Calling all Ibiza-lovers around the world: the last two weekends saw the opening of the Summer 2011 party ‘floodgates’ – the season here has arrived!
Official ‘opening parties’ were launched at :
Ushuaia Hotel – the ‘uber’-luxurious & ever-so-sexy hotel right opposite Space
Space on Sunday
DC!0 (probably the best music on the Island!)
The Supper Club at Novum – lovely vibe & super-cool people
Leo (great new Lounge bar/restaurant that used to be El Divino (with a fantastic view of Ibiza’s Old Town)
Es Paradis in San Antonio – worth mentioning simply because the lovely Jo Mills played a simply stunning set (as she did again at Pacha last Friday!!)
Ibiza Rocks with Plan B
Whilst the summer weather hasn’t quite yet turned up the heat – we’ve had both cloudy & rainy days here – the wet stuff was much-needed after the destruction wreaked by the forest fires up in the North of the Island… The forecast, however, is looking good…!
As the holiday season is now well & truly upon us, I need to make a few important notices for those of you currently planning your visit dates :
As ever, by far the best people to arrange all your Ibiza accommodation requirements, are the team at ‘Apartments in Ibiza’ – very friendly, efficient and offering you the benefit of over 10 years of experience here on the White Isle – visit them online at www.apartments-in-ibiza.com. They are also delighted to announce a venture with the brand-new Ibiza Royal Beach apartment complex & community (www.ibizaroyalbeach.com/index_en.htm) – 5* luxury apartments for 5* star clientele (sorry, no stag parties here! Don’t be surprised if they ask to check you Facebook pre-booking!) – a beautiful complex with its own private beach & infinity swimming pool and situated right on the beach at Playa den Bossa. The team is awaiting your call…
To enable you to plan the perfect itinerary for your holiday, visit ‘www.white-ibiza.com‘ – by far the most informed, connected & professional purveyors of what’s new & worth checking out – from Spa Hotels, the best venues and the nicest restaurants, right through to the best parties to go to…! All the beach bar/restaurants may now be open – and lovely they are too (Nassau, Sirocco, Sands & Ushuaia to name a few), but the warmest welcome you will get on Playa den Bossa will undoubtedly be at JDs Bistro – my firm favourite at the weekend throughout the winter – now open every day & offering great food at very good value! Joanne & Darren look forward to seeing you there…
On some musical notes, the last week of May saw the return of IMS- the International Music Summit – an annual music industry event brought to by none other than Pete Tong – with all the key names in music finding the time to visit. Even ‘SamCam’ (that’s Mrs. Samantha Cameron, wife of the English Prime Minister, to you & me!) was there and enjoying the final day’s open-air party in Ibiza’s Old Town!
Another event that I simply have to mention, was seeing Cathy Battistessa – the voice of Cafe Del Mar and well-known singer for so much music on the White Isle – performing a simply stunning live set at the afore-mentioned Sirocco recently, marking the launch of the “Finca AM” compilation (www.fincaam.com) – look out for Cathy singing her hit ‘More Than Ever People’ – the crowd were simply transfixed…
Finally, my fellow ‘Spirits of Ibiza’ & music-lovers of all that is the White Isle and I, have got together to once again come to you across the airwaves with our very own ‘Spirits of Ibiza’ chillout/lounge/house set every Saturday night from 10pm to Midnight (UK time) – you can hear us online at www.marlowfm.co.uk each week. Get a flavour of last Saturday’s show:
That’s it for this instalment. Thanks for your continued interest & support – and for reading – see you all again soon..!!
All the best,
Clocks go forward and Summer draws ever nearer, Julian has prepared his very own ‘to-do’ list for all White Isle visitors. If you need to book any accommodation, get in touch for some very competitive rates and all the local tips and tricks. Cheap flights on Ryanair now too….Your White Isle to-do list…1. Take in at least one sunset at the so-called ‘Sunset Strip’. Ibiza is home to some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see!Head over to the West side of the island – the most popular & well known spots are in/around San Antonio – and choose from :
Kumharas (more low-key & trying to retain it’s Hippy roots – try the ‘cushions-on-the-floor’ eating experience at the Moroccan-influenced restaurant there)
Cafe del Mar (the grandaddy of the ‘Chill-Out’ scene which has spawned a thousand CD compilations) – expensive & drinks-only, the CdM nonetheless remains true to playing the eclectic electronic music of it’s origins in the 1980′s, which can, on a ‘good’ evening, be quite a moving experience…)
Mambo – just along from the Cafe Del Mar – also serves good, basic cafe-style food as well as drinks. You’ll often find a top DJ dropping by to spin some tunes before the night’s real activities begin in the Island’s clubs (such as Pete Tong, Carl Cox or Roger Sanchez, amongst others)
2. Visit the beautiful neighbouring island of Formentera – return boat trips from Ibiza Town run twice-daily & tickets are around €15-20 for the return trip. The sea & sandy beaches there are, quite simply, stunning – Ibiza’s very own Caribbean island. Have lunch on the beach whilst taking in the fabulous yachts bobbing around in the water, with their owners most likely sitting on the table next you! (don’t miss the last boat back – you’ll be staying overnight (still, could be worse things to happen!).
