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Like the DJs do: your ultimate guide to Ibiza in 2018

No one knows the island like those who’ve been playing here every week — residents who’ve made Ibiza their home and the party-goers who’ve been coming every week for decades. DJ Mag Ibiza shows you where to eat, sleep, rave, repeat on the White Isle...

EAT
Benirras beach on the north of the island is always a good shout, but head up to the remote cove on a Sunday to experience one of the island’s most enchanting sunsets, soundtracked by the hippies and dwellers who made the island what it is through the ‘60s and ‘70s as they play their drums as the sun drops into the sea. Once the enchantment is over, head to Pizzeria for some of the finest ’za you’ll taste on the island, with the echoing drums still ringing out long after the sun goes down. Elsewhere, Ibiza Town’s Miss Saigon on Ave d’Espanya is an affordable and delicious Vietnamese if you’ve had enough bread and allioli for one season (unlikely).

One of DJ Mag Ibiza’s favourite sunset spots has to be Kumharas in San An bay. On a clear evening, the view of the sunset is jaw-dropping, only topped by the remarkable food and service they have on offer. There’s also boutique shops dotted around the restaurant so you can top up on vibes, garms and great food before you head out. Highly recommended.

SLEEP
Tropicana Suites Ibiza is a new art deco hotel in Playa d’En Bossa, with a focus on chic, colourful and flamboyant décor, inspired by Miami and all things neon. It’s not a party hotel though, they focus on peace and quiet, with only a 200m walk to the nearest beach. What else would you find at the bar in a hotel inspired by 1970s Miami than the finest cocktails? There are over 30 on the menu, so you can sip the day away or enjoy a Mai Tai during one of the many cultural and music evening events.

Despite the name though, drinks are not free. If you’re after something more private, Ibiza Villas 2000 has some of the best villas on the island. Whether it’s a few couples looking for a luxury getaway or a large group of friends who need a place to chill between clubs, Ibiza Villas 2000 gets the DJ Mag Ibiza stamp of approval — we even hosted an epic Carl Cox stream from one of their villas! If it’s good enough for Carl...

RAVE
Well, if you’re looking for a rave you’ve come to the right place. Throughout this magazine you’ll find the ultimate guides to everything happening on the club-front this summer. But while the main clubs will dominate the clubbing conversation, there are more smaller, esoteric events popping up every year. Island expert Nightmares On

Wax will be bringing his live show to the unique setting of Las Dalias this summer, and all for a good cause — working with the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life foundation, an organisation that helps create positive opportunities for children living in crisis. Last year Wax Da Jam events raised enough money to build a well in Uganda, with 330 people now benefiting from access to clean drinking water. It kicks off on 28th of June and runs through to Thursday 6th of September. Why not have a good time while giving back to a good cause? Ticket to Wax Da Jam can be found here.

REPEAT
Yes, before you’ve had time to catch your breath, it’s time to do it all again. But with a focus on looking after your wellbeing rightly permeating through dance music, remember to take care of yourself. Another opportunity for woke raving includes Cosmic Pineapple at one of our favourite places to visit and stay: Pikes Ibiza. Cosmic

Pineapple features inspiring talks, classes, yoga, dances and workshops by day to “activate your mind and invite you to connect with our hearts”. By night though, they’ve invited key selectors like Ida Engberg to provide the legendary hotel with cosmic sounds and dancing through ’til 4am. There are a total of four events throughout the year, running to 6th of September. There’ll also be opportunities to donate to worthy causes like the Ibiza Preservation Fund. Tickets to the Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes Ibiza can be found here. 

Declan McGlynn is DJ Mag's Digital Tech and Ibiza editor. Follow him on Twitter here. 

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