Pikes Opens With New Look And Classic Mischief

Posted on April 30, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Pikes Hotel has gained the kind of legendary status throughout its decade-spanning tenure – both on the island and off – that can be rivalled by few, and actually, the only other venue that springs to mind that boasts an equally illustrious and star-studded history would be Studio 54, perhaps. A wonderland of quirky charm, a secluded haven for the A-List and a simply extraordinary home to all things fun and mischievous, the boutique hotel has captured the hearts of island residents and visitors to Ibiza alike, ensuring that its opening party is one of the hottest tickets in town each year.

This year was no different, with a long queue of cars winding its way up the dirt track that leads to the sprawling finca tucked away in the hills outside of San Antonio. Offering one of the most wonderful day to night experiences on the island, the first Pikes fiesta of 2017 started with drinks by the world-famous swimming pool, which once saw Wham’s George Michael and Andrew frolick in its azure waters in the Club Tropicana video. Pikes founder and Ibiza icon Tony was mingling with the guests, still proud as ever to welcome friends, family and holidaymakers to the institution he created. Spanish guitar maestro Paco Fernandez wowed the audience with his energetic and passionate flamenco show, a truly authentic and rousing rendition that got us in the mood to dance the night away.

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Foodies had the chance to get a first taste of Room 39’s new menu for the season, and many took the opportunity to dine in the charming courtyard and sample both the fantastic flavours and atmosphere. Others mingled in the courtyard at the back, enjoying the festival atmosphere and catching up over drinks. For island residents, there was many a familiar face in the crowd, giving the event a real sense of homecoming and, as always, the much beloved house party vibe Pikes is famous for. At midnight, and accompanied by a huge sense of occasion, finally the doors opened to the newly revamped Freddie’s Suite, the legendary Queen frontman’s former home on the White Isle and now a legendary party destination. The intimate space had been given a bit of a cosmetic makeover, as well as being kitted out with a brand new sound system and lights, making it more spacious, immersive and trippy than ever before.

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Pikes is never short of an amazing line-up, and for the opening night turntable masters including the Melon Bomb crew, Rock Nights, Justin Harris, Brothers Grim, Harley Maxwell, David Phillips, Andy Wilson, Adam Daniels, and Blonde Wearing Black were all taking a turn in the booth. The sound of Pikes is truly eclectic, so there is no point in trying to define the master mixers’ sets by genre, as it can jump from funky vocal house to deep techno beats at the drop of a hat. Justin Harris had the honour of christening the freshly made-over party space, creating an upbeat and energetic atmosphere.

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

In between sets, operatic drag queen Tom as The Fat Lady Sings caused plenty of goose bumps and hands-in –the-air moments with his powerful and emotional arias, before announcing the next DJ. An amazing treat for the opening night, electronic music pioneer Artwork wowed the crowd with an irresistibly infectious set that seduced us with deep bass lines and uplifting melodies spanning eras and genres in an effortless manner. As always, we ended up staying much later than intended, and, after much merriment and mischief, found ourselves stumbling out of Pikes as the sun came up. Like the true classic it is, the legendary destination just keeps getting better each year…

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal

Ibiza Rocks House Opening by la skimal