Red7 Blogs , April 17, 2017
Mud. Rain. And wellies – the ingredients that make up your average summer festival in the UK. And while we love ‘em, this recipe can get a little boring after a few seasons of losing a lovely Hunter wellie in the depths of Glastonbury’s swamps! This year, we’re taking the fun of the festival to sunny Ibiza – just what your hen do needs.
On the White Isle, you can swap the cider and swamps for sangria and sandy beaches, but still keep everything that makes festivals unforgettable. We’ve pulled together the best of the island to bring you amazing live music sets, plus endless club night parties with world-renowned DJs to rival any festival line-up.
Spend your days in true festival fashion – drinking and partying to your favourite tunes with your favourite girls. And at the end of each night you won’t have to fight through the mud to find your poorly-assembled tent only half-standing – instead, you’ll be enjoying a short walk back to your lush self-catered apartment in the heart of the party island (bliss!). If you really find yourself missing the soak of a traditional British festival, we’ve got beaches and boat parties for that splash of excitement!
The charm of a music festival comes from its authenticity and party spirit. And party atmospheres don’t come more authentic than Ibiza’s Pacha nightclub. Just like any good music festival, Pacha offers a blend of musical styles across five rooms, so you’re sure to discover your squad anthem. From R&B and hip-hop to 80s hits, Pacha has a playlist for every girl group. Find the soundtrack to your holiday to forever evoke memories of a truly unforgettable hen do. Pacha’s main room plays regular host to international DJs such as David Guetta, so you don’t have to go to a music festival to see the biggest and best names in the charts. The festival vibes continue in the Global Room, where live and experimental music acts get their stage time.
Get your festival fix at Es Paradis with your bride tribe in tow. The ultimate festival-style party, Cliché club nights deliver everything that’s great about a classic summer festival – all the anarchy of a live music party, but with tastier drinks and your lovely hotel within stumbling distance. Party the night away to huge names in the live music scene, including UK DJ legend Tim Westwood, and make the most of your last dance before your first dance. The beautiful Es Paradis feels like a secret garden, with intricate floral decorations and glowing moons and stars hanging from its pyramid roof. Swap your mac and a wet English field for your best dress and stunning club setting in this non-stop party paradise.
Benimussa Park offers a festival checklist second to none: live outdoor music, drinks, fancy dress, and unforgettable moments. Unleash your inner animal at a world-famous Zoo Project party, providing the perfect excuse for you and your girls to go all out in crazy outfits. Cut shapes alongside zebras and giraffes – you might even see the occasional mermaid. Channel those hippie festival vibes at Benimussa Park with a range of spiritual activities. Unwind from the wedding planning stress with a meditation circle or massage, then it’s back to the bar for more cocktails. Visit the six different areas that make up Benimussa Park, and find your group’s favourite. Chill by the pool or go hard in the Seal Pit – a fittingly zoo-themed clubbing enclosure – then refuel with a delicious BBQ that definitely beats a British festival burger van. Surrounded by gorgeous green trees and open blue skies, this Balearic beauty offers a stunning alternative to a British festival.
Amnesia nightclub brings the festival vibes in full force, with palm tree décor, packed-out parties and fun-loving crowds. A must-visit venue for any hen do, Amnesia is truly a clubbing classic. Get your girl gang to Amnesia, where the air-conditioning and cooling ice cannons will provide the fresh feeling of an outdoor festival, without the drizzle of the British weather. Host to some of the biggest names in modern music, including Chase and Status, Rudimental and Sigma, Amnesia holds its own against any festival atmosphere. Dazzling lights, the best in live music talent, and a genuine community atmosphere make for pure hen do heaven, and the perfect send-off celebration for the bride-to-be.
Forget paying £12 for a single slice of stale margherita pizza, eaten off a square of tissue while sitting in a puddle of cider and itchy grass. With your Ibiza hen do, embrace the al-fresco dining experience of a traditional music festival, but with delicious food and comfortable surroundings.
Located in the stunning San Antonio Bay, enjoy dinner with a view at this Ibiza restaurant. Outdoor dining on Sunset Beach certainly beats a festival burger van, with beautiful views and mouth-watering food and drink. Indulge in a three-course feast of authentic tapas, washed down with a bottomless glass of sangria while hanging out beach-side. Sunset beach is the ideal setting to line your stomach with tapas or keep the drinks flowing during your all-day sesh. Toast the lucky lady with Sangria, as you warm up for a girl’s night out.
