Despite its immediate proximity to the infamous town of San Antonio, Pikes is worlds away, sitting pretty halfway up a hill in the area’s country outskirts. Don’t make my mistake of walking into town – a taxi or hire car is totally necessary to get anywhere.
Rustic in parts and completely revamped in others, each and every room is different. My budget only extended to a junior suite but as an Ibiza virgin at the time, I adored its Spanish charm, from mosaic tiles, terracotta floors and typical blue and yellow curtains. When I think back, it was my favourite ever Ibiza hotel – they do say you never forget your first. If you prefer modernity, the hotel had a major renovation about three years ago, and numerous suites now incorporate edgy, ultra modern décor with the traditional architecture.
Pikes feels like a sprawling, Spanish farmhouse and there are plenty of places to hang out, from the courtyard restaurant and bar to the swim-up pool bar (my favourite!) plus lots of little intimate nooks with daybeds and couches to relax on.
Eating and drinking
The on-site restaurant is called Plaza Mayor and is open to the public. It serves good, hearty Mediterranean cuisine and also sends out poolside snacks. While I have to admit I slept through breakfast most days (it finishes at noon – and I was on holiday!), I love the romantic setting it becomes by night.
There’s a tennis court and gym on-site, but for me, it’s all about that famous pool and the swim-up cocktail bar. You’ll recognise it from Wham’s Club Tropicana film clip – need I say more?
The bar staff and waiters are friendly, but it definitely takes some time to achieve anything – room service in particular – so be prepared to wait. Get chatting to owner Tony Pike however and all of a sudden, your wish is their command.
Who stays there
Celebrities, footballers and more mature, ex-raver Brits. Popular with honeymooners too.
It’s pretty rare to see special deals here, but in May and October prices are lower… and it’s still perfect pool weather.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Travellers with pets
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Authentic Spanish architecture
- Iconic Ibiza destination
- Slow service
- Hire car needed