Tilt your sun hat at a jaunty angle and dust off your party shoes – it’s time to get into holiday mode. Make this year’s escape count by heading to the best party destinations in Europe: Ibiza, Marbella, Mykonos and Sardinia. Justly famous for beautiful temperatures, crystal seas and golden sand, these places are also home to some of the hottest bars and clubs. Here are our tips for where to find the best drinks that come with mini umbrellas – because there’s nothing worse than a bad cocktail in a bad bar in a beautiful country. So, get a bottle of ultra premium Cîroc vodka delivered to your table and read on to discover the best places to spend your summer this year.
Things really kick off in Ibiza (known as the ‘party isle’ for good reason) from mid May to early June when the major clubs hold their opening parties. Pacha’s ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ bash with David Guetta happens on Thursday 1 June and heralds the start of some of the biggest nights in the world’s party calendar in one of the most infamous clubs. You should start your night at S’Escalinata, though, in Ibiza Old Town. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset over the city, while cotched on one of the many beanbags scattered up the stone staircase leading to the castle. You should also put Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal, on your visit list, for day-to-night sunbathing, drinking and dancing. Eat top seafood for lunch then collapse on a bright white sunbed on the seafront drinking extravagant cocktails before joining the super-glam party as the music ramps up in the bar area.
Marbella has it all: beautiful beaches, a traditional old town full of narrow, winding streets and whitewashed buildings, and a bustling nightlife. Top of your hit list for drinks and dancing should be Mahiki Beach, newly opened this summer, in partnership with Sala Group. The iconic London clubbing venue – which counts Princes William and Harry amongst its fans – is opening its doors on Marbella’s beachfront. You should also head to Astral Cocktail Bar on the coast of Puerto Banus for a brilliantly kitsch evening. Built to look like a big ship, the cocktails are plentiful, the clientele are up for a laugh and the atmosphere will get you in the party mood.
Mykonos is Saint Tropez meets Ibiza. It’s as glamorous as it is beautiful. People come to see and be seen – and to party hard. Unsurprisingly, word has spread and thousands flock to experience the glitz, gloss and glitter of the party crowd every summer. Nammos beach bar and restaurant is an essential stop. With a philosophy of recreating ‘the atmosphere of life aboard a luxury yacht, but on the beach’, you can soak in the exotic celebratory vibe, drinking and dancing in your cut-out swimsuit while the sun sets behind you. Moni Club is your next stop – boasting international DJs and master mixologists in a cosmopolitan hotspot.
Sardinia is a mad mix of culture, adventure, socialising and quiet-time. Whether you’re into extreme sports, sightseeing, architecture, history or eating and drinking, this is the summer destination of choice for doers – people who want to be entertained. And one of the most entertaining activities is to check out a few of the party places. Sottovento, in Porto Cervo, has been the club of choice for the glamorous jet-setters for over 30 years, with big-name DJs, live music and an in-house restaurant. Also, Estasi’s is an open-air bar that specialises in house music and extremely glamorous clientele. Open until 6am during peak season, it’s the place to go to see and be seen – and you can always pop into the adjacent piano bar, Free Jazz Café, for a breather if needed.