From the sublime to the ridiculous and Ushuaïa. Set on Ibiza’s longest stretch of sand, Playa d’en Bossa, (within stumbling distance of the Airport at less than five minutes drive), Ushuaïa rubs shoulders with some of the Island’s coolest beach bars as well as being directly opposite 7,000-capacity super club Space.
First opening in 2009 as a Balinese-Balearic beach club, with the customary all-white day beds and flickering lanterns, Ushuaïa has now leapt into the major league and become one of the most successful music scenes to open on Ibiza in a generation. Expanding rapidly, the mega venue now has several facets.
First up is a feet-in-sand beach club with reservation-only loungers and beds, a fashion boutique and large indoor-outdoor decked restaurant characterised by sturdy wooden tables and shady linen parasols. The menu is distinctly Mediterranean with sushi appetizers, seafood platters, enormous salads and sharing plates of steak. As the sun falls, this spot becomes a music-filled late-night club by the sea, but this is a comparatively small chilled-out lounge affair, for the real party is happening a few metres away...
Launching in 2011, the Ushuaïa Hotel and Pool Club now throws the Island’s biggest and best all-day parties. Open from 10am til midnight, it boasts festival-size poolside capacity, an open-air stage and big name billing. Milling amongst the pink elephants, alabaster mermaids, golden crocodiles, totem pole cats and frog prince (we’ll have some of what the designer’s having), partygoers can throw shapes to the likes of David Guetta, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia until the wee small hours. Think an upmarket Ibiza Rocks where you swap cheap beer and denim hotpants for pricey cocktails and some serious fashionistas.
Meanwhile, latest addition, The Ushuaïa Tower, is a luxury hi-tech hotel which opened in 2013. If it all gets a bit much amongst the bright lights and big beats, nip up to the eighth-storey Mile-High Club and watch the sun set across the rooftops of Ibiza’s charming old town. Even the most ardent clubber needs to take five. www.ushuaiabeachclubrestaurant.com