Ibiza. That inspiring name has captured visitors over the years, forcing them to come back, again and again. And if daylight is magic, nightlife is a delirium.
The end of the season arrives like a blessing, and the whole Ibiza breathes, released. September and October turn up to be the best months to visit this Mediterranean pearl, not only because the weather is much more attractive and the overwhelming heat of July and August is gone, but also there is not as much people. La Marina, with all its restaurants and bars placed all along the little streets of this ancient fishermen’s quarter, is a lot more spacious. The suburb is no longer oppressive, and so is the whole island.
“September and October offer the best options for visiting Ibiza”, explains Maria Serra, from the village of Sant Josep. “Nightlife is still there, with all the clubs, bars and restaurants fully operational, and during the day there is more space everywhere you go: from Las Dalias market to a lost little beach over the North of the island”.
Even if all over the contrast is noticeable, nightclubs remain the places where the difference can be spotted as its most. The party offer is still varied, but the amount of tourists that fill the dance floors has hugely dropped, leaving more space, more air and less agglomerations. With closing parties already at sight, the biggest discotheques on the island start focusing on the last sessions of the year that day have left.
Amnesia, Privilege and Space are the biggest discotheques on the island, and also some of the most popular. Their offer for the end of the season does not differ from the rest of the year: the established parties for each day of the week keep shaking the clubs every night, though there has been time to decide which ones are considered the best. As for summer 2015, Amnesia has been particularly successful with Hyte, followed closely by Marco Carola’s Music On. Classics in this club are the foam party during Matinée, on Saturday, and the legendary gay party La Troya, hosted every Sunday. As for Space, it keeps searching for the triumph with Enter, Ritchie Hawtin’s party in Ibiza, highly acclaimed by critics and also the spot where the American DJ started developing his love story with sake, the Japanese drink that stole his heart many years ago. However, guest DJs at Glitterbox, Space’s new bet for Fridays, have revolutionized the 2015 season in Platja den Bossa.
This long sand beach is well-connected, perfectly situated between Ibiza town and the village of Sant Jordi, right next to Ses Salines, a natural reserve where the famous salt of Ibiza is made and where the long, white-sanded beaches of Es Cavallet and Ses Salines lie. Platja den Bossa was once as beautiful and virginal as these two, but nowadays it is one of the most over-constructed spots on the island. However, it remains one of the best sites for accommodation, where Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel locate. And, most importantly, it is full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, with Space’s, Ushuaïa’s and Hard Rock’s offers being at the Top 10 of the parties in Ibiza. Sant Antoni, one of the villages on the north of the island, is also very similar to that prototype, lacking, however, big clubs equalling the offer of the ones just mentioned.
“Even if the parties at Space, Ushuaïa or Amnesia are great, I consider Pacha the clear winner”, thinks Esmeralda Cubero, a 22 year old from Ibiza. “It has managed to maintain its original quality. Nights are stylish, but crazy at the same time, and the DJs are simply fabulous every day”.
The creator of Pacha was once called “the architect of the night”, and that is surely for a reason. Not only has the two-cherry brand been able to build a whole empire, embracing accommodation (with El Hotel and Destino Pacha Resort), food (with its restaurant and the cabaret Lío) and clothes, but also the spirit of one of the first discotheques in Ibiza can still be breathed during the nights in this antique typical ibicenco house.
Placed in an unsurpassable place, on the side of the bay in Ibiza town called Marina Botafoch, Pacha is right next to the Casino de Ibiza and other smaller clubs and bars, and the views from its terrace show the old town, Dalt Vila, reflected on the sea. White walls covered by colourful holograms that change every night surround the spot, wrapped in palm trees.
Pacha’s offer for summer 2015 has also been brilliant, and so it will remain until the last week of the season, from the 28th of September to the 4th of October. On Mondays, the showman Steve Aoki shakes everything up with his ‘Playhouse’, always inviting DJs that create a wild jungle ambience, such as the one he always makes. Tuesday is for the legendary Flower Power party, the one with which Pacha Ibiza was born, back in the 1970s. The playlist is wonderful, and the decoration is perfect. Then Martin Solveig comes in on Wednesdays, with varied guests all over the summer such as 2manydjs, The Magician and Clean Bandid, among others, who are the top guests for the end of season. Thursdays are for David Guetta and his long-careered F*** Me I’m famous. September is one of the best moments for Guetta’s fans to see him, because F*** Me is at the top list of the most filled parties on the island. John Digweed, with his two-year-old party on Fridays, ‘Insane’, has yet not been particularly successful. Finally, during the weekend it is the turn for Bob Sinclair on Saturdays and Solomun on Sundays, both with completely different parties: Sinclair hosting a stylish Parisian-like night, with Fatboy Slim as the main name for the closing party on the 3rd of October; and Solomun driving the crowd crazy with his brilliant end of tracks on Sunday. It will be this Bosnian producer’s pleasure to close the summer season on the 4th of October, a closing of the curtain to a summer whose heat was not only a matter of weather, but also a result of the nonstop delirium at the nightclubs on ‘the white island’.
This article was published in the September/October 2015 issue of the Evolution magazine by Ticino Management.