A DJ’s Survival Guide to Ibiza
DJ, producer and Dirty Dutch label head
Everyone knows that Ibiza is one of the best places to party on the planet. There’s world famous clubs on every corner and every summer the most respected DJs and performers flood the island every night. It’s just a given that you have got the night time sorted, but here is my guide to making the most out of your Ibiza days.
This might not sound like making the most out your day, but sleep in till early afternoon. It’s worth it, trust me. You can sleep off last night and save your energy for the day ahead. The sun doesn’t go down till around 10pm so you have got plenty of time to have fun in the sun.
You need to utilize the many amazing outdoor venues on the island during the day. It’s no coincidence that Café Mambo has stayed so popular for all this time. With amazing views of the sea and an excellent music policy, Mambo is a great place to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Ibiza in full. The sunsets here are unreal!
Blue Marlin, in the beautiful Cala Jondal Bay in the southwest of the Island, is a really stylish beach club where you can eat, swim, drink or catch some really cool music. Blue Marlin do some great warm-up events for the big club nights. You’ll often find the DJs for that night doing some pretty spectacular warm-up sets where they get to play all sorts of tunes. The sushi is amazing there and their cocktails are out of this world!
Destino, the new resort that Pacha have built, is incredible too. Typically for Pacha, it is seriously stylish and luxurious. Located in its own little tucked away corner of the island on the cliff tops of Cap Martinet, the view is mega. You get a panoramic view of the Mediterranean, Dalt Vila and Formentera. The pool is the real showstopper though. It’s huge, a really modern shape, surrounded by palm trees and with a big Jacuzzi in the middle. There really is no better place to stay than here – it’s immense.
If you want to get away from the hotel for a bit, then start beach hunting on a map of the island. There are so many hidden gems in Ibiza; if you keep searching for new beaches you will come across small, idyllic beaches with which you will instantly fall in love.
One of my favourites is Cala Gracio, I call it ‘the littlest beach in the world.’ It’s this properly secluded beach that feels like your own personal piece of paradise. There is a fantastic restaurant there too, called El Chiringuito. You walk along the rocky coast for a few minutes and then head down this tiny, tree-lined pathway that leads up to the restaurant. Their paella is made with a ‘secret recipe’ and is quite possibly the best meal in Ibiza.
As night starts to fall in Ibiza, thoughts inevitably turn to what club you are going to head to. Pacha, for me, sums up the ethos of the entire island; it’s iconic, stylish and relaxed but hedonistic with a phenomenal soundsystem. I have been privileged enough to play there many times over the years and I am immensely excited to be bringing my own party to Pacha for the first time this summer. It will be happening on eight Mondays from the start of July until the end of September. I’ll be inviting all my Dirty Dutch crew along, people like Gregori Klosmann, GlowInTheDark and Betratraxx, plus some massive guests throughout the summer. We’ll be bringing Amsterdam to Ibiza and showing the island what Dirty Dutch is all about. It promises to be the best summer yet and I can’t wait to see as many of you there as possible!