Ibiza Weekender


By Eloise Barker

Photography by Jorg Greuel / Getty Images

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March 2017

Like any wild child of the 90s, Ibiza has now grown up. But, with its natural beauty, stylish clubs and fusion restaurants, we can’t see it ever getting old. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Ibiza: enough time to soak in the pool, sip down a cocktail, slip on your dancing shoes, and be back boasting by Monday.

Friday

20:00 Make your getaway

You can catch direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted to Ibiza Airport and be there in two and a half hours.

If you can duck out of work a little early catch the 14:45 flight from London City Airport and arrive at 18:10, in time for dinner. Alternatively, take the 20:35 from London Gatwick or the 21:45 from London City Airport, arriving at 23:55 or 01:10 respectively. The main beach hotels on Playa d’en Bossa are just a ten-minute transfer away.

Hï Ibiza has taken the place of legendary club Space and will be the dancefloor destination of 2017.

01:00 Check out the check-in

Park your wheelie at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel or Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza on Playa d’en Bossa. Both of these ultra-luxurious properties don’t just house you close to the party scene – they are the scene, with nightly events. For somewhere a little quieter that’s still moments away from the action, Torre del Mar is the perfect pied-à-terre after a night at the nearby clubs and beach parties.

  • Superior Sea View room at the Torre del Mar, Playa d’en Bossa

    Torre del Mar

    Stay at Torre del Mar – Ibiza town is just two kilometres away. The sea is considerably closer.

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  • Dalt Vila, Ibiza. Photo by Juergen Held / Getty Images

    Winding streets

    Visit the UNESCO-listed old town of Ibiza, where the shops spill out over the cobbled streets.£40 each-way

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  • Sa Punta restaurant

    Seafront dining

    The celebrated Sa Punta restaurant has two other branches across the island. Patchwork, serving Lebanese, and Ginger, inspired by Asia. But Sa Punta was their first, and sports a stunning seafront view.

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Saturday

09:00 Cobbled streets

On Saturday morning, take your breakfast in Ibiza’s old town. The Dalt Vila, as it is known, should top your agenda – it made the UNESCO list after all. Sample flaó, traditional custard pastries, and coffee. Or pick up food from the shady Old Market at Plaça de la Constitucio, from 10am.

11:00 Objets d’art

Whilst it’s not the heat of the day, climb further up the winding streets to the solid-looking 16th century church, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows. On your wanderings, cast your eye over some holiday goods – not all stands are made equal, but the old streets are renowned for showcasing local arts and crafts that won’t look silly on your mantelpiece. For treasures that have lasted longer than a summer, visit the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, for contemporary Catalan art, then climb to the Bastion Santa Lucia for harbour views.

12:30 Cava sangria lunch

It’s definitely time to clamber back down and hit the beach. After a morning of being lost in Roman fortifications, take lunch with a view. A cava sangria-fuelled lunch session over a couple of hours will stand you in good stead for one of two activities – siesta or beach: Talamanca Bay’s Sa Punta restaurant has a terrace so close to the water that it’s practically a swim-up and serves refreshing sushi.

17:00 Party beach

The best beaches on the island depend on your mood. If you’ve got a new white bikini to show off, then head to Playa d’en bossa. It’s the party beach, so strike a pose and play the timeless game of who’s watching who. From 5pm the hotel pool party, ‘ANTS’ at Ushuaïa is in full swing every night, serving intense house music.

Alternatively, if that all sounds a little exhausting, the little coves on the coast are a great hideaway – you can go exploring and find your perfect niche on the beach. Try pine-clad Portinatx or Santa Eulalia. The beaches are well serviced with chiringuito – bars where you can buy delicious local food to eat with a big slice of sea view.

  • ANTS at the Ushuaia Ibiza © Ushuaia Ibiza

    Party like you mean it

    The underground party scene at ANTS, Ushuaïa Ibiza promises a standout Summer 2017. Book flights from London to Ibiza, plus a three-night hotel stay from:£207 pp

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19:00 Sunset Boulevard

Sundowners are an integral part of the culture on an island with superb vistas and perfectly positioned bars to capture them. Try Restaurant Cala d’Hort, on a beach with an extraordinary view of the sparse slopes of Es Vedra island catching the late afternoon rays. Elsewhere, Experimental Beach on the southern tip of the island has a beach club lasting well into the night.

20:00 Fusion fare

For dinner, Ibiza is spoilt for choice, whether you want hearty fare including tapas, local ham and fish, or somewhere serving exciting fusion food on massive white plates. Try Can Bass, a little drive away from the hubbub, serving sushi specialities under great big lanterns.

22:00 Going out

Enjoy that perfect couple of hours where, having started your tan and fresh from the sea, you return to your hotel to get ready for a big night out. Whether your preparations involve steeling yourself at a nearby bar, a nap, or a dressing-up session, enjoy this calm before the storm.

00:00 Take to the floor

Should you want to dance, you’ll be in good company. Ibiza’s nightlife is glamorous, even transcendental. Hï Ibiza has taken the place of legendary club Space and will be the dancefloor destination of 2017. Entrance fees and monstrous queues can be off-putting, so buy before you fly. The atmosphere is lively, the crowd is willing, and the night is young.

Sunday

08:00 Sunday service

How are you feeling? Some clubs will stay open until 8am Sunday. If you’re up early enough, perhaps a spa treatment will familiarise you with the more natural side of the island. A yoga class or a massage session is in order. Try a treatment at Insotel Fenecia’s Prestiga Spa in Santa Eulalia. If it doesn’t realign your chakras it will certainly align with your holiday’s wellness goals. Fresh juices round everything off.

10:00 To market

Drive to San Juan Artisan Market, open from 9am, and make a last stop for souvenirs. Find a seafront spot that makes lunching fun. You’ll spot yachts, romantic couples and everyone wearing an awful lot of white from your trendy perch at Atzaró beach Cala Nova. Inland, Restaurante Casa Piedra is a hideaway that’s well worth the drive, serving a fusion of Vietnamese and Japanese dishes to you as you sit surrounded by soft lighting and hand-hewn wooden tables.

15:00 Inland adventure

An afternoon drive will reveal the last of the islands secrets to you. Inland is somewhat of a forgotten paradise; the island is big enough to hide plenty of rustic secrets – olive groves, fig trees and mountain villages with their goat guards. It’s soothing to run rural for a few hours.

18:00 Last throes

If you’re up for it, the Hard Rock Hotel’s legendary ‘Children of the 80’s Party’ is a great way to end a wild weekend. A ten-minute transfer to the airport means you can comfortably catch the 02:35 to London City, arriving at 04:00. Then straight to work… if you dare. For a more restrained approach, take the 18:30 flight arriving into London City Airport at 19:55, or the 19:00, arriving into London Gatwick by 20:35. Perhaps it’s a little more reasonable after what will prove to be an indecently entertaining weekend.

Where to stay in Ibiza

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

The first Hard Rock Hotel in Europe landed with a splash in 2014 with its own beach club and internationally revered events calendar. Located on the Playa d’en Bossa, it’s right in Ibiza’s clubbing heartlands. What’s more, its five star, ultra-luxurious and has two huge swimming pools.

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Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Stay here to party in five star luxury right on the Playa d’en Bossa. The Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel has legendary club nights to rival those of the Hard Rock Hotel. The Ushuaïa Club rooms are for partygoers, whereas chilled out guests can book Ushuaïa Towers for a quieter stay.

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