I just got back from a jam-packed weekend of fun in Balearic paradise. Die hard Ibiza-lovers know that there is much more to this island than overcrowded beaches and sloppy San Antonio ‘stag n hens.’ I’ve scoured the island for the coolest places to hang out in style. Here’s my pick of the 5 best places to eat, chill and party on Ibiza.
1. Blue Marlin
A must visit for a chic day-to-night beach club experience. The Ibiza jet set get here early to score a spot on an oversized sun bed, drink Dom Perignon sangria, and show off their brand new Agent Provocateur bikini. Modelesque waiters hurry about the sun beds, catering to your every need. The beach is very rocky, but there is a fabulous little swim deck where you can jump in for a refreshing quick dip in the glistening sea. Throughout the day, guests are shuttled into the club from their yachts to join in on the fun. Once the evening comes around, the club comes alive with those oh-so-famous Ibiza DJ sounds. To me, this is what Ibiza is all about.
Address: Cala Jondal, 07830 San Josep de Sa Talaia
2. El Chiringuito
Have breakfast or lunch at this gorgeous beachside restaurant, where a fabulously dressed crowd comes to dine in style. DJs spin chill house music while guests feast on flambeed mussels, summer truffle risotto and jamón ibérico on a powdery stretch of Es Cavallet beach. A perfect place to have lunch while recovering from the night before.
Address: Playa Es Cavallet, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia
3. La Bodega
You’re in Spain after all, so take advantage and get some authentic tapas. This place was recommended to us by several different locals, so we had to give it a shot. The setting is stunning, on a quiet stretch of Talamanca beach, and the nutty manchego cheese and blistered padron peppers did not disappoint. The vibe is very chill and unassuming and it’s conveniently open until 4am. A must for foodies.
Address: Ses Figueres, 14 Talamanca
4. Sa Punta
Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, Sa Punta has atmosphere written all over it. We went here for a late dinner pre-clubbing. Although the music was not up to par with Ibiza standards, the cocktails, food and ambience were hard to beat. It’s one of the most popular restaurants on Ibiza and somehow manages a laid back vibe, while still remaining super cool. Don’t leave without trying the warm Chocolate Kif for dessert ~ pure decadence. Pre- or post-dinner, take a walk on the promenade leading up to Sa Punta, a beautiful sight!
Address: Es Pouet de Talamanca, s/n, 07819 Jesús, Santa Eulalia des Ríu
No visit to Ibiza is complete without a visit to one of the famous clubs. My favorite is the tried and true Pacha. It’s still one of the most glamorous clubs on the island and consistently books tops DJs and packs a stylish, well heeled crowd. If you only have time to get to one club in Ibiza, go here. Music = insane.
Address: Carrer de Lluís Tur i Palau, 18-20, 07800