Living like a superstar for a week in Europe’s party capital is actually cheaper than you’d imagine


IT DOESN’T get much more hedonistic than staying in the villa that was home to one of Ibiza’s biggest DJs for the entire summer the year before your visit.

That’s exactly what we had at the simply spectacular Minimal Lab, one of countless superstar pads available from villa rental experts
Tucked away in a residential area behind secure electronic gates, the beautiful modern building looked like something from MTV’s Cribs.

With slick boy toy touches like electronic lighting and sound system throughout the house, an amazing pool area and a layout allowing for privacy thanks to a clever open-plan format, no wonder Luciano, the legendary DC10 resident and one of the world’s top DJs, called it home for a summer season.

We certainly felt like superstars in the slick pad, which sleeps eight very comfortably across four bedrooms – although there were just four of us, my wife Deborah and I and our friends Emma and Roland.

It doesn’t cost as much as you might imagine to live like DJ royalty for a week – prices at Minimal Lab start from just £3848 a week, so between eight, it’s cheaper than a decent hotel on the island.

We’re all Ibiza veterans and have enjoyed the underground side and hidden gems many times.

But with the weather a little ropey for a fair bit of our stay – for the first time in 20 years of going – we decided to stick with the high-rolling theme. can help with this too – they can sort everything from beach club day beds to dinner reservations and VIP tables in clubs.

Think of the convenience and services of a hotel but with the place to yourself. We flew with,
an easy three-hour hop from Glasgow at very low prices and really generous luggage weight limits of 22kg.


The stunning villa provides you with an ultimate feeling of luxury picked us up and took us to our villa, so the whole experience was easy and hassle-free. A breeze… so we could focus on fun.

Ibiza Rocks is always a must on any trip – whether the gig on Wednesdays or the WAR party on Fridays.

We were lucky enough to catch the brilliant Lion Babe followed by a stellar Mark Ronson DJ set, all from a superb table overlooking the action perfectly. Drinks are reasonable at Ibiza Rocks and the atmosphere generated in the courtyard during shows is incredible.

Get yourself on the list for the after-party at Ibiza Rocks House – sign up on the website and get in
early when announcements are made – and you get to spend the rest of the night dancing under the stars in one of the world’s coolest hotels with the headliners you’ve just seen perform.

Carl Cox’s night at Space comes to an end this year, so you HAVE to go and see the big man in action as it’s your last chance. You’re talking ridiculous line-ups and proper music – none of your EDM nonsense here – at one of the world’s legendary clubs. Music Is Revolution guarantees a brilliant night every time.

Destino is the place if you want outdoor high-end partying.

In a magnificent location with spectacular surroundings, you’ll hear incredible DJ line-ups and live acts.


Legendary DJ Carl Cox performing live at Space
It might be a million miles from the spiritual roots of Ibiza, but partying under the stars at Destino is an unforgettable experience. Of course, DC10 is still a must on Monday for Circo Loco – it has to be done.

Away from clubs, La Escollera is another winner for us all on every visit. Situated near Salinas overlooking the sea, with the salt flats behind, it’s a beautiful, authentic restaurant with superb food and drinks and a cosy feel.

If you want to avoid the in-your-face champagne and table-dancing vibe, this is the place for you. Think classy but subtle. It’s reasonable too, considering that the food is out of this world and the views pretty much unrivalled. Go. You won’t regret it.

Nassau is a firm favourite and one that continues to excel year after year. The lobster paella is a thing of beauty and very reasonably priced, while they’re justifiably famous for their cocktails – the lychee caipiroska is a thing of beauty too. Whether you go for lunch or dinner, drinks or just to lie on the beach surrounded by beautiful people, Nassau is the pick of the Bossa Beach strip.

With all the glitz and glamour in the world, sometimes you just want an old favourite… like pizza at
El Pirata. Far and away the best on the island, these huge slabs of thin, crispy pizza cover whole tables.

El Pirata is right in the heart of the action in the port at the bottom of Ibiza’s Dalt Villa, by Rock bar and just along from Base bar (essential stops). You’re gazing across at huge gleaming yachts, but with low prices, great drinks and those pizzas, you won’t need bottomless pockets at El Pirata.

No trip to Ibiza is complete without a visit to Hotel Es Vive’s legendary Experience bar. Every time, without fail, we pop in for one drink and stay all night. It’s that kind of place.

Throw in a few barbecues (in the rain, this time) and an awful lot of villa partying and that was about it for our latest Balearic jaunt.

And you won’t be surprised to learn we’re already eyeing up a tasty new villa from for
this summer…

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