Ibiza is best known for its 5 a.m. club scene and pimply visitors who arrive with backpacks and glow sticks. But in recent years, the island has been making a comeback among European jetsetters looking for a convenient escape.
If you stick to the Spanish island's beaches and avoid its interior, you'll likely miss out on its chic rebirth. Here's how to explore its new hot spots.
The Malibu beach club is one of Ibiza's most exclusive.
Your journey begins in Sant Josep de sa Talaia, a village in the Southwest where you'll find the hotel
. It's a former 17th-century estate that now contains 12 stylish rooms and a villa-style suite. Outside, you'll find two pools surrounded by white lounge chairs and jasmine bushes. Inside, you'll see concrete floors, platforms beds and marble showers.
Jardines de Palerm feels a million miles away from the brashness of central Ibiza, yet close enough to drive in for a midnight dose.
Those looking for a bit more action should try the
along the marina promenade of Santa Eulalia. The eco-friendly luxury resort offers solar glass balconies, curtains that close automatically when rooms are unoccupied and two pools filled with treated wastewater.
During the day, try the roadside pottery shops and boutiques on the way to Santa Eulalia and San Miguel. You'll find more clothes than antiques, including a mish mash of bohemian bags, colorful parasols and frilly sandals.
Afterward, make your way to
, a grocer and cafe with homemade raviolis, intricate sauces and fully-prepared picnic baskets. Sano also stocks a small selection of foodie-theme gifts including artisan glassware and ceramics.
At night, head to Ibiza Town, also known as Eivissa, and the walled city of Dalt Vila. Party-minded boutique owners usually don't open their shops before sunset. The markets also offer a treasure trove of silver jewelry, straw cowboy hats and acid-washed cargo shorts to complete that boho-Ibiza look.
Hit the beach:
Start with the
on Cala Jondal Beach. Inside its sleek, white bungalow, visitors will find a heavily styled beach club with a terrace and waterfront lounge with a swimming platform. The Blue Marlin's crowd is the chicest you'll find on Ibiza with its yacht hoppers, incognito celebrities and everyday beauties. At night, the space morphs into a supper club with a Mediterranean menu and weekend entertainment.
Las Salinas Beach is home to Ibiza's next-best club,
. There, you'll find a laid-back vibe. You won't have to wait for a lounge chair and no one will be judging your
swimsuit from last season. A thatched roof covers an outdoor dining deck that overlooks oily sunbathers along the ocean.
Fun food finds:
Try to snag a 10 p.m. reservation at La Paloma (http://palomaibiza.com/), the best restaurant on Ibiza. The no-frills dining room is rarely seen by most of the well-heeled patrons, who tend to eat on the outdoor patio. The menu, which is scribbled on an oversize chalk board, features homemade prosciutto with peppers and roasted tomatoes from the onsite garden, a vegan selection of spelt pasta or eggplant Parmesan and paper-wrapped whitefish.
For a more formal dining experience, there's the
, which sits on a stunning cliff in the Northeast. The hotel's chic poolside eatery, El Sueño de Estrellas, is only open from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., but offers the top gourmet menu on the island. You'll find foie gras crème brulee, tableside yakatori and succulent beef filet served on a bed of truffle potato puree with horseradish reduction.
Those who like a side of nightlife with their dinner hit
, a bohemian social club in the middle of an Ibiza field that that offers late-night dining among Moroccan-inspired sofas and frilly canopies.
The space is home to an upscale restaurant, boutique and garden lounge. Its art gallery features rotating exhibitions throughout the season. Fashionistas and bohemian dudes dine on foie gras, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes to the beat of electronic music until 4 a.m.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.