An exquisite place to visit rain or shine, Ibiza is probably the best in June, July, or August. We went in September right before the island shuts down and got some rainy weather and cloudy skies. Regardless, We still managed to enjoy ourselves quite a bit. For starters, this island never sleeps. And when I say “Never” I mean that the nightlife booms hours past sunrise. Then the day brings lively beach clubs and more craziness. I believe I slept a total of 6 hours in 4 days. My husband asked how I managed to return home from Europe having lost weight. I mean who does that? Someone who doesn’t sleep and dances for 8 hours a day, that’s who!!! (I don’t recommend this as I was sick as a dog by day 4). Somehow we still managed to take our morning runs in the rain! Go team Vanisha! Running is our favorite way to explore a new place and see things we wouldn’t normally see by car. The following photos are from our morning runs:
Vanessa and I chose to do Ibiza our way, which was to stay away from certain clubs, hotels, etc. that seemed to cater to a college crowd. We wanted the more mature, upscale type places. (Even though we are super immature!) We stayed at the boutique 5 star gem of a hotel called Ocean Drive. With it’s modern chic decor, views, and rooftop terrace lounge, Vanisha definitely recommends staying here. Click HERE for photos and Vanisha’s full review on Hotel Ocean Drive.
Now on to our favorite subject: FOOD! Ibiza is full of wonderful restaurants. We loved the fact that you could walk down any cobblestone alleyway and find hidden romantic little restaurants with the most delectable menus. However our favorite dinner restaurant on the island was LIO. This place was like no other dining experience I’ve ever had. It sits on the water at the harbor and has an indoor pool with water shows, cabaret style dance performances, acrobatics, and more. All of this while you get to sit at your table and enjoy your dinner with friends. Lio turns into a nightclub after 1:30AM. Remember that if you are making a dinner reservation in Ibiza, a normal time to sit down is at midnight. For photos Vanisha’s full review on LIO click HERE.
Another favorite, which we happened to do for dinner, but you can go during the day as well, is The Nassau Beach Club. This is the perfect chill out/lounge here. The food is Asian fusion and very yummy! For more photos and our review on The Nassau Beach Club click HERE.
If you are visiting Ibiza you MUST go to Sa Trinxa for Lunch. Located on sandy Las Salinas Beach, this place is my happy place. Just imagine; A thatched roof, sandy beachfront views, a great big menu, pitchers of Sangria, and shiny happy people all around you. We got here at noon and stayed well past sunset. For videos, photos, and our review on Sa Trinxa click HERE.
We were ecstatic to find out that when we were in Ibiza, David Guetta and Afrojack were too! Since we LOVE David Guetta, we stopped at nothing to get ourselves a table in the sold out closing party at Pacha Nightclub. With the pull of a few strings we found ourselves at the best table in the club! This was no easy task, and neither was getting from the entrance to our table. It was so packed we almost lost limbs! But what a fantastic time we had! There are countless nightclubs in Ibiza and Pacha would be one of our favorites, however the second night we were there we had a horrible experience. The club has some ridiculous fees that they do not warn you about. Basically when you get bottle service, they also charge you $150 for each person that is in your booth. This is the lamest thing ever and they didn’t tell us about this when we sat down. #FAIL! Anyway, seeing Afrojack and David Guetta perform live is always a good time. We recommend the club at Ushuaia over Pacha. Ushuaia is the type of place you could go to and not leave for days. Amazing hotel, beach club, nightclub, restaurants, etc.
The main town in Ibiza is called “Old Town” and it sits along the harbor. This is a perfect place to walk around, shop, and get some gelato. Since the crowd on the island seems to be the artist/hippie type, the attire is very laid back and it is reflected in most of the shopping here. I noticed that people wore converse everywhere, even to the nightclubs. We discovered some lovely hiking trails by jogging thru Old Town towards the center of the city and then up the big hill. At the top of the hill was a view of the entire island, accompanied by some canons, which Vanessa seemed to confuse for a horse???
Ibiza has a ferry that takes people over to the neighboring island of Formentera, and we just had to do this! It is about 40 Euros per person but well worth it. Formentera has some magnificent beaches and relaxing beach clubs. It is a great place to go unwind for the day.
NEXT UP: Barcelona, Madrid, Aspen, Scottsdale, and Saint Tropez. We have been traveling non-stop so we are a little behind on our blog posts! Stay tuned!!!