Where to Stay in Ibiza For Clubbing or Chilling

Blue sea and historic buildings of Ibiza Old Town

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Craig and our social circle have been visiting Spain’s white island on family holidays since the late 90s, then clubbing from the mid 00s. I’ve gathered their advice to create this useful guide on where to stay in Ibiza so that you can choose the right area and accommodation for your trip whether you want to be in the action, beside it, or as far away from it as possible!

You may also like our guide to Ibiza, which is packed with travel tips.

The Best Areas To Stay in Ibiza For Partying

Playa d’en Bossa

There’s nowhere quite like Ibiza for raving into the wee hours with your pals and then floating back to your accommodation to keep the party going or getting a few hours of sleep before starting the process again.

If you plan to do either of those things during your trip, Playa d’en Bossa (Platja d’en Bossa) could be the right location for you.

Less than a 10-minute drive from Ibiza Airport, this area is home to Hi (formerly Space) and Ushuaia, plus a lively strip of upmarket pubs and beach bars by the Mediterranean Sea.

The age that books accommodation around d’en Bossa tends to be a little older than in San Antonio, probably aiming to avoid the stigma of San An.

It’s common for partygoers to take a taxi or disco bus between the two areas; note that it can be tricky trying to get a taxi during high season.

Note: Most people get a taxi to DC10 as, while it’s less than 2 miles from d’en Bossa, it is awkward to get to.

Light show at Ushuaia in Ibiza

Hotels in Playa d’en Bossa

  • Ushuaia: By day, guests laze by the pool and then get front-row access to the 4-5 parties that run throughout the week.
  • AMA: Upmarket, Bali vibes. Poolside parties, chilled clientele.
  • Aparthotel Vibra Mogambo Ibiza: We dined here, and the staff are great. Image below.
  • Club Can Bossa: Cheap, cheerful, and has a pool. Some reports of thin walls but no noise from the street.
Outdoor swimming pool at Aparthotel Vibra Mogambo Ibiza

Villas in Playa d’en Bossa

Hotel or Villa?

Friends have stayed in all types of accommodation in Ibiza, and there are pros and cons to hotels, aparthotels, and villas.

Hotels are ideal for individuals and couples who need to recharge their social batteries away from groups of friends and other people.

They offer a private room with cleaning services, a bathroom, and, if the hotel has it, access to a swimming pool.

Look out for hidden costs such as tourist tax and daily sun lounger chargers.

Aparthotels offer the same as a hotel, plus a kitchenette, including a fridge, microwave, kettle, and utensils.

A villa is ideal for small to large groups who don’t mind living in each other’s pockets through the good and bad times!

This could mean one group member will be asleep by 8pm while others are still up at 8am; Ibiza has its own schedule!

If going for a villa, aim to book one with a pool, and if it has an outdoor fridge, you are winning!

Villas tend to be further away from the main strip so they may require walking or taxis.

They are also the most expensive option, but you can do a food shop to eat and drink at the villa to save money.

Tip: Do not tell taxi drivers anything about your accommodation just in case you are opening yourself up to opportunists; this includes what parties you plan to attend, regardless if they are promising passes.

Sunrise at Playa Den Bossa with Plane flying over Ibiza

San Antonio

San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany) is home to Cafe Mambo, O Beach, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Eden, Es Paradis, and the infamous West End, which the majority of people over the age of nineteen avoid.

Plus many restaurants.

Most first-time visitors stay here with mixed experiences, so much so that Craig was adamant we weren’t booking accommodation there for our first trip to Ibiza.

However, we made a day trip over to wander around and have lunch at Ibiza Rocks and a sunset visit to the Cafe Mambo area because you’ve not been to Ibiza unless you do this!

After that, I suggested that the next time we visit the island, we try a hotel in San An to compare both areas.

I also want to be closer to the Sunset Strip and Pike’s Ibiza; partying at the latter is a bucket list of mine!

Many of my friends stay in or around San Antonio, mostly in hotels like the ones below.

  • Ibiza Rocks: Daily pool parties, lively, colourful aesthetic.
  • Hotel Marco Polo I: My sister-in-law stayed here and speaks positively about it.
  • Hotel Puchet: Modern, contender for next trip, although there are some complaints about early cleaning and AC.
  • Typic Marina: Bookmarked for next trip! Friends recommend. Clean, modern, poolside music.

San Antonio Villas

Boat silhouette against sunset in Ibiza

Where to Stay For Ibiza’s Quiet Areas

San Antonio Bay

If you like the sound of visiting San Antonio but would prefer somewhere a little more chill, consider San Antonio Bay, a popular spot for couples and families located just south of the party area.

San Antonio Bay Accommodation

Es Port d’Es Torrent

South of San Antonio Bay is the popular resort of Es Port d’Es Torrent, which has a small beach and lots of local restaurants and cafes.

Es Port d’Es Torrent Accommodation

Cala Gració 

Then north of San Antonio Bay is Cala Gració, a dreamy, compact beach area with crystal clear water.

I’ve got my eye on this area for the “get over Ibiza” leg to our next trip.

Cala Gració Accommodation


Heading north, very far from the hedonism and one of the best parts of Ibiza according to some beach fans, Portinatx is a quiet resort with three sandy shores and turquoise waters.

Portinatx Accommodation

Ibiza Town, the Island Capital

If you are craving some culture, consider Ibiza Town (Eivissa), where there is a 16th-century castle, a harbour, museums, and winding streets packed with local restaurants.

Even though you choose to stay in this quiet side of Ibiza, you can still jump in a taxi to go clubbing or to visit the Balearic beaches.

We walked from de’n Bossa to the Old Town, then took a taxi over to San Antonio for late lunch. We planned to stay for sunset, but it was too hot!

Note: Ibiza Town is hilly, so it may not suit everyone.

Ibiza Town Accommodation


Just south of Ibiza Town is Platja de ses Figueretes, a popular beach resort close to d’en Bossa but far enough away to escape the noise.

Here, you will find many restaurants, a large stretch of beach, and a walking route to Ibiza Town.

Figueretes Accommodation

Figueretes Beach Ibiza in Spain

Es Canar

When Craig was a kid, he thought a jellyfish had floated into his swim shorts pockets at Es Canar.

He whipped them off and ran up the beach… A family story that’s brought up often.

The resort runs from Cami d’Escana to Santa Eulària des Riu, where there are a number of hotels lining the crescent-shaped beach to suit varying budgets.

It is also home to a weekly hippy market at Punta Arabi.

Es Canar Accommodation


  • Best Ibiza party hotels: Ushuaia or Ibiza Rocks.
  • Best place to stay in Ibiza for couples that party: Playa d’en Bossa or San Antonio.
  • Best place to stay in Ibiza for couples to chill: San Antonio Bay or surrounding areas.
  • Best part of Ibiza for culture: Ibiza Town.

Please feel free to share your recommendations in the comments.

Sailboat at Es Canar Ibiza

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