Living the five-star Ibiza lifestyle on a budget

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Just because your budget doesn’t stretch to spending a week in one of Ibiza’s amazing five-star hotels doesn’t mean you can’t experience the very best they have to offer – simply frock up in your finest and follow our foolproof guide to living the life in the manner in which (you wish) you were accustomed!

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Aguas de Ibiza rooftop bar, Air Ibiza

Sip cocktails under the stars
Simply bypass reception and roll up to the elevator at Aguas de Ibiza then head straight for the top! The top floor that is, where the stylish rooftop bar Air Ibiza is open every night for cocktails as the sun goes down. You’ll mingle with visiting footballers, DJs, the fashion jetset and high rollers alike – and who’s to know you’re not one of them?

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Cascadas Suspendidas at Spa La Posidonia, Hacienda Na Xamena

Relax and unwind in a day spa
Entering one of the island’s hallowed day spas automatically lifts the spirits and soothes the soul, as all your worries literally melt away with that first deep breath of incense as you enter the treatment room. No longer the exclusive domain of hotel guests, Ibiza’s five-star spas are renowned not only for their rejuvenating skin treatments, relaxing massages and pampering packages, they’re also beloved for their amazing facilities, which guests are welcome to use for the duration of the day of their treatment. Our favourite? The Magic Moments packages at Spa La Posidonia nestled in the five-star surrounds of the Hacienda Na Xamena, where you can experience the signature Cascadas Suspendidas treatment, followed by a meal in the Eden Restaurant. Five star styling, all the way…

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Costa Mara restaurant, Ibiza Gran Hotel

Eat three five-star meals a day
If you fancy a five-star buffet breakfast, but don’t need have the suite to go along with it, simply jump out of bed on a sunny Ibiza Sunday morning and make your way to Ibiza Gran Hotel’s Costa Mara restaurant, where breakfast is served… albeit not on a silver platter, but still offering options to satisfy every craving. When it’s time for lunch, take a seat on the sunny terrace of The Gee restaurant and indulge in the a la carte menu. After dark, head up into the beautiful Mirador de Dalt Vila, where the intimate 10-table restaurant is open to the public, but you’ll need to book ahead! The perfect five-star dining solutions for Ibiza locals, or those staying in apartments or villas.

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Poolside, Aguas de Ibiza hotel

Experience poolside bliss
Just because you’re not a guest doesn’t mean you can’t grab yourself a logo-emblazoned beach towel and laze by the five-star pool! Most hotels offer the use of their pool area to guests of the spa, and you don’t even need to have a treatment, simply buy a day pass that entitles you to use the facilities… including not one, not two, but three fabulous pools at Santa Eulalia’s Aguas De Ibiza. Recline on the stylish bright orange sun lounges, order cocktails and work hard on that tan… it’s a tough life for some!

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Gisela G fashions, Agroturismo Atzaro boutique

Shop ‘til you drop in the boutiques
It isn’t really a holiday if you haven’t had a bout of retail therapy and while the shops in town and beach boutiques might be ok for some souvenirs and fast fashion finds, it’s hidden within the five-star boutiques that you’ll unearth some hidden gems. We love the super stylish boutique at Agroturismo Atzaro, where you’ll discover clothes by local designers such as Gisela G, exquisite fine jewellery, deluxe beauty products and hand made leather accessories – and lucky for us, you don’t need to be a hotel guest to make a purchase. Credit cards at the ready then!

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Ibiza Gran Hotel

Hit the jackpot
Last but not least, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! If you fancy yourself a bit of a high roller, head on down to Ibiza Gran Hotel’s very own casino, The Jackpot. You know what they say – you’ve gotta be in it to win it… and if you do win it, perhaps then it’s time to shout yourself a weekend in the penthouse suite… But if your purse strings don’t extend to a night in the Casino, pop upstairs to the new Gee Bar terrace, where Blackjack tables will be set up for those who prefer to have a mini-flutter, and leave the serious business to the professionals!