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The Travel File: Ibiza

The Travel File: Ibiza

Ibiza is an island of blue-skied paradise and rich Mediterranean history. Whether you’ve been tempted by the laid back charm of its whitewashed Ibicenco villages, or want to spend your days dancing to the majestic beat of the world’s best DJs, the so called “Island of Mysteries” has the answer. Known for being the techno capital of the world, the chic hangout is a promised land of hidden treasures, and those who want to explore and discover the secrets of Ibiza will find themselves richly rewarded. From the fig and olive trees lining the stone pathways of the Old Town, to the stylish beach clubs set into beautiful hidden coves, to the glamourous yachts sailing the dazzling Mediterranean waters, this cosmopolitan island combines spirituality, history and bohemian living with world-class music culture. In time for September’s closing parties and with the end of summer in sight, there’s never been a better time to book a flight and jet off to La Isla for a few days of dazzling sun.

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EXPERIENCE

Known for its nights: start yours at Café Mambo, for a chilled vibe, chic surroundings and breathtaking sunset views. It’s no secret that the Ibiza super clubs are the best in the world, so spend the midnight hours dancing to the melodic grooves of Solomun at Pacha or partying to the techno gems of Marco Carola at Amnesia. Don’t miss Circoloco at DC10 for the coolest beats on the underground music scene.

For those after some much needed serenity, no visit to the White Isle is complete without a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dalt Vila, a treasure trove of history and discoveries. This quieter side of the island is ideal if you’re looking for some peace after a heavy night – the cobbled streets of Old Town are lined with traditional white-painted Ibicenco houses and tropical palms. A place where every stone archway leads to shady courtyards and private chapels. Beach bronzed kings and queens should take the trip to Formentera, Ibiza’s chilled out little sister, renowned for white sandy stretches and crystal clear turquoise waters. The tiny Balearic island is the Caribbean of the Med, a perfect location from which to soak up some unspoiled paradise. For those sirens and sea nymphs intrigued by the myths associated with Ibiza, a sunset pilgrimage to the mystical Es Vedra will slake your lust for mysterious island charm.

STAY

Ushuaia Beach Hotel is the Holy Grail of accommodation and a favourite amongst the A-listers that flock to the island. Book the “I’m On Top Of The World” suite for 360 panoramic views and a balcony overlooking the iconic stage. With the biggest names playing and the coolest surroundings, its no surprise that Ibiza’s most stylish choose Ushuaia for their hedonistic indulgences.

For something chicly alternative, Agroturismo Sa Talaia is the ultimate boutique escape. Located in Es Puig, this sprawling but intimate hotel offers a chic elegance that would rival that of the French Riviera. With beautiful silver décor and four poster Balinese beds, its the epitome of luxury. For those in search of a little more tranquillity, a private villa is the perfect retreat from which to escape the central beat of the island and still enjoy the luxuries that Ibiza has to offer. Relax poolside, sipping ice-cold sangria from a white cabana or lounge in a bohemian hammock soaking up the rays.

EAT

True Ibicencans know that Ibiza isn’t all about the party. For a daytime beach hangout check out the chilled vibes of the classy El Chiringuito on Es Cavallet beach – the menu bursts with flavours of the Med and is saturated with tempting cocktails. Sit under the beautifully thatched roof or on one of the many white sofas in the sand whilst sharing dishes of exquisite tapas with friends.

Sushi lovers shouldn’t miss Nagai, an open-air and enchanting Japanese oasis serving exquisitely fashioned fusion food. Head here for a sparkling atmosphere and a romantic candle-lit evening, complete with a private DJ playing chill out tunes whilst you dine. If it’s the real Ibiza ambience you’re after, the iconic and world famous Café Del Mar should definitely be on your ‘must-do’ list. Designed to emulate the interior of a yacht, this Ibiza classic serves international cuisine whilst a DJ plays to the sophisticated crowd. Book a table on the terrace and watch the sun go down to the soothing Balearic beat.

Words by Liberty Barrons

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