Ibiza is absolutely one of my favourite places in the world. Of course I know that when I say Ibiza the first thing that springs to mind is their unrivalled party scene and, don’t get me wrong, I do love a party – I live for a good party – but sometimes you’ve got to chill out, and Ibiza draws me back every single time. It also helps that I’m lucky to have a group of friends who live in Ibiza all year round, giving me the perfect excuse to visit as well as a gorgeous little place to stay.
And whilst Ibiza possesses that special something that draws clubbers back year after year (lets face it, everybody already knows about the incredible clubbing and nightlife), it’s the islands energy, beauty and diversity that’s its real selling point. I thought I’d take advantage of the lovely four-day weekend to head over to the Ibiza to recharge and visit friends, who are in the process of setting up a host of exciting new projects for the upcoming summer. And whilst it’s just over a month until all of my favourite clubs start opening their doors to punters again, there was still lots going on in Ibiza to keep me entertained. Spending Friday basking in the sunlight, drinking Spanish beer and eating cake in Ibiza’s old town (with views of the Dalt Villa, which is beautiful and steeped in history), Friday night we headed to the opening of super-cool Ibiza lounge bar Aura for it’s first party of 2011.
Situated on a quiet road in the north of the island – and handily only about 800 meters from my friends villa – Aura is known for it’s chic restaurant, gorgeous outdoor cocktail lounge and terrace, and it’s cosmopolitan mix of clientele. With Friday night seeing nearly 2000 people through it’s doors it was busy to say the least but, more than anything, it was really exciting; this was one of Ibiza’s first opening parties and the outlook for the summer of 2011 in Ibiza is amazing – people’s spending confidence is definitely back on the White Isle. Saturday saw another beautifully sunny day in Ibiza, and spending the day relaxing at the beach clubs that line Las Salinas beach was more than enough to keep me happy. Just 10 minutes drive from Ibiza Town, Salinas is popular with the wealthy and beautiful people of Ibiza, as well as celebrities and footballers who flock to Ibiza every year in their droves. Of course being off-season meant that we were able to get a great table with a view overlooking the sea and all the way down the beach as well, which is normally hard in the summer as the bars are packed full. Whilst the beach bars in Salinas can be expensive in the summer (expect to pay around €25-30 for one of the hefty salads at The Jockey Club – eek), the beach itself is absolutely stunning and the perfect place for people watching. A popular beach and definitely worth a visit in the summer months, it’s perfect for sharing a little sangria with the girls when you fancy treating yourself.
Having made plans to visit KM5 on Saturday night and establishing that all this relaxing was hungry work, we booked a table at Kathmandu, a Nepalese restaurant in Santa Eularia, for dinner. Santa Eularia has a good reputation as Ibiza’s gastromnomic and cultural centre and has a thriving all-year community. Perfectly located and with a wide choice of good, hearty Nepalese food at a very reasonable price, Kathmandu comes highly recommended (the paneer pakora and butter chicken comes on personal recommendation if you have trouble choosing). And whilst you’ll need a car to get there and back, the food alone is worth the trek. On route from Kathmandu back into Ibiza Town we stopped off for a quick drink and peek inside KM5.
Located about 5 kilometres from Ibiza town (hence the name), KM5 offers the quintessentially balearic experience, with their beautiful, Bedouin styled oasis, arabic-style tents and enchanting gardens – and their cocktails are rather good too. It’s usually very popular during the summer months, so it was great to get the chance to visit in April when it was a little bit quieter……