Since the Ibiza nightlife is nothing if not extensive, this will have to be a brief overview bringing you the highlights in no particular order and skimming over the countless, and often nameless, clubs and bars that regularly spring up before disappearing again the next week.
Perhaps the most impressive club, as well as the most appropriate name, is Amnesia. As well as the world-famous DJ line up and the host of celebrities to have passed through its doors, Amnesia has some interesting additions to the clubbing experience. The 24 colour lasers that continually wash over the dance floors are spectacular and mesmeric, ensuring clubbers are given a feast for their eyes as well as their ears. I admit to being unclear as the exact technicalities of the sound system, but the aim is not only to play clubbers the music they want to hear at pleasingly loud volumes, but also pleasure them with frequencies designed to give a ‘sound massage’. How can you resist?
One of my big gripes about clubbing in Ibiza is the cost, and the worst offender in this area is Pacha. However, there is no denying that the money spent buys you a fantastically wild night of hedonism unbound. If are willing to leave your inhibitions at the door, loosen the purse-strings and let yourself loose until dawn, this is the place to do it. It is worth noting that, although many clubs claim to be the best in Ibiza, Pacha has perhaps the most legitimate for now.
With ten bars, three dance floors and an extravagantly impressive pyramid ceiling, Es Paradise is the third on my list of must-see clubs in Ibiza. Most famous for their water parties, Paradise has been an Ibiza institution since 1975. You are advised to dress appropriately for the water parties, which means donning beach-wear under your normal clothes, as they also have a dress code and changing rooms. If you turn up at the door pre-changed, you will be refused entry.
Eden boasts of itself as providing ‘an unbeatable offer of events and leisure concepts’, which warns you to expect a high degree of pretension if nothing else. Thankfully the substance lives up to the hype and 2010 is promised as ‘a luxury year’. This probably means a greater reliance on ‘VIP’ offers to boost the clubs takings, but since their nights are brilliant and their line up’s almost unbeatable they can be forgiven for this. The huge capacity means that the club can seem empty early in the evening but by the end of the evening will be packed party-goers dripping with sweat, smiles and enthusiasm.
Budget hotels in Ibiza
- Marfil Hotel Sant Antonio de Portmany – 3-star hotel with rooms starting from € 36/£ 30.9/$ 44.7. Guest Rating: 9.4
- Apartamentos Llevant – self-catering apartments in Ibiza starting from € 26/£ 22.3/$ 32.3. Guest Rating: 9.2
- BH Recó Des Sol Ibiza – 3-star hotel in Sant Antonio de Portmany with rooms from e 35/£ 30.1/$ 43.5. Guest Rating: 8.8
Photo of go-go girls dancing at Pacha disco in Ibiza by AleReportage.