Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes is nothing short of an institution, it was Ibiza’s very first rural hotel, Freddie Mercury had his infamous 40th birthday party there; Naomi Campbell graced its poolside and Wham! filmed their Club Tropicana video here. Needless to say, Pikes Hotel is a roll call of glittery hedonists, and the owner Tony Pikes was there to see it all. His face now decorates the walls of the reception, the bedspreads in each of the bedrooms and the sun loungers around the pool, where he can often be found regaling his stories to a rapt audience.
Since party brand Ibiza Rocks took over the hotel two years ago, it’s seen a revamp of interiors (and standards) and now guests can enjoy decent WiFi and cockroach-free showers, whilst still retaining the rose-tinted hedonistic party atmosphere of the original institution. Each of the rooms are individually designed with different artwork and furnishings, but all have enormous beds, cool whitewashed walls and flagstone floors.
The hotel is settled into the site of a 500-year-old finca and is personalised with quirky details such as giant mushroom seats and a hot pink tennis court that may make it difficult to keep your eye on the ball but it sure looks like a fun place to play.
- Its rock and roll heritage and serious celebrity credentials
- Its infamous Sunday roast
- They shake a mean cocktail at the bar
- The impressive sound system
- The music can get very loud, if you've come to Ibiza for a chillout this is not your place
Need to Know: Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes
Number of rooms: 26
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 12noon
Swimming pool: Of course. The very same one George Michael splashed around in back in 1983 no less.
Spa: Massage service is available on request
Dogs welcome: Yes
Eating and drinking: The Room 39 restaurant serves a good continental breakfast in the morning (full English can also be had at an extra cost). British favourites are served throughout the day, such as steak with bearnaise and fish and chips. The highlight of the menu is the brilliant cocktail list, which includes potent mixes with clever names such as the Champagne Supernova and the Mick Jagger Swagger.
Near to? Pikes is just a short hop from San Antonio, so you’re never far from the bright lights of the strip nor the blissful beats of Pacha or Amnesia.
Getting there: It's a half an hour taxi drive from the hotel to the main airport