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Hottest celebrity-spotting haunts in Ibiza 2017

Where to rub shoulders with the stars on the island

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Ana Hernández | Ibiza Editor | Published: 8 Sep 2017


Hottest celebrity-spotting haunts in Ibiza 2017

The White Isle has long been a hot spot for international celebrities. Thanks to a string of star sightings this year, Ibiza and Formentera have undoubtedly become ‘the place to be seen' in the summer.

Whilst many of the rich and famous choose Ibiza as a one-off holiday destination, the island has also won the hearts of many stars who now own properties here. Here are a few celebrities who have graced the island with their presence this year and where they have chosen to spend their time.

Luxury hotels


While most A-listers visiting Ibiza prefer to charter a yacht and enjoy the privacy of their own vessel, some like to take advantage of the island's stunning luxury hotels. In June, Cristiano Ronaldo stayed at the 5-star Hacienda Na Xamena resort on the northern coast, which boasts what is perhaps the best spa on the White Isle, Posidonia & Cascadas Suspendidas. His girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, chose the trendy Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d'en Bossa a few weeks ago for a solo break.

Ibiza Rocks Hotel, in San Antonio, is better known for its daytime pool parties and festival-feel late night gigs which have featured Craig David, Royal Blood or The Kooks this season. The latest celeb to grace its celebrated balconies was Kate Moss, who attended pal Bobby Gillespie's Primal Scream concert. After the gig, they headed off to what's perhaps the most infamous star haunt on the island, Pikes Hotel. Having hosted the likes of George Michael and Freddie Mercury in its glorious 80s, the party house has seen Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and Jaime Winstone in more recent years.

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Hot beach clubs


The White Isle's exclusive beach clubs are your best bet when on a star sighting mission. Celebrities just love their relaxed vibe, as well as the fact that most boast VIPs areas where they can see without being seen. Hollywood actors like Gerald Butler have been spotted enjoying a drink at Amante Beach Club, while Nikki Beach is Pixie Lott's unmissable spot when visiting Ibiza. Other beach clubs popular with famous faces are Ocean Beach Club, chosen by fighter Conor McGregor for an after-wedding party this week, and Blue Marlin preferred by footballer Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen.

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Intimate beaches


The gorgeous rocky coves and golden sandy beaches that have made Ibiza illustrious as a high-end holiday destination are the A-listers ideal sunbathing spots... after the decks of their own luxury yachts! Celebrities tend to go for secluded, intimate calas like Cala Salada on the west coast, surrounded by beautiful red-coloured cliffs perfect as a backdrop for Instagram shots (ask Lily Allen). The virgin beach of Cala Jondal is also a firm favourite among celebrities who come here attracted not only by Blue Marlin Beach Club, but also the delicious fresh fish served at Es Xarcu Restaurant where Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander had lunch this summer.

The larger beach of Ses Salines, a white sandy paradise on the south-east corner of the island, was the spot chosen for a legendary meeting in August. Tennis aces Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker got together at Malibu Beach Club and shared an Instagram picture that has already become part of tennis history. Noel Gallagher was also spotted sunbathing here with wife Sara MacDonald.

Also see: Beaches in Ibiza, Spain

Fancy restaurants


Is there a better way to start a night out in Ibiza than a delicious dinner in a glamorous restaurant? Celebrities know how to party and usually begin their evening at Lio Restaurant, a famous eatery in Ibiza Town's glitzy urban marina offering gourmet dishes and a cabaret show, followed by some of the best DJs on the island. This year, Michael Jordan, Eva Longoria and Gerald Butler were seen there.

Also popular is the trendy Japanese-Mediterranean fusion Zela Restaurant, owned by a constellation of mega stars that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafa Nadal, Enrique Iglesias and Pau Gasol. STK Restaurant, a chic steakhouse right in front of the marina, has hosted Ronaldo and Pixie Lott as well as several UK reality TV stars.

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Star nightclubs


If there is one thing that pops up in your mind when thinking about Ibiza is its infamous nightlife, and the rich and famous are no strangers to its charms. Among the many superclubs on the island, most boasting separate VIP areas, there are a few that seem to catch the eye of the A-listers. Amnesia, where Paris Hilton famously hosts her Foam & Diamonds residency, has been the club of choice for Rihanna this year. The new kid on the block, Hï Ibiza, has seen Naomi Campbell grace its dancefloor while Pacha hosted Lily Allen and Ushuaia, the big open-air superclub, was where Barça players Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, as well as Cesc Fàbregas, partied after a hard season.

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Celeb-favourite Formentera


The paradisiac island of Formentera deserves a separate mention. Over the last few years, this small piece of heaven located just south of Ibiza has become one of the hottest celebrity spots in the world. Stars come here attracted by its remoteness and the long stretch of white sand of Ses Illetes beach, voted the best in Europe several times. Michael Jordan, Scott Eastwood, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (who are reportedly getting married in Ibiza sometime in the next few months), Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany or Grey's Anatomy Kate Walsh are some of the famous faces that have chosen Formentera for their 2017 summer holidays.

Juan y Andrea Restaurant is the best place for some celebrity spotting here. This exclusive eatery right on Ses Illetes beach was chosen by Bruce Springsteen and Noel Gallagher to eat in August. They were part of what was possibly the largest star squad on the island this year, which included Jade Jagger, Poppy Delevingne and Calvin Klein.

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