Lucky lucky Corene has just got back from topping up her tan on the sunny island of Ibiza (we are all so jealous!). Our London born and bred chick is no Ibiza newbie and shares her wisdom on the party island.
This would be my second trip to the Balearic Island of Ibiza and I was really chuffed when I found another super cheap deal AGAIN. I flew with Thomas Cook, a rapid two hour flight, arriving to feel the warm evening sun on my skin… bliss. Ibiza comes with a territory that has long been associated with excessive alcohol, drugs and promiscuity. I was holidaying with 3 of my female friends, two of which hadn’t been to Ibiza but had heard of these crazy and funny stories. I felt a sense of responsibility to show them that Ibiza does not always deserve the reputation it has.
Our hotel, Hotel Apolo, was a bit of distance to famous Ibiza hot-spot “The West End”, but it was a great walk along the beach. The shore side was filled with clubs, bars, beautiful terraced restaurants… the perfect place for a chilled cocktail. San Antonio and Playa D’Bossa are the busiest areas from May – October, seeing almost 2 million visitors. During the winter months, the Ibiza off-season, the majority of clubs, and therefore hotels, are closed. There seemed to more visitors this year than when I last went in 2012, the majority of which were the younger generation, which for me was a little annoying.
For my first day on the beaches, it was very important that I packed the right things; I didn’t want to forget the essentials, but I didn’t want to haul around half my suitcase too. I drew upon my last trip to Ibiza and managed to strike a balance; I packed denim shorts and a cardigan for when it got a little cooler in the evenings, my sunglasses and hat, hooped earrings, and my iPod and pink BassBoomz, so that I could listen to my favourite songs while I topped up my tan.
One of the best beaches that I went to was Bora Bora beach; it is one of the most liveliest, with constant music and an incredible party atmosphere starting early and lasting through the night. The long stretch of sand continues for miles, which is beautiful but let me warn you that the sea is a huge let down. It may only be shallow but the waters are not clear. On the other hand, Playa Cala Bassa has crystal clear, warm waters; if you can’t get there by car, the boat from San Antonio Bay takes about 20 minutes and costs 4.50 euros return – well worth it. Reggae Reggae beach was the smallest beach I went to but it was gorgeous. As the name suggests, it had a Caribbean feel, with a Jamaican themed bar, Caribbean cocktails and Jerk BBQ.
Unfortunately, I didn’t to go to any of the super clubs, but if you like trance and techno then Amnesia and Ushuaia are unforgettable nights out. According to the Ibiza promoters, Pharrell live at Ushuaia was amazing. However, be careful of the Ibiza promoters, because alongside the genuine ones are the not-so-genuine. They have a host of tricks that can riddle you out of your spending money with no hesitation, so I would advise you to buy event tickets from the event boxes or your hotel.
The most anticipated Ibiza event, and the one that I had really been looking forward to as I’d not been before, was the Zoo Project. It is held in an abandoned zoo just outside of San Antonio, and true to the zoo theme, animal print and get airbrushed body prints are popular. There was a pool, dancers, shops, bars and, of course, great line-up of DJs. It was amazing and I would go back to Ibiza just for that.