3. ‘Do A Club’! Well, you are in the Clubbing capital of the world, as if you didn’t know! The Big Four are :
‘Space’ (just off Playa den Bossa down from Ibiza Town). You know when the Ibiza Summer Season both starts & finishes, by the opening & closing parties held at Space! With two great sun terraces, along with a number of ‘rooms’ ranging from electro to funky house, Space rightly has a reputation as one of the main events in the cub scene calendar.
Pacha (across from Ibiza’s Marina) – the very place where it all started, all those years ago, where the rich & famous regularly go to lighten their wallets & purses & party down!
Amnesia & Privelege – almost across the road from each other, on the dual carriageway from Ibiza Town to San Antonio. Amnesia has played a part in two major films made on the White Isle over the past few years, namely ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ & ‘Kevin & Perry Go Large’, whilst Privelege remains the biggest club in the world, with a capacity big enough to hold 10,000 revellers!
4. Visit a Hippy Market – a throwback from the hedonistic days of the original ‘Hippy Trail’ to Ibiza & Formentera from the late 1960s – these can be found in most of the Island’s towns on Tuesdays & Saturday mornings (Ibiza Town, Santa Eularia/San Antonio/Sant Jordi). These are well worth a visit and, although a little more commercialised than they were some 40+ years ago, you can still find things of interest there, along with the occasional bargain!
5. Spend a day on one of the Island’s many lovely beaches, working on that tan! Highlights are Playa den Bossa, home to the longest stretch of golden sand on Ibiza. For something a little quieter, try out Cala Tarida on the West side (the fish restaurant serves an excellent dish of rock-salted sardines, if you’re in the mood!), Cala Llonga near Santa Eularia, or Talamanca Bay just past Ibiza’s Marina Botafoch area.
6. Dine in style! After a hard day’s work lying on the beach, swimming & generally looking good, treat yourself to a fabulous dinner (or two!) in some of the Island’s best international eateries – places to truly dress up for & drink in the lovely atmosphere. Personal tastes will dictate where you go, but we recommend any one of the following we also suggest that you book at least one day in advance) :
Bambuddha Grove (‘MediterrAsian’ style food, set in a bamboo garden paradise), located near Santa Gertrudis.
El Ayoun in San Rafael (Moroccan-influenced dishes in a great setting) – book a table outside & dine under (and possibly with) the stars. Be sure to stay around for the dancing too, in the small but very swish ‘red’ bar!
Sa Capella for Mediterranean cuisine and a simply stunning venue, set in an 18th-century chapel. You’ll find Sa Capella just up the road from San Antonio Bay.
Villa Mercedes is located alongside the Marina in San Antonio and resides in a large Villa resplendent with swooping canvas sails adorning the front of the restaurant.
7. Combine the beach with a bit of daytime partying in Bora! Bora! on Playa den Bossa. A very hedonistic crowd will carry you through an afternoon of dancing on the beach – apply suntan lotion regularly! An even more upmarket spot (hangout of the rich & famous) is Blue Marlin, situated on Cala Jondal beach in the south – drink, dance & dine the afternoon away, right through to chilling out one of the luxurious loungers to watch the sunset. (NB. An ‘evening siesta’ will most likely be required if that’s the night you choose to go clubbing…!)
8. Discover some alternative Ibiza secrets for yourself :
Beaches / Sunsets / Views:
Benirras beach in the north – go on a Sunday in order to experience the hippy atmosphere & hypnotic drumming as the sun goes down
Cala d’Hort in the south west – experience the spectacular island of Es Vedra rising to you straight out of the sea, to a magnificent 379 metres height – truly breathtaking!
Atlantis – a near mythical cove (which you will find on a walk down from Torre des Savinar near Cala d’Hort) – with layers of rock carved from a quarry, decorated with a giant Buddha. This is definitely one for your walking boots, as it is not accessible by car. Fear not, your efforts will pay off off handsomely, with a truly rewarding and unforgettable experience
Las Salinas Saltpans – still the area dedicated to desalinating the seawater today, and part of La Salinas National
Heritage Park. Head down south past the airport – perhaps on your way around to the Blue Marlin…Looking forward to seeing you here soon.
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