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What to do in Ibiza

Isabel Greiner, Ibiza by Land
June 15, 2011

Your Ibiza by Land is guided by none other than Galavante’s own “Ibizabella,” who will tempt you with this magical island in the Balearic Sea. Ibiza has been known to convert even die-hard Saint-Tropez vacationers with its crystal Mediterranean water, gourmet restaurants, silky beaches and, of course, the clubs, where the music will own you. 

The Most Sought-After Inside Recommendations

Sleep

Agroturismos are small boutique hotels, set in the countryside amid bougainvilleas, and offering some of the most luxurious value around.

Can Jaume, http://www.canjaume.org/en/index.html "Can Jaume and Ca n’Arabi, in Puig d’en Valls, are close together, but Can Jaume is a bit more private, and has stunning grounds.” But, after reading this over, I think that we should take out Ca n’Arabi, as it isn’t reviewed, and was just mentioned in passing, so it may be a bit confusing to the reader. The other option, if the author would like to keep it in, is to add a review to Ca n’Arabi, and then it can be included. Can Jaume features stunning grounds, comfortable rooms (especially the suites), a scrumptious breakfast, and an accommodating staff. It’s in Puig d’en Valls, which is convenient to the center of town and the industrial section of Ibiza. This proximity to town means easy access to the clubs and the restaurants, less driving to the beaches or airport and cheaper cab fares home at night.

Double rooms are €220 in the high season.

Can Guillem, http://www.canguillem.net Can Guillem, which is equally gorgeous, if not a little more luxe than Can Jaume, is in Santa Gertrudis, about halfway between Santa Eulalia and Ibiza town. [Query: Would be helpful to add in a bit more description here – rooms, service, food if there is any – so that reader can better decide if they’d want to stay here.]

Double rooms are €225 in the high season.

Atzaro, http://www.atzaro.com/agroturismo-ibiza. Atzaro sits in the middle of the countryside outside Santa Eulalia – the hardest part is finding it. The whitewashed family hotel is a bit of a trek but the spa, pool area and extensive restaurant more than make up for it. Get ready for a weekend of pure luxury – Atzaro caters to romancing couples, especially you plan on spending most of your time in the room. (If you know what we mean.)

Double rooms are €350 in the high season.

Aguas de Ibiza http://www.aguasdeibiza.com. If you’re looking for more modern – Miami-style – try Aguas de Ibiza, which has all the amenities you’ll want. It’s not quaint or traditional, but the beds are comfortable, air conditioning works and the service is world-class. The food in the restaurant, however, is less than exceptional. Unless you must order room service, you should eat out.

Double rooms are €270 in the high season.

Eat

TOP Restaurants: 

La Brasa, www.labrasa.comC/ Pere Sala 3Ibiza, Tel: 971 301 202 

La OlivaD'Alt Vila, C/Sta Cruz 2Ibiza, Tel: 971 30 57 52

Juan y Andrea, www.juanyandrea.com/en/index.html Playa IlletasFormentera, Tel: 971 18  71 30

Other Good Lounge-Restaurants:

Km5, Carretera Eivissa, Sant Josep, Tel:  971 39 63 49

Punta, www.sapuntaibiza.comEs  puet de Talamanca  Tel: 971 19 34 24

El Ayoun, www.elayoun.comCalle Isidor Macabich 6, San Rafael Centre, 971 19 83 35

Novum, www.novumibiza.comPoligono Cana Palava, Ctra Santa Gertrudis Tel: 971 19 17 89

Aura, Lowww.auraibiza.comCarretera de Sant Joan, Sant Llorenc Tel: 971 32 53 56

Drink

Space, http://www.spaceibiza.com. This is the place to be for the opening party, as long as you get VIP tickets. Otherwise, the line is killer. If you’re going mid-season, be aware that you’re going for the music, not the scene. Ibiza veterans swear it’s not the same as it used to be, but it’s still fun to go after a day at the beach, before the sun sets. 

Pacha, http://www.pacha.com. Pacha is the uber-chic club of Ibiza. Here, being in the VIP or not yields a tremendously different experience. Get a VIP pass – it’s like day and night. Added VIP bonus: Ibiza Angels that give you backrubs for €20.

Matinee. Matinee is the new Space. The hottest parties in Ibiza are now at Matinee – Amnesia, La Troya. If you like trendy madness, hot people looking for fun and the best music, this is your destination. You’ll find incredible shows, including fire on the stage, followed by frozen air blown over the 5,000-capacity room. For more space, pay a bit more to go to the upstairs mezzanine, where it still gets wild, but is less packed.

See

Beaches

Blue Marlin (Playa Es Jondal) www.bluemarlinibiza.com Playa es Jondal, Ibiza Tel: 971 41 01 17 This decadent beach club is a favorite of the Galavante team – it’s one of those places where you sit back and think, life is good. After a lunch of what could be the best gazpacho in Spain, indulge in a massage at the club.

Es Sevina (Playa Es Jondal) – (no website) Playa Cala Jondal, next to Blue Marlin, Ibiza Tel: 971 18 74 37 For a more relaxed, low-key day at the beach (sans music), kick back at Es Sevina. Arrive early, so you can get a lounge chair in the first row.

Amante (Cala Llonga) www.amanteibiza.com Sol Den Serra C/Fuera, St. Eulalia, Ibiza Tel: 971 19 61 76 Come here for breathtaking views, delicious food, and day beds which will have you made in the shade. There’s no sand on the beach – it’s rocky – and here it’s all about chilling out:  No scene. No music. Quiet. Romantico.

Nassau (Playa d’en Bossa) www.nassaubeachclub.com

Playa d’en Bossa, Tel: 971 39 67 14 Everything you’ll need: Sand, day beds, good music and food, great vibe.

Jockey Club (Salinas) www.jockeyclubibiza.com Salinas Playa Salines, Tel: 971 39 57 88 This spot is much more low-key than Blue Marlin or Nassu. The food is tasty – I’m a fan of the pizza and the gigantic fruit plate. Nice distractions: the nudists down the beach, and the bikini shop.

Renting a boat

If you want to charter a boat, use Trasmapi http://www.trasmapi.com/charter/en/index.html. We recently rented a catamaran and took it to Formentera – along with many bottles of bubbly rosé. I can’t think of a more heavenly day.

Shop

Ibiza town and D’Alt Villa have great shopping – CDs, linen dresses and bikini shops which are open late enough to stop by after a foam party.

Extras

Places to avoid

San Antonio/Café del Mar: Too many wasted young’uns

Ama Lur in Santa Gertrudis: Too stuffy, all grown-ups, service was stressed out. Also, it’s nowhere near the water, and our food was salty, forgettable and expensive. Great stuff that fits into your carry-on luggage to bring back home

Sal de Ibiza (http://www.saldeibiza.com/en/about_us_start.html) at Natura in Ibiza Town or at the airport Lamu beach towel at Galeria Tanit in D’Alt Villa

Parking

Finding parking in Ibiza town is notoriously difficult, and they will tow you at a price of €120.