Where to Stay in Ibiza?
Ibiza has something to offer everyone, no matter your age, nationality or sensibility. Those big on culture should look at Ibiza Town, while anyone seeking activities and entertainment is probably best considering San Antonio. Playa d’en Bossa is ripe for party animals and anybody looking to get away from it all should look at the “wild north”.
You may have already guessed from the name, but Ibiza Town is the island’s capital. Cosmopolitan with a vast array of cafés, restaurants and high street stores, Ibiza Town is always worth a visit. The ancient walled citadel of Dalt Vila is easily its most striking feature. Wandering around the old town is a rite of passage that should be on everybody’s agenda. The marina is another party of town definitely worth a nosey. Marvel at all of the luxury yachts moored up. If you wanted to stay just outside of Ibiza Town, then you should consider the resorts of Figueretas/Es Vivé or Talamanca.
San Antonio & San Antonio Bay
San Antonio is the go-to resort of choice for British tourists but caters particularly well to a younger audience. It also boasts some pretty stunning sunsets, arguably its biggest selling point.
No matter your age, we think San Antonio is the ideal base camp for your first visit to the island. The adjoining bay is a little more family-orientated. Either has good budget accommodation options and plenty of activities to keep you occupied during daylight. Go-karting, jet skis, banana boats, parasailing – it’s all right on your doorstep.
Playa d’en Bossa
Just a short ten-minute drive from the airport, there’s a lot of benefits to staying in Playa d’en Bossa. First, a precautionary word, despite its reputation San Antonio caters to young holidaymakers and families alike, but Playa d’en Bossa is really geared towards a young person’s type of holiday. The pros of PDB are that it has a mile stretch of beach and a famous beach club (Bora Bora), is close to Ushuaïa, Hï, and Octan and is on the flight path – lending itself well to lots of hands-in-the-air moments as planes roar over just meters from your head. Pretty cool!
If you want to relax and party in equal measure, than Ebano Apartments, offer the ideal retreat just a stone’s throw from the action. If you want to be that little bit closer, then Migjorn Suites & Spa is a great choice. For full-on, non-stop party and sleepless nights (if that’s your thing?), then look no further than the infamous Jet Apartments. They’re not for the faint of heart.
Playa d’en Bossa is also a pleasant evening stroll into Ibiza Town. We wouldn’t recommend it at the height of day though.
Clubs & Points of Interest
Family resorts and the “Wild” North
Both Santa Eulalia and Es Canar are popular choices for families with younger children. The hotels here are much more accommodating to entertaining pre-teens – and you’ll find you won’t be sharing a pool with loud clubber-types. You won’t find many big-name DJs (unless they’re unwinding pre or post-gig!), but there are smaller bars if you fancy dipping your toes in.
For the wild north, we refer to San Miguel, Benirras and Portinatx. These, too, are quiet. However, in recent years a lot of accommodation has switched to an adult-only model. Great if you want to escape from the kids back home. These are places to really enjoy the natural beauty and essence of the island.