Here at Ibiza unlocked, we can barely believe that another sensational Ibiza summer has come to an end, it’s been another rollercoaster ride full of fabulous new additions to both the nightlife and dining scene, plus of course our much loved venues continuing to blow us away with both musical and culinary delights, and providing us with some of the most memorable moments of the summer. It’s hard to summarise such an amazing summer, but here is our selection of the highlights of summer 2018.
What can we say other than…. Clockwork Orange Weekender! If, this was our summer in one weekend then we would have been happy! Clockwork Orange owners, Danny Gould & Andy Manston raised the bar this year and took on Benimussa park as an additional venue. This annual weekender is held on the 3rd week of July every year for the last 5 years. This year saw 5 events. Cafe Mambos, Benimussa park, Es paradis, boat party and the famous beach party at Nassau Tanit as the grand finale. Over the weekend we were treated to amazing sets from Paul Oakenfold, Brandon Block & Alex P, Lisa Loud, Terry Farley, Mr C & many more. We are already looking forward to next year and especially with the hot off the press news that Amnesia has added to their list. Ibiza unlocked would like to thank Danny & Andy personally for their hospitality over the weekend.
Best Daytime Club
The mighty Ocean Beach Club never fails, to keep the party going, with the now iconic venue going from strength to strength year on year. Head honcho Tony Truman sure knows how to host a party, with both resident DJ’s and some famous guest DJ’s gracing the decks and keeping the crowd on their feet.
Situated inside the castle walls of the ancient fort of D’alt Vila which dominates the skyline of Ibiza Town, sits the divine La Oliva. The lovely owner of this picturesque restaurant, Lisa knows how to look after her clients and is never anything but accommodating to us and our clients, you can always be assured of a warm welcome here. Ibiza unlocked insider tip is to try the lobster pasta dish….believe us, you won’t be disappointed..
Cala Comte is quite possibly the most breathtaking beach on the island, but bear in mind it does get quite busy in the high season. However, just a short walk away is a very authentic chiringuito. We won’t give away the name as it’s a bit of a secret and a true Ibizan hidden gem, so if you want to experience this magical place, call us and we will include this magical spot in a bespoke tour of the island which you’ll never forget.
The cherry comes out on top once again, with the mighty Pacha, displaying the full glory of their recent refurbishment and sound system upgrade, we can safely say that the new owners have done a great job of making sure that the soul of the club is still intact, and the club has consistently drawn the crowds with their stellar cast of international and local DJ’s.
Best Weekly Promotion
Glitterbox at Hi. Week on week, this party just keeps getting better and better. Defected boss, Simon Dunmore has created a party that never lets you down, with a mind blowing selection of DJ’s from Todd Terry, Masters at Work, Roger Sanchez, the list of legends goes on. Creative production and a colourful, mixed crowd ensure that this dance floor is always a truly special place to be.
Best Underground Club
There can be only one…. The legendary DC10, this year celebrating 20 years of Circoloco. Andrea & Antonio have taken a small unknown club to arguably the best club in the world, and indeed the red walls of DC10 have been the backdrop to some of the best parties Ibiza has ever seen. Jamie Jones and guests host the equally spectacular weekly party, Paradise, also one of our favourites.
The impeccably elegant Chiringuito Blue opened its doors on the shores of Santa Eularia this summer and the team behind this admirable alfresco dining destination have brought a much needed touch of class and fine dining to the area, along with subtle yet stylish decor.
Best Formentera Restaurant
Beso Beach is, without a doubt, the best beach restaurant on the beautiful sister island of Ibiza. The atmosphere is unrivalled, with a laid back, feet in the sand ambience during the day, and, as the sun goes down, the tempo rises, and it’s not unusual to see guests dancing on the tables in the late afternoon. The carnivores amongst you will simply adore the succulent T bone steak.
So, there we have it, another summer done & dusted. We dined, we danced, we explored and more than anything, we continue our long standing love affair with this magical island.
Up next week is Halloween,. Which is something of a big deal here in Ibiza. Pacha are once again working in collaboration with the divine dining experience of Bambuddha. Heart is also hosting a Halloween extravaganza, as are the ghostly crew at Pikes.
The Mischief makers will be putting on a positively powerful party at Atzaro and last but arguably the best, if you have the stamina, Boutique Hostal Salinas host a private party that goes on and on and on…..this is where the freaks really do come out!
See you on the dance floor.
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