Blue Marlin Ibiza August Parties - The Place to Be

Saturday August 6 offers a spectacular Back2Back born in Italy as two of the countries musical heavyweights go head to head. Tommy Vee and Mauro Ferrucci, from Airplane! records – a label responsible for hits such as Wamdue Project's 'King Of My Castle', Moony 'Dove' and the global smash from Db Boulevard – with a combined singes sales record of over one million, individually they have made a significant contribution to the global scene, the chanced to enjoy their combined experience and talent together in the stunning surroundings of Blue Marlin Ibiza is one of the reasons that this weekend has expectation levels soaring. Having experimented with this format previously to great success, the duo plays off the energy of the crowd and the combined experience to deliver an impromptu musical journey to remember.

Showtime Sunday returns to round off another fantastic weekend of music in Cala Jondal as Blue Marlin Ibiza welcomes Honey Dijon and She Loves NY. Cutting a stylish and charismatic figure in the booth, it's not hard to understand why fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton turn to her to curate the music for their international shows but it is surrounded by music loving clubbers where Honey Dijon lives and breathes. Influenced by the Chicago, Detroit and New York sound, she has an ability to tale her floor on a unique musical journey, an ability that has seen her occupy the finest club booths from Berlin to New York and now back in Ibiza. Her studio work has seen respected releaseds on labels such as Toolroom and Skint and her inclusion for Showtime Sunday is one that has musical purists on the island buzzing in anticipation.

Before you go roaring into another amazing Ibiza weekend at Blue Marlin Ibiza, mark your diaries for next weekend, the special anniversary weekend featuring two days of celebration on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14 as Housekeeping take control of a special Saturday Showcase and Showtime Sunday features Aphrohead, DOSEM and Andrea Fiorito. Blue Marlin Ibiza celebrates 12 years, the creation of a unique beach concept and its expansion to UAE, Bodrum and Los Cabos in Mexico. It promises to be an occasion fitting of the remarkable achievement of the lifestyle brand that offers an all-encompassing day into night experience at multiple global destinations.

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This Weekend at Pacha - Four Amazing Nights Coming Up

Insane gets Knee Deep In Ibiza on Friday August 5 as Hot Since 82 continues his Pacha residency, inviting Pacha regulars Dennis Ferrer and Guti Live to join him with Cristoph making for an extremely talented line up to get the weekend off to a flyer. The Funky Room features DJ Pippi and Willie Graff offering a groovy alternative from two of Pacha's much loved residents. 

Saturday night sees Pure Pacha turned into Paris By Night as Bob Sinclar is joined by 2ManyDJS (DJ Set), Danny Howard and Lunnas. Mucho Muchacho returns to the Global Room with the Cream Barber Shop and the Funky Room features Graham Sahara and Angel Linde.

Sunday August 7 brings the weekend to a fitting climax with Solomun inviting Black Coffee to the repositioned DJ booth. The South African artist has enjoyed a meteoric rise internationally in recent years, having dominated his own scene for over a decade, his ability to engage the dancefloor and take it on a musical journey will be showcased to the max with the booth in the heart of the Pacha main room floor. 

For those of you with the stamina to party on Monday night, Flower Power returns with a nostalgic run through the biggest hits of multiple decades, get your flares on, flowers in your hair and join on of the most loyal tribes on the dancefloor as DJ Piti continues a four-decade love affair with Ibiza. No matter what your musical taste, there is something for you in the Pacha weekly schedule.

This post first appeared on ESSENTIAL IBIZA

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Sundays at Ibiza Rocks - Craig David's TS5 Ibiza 2016

Sunday… strongly recognised as the day a young English singer-songwriter from Southampton in Hampshire decided to chill after famously making love for four straight days. However this summer, Sundays will be recognised as the day Craig David’s TS5 Ibiza 2016 took over Ibiza Rocks!

Star-studded and a genius in every considerable aspect possible in the world of UK garage and R&B, international superstar Craig David has done it all. From rising to fame alongside Artful Dodger back in 1999 on the ‘Re-Rewind’ and selling 13 million albums worldwide to leaving his fans speechless with his renditions of Justin Bieber’s latest bangers, the king of UK garage has now set his sights on the party capital of the globe, Ibiza.

