There are countless island destinations in the world known for their parties, and each one has its own specific character and appeal. However, not all of them offer an atmosphere that involves partying on the world’s most beautiful beaches, glamorous sailing boats full of beautiful people and the opportunity to sail through pristine water from island to island and party to party.
Summer is quickly approaching and, for us, there’s nothing better than kicking back on a stunning sandy beach with a bunch of friends, taking in the beautiful scenery and dancing the night away. Chartering a boat and sailing past gorgeous coastline from party island to beach bar is one of our favourite summer experiences. But, how do you know which party island is right for you? Some are famous for their round-the-clock beach parties and some are known for their exclusive beach clubs.
Well, fear not, friends! We’ve put together a guide to the world’s best party islands, so that soon you can be on your way to sailing through party island heaven.
Ios, one of the Cyclades islands in Greece, is known for its beautiful beaches and wild nightlife. During the summer, people from all over the world flock to Ios to experience its white sandy beaches and dance the night away under glorious orange sunsets. The streets, houses and restaurants of Ios have that relaxed, distinctly Greek vibe, but its many bars, nightclubs and summer festivities are known as some of the craziest in the world, including Aftershock, Slammer Bar, Flames Bar, Sweet Irish Dream, Disco 69, Blue Note and Scorpion Nightclub. Only a short sail from Lefkas, the stunning beaches of Ios are popular year-round popular destinations, the hottest being Mylopotas beach, where the renowned Far Out Beach Club lies.
Located on Mallorca’s sunny west coast, and only a two-hour flight from the UK, Magaluf has attracted visitors from all over the world looking for an awesome island to let loose on. Magaluf sits in the bay of Palma and boats the largest nightclub in Europe, BCM Planet Dance, along with dozens of other top notch venues, including Bananas, Boomerang and Carwash.
Over the years, ‘the strip’, in Magaluf, has attracted some of the world’s top DJs, with clubs remaining open until the early hours of the morning regularly hosting popcorn and foam parties.
The BVI’s are a hidden treasure in the Caribbean, with some of the most secluded party islands in the world. In this accumulation of islands, you’ll find world-class beaches and peaceful resorts, along with beach bars and nightlife that will keep you entertained into the early hours of the morning. Start off sailing in Tortola and make your way over to Peter Island for a night out on the town. Then, sail over to Norman Island and explore the famous caves and head over to Willie T. for body shots! Next, hop on over to Jost Van Dyke Island, home of Soggy Dollar Bar, Gertrudes and Ivan’s Stress Free Bar.
For the last decade, Ayia Napa has been famous for its growing party atmosphere and the fantastic Nissi beach. Ayia Napa is situated just a short distance from Fethiye in Turkey, and here you’ll find a range of bars and nightclubs to suit all tastes – there are over 250 in total! Clubbing here is firmly focused around the wild Napa Square, where you can experience everything from dance and R&B to disco and house beats.
Ayia Napa has 12 main clubs, with two staying open till breakfast time. Some of the most popular include Aqua, Carwash Disco, Castle, Starskys, River Reggae and the Makronissos Beach Club.
Pag is the fifth-largest Croatian island and sits in the northern Adriatic Sea. Pag is home to the legendary Hideout Festival and, as of 2007, the bars and clubs of Zrce beach, near Novalja, were granted 24-hour licences, so Pag is now known as one of Croatia’s hottest party destinations. Open-air clubs like Papaya and Aquarius are famous throughout Europe and, if you like big summer parties with famous DJs, you’ll probably get hooked dancing the night away at one of these. Charter a boat from Zadar and sail on up to the port of Mandre, then hit the famous Zrce beach, known around the world as one of the best beaches for summer parties.
Not only is Pag the home of Hideout Festival, there are a number of other awesome festivals on Zrce beach during the summer, such as the Fresh Island Festival and Love Week, so, depending on which week you book, you might even get to experience one of the world’s best beach festivals. As party islands go, it doesn’t get any better than this.
If you think a visit to Santorini will be a relaxing and peaceful holiday by the sea, you’re correct, but you’re also missing out on one of Santorini’s best aspects – the parties. It’s true that Santorini’s allure is originally created from it’s gorgeous views, breath-taking water, stunning coastal villages and its history, but underneath it all is an unforgettable nightlife scene. Charter a boat from Mykonos or Poseidonia and set sail towards this island paradise. When you’re not dancing the night away at clubs like Enigma and Koo Club, you’ll find crowds of beautiful people wading between the sandy beaches and the pristine water, drink in hand and taking in the glorious sunsets.
Mykonos is by far one of the most beautiful party destinations in the world. Between its maze of picturesque streets lies one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes on the Aegean Sea. Sailing in Mykonos will give you the opportunity to experience an abundance of awesome beach bars, most of them lying on the famous Super Paradise Beach. Along with the wild beach party scene, Mykonos has an abundance of peaceful beaches to relax on, fascinating religious sites and archaeological monuments to explore. Mykonos has an endless array of party experiences on offer, as one of the world’s most desirable party islands.
Phuket’s reputation as a global nightlife hotspot is well deserved, with go-go bars, lady boy cabaret shows, an abundance of nightclubs and discotheques, frequenting international DJs and live music venues. The place to be after the sun goes down is Bangla Road, with over 100 bars, excited crowds, bright lights and enticing nightlife venues. Patong Beach also houses some spectacular nightlife venues, which sit along its two main strips: Rat-U-Thit Road and Thaweewong Road (the beach road). Here, you’ll find the famous Paradise Complex, the Hard Rock Café, many live music venues and the first ever dance complex to open in Patong, Banana Disco.
Hvar’s combination of lush rolling hills, fantastic beaches, charming medieval streets and a vibrant nightlife are what make this island one of the most popular on the entire Croatian coastline. Often referred to as the new ‘St Tropez’, Hvar’s increasingly glamorous reputation continues to attract celebrities and Europe’s elite, and more and more luxury yachts are pulling into its harbour each summer. When planning a party sailing holiday in Hvar, you’ll want to charter a boat from Split and island-hop your way over to this wild party island. While here, you’ll experience its famous nightlife, visiting clubs like Carpe Diem, Club Aquarius, Pink Champagne and Nautical Bar. One of the hottest spots in Hvar is Hula Hula Beach Club, famous for its beach parties that start at 5 pm and last until sunrise. Hvar is also the home of the Ultra Europe Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe with over 75,000 attendees each year.
We all know Ibiza. Chances are you’ve probably been there and, if you haven’t been there yet, you’ve dreamt of being there. Ibiza is undisputedly the number one party island in the world. The party scene here is epic, attracting the rich and famous and world-renowned DJs every summer. For clubbing fanatics, there are two main spots you’ll want to hit: San Antonio and Ibiza Town. When sailing in Ibiza, you can relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa den Bossa and Les Salines, then head to Pacha or Space for a night of wild clubbing, and in the morning sail over to the incredibly gorgeous island of Formentera for some much needed relaxation. Ibiza really does have it all, so what are you waiting for? Start planning the party sailing holiday of your life!
Want to find out more about our party sailing holidays? You could be on your way to visiting all the best beach bars, the wildest nightclubs and the most stunning bays and beaches in Croatia and Ibiza. We’ve just released new 7-Day party sailing trips departing from Split and Ibiza this summer. Places are limited, so check them out now!
Thanks to Kirill Shulepov, Kansasphoto, David Haberthür, Wikipedia, PK & Tina, josullivan.59, Luke Ma, chrmoe and Trey Ratcliff for the excellent images from Flickr. Please note all were under Creative Commons Licence at the time of publishing.