In the UK Ibiza has two reputations:
- 1970’s hippy destination where semi (or fully) naked sun-kissed escapees from the rat race swopped city life for plaited hair, dodgy cigarettes and yoga retreats
- night clubbing ravers party place from the 1990’s and noughties
Neither image is undeserved, how ever the reason both party crowds have chosen this isle in the Med is due to it’s laid back warmth and beauty. We spent a week there enjoying the breeze across the sand, read numerous paperbacks, spent lazy evenings in wine bars sipping on sangria, Sol beer and bottled water (I’m still choosing not to drink alcohol!) and wandering through laid back and cheap street markets (yes there were hippies)
Sadly, we spotted numerous restaurants empty, this wasn’t due to dodgy food, we hope, rather the lack of regular customers. I think some hotel chains are now cashing on the fear massaged by certain media elements recently and have seen an opportunity. They will promote the all inclusive offers, discouraging us who want to speak to and trade with the locals. They often bring non-locals to work in the hotels so no support goes to local economy.
PLEASE try not to book all inclusive, unless you have young kids in which case maybe I can sympathise with the price of ice creams pushing up any budget. Even then please take the kids out to experience the place, hear the language, meet local kids at the park etc.
We will get the destinations we deserve, fear breeds fear, exclusivity breeds contempt. So many now go overseas and expect the locals to cater to us, then only spend money in the foreign owned hotels. If you do this, in years to come the previously pleasant friendly resorts may just look like UK high streets, boarded up and depressed. We may just get the resorts we deserve.