Non-Stop Party Islands: When Summer’s Over But The Party Isn’t
If you’re still wearing shorts on the tube and lamenting the passing of summer like someone died, all while your tan fades as fast as your paper festival bracelets then don’t worry; this doesn’t have to be where the party ends… Why not head to one of these islands where the party doesn’t stop…
Why: Tried and tested, the White Isle is quite literally the home of the party. And with regular pool parties running into October there’s no let up on the party vibe yet. Ibiza wouldn’t be Ibiza without super-star DJs, and private jets will be circling the Balearics bringing stars like David Guetta and Fatboy Slim to the raft of closing season parties still slated.
Catch David Guetta’s F**k Me I’m Famous closing Pascha this October
Where: Pascha, Avenida 8 de Agosto 07800, Ibiza, Islas Baleares
Why: Of course, Europe isn’t where it’s all at, and even the Med cools down in winter. So why not head to one place that’s always going to be warm and the party’s always going to be hot: Bali. The Indonesian party capital is a Mecca for fun-time lovers the world over, with an over supply of Aussies and great music to be found at any number of beach parties. Check out Karma Beach Club, nestled in a cove enjoy beachside movie nights on Mondays or enjoy the ultimate in’ immersive, sand-and surf-hedonism’ throughout the week.
Where: Karma Beach Club, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80362, Indonesia
Why: Bahrain, not necessarily a go-to in terms of boozy beach bonanzas, but Bahrain is full of surprises. The Middle Eastern island off the coast of Saudi Arabia plays host to a myriad of society parties, not least around the Grand Prix, and a party in one of the five star hotels that jostle for position along the pristine beaches is certainly memorable. With a steady flow of international DJs and dependable weather, Bahrain is an unmissable party island. Try nightclubs or beach clubs at hotels like Ritz Carlton for blow-out celebrations.
Where: Bldg. 112, King Mohammed VI Ave, Block 428, Al Seef District Manama, Bahrain
Ilha de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Why: Forget Florida, the action’s at Florianópolis (Floridians apologies, see next post!). Brazilians know how to celebrate and Florianópolis is the perfect place to join them at it. Located on the island of Santa Cararina, Florianópolis is the state capital and, more importantly, party capital. Known as the place there Brazilians come to let their hair down, the music scene has at times been compared to Ibiza. After experiencing the vibrant Brazillian welcome of Florianópolis, head a few kilometres up the coast to jungle retreat and boutique hotel Ponta dos Ganchos for some true relaxation.
Where: Ponta dos Ganchos, Rua Elpídio Alves do Nascimento, 104 - Ganchos de Fora, Gov. Celso Ramos - SC, 88190-000, Brazil
Key West, Florida
Why: Florida, where everyone from Donald Trump to Mickey Mouse (well, sort of) comes to relax and enjoy life. Down in the keys, that string of islands south of Miami that are so synonymous with a party atmosphere, Key West is the final stop before the sea and Cuba beyond. So grab a rum cocktail and join the throngs. You’ll have plenty of accommodation options but you could do worse than Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on the beach.
Where: Casa Marina Key West, 1500 Reynolds St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Koh Samui, Thailand
Why: Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island, known for its golden sands and majestic palms. But also fabled for its night life and its full moon parties. The full moon party is celebrated on, and I feel this is potential mansplaining, the full moon. The all-night benders are legendary and can pull up to 30,000 revellers. Not that anyone on an all-nighter will be necessarily needing a hotel, but a place to flop the following day would probably go down well and there’s no shortage of hotels. Our tip would be the Six Senses Samui, a series of private wooden villas, private pools and divine views.
Where: 9/10 Moo 5 Baan Plaileam Bophut KoH Samui Surat Thani 84320, Thailand