FLASHING neon lights, bikini-clad dancers and a sound system so powerful it will shake the ground beneath you.
This is Hï Ibiza, recently voted the best club in the world for the second year in a row.
That’s a big claim from DJ Mag, even if the White Isle is known in Spain for its party scene, with over 20 clubs on the tiny island.
But with big names in music from Idris Elba to David Guetta walking through the doors every week, Hï has to be something special.
Even English soccer player Jack Grealish was spotted there on the decks alongside DJ Fisher last week
Recently returning to the sun-kissed island of Ibiza, I decided to find out exactly what makes this loud venue worthy of its golden title.
The superclub formerly known as Space underwent a major makeover and reopened as Hello in 2017 with a capacity of 5,692 people.
Admission costs a minimum of €35 (although VIP tickets can cost up to €500) and in summer it gets crowded every night of the week.
I was there at the Glitterbox event, which takes place every Sunday at Hï until the end of the season in September.
It’s not just about the venue, Glitterbox club nights are held all over the world, but Ibiza is where it all started.
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The 10 dance DJs performing on the decks that night included Carl Craig, Coco & Breezy and Jellybean Benitez.
names I didn’t know.
After all, I’m 30 now and my wild club days are almost over.
Still, I spent my college years in Manchester, home of the fast-paced Warehouse Project (which frequently tops the UK’s top club charts) and a house party scene so notorious that students hired bouncers to line the lines at their birthday parties monitor.
So I feel like I’m still able to judge what makes a good club even though I don’t know the DJ names anymore.
Hello is, quite simply put, an energetic beehive where hilarious mayhem fills every nook and cranny and crazy dance floor.
There are themed rooms decked out in neon colors, glittering dancers in tall glass cases twirling their bodies above the crowd, and alongside regular atmospheric puffs of smoke, we were doused in silver confetti from a cannon as we danced to the heavy beats.
The place is magnetic in the truest sense of the word – year after year the same dedicated Ibiza lovers return.
It attracts a large dance crowd, even at glitzier events such as glitter box.
But there are spaces to explore and fun for those who aren’t just there for the music.
At one of the rooftop bars, you’ll find cozy cushioned booths and below, an outdoor area where clubbers gather around giant trees dripping in neon lights.
Next to the tree we meet a happy boy who has been separated from all his friends but has no trouble making friends with the welcoming groups of other partygoers.
When you’re not stamping your feet and clapping to the beat, there are seating areas to relax in, including several giant teepee-style structures in one of the outdoor areas.
The interior of each tipi is dotted with cushions, which are usually occupied by clubbers who may have done a bit too much and need a break from the crowds and blaring music.
There are also plenty of bars, indoors and out, including specialty bars like Tequila Corner — colorful and decorated with a leafy flourish that makes it look like a beach shack.
However, be prepared to spend a small fortune on drinks as a simple bottle of water will set you back €13.
Not surprisingly, alcoholic beverages are even more expensive.
However, this is also true of most clubs in Ibiza, which can be a challenge for those who like to feel fully intoxicated, especially when it can take over an hour to even get into the club at peak times.
Make sure you are there by 12:30pm at the latest if you want to avoid the crowds.
The club opens at 11:30pm and 1am is the busiest time, according to local staff, as queues meander down the street.
However, once you’re in, a wild night is guaranteed.
There’s no telling what you’ll do, where you’ll end up, or what famous faces you’ll see appear behind the DJ booth.
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