Nice review.Dates you were there: 20 May to 1 June 2019
Where you stayed: 20 to 24 May at Hotel Migjorn in Playa D'en Bossa for IMS with a friend; then in a very nice (& surprisingly quiet) 2-bedroom, three storey house in Ibiza Town just behind Calle de la Virgen (obviously the quieter end!) for the remainder, along with my husband and a couple of friends.
I was impressed with the Migjorn - three stories including a private roof terrace and a good breakfast with plenty of choices. Staff were friendly and the place was spotless and pretty chilled, despite being in the heart of PDB. I'd definitely stay there again for IMS as it's less than 10 minutes walks to Hard Rock for the conference.
We used to stay at Es Vive so popped in for one final drink last Friday on the roof terrace. It pains me to say this, but it seems to have really changed since Messi's MiM group took it over. That special attention to detail just isn't there anymore. Plus, the new scent along the corridors is enough to give anyone hay fever!
Club nights visited: I was more working than partying but during IMS I went to Boiler Room at Pacha, All Day I Dream at Cova Santa, and watched IMS Dalt Vila from the roof terrace - prime spot and my friends didn't have passes. Then, I let my hair down a bit the following week and made it along to Pikes on Sunday for Justin Robertson and the Cocoon Afters at Benimussa Park.
Best night: Pikes was as fun as always but I was really impressed with the two places I hadn't been to before - Cova Santa and Benimussa Park. The crowd, music and general vibe at both were excellent. I'd say Benimussa for the Cocoon afters was the best party as everyone was together and Sven was on fire - plus the surprise carry on in the Rabbit Hole. But I really enjoyed All Day I Dream and everyone was very friendly - it really reminded me of my earlier trips to Ibiza, many years ago.
Worst night: No duds all, which was nice. Had I not been working the next day, I would have stayed at Pacha for longer.
Best bar: Sa Trinxa for Jon Sa Trinxa's Monday session. Just the best place to chill out on a Monday afternoon. I think we were the last people to leave - even Jon Sa Trinxa had gone home!
Best place to eat: Vegan choices are improving in Ibiza but very slowly! We pushed the boat out on our last night and went to Bambuddha - the sushi and black truffle dumplings for starters were excellent, along with the cocktails. Main course less so though. Simbiosis in Ibiza Town is now fully vegan and we went twice. Great location and more of a 'vibe' there, with a DJ (who looked and sounded like Jon Sa Trinxa!). Since when did Hawaiian poke bowls get so popular - so many places serving them!
Money spent: I haven't checked yet but it won't be pretty. At least I can claim a lot of it on expenses...
Biggest regret: This trip, I didn't actually make it fully over to the west coast (only as far as Pikes and Benimussa Park) for the sunset. We were supposed to meet friends who now live in Ibiza at Hostal La Torre for the sunset with Alfredo but I was outvoted and everyone else was happy to chill on the roof terrace. Bit gutted I missed it as my friends said Alfredo was excellent. I also wish I would have made the Dixon opening party but I was knackered from IMS and my husband only arrived around 11.30pm that evening. Another reason to return, I suppose.
Going back?: Definitely back for IMS in 2020 and probably again this summer, depending on some discussions with artists and labels I may be working with. If not, I still fancy a few days later in the summer.
Top tip: Even if you feel tired / rough, make it out (and convince your friends to do so!), as the fresh air always helps. I had to pretty much drag my friends along to Sa Trinxa and Benimussa Park for the Cocoon afters and they were so glad I did. Also, if staying in an apartment or house with cooking facilities, ALDI is your friend, even if you're vegan. It was a life saver for breakfast and really cheap too.
Love Migjorn; some of the 'suites' are less well laid out / smaller but most of them are good.
The restaurant there (Unic) is quite good for a fine dining type dinner; their gym is small but functional and they have an OK water therapy / spa type thing.
They also have spare shower / bathroom facilities so you can check out, leave your luggage, go to the beach, and come back and freshen up (if you've stayed there, obviously).
The pool / bar manager is very cool and sometimes lets you on the decks if he likes you.
If you want to stay there again, email them referring to your previous stay and they will sometimes give you really cracking deals.