'We always make plans to leave, but this place doesn't let us go. We've tried hard, but we love Ibiza too much to desert it.'
Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame, a regular visitors to Ibiza, Spain, put down on record his love for Ibiza in these concise and no-nonsense words.
Come to think of it, this is how most people who end up partying in Ibiza would feel, just as the day of leave finally approaches them. That exactly is the sort of influence that Ibiza has been able to muster in the annals of pop culture, especially in the last decade.
What really attracts throngs of youngsters from around the world to this small town in the Mediterranean Spain?
Well, the answer lies in the dark, literally. Even though Ibiza of the day is no less beautiful or no less enticing, it is the glory of the night that keeps thousands upon thousands of young faces transfixed to this city that is just a synonym for 'partying'. If stats can help, here's one: In 2014, Ibiza was voted by a popular magazine in the UK as the top destination for travelers aged between 18 and 25, with over 85% of the youngsters surveyed casting a vote in favor of Ibiza.
So, if this much of popular opinion is enough for you to finalize your decision to finally visit this party town, there's no reason to hold your horses. A trip to Ibiza, almost certainly, will never be your last, as you will invariably end up visiting here over and over again. And for that, you would need to know the ins and outs of tourism and hospitality industry in Ibiza, the very point of this write-up!
Budget Hotels in Ibiza
Every place that call itself a tourism hub is, more often than not, full of lodging options that range from modest and cheap hotels to pompous and exorbitant luxury resorts.
Talking about cheap hotels, the best one, by popular count and reputation, is Intertur Hotel Miami Ibiza. Its prices may look quite steep at first glance, but it must be noted that it offers an everything-included holiday package of the Mediterranean, making it a great value for money deal.
Hotel Gran Sol Ibiza is another popular budget hotel in Ibiza that is known for its impressive landmark location and huge banquet hall.
Hotel Orvay and Hotel Club Cala Tarida can also be great alternatives, should you not find rooms available in any of the budget hotels in Ibiza listed before.
Posh, Luxurious and Comfortable, Luxury Hotels in Ibiza
Ibiza is a place where tourists do not take second guesses while letting themselves go. Along with this attitude, comes the ardent burden of letting your inhibitions go. And among these, is the worldliest one of money.
If you care enough to make the most of your holiday in Ibiza, you should, even for a brief duration of time, stay at one of many luxury Ibiza hotels. Nothing short of classy, extravagant and utterly posh, these luxury establishments can be even daunting, at times. But don't let that drive you away, for once you get acclimatized to their comfort, there's little that can dissuade you from enjoying the best of the services they have on offer for you.
The best known of the lot is Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza. Although rock is not really a genre that many people would associate with Ibiza (after all, EDM originated in this very city), Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is as good as a luxury hotel can get.
Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa is another magnificent five star hotel that will leave you enchanted with its grandiose building and artsy decor befitting royal palaces and aristocratic homes.
Ushuaia Ibiza is also a great choice, especially if you are that sort of a tourist who does not shy away from partying all nights of the week.
In short, giving these posh hotels in Ibiza a chance to serve you can turn out to be the highlight of your visit!
Alternative Lodging Options in Ibiza
The best alternative to staying at a hotel when you are visiting an island-city like Ibiza is to find a suitably priced holiday rental. Although it may sound very easy, it's actually not, because most holiday rentals in Ibiza need to be booked much prior, well in advance because of the perennial influx of tourists that Ibiza faces.
Another good and viable option can be to rent a studio apartment for a short period of time. This, however, may require some paperwork to be completed. It might be well worth it all, because many tourists find that renting an apartment is usually the cheapest lodging option if you are traveling with a group of friends or colleagues.
Things to Remember While Sightseeing in Ibiza
Ibiza is a definitive party place that thousands, if not millions, of youngsters harbor a dream of visiting at least once in their lifetime. Extensive coverage in social media and through movies and music has further escalated the popularity of the place. So, it's quite easy for tourists to arrive here and drop all of their constraints just under the influence of the idea of having the time of their lives.
While there is no intention of preaching wisdom, it must be remembered that Ibiza is also home to many small scale crimes and unsavoury decisions made in the heat of the night. So, the only thing that tourists need to remember when they are enjoying their time is to keep their wits about and well, party responsibly!
Best Time to Visit Ibiza
June, July and August are three months that are packed-full with all the fun stuff, parties, concerts and festivals in Ibiza. So, this three-month window is your best chance to get the most out of Ibiza.
To avail lower rates that many Ibiza hotels put forth during the off season, you can choose to visit in December and January. But be warned, there's not a lot that happens in Ibiza during the off season!