Travel review: Chilled’s play in Ibiza

The pool view at the Sol House Ibiza.
The pool view at the Sol House Ibiza.
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As the party season arrives on the White Isle, Lisa Haynes checks into Ibiza’s Sol House and prepares for sleep deprivation.

On Ibiza they like to do things differently, which perhaps explains why along with the usual hotel luxuries, Sol House boasts a curated day-to-night soundtrack.

This new(ish) island hotspot was fully renovated in 2016 to make it Instagram-worthy, wherever you look. The lobby even has a resident white rhino statue to pose with for some super striking shots.

Outside, the property is all bleached wood decking and white Bali beds, while inside there are inviting chill-out zones to nurse a hangover. As a flagship Mixed By hotel, your ears are treated to a curated soundtrack by Ibiza Rocks DJs that matches the mood of the day.

With its infinity pool and giant beanbags, Sol Sets at Rooftop Nine is the ultimate hangout to enjoy cocktails and DJ-spun tunes as you watch that Balearic sunset. The hotel has 275 uber-modern rooms, from standard House Room to House Party Room, with extras like a Bluetooth speaker tower so you can blast out your own tunes.

Junior Suites are spacious with sea views, but prudes be warned: the glass shower is positioned in the middle of the room.

The hot and cold breakfast buffet, served until the night-owl appropriate 11am, is vast. There’s no skimping on Beachside Pool portions, either, with house salads so huge they’ll fill you up until post-party pizza. There’s no spa, but you’ll find a swish gym that faces out to the Beachside Pool – all the inspiration you need for an Ibiza beach body.

If you’ve heard of Ibiza Rocks, this hotel collaboration is the tamer, scenic version. It’s more of a chilled crowd at Sol House Ibiza, but you can crank up the party vibes at its sister property, Ibiza Rocks (in the heart of San Antonio), where you get exclusive privileges.

Mixologists, the in-the-know concierge team, will keep you up to speed with the island’s pool parties and guest DJs during your stay.

Sol House Ibiza is in prime position overlooking San Antonio Bay’s Playa Pinet beach. While the location is chilled and relaxing by day, you’re in walking distance of all the action by night.

■ Doubles from £200 with breakfast. Visit melia.com

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