The homeland of EDM gets another reason to party
he Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza - the first hotel in Europe for the chain - is not for those seeking tranquility. The property, which is now the island's largest five-star hotel, consisting of 493 rooms (235 of them suites), hosted its grand-opening weekend on June 13 with a series of blow-out performances for 3,000 revelers, as Masters at Work, Sister Sledge and Chic all took the stage. Throughout the summer, such acts as Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding, UB40, Icona Pop and Jason Derulo also will perform at the Hard Rock.
The timely opening of the hotel, located on the shore of Playa d'en Bossa, which is a major holiday resort area south of Ibiza Town, will help cater to the thousands of tourists who flock to Ibiza every summer for its famed nightlife and EDM scene, widely said to have originated on the island. Nightlife venues on Ibiza (which is located 49 miles off the coast of Spain) like Space, Privilege, Amnesia, Pacha and Es Paradis attract some of the biggest DJs in the world, such as Steve Aoki and Paul Oakenfold. BBC Radio 1 Weekend (an EDM fest), often seen as the peak of the season, will be held Aug. 1-3.
At the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, the island's music scene is omnipresent. A collection of famous memorabilia, once owned by such luminaries as David Bowie and Bob Marley, fills its walls. The Rock Suite Legend, where Marley stayed when he came to the island in the 1970s during the hotel's original formation, is available to those willing to shell out $2,059 a night. Rooms start at $260, but suites range from regular studios for $800 to the Rock Star Suite: the Hard Rock's version of a penthouse going for $9,500 per night.