The world’s coolest hotel chain, Hard Rock, is set to open its very first European-based hotel next month and they’ve chosen this small but stunning Balearic island.
With A-listers galore invited to the grand opening night on May 18, Ibiza’s Playa d’en Bossa beach is going to have its hottest summer ever.
But the beauty of this Mediterranean gem is that one of the best times of year to go for a holiday is spring.
With reasonable prices, perfect weather and the party-mad crowds yet to descend, it’s really what Ibiza is all about.
And the Hard Rock folk aren’t wrong in choosing Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s longest beach – it really is beautiful.
Shimmering in between Ibiza’s newly modernised airport and the world heritage site of Ibiza Old Town, this two-mile stretch of white sand in the south has it all.
Once it was just home to the infamous Bora Bora beach where you can drink and dance 24 hours a day.
Now it’s got more fivestar beach clubs, trendy bars and beautiful people than even Beyoncé and Jay Z can cope with (they regularly moor their super yacht in nearby Ibiza Town’s marina).
Bora Bora is still there, of course.
“With reasonable prices, perfect weather and the party-mad crowds yet to descend, it’s really what Ibiza is all about”
As is super club Space. And there’s a Pizza Express and Burger King too.
But Hard Rock joins a roll-call of affordable luxury that is changing the face of the island forever.
The twin towers of Hard Rock and Ushuaia are joined by the latest apartment complex along the palm-fringed sands.
Ibiza Royal Beach is a monument of white marble set around a series of stunning infinity pools and private beaches, and offers two to four-bed apartments to rent all year round whether you want a weekend or the whole summer season.
It’s perfect if you want to do your own thing or are travelling with children.
We chose to stay in a two-bed apartment, which had huge white leather sofas, plasma telly with all the footie and a huge private sun terrace overlooking the pools and sea beyond.
The fridge even came stocked with beer.
Ibiza at this time of year truly is stunning.
Our absolutely favourite thing to do was stroll along the more or less deserted beach with the waves lapping at our toes as sea birds wheel overhead.
The weather is a steady 20-21C and the sun shines every day.
A light jacket is all you need at night and watching a famous Ibiza sunset sink below the horizon before the sky explodes into a mass of shooting stars is something you’ll never forget.
Most of the big clubs like Space don’t really get going until June but smaller venues, beach clubs and restaurants are all up and running in May.
Nassau Beach Club is a 15-minute stroll along the beach from Ibiza Royal Beach apartments and it’s the perfect place to have a champagne and sangria-fuelled lunch of seafood while watching the waves and world go by.
A little further afield is the new Yemanja restaurant and beach club at Cala Jondal. Set next door to, and owned by the famous Blue Marlin, this hidden gem opened in February but is already a hit.
Set between towering cliffs, we had a delicious Sunday lunch of fresh tuna and beef while gazing out to sea.
As we’d only just left a rain-sodden London it was a totally “wow” moment.
Because Ibiza is only the same size as the Isle of Wight, travelling around is never a problem, especially at this time of year.
But one of the best ways to see the island and smell the delicious scents of fresh herbs and spring flowers is to hire bikes and get off the beaten track.
The local council has spent a lot of money ensuring there are well-maintained tracks into the countryside and you can pedal for hours without seeing another soul.
Ibiza Town itself is definitely worth exploring.
The old fortified Dalt Vila is a World Heritage Site and exploring its narrow streets and cave-like houses is like stepping back into medieval times. If you want to explore another Balearic island while you’re away consider taking one of the regular ferries to the nearby island of Formentera.
We could see this nature and marine reserve from our apartment and it’s worth the trip for sheer back-to-nature escapism.
Don’t miss a trip to Es Vedra. This uninhabited rock, just off the coast of south Ibiza, is supposed to be one of the most mystical places on Earth.
It’s the only place Nostradamus predicted would survive the apocalypse and even cynics will find its rugged beauty weirdly moving.
The whole natural rhythm of Ibiza in late spring and early summer still has a soundtrack of dance music but it’s more chilled.
If you want to party you can with all nighters already started at Pacha in Ibiza Town and most beach clubs have DJs playing into the night.
But this is the island at its best, the one the original hippies fell in love with in the 60s.
And it’s perfect for any age group from tots to pensioners. Even better is that it’s just a two-hour flight from the UK.
Ibiza has something for everyone all year round and it’s little wonder some of those original hippies loved it so much they simply never left.
IBIZA Royal Beach apartments are available to rent at ibizaluxury.es and to buy at ibizaroyalbeach.com.
Summer rental prices for a two-bed, five-person apartment start at £165 per day.
British Airways is the only UK airline to operate services to Ibiza all year round with flights from London City Airport.
Prices begin from £59 with customers getting two pieces of hand baggage, free seat selection 24 hours in advance plus free drinks and snacks.
Source : By Bobby Thurgood