Looking to continue his recent unstoppable revival, the second coming of Craig David will be taking the sun-soaked party vibes of South Beach Miami and stamping his authority firmly in San Antonio, Ibiza with an exclusive pool party residency at Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

You can expect big splashes, monumental tidal waves, heck even a rainfall of summer-soaked urban-cut pool party anthems from this R&B diamond following his recent path of destruction. Ever since he got the world talking about his Korupt FM shenanigans, appearances have followed at the likes of Notting Hill Carvinal, Fabric’s 16th birthday, Bestival and Alexandra Palace and he will continue to gather momentum heading into his residency on the White Isle.

Joining Craig over on the White Isle this summer will be an array of artists of extraordinary talents. These will include Big Narstie, Majestic, Matt Jam Lamont, Monki, My Nu Leng, Preditah, Toyboy & Robin and DJ Zinc.

So when will you be able ‘chill’ with Craig David on a Sunday?

With Ibiza confirmed as his oyster, Ibiza Rocks Hotel set to be his venue, Sundays beginning on 17th July all the way up until 4th September will be the dates you’ll want to be re-rewinding over and over again once it’s all said and done at the end of 2016!

With Craig David all over your Sundays in Ibiza, there’s only one thing left for the crowd to do – GO WILD!


Ibiza’s Top 15 Beaches – as voted by Ibiza Residents

Ibiza is famous throughout the planet for it’s music and clubbing scene but nothing defines the island as much as it’s natural beauty and right in the middle of this is it’s amazing beaches.

After news that Illetes on Formentera was voted the ‘world’s best beach’ by the powerful Trip Advisor website I think it’s time to highlight the 15 best beaches on the White Isle as voted for by the island residents themslves (and they should know).


On the north coast of the island close to San Miguel is this crescent shaped hidden gem that is the stuff of dreams. It’s remote location means that it’s difficult to find so is usually deserted all through the summer so it’s a real getaway from the maddening crowd. The only drawback is that it’s so well protected by the high coastline that there’s very little breeze making it like an oven on a hot summers day.


One of San Antonio’s premier beaches is a joy with it’s pebble and sand beach and traditional restaurant serving delicious Spanish food at reasonable prices. Access via a steep hill from the northern side of San An and you won’t be disappointed with this beautiful cove. 


On the north east coast, 10 mins drive from San Carlos, lies this lovely sandy beach that is well worth the effort to get there. A favourite with families this beach is relatively quiet even in the peak season and is surrounded by green pine trees. Delightful. 


One of the major beaches on the white isle, this mile long white sandy beach is part of the Salinas National Park and has it all. Large car park for easy access, excellent frontline restaurants, clear blue waters and a rocky walk to the watchtower for when you’re feeling energetic. Favoured by the beautiful people but please note that it’s anything but relaxing during peak periods with ticket sellers and club parades a plenty. Very Ibiza. 


On the northern side of the arrowhead that makes up the southernmost point of island is the uber cool Es Cavallet. Over 1km of fine white sand with views to Ibiza Town and Formentera this picturesque stretch is a popular gay hangout and is an official nudist beach. There’s also some excellent restaurants where the rich and famous can usually be spotted. Definitely worth a visit even if just for the selfie. 


This resort beach is nearly 1km long and has a traditional holiday atmosphere with families, sunbeds, watersports, shops, bars and lots of other things thrown into the mix. This sheltered bay has amazing clear waters, a lovely stretch of sand and is favoured by continental Europeans. 


Just to the west of Portinatx is the small but perfectly formed bay of Cala Xarraca. It’s ideal for snorkeling with its clear waters and has magnificent views out to sea. There is also a mud bath that’s said to have special soothing powers and a traditional family owned restaurant serving delicious local dishes. What’s not to like! 


Nestled only 15 mins drive from San Antonio and San Jose is the amazing Cala Bassa beach. Accessible by boat, car or bus this bay is one of Ibiza’s most popular places especially amongst locals. The creation of CBBC (Cala Bassa Beach Club) a few years ago caused much consternation locally but there’s no denying that it has taken the product to another level. While some complain of inflated prices others enjoy the several restaurants and tree lined bars that the beach club has to offer. The beach is a sandy paradise with turquoise waters and watersports. Life doesn’t get much better than lobster paella in the shade at CBBC on a hot summers day.


Get your hippy vibe going and join the in-crowd on one of Ibiza’s most famous hangouts. Benirras beach is located east of San Miguel and attracts a weird and wonderful crowd that only the white isle can offer. The beach itself is pebbles and sand with sunbeds and surrounded by several good restaurants. Sunday is the day when the drummers descend on the beach and begin their musical ritual at sunset. This should be on your Ibiza bucket list! 


