A question we get asked pretty often is…”Should we go to Mykonos or Ibiza”? There seems to be some sort of inter island rivalry. In fact, Mykonos and Ibiza both sell T-shirts that say one f***s the other. So, this year Kim and I decided to do both islands back to back and see which we liked better.
Here’s a quick video of both islands to give you a feel for them…
I’ll cut to the chase. Kim and I personally like Mykonos better!
Let’s talk a little about Ibiza first…
Interestingly, Ibiza is way prettier than I thought in some areas and way dirtier than I thought in others. As many of you probably know Ibiza is a CRAZY party spot. I mean NON STOP F***N partying. It never, ever, ever, ends! It’s like some sort of science experiment to see how long you could go without sleep. It’s totally over the top nuts!
Ok that said…
I DO however think it’s totally worth it to go to Ibiza (and I would go again). You just have to know what you’re getting into. Ibiza is mostly 20 something doing drugs and partying until they drop. The hospitals literally set up IV drips outside clubs to help over indulgers back on their feet.
Ibiza is a total electronic music town. There are DJ’s EVERYWHERE! You’ll find DJ’s in restaurants, grocery stores and probably under your sink in your bathroom. They really are everywhere! I personally think that’s a good thing. I love it! Ibiza scores the biggest headlining DJ’s in the world. We saw David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicci while we were there. They were all amazing shows and totally worth seeing.
So why is Mykonos better you’re probably asking?
OK…Here’s the thing… other than the partying…I didn’t find Ibiza to be as beautiful as Mykonos….or have as much to offer like great restaurants and fantastic culture.
Yes, Ibiza is very pretty in spots. For example, I thought the Blue Marlin beach club was gorgeous. Other than a few spots here and there I just didn’t it think it was as beautiful as Mykonos. I know there are beautiful outlying spots like Formentera but we only stayed in Ibiza proper so I can’t really comment on that.
We stayed at the Ushuaia hotel. The Ushuaia is kind of like a hotel and a night club had a baby.
Here’s the dealio with the The Ushuaia. The hotel has headlining DJ’s outside your room from 5pm to midnight – 7 days per week! It definitely takes some getting used to. Having 2000 ravers outside your door every night until midnight is insane!
But, this my friends is Ibiza! Please don’t get me wrong. We LOVED Ibiza and WILL be back for sure. All in all Ibiza is a VERY close second to Mykonos. However- for my Euro- Mykonos definitely wins!
Now….let’s talk a bit about Mykonos.
Mykonos has all of the above positives that Ibiza does AND soooooo much more! For example, if you want to chill there are tons of cool sexy beaches to lay your head. If you’re a foodie there are plenty of amazing restaurants. If you want to experience real (Greek) culture it’s all there. If you love headlining DJ’s there are more than you’ll have time or energy to see.
There is just that intangible thing that you can’t put your finger on with Mykonos….well….it’s the Greek people….they are amazingly warm loving and kind….even in the midst of the crazy economic crisis that they are in.
Here’s what I mean…
The hotel we stay in is called The Andronikos hotel. It’s run by Marco Andronikos and Elena Alexandri. These two know how to run a hotel! Here’s a view from my room….
I can not say enough good things about this place (my full review will be coming next week). The Andronikos hotel has this perfect blend making you feel like you’re part of an amazing Greek family and staying in a hip hotel with real (not manufactured) soul.
Our friends, Elsa and Gianni, of Mykonos Exclusive, turned us on to this place. Elsa and Gianni are the King and Queen of Mykonos. They know everything and everybody. They have the key to the island and can open doors for you that you never even knew existed. If you want to contact them just here.
I’m going to save what I have to say about the Andronikos hotel until I write my full review next week. Let’s just say I just booked three weeks for next next summer!
Honestly, whether you choose to go to Mykonos or Ibiza you WILL have an amazing time. There’s no doubt about that. If you must choose between the two islands I say Opa! Go to Mykonos!