One of the great attractions of a music festival is that you’re never far from the music. The whole campsite’s a giant party. Even if you go off to grab food, you’ll still find yourself in the middle of dancing crowds to a live summer soundtrack – and that’s just the vibe at Café Mambo. Centred on Ibiza’s sunset strip, Café Mambo offers a dining experience in the beating heart of the party. Café Mambo’s menu features exotic options for all three courses, including platters and salads, plus steaks, burgers and more. The party never stops on the sunset strip, so get stuck into Café Mambo’s cocktail menu, with perfectly refreshing flavours for those sizzling summer parties.
The incredible food served at FRESH is matched only by the restaurant’s scenic location. Take a seat on the sunset strip for a well-earned party pit-stop. Tuck into a sharing bowl of nachos and a two-course meal, from a menu that includes refreshing salads and a succulent selection of grilled chicken and burgers. Half a bottle of house wine flows along with the party as you dine on the white island’s famous strip. Dining in the sunshine with your gal pals delivers the outdoor festival vibes, without the risk of rain soaking through your cone of chips.
It’s not just music that makes a festival. The greatest festival atmospheres are created through a sense of fun, freedom and community. Replicate the positive buzz of a British music festival with a range of activities in the Ibizan sunshine.
If you and your girls find yourselves feeling nostalgic about the downpour and flooding of a British festival, we can provide some wet and wild water activities that’ll blow the miserable English weather out of the… well, water. All aboard a Charter Cruise, for hours of sunbathing and sinking drinks, to a backdrop of Ibiza’s most picturesque coves and beaches. Our organised cruise is the perfect hangover cure, whether you prefer hair of the dog, or topping up on Vitamin D. The crystal-clear waters of the Ibiza coastline are an upgrade from the drizzle of the British weather, and you won’t have to live in your unflattering festival poncho. Our chill-out cruise provides the ideal setting for a spot of day-drinking and a squad selfie.
Watch the sun set as you dance the night away with your sisters on the Ultimate Clubbers cruise. Live music performed by top DJs, a crowd of revelling party people and a buzzing atmosphere, all surrounded by a sea of water. No, it’s not a rainy English music festival, it’s a clubbing cruise around the island of Ibiza. Admission to the boat entitles you and your bezzies to an hour of free Sangria, so bottoms up! And if that’s not enough to quench your thirst there’s a bar on board that serves delicious drinks to fuel your night of partying. The lights, music and night-time scenery creates a truly unforgettable night aboard the party boat. When the boat anchors on sunset strip, the party’s only just beginning…
There’s no worse feeling than not being able to wear your festival fashion faves because it’s raining AGAIN. Make the most of your summer gear in Ibiza. Located near to the Port d’Evissa, Mirage Beachwear specialise in beautiful boho chic beach and swimwear to keep you looking eye-catching in Ibiza. Explore Mirage’s range of swimsuits, dresses and accessories for breathable and comfortable beachwear – perfect for days spent lounging in the sun. These gorgeous designs turn heads on the beach and at parties alike!
Hippy Market, Las Dalias
Festival fashion is at your fingertips at the Las Dalias hippy market. Packed with flowers, fairy lights and fascinating hippy designs, the market sells clothes, decorations and other accessories that make for a perfect hen do souvenir and complete your festival-inspired outfit. Hens feel at home in this hippy market, where love is well and truly in the air. Find authentic and beautiful boho clothing – totally unique and ideal for your festival-style hen.
Yoga Pilates Ibiza
Chances are with all of that partying you might need a bit of down time with your gals. Start your festival-inspired morning the right way with a spot of Yoga Pilates. A great mental detox from the holiday antics, Yoga Pilates is totally in keeping with the boho festival theme of the hen do. A spot of stress-reducing yoga might be just what the doctor ordered for the busy bride-to-be and her team of besties. Clear your head by tackling some tangling yoga poses with your girls… and after all that you’ve probably earned yourself a cocktail or ten, right?
Dreading that post-festival state of sleep-deprivation and seemingly never-ending hangover? Not this time. Trade the sleeping bag and rock-hard floor for a luxurious double bed in one of our self-catered apartments. After an indulging night’s sleep, freshen up – because everyone wants to look their best for their hen do on the Ibiza strip. Swap the painstaking festival campfire for a kitted-out kitchenette, just don’t forget to bring your trusty hangover cure.
British festivals will never be the same after doing it Ibiza-style in the sunshine. If hitting Ibiza with your girls sounds like party paradise, get in touch with our good-time gurus today. We’ll help organise your ideal Ibiza hen do to send the bride off in festival style.