A lot can happen in 48 hours in Ibiza. From glamorous beach bars to glitter-filled super clubs, there’s no shortage of opportunities to misbehave in style. But there’s also a beautifully bohemian side to the island to keep the wellness warriors happy. If time is short, make sure you hit the hottest spots with our insider’s guide…
1. Where to stay if you want to get some beauty sleep
The Me by Melia Hotel in Santa Eulalia is a stylish haven away from the mayhem with beautiful sea views, morning yoga, a sleek spa and the island’s most glamorous rooftop bar.
2. Where to go if you don’t care about sleeping
Hot since the Seventies, the island’s naughtiest hotel, Pike’s, has had a mini revamp. The rooms are still totally retro but we love the house party vibe (there is almost always some kind of party going on here) and bathtub karaoke with resident party king Sunny Ramzen has to be seen to be believed.
3. Where to go if someone else is paying
There are many, many ways to blow the budget in Ibiza and a few of our favourites are: Wagyu burgers at Ushuaia restaurant Minami, oysters at Cipriani in the Ibiza Gran hotel, a VIP table at Destino and cabaret at Lio, all topped off with a night in the Grand Suite at the Nobu hotel.
4. Where to get an all-over tan
If you hate strap marks then you’re in luck; Ibiza is famous for its nudist beaches! We’d recommend heading to Es Cavallet to frolic in the waves as nature intended and then swinging by the lovely El Chiringuito restaurant for lobster paella after all that excitement.
5. The best place to go from day to night
Blue Marlin is still the place to see and be seen as you parade from beach to bar and back again to beach, where you can sleep off the night before on one of the luxe Simba mattresses lining the sunbeds before doing it all again as the DJ ramps up the volume.
And for a taste of Ibiza’s hedonistic heyday head to Cova Santa, a cave in the countryside that turns into a restaurant that turns into a club that is turning into summer’s hottest Sunday night party.
6. The best place to undo all the damage
Atzaro and Can Curreu are two peaceful spa hotels in the countryside worth seeking out. Both offer day passes so you can enjoy the facilities if you’re not staying at the hotels, and Can Curreu is right next to the famous Las Dallias hippy market where you can pick up boho bargains.
7. Where to hang with the hippies
Find some friends with a car, pack a picnic and head north to Benirras beach for the magical Sunday sunset ritual. This area is also home to the Ibiza Yoga retreat which offers drop-in classes and super healthy veggie food if you’re in need of some purifying.
8. The best place for dinner on the last night when you’ve spent all your money in Pacha
Nab an outside table at Bodega in Ibiza Town for good tapas and great people watching.
9. Where to go on a hangover
There are three Passion Cafes in Ibiza offering every kind of superfood smoothie and seriously healthy lunches and brunches to weary party-goers. Breakfast at the Playa d’en Bossa location is another brilliant people watching spot – especially the morning after a DC10 party.
10. The ultimate Instagram opp
Morning yoga at the beautiful Amante beach club offers jaw-dropping views of turquoise sea and sky and there’s even a healthy brunch to snap after your sun salutations.
11. The best ‘after’ after party
If you’ve still got ants in your pants after the clubs have kicked out then it’s time to head to Es Vive’s soundproof basement club, guaranteed to stay open way past everyone’s bedtime.
12. Best for a couple #selfie
Book well in advance for a spot in the pretty garden at La Paloma in San Lorenzo. Festooned with fairy lights, this family-run restaurant is a hot spot for the locals thanks to its simple but stunning menu and super-strong Chilli Martinis.
13. The best place to watch the sunset away from the crowds
Skip the lads on the lash at Café Mambo and head to the charming Hostal La Torre on Cap Negret where you can soak up the beautiful sunset from the rocks for free any night of the week. Or for a bit more action the Sunset Ashram restaurant at Cala Conta also offers killer views as well as DJs and sushi and occasional skinny dippers.
14. Best place to show off your sequins
Glitterbox at Hi on Friday night is possibly the world’s most glamorous night, held at the world’s hottest new super club. And it’s definitely utterly fabulous.