When it gets to that point in the day, nothing is more essential than that all important downtime. We’ve taken to the streets of the White Isle to find out where it is people most like to get themselves truly horizontal. From the perfect hotels to the picturesque beaches, we’ve scoured the island to bring to you a magical concoction of some of Ibiza’s finest traditional spots along with some Hed Kandi hidden gems! (Sssshhh...They’re just for you though)
Don't forget, we've also created a special guide for 2011 on Ibiza Clubs and Bars & Restaurants!
A long, curved beach borders the bay Cala Talamanca with the little resort Talamanca. The soft sand shelves gently into clear waters making it excellent for safe bathing. A wooden boardwalk runs the length of the beach, passing over into a lovely promenade on the left end of the bay, easily connecting you to either end. You'll find a very good choice of bars and restaurants along its length. Some are open the whole year round and so Talamanca is very popular in the winter months for walks around the bay and lunches in the warm winter sun. All of the hotels overlooking the beach here have stunning views of the old town of Ibiza, especially when lit at night.
Named after the salt lakes in the south of Ibiza, the beach at Las Salinas is the southern most tip of the island and the most popular with celebrities...especially footballers! The very long, wide crescent of pale sandy beach is bordered by pine woods. The water is crystal clear with super breakers that appear on windy days, perfect for body-surfing. Good for adventure walks as the surrounding terrain is Ibiza's Wildlife Conservation Area. During the summer months, Las Salinas is the 'in' beach not only for the wealthy and the beautiful people, but also for the party scene. The bikini fashions tend to reveal more than they cover-up, and the sun-worshippers here are more than a match for the Baywatch beauties. The rather exclusive bars play summer music throughout the day, and will serve cocktails right to your sun bed! The atmosphere and the beautiful beach more than make up for the generous prices. Towards the end of the bay, nudists, families, hippies and party kings and queens dance and chill-out to the groovy sounds all day long. Pure summer feeling...no wonder it's such a popular beach!
A small, beloved beach with a fantastic view of the mysterious island of Es Vedra, which lies only several hundred meters from the shore. The beach itself is sandy to one side, more pebbly to the other, and in summer is extremely popular. There are three excellent beach restaurants (one renowned for its fresh fish). Two are on the beach whilst the third, Es Boldado, is accessed from the road to the beach from Sant Josep (signposted). Or, if you’re brave, you can scramble over the rocks and fishermen huts to the wooden staircase that takes you up to this popular restaurant. 10 minutes drive from either Sant Josep or Cala Vadella.
Es Cavellet & El Chiringuito
Arguably the favourite beach amongst the locals is Es Cavellet. It’s just before the infamous Salinas Beach. The restaurant situated just off the beach is ‘El Chiringuito’ and is fast becoming the next Ibizan hot spot due to its great menu which consists of a fusion of Mediterranean (French/ Italian/ Spanish cuisine ) and it’s fabulously picturesque beach with white sand and rolling waves. Rolling dunes and a very broad sandy beach are perfect for beach strolls in the off season. In the summer months with club music and cocktails, the party feeling continues here the whole day long. Smooth and sophisticated and a definite day out not to be missed. 10 minutes drive from Playa d’en Bossa or Ibiza Town.
Ibiza Rocks Hotel
The Ibiza Rocks Hotel sits right in the heart of San Antonio just 300m from the famous Sunset Strip which makes it the ideal location for a Hed Kandi pre-party destination! This 24-hour rock’n’roll hotel has been hailed as one of the hot-spots on the White Isle so be sure to catch your favourite Hed Kandi DJs in action every Saturday for our well-known sunset pool parties and the perfect start to your evening. The cost of the accommodation at the hotel varies depending on your taste. Small rooms are available at very reasonable prices or there are rooftop penthouses for the more affluent. It’s packed with facilities and things to do including 2 outdoor pools, 4 bars including the Electric and Lobby Bars, wood-fired Classic Italian Pizza Restaurant, Ibiza Rocks Shop selling an amazing range of Ibiza Rocks merchandise and an onsite supermarket, you’ll never have to leave if you don’t want to!
Calle Cervantes, 27
07820 San Antonio
Es Vive embodies Ibiza's famous twin qualities of relaxation and excitement. The art deco Architecture is easy on the eye and so to are the denizens of the funky pool area. In a word, it's cool.. What other hotel has its own CD?? If drinking is your thing you'll be pleased to note there is 24 hour service - the Experience Bar is open from 8pm until dawn and the Breakfast Bar caters to those lounging around the pool area. To tempt your tastebuds there is a full menu available consisting of light Mediterranean fare incorporating asian influences, plus a couple of classic English dishes.
C/ Carlos Roman Ferrer 8
07800 - Ibiza
Lay by the pool, stretch out on the beach, either way make sure you stay horizontal and soak up those rays! Once bronzed, remove yourself from the beach grab yourself a drink and something to eat and prepare yourself for the main event...Click here to read our guide to Ibiza Clubs and Bars & Restaurants!