Ibiza – it’s what you make it!
Gorgeous sunset sitting by the pool at 'Sol Bahia'
Ibiza... What a crazy, beautiful place! it's everything that you expect it will be with the added bonus of even more. You expect it to be this heaving party place, and let me tell you - it is! But what you don't expect is the beauty of it. It's got this complete other side to it that nobody tells you about. I find it a little disheartening that so many people visit this stunning island only to spend their nights wasted in a club and their days hungover in a hotel room! of course there are some incredible clubs and party hotspots to be found and experienced in Ibiza, including the biggest (literally in size) club in the world, Privilege. So depending on how much time you're spending in Ibiza, at least one or two nights should definitely be dedicated to it's one of a kind party scene as there's no questioning that it's a once in a lifetime experience. But not every night and day! there's so much more to see and do besides drink yourself silly. I highly recommend hiring a scooter and spending a day or two exploring the island, the coastline in particular because it really is something else. The beaches are breathtaking - I'm talking soft yellow sand and unbelievable glistening water. It's this almost indescribable turquoise green/blue colour and so lovely and warm! but I'll go into more detail on that further on.
The thing that I procrastinated over the most when planning my trip to Ibiza, and which I wish someone could have given me tips on, was where to stay. Should you stay in the main hub of Ibiza town? or the north, east or west side of the island? after much research and pondering I chose the western side of the island, we stayed in San Antonio bay. It was a great choice and after visiting the rest of the island, was one that I was very glad I made. Ibiza town is the main hub and has the biggest party scene, however I found the town itself and the beach to be pretty unappealing. The water was dirty and it was littered with rubbish... it was really busy too in comparison with other parts of the island which is to be expected I suppose, but I didn't like it! I thought it was much nicer in San Antonio. Although still busy I found the beaches in San Antonio much more appealing. They have lovely clear blue water and nice sand, it was quiet too... it has a much more relaxed, lazy summer holiday feel about it compared to Ibiza town.
One of the many stunning sunsets we watched from one of the bars along the sunset strip.
We stayed in an apartment building called 'Sol Bahia' it was perfect and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. It cost us £500 for 6 nights, which was half the price of some of the places I looked at in Ibiza town where the area was noisy, crowded and nowhere near as picturesque. I highly recommend staying in an apartment at Sol Bahia if you can get one, it's run by a wonderful man who was so friendly - he made us feel like he was welcoming us into his family home! He even gave us a complimentary ice cold beer each on arrival as we were so hot! The apartments themselves are great, minimally furnished but have everything you need with a nice big balcony too! Definitely pay extra for the sea view room if you can, totally worth it for the incredible sunsets in summer. There's parking available, a pool, bar, and even a pool table! The view from the pool area, like the sea view rooms is just stunning. It's a 15 min walk into the centre of San Antonio where the main strip and all the action is, the walk is lovely - along the water and the sunset strip. I'd go as far as saying that you won't see sunsets as beautiful as you'll see along there anywhere else in the world - it's like something out of a movie! it's a 5/10 min walk to the all famous and extremely popular cafe mambo and cafe del mar too (both along the sunset strip) There's a small grocery store around the corner, and it's right on the water so you can just stroll down the road and jump in the sea whenever! It's also nice and quiet, located close enough to the main strip that it's a nice walking distance but far enough away that you can sleep soundly at night! I think that's one of the biggest things about staying anywhere in Ibiza, if you're not there solely to party then you want to make sure you're staying somewhere that you're going to be able to sleep at night! The apartments were also not too far from the airport, about a 20 minute drive if I remember correctly. We got a taxi and it cost about €30 which I thought wasn't too bad for a 20 minute trip.
In regards to the length of your stay and estimated costs it really all depends on what kind of trip you're after. If it's solely to party then I'd say 3 or 4 nights is plenty, ones body can only handle so much! plus the cost of hitting the big nightclubs is huge so if you're doing that every night you'll burn through your cash very fast - pre drinks are key! you'll pay a minimum of €9 for a beer in one of the big clubs! I definitely recommend going to the big 'spar' supermarket and buying your pre drinks there, we paid €12 for a whole carton of beer! so cheap. If you're going for a bit more of a relaxing holiday however, with a big night thrown in here or there, then I'd say 5 nights minimum. We stayed for 6 and even that didn't feel like long enough! The price of eating out in San Antonio I didn't actually find was too expensive at all. I can't say about Ibiza town as we didn't eat there, but in San Antonio we paid average €15 for a meal (each) which I didn't think was bad at all. Beers too I thought were priced normally - not referring to clubs here of course! but at bars and pubs in San Antonio we paid on average €5 a beer which was fine by my standards! it was certainly no more expensive than London. bearing in mind also that we stayed in a self catering apartment so we didn't eat out for every meal. Beers and nibbles on the balcony while watching the sun slowly disappear over the horizon was one of the highlights of my trip 🙂 don't forget to pack a deck of cards too!
there is one or two things that I must recommend you do at least once while you're in Ibiza. One is to go and watch the sun melt into the sea whilst sipping cocktails at one of the stunning bars along the sunset strip (the walk from the main town to Cala de Moro which is where apartments Sol Bahia are located) there is one bar along there called 'Kasbah' that I can recommend, but there is loads of others too so take your pick! another is to let the child come out in you and hire a pedal boat (with a slide of course!) and/or go and play on the gigantic blow up obstacle course that's in the water at the other side of town right out the front of the ocean beach club - it's not free of course! but €10 is worth it for the laughs if you ask me!
Now, onto my advice for the clubbing scene... My partner and I didn't actually go to one of the big clubs, it's not really our scene! we did have one of the biggest nights of our lives however... resulting in passing out on the cycle path and being woken up by a local cyclist telling us to move! but it was rather spent at bars and ending at an RnB club, which is much more 'us' than a hardstyle nightclub - it was called Revolution for any of you who are into the same kind of music as us! the music there was awesome 🙂 Anyway, so although we didn't actually experience one of the hectic, big name clubs ourselves I can tell you that to get into one of them from San Antonio you'll pay on average about €50, more for the big players like Pacha and Space which are more like €70/€80. That includes your entry to the club and your ride there, you have to find your own way back though! I suppose that's the biggest benefit of staying in Ibiza town, you don't need to worry about getting home at night as you can just walk. It really does all depend on what kind of trip you're after. My partner and I were there more to have a nice summer holiday rather than a hardcore party trip! so if that sounds like the kind of trip you're after then I'd definitely suggest you stay in San Antonio. It's got great nightlife, but you can still have a nice quiet chilled out summer hol on beautiful beaches - it's the best of both worlds.
I can't recommend enough that you hire a scooter and explore some of the beautiful coastline too! It really is stunning. I've never seen beaches like it before... I suppose I'd compare it to the Algarve. There's little gems hidden all along the coast. We buzzed around the entire coastline in two or three days, but if you've only got a day then I suggest the beaches on the west coast, south of San Antonio - they're gorgeous! it's not hard at all to navigate the island either. We hired a scooter through one of the local companies, not one of the bigger vehicle hire companies. I don't recall what it was called but it doesn't really matter, there's scooter hire places everywhere. We paid €60 to hire the one scooter for 3 days - not including the €50 deposit which you get back on returning the scooter. It was so much fun buzzing around uncovering all of the little cove beaches that are dotted along the coast, we didn't even have a map!
Just one of the many gorgeous little coves we uncovered on our adventures around the island - perfection!
Well that's about all the info I can give on Ibiza, I hope it's been of at least some help! I'm always open to questions too - I'd love to help you plan your trip 🙂
Over and out x