Camping in San Antonio
Central San Antonio, home to the West End and Sunset strip of bars and clubs can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Crowded with tourists, and the hectic nightlife, they don’t call Ibiza the party island for nothing.
Perhaps, amongst it all, there are some days when you want to relax and unwind: long swims in the morning, relaxed lunches, sunbathing on a lounger breathing in the fresh air, listening to the sound of the birds chirping with nothing but tall trees and beautiful flowers around you. And of an evening, a chilled drink with music and friends. You can experience this.
The best part is that you don’t have to travel out of San Antonio, and amongst all the craziness, you can enjoy this tranquil retreat. ‘Camping in Ibiza’ is a campsite, opposite Lidl whereby if you’re not paying attention, could easily miss the sign. The majority of people expect campsites to be basic, a field of tents; however this isn’t the case.
You can stay in one of many bungalows, (big or small) with shower, toilet and electricity. You take advantage of the offers at present: your accommodation, breakfast, bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival, complimentary parking and late check-out for reasonable prices. You can also stay in a tent provided in one of the 32 pitches. The campsite also holds birthday parties for children.
The campsite offers a 24 hour reception / concierge service, parking, bar / restaurant (open all day), large swimming pool, Wi-Fi, shower rooms, laundry services, vending machines, table tennis, pool table, arcade machine and a rooftop terrace for yoga and massages.
The restaurant provides many fresh ingredients, such as fish, and fruits, vegetables and potatoes are grown on site. The menu prices are reasonable, pizza’s – 6 / 7 euro’s, hamburger and chips 7 euro’s, sandwiches ranging from 4 euro’s, paella, chicken curry, English breakfast, croissants and fruit salads are only some of the wide selection of foods. There is also a large variety of hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks, with a ‘happy hour’ at the bar between 19:00 – 20:00 for two cocktails for one.
The camping site has a relaxed atmosphere with chill-out music playing by the pool / bar, and it attracts all types of people from around the world. It’s a great place to make friends, participate in activities and spend quality time with a partner, or your family.
The campsite has featured in an MTV show in Russia (Oryol I Reshka Ibiza), highlighting the different sides of San Antonio, and how to enjoy it for the tranquillity, or the liveliness.
When you’re invited to go on a sunset cruise by Ibiza Speedboats you don’t say no! Moored in San Antonio near the Yacht Club, we boarded the classy speedboat appropriately named ‘Just more fun’ at 7pm, which became our floating home for the next few hours.
Easing out of our berth and out of the marina we sped out across the bay towards Cala Bassa, where we moored up, cracked open some cold beers (happily there are two fridges on board), took in the last of the evening sun and admired the view. The boat can hold nine people comfortably, but there were only seven of us including captain Shaggy, so we had ample space on deck. One of our party decided that the tempting turquoise water was too much to look at and dived in for a cooling swim. From Cala Bassa we headed back across the bay and moored up close to Cala Gracio and Cala Gracioneta, two of my favourite small beaches in the area.
For the finale we cruised back towards San Antonio and moored up outside Café Mambo, where we could hear the DJ’s sunset set wafting across the sea in our direction. The music was great that night and so was the chilled cava that we opened in time for the performance of the evening, the Ibizan sunset. Being on a boat gave a different perspective. In one direction you could see the hoards of people outside the bars on the sunset strip and in the other watch the sun as it turned red and sunk into the sea. You’re definitely not alone: there’s a host of other boaters, bathers and people paragliding and paddling on SUPs. Fortunately the sun put on a good performance for us. It was slightly hazy on the horizon, which filtered out some of the fierce glow from the sun, turning it into a deep red glowing ball, as it sunk behind the low clouds hugging the sea and disappeared out of sight. People on the sunset strip clapped, which is one of my pet hates, but something I guess you can’t complain about if you watch the sunset from the most popular spot on the island. Shortly after sundown we had a visit from ‘Mojito man’ who swims from boat to boat, offering to make mojitos for you from the kit contained in his two waterproof bags. Great fun to watch and an ingenious business idea! All in all, experiencing the sunset from a boat in Ibiza is definitely something that should be on your list of things to do before you die, if you haven’t already done it.
As well as sunset cruises Ibiza Speedboats also offer day cruises to Formentera, along the West Coast and Es Vedrá, the North Coast and Benirrás beach and to The Blue Marlin. They have a selection of boats, which are available for private hire. Prices depend on the length of the cruise, the number of people and the time of year, but for a 2-hour sunset cruise start at about 45€ per person. Their captains all live in Ibiza and know the coastline inside out, including all those secluded spots for a cool swim. For details see:
Massage services are available on several of Ibiza’s quieter beaches in the North of the Island, the perfect get-away for anybody looking to escape the pace of the big tourist centres to the South. You will find massage on Cala Nova, Punta Verde and Las Dalias Chiringuito in Es Figueral (newly opened this summer, and I recommend you follow your massage with one of their sublime Strawberry Frozen Daiquiris). One of the most relaxing hours I have experienced was spent lying on Samya’s bed under the manipulation of her expert hands receiving a deep tissue massage, while listening to the sea and feeling the breeze. Samya, who also practises Ayurvega Yoga massage, works for Spa and Beauty at Home, newly arrived in Ibiza this year from Madrid. As the name suggests they also provide all services in the comfort of your own home, hotel or villa. Business owner Ana explained that amongst their team they have masseurs qualified in various styles. Dolo is an expert in Kiniesology and Reflexology, Beatriz and Esther specialise in Thai and Shiatsu and Montse in Yoga massage,
The company also provide wedding services with the special treatments in the Just For Brides package designed to make you radiant on the big day.
And now for something completely different …
Ocean Mania is described as a water wipe-out park. Exactly what the ‘wipe-out’ refers to we’ll have to wait and see, but if it is anything like what we are guessing from the TV show, but with the added bonus of not having to listen to Richard Hammond, it has to be a winner. Ocean Mania is the latest venture for the people behind Ocean Beach Club and the Ocean Beach Hotel featured in last week’s edition. It will be situated along the S’Arenal Beachfront directly opposite the beach club.
The inflatable, floating obstacle course will sit 50 meters out from the beach spanning 7,000sqft. It includes interlocking stations of water slides, trampolines, swings, balancing beams, bridges, cliffs, free floating catapults & climbing towers.
Free floating catapults? I can’t picture it but I want a go now.
Owner of Ocean Mania, Tony Truman said he was excited to “offer holidaymakers hours of memorable and safe fun”.
The family friendly circuit will be open to all ages as long as they are competent swimmers. The water park will cost €10 per person per hour or €25 for a day pass. There will be lifeguards at all times and guests must wear a life jacket.
OK, safety first, got it, now where’s my catapult?
Ocean Mania opens ‘any day now’, then daily 10am to 8pm