Pacha has been a brand synonymous with entertainment in Ibiza since the 1970s and was the first superclub on the island. In the intervening years, it has branched out to hotels, restaurants, being an esteemed music label, clothing brand, and magazine as well. On a recent visit, we went to check out why the brand is still leading the way on the island in terms of being a destination of choice for discerning visitors.
Destino Pacha Ibiza Resort Hotel is the jewel in the group's crown offering effortless elegance for those seeking a luxurious experience on the island. Its location in Talamanca means everything is within a short drive away whether it is the famous superclub, Ibiza Old Town, Talamanca Bay beach or the airport.
As befitting for the white isle, everything at the hotel seems to be white and spotlessly clean. Unsurprisingly, music is played all day long here especially by the splendid pool area; although mostly it was chill-out lounge type music. They did have an open-air stage, however, which frequently entertains the most exclusive DJs across the globe to entertain those lucky enough to stay at the hotel. They also have an underground club for those looking for the most exclusive after-party.
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The best part of being a guest at Destino is asking the concierge to arrange VIP queue jump entry for Pacha or securing a table at the much-sought-after Lio.
Most people might not be aware of the culinary excellence that is grabbing headlines by the Pacha Group as much as they are renowned for their musical excellence. Case in point is the Robata bar at Destino where you can sample the chef's tasting menu which includes 12 dishes using 7 different cooking techniques from across the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas. Our lunch at their restaurant included items which were as varied as salmon sushi to squid-ink paella to wagyu beef.
Thankfully, they have an overall group chef to ensure consistency throughout their various venues. Sushi plays a prominent role across a lot of their venues as we found out when we dined at Pacha restaurant. It is the only dedicated restaurant inside a superclub on the island with a separate private entrance to ensure exclusivity and also gains you complimentary access to the club itself. Apart from exceptionally plated sushi platters, seafood generally is much loved by the islands clubbers with healthy sounding dishes like red shrimp carpaccio, tuna tartare and sea bass tiradito. Their chefs understand, their patrons want to feel light yet satiated before going clubbing and this is exactly what their menu provides.
The club itself has various different rooms to ensure most musical tastes are catered for and I strongly suspect they constantly renovate the spaces every season, as the rooms felt more 2019 rather than 1973. My one advice would be the drinks prices are high in all clubs in Ibiza even when compared to places in London or even when you compare the prices with what is charged at restaurants, so do plan ahead.
One of the most famous venues in Ibiza definitely worth splashing the cash on is Lio, a fine-dining cabaret extravaganza that must be seen and tasted to be believed. On a marina lined with super-yachts, the restaurant has commanding views of Ibiza Old Town along with a giant performance stage which is set on top of a swimming pool. Every year, a theme is set for the season and for the 2019 edition it is “animalistic”, which meant we got a wild and hedonistic show. They have a pleasing mixture of singers, performers, and comedians; the inclusive environment meant by the end of my first glass of wine, I was fully embracing of their enforced audience participatory dance moves at regular intervals.
The food is up there with the finest Ibiza has to offer and included classics like the legendary Lío oyster with caviar and Champagne. Iñigo Rodriguez, the Pacha Group’s Executive Chef embraces the concept of SAUVAGE for this season's menu; hence it was no surprise to see wild and explosive options on the menu. High-quality sirloin was cooked rare whilst steak tartare was well-marinated to ensure maximum flavours on the palate.
When it comes to dining, entertaining and partying, Pacha is a brand that continues to lead whilst others follow.
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