Travel: Ibiza, Spain (Ushuaïa, Raves, Beaches)


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They really weren’t kidding when they said in Ibiza, you never stop partying.

By night, it was non-stop raving from sunset till sunrise at the hottest clubs in the world with the world’s top DJs and producers. And by day, it’s ‘recovery’ by the beach. Again, no shortage of debauchery with champagne showers on passing yachts and day-long siestas with mimosas in hand.

The word is excess. And most are too young to care.

Although I’m way past the days where sleepless nights, crowds and loud music were appealing, Ibiza for Sean and I will always hold some of our most exciting, awesome memories. We had SO MUCH FUN.

Apart from the back-to-back line-up of crazy parties, what I really loved about Ibiza was definitely the beach. By day, everyone was sleeping off their hangovers and we got a quiet slice of white sand and blue water to ourselves. Just look at that view!

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We checked into Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel which really was an open-air club with built in residences. And it was absolutely brilliant!

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We basically got a balcony room that faced all the action and enjoyed 3 nights of Armin Van Buuren, Axwell Ingrosso, Avici, Hardwell, Andrew Rayel and many other performances from our room on day beds overlooking the stage. Way to avoid the crowd and enjoy the party in total comfort.

Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel
Address: Platja d’en Bossa, 10, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Balearic Islands, Spain
Phone: +34 971 39 67 10

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Of course, part of the fun is being in the thick of the action and it was pretty much an outdoor pool party / rave concept at Ushuaia complete with go-go dancers in elaborate costumes, awesome pyrotechnic effects, fireworks and confetti. Anything that gets the crowd going and makes a great party. They don’t allow guests into the hotel in the day before the parties begin and security is REALLY tight so you really don’t have to worry about random people strolling in. So you’ll still get the many pools to yourselves to soak up the sun and few cocktails before everything begins.

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Apart from Ushuaia, we also checked out Space Ibiza (then ranked No.1 club in the world) and sadly hadn’t gotten into Carl Cox or techno at that time. We thought his set was underwhelming at the time. But damn, what a pity! Amnesia was also pretty interesting and Martin Garrix played a great, energetic set. Oddly enough, I liked the grunge-y warehouse, minimalist feel to the place although Sean wasn’t a particularly big fan. But our top pick has got to be Pacha Ibiza. They had a good many rooms with a real eclectic mix of DJs and it was spacious, comfortable and the crowd was better too. Definitely recommend Pacha if you can’t decide where to stop.

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It was also real nice having Sean’s friend join us for this leg of our Europe trip. Always great seeing the guys catch up over good food and beer and we all went to check out the clubs together. Good times.

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If you haven’t gone to Ibiza, go as soon as you can. Unless you’re content being a total beach bum, the place will lose its appeal the older you get. Trust me. It’s charm lies in the complete reckless abandon of the people and the place. You’re likely to be a mere spectator once that phase of life is past you. And when you do go, have the BEST time for me. x

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