Yeah take at least 4 weeks to let everything replenish. And after a multiple day bender...you might even need a longer period.Ah fair one mate, was more interested if you got back on it after a short break.
I was going to get on it this weekend but my missus talked me out of it. Says I need a longer break and she’s probably right ?
Thanks for the good review.First day back at work today after what was another unforgettable, and unexpected longer than planned trip.
I shall not go into too much detail as I think most of it has been said already regarding Cocoon Closing but just WOW! Over September I was on the island 3 times. 8-10, for Sven ANL at Underground, 13-18 for a nice 5 night break and included Sven ANL at Amnesia and then what was supposed to be 30-2nd, but turned into 30-5th.
Already done a review of the 8-10th and 13-18 trips somewhere on the forum so will focus on 30th September -5th October.
This trip was suppose to be just for Cocoon Closing and what a night/day this was! Arrived at Amnesia for open and plotted up on the terrace all night. Stayed till the bitter end and loved every minute. Got back to the hotel about 8-8:30 and carried on there for a little until some of the group @LP_IBIZA included, decided to get some rest. This was my plan, but like all plans in Ibiza they rarely happen!
So me and one mate stayed up in the apartment carrying on all the way until it was time to finally start getting ready for the afters. Met back up with the group, went for some food, then made out way to Benimussa for what was to be an unforgettable day and evening. I was feeling rather knackered when we arrived but the tempo and volume was perfect and bit by bit over the next few hours Sven built me back up. Stayed until about an hour before the end and was gutted to have missed the finish but still what an incredible day and night!
Nice to see you again @stivi as well!
Anyway so after the madness of Cocoon and chilled day on the Wednesday followed and our flight home was scheduled for 21:40pm that night irrc. This is when my trip went just a tad off plan.
Just about to bored the plane and bang can't find my passport!!!!!!
Either lost of stolen I had no other choice but the leave my group to travel home without me. Initially panic mode set in, my heart dropped and I had no idea what to do. I left to airport, jumped straight in a taxi back to a mates house, and took half hour to assess the situation.
All I will say is thank god for travel insurance! It's about 11pm on Wednesday night at this point, I've had very little sleep and very little food. It's at this point I decide to call my insurance. Turns out I'm covered for flights and hotel for quite a nice amount. I had a look online and found a lovely room at the 5* all inclusive hotel, Grand Palladium White Island. So I got a taxi there and after some drama around not having a passport to check in I was escorted to my room.
Well what an amazing hotel this was! 24/7 sports bar serving hot food and alcohol was much needed and called it a night about 3am. My birthday was approaching on the Saturday (5th October) and all I could think was what a lovely birthday present from my insurance! Did have to take a trip to the police station on Thursday to report my passport but managed to have an emergency passport sorted on Friday so booked a flight home for Saturday late afternoon.
After a couple chilled days around the pool just drinking and eating I thought it would be rude not to attend Dixon's closing to see in my 25th birthday and even though I was solo it was a very good night indeed. Arrived again for open and only managed to last until shortly after 4am I believe, a little gutted but all things considered what an amazing trip it turned out to be!
Got home Saturday night, had a Chinese and have pretty much slept through till work this morning.
Moral or the story is always take out travel insurance!
Will I be back … damn blood right!!! My love for this magical island gets more and more every time I visit and have goosebumps just writing this.
Openings are very much on the cards and will be booking something as soon as possible.
Roll on 2020.
You have to fill in a form online. It's very easy and straightforward. Luckily I also had a picture of mine so just put the passport number in, filled in the other information, and they then emailed around 24 hours later saying I could collect from the British Consulate which is in Ibiza Town between certain hours. It was literally a really thin yellow passport that said "Emergency Passport" on the front and inside it said it permits one trip from Ibiza to the UK before a set date which was about a week after. They then take the passport at boarder control in the UK.Thanks for the good review.
Just out of interest, how does the whole logistics work for getting a new passport whilst you're out there? I always have a photocopy or image of mine with me.
You have to fill in a form online. It's very easy and straightforward. Luckily I also had a picture of mine so just put the passport number in, filled in the other information, and they then emailed around 24 hours later saying I could collect from the British Consulate which is in Ibiza Town between certain hours. It was literally a really thin yellow passport that said "Emergency Passport" on the front and inside it said it permits one trip from Ibiza to the UK before a set date which was about a week after. They then take the passport at boarder control in the UK.
Have to say I was amazed by how good the service was.
EDIT: Then obviously I have had to just apply for a new passport now I am back home, but again that was extremely easy! All online now and a passport on the way within about 20 minutes.
100%!! The hotel asked for my passport when I went to check in and I was like sorry I haven't got one and explained. They was being rather funny and if I didn't have that picture and my driving license on me I'm not too sure if I would have actually been able to stay.What I take away from that is to have a scan of my passport handy in future.
