Ibiza's Best Opening Parties

Kicking off the season in style

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Ibiza’s traditional opening party week has now morphed into an opening party month, with the succession of events starting in late May and stretching to the end of June. Powered by the biggest DJs on the planet and attended by some of the largest crowds of the year, Ibiza’s opening party week is a month-long, island-sized celebration of the international dance music scene.

Aoki's Playhouse Opening Party

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Where: Pacha

When: May 28 – 23:59

Wear: California cool separates and statement jewellery.

Pacha’s big new summer star for 2014 is the stage-diving American electro house musician Steve Aoki. Expect a huge global audience (read: skinny LA girl groupies) to be in attendance for Aoki’s first Pacha performance, and keep an eye out for Fatboy Slim in the DJ booth.

Pacha, Avda. 8 de agosto s/n 07800 Ibiza, pacha.com

F*** Me I'm Famous Opening Party

Where: Pacha
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When: May 29 – 23:59

Wear: Feathers, glitter and a big smile. With heels!

After more than 10 years, David and Cathy Guetta’s F*** Me I'm Famous party remains Pacha’s busiest event. FMIF is also Pacha’s most glamorous shindig. In fact, it’s the party that everyone wants to attend. Guestlists mean nothing on Thursdays at Pacha, so dress to impress and buy your tickets now.

Pacha, Avda. 8 de agosto s/n, pacha.com

Destino Opening Party

Where: Destino Ibiza Resort
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When: May 30 – 17:00

Wear: Something white and dreamy, with flats.

Built into the rocky hillside above Talamanca Bay, Pacha’s stylish Destino Resort offers sweeping panoramic views towards Ibiza’s sister island, Formentera. Destino also plays host to hot outdoor dance music parties, with Groove Armada, Reboot, and Huxley booked to headline this year’s inaugural shindig.

Destino, Avenida Cap Martinet S/N 07819 Santa Eularia del Rio, destinoibiza.com

Ibiza Rocks Opening Party

Where: Ibiza Rocks Hotel
When: Jun 4 – 19:00

Wear: Denim cut-offs, a rock’n’roll tee and a messy braid.

Right now, Californian rock trio Haim are everyone’s favourite girl band. Often compared to Fleetwood Mac, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana are due to make their Ibiza debuts this summer at Ibiza Rocks Hotel, with the party continuing at the infamous Pikes Hotel after midnight. Wangle an AAA pass if you can.

Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Calle Cervantes 27, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, ibizarocks.com

elrow Opening Party

Where: Space
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When: June 7 – 22:00

Wear: Go big or go home – this one’s for fancy dress lovers!

Spanish house and techno clubnight elrow is one of the most colourful parties on the island. Actually, it’s rather freaky. Dodge the costumed witches and wenches on the dancefloor and use the last of your elrow Monopoly money to buy masks, tambourines and inflatable armbands from the elrow shop. This event is weird, but really fun!

Space, Playa de´n Bossa s/n , spaceibiza.com

We Love Opening Party

Where: Space

When: June 8 – 16:30

Wear: Short shorts, Converse, red lippy.

We Love… is Ibiza’s festival-sized party, with five different dancehalls all open and all promoting a variety of different musical styles. Catch Skream on the Terraza, PBR Streetgang dropping house cuts in the Discoteca, Mr Doris playing funk grooves on the Sunset Terrace, and Daisy Heartbreaker lining up old skool anthems in El Salon.

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Space, Playa de´n Bossa s/n , spaceibiza.com

This Is Hard Rock Hotel Opening Party

Where: Hard Rock Hotel

When: June 13 – 18:00

Wear: Louboutins and big shades.

New in 2014, Hard Rock Hotel is located next-door to Ushuaia Tower at the end of the Playa d’en Bossa strip. The recently renovated venue is set to open in June, with the legendary Chic frontman Nile Rodgers headlining a disco-themed live event.

Hard Rock Hotel, Carretera Playa D'en Bossa S/N 07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines, hrhibiza.com

Departures Opening Party

Where: Ushuaïa

When: June 25 – 17:00

Wear: A cute mini-dress and Stan Smiths for raving.

Last summer, ex-Swedes Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso launched their new Departures party at Ushuaïa Beach Club. If you like dancing outdoors to bouncy basslines and throwing your hands into the air at epic electro moments, you’ll love Departures.

Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, Playa d'en Bossa 10, 07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines, ushuaiabeachhotel.com

Paradise Opening Party

Where: DC10

When: July 2 – 23:00

Wear: Leather shorts, Nike Air Max, sexy makeup.

Fancy getting down with neon kids? If you do, Paradise at DC10 is the best place to get your deep house music fix, with house music legends like Steve Lawler, Derrick Carter, and Craig Richards joining Hot Creations records boss Jamie Jones on opening night.

DC10, Carretera de las Salinas KM1, facebook.com/DC10IBIZAOFFICIAL

David Guetta Opening Party

Where: Ushuaïa

When: June 30 – 17:00

Wear: Ray Bans and a cutout swimsuit.

In recent years, David Guetta’s afternoon pool parties at Ushuaïa have been some of the busiest events on the island. Expect spectacular stage productions and globally renowned DJs joining Guetta on stage.

Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, Playa d'en Bossa 10, 07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines, ushuaiabeachhotel.com