Es Paradis and the words ‘the most beautiful club in the world’ are often mentioned in the same sentence, and while – to be perfectly honest – the exterior of the club looks like it could do with a bit of a paint job, the interior is as striking as ever.
Designed by owner Pepe Aguirre and artist Lluís Güell of Café Del Mar fame, Es Paradis opened to much fanfare in 1975, making it one of the oldest clubs on the island today. With spectacular white interiors – think roman style columns, domed marquees, opulent tile work and a sunken dance floor along with stunning lush greenery, its tagline of ‘Divine Beauty’ beneath their heart-shaped apple logo seems quite appropriate.
The addition of the mammoth 120 tonne glass pyramid ceiling didn’t come until 1990 however, when (sadly) all nightclubs were required to enclose areas where music was played. These days, the pyramid acts as a signal to indicate the club is coming to a close, as the first waves of the morning’s natural bright sunlight streams in.
With over ten bars, a boutique and four VIP areas (including the all-new Prive Divine beside the main dance floor in 2008), it can be said that there is literally something for everyone inside Es Paradis, but the club itself has become synonymous with its famous water parties.
During the Fiesta Del Agua, giant fountains see the club become more of a water park as 80 000 gallons of water are pumped into the room turning it into a giant swimming pool – certainly a novel way to spend your Ibiza night – so popular they are now held twice a week. Experienced water party goers will advise you to bring a bathing suit and get changed just before the event, leaving your clothes in the cloak room so you won’t need to go home looking like a drowned rat – and remember that Es Paradis has one of the more strict door policies, so you won’t be allowed in beach gear. We can’t help but wonder where the water ends up at the end of a night?