Nothing is sure to put you in the holiday spirit faster than freshly-made bellini with a side of strawberries; even better when it’s handed to you on a silver tray by a waiter so tanned and buff he could be an extra on Miami Vice. So to say I was impressed with the welcome I received at Ushuaïa Tower would be an understatement.
The spacious hotel lobby where my best friend and I are greeted with this first rate service – whilst being checked in by an equally bronzed, petite receptionist in hotpants – plays soft house music and features inviting red chairs and huge plastic ants on the ceiling referencing Ushuaia’s resident Saturday club night, ANTS. The lobby leads out to Ushuaia’s restaurants, poolside bar and swimming pool, which then leads out onto Bora Bora beach – the premier sandy dwelling of Playa D’en Bossa, Ibiza. In short, after an hour and a half at Stansted, two hours on Ryanair and a 30-minute queue for a taxi, we are most certainly now ‘arrived.’
The Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is an impressive complex of two lodgings. First, the original Ushuaïa Club, featuring the world-famous poolside stage. Ushuaia’s daytime parties are frequented by A-listers too numerous to namedrop – not to mention thousands of party-goers from around the world every summer. It’s Saturday night club ANTS is also here, and in August alone will see David Guetta, I Am Hardwell, Avicii and Snoop Dogg performing and spinning its world famous decks.
Then there is the Ushuaïa Tower, where we are lodging. Having opened recently – 2013 – the searing white tower block lights up neon when the sun goes down. The Tower is ever-so-slightly separated from the main club, meaning you still get the party vibe and pumping soundtrack of a Saturday night, but at a distance. Where rooms at the Club look out over the poolside stage itself, at the Tower they offer views of the beach or inner complex.
Ushuaia is situated in Playa d’en Bossa right opposite super-club, Space. Yep, really: You walk out of the hotel, cross the road and hello dance emporium! Where it backs onto the beach, Ushuaïa-branded sun-loungers and beds await with free towels for hotel guests. It really is the hippest, coolest and most happening place to stay, so much so that Ibiza Rocks has picked up on the suitability of the area and opened a vast hotel right next to Ushuaia. Talk about friendly competition.
We were given a wristband which every guest receives upon entering the hotel, entitling them to full use of the swimming pool and club throughout their stay, keycards which, once presented to a lifeguard at the pool or beach, are exchanged for clean, fluffy towels. Our room at the Tower, the Double Superior is the cheapest on the menu of rooms, followed by the Anything Can Happen Suite, Fashion Victim Suite and I’m on Top of the World Suite – a penthouse apartment complete with dining table, bar and Jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking the main stage and pool where the nightlife takes place, though at a distance (we’re in the Tower, remember, so not adjacent to the pool action).
For two people staying two nights, the Double Superior is ideal. Wide single beds lay next to each other with crisp white sheets, purple throws, plump pillows and purple velvet cushions. There’s also a plasma TV, mini bar and vast bathroom with a rainforest shower.
The party has been going since the early afternoon and revellers dance in big sunglasses and tiny bikinis on decking which surrounds the pool when we hit ANTS at around midnight. The club closes at midnight, at which it’s time to hit the clubs – and of course Ibiza isn’t short of them.
We didn’t, but if you make it up in time there’s a full buffet breakfast in both the Club Hotel and Tower, serving everything from fresh fruit, juice and pastries to hot food to coffee and cava. The poolside Beach Club has cocktails and snacks to the background of chilled music supplied by a DJ, cranking up the pace and volume as the sun goes down and guests perk up. The perfect antidote when your head is heavy and Spanish sun is blistering.
For those favouring fine dining, there are three restaurants within the Ushuaïa complex: Montauk Steakhouse, The Oyster Bar and Minami; Japanese cuisine in a calm, bamboo-decorated surroundings. Ushuaia doesn’t come cheap – the Double Superior starts at £165 per night – but with the free entry perks, superb atmosphere, perfect location and deluxe environment, you’re getting your full money’s worth. And with Ibiza’s season only half way through, I know I’ll be back.
NEED TO KNOW…
Flights to Ibiza from London Stansted with Ryanair start at £29.99 (one way) based on travel during July and August 2014. A taxi from Ibiza airport to Ushuaia costs approximately 10 euros. The Double Superior at Ushuaia Tower starts at £165 per night based on two people sharing, with breakfast included.