26 July 2017
Ocean Beach Ibiza
The pool party where everyone’s a VIP
Times were when you wouldn’t step foot in San Antonio. The package-holiday party town had long struggled to shake its reputation as the Magaluf of Ibiza. True, packs of 19-year-old nu-lads do still roam the area’s less salubrious streets, but nowhere has done more to raise the reputation of San Antonio than Ocean Beach Ibiza, the premium pool party that’s hosted the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tinie Tempah, Jack Whitehall and Ed Sheeran.
Opened in 2012 – a year after Ushuaïa Beach Club opened in Playa d’en Bossa (Ibiza’s other party resort) – Ocean Beach Ibiza is part managed by Foxhole Holdings, an investment company whose other interests include London’s Toy Room nightclub and STK restaurants.
As you’d expect, Ocean Beach caters for a young, new money crowd. Away from the day beds that surround the 600sq m pool, there’s a fusion food restaurant and a sunset terrace with Jacuzzis – but the pool is where it’s at. The vibe here is TOWIE on tour. Think Champagne-filled water pistols and high heels around the pool. A calendar of spray parties and events by HedKandi and Kisstory have secured Ocean Beach a place on the Ibiza dance calendar, alongside institutions like Pacha and Amnesia. Water jets, aerial acrobats and airborne dancers mean the theatrics at this day-into-evening party are just as dramatic, too.
Leave your inhibitions at the door. Prepare to party like a celeb.
Blue Marlin Ibiza
The movie star’s favourite
Sitting at number one spot, at the top of the beach club pyramid, Blue Marlin, in Cala Jondal Bay, even offers a water taxi service to ferry clientele to and from their private superyachts. Clients have included Lewis Hamilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone, and half the players in La Liga.
Since opening in 2004, Blue Marlin has evolved from a straight-up beach club into a lifestyle concept, with fine food, a chic boutique and open-air parties where music doesn’t stop until 4am.
Nikki Beach Ibiza
The chic choice
Since 1998, Nikki Beach has been a name synonymous with the glamorous pool party scene.
More about its trademark all-white double sunbeds than raving in the pool, its Ibizan outpost opened in 2013 on the island’s east coast. Graze on sushi served on the signature NB wooden dragon. Throughout the season, the beach club hosts a number of parties with great DJs, and this year the world-famous Sintillate party has launched on the White Isle on Thursdays and Fridays at Nikki Beach Ibiza, following 13 years of hosting events at Nikki Beach Marbella.
On Sundays, the Champagne Brunch gives you free-flowing Taittinger all afternoon for €75 per person.
Ushuaïa Beach club
The fun house
When The Ushuaïa Beach Hotel opened in 2011, it revolutionised the way people partied in Ibiza. Set around a main stage and large swimming pool, the hotel was more an outdoor day-club that happened to be surrounded by bedrooms.
From around 3pm onwards, hundreds of revellers slowly descend on the hotel to dance around the hotel’s lagoon pool to DJs that have included Luciano, Fatboy Slim and Swedish House Mafia. This summer, David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Kygo are just some of the resident DJs.