If you're asking me if I drove under influence...noSo After Elrow und After Party you went by car to Benimussa, and you didn't get checked?
You have reminded me of quite a few things reading this review, nicely done. Loved every minute. Roll on next year ?Part 2:
Monday: DJ Awards @ Heart
The original plan had been to join our new friends at Ibiza rocks for Norman Jay style event ... Not really sure of the details but by this time we were having so much fun with them that I'd agree to anything the wife wanted to do. However, once we made contact in early afternoon they had decided to blow it out as the toll of there own (mega) shenanigans had kicked in.
We ended up heading back to PdB and had a boozy late lunch with all 8 of us at the Bull Bar Tavern on the beach. Not the greatest food but the staff are friendly and we enjoyed ourselves for maybe 2-3 hours before heading back to Ibiza Town with a plan to have a quiet one together with some rumblings of Cocoon for two or three of us. We grabbed a bottle of gin, some tonic and some snacks (Serrano Ruffles - the king of crisps) and I had a quick
Tidy up and a doze awaiting the arrival of our friends. At this point maybe it hit me how much fun it is to have met like minded friends that you really wanted to hang out with.
Normally I'm probably quite picky and prefer to spend time just the two of us but this trip was different. Plus I quite like entertaining a bit and the apartment was perfect and probably not something everyone gets to see somewhere like this on holidays to Ibiza. My wife decided at this point to tease that they probably wouldn't turn up and I probably believed it for a bit. Eventually, they arrived and despite everyone being a bit tired we all got stuck into the Gin and some Jagermeister provided by Jonnhy Vodka and some other things that help wake you up! If I recall correctly one of the gang an very cool American guy with a penchant for gadgets decided he wanted to clean one of his devices at this point and proclaimed loudly "where do you keep your jack-off lotion" ... Now I am old-school and didn't have any to hand but it did tickle us and he had about a hundred of these lines during the trip which I must try a record before I forget them. Anyway at some point we got the flavour to go out again and I managed to bag the whole group g-list for Heart DJ Awards. So we packed up and headed out around midnight via Bar 5 in the port for a round of cocktails and then headed to Heart just before 1.30am. Despite a scare with 2 of the group not getting in due to ID issues they eventually appeared and with the help of more Sound clouds settled into Agoria playing some lovely stuff. The club was nicely full and ratio of women to men was very good if a little off putting that every single one looked like a model! But actually the vibe was
good and people were friendly (until the issue with the bloke trying to put his tongue in the wifes mouth and worse mentioned elsewhere) and the club was decent. Hernan Cattaneo took over and is pretty easy to get into and then Butch really played some lovely stuff including his radio friendly track Desire. Late on some further craziness occurred when one of the group managed to gain access to the stage VIP area and was dancing with a bloke who looked like a cross between Thor and the Dothraki king from GOT and then he decided to pick her up and swing her round his head almost catching Butch in the process! It all ended at 6 a.m. we walked back to the apartment after a quick stop for photos riding the dogs on the roundabout near Heart / Pacha. All back to ours but by this time I had had it and quickly fell asleep.
Tuesday: Last night quiet dinner in Ibiza Town
Very lazy final day making use of the apartment and the afterglow with Mrs Zap was very enjoyable and eventually we packed up and met two of the gang for a drink in Plaza del Parque and then dinner at one of the local bars behind McDonald's area of the Port. Said our goodbyes as a few of them headed to Resistance closing and had that real feeling of sadness when you know something magical has to end.
Has to be Heart due to the build up to the night and everyone being together and having zero expectations plus the music being just right for an end of trip night. I will definitely look to return but also be on the look out for creeps and a better strategy of dealing with them.
No worse nights really but I'm hoping our return to Pikes this coming Saturday will offer a bit more musically with Bushwacka.
Has to be the place in Bossa that we spent a couple of random hours at on Monday morning.
Best place to eat:
Wasn't our best culinary trip ... We had a couple of nice salads in Los Parasoles and this years Jamon Ruffles vintage is up there with the best I've had
I really don't know ... I've given up trying to work it out
The weather and the unplanned itinerary meant we didn't make it to the beach once but making new friends more than made up for this.
This Saturday for Solomun closing and in advanced discussions for early October trip next year
This forum is a gold mine of information and great people and contacts which is sometimes overshadowed by the talk of DJs, clubs, petty arguments etc. But I really felt a sense of being free on this trip to just go with the flow and maybe after 5 years and a over dozen trips found at least part of the true essence of Ibiza which is the shared experience with like minded people.
(sorry for any poor grammer etc but just had to get this done or it wasn't going to happen - thanks for reading)