Where to find sanctuary in the biggest party hubs

All partied out in one of the world’s most festive destinations? Here’s where to escape it all so you can relax, unwind (dry out) and get a decent night’s sleep! By Georgina Meredith

Ibiza, Spain

A regular stomping ground for the world’s best DJs and home to some of Europe’s most dazzling shoreline, it’s no wonder Ibiza is flooded with over six-million tourists each year.

However, peering out from underneath its boisterous shadow is the island of Formentera – a quiet little paradise accessible only by boat from the port of Ibiza. Priding itself on uncrowded beaches and untouched natural surroundings, Formentera is a secluded escape far from the thumping echoes of Ibiza’s clubbing strip.

Renowned in the Balearics for its locally grown produce, the island is a hotspot for delicious cuisine; sit under the stars on a quaint open terrace while enjoying some of the island’s mouth-watering food at Can Carlos.

The waters surrounding the island are translucent and warm; an ideal environment for diving and snorkelling.

Stay at the Paraiso De Los Pinos in Platja Migjorn – a group of white, terracotta-tiled apartments that circle around a turquoise pool, connecting to the legendary Marlaca restaurant.


Mykonos, Greece

Overrun by cruise-ship day trippers and fun-loving Europeans, Mykonos is undeniably Greece’s most popular island.

Here cocktails flow quicker than water, DJs play by the beachside and the party scene peaks from 3am, but you needn’t look far to find some peace and quiet.

Along the northern coastline of the island is Agios Sostis Beach; a charmingly unpolished sanctuary surrounded by a rocky hillside, dotted with blue and white chapels.

Meanwhile the calm, quiet beach is a sublime setting for a Mediterranean picnic, and it’s secluded enough to roam nude should you fancy!

Stay at the stunning white-washed San Giorgio Mykonos on Paraga Beach, or venture away from the crowds to Agios Ioannis, where you’ll find the beautiful sun-drenched Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Although Amsterdam is reputable for its raucous nightlife, it’s also home to a plethora of peaceful havens hidden throughout the city.

Just west of the city centre is Vondelpark; a lush urban space filled with picturesque gardens, winding footpaths and lily-filled waterways that resemble Monet’s finest. Here you can cycle among the greenery or relax under a chestnut tree with a book.

Or if you’re planning a day trip, the Tulip Fields of Lisse are just 40 minutes by train from the city centre, and promise many a brag-shot with fields bursting with glorious shades of gold, violet and crimson in spring.

To stay out of the hustle and bustle, the Japanese-inspired Hotel Okura on the outskirts of the city promises contemporary rooms with sweeping views of Amsterdam. It’s also home to five restaurants (two of which have Michelin stars), two bars, a spa and health club.


Las Vegas, USA

Glitter, glitz and glamour – Las Vegas is the neon-lit capital of indulgence and excess.

But even with all the glimmering poker-playing action that engulfs the city, there are still places for respite.

The Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and most beautiful state park. Ancient rocks glowing crimson and cerise in the sun are strewn throughout the valley and form a rugged landscape, fit for a Star Wars film set.

Hikes around the park are breathtaking and worth the one-hour drive out of the heart of Las Vegas.

Then elevated high above the chaos of the city-centre is the Mandarin Oriental – the best pick for an undisturbed stay in Las Vegas, and one of the largest non-casino hotels in the city.

The Asian-inspired rooms come equipped with yoga mats and standalone bathtubs, to ensure a full post-party recovery.


Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand

Up to 30,000 partygoers from around the world flock to Haad Rin beach on Koh Pha-Ngan every month, to dance and revel in the glow of the moon.

The island is notorious for untamed parties that last for days on end. But in order to escape the heaving beach and crowded bars, you don’t need to go far.

Hidden among tall, leafy palm trees that border Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach is Anantara Rasananda – a collection of stylish and idyllic villas scattered along the secluded water’s edge.

With its mystical private gardens and rustic wooden sundecks, this peaceful refuge feels a million miles from Haad Rin beach.

A destination in itself, here you can dive and snorkel with Thailand’s colourful aquatic life or trek through tropical rainforest with the locals.