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Every year we set off with that ultimate Friday feeling, a long weekend of music heaven, magical atmosphere and to top up our tans. This year was slightly different as we were celebrating 20 years of Radio One in Ibiza and my oh my did we have some schedule planned.
The thing about Ibiza is that no matter what age you are, what turns you on, whether you’re into chilled vibes or raving it out until the sun comes up, Ibiza has something for everyone.
We’re very lucky to have some amazing friends in the music industry and thanks to them and their amazing organisational skills, we were put on the guest list for 3 nights of VIP action in all of Radio One’s main nights, although we didn’t make it to one, heres why…
DAY 1 – Friday 31st July
10am: Depart Cornwall to Bristol Airport
11am: Get stuck in holiday maker traffic
1pm: Arrive at Bristol Airport
1.30pm: Get undressed for airport security
2pm: Spend half an hour choosing new holiday sunnies
2:30pm: Set up Hair & Make up in Lavatory boudoir
3.20pm: Meet partner at bar as he panics about broken bag
3.40pm: Down a gin and tonic, run to Gate 15
4.10pm: Take off to Ibiza
Now this is the part I was expecting to chill with another alcoholic beverage or 5, to finally start my holiday, have a little ‘chin chin’ and sing to myself “Oh we’re going to Ibiza” (Yes the Venga Boys)… But not this year… No no no, Ryanair banned alcohol on all flights to Ibiza, which meant we were served a tonic with no gin along with a few olives and crisps. Not my usual flight style to Ibiza, but to be honest it actually made the flight a lot more pleasurable, no angry flight attendants or intercom calls from the pilot asking people to calm down. For the first time ever, I actually enjoyed the shitty theme tune and claps upon landing, it meant I could grab a bottle of bubbly in arrivals.
19:40 + 20min delay: land in Ibiza
20.10: Get through passport control (Ibiza airport must employ the hottest officers in the world!!)
20.20: Collected from Evissa (Ibiza) Airport and driven to Ushuaia Beach Hotel for the first night of Radio One.
As we arrive we check in with VIP and make sure our names are on the list… As you walk through the entrance you are greeted by a breeze of cool air conditioning, after the mad rush to get there and the 40 degree heat I’m seriously in need of a cool down… Bar… drink… and then hours of catching up with friends. Into the mosh pit for a boogie and then back to our luxury space of chill out.
The night unfolded and we bumped into Disclosure. We were invited to their secret pool party the following day which we were all over the moon about! We then headed across the road to ‘Space’ for ‘Glitterbox’ to end the evening. Home by 3am to rest up for the next few nights of events.
The concept of time in ibiza is non-existent, its a very ‘mañana, mañana’ country, aka ‘the island that never sleeps’, so when we pulled ourselves out of bed it was lunch time! We have this little restaurant in Talamanca that we tend to meet at regularly, check in with the rest of the group and arrange the day/nights antics.
Today’s plan wasn’t on the schedule, we’d been invited by the Disclosure team to their secret pool party at Pikes Hotel aka Ibiza Rocks House (http://www.ibizarockshouse.com). It was a 3pm start, so considering it was now 2pm we didn’t have long to eat and get ready to rock n roll.
It was the first time i’d set foot in Pikes. It’s famous for George Michaels Video ‘Club Tropicana’ which was filmed there back in the 80s. Its vibe is pretty unique compared to other places i’ve been to on the island, its an eclectic mix of Mediterranean old farm house with a Rock n Roll twist and splashes of vibrant colours. Through every arch and around every corner there is just something enchanting about this place and seriously hard to explain, this is one place I will definitely return to when Im back.
We were given Annie Mac, Disclosure and other special guests DJing right infront of us…
The party ended at 9pm but music still played on and by now I was seriously hungry! The food they serve in the restaurant is superb, I particularly loved the Sweet Potato Tapas!
The secret party then continued over at Es Vive, a very small club within the hotel. I managed to chat to the stunning Rita Ora about her new single being promoted in Los Angeles this week ‘Body On Me’, shame I didn’t get to pass her my business card hey?! I spotted a few more celebs, Nick Grimshaw, Annie Mac, Ellie Goulding and Gregory Porter, but by now I’m done, its time to hang up the hair extensions and hit the pillow for the night.
Massive thanks goes to Toby, Sam, Howard Lawrence & Guy Lawrence for the invites and putting on an amazing party!
Our final day of partying, we were booked into a lovely restaurant over in Es Cavallet called El Chiringuito (www.elchiringuitoibiza.com), an uber cool beach restaurant serving amazing food and cocktails!
There were 16 of us seated for lunch we took up the whole back end of the restaurant, some of us feeling worse for wear, while others felt fresh and ready for the final night ahead.
After an amazing lunch and a few more cocktails (the strawberry daiquiris are my favourite), we headed back to our hotel for a quick change ready for the Radio One Finale. We headed over to San Antonio @ Ibiza Rocks Hotel, I’d never been there before so wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily, again, we were on the guest list so were ushered into the VIP area where we got views looking over the whole party.
Tonights line up – Faithless, Pete Tong, Annie Mac and friends. My only disappointment was the lack of old school tunes played. I think considering it was 20 years of Radio One Ibiza, they should have gone through the decades…. I’m sure that many of the Radio One listeners back home would have agreed! Luckily for us lot, once they were off air and we thought they’d finished, they surprised us and played half an hour of mixed classics back to back.. Shame it wasn’t earlier on in the eve though.. You guys missed out..
To finish the night off I grabbed some food and caught my lift back to Talamanca for a night cap and to rest my dancing feet.
A day of saying our goodbyes to some of our group, sunbathing and chilling before heading into Ibiza town for some much needed tapas and a walk down the buzzing streets. This blog is about our annual Radio One Ibiza trip so next time we’re there, I’ll tell you in more detail about the other sides to ibiza.
Our final day was spent saying more goodbyes and more sunbathing before heading to the airport and preparing for our Ibiza blues.
For now, I’d like to thank my amazing partner and beautiful friends for yet another superb trip! I can’t wait to be back in Ibiza very soon. 🙂
Steph @ Rock Envy x