If you want to dance all day and all night in a gorgeous, sunny, Mediterranean location then of course Ibiza is for you. But this island is equally perfect for those seeking the Med.'s quiet, rural charms. Ibiza City's traditional, white architecture, and the island's richly diverse sea life have seen it to World Heritage status, and despite the fervour with which the island has embraced mass tourism, the northern side of the island is still relatively unspoiled.
On this island of great contrasts there's also a spectrum of options when it comes to choosing the best places to stay on Ibiza - from club-esque resorts where the party never stops to rural agroturismi and homely fincas.
Until the 60s Ibiza was known for pine trees, figs, almonds and olives. And the more rural regions haven't changed that much. Walking trails meander through forests, opening out onto quiet beaches, the quieter northern roads are great for cyclists, and there are numerous small coves to be discovered and explored by boat. And the crystal clear, Heritage Listed, turquoise waters are a playground for divers and snorkelers.
In Ibiza City you're hardly ever more than a few steps from a bar or club, but you're also protected by Heritage Listed Phoenician walls, built in the 16th Century to keep out Turkish pirates, and surrounded by medieval mansions.
If you're here for the clubs you won't be disappointed. Pacha is still going strong (since 1973!), Privilege is still the world's largest club, with twenty bars and space for ten thousand clubbers, and Space can pack in as many as forty DJs all at once.
If you've come for the sun and sand you'll be just as well rewarded. Cala Lientrisca is a quieter cove and at the other end of the scale is celeb. hang out, Las Salinas at Playa d'en Bossa.
Ibiza's 'party central' image still rings true in the larger resorts, but outside the noisy hubs this is actually a great destination for a family holiday. There's excellent infrastructure, the locals are famed for their hospitality and the pace of life is perfect for little ones.
A chic all white hotel on the sea face. Funky Art Deco rooms and suites have private balconies and sea facing views. Restaurant serving excellent Mediterranean cuisine, roof top terrace, and an enormous pool. A lively spot for a beach holiday.
A secluded hotel in northern Ibiza offering plenty of privacy. Large rooms feature cream furniture, dark wood furniture and wooden beams. Huge outdoor pool, terrace, and gardens. Lovely public areas with plenty of spaces to relax. An ideal spot set back from the crowds.
Santa Eularia Des Riu, Ibiza
A slice of French elegance set within the Ibizan countryside, full of character. Super chic Bohemian bolt hole, totally laidback, with good food that attracts locals. Light, airy rooms, two pools and tennis, good for couples or families, house party feel.
Santa Eularia, Ibiza
A lovely rustic farmhouse with the bare necessities. Simple chic rooms with traditional elements and lots of white linen. Lovely gardens and pool. Next to a golf course. A no frills choice, purely for relaxation.
Sant Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza
A family-run country agroturismo, where guests become part of the family. Simple but elegant decor, tranquil orchards and gardens, a pool, with bikes to hire and riding nearby. Good value and would suit families.
San Carlos, Ibiza
One of Ibiza’s first agroturismos and a horticultural heaven. Created by British actor Terry Thomas, this wonderfully tranquil place has large, chic and airy bedrooms, stunning seaviews and a relaxing pool. Good for exclusive groups or weddings.
Sant Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza
A peaceful and pretty hideaway hotel of just five rooms. Family run, lovely details, most rooms with terraces and direct pool access. Quiet and intimate retreat.
San Miguel de Balanzat, Ibiza
A traditional farmhouse in a tranquil rural setting surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Simple rustic rooms with stone walls and private terraces. Lush greenery, swimming pool, bikes to borrow, and general relaxation. A no frills spot for couples and families.
Santa Agnes de Corona, Ibiza
An idyllic agroturismo with fine gardens and sea views, quiet, with self catering options. A good value base for families or couples. Meals on request. Traditional, rustic decor, pool and terrace. Excellent coastal walking from the door.
Calle San Juan, Ibiza
A gloriously hip and chic hotel in a rural setting. Beautiful individually decorated suites are rustic and romantic. A fantastic restaurant, extensive Balinese spa, yoga, and zen grounds with a lagoon style swimming pool. Sleek, luxurious, relaxing, but still lively.
San Lorenzo, Ibiza
A 200-year-old farmhouse turned boutique hotel with authentic Ibizan charm, surrounded by mountains. Ideal for families, with pool, jacuzzi and cool, crisp rooms. Bike rental and hot air ballooning available and a beach 10 minutes away.
Santa Agnes de Corona, Ibiza
A relaxed rural retreat – agroturismo at its best. Tranquil in lovely countryside, ideal for hikes, with chic and stylish decor, cool rooms and lovely garden pool. Good food served under shade of almond trees. Cosy and charming.
Santa Eulària del Riu, Ibiza
A stunning finca in Northern Ibiza. A white washed farmhouse renovation set in lush grounds. Chic rooms and suites with all the mod cons, private balconies, and kitchenettes. A fabulous restaurant, extensive spa, pool, and boat to charter. A glorious spot for honeymooners.
14th century tower built atop the walls of the Roman acropolis providing chic city centre accommodation in the heart of Ibiza Town. Eight stylish rooms feature four poster beds with floaty canopies and cool terracotta floors. Some have terraces with the best view in town. Very romantic.
Sant Rafel, Ibiza
A rustic chic farmhouse surrounded by hills. Rooms, suites, apartments, and one villa cater to families, couples, and groups of friends. Traditional in style with stone walls, wooden beams and four poster beds. Lush gardens, good restaurant, and pool. Charming, and close to the best restaurants.
A fusion of old and new – a quiet but super comfortable luxury hotel in the historic walled part of the old town, with a mix of classic traditional and modern decor. Fine views, good food, great base for sightseeing or a quick weekend.
Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza
A luxury rural eco-friendly hotel with plenty to do, set in a rural setting in the middle of the island. Two pools, a private yacht, treatments and yoga, set in extensive grounds. Good food and peaceful.
Retro Ibiza-chic hotel overlooking the Marina in a lively location. Contemporary designs - rich leathers, white washed walls, and all the mod cons. The roof top terrace bar is a highlight as it overlooks the Marina and the hills of Ibiza.
San Miguel, Ibiza
Luxury, seclusion and relaxation at this special hotel sited within a nature reserve. Infinity pools, stunning views, fine dining and a sumptuous spa. Perfect honeymoon spot or for a romantic escape.