Underrated by many (but not by Ibiza residents) this wide stretch of beach is ideal for kids with it’s shallow waters and gentle slope. Surrounded by beautiful green countryside and with restaurants and a popular dive school close by this delightful bay ticks all the boxes. 


This bijou beach paradise is one of Ibiza’s smallest but is simply breathtaking in its beauty and deserves to be in the top 5. A small white sandy beach surrounded by rocks and turquoise blue sea will stop you in your tracks and feel like you have gone to heaven.  Because of its size it does get very busy during peak months but there is a top notch restaurant on the beach that serves delicious food and gives some well needed shade.


This north east coast beach has become increasingly popular since Atzaro opened their chic beach ‘club’ a few years back putting this unspoilt and shallow bay firmly on the map. Close to Es Cana and Cala Llenya,  the surrounding scenery is naturally pine clad and has a choice of food places from plush to easy. 


Making the top 3 is this locals favourite that’s rarely overcrowded even in the busy summer months, Aiguas Blancas continues to surprise and delight the many that venture here every year. It’s nudist friendly and has that hippy vibe that Ibiza is famous for. Don’t be put off by it’s steep access, this just makes the experience that little more memorable and well worth the effort to see this natural beach that has been unspoilt with time. No sunbeds here just a couple of cool eateries and amazing views for your social media updates. 


We’ve already covered Cala Salada but what about its smaller sibling that comes in 2nd on our list? Drop down to Salada then make your way right over the rocks until you come to this beach haven. Saladeta is for the beach connoisseurs who want a white sandy beach overlooked by pine clad nature at its very finest. Busy during the summer months and very international with a surprising lack of Brits, Saladeta is old school beach loveliness and nothing else. No beach clubs or food places although the hawkers will be round offering their overpriced mojitos and fruit but this just adds to the fun. Simply irresistible. 


Top of our list is the perennially popular Cala Conta which is nothing short of heaven on earth and my personal favourite on the island. A wonderland of walks in the winter then a beach paradise with stunning clear waters during the hot summer months Conta is up there with Europes finest. Not only that but it looks over several small islets that just add to its allure. Throw in good bus connections, ample car parking, one of Ibiza’s coolest sunset bars, a couple of class restaurants and you have the complete package for an incredible day and evening at the beach and really that’s what it’s all about!


This post was first published by MAN IN SAN AN by Martin Makepeace

The Natural Wonders of Ibiza: Ses Salines

The Natural Park of Ses Salines, also known as Las Salinas, is a protected area located encompassing parts of South East Ibiza, the North of Formentera and the sea and islands in between. It covers an area of 6,000 hectares, of which 13,000 are marine. The Natural Park encompasses the wetlands of Ses Salines in the south of Ibiza, s’Estany de Peix and s’Estany Pudent, in northern Formentera, es Codolar, Las Salinas and Es Cavallet beaches in Ibiza; and the Peninsula des Trucadors of Formentera, where the beaches of Illetas and Llevant are situated.

The maritime space occupied by the Natural Park of Ses Salinas also includes Es Freus, the strait that separates Ibiza and Formentera, in which you can find a stretch of islands of which Espalmador is notable for its central lagoon. Mud bathing in the margins is now prohibited however viewing access is still permitted using the designated routes.

Ses Salines has held the National Park designation since 2001, although it has been a natural reserve since 1995. In the map insert on the page at the end of this article the red areas are designated as ‘natural reserve’ and the green ‘natural park’.The Oceanic Posidonia prairies found in much of its length were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

The Importance of Salt

For centuries, the most important industry in Ibiza was the extraction of salt. This seasoning was very precious in times when it was used to preserve meat over long periods of time. Ibizan salt was, and is, of excellent quality and the people of Ibiza took advantage of the industry at their disposal.

The salt mining began in Phoenician times several centuries B.C.  and continued and improved with the various civilizations that passed through the island. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Muslims and Catalans all capitalised on the island’s natural saline resource.

Salt was a spice of utmost importance. In fact, the word salary derives from salt, a mineral used in Roman times as a payment system.

The Christians created and divided most ponds at Ses Salines Natural Park, which we see today through a system of locks. This irrigation system enabled them to spread the water over larger areas with very shallow depth, facilitating the evaporation of water and maximising salt extraction.

