For such a tiny island, Ibiza packs a powerful punch when it comes to nightlife. Arguably the Clubbing Capital of the World, no destination is more synonymous with partying in the Med than Ibiza. Every summer partygoers come in their thousands to see their favourite DJs in the legendary nightclubs and laidback sunset venues that call Ibiza home. From a relaxed hippy hangout in the '60s to a mecca for a generation of house music ravers Ibiza has gone through several stages. Today the huge clubs are still going strong however there is also a focus on distinction in other forms: innovative high end restaurants, edgy boutique fashion designers, experimental craft cocktail bars and relaxed up-market beach clubs.
Three of the super names in the Ibizan social scene, worth experiencing at least once, include:
PACHA: Despite being open for over 40 years Pacha is still a landmark on the island and is still one of the glitzier clubs with staff that look like models matching the countless celebrities that grace the never-ending series of dance floors and back rooms.
AMNESIA: This is the legendary club that claims to have invented the Balearic Beat. Difficult as it is to believe the venue, originally an 18th century farmhouse, now houses 2 vast dance floors capable of holding 5,000 frenetic dancers. For absolute auditory excellence Amnesia's big booming sound system it still one of the best.
USHUAIA: For an outdoor day party, stylish Ushuaïa begins with groovy beats on its poolside stage before heating up on the massive main stage. Since opening in 2011 it has fast become the place to be! Their festival style parties bring live performances from some of the best DJs in the world. Reserve one of their VIP boxes that hang above the crowds for fantastic views across the club and stage.
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Considerably smaller and less developed than Ibiza Hvar is another favorite island in the Med and her reputation as Croatia's premier party town is well deserved. It's 13th century walls, ornamental Gothic palaces and palm-dotted pedestrian only marble streets provide an elegant backdrop for the estimated 20,000 visitors that flock here on a daily basis. As well as being one of Croatia's best preserved medieval towns it is also the nearest thing that Croatia has to the glamour of the Cote d'Azur and attracts celebrities, the yachting fraternity and cocktail imbibers of all descriptions, along with paparazzi hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous transiting from yacht to one of the ritzy clubs. And there are a few clubs of mention:
CARPE DIEM: This legendary bar/club was opened in 1999 and is still the iconic institution of the island. It is perfect for some stylish relaxation during the daytime, soulful tunes for the apres-beach crowd from 5pm and then the DJs strut their stuff through the night ... ready to start all over again the next day. This is the VIP hangout upon which the Hvar hype is based.
HULA HULA: Another place for daytime partying and post-beach relaxing with comfortable wooden lounges, fringed umbrellas and a wooden bar. The owner, an Austrian by the name of Wolf, is a local character who brings his own concepts to Hvar. It is one of the few spots in Hvar where you can watch the sun as it sets into the sea while sipping on a cocktail listening to chilled music.
BB CLUB: Part of the Riva Hotel (otherwise known as the yacht harbour hotel), this trendy venue has a fantastic outdoor terrace area with its sofas set under cream canopies. Overlooking the harbour it dominates the quayside and is a great place to while away the late afternoon basking in the sun. Later in the evening the crowd moves to the smart indoor bar for classy cocktails.
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This Italian seaside village retreat in northern Sardinia is the sublime setting for one of the best summer party places. As well as people, such as Silvio Berlusconi, having holiday villas here it is also jam-packed with superyachts and gin palaces. Helicopters are a regular choice of transportation. It has grown enormously since Aga Khan developed this resort for the rich in the 60s. The island itself is savage, wild and rugged however Porto Cervo rocks a glamour and laid-back style that is quintessentially Italian and adored by the chic celebs and fashionable jetsetters. Here you will rub shoulders with the super-rich, Arabian princesses, A-lister movie stars and Russian oligarchs, in the high-class hotels, clubs and bars that abound.
BILLIONAIRE: The hottest social venue in Porto Cervo and one of the most famous night clubs in the world, everyone who's anyone parties here. Earlier in the evening this is the place to eat with two restaurants, one poolside and the other on the rooftop. After midnight the DJs kick in and Ferraris and Lamborghinis line up at the front door. For VIP treatment make an advance reservation for one of the small built-in booths that surround the dance floor.
VIP ROOM: This Paris-born brand with outposts in St. Tropez to Dubai is midway between Phi Beach and Porto Cervo, and brings a good measure of Francophile flair to this recent addition to the jetset map. With its own small marina and luxury hotel the lounge now features a DJ booth with dance floor and a terrace overlooking the fashionable harbour.
AQUA LOUNGE: This terrace lounge and restaurant is one of the most stylish in town featuring natural stone accents against white ceilings and walls, pastel cushioning and oversized circular lounges. Ideal for both relaxed daytime coffees and night time cocktails with DJs providing a vibrant backing this massive terrace overlooks Porto Cervo's main harbour.
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No place is associated with glamourous Mediterranean party atmosphere as much as this section of the French Riviera. From the celebrity yacht parties during the Cannes Film Festival to the adrenaline and fun of the Monaco Grand Prix, the area comes alive from May to September. The lavish villas, cliff-top castle and giant megayachts set a tone of ultimate luxury and there are plenty of glamorous options for a night out. This glittering principality has a nightlife that is as hip as any on the coast with some of these most famous spots packed with famous faces:
JIMMY'Z: Launched in 1974 this extraordinary and exclusive venue attracts the celebrity and superyacht set. Set half inside and half outside features a magical Japanese garden with lounges sunk into a lagoon. The Boom-Boom Room overlooking the dance floor offers some privacy to the super-celebs that regularly party here.
MONTE CARLO CASINO: You cannot come to Monaco without taking the chance to dress up and visit one of the most famous casinos in the world, long been the playground of the rich and famous. There are now 4 top class casinos in the Monte Carole quarter but none rivals the beauty and style of the original one built in the mid-nineteenth century.
LIFE CLUB: A beach club during the day which transforms into a stunning spot for a sunset cocktail before the dancefloor heats up with DJ's doing it until dawn. 300 square metres above the Mediterranean it was inspired by the deck of a luxury superyacht. As well as an amazing setting, it has the added bonus that your crew can even drop you off and pick you up again from its own jetty.
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Mykonos is one of THE Greek Islands to see. It is famous for its incredible beaches and luxurious resorts but more specifically for its wild nightlife and party scene. There is a huge variety of venues on offer with daytime having just as many party options as the night, from beach clubs to rock-cafes, and charming atmospheric bars to clubs in which global guest DJs play music until the early morning. There are extravagant extreme parties to quiet lounge bars for a romantic night out. It is also a popular gay destination with pumping gay-bars and outrageous drag queen shows. The island exudes a cosmopolitan party atmosphere with a slightly crazy but friendly environment
NAMMO: Located on the beautiful Psarou beach this luxury restaurant. is known to attract celebrities of an international calibre. The vibe is more St Tropez than Greek Salad and ouzo. It offers an opulent beachside setting with white wood, stone, bamboo, and palm trees, and of course great tune that gets louder as the day turns to night and it evolves from lounge to club for the evening.
PARADISE BEACH CLUB: This large club on the beach of the same name offers the full nightclub experience with the biggest DJs from around the world, theme parties, nightly fireworks, huge pools & fabulous vistas. The revelries last well into the morning hours.
CAPRICE: Back in Mykonos town, in the picturesque quarter of "little Vernice", this popular spot is la little less wild. The indoor area with candlelit corners and a window opening directly to the sea is intimate and romantic while the outdoor cobblestone pavement area is equally ambient overlooking the sea. An ideal place to sip an exotic cocktail and watch the world go by.
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