I have visited Ibiza for the last four years on the trot and always had a very similar experience. I’ve stayed in the tackiest part of the island (don’t judge me!) and spent my days lounging by the hotel pool and my evenings dancing the night away at one of the many super clubs.
This year was the first time I went with my boyfriend and as such, I wanted to have a different experience. I’d heard so many people say how beautiful the island was but hadn’t ever seen it for myself. If you ever find yourself looking for things to do in Ibiza besides clubbing, then read on for my 8 recommendations:
1. Stay at Paradiso Art hotel – a newly opened hotel in 2018 that is THE most instagrammable hotel. Whether it’s the retro motel vibes of the room, the pretty in pink tiled pool or the lavish looking sun loungers, the place is teaming with spots for that perfect instagram shot. They also do a tasty buffet breakfast for £16 that you can enjoy around the pool, or as I did, use it as a photo opportunity.
2. Take A Stroll Through Ibiza Town – this is possibly one of my favourite parts of Ibiza. It’s maintained its rustic, traditional vibes with cobbled streets and bustling shops & local cafes. You can lose yourself daydreaming whilst watching the incredible yachts that are moored at the harbour or go for a little wander through the castle.
3. Spend An Evening at Hotel Can XuXu -tucked away in the town of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, near Playa Den Bossa, this beautiful, Bali inspired oasis is perhaps the best hotel I have been to in Ibiza. A small boutique hotel with enough room for only 20 guests, the rooms boast sea views & outdoor showers. Not only are the staff incredibly friendly but the guests are too, I only stayed here a night but left feeling I’d made some friends. The food is delicious and it is impossible not to unwind in this tropical haven.
4. Unwind at Nobu Hotel – my jaw literally dropped when I walked through the entrance of this hotel. It has a super sleek, modern design, with perfectly positioned palm trees, chilled deep house music, a stylish white decor and incredible sea views, we spent an afternoon here relaxing around the pool, sampling their fresh coconut water and taking in the sights.
5. Enjoy The Music at Ushuaia – I feel as though this place doesn’t technically count as clubbing as it finishes at midnight. I go to Ushuaia almost every summer to watch performances as it is such a stunning venue with incredible music. This year we went to see Tinie Tempah’s closing party and being a hip hop/rnb girl at heart (which might make you wonder why I go to a house loving island every year!) and I loved it! The artists always give their all and the backdrop of the hotel never loses it’s magic. If you’re looking for a night out that doesn’t finish too late, then this is the perfect place to go.
6. Sample Incredible Food at Amante – located on the edge of a cliff, this quiet, romantic restaurant overlooks the Sol d’en Serra bay. I visited in the evening for an exquisite dinner and couldn’t take my eyes off the view for the entire evening, but it also doubles up as a relaxed beach club during the day. The staff, food & design oozed class and despite being located on the opposite end of the island to where we were staying, was somewhere I wanted to go back to every evening.
7. Take In The Vibes at Blue Marlin – I visited Blue Marlin in Dubai and absolutely loved it, and the Ibiza branch didn’t disappoint. Located on the bay of Cala Jondal, with beach beds starting right on the shore, all the way back to the beach club, the music, food, drinks and general atmosphere here is one of complete relaxation. During the day, the place is notorious for being a haunt for the rich and famous, and at night it transforms into an outdoor party. But for those wanting a more relaxing evening, there is option of sitting on the pebbly beach, watching the world (and super yachts) go by.
8. Soak Up The Sun at Cala Vadella – during our stay at Can XuXu we managed to drag ourselves away from the beautiful hotel pool and visit Cala Vadella. There is a steep walk down to the bay from the main road and the views are breathtaking, the sea looks more like a never ending swimming pool with it’s crystal blue shallow waters. There is a long stretch of fine white sand, and a smattering of restaurants and shops to keep you busy if you get bored of sunbathing (something I have never experienced).
Obviously there are a heap of other chilled out activities in Ibiza, but these were my personal favourites!
To my lovely readers, have you ever been to Ibiza? If so, what was your favourite thing to do there?