You’ll have to excuse the delay of this post, as I’m still in an Ibiza state of mind. For anyone who’s ever visited the island or had a similar love affair and connection with the island as I have, you’ll know that it often takes additional days to mentally return to your normal ways; even if you’re physically present. Maybe it’s the heat, the overabundance of Sangria, or the overdose bass which rattles your brain (and soul) too many times past 7am, but Ibiza is something that always seems to stick with you.
There’s really no place like Ibiza. It’s truly a magical place, and there’s something about the tiny Spanish island unlike any other place in the world. While some have compared it to other enchanting destinations or stigmatise it, most recently as Las Vegas or maybe even as an adult version of Walt Disney World, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s something you can feel the second you step off the plane, or even before you touchdown. On my flight from London, a select, over-zealous few were dancing in the aisles prior to the “please take your seats” warning from a weary flight attendant had to be issued.
There’s countless reasons to attribute to its glory, whether that be the rugged beauty of its landscapes, the iconic lineup of DJs night-after-night at some of the world’s most notorious, iconic clubs, the fusion of Latin and international cuisines, or just the sultry vibe given off when global crowds converge; Ibiza has something for everyone. While there’s clearly no wrong route to go (except any route that leads to San Antoni), I’ve always found it astounding how an island so tiny in size can radiate an abundance of energy and culture at a magnitude that ripples globally for over three decades.
Where it once was a destination for club kids, tastemakers and international jetset to escape off the radar and beaten path, Ibiza has now grown into something of a behemoth of cultural institution, if not at times a “been there, done that” cliché. However, while some of the bourgeois ambiance may be stifled by a glut in tacky tourists (again, San Antoni), make no mistake; Ibiza still packs a relevant, sexy punch. If you need any indication of its staying power and ability to set precedent as purveyor of haute hedonism, look no further than Riccardo Tisci’s star-studded 40th bash on a yacht in Ibiza Marina (with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner, Diddy, Kanye West and Joan Smalls on deck). We may even give bonus points for Orlando Bloom throwing a punch at Justin Beiber the week before.
Alas, it’s Ibiza, and when the heat is on, strange things can happen.
I’ll never forget the first time I ever went. It was somewhat on a whim given I had hatched a plan with a friend visiting from Los Angeles only weeks prior, but it was always a destination on my bucket list. However, there was something surreal about it, possibly even intimidating. This may have been due to the fact that I, being an American just newly transplanted to London, always felt there was something mythical and stigmatized about it. Either way, I leapt at the chance to finally head to the Balearic Island paradise to see what the hype was about it.
However, with every passing return trip, my love affair continues to grow. The island is still just as enticing, and this trip only expanded on my passion for all things Ibiza. No matter what you’re looking for out of a jaunt to the island paradise, there’s something for every taste. I would like to think I sampled as much of those flavours on this trip, and below is a snapshot of where Fash Foodies recommends indulging in when visiting Ibiza.
If you’re in Spain, it’s all about the tapas. However, because of Ibiza’s ever-expanding reputation as a global destination for what’s trending in music, style and hospitality, it’s now attracting an equally eclectic portfolio of chefs and tastemakers to spice up the island’s culinary scene. While competition is heating up, there are several mainstays and newcomers that have reason to the top to be must-eats in Ibiza:
If there’s one things synonymous with Ibiza, it’s its reputation for being the original Clubland and electro-playground for over 3 decades running. Some of the world’s top nightclubs gained their fame years ago during Ibiza’s emergence in the 80s, and its reputation for being a world-class destination for cutting-edge nightclubs and the pulse of where electronic music is headed continues. Scoring a spot on a guest list is an ideal suggestion (we have Resident Advisor to thank for our trip), but if you can’t skip the line, the following are still musts:
It would be an absolute crime to venture to a tropical utopia like Ibiza and not put your toes in the sand. Like the nightlife and dining scenes, there are a host of options to soak up the sun and absorb Ibiza’s postcard worthy landscapes. The following is a rundown of the island’s best beaches:
Sleep? Who travels to Ibiza to sleep?
Just kidding (kinda). Whether you’re seeking a villa tucked away in the hills, a luxury retreat to escape the madness of your concrete jungle, or a flat in the heart of the simply stunning Ibiza Old Town, Ibiza has an ample amount of options for accommodations if you’re looking for quality siesta.
I began my trip booking two nights at the Destino Beach Club, a pseudo-desert retreat just near the Ibiza Marina. The property is an expansion of famed nightclub and now worldwide brand Pacha (surely you’ve seen the two cherries logo before), but make no mistake; this is not a ravers paradise. The sleek, ethereal vibes engulf the entire property, and with an open floor plan, flowing curtains and chic Moorish interiors, it’s truly a premier property to call home for the week. Be warned, the property does book fast, and rooms do tend to be small.
The remainder of our trip was courtesy of up-and-coming peer-to-peer housing site and Airbnb competitor, HouseTrip, and we could not have been more pleased with the property or the site’s overall experience in providing luxury properties; especially given we only booked 3 weeks prior.
Additional recommended accomodations for Ibiza include:
Got the Monday blues reading this post from work? It’s not too late to book your travel to Ibiza. Temperatures and social events are at their hottest in August and September; especially with closing parties the final weekend of September being some of the best of the season. If you’re booking from Europe, EasyJet, Ryanair and Vueling offer over 80 nonstop flights a day from major Europe capital hubs, with British Airways providing more business class options. From the U.S., your best bets are finding nonstop flights to London, Barcelona, Paris or Berlin, connecting from there.