The location of Ibiza, in a strategic point in the Mediterranean Sea, and the paramount importance of the salt was the basis of Ibiza’s economic survival over several centuries.

The Universitat, the highest political body of Ibiza for centuries, was responsible for managing the industry until the War of Succession in 1715, when it became part of the Crown. In 1871, Ses Salines were acquired by a Mallorcan company, now under the name of Salinera Española (Spanish Salt Mine), which continues to operate economically to this day.

Currently, the salt extracted at Ses Salines Natural Park is used for many purposes: Domestic cooking salt (both in rock and fine varieties) and dishwasher salt. It is also exported in large quantities to  Northern Europe (Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands, UK, etc.), for use in salting roads during  winter.

From the beach of Las Salinas you can see the loading bay of Sa Canal where the salt, which still remains the largest export of Ibiza after nearly 2,800 years, is shipped.

Vegetation and Fauna

The Natural Park includes all of  the different ecosystems found in Ibiza. The park’s diversity warrants it’s status as one of the most important natural habitats in the Mediterranean.

On land there are 178 species of plants including Mediterranean pinewoods, coastal savins, plus Arthrocnemetum Fruticosi and halophilous plants.

The underwater meadows of Posidonia Oceanica are particularly important. Considered by many as an algae, it is a marine plant that provides shelter to many aquatic creatures and plays an important role in  oxygenation, water filtration and defence against coastal erosion. It is the Posidonia that results in the quality and clarity of water in the beaches of Ibiza and Formentera. This ecosystem is considered the world’s largest living thing.

Ses Salines is important to many birds on their migration. Up to 210 species pass through Ses Salines each year. The most famous and  anticipated are the flamingos who rest and feed in the lagoon for several days each year, to the delight of Ibizans. Other important species include the black-winged stilt, the shelduck, the snowy plover and sea birds including Audouin´s gull and the Balearic shearwater.

The richness and variety of the ecosystems found in the Natural Park of Ses Salines, including the sandy beaches, rocks, dunes, marshes, lagoons and cliffs are a very important part of the wealth of our island.

The mystical island of Es Vedra

As many of us know, Ibiza has a reputation for being an island of mysteries and without a doubt, the greatest one of all is the beautiful and majestic Es Vedra.

Standing at almost 400 metres high, this uninhabited rock island made of limestone is situated 2km off the west coast of Ibiza, in the Cala d'Hort area.

Shrouded in myths and legend, Es Vedra is said to be the third most magnetic spot on the planet (after the north pole and Bermuda Triangle). Some geologists claim this is not the case, yet there is no denying the way navigational instruments tend to go haywire in the vicinity of Es Vedra, and it is almost impossible to get a direct compass reading. Even homing pigeons get confused whilst flying over the island, often completely losing their sense of direction.

Popular myths surrounding Es Vedra include that it was the home of the sirens and sea-nymphs who tried to lure Ulysses from his ship in Homer's Odyssey, and also the birth place and holy island of the Phoenician goddess, Tanit.

It is further said that part of Es Vedra was used to build the Pyramids in Egypt, as the limestone rock is claimed to hold a maximum concentration of energy, similar to that of the Pyramids, Stonehenge and Easter Island and, certainly, many people become conscious of a mysterious force that surrounds the area, making it a favourite place for meditation and other spiritual practices.

But perhaps one of the best known myths surrounding Es Vedra is that it is, in fact, the tip of the sunken civilisation of Atlantis. The natural cave of Atlantis, in the bay directly opposite Es Vedra, can be visited by the more persistent of visitors…its precise location is a closely-guarded Ibiza secret and to reach it involves quite a challenging trek. There are no signposts and no maps to Atlantis, but those who do manage it are rewarded by its peaceful and spiritually inspiring ambiance, and beautiful art left by previous visitors, including an image of the god Shiva, proclaimed protector of the cave temple.

Many people claim to have seen UFOs hovering above Es Vedra, and some even believe that there is a secret UFO base under the sea, with Es Vedra being a gateway or navigation beacon. Unidentified Swimming Objects have also been reported to lurk in the surrounding waters, and circles of light emerging from the sea have often caused local fishermen and many boat captains to avoid the area.

Still this mysterious and beautiful rock, which stood in for the volcanic island Bali Hai in the 1958 musical, South Pacific, is generally considered to have positive healing and creatively inspiring energy.

