When we were planning for Ibiza last year it was overwhelming and exciting at the same time. There were so many clubs we wanted to visit and way too many hotel options. We had no idea where to begin and the entire process quickly became stressful, instead of fun. To make your life a little bit easier I created these 7 steps for planning your Ibiza vacation. I included links to the best websites to help you save money and I also added my personal tips.
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime….
Step #1 – Book your flight
First things first, you need to book your flight to Ibiza. Most international flights will stop in Barcelona and I highly recommend staying in Barcelona for a night or two (I might be a little biased since I lived there, but Barcelona is amazing).
Some of the cheapest airlines to get from Barcelona (or other European cities) to Ibiza are:
- Easy Jet
- Vueling Airlines
- British Airways
If it’s a short flight within Europe you can get away with a cheaper (and less comfortable) flight with Vueling, Easy Jet or Ryanair. Barcelona to Ibiza is only a 1 hour flight.
Tip: Use Skyscanner.net to find the best flight prices for any airline.
Step #2 – Book your hotel
Hotels book out fast and you might be left with overpriced hotels in crappy locations – so book your hotel as soon as your flight is confirmed.
Choose a hotel in Ibiza Town, Playa d’en Bossa or Dalt Vila for the most convenient location… and whatever you do, do not book a hotel in San Antonio. Just don’t.
A few hotels I recommend:
- El Corsario
- Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza
- Ushuaia Beach Hotel
- Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa
Tip: Booking.com offers free cancellation on a lot of hotels. Feeling overwhelmed by hotel bookings? Book 2 or 3 and decide which ones to cancel later.
Step #3 – Pick your parties
On any given day in Ibiza (during the summer months) there will be 5-6 daytime parties to choose from and another 7-9 night-time parties to choose from. On top of this there’s private parties, impromptu beach parties and a ton of boat cruise parties.
I wouldn’t recommend just showing up to Ibiza with no plans in place. Take a look at an events calendar and pick which ones you want to attend ahead of time.
Highlights for me were:
- Daytime/ evening parties at Ushuaia
- Carl Cox’s events at Space
- Anything at Amnesia
Tip: You can view the party schedule for summer 2015 right here. Just select which month you’re going to view the calendar.
Step #4 – Buy your tickets
Once you decide which parties to attend you should pre-buy your tickets. I highly recommend purchasing them through Ibiza Spotlight for three reasons:
- They’re reputable
- You can refund your tickets if you change your mind
- They are the lowest online price
Tip: Purchase your tickets online with Ibiza Spotlight. Also, VIP at Amnesia is worth every penny.
Step #5 – Plan your days
I know you’re visiting Ibiza for the clubs, but make sure to spend a few days at the beach as well. Ibiza is a beautiful island and it’s worth exploring! Hiring a boat for the day with friends is another way to enjoy Ibiza while relaxing between parties.
Tip: Head to Las Salinas day (easily accessible by bus) for a relaxing day. The crystal clear waters and soft white sand are heavenly.
Step #6 – Make restaurant reservations
Ibiza is a small island, and in the summer months it’s packed. The best restaurants will be book solid leaving you with some limited choices for dinner if you aren’t prepared.
Tip: White Ibiza has a pretty thorough list of restaurants on the island.
Step #7 – Finish up with some basic research
Download my free .Pdf guide to Ibiza for a slightly more in-depth look at Ibiza.
The internet is filled with blogs (like mine!) giving out first-hand information on Ibiza. Here’s a few articles to get you started:
- Hotel Review: El Corsario
- Help, I am an Ibiza Virgin!
- Ibiza’s Beautiful Beaches
- Tips and Tricks on How to Survive an Ibiza Clubbing Holiday
Tip: Check out our Ibiza video for a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens on the island: