I have some serious holiday blues going on. I couldn’t wait to write up my holiday diary for you guys to get a glimpse into my week in the party capital of the world, Ibiza. From closing parties to boat trips I spill the beans on the best places to visit, party at and eat at…
We booked pretty last minute so it was no surprise we ended up with pretty pathetic flight times. We flew out on the Friday at 11.30pm so with the time difference and transfer times we didn’t arrive until around 5-6am to our hotel, Hotel Brisa.
We didn’t find it too bad we just stayed in bed until around 10am and then ventured out for the day. I would advise anyone travelling to Europe to take into account tourism tax which should be around 6-8 euros a week per person. When we arrived into our hotel room we weren’t too impressed with the bathroom as the shower or toilet seemed to be broken causing a flood on the floor and let me tell you the stench coming from the floods told me it was the loo more than anything (ew!). Nevertheless, we didn’t let it put a dampener on the holiday as it got sorted on the Saturday. We opted for room only and we were SO glad we did, not only was the hotel food pretty much catered just for meat eaters (I’m veggie) but also it gives you the option to explore more when you don’t feel confined to just eating at the hotel. In the morning we went off to explore San An and grab a bite to eat. This is where we discovered SKINNY KITCHEN.
Oh my days, Skinny Kitchen is life. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of in a restaurant! It’s Vegan and Vegetarian friendly whilst still catering for the meat eaters too.
They cook up amazing healthy breakfasts as well as protein bowls, healthy pizzas and pancakes. Each food option includes all the nutrition information on the menu so if you’re a gym goer and still wanting to keep track of your protein count this is the perfect place to eat. By the way, this is not sponsored by Skinny Kitchen in any way I just feel I need to tell you all about the best place I have eaten out at as a vegetarian ha! Once we filled ourselves up with scrummy food we walked along the beach and grabbed a few holiday drinks. I’ve been to Ibiza before but my boyfriend hadn’t so we spent the Saturday chilling by the beach and preparing ourselves for the night ahead at the event ELROW at SPACE, Ibiza.
Elrow was insane. Aside from me and my boyfriend, Liam not being able to remember even getting in there (I think we had one too many cocktails on Bora Bora Beach beforehand – remember kids drink responsibly). We sobered up by the time the entertainment came wondering out. Picture being in a massive club with actors dressed up in all kinds of costumes whilst on stilts… It was mad, colourful and nothing I’d ever experienced before in a club! The drinks were flowing, we met a fabulous couple from Essex we boogied with. And stumbled out of Space around 4/5am. We ended up getting the night bus home from Playa Den Bossa at 3.50 euros each you cannot complain!
SUNDAY – ARRIVAL
We woke up very hungover Sunday and ventured out into San An to explore. Have a little guess where we went for food. Begins with an ‘S’ – Yep you guessed it for food we ended up in Skinny Kitchen AGAIN! It’s just too god damn good I’m telling you! I just love walking along San An beach and bumping into all different kinds of groups, everyone’s buzzing, smiling or off their nut, it’s fabulous.
MONDAY – I’M ON A BOAT
Monday we woke up bright and early, headed over to The Red Hotel for a cheap breakfast and a cocktail before we embarked on The Circque De La Nuit Boat Party. Breakfast wasn’t too bad it was cheap and cheerful (not a patch on Skinny Kitchen but hey hoe I’m not rich). I had beans, mushrooms, onions, toast and tomatoes. It cost around 4 euros. We picked up a few mixer cans whilst waiting at the meeting point and scouted everyone out. The group was a complete mix of guys and girls, pretty much everyone was under 30 though. We took the bus to Playa Den Bossa, Ibiza and met the rest of the group at the Pool Party which was held at Bar Terminal 1 Everyone was buzzing, chatting away to eachother. The Pool Party was more chilled than I was expecting but the music was pretty good and they even served food (yay!) Two hours later we we’re ushered out of the Pool Party to the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. Not my fav choice of songs but the vibe was fun. Once on the boat we all looked around at eachother, sussing one another out, these we’re going to be our friends for the next 4 hours. And boy were they our friends. We met so many amazing people on that boat I’m pretty gutted I didn’t get anyone’s details to keep in touch. (Get the violin out Imogen Jeez) We had 4 hours of free drinks which is bound to be lethal. Drinks flowing, everyone dancing music blasting it was amazing. A couple of times I had to ground myself – ‘Imogen look where you are, in the middle of the ocean in Ibiza with amazing people and amazing music’. Half way through and it was time to jump off the boat. Now I had this option while in Greece and I never took it I’ve regretted it ever since. Me and my boyfriend Liam agreed to make a pact. We both were jumping in no matter what! It might sound silly to everyone else but open water swimming has always given me the creeps so I was pretty proud of myself and Liam too. We both did it and have the film footage as proof!
