1. THE SAN ANTONIO COUNCIL HATES THE WEST END
Not exactly a secret for those following the shenanigans in San An over the last couple of years. First they banned legal PR’s, then removed the terraces at midnight and now new noise controls for 2018 means that farting loudly will become a punishable offence whilst pickpockets and prostitutes roam freely.
2. FIVE STAR HOTELS ARE HERE TO STAY
Massive investment by large corporations has seen Ibiza’s hostelries morph into luxury world class hotels with eye watering prices. That segment was previously under served so in many ways the island is playing catch up however many are concerned it’s now suffocating that mythical ibiza spirit. 1 star hotels charging 3 star money also means a perceived lack of value for potential repeat clients.
3. IBIZA STILL CAN’T COPE IN AUGUST
Too hot, too many people, too much traffic and no long term solutions in sight means that getting through August feels like an achievement in itself. A proposed cap on tourist beds will mean very little if Ibiza Airport continues to post record figures so don’t expect any changes on this front anytime soon.
4. HÏ IBIZA IS A NEW BREED OF CLUB
The most anticipated event of the year saw a brand new, shiny super club that was custom built with a specific audience in mind, probably the first time that’s ever happened in Ibiza on this scale. The auditorium type design wasn’t to everybody’s taste but the reviews were mainly positive with a couple of nights getting rave reviews. Expect Hï to come back in 2018 with more big money signings and cement their position at the top table.
5. TASTES ARE CONTINUALLY CHANGING
The way Ibiza has changed over the last few years has taken many by surprise but it’s being driven by the people who come here rather than the other way round. For many years it meandered along in a hippy like trance offering decent value for money and cool nights open to all, now the craving for a short duration/VIP experience has seen a relentless surge upmarket focussing so much on disposable wealth that even Portinatx will soon to be declared a kid-free zone. Who’d have thought it!
6. DAYTIME IS STILL THE NEW NIGHTTIME
Back in the 90’s and 00’s there was just Space, DC-10 and Bora-Bora to get your daytime kicks whilst the majority of clubbers spent the day on the beach or in bed catching up on zzz’s after the previous evenings excesses. However, if you wind the clock back even further then you will see that Ku (now Privilege), Amnesia and Es Paradis all started out as daytime affairs with bare chested hulks and big chested babes. It’s history repeating as the masses now crave for daytime fun in the sun at places like Blue Marlin, Ocean Beach and Ushuaia and this won’t change unless the políticos want it to.
7. THE PROPERTY CRISIS SHOWS NO SIGN OF EASING
The simple economics of supply and demand has seen rental prices shoot up as Ibiza’s population has more than doubled in the last decade. Too many people want a piece of the Ibiza action pushing prices up while driving many away and scaring off a whole new generation of Ibiza lovers. Public sector workers can’t even afford to live on the island meaning there’s a staff shortage. Some say it’s greed while others point to the open market so for 300 days of sunshine every year and a quality of life like no other the Ibiza dream now comes at a high price.
8. IBIZA PARTY PEOPLE ARE GETTING OLDER
With the changing dynamics there’s been a definite shift in the demographic frequenting the White Isle. A whole new generation of potential ibiza-philes are being tempted by Croatia and other destinations offering sun, sea and good times at a fraction of the cost. In the short term it’s great that the 30-50 year olds bring their fat wallets to the island but many are concerned that their won’t be anyone to replace them when they hang up their dancing shoes.
9. SOME BALEARIC RESIDENTS DONT LIKE TOURISTS VERY MUCH
The Balearic backlash against the archipelago’s biggest (and only) commodity gathered pace in 2017 with street rallies and public meetings as unhappy residents voiced their concern over mass tourism. Privatised beaches in San Jose, public disorder in San Antonio and noise issues in Playa den Bossa have been debated in local bars on the island yet nobody can come up with a sustainable plan that makes any sense, never mind works. A ‘different type’ of tourism seems to be the collective desire whatever that means.
10. IBIZA 2018 WILL BE DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME
The squares on the board maybe placed a little differently but Ibiza will still attract those wanting fun, sunshine, food, culture, music, beautiful nature, friendly hospitality, and a geographically easy getaway. What they do when they get here will constantly evolve and that’s all part of the fun. Expect more political maneuverings in the build up to 2019 elections, more noise issues, more fall outs, more gossip, more A-Z listers and lots and lots more people. Ibiza……never boring, always interesting.