The ultimate guide to Ibiza – Where to stay?
Where to stay in Ibiza?
The winding pathways of Eivissa are soaked in history & culture, so why not fully immerse yourself by staying in this ancient Mediterranean city? It’s the perfect place to stay for those looking to be close to a variety of restaurants and bars, and an idyllic base for exploring the rest of the island.
Ibiza Town is split into 3 main parts; Old Town, New Town & the Marina. Old Town is home to the citadel Dalt Vila, where you will find winding cobbled streets lined with shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re looking to learn more about Ibiza’s history – explore the museums within the walls of Dalt Vila, before climbing all the way to the top for awe-inspiring views across the entire city and beyond. If you’re in need of pre-club drinks, then wander in to one of the lively bars along the harbor – the perfect place to people watch and daydream about owning one of the incredible yachts moored water side before heading out for the night.
New Town is the flatter part of the city, well known for its shopping, hidden tapas bars and the beautiful Plaza Del Parque (another great spot for people watching). Finally, Marina Botafoch sits at the opposite end of the city from Dalt Vila, offering upmarket and trendy restaurants and bars, including STK, Heart & Lio, as well as the infamous Pacha nightclub.
For those looking for an even more relaxed Ibizan vibe, the beautiful suburb of Jesus is just a couple of kilometers away. Jesus is surrounded by a multitude of stunning villas, perfect for groups of all sizes to enjoy a holiday away from hotels.
Playa D’en Bossa
With the longest beach on the island, you can already see why so many tourists pick Playa D’en Bossa as their holiday destination whilst in Ibiza. Perfectly white sand, lined with beach clubs, bars and 5* hotels, including Hard Rock and Ushuaïa – the perfect Ibizan paradise awaits.
Alongside all of this, you have 3 of the island’s super clubs right on your doorstep. Octan Ibiza (formerly Sankeys) opened its doors once again in the summer of 2019 and had an incredible first summer back. Ushuaïa, the magnificent open-air club, opened in the summer of 2011 and hasn’t looked back since, and last but not least Hï – which replaced the beloved Space, and was recently voted number 1 in the world’s top 100 clubs. Playa D’en Bossa is a no-brainer if you are looking for incredible nightlife and life-affirming sunrises.
On the opposite side of the island to Playa D’en Bossa, sits San Antonio. Home to the West End, a lively strip of bars full of pre-club revelers looking for cheap drinks and good music, San An is perfect for those who enjoy daytime parties and easy access to super clubs across the White Isle. With O-Beach Club and Ibiza Rocks on the doorstep, daytime ravers can get their kicks before watching the best sunset in the world along the Sunset Strip at Café Mambo or Café del Mar. Es Paradis and Eden are right in the center of San Antonio, and so some of the world’s best club nights, including the likes of Defected, can be enjoyed with only a walk back to the hotel to deal with afterwards.
The restaurants of San Antonio are said to be some of the best on the island, and include Sa Capella, Tapas Restaurant & Lounge, Rincon del Pepe and Rio. But if you’re looking for something a bit more insta-worthy, don’t forget Wiki-Woo Hotel, Skinny Kitchen or Ibiza Rocks Bar.
Getting around the island is extremely easy if you are based in San Antonio, as the main bus station is right behind the famous Egg Roundabout. And not only can you use the network of public transport during the day to discover new towns or new favorite beaches, the Disco Bus also runs from midnight to 7am, delivering you directly to the front door of each and every super club on the island.
There are so many choices when it comes to accommodation in San Antonio, including villas, hotels and apartments in Cala Gracio and San Antonio Bay, which has easy access to the main areas of San An by water taxi. Think rooftop sunsets at Sol House, or private villa BBQs in the hills overlooking the bay. And never, ever, EVER forget the wonder that is Pikes Hotel (ssshhh – we’ll tell you about that later).
There are so many other places on the island to stay in and explore if you’re looking for something a little quieter or a little more authentic.
The town of Santa Eulalia is perfectly Ibizan, with a beautiful palm-lined promenade and a fortified hilltop church overlooking the town and its picturesque surroundings. In more recent years, Santa Eulalia has become a hub of culture and cuisine, with the islands most highly rated restaurants gracing its streets. Alongside this, the year-round community in Santa Eulalia simply adds to its overall calmness and authenticity.
Blink and you’ll miss it but tucked away behind the giant that is Privilege nightclub, is a traditional Spanish village called San Rafael. With its 18th century church and views all the way to Ibiza Town and Dalt Vila, this quiet area is perfect for those looking to retreat after a long day in the sun or long night partying until the sun comes up. This particular area is filled with large villas, simply perfect for group holidays, and is situated on the road between Eivissa and San Antonio. San Rafael is also home to the well-known restaurants C’an Pilot and Las Dos Lunas, ideal for those looking for amazing culinary experience whilst on their holidays.
Cala Tarida is an idyllic holiday spot for those attracted to sunsets and the magnetic pull of Es Vedra Rock. With ridiculously perfect views, the most incredible sunsets and 5* hospitality, the hotels along the west coast of Ibiza are perfect for couples, small groups and the select few looking for a more relaxed vacation. The stunning villas around these areas make the perfect base for larger groups of friends to come together, celebrate and enjoy all that Ibiza has to offer.
Hotels or Villas for Ibiza 2022?
There are a huge variety of options for accommodation in Ibiza, but how are you supposed to choose whether to stay in a hotel or rent a private villa? There are many pros and cons to both, so let’s delve in and hopefully we can help you make that decision for your 2022 summer holiday.
Wherever you go on the island, you will be spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of hotels available to you. From the basic, minimalist aparthotels and boutique hostals in the back streets of San Antonio, to the 5-star glamazon hotels right on the beach front, with insta-worthy pools and eye-watering price tags to match.
There is truly something for every budget, every lifestyle and every need. If you don’t want to leave your hotel to party, then stay at Ushuaïa, where the party comes to you each and every day. If you fancy a themed, insta-glam hotel then look no further than Cubanito or Tropicana, or if you’re in need of a relaxing spa break with incredible views to match, choose 7Pines or Hacienda Na Xamena, where the sights from the cliff-top infinity pools will leave you breathless.
It’s easy to see why so many people stick to the traditional route of ‘flight + hotel = holiday’, but booking a private villa on the island might be the perfect direction to go in if you have a group of friends or family that want to set their own agenda and live by their own rules.
With secluded hill-top locations, private pools, BBQ areas, chill-out lounges and sometimes even a nightclub in the basement – private villas are the number one choice for groups of mates looking to have the holiday of a lifetime. Villas are the kind of places where memories are truly made; pre-drinks on the terrace before a big night out, and chilled days by the pool whilst your friends re-live the antics of the night before.
The possibilities are truly endless with a private villa. Don’t want to cook one night? Then hire private chefs to whip up an incredible BBQ buffet for you to enjoy al fresco. Does one of your mates fancy themselves as the next big DJ? Then get some decks and speakers delivered directly to the villa for a night of tunes with your best pals. Spa treatments and massages on the terrace? You’ve got it!
Private villas come in all shapes and sizes, and available for all budget levels. It can be really easy to get overwhelmed but let us help you out by assisting you with your search.
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