So next time you are visiting Ibiza, make a wish as soon as Es Vedra comes into view, and let the island's magic do its work. Then as you leave, a salute to Es Vedra (preferably by drumming) will ensure you will always be welcome to return!


Ibiza Sunsets - Here are 8 of the Best Spots on the Island!

Ibiza is home of the best and most amazing sunsets of the world. The beach might be the perfect place to watch wonderful Ibizan sunsets. Find a spot in one of the many coves around the balearic island, listen to hippy drums and enjoy a chilled meal under the sun rays. The sparkling sun setting over the turquoise waters won’t leave you indifferent. Being expert island connoisseurs we have selected the best local spots to close the day at dusk. Here are the most magical venues to gaze the sundown in Ibiza.

Possibly the best seaside restaurant for closing the day. Hippy-chic vibe, cool DJs and fusion food. Enjoy the spectacular nightfall under the candle light and the summer breeze.

A delightful and private atmosphere for enjoying amazing sunset views in a sophisticated beach club. Dance your troubles away under the evening sun.

Famous for its idyllic scenery and sunsets, Benirras offers a wonderful environment of bright green waters and rocky sand beds. Experience Sunday sunsets to the sound of hippy bongo drummers. Families with kids love it! Such an authentic and amazing experience at Ibiza. Totally a must.

This stylish restaurant with a vaporous white lounge and panoramic terrace offers astonishing views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. A perfect Ibiza sunset chill vibe.

This exclusive spa and resort is set high on a cliff surrounded by a stunning scenery. Its natural hanging pools merge with the rock for you to enjoy the sun kissing the sea at the end of a long day.

This is one of the most magical and laid-back golden beaches on the island with an idyllic view of the rocky formations of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell. Climb up to Torre des Savinar, also known as Torre del Pirata, labelled as the most beautiful location on the island. An ancient tower emerges inside the natural reserve of Cala D’Hort hanging from a cliff.

Colorful and psychodelic, this free-spirited venue has Indian style terraces to relax and breath an exotic atmosphere in front of the Ibizan sunset.

A magnificent local hidden place with impressive sunset views. Watch yachts and sailing boats navigate in this very quite area. It is the perfect sunset spot to relax in a calmed area.

These recommendations first appeared on Bonder & Co.

Three of the Best Restaurants in Ibiza


Five kilometres on the road from Ibiza Town to Sant Josep (get it?), KM5 is a long-standing fixture on the Ibizan food/party circuit. One of the original hybrid restaurants of the early 1990s, this multi-functional space houses five bars, a restaurant, a nightclub, a boutique and an art gallery, all within the grounds of a converted finca. It’s a place where you can sip cocktails whilst perching on a cushion, surrounded by swathes of silk in the Bedouin tents; graze on Argentine, French and Ibizan specialties in the candlelit dining area, or party ‘til dawn, dancing to tunes supplied by resident and international DJs. Or, like us, you can enjoy all three...

Address: Ctra Sant Josep km 5.6; Tel: +34 971 308 575.

Cipriani Downtown Ibiza

Ibiza’s latest restaurant hotspot boasts an interior as sleek and glittering as its clientele. With plush fixtures and more teak than a luxury yacht, it’s the new upscale favourite for the Ibiza Marina crowd and fantastic for people-watching. A fleet of white-coated servers attends to every need before it’s as much as perceived, making it very easy for a bottle of prosecco to disappear before you can say ‘refill, please’. The menu cleverly blends haute Italian comfort food (beef carpaccio, heavenly gnocchi) with Japanese delicacies (sashimi, black cod), and the drinks list stars what may be the best Bellini ever made. Served in an icy champagne coupe, it’s a fitting coda to a sun-soaked day living it up on the White Isle.

Address: Ibiza Gran Hotel, Paseo Juan Carlos 1, nr 17, 07800; Tel: +34 971 599 050.

Sa Capella

Housed in a converted 16th-century church, Sa Capella's stone-walled, candlelit interior perfectly mirrors the rustic cuisine on offer. Featuring the likes of simply prepared Ibicenco dishes such as line-caught salt fish served with organic vegetables, the food is outstanding, and the atmosphere is romantic and peaceful - quite unusual for Ibiza. It’s an ideal choice for a night off from all the madness.

Address: Carretera San Rafael, Santa Ines 5 km 0.6, San Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza; Tel: +34 971 340 057.

This article first appeared on ELLE UK