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Ibiza Accommodation

For a small island Ibiza boasts a huge variety and amount of holiday accommodation. The vast majority of visitors stay in middle market hotels and apartment complexes as part of a package deal. But the island also has luxurious five star hotels, gorgeous farmhouses in idyllic surroundings and small Spanish pensions. There are self catering villas to rent with private swimming pools and well equipped beachfront campsites.

If you're booking a package holiday, think carefully about the location of your hotel or apartment. If you're a bright young thing whose sole interest in Ibiza is all night clubbing you'll want to be within easy reach of San Antonio, the island's night club capital. You don't want to end up in a family orientated hotel with early evening kids' clubs and fellow guests who complain about noise after midnight!

On the other hand, if you're after a quiet, relaxed holiday you'll need to steer clear of hotels in or near the centres of Ibiza town and San Antonio. Holidaymakers whose hotels were a good 20 minute walk away from San Antonio's West End have been kept awake at night by the noise from the clubs and the antics of dawn revellers.

 

If you're traveling with young children, head for one of the family friendly areas such as Playa d'en Bossa, Santa Eulalia or Portinatx. Check that there are good facilities for children kiddies' pools, a babysitting service and early evening entertainment geared to youngsters.

For those seeking unadulterated luxury (and for whom money is no object!) La Ventana in the old quarter of Ibiza town is the place to be. This five star hotel in the D'Alt Vila is an 18th century townhouse with a small number of exquisite bedrooms and a top quality restaurant. The place simply oozes class.

Another five star hotel in the old town is the Swiss run El Palacio, formerly a pirate's mansion with stunning views over the harbour and fishing quarter. The hotel has a Hollywood theme and each of its luxurious suites is named after a mega movie star.

On the wild northern coast of the island you'll find the sumptuous five star Hacienda Na Xamena, a white palace built on the cliff top. The hotel is part of the famed Relais et Châteaux chain and is the place to go for some serious pampering.

If you're not in the exclusive five star bracket, you'll find that many of the mid range hotels and apartment blocks offer excellent facilities such as kids' and sports clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, health and fitness suites etc. Some are built as holiday villages with everything you need on site including shops, laundry rooms, bars, restaurants and direct access to the beach.

Ibiza tends to be synonymous with round the clock partying but there's a strong eco tourism movement on the island and if you're seeking peace and tranquility in an idyllic rural setting you'll find plenty of choice here.

Can Curreu, near Sante Carles in the north of the island, has a reputation as one of the best rural hotels in Ibiza. This converted farmhouse is in a lovely country setting where you can unwind a million miles away from the frantic activity of San Antonio. There's a beautiful swimming pool set in the grounds of what is still a working farm, with wonderful views of the rolling Ibizan hills.

Nearby Can Marti is another working farm where the old farmhouse has been lovingly restored to provide self catering apartments in a picture postcard setting of lemon and olive groves. Children are allowed to ride the farm donkey and are given bikes to race around the farm. The owners even erect an Indian teepee for sleep outs!

Les Terrasses is a chic French rural hotel just outside Santa Eulalia. It's a popular haunt among international visitors who shun package tours in favour of more individual and peaceful accommodation.

If you're on a tight budget try one of the many Spanish style "hostales" where you normally get clean and comfortable accommodation but without all the facilities of the big, modern hotels. You'll find them dotted all over the island with a big concentration of them in Ibiza town and San Antonio. The oldest hostal on the island is the Buenavista in Santa Eulalia. It opened in 1932 and still has much of its original antique furniture. It's set in lovely gardens where you'll find an old olive oil press from 1832.

There are also several campsites around the coast. Many have self catering bungalows for rent and most are well equipped with their own swimming pools, supermarkets, laundries, bars, restaurants and sports facilities.

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