TOP 5 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN IBIZA
Ibiza is one of my favourite places in the world and there is so much more to this island that just clubbing. It's home to so many amazing restaurants, beach clubs and beautiful scenery so if you've never been before, here are my Top 5 Things You Must Do in Ibiza.
1. CINEMA PARADISO
Cinema Paradiso is an outdoor cinema experience which plays cinema classics at various stunning outdoor locations around Ibiza. On the night we arrived this year (literally a couple of hours after our flight landed), Cinema Paradiso had set up camp at the stunning Nobu Ibiza Bay Hotel and also happened to be showing one of my all time favourite films, Coming To America. It started at 10pm and the giant cinema screen was set up around the outdoor pool. We grabbed a couple of super comfy loungers and were given a set of headphones, a glass of Cava and some popcorn, what more can you ask for in life? Watching one of my favourite films under the stars with a glass of bubbles in my hand was the perfect first night of our holiday, albeit pretty tame by Ibiza standards. Tickets were approximately €30 and that included a glass of Cava and popcorn. For me, it was a great experience and definitely worth the money.
2. GLITTERBOX AT HÏ
Glitterbox at Hï nightclub was the night I was looking forward to most in Ibiza. When we were there, Basement Jaxx were headlining which was really lucky as I've been dying to see them for years. I'd never been to Hï before and was actually really impressed with the whole set up and I loved the outdoor bars and seating areas. As is standard in Ibiza, drinks were ridiculously priced (nothing pains me more than paying €12 for a small bottle of water...) but it was really different to any other nightclub I'd been to Ibiza and seemed much classier. There is a Studio 54 vibe at Glitterbox and the dancers and performers around the DJs were incredible. There was so much going on other than just the DJs and the night went in so quickly, despite the sore feet from all the dancing. I absolutely loved it and it definitely lived up to expectations. Well worth the €45 tickets.
3. CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH AT NIKKI BEACH
If you've been to a proper 'brunch' in the Middle East then you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Nikki Beach for the Champagne Brunch on Sundays. You pay one price for entry (approximately €90) and for that, you get access to the amazing buffet between 12-4 and unlimited, you heard me right, UNLIMITED Taittinger champagne between 12.30 and 3pm. It was one of my favourite days in Ibiza and the whole vibe at Nikki Beach was right up my street. We had a table for two in the beach area which was perfect and we had a really lovely waitress called Tatyana looking after us all day. If you don't like champagne, you can also order other drinks from the menu but you just have to pay for them. The food was of a really high standard and there was fresh sushi being made all day. There was also a BBQ and delicious sandwiches, an oyster bar, a deli full of fresh meats, breads and cheeses as well as lots of fruits and deserts. You could go up as many times as you liked (I had a lot of champagne to soak up) and, although it was full, it wasn't too busy so you didn't have to queue up for ages. There was plenty of food to last the whole day too.
We also went to Ocean Beach Club a couple of days before Nikki Beach and probably spent more at Ocean Beach which definitely wasn't worth it. The service wasn't that good, it was so busy you couldn't get near the dance floor or pool and there was THREE (very basic) female toilets for literally thousands of people so you had to queue for about 30 mins. We went to Ocean Beach last year too and actually really enjoyed it but I feel like it's definitely gone downhill and, compared with the level of service, food, drink and facilities at Nikki Beach, it isn't worth the money.
4. SUNSET AT CAFE MAMBO
Ibiza is famous for its sunsets and nowhere is more iconic for a sunset setting than Cafe Mambo. We watched the sunset at Cafe Mambo last year and were keen to do it again this year. The sea front tables, where you get the best views of the sunset, book up really far in advance (we booked in April for mid-July and there was only one night out of seven when we could actually get booked) but it's worth the effort for the incredible sunset views. This year it was SUPER HOT and still about 31 degrees at 9pm so it was slightly less comfortable sitting directly in the sun so we were delighted when the sun finally did set. The music is always amazing and actually the food is really good too. For a sea front table, there is a minimum spend of €100 per person but if you're sitting there for 3 hours (and drinking) you'd definitely spend that anyway. We had nachos to share between us for our starter and both had fillet steaks and a couple of sides for our main course. This, along with a couple of bottles of water and a couple of bottles of Prosecco came to almost €200 exactly. The service is always really friendly and they don't rush you off your table. There are always amazing DJs playing and there is a great buzz about the place, both before and after sunset.
5. VISIT IBIZA OLD TOWN
Ibiza Old Town is definitely worth a visit for gorgeous cobbled street, cute shops and, amazing views and great restaurants. We got a water taxi from Figueretas round the coast the spectacular harbour which took about 15 minutes, about as long as I can stomach being on a boat.
The streets around the harbour are great for a wander and there are some really cute little boutiques. I loved Isla Ibiza Bonita, a bohemian boutique with an amazing selection of Lack of Color hats, basket bags and gorgeous dresses. I actually couldn't stop thinking about a hat after I got home (the largest one in the bottom picture, naturally) and the owner, Tara, kindly agreed to ship it all the way from Ibiza to Glasgow.
There are some spectacular streets up towards the castle in Dalt Villa (which means High Town) and that whole area is a World Heritage Site so it is absolutely stunning. For any fellow bloggers/instagrammers, there are some amazing photo opp spots so visiting here is a must, it's worth the hike up cobbled (quite slippy) streets and the views are incredible too.
There is a really cute al fresco lunch spot up high with amazing views called S'Escalinata which is great for a glass of wine and some hummus and pitta or a delicious sandwich (I had smoked salmon with avocado on toasted flat bread). Trust me, by the time you've hiked up that far in the heat, you'll definitely need some refreshments.
If you've never been to Ibiza before, don't be put off if you think it's just for clubbers. There is so much more to this beautiful island I really can't wait to go back and explore it again. There is a great energy and vibe on the island and it really does have everything.
If you're wondering where to stay in Ibiza, check out my review of our hotel, Hotel MiM Es Vivé.
Don't forget to check out my video below of my trip to Ibiza to see more of what we got up to.
Is there anything else that you think I should do next time I go to Ibiza? Let me know in the comments below.