Party Like it’s 2013 on Ibiza

ibizaTo many, Ibiza (in Catalan Eivissa), the Spanish island floating in the Mediterranean, means quite simply “to party.” The birthplace of the rave, it is famous for its riotous nightlife, electronic music, fabulous restaurants and the see-and-be-seen beautiful people strutting on beaches and dance floors.

But the other part of this party paradise is revealed in the name that the Greeks gave to it and Formentera: the Islas Pitiusas (Islands of Pine Trees). Ibiza is still covered by thick woods, full of walking trails, and offers rural charm away from the pulsing cities. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site, designated for Ibiza Town’s architecture and the island’s rich sea life.

To take advantage of this hopping isle’s riches, we suggest this sample tour.

Day 1
You arrive at Ibiza Airport, met of course by your own car and chauffer. After all, to be free to enjoy this moveable and well-lubricated feast, you want to be able to move without driving yourself.

And you need a home base, where you can return every day to recharge your batteries in pampering style. There is a fine selection of Ibiza luxury villas to choose from. How about one on a hillside with sweeping views towards the sea and Formentera? It would have a private pool, butler/chef, concierge service and wold be within striking distance of all manner of beaches, beach bars and superb restaurants.

Speaking of which, perhaps your first day meal should be partaken at La Escollera, with its sea views and authentic Spanish and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Specialties made from old family recipes include paella Gallo San Pedro served with Ibicenco-style potatoes and Boquerones Mami. 

In the evening, how about a VIP table at one of Ibiza’s most famous nightclubs? Yes, you’ll never forget Amnesia, the island’s first major outdoor club, which can pack up to 5,000 moving bodies on its dance floors and is famous for its Matinee Experience, starting at 1 a.m. and going until dawn.

Day 2
Kick away the dregs of jet lag with a relaxed beach day at Blue Marlin, with its sunbeds, late lunch table laden with good food and a decidedly sexy crowd that gets into real party mode by late afternoon. For the young and the young at heart, a reserved VIP table at Pacha is a must, which has become the island’s most happening nightspot, with the hottest DJs spinning their disks.

Day 3
Since the island of Formentera is nearby, a daytrip on a private boat charter is order. Lunch at Juan Y Andrea, known for its salt-baked fish and other seafood. It’s situated on the beach amid palm trees. Afterwards hang at one the island’s famous white-sand beaches, where nude sunbathing is allowed and widely practised.  Back at Ibiza Marina, indulge in an early dinner at on the Cappuccino Grand Café terrace, overlooking the harbor. Then you can either go out clubbing or back to the comfort of you Ibiza luxury villa and collapse

Day 4
Close to the villa there is another beach club, El Chiringuito, where you can spend the day and have a lunch with fresh locally sourced ingredients. We recommend its fabulous paella. And if you move off your sunbed and onto the beach, your drink and food service will follow you, ensuring that you are always well supplied.

Then drive three minutes away to Experimental Beach restaurant, to watch as the sun sinks into the horizon, with cocktails or glass of rosé in hand and a soundtrack that offers electro vibes with undertones of rock, jazz, bossa nova and reggae. Live singers and impromptu beachside dance parties with local and international DJs are par for the course here.

Afterward, enjoy a superb Northern Italian dinner at Cipriani, a restaurant frequented by supermodels and the rest of the posh crowd. Set over two floors in the east wing of the Ibiza Gran Hotel, with stunning views of the harbor, it’s operated by the family that opened the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, in 1931.

Day 5
Time to travel north to visit the Hippie Market in San Carlos. Farmer and carpenter Joan Mari opened a road bar here in 1954. In the ’60s the hippies arrived in Ibiza, coloring the area with their free-thinking spirits and creativity. In the ’80s, Juanito, the son of the founder, inspired by the hippie past, decided to allow craft stalls to be set up in the garden. Today there are more than 160 stalls, with all manner of clothing, jewelry, instruments, crafts and other beautiful objects. And of course there is a variety of  dining and drinking options.

In the evening kick things up a notch with a glitz and glam show at Lio Cabaret. Have a fine dinner while watching world-class performers on stage with Ibiza Town as the backdrop. Acrobats, singers, contortionists and seductive dancers are all part of the mix. Later Lio turns into a nightclub, allowing you to dance and use party as a verb until early morning.

Day 6
Spend at day at Destino, newly opened by Pacha and reputed to be the resort to visit on the Mediterranean. Standing atop the cliffs of Cap Martinet, its location offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the sea, Dalt Vila and Formentera. The centerpiece of the property is the swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees, sunbeds and day beds with a king-size Jacuzzi to enjoy the sunset. A 200-seat restaurant features a fusion of Japanese, Mediterranean and Central American flavors made from fresh local ingredients.  In the evening, let the fun  continue with a Ushuaia sunset pool party given by DJ Loco Dice and friends.

Day 7
After all the clubbing, perhaps the last day should be spent your Ibiza luxury villa by the pool, soaking up the sun. Then, in the evening, go to Sunset Ashram for cocktails and music as the sun sinks into the sea. Goodbye Ibiza.

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