those culture vultures amongst you too. Take a stroll around the corner and you’ll end up in Ibiza’s beautiful old town full of historic buildings and plenty of boutiques selling local artwork, jewellery and souvenirs. Or if it’s sun, sand and sea you are after then you couldn’t be in a better spot for catching that early morning ferry to the picturesque beaches of Formentera. And it’s not just the location that gets our thumbs up; every room, from singles to suites, are equipped with that all important A.C and free wifi (let the Instagram holiday spam commence!)

 

A seaview room at Ryan’s La Marina

Splurge! Ushuaïa Beach Club Hotel, Playa D’en Bossa (Double Superior rooms start from 220€ /£185 based on 2 people sharing)

With high-end prices you should expect high-end luxury and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Ushuaïa. Combining premium accommodation with world-class music the hotel boasts 417 rooms, 5 outstanding restaurants (including an oyster & caviar bar), a wellness studio, not to mention their famous open-air club nights hosted by superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Major Lazer.

Relax…

Take the ferry from Ibiza Port to Formentera (a small island just a 35 minute boat ride away) to discover the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Playa des ses Illetes and Cala Saona.

However, if you want to stay on the White Isle then take a trip south-west to Las Salinas. Drive amongst the the famous Ibiza salt flats along a windy dirt track and you’ll discover ECC Beach (a bar-come-restaurant set up by the team behind London’s Experimental Cocktail Club.) It may seem hidden away but ECC Beach is Ibiza’s worst kept secret and there is a reason for it’s over-whelming popularity. The chilled-out atmosphere, the food (we dined on small Tapas plates of chorizo, vegetable spring rolls and hummus), the creative cocktails served up in XL conch shells and, probably most notably, the breath-taking sunset is why ECC Beach is undoubtedly one of the best beach bars on the whole island.

ECC Beach is heaven on earth!