MONDAY EVE – SANKEYS / BOAT PARTY
Tickets cost €95 for 4 hour free bar, Boat Party Ticket, Transport and Sankeys ticket
As the boat party came to an end it’s safe to say we were smashed, everyone was. What do you expect at a 4 hour free bar? As part of the Boat Party ticket we got entry to Sankeys. Now me and my boyfriend pretty much live in Sankeys Manchester so we weren’t expecting too much. But, you know what? It was pretty good. The music downstairs was awesome and the terrace was cool too. As you can imagine it was a sweat box inside but pretty much expected from a club. We met up with our pals we met on the Saturday at Elrow and the dancing commenced…
TUESDAY – HUNGOVER
Fast forward to the next day and again, little dying cats. Man I felt like I had been repeatedly punched in the stomach. But nevertheless we had a fab day and night. We spent the day chilling in San An and managed to found a really affordable Indian Restaurant to eat at later that day.
WEDNESDAY – USHUAIA
We felt so much better on Wednesday, well enough to get back on it so we spent the morning by the pool then made our way to Bora Bora for food and grabbed tickets for Ushuaia ! Solumon headlined and the amazing Stephan Bodzin supported. Ushuaia was by far my favourite club simply because it’s the complete opposite to anything you will find in sunny Manchester (can you sense the sarcasm?) The pool, the open top terraces and balconies, the massive main stage – it all had such an incredible atmosphere. If you get chance to go, definitley do it! Tickets cost us €50 on the day.
THURSDAY – TRIP
Since we hadn’t really done anything adventurous we thought we’d hop over to Pinet beach to find an excursion trip. The boat which takes you from San An to Pinet beach costs €3 for a single and €5 for a return. It’s a quaint beach which features areas where it’s much easier to spot fish. We found a local shop purchased a couple of snorkle goggle sets and of course a lilo because we’re big kids and had a lovely swim around. We purchased a boat trip excursion which was leaving on Friday afternoon.
At around 4pm we left to head back to San An, headed back to our hotel to get ready for a meal on the sunset strip. We we’re lucky enough to find a spot where we could see the beautiful sunset. After a lovely meal and a bottle of Rose we headed round to Mambos. Mambos is pretty pricey so if you’re on a budget I’d advise splitting with a pal or your partner and sharing a bottle of vino or a pitcher of pimms. 1.5L of Pimms cost us around €30.
FRIDAY – MK
We headed over to Pinet beach around lunch time to catch the sun and relax before we jumped on our pre-booked boat trip. The boat trip cost us €30 each which included a guided tour, drinks, cave diving and snorkelling. We had time to stop off in the blue lagoon which was absolutely stunning! If you get chance to jump on a boat trip I would say it’s a must. You get to see everything the Island has to offer whilst not partying 😉 The boat trip was hosted by our cool as a cucumber captain who served us pimms and beer throughout whilst telling us a little bit of history along the way!
After we finished on the boat trip we headed home, got changed and headed for an amazing Tex Mex meal at the Tex Mex Restaurant in San An, cheap and cheerful just what you want when coming to the end of your jollies! After food we couldn’t resist another night at Mambos, MK played a set there which was pretty fun. We didn’t want to wonder to far out because we had to leave for our flight at 12.45am. As soon as we left mambos the storms broke out and the roads started to flood. It was quite frightening seeing the water pounce on the roads so fast. The gods obviously weren’t overly keen on us leaving, ey 😉
So there’s my Ibiza in a week! I hope you got a glimpse into Ibiza life and enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed experiencing! Let me know if you would like to see more travel posts like these.
I’ll be back on Saturday for another post – promise!
Bye for now xxx