Right, let’s just talk about Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel for a second. It’s where the infamous Wham! Club Tropicana music video was filmed at the pool and the walls are adorned with pictures of famous faces who’ve stayed there.
Arriving, it might seem underwhelming, but just give it a minute. Checking in was enough to convince me of the rock ‘n’ roll ways of this long lived establishment. Apparently the venue fell out of fashion for a few years, but with the Ibiza Rocks brand taking hold they’re well and truly back on the scene.
I couldn’t help myself from having a quick wander around Pikes before we went chasing sunsets last night. There’s an air of mischief about the place and it was confirmed when we sat next to Tony Pike at breakfast the next morning. He regaled us with tales of past encounters with models and slebs and makes you realise you’ll probably never be as cool as him. Breakfast was pretty bloody good btw and the staff talk to you like you’re old friends. Considering the history of this place, there are zero airs and graces.
If you make it to Pikes, explore every room that’s open… the bathtub karaoke had me at ball pit like….
Most beach bars I’ve been to have either a really good beach set up and mediocre food offering, or really decent restaurant and crappy afterthought beach beds – but Tropicana has nailed both. There’s also a very cute boutique I had a quick browse around before lunch.
As with lots of Ibiza beaches, this one is a bit rocky but some genius who deserves a pay rise installed a metal bridge over the rocks and into the sea so you can shimmy right on over if you fancy a swim.
The weather isn’t really warm enough yet to warrant a dip, so instead we sat down to a mega-feast of some of the restaurants most popular dishes.
See that? That’s the look of love right there – more pretty blush wine being opened at the table. It’s a French thing apparently, that light-coloured rosé and it tastes divine.
So many good seafood options at Tropicana, but the meat was the main talking point. The jamón was melt in the mouth good and the herby lamb and slices of barbecued pork stole the show, plus we all raved about the potato options – must invite this crowd to Ireland!
That night we checked into Hotel Algarb in Playa d’en Bossa – from talking to some girls on a hen party in the hotel it sounds like they do pretty decent all-inclusive options really cheap if you book in advance (about €50 a night). They were taking advantage of the free bar stocking up on G&Ts before it closed at 11pm and then heading out to Pacha. Book at seafront room for sick sunset views. You can check out the party calendar on essentialibiza.com to see what DJs are playing on what night.