Just a few weeks ago, hedonists around the world were eagerly preparing for a return to the pre-pandemic party in Ibiza, Spain’s summer playground. Mega clubs such as Pacha and Hi Ibiza prepared the foam machines. But now the Delta variant has derailed the celebrations: People from different households are currently prohibited from mingling indoors or outdoors at 1 a.m. traditionally dressed) at 6 a.m.
But with proper guidance, travelers can still find happiness on the White Island. Briton Serena Cook arrived in Ibiza over two decades ago, having opened London’s first organic café with Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith. When another friend, Jade Jagger, suggested that she spend a summer in Ibiza, Cook found her calling: to respond to the endless whims of the rich and famous visitors to the island. Whether it’s Johnny Depp in need of a massage, Ricardo Tisci planning his 40th birthday, or Mick Jagger looking for a villa to rent, Serena got the call. With his concierge company, Deliciously Sorted, now in its 19th summer, Cook is the ultimate restorer and arbiter of the island’s taste.
Despite the obvious challenges of the moment, Ibiza remains open for business. For Vanity Fair, Cook has put together a list of what to do and where to go in Ibiza, this summer like no other.
The current restrictions in Ibiza mean that no indoor nightclub is open, but the spirit of Ibiza still rings true. Visitors can enjoy outdoor events, table nightlife or the Ibiza of yesteryear at Cafe del Mar, the iconic sunset spot. Restaurants have become the social hotspots to see and be seen.
Newcomer Jondal, which opened last year, doesn’t even have a DK but goes after the crème de la crème of Ibiza’s clientele, sampling the phenomenal seafood from Executive Chef Rafael Zafra while enjoying the understated elegance of the restaurant. For a Mediterranean with flavors from the Middle East as well as a DJ from the Balearic Islands, nothing better than El Chringuito on Es Cavallet, which makes Ibiza’s beach club restaurant so well.
The recently opened Pacha group, Casa Pacha in Formentera offers a boutique hotel with a delicious restaurant where sunsets and musical events refer to the legendary mothership. Cuts and Wines by Johannes Goller Ex Cocoon hosts musical and meat-focused nights with world-class DJs; think of Sasha and Ida Engberg spinning the tunes in various locations, including the new El Silencio hot spot. And for a farm-to-table experience, head to Juntos, a culinary experience for 22 people in the heart of Campo Ibiza, cradled by live acoustic music.
The world-famous Lio Ibiza cabaret continues to be the island’s most glamorous and entertaining nightlife experience, having opened a venue in Mykonos. New on the block is “528”, a pop-up theatrical experience, from the people behind Ibiza Rocks. The magical Woo Moon, the pre-Covid nightlife hit, has reopened, though revelers are seated due to the new ‘normal’ nightlife. Private parties are still allowed, but gatherings are banned between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., so events start early – late lunch languidly stretches out until sunset.
For the ultimate private event. rent the newly launched Fincadelica, a paradisiacal estate in the north of Ibiza. Set on 8 acres with 9 sumptuous suites, the property offers a cave-style nightclub with state-of-the-art music facilities. With an extraordinary biodynamic greenhouse and its own private chef, an unforgettable party is guaranteed.
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