What to do in Ibiza when the clubs are closed: From designer shopping to wellness retreats, FEMAIL reveals why there’s so much more to the island than partying – plus a DJ’s guide to the best places to eat
When you think of Ibiza, you no doubt think of the unbeatable nightlife.
Super clubs are dotted across the island and have been a huge draw for revellers for decades.
And while there has always been a popular off-season, the last couple of years have really allowed the White Isle to show off its many other sides, while the clubs have been unable to open due to the pandemic.
In fact, some Ibizan concierge services say they’ve had the busiest summer yet as a more grown-up crowd has been taking up residence, enjoying all the other things Ibiza has to offer.
Ibiza has so much to offer even when the clubs are closed
This magical island and the mystical ley lines that run beneath it, provide a dreamy backdrop for those looking to invest in their wellbeing, or hoping to have a spiritual reawakening, while others are inspired by its hippy heritage to create beautiful clothes and homewares.
Not to mention the huge range of incredible restaurants that alone are worth the flight!
And of course, with beautiful sunny days, stunning beaches and breathtaking scenery, there’s always something to enjoy in Ibiza, whether the clubs are open or not.
Here’s our guide to some of the best things to do and see whether you’re considering a last minute winter break or a springtime getaway next year.
Shop ’til you drop
From markets and pop-up shops to high-end designer labels, you can find it all on Ibiza, making it a fashion lover’s dream.
Not to mention the gorgeous homeware and furniture shops where you can find the all the elements for creating your own Ibizan-esque haven.
Here are a couple of our favourite spots to shop ’til you drop.
World Family Ibiza
World Family Ibiza is THE place to invest in the Bohemian look
World Family Ibiza bags are iconic
Ibiza is known for its Bohemian style and eclectic fashion.
Think floaty maxi dresses, paisley prints, fringing, beading, a palette of bright and bold colours and a hint of sparkle.
And one of the best places to create your hippy-inspired look is World Family Ibiza. This family run business creates the most beautiful collections, with pieces you’ll treasure forever.
Can only buy one thing? Make it a World Family Ibiza bag – they’re iconic, handmade and even on a rainy day in the UK, it’ll give you that unique Ibiza feel.
Visit World Family Ibiza in Sant Joan de Labritja, or the Las Dalias Hippy Market in San Carlos.
The Tanis Ibiza showroom outside the village of Santa Gertrudis
Whether you’re lucky enough to be decorating your own villa on the island or want to bring some of the Ibizan look into your home back in the UK, Tanis Ibiza, should be your first stop.
This interior design store, located just outside the village of Santa Gertrudis, specialises in furniture, fabrics and furnishings and has a strong focus on natural materials and techniques.
Run by interior designers who also offer interior styling, a design consultancy, and an upholstery service, you’re in safe hands when it comes to finding beautiful pieces that will recreate that restful rustic finca feel.
Party at a beach club
The clubs may be closed but you can still experience the music of Ibiza and a party vibe at one of the island’s stunning beach clubs, all while soaking up the sun and taking in the view!
Spending a day at Blue Marlin will give you the best of both worlds – the music and vibe of a club, but in the sun!
Blue Marlin is an Ibizan legend.
Located in the lovely Cala Jondal Bay, this high end beach club has been the go-to for stylish islanders ever since it opened.
It’s not only a great place to relax and spend the day, but is brilliant for people watching too.
We suggest arriving around midday to enjoy a long languorous lunch in the shade. From Wagyu beef to sushi and fresh seafood to deliciously dressed salads, the menu has something for everyone and combined with the idyllic setting, it’s the kind of experience you’ll talk about for the rest of your stay.
Kick back and enjoy a long lunch at Blue Marlin
After lunch move to one of the large and comfy day beds where you can soak up the atmosphere while sipping cocktails or a glass of crisp rosé. Take a dip in the sparkling (and insanely warm) crystal clear waters, while a DJ provides the perfect soundtrack.
And with strict covid-19 procedures in place, a day at Blue Marlin is the perfect way to experience the music that made Ibiza famous, without stepping foot inside a superclub.
Create your own club
Create your own club in the comfort of your villa with Digital Ibiza Rentals
The superclubs might be closed, but this year has seen more and more visitors to Ibiza, creating their own mini-clubs in the comfort of their villas.
All it takes is a fully stocked at-home bar, a group of likeminded friends and a killer audio set up. Podium dancers optional!
Digital Ibiza Rentals specialises in Sound System and DJ Equipment Hire and they’ll even come and take care of the set up and installation.
So simply book some decks and speakers, clear a space in the villa for the dance floor and organise your own superstar DJ line-up.
Let’s face it, we ALL like to think we’re experts at selecting tunes, so why not take turns and see who actually fills the floor with their set!
If you can’t get to the clubs, bring the clubs to you with Digital Ibiza Rentals.
Work on your wellness
From spas to yoga and even mindfulness and meditation retreats, Ibiza is a spiritual hub for anyone who wants to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with themselves.
You can take part in goddess workshops, shape up on fitness focused breaks or simply allow yourself some time to chill out with some fabulous spa treatments.
