Despite the emergence of rival clubbing hotspots — Croatia, Las Vegas, Brazil — in recent years, the island that vibrates remains your number one, with voters placing five of its clubs in the top 20 of this list. The zenith of the circuit, despite increasing competition and rising standards, still hasn't changed in your eyes. Space Ibiza is king, and if you need to be told why it's because you haven't been there.
A multiplex of the dance world's most accomplished rooms, each impeccably finished space has a distinct identity of its own. Discoteca for astronomical main room madness, a formidable black box that's all exploding CO2 and cacophonous sound.
The Terrace conjures a cosmic world of nocturnal intimacy like no other. Sunset Terrace, now with mesh roofing, still has a unique, sultry Balearic vibe only found in Ibiza and Premier Etag offers a splash of sunset raving. El Salon, meanwhile, is as warm and cosy as any lounge we've ever relaxed in. But it's for opening and closing, when a ginormous dome structure fit for NASA HQ is fitted in the outside carpark, that Space's wow factor really comes into its own.
Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna all launched ballistic missiles through its colossal Funktion One stack sponsored by Ultra at Space Closing Fiesta last October, while each of those DJs testify The Terrace is like a home from home, their weekly nights places where they as residents they are as revered as the marquee names they book.
Once a family restaurant, the venue is today held together by a close-knit house of professionals. The baby of Pepe Roselló, who opened his club owning account in the '60s with Playboy in San Antonio, this man has always been providing people an escape, catering for the first wave of hippies from the USA taking refuge from the Korean and Vietnamese wars.
These days, however, his trophy club is an automatic stop for discerning clubbers from all over the world, those escaping the nine-to-five drudgery of the world outside The White Isle.
It's not only the state-of-the-art look and feel of this dance consortium that pegs it as the peoples' favourite, though. Supremely programmed with some of the strongest and diverse clubbing brands on the planet, We Love continues to select line-ups so brave that its pretenders are left for dust. From Henrik Schwarz to Sasha, they've brought some of the most leftfield dance names to Ibiza and the most audacious, while convincing all and sundry that the best parties still happen on a Sunday.
Kehakuma, ENTER, Cox's The Revolution are also among today's most lauded, while misty eyed memories of Danny Rampling, Alex P and Brandon Block on The Terrace without a roof are not just what laid Ibiza's foundations, but those of modern clubland as we know it globally. With heritage and modernity perfectly poised, Space Ibiza is a well deserved winner of this poll once again. And Ibiza is still on top.
“Space represents who I am and what I'm about. Space was the first and at the time, the only place where you could listen to dance music under the sun. It set the precedent for the after-hours club. Before that people just expected a 2am kick out. Here, you went to the club at 7am! To be there now giving something back is really special to me.”
“When we started talking about a residency on Ibiza, Space seemed like the obvious choice. After walking through the club, the ideas just started to come very quickly and very easily. It was like, 'OK, let's do some interactive stuff in this room,' and when I walked into the back room I was like, 'Man, this would be perfect to do a cool, small intimate bar, let's bring sake in here'. That was really in the first half-hour of walking through Space. After that it was like, 'Oh my God, I think we may actually start to really honestly think about doing our own night in Ibiza'. The main room at Space on Thursdays at ENTER. is really one of my favourite spaces. I've helped design the room, I have my entire team with me every week with everything dialled in to create the perfect moments for me, the other performing artists and the audience on the dance loor!”