A Hedonist’s Paradise: 5 Must-Visit Party Spots For Every Ibiza Newbie
No one can ever get enough of the Ibiza life—be it a seasoned Ibiza veteran or an Ibiza virgin. As the European summer approaches, all the hedonists head straight to this party island, off the coast of Spain, to take in its spectacular experience. If you’re a first-time traveller to the island, it’s probably all too much to swallow at once—but these five places will surely show you what the Ibiza life is all about and leave you asking for more.
A stay in this ultra-luxury hotel tops the Ibiza list because it truly offers a unique experience. This is the place to see and be seen—the hottest DJs for the season, be it Avicii, Hardwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, all perform at the hotel poolside, which is transformed into one big dance floor. The party begins at 6pm and goes on until well past midnight. If you truly want to live in the lap of luxury, book a suite with your own private balcony to have your very own dance floor as the DJ plays below.
The Ibiza sunset experience is an essential for any visitor to the island. But to watch it while you party, you must go to the Bora-Bora Beach Bar. Party-goers gather around this legendary bar on Playa den Bossa after tanning all afternoon for one crazy fiesta. The music is in full power and the drinks slightly cheaper than other, high-end places. You’ll see young and well-worked-out bodies and beautiful people dancing to summer hits—on the beach, on the floor, even on the tables. This is one crazy party not to be missed!
3) Pacha Ibiza
Originally started in Ibiza, Pacha has now grown into one of the most dominant clubbing brands in the world. This is one of the island’s most glamorous nightclubs with a reputation for partying in style and is famous for its two cherries logo which has now become recognisable all over the world. With VIP tables that cost €440 (Rs 36,035), Pacha is surely a playground for the rich and famous. Partying here guarantees a night you won’t forget! Make sure you go for one of its most popular parties—Flower Power Night , F*** Me I’m Famous (hosted by David Guetta on Thursdays) and Pure Pacha.
With a capacity of 10,000 people, Privilege is the world’s largest nightclub, according to the Guinness Book of Records. But even such an accolade doesn’t prepare you for the sheer scale of madness that awaits you here. The main room is like an outrageous aircraft hangar, which could probably fit most of the Ibiza clubs inside it. Privilege is also renowned for providing over-the-top grandiose like no other club—there’s a swimming pool at its centre from where you can explore the different areas.
With beers, bikinis and beats, no Ibiza holiday is complete without a party on the sea—and Pukka Up is by far the most popular. The Pukka Up starts sailing from the beaches of Playa Den Bossa and San Antonio. Check the departure timings to buy a ticket which varies from €60 (Rs 4,910) to €75 (Rs 6,140) and head out onto the sea for one insane party. There’s always an impressive line-up of DJs playing here—and with young, beautiful faces, hot bodies and alcohol to keep your spirits high, this is one party you wouldn’t want to miss.
Though the above five are Ibiza favourites, you should also check out Playa las Salinas (it’s not exactly a party beach, but known to be one of the fancier ones where you’ll often spot footballers sunbathing with their trophy wives and girlfriends) and Nikki Beach (which has an unmatched reputation of being ritzy). Nightclubs such as Space Ibiza, Amnesia and Es Paradis are high up on the list and surely worth a visit. The Blue Marlin Ibiza beach club is regularly frequented by A-list celebrities and has a long list of fancy cocktails.
Before You Book: Ibiza
HOW TO GET THERE
Ibiza is connected to most major European and UK cities with direct flights. The best options are AirEuropa, Vueling, Spanair and Iberia. If you’re travelling from within Spain, you can also opt for a ferry with Trasmediterranea. Indian passport-holders will need to apply for a Schengen visa to visit Spain.
If you’re going there to have a good time, stay at one of Ibiza’s popular party hotels. Remember that they’re not family-friendly, though. Besides the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, Jet Apartments Ibiza (located in the same building as the Bora-Bora Beach Bar), Hotel Garbi, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort, El Hotel, Club Punta Arabi and Ibiza Rocks Hotel are great options.
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