Atzaró Hotel & Spa
The stunning setting of the Atzaró Hotel & Spa is enough to make you feel instantly calm
For a truly relaxing and rejuvenating stay in Ibiza head to the Atzaró Hotel & Spa.
Located amongst 13 hectares of fragrant orange groves and lush gardens in the heart of Ibiza, Atzaró is built on the site of a generations-old finca and is all about natural luxury.
With a chic, simple aesthetic you’ll find a harmonious and tranquil spot to calm the mind.
Daily yoga at Atzaró will help you to rebalance
Enjoy a hot stone or deep tissue massage at the Atzaró spa
And the spa and wellness facilities are unmatched. Guests can enjoy the sauna, hammam, a pool, gym, beauty treatments, massage, natural products and daily yoga and Pilates classes, all in the heart of the peaceful countryside.
After a stressful year, this is the perfect spot to unwind and reset.
Atzaró Hotel & Spa, Ctra. Sant Joan KM 15, 07840 Ibiza
Get a glow up!
Let Feel Good Ibiza give you a glow up!
Even if you’re not throwing shapes in a club until the early hours, there are plenty of other reasons to get glam in Ibiza.
So why not enjoy a pamper session courtesy of Feel Good Ibiza?
This fantastic company will come to your hotel or villa and give you the real A-list treatment.
From manicures to make-up and blow dries to braids, their talented artists will make you feel like a star.
You can book individual services or a whole pamper party; a great idea for a girls’ trip.
Not to mention that if you’re planning on getting married in Ibiza, the Feel Good Ibiza team specialises in providing bridal, bridesmaid and mother of the bride hair and make-up too!
Holiday like a VIP
VIP Ibiza is a concierge service that can help you create the ultimate Ibiza holiday
If you really want to experience Ibiza like a VIP then there’s only one way to do it!
Work with an exclusive concierge service to create the perfect getaway from start to finish.
James Fordham, founder of VIP Ibiza, is used to helping private clients with every aspect of their Ibizan experiences, and says that despite the clubs being closed he’s been having one of the busiest years yet, as more and more people look to book a more grown-up and sophisticated getaway.
From yacht charters to private jets, let VIP Ibiza take care of every detail!
From securing reservations at the most exclusive restaurants on the island, to providing access to handpicked luxury villas, yacht charters, in-villa services and private party planning, VIP Ibiza can help with all of it.
They can even organise babysitting, childcare and private jets!
No request is too large, so all you’ve have to do is enjoy yourself!
DJ Neev’s favourite places to eat in Ibiza!
Neev enjoying an al fresco lunch in Ibiza
DJ Neev has been a regular in Ibiza since her teens, going from dancing in the superclubs to DJing for crowds of thousands in the superclubs!
So it’s fair to say she knows the White Isle pretty well.
We asked her to share her insider tips for the best places to grab a bite in Ibiza.
“What I love most about this restaurant is its stunning location. Overlooking the marina in San Antonio, Villa Mercedes is a great place to people watch (and boat watch) as the sun sets!
The view over the marina from the terrace at Villa Mercedes
Javier’s Margarita at Villa Merceds
“The garden and terrace are also so pretty and super romantic so it makes a lovely spot for an intimate candlelit dinner for two, as well as for larger groups. I love sitting out under the stars, sipping on a cocktail (Javier’s Margarita is my drink of choice!) just enjoying the ambience and live music.
“And I haven’t even mentioned the food yet!
“From octopus to whole seabass and fillet steak, it’s a dreamy Mediterranean menu. I can’t wait to go back!
“Villa Mercedes is owned by the Mambo group, who have long had a presence on the island, so they really know how to give you a warm welcome and a fantastic time!”
IT Ibiza is a lovely spot for a really special meal
“I recently celebrated my birthday in Ibiza and we chose IT Ibiza for my celebratory meal.
“With a menu inspired by the flavours of southern Italy, IT is all crisp white linen and smartly dressed waiting staff, so it has a sleek and sophisticated feel.
“And being in Marina Botafoch, it not only has gorgeous views, but is only a short walk from the centre of Ibiza Town too.
“I opted for some insanely good calamari but had been sorely tempted by the pasta literally drenched in truffle. That’s the only problem – deciding what to have!
“The cocktails were also amazing and while IT creates a refined dining experience, it’s not at all stuffy. The staff couldn’t be more friendly or helpful and the female DJ was really cool. And I should know!
“Oh and the good news is there’s now an IT restaurant in London’s Mayfair too so we can keep the Ibizan vibes going all year!”
Enjoy a relaxed evening at Tapas Ibiza – a true hidden gem
Tapas Ibiza is Neev’s favourite spot for a relaxed but delicious supper
“I might be biased because my friend Jessie runs this wonderful restaurant, but I genuinely can not recommend Tapas Ibiza enough.
“This is a true hidden gem and is one of those places that’s a real favourite among the locals, as well as with holidaymakers.
“Sharing a few small plates with friends and family in the peaceful garden here is just such a lovely way to spend an evening.
“And the tapas really is the best on the island in my opinion. There’s a large range of dishes on the menu with traditional Spanish tapas alongside more exotic plates, so you’re sure to find something to tempt you.
“Tapas Ibiza is relaxed, informal and one of my favourite spots to take it easy in Ibiza!”
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