Ibiza, the party capital of Europe, hosts some of the best club nights on earth over the summer. 20-somethings from all over Europe arrive in droves to party until the sun comes up, while international DJs pump out the latest dance tracks.
But there’s more to this island than dancing ‘til you drop.
Whether you’re a family after a fun getaway, a couple looking for romantic adventures – or a group of mates out for a good time, there’s a holiday in Ibiza for every type of sun-seeker.
We’ve come up with 3 types of holiday to make sure everyone gets the most from their Ibiza break in 2022. We’ll let you in on the best areas for families, the most romantic spots for couples, and the perfect place to party on a budget. You’ll also find our top hotel picks, info on the best beaches, and plenty of ideas for exciting days out.
1. Family fun
Best for: families with young kids
The smart resort town of Santa Eulalia is ideal for families with young children. The white sandy beach is well-equipped, and the water is calm and shallow, so little ones can enjoy a safe splash-about. The beach is backed by a beautiful palm-tree lined promenade – a great place for a bite to eat or a stroll at sunset. In town, there’s a colourful hippy market to grab some bohemian bargains, and nearby, you’ll find the best choice of restaurants on the island.
Hotel choice: Insotel Fenicia Prestige Suites & Spa
The Fenicia is designed to include the whole family. The Mini Club is tailor-made for young children, with facilities including games, paints, and toys. There’s a pool just for babies and toddlers, and kids are even given their own opening times at the spa. For parents, there’s a large outdoor pool, an up-to-the minute gym, and choice of a la carte and buffet restaurants.
Playa D’en Bossa
Best for: families with tweens and teens
The beach at Playa D’en Bossa is the longest on the island, with soft sand and crystal-clear water for swimming and snorkelling. Water sports range from the sedate (kayaking and paddleboarding) to the adrenaline-pumping (jet skiing and parasailing). There’s an excellent waterpark nearby for fun-filled days out, and in the evenings you’ll find a varied choice of restaurants serving up everything from burgers to paella.
Hotel choice: Fergus Style Bahamas
Kids and adults will love this resort’s extra-large pool, just a few metres from the beach. There are fun activities for all ages including table tennis and darts, while grown-ups can make good use of the sun loungers, jacuzzi and spa. A snack bar open all hours of the day is handy for those in-between bites, while a buffet-style restaurant ensures nobody gets left out at mealtimes.
2. Couples’ escapes
Best for: escaping the crowds
There are a handful of beautiful beaches on this part of the island’s northern coast. S’Arenal Gros, the biggest of the bunch, offers a host of activities including boat tours, and scuba diving, while S’Arenal Petit is quieter, and popular with couples. When you want to explore, there are a number of hiking trails for stunning views of the glistening water below.
Pick of the hotels: Sandos El Greco
The beachside Sandos El Greco is adult only, which means you’ll get the chance to unwind in peace. Here, you can sip on a cocktail in the whirlpool, or relax with a glass of chardonnay on a Bali bed. When it’s time to dine, the hotel’s buffet and a la carte restaurants offer an impressive range of local and international cuisine. Each room features a flat screen TV, mini fridge, and balcony.
Best for: best of both worlds
For couples seeking the perfect mix of laidback and lively, Ibiza Town is hard to beat. From top club nights to fascinating historical attractions, the island’s capital has it all. In the heart of town, you’ll find Ibiza’s best restaurants, bars and brunch spots, while beaches nearby range from mellow stretches of golden sand to party hotspots with jet skis. The town is a great base for exploring the rest of the island, with hidden coves, secluded bays and idyllic islands all waiting to be discovered.
Pick of the hotels: Dorado Ibiza Suites
Just a few minutes from Ibiza Town by taxi, the Dorado Ibiza is an adult only resort on the beach in Playa D’en Bossa. The music-themed rooms are large and contemporary, while outside, the pool area offers comfortable loungers and a DJ for chilled-out summer vibes. The Dorado is the perfect place for a spot of breakfast by the beach before a day exploring the charms of Ibiza Town and beyond.
3. Party on a budget
Best for: heart of the action
A mecca for party-goers, San Antonio offers the biggest and best choice of clubs on the island. From the famous sunset bars along the strip, to the world’s biggest super club, this exciting summer haven is the place to let your hair down in Ibiza. Plus, you can enjoy the party lifestyle here on a budget that will keep the bank manager off your back. There are plenty of two-for-one deals on drinks, inexpensive eats, and decently-priced hotels.
Top hotel: Hotel Osiris
Despite its two-star rating, the Osiris is one of the best-reviewed hotels on the island. A stone’s throw from the beach and a short walk into town, the hotel is ideally located for you to make the most of your holiday in San Antonio. The outdoor pool comes with plenty of sun loungers for daytime chill-outs, and the rooms feature all the amenities you’d expect from a modern hotel, including air-conditioning, fridge, and satellite TV.
Playa D’en Bossa
Best for: all-round fun
Home to the world-famous open-air Ushuaia, and with the longest stretch of sand on the island, Playa D’en Bossa is the type of place you’ll never want to leave. While you might find a number of exclusive restaurants and lounges along the beachfront, there are also budget-friendly bars and street food options on every corner. The soft golden sand and clear blue water of the beach are ideal for post-party recovery, while water sports offer hours of adrenaline-fueled fun.
Top hotel: Ibiza Sun Apartments
Just a couple of hundred yards from the beach, this low-key accommodation is perfect for a budget Ibiza break near the action. The apartments feature an outdoor pool and comfy loungers for topping up the tan. You can order cocktails poolside, or take advantage of your own kitchenette ─ saving you money for those big nights out.