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Peak Ibiza: We pick the best nights out

Disco balls: A football-themed night at Elrow PICTURE: FARIS VILLENA


When it comes to big-room tech-house vibes and extravagant production, Elrow’s recent relocation to superclub Amnesia ticks all boxes.

Each week, Elrow swanks a different circus-style theme — think Bollywood, the Wild West and the Mexican Day Of The Dead. In the larger terrace room, you’ll find top DJs such as Anja Schneider and Skream dropping house beats.

By contrast, it’s all about extended musical journeys in the main room, where artists such as Art Department and Richy Ahmed cultivate the atmosphere over a six-hour period rather than banging out hands-in-the-air hits. £52 entrance,


If you’re thinking of heading to Pacha, Hot Since 82’s new Labyrinth party is a hub of collective euphoria. The house music output here is typically on point and the unpretentious crowd is genuinely up for a good stomp.

Nautical: Sir Joan Hotel

And if you’re looking to bunk within walking distance of the venue, the recently opened maritime-inspired Sir Joan Hotel (from £395 in August,, which overlooks the Marina in Ibiza Town, is a stylish new boutique option. £46 entrance,

Ibiza Underground

Away from the superclubs, San Rafael’s Ibiza Underground continues to embody everything that’s right and raw about rave counterculture. This 1,000-capacity finca — or Spanish country estate — turned nightclub is home to avant-garde tech DJs tINI, Nastia and Hector.

If you’re really on a mission to avoid the iPhone-filming masses, little-known Romanian DJ Rhadoo comes highly recommended. His Rhadoo & Friends party — google it for venues — remains one of the island’s best kept secrets. Don’t expect smoke machines — instead, you’ll be raving to unreleased edits in a renovated living room. £18,

Cova Santa

Head cases: WooMooN

Hidden away in the lush green hills a few miles beyond San José in the south-west of the island, Cova Santa is even further off the beaten track.

On Sundays, this sprawling club and restaurant complex plays host to WooMooN, a psychedelic party experience fusing food, art and an eclectic range of tribal beats. Check it out before the hipsters catch on. £26,


Pool party: Pikes, near San Antonio

Pikes Hotel is yet another viable alternative to big-room Ibiza. Situated on the outskirts of San Antonio, this maze of rooms, courtyards and verandas is a fine place to spend the day — their Sunday lunch (from £18) is a must — before the venue reveals a more mischievous side after midnight.

Trance don Paul Oakenfold is a new summer resident here, where he will handle a crowd of 500 purists packed into Freddie’s suite, where Mr Mercury once held a birthday party. Request guest list via


Dropping in: Carl Cox

Looking forward to August, it’s all about sleeping giant Privilege in San Rafael, where new techno parties abound.

Brit legends Carl Cox, Sasha and John Digweed are just a few of the genre heavyweights charged with restoring a sense of grandeur to proceedings at the world’s biggest nightclub, where 10,000 ravers gather to party together under one roof. £40,