Relax with some chilled-out beats at San Antonio, in Ibiza

THE recession has affected us all in one way or another, but it seems that there has been no let-up in recent years in the numbers of young people flocking to the sun from Ireland.

Club 18-30 is gearing up for a similar wave this year and, for anyone hoping to let off some steam with a sun holiday combined with the very best in music and partying, May 31 appears to be the date to keep in mind.

It’s the day that Club 18-30 officially opens its summer parties, and starts the summer season with a particular focus on music and party mecca, Ibiza.

The number of Irish partygoers hitting their sunspots has continued to grow recently and, with the opening parties bringing events such as an open water party at Es Paradis, and Jake Bugg performing at the Ibiza Rocks hotel, you can see why.

There’s a lot more going on in various music venues such as Amnesia, DC10, Eden, Pacha and Space, which help to give the popular island its well-deserved standing as Europe’s party capital.

If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can choose instead from sunset cruises, foam parties and silent Sundays, or Full Moon celebrations and poolside parties.

There’s a huge amount of entertainment, as well as a great variety of water-based activities to enjoy, and the best part is that it all takes place in the beautiful settings of Ibiza, surrounded by temperatures floating around 25C.

Even when the sun goes down, you can chill out by the shores of the bay of Calo des Moro in San Antonio, to the backdrop of the ambient and eclectic sounds of local DJs.

However, the rush to the sun doesn’t have to take you just to Ibiza, since Club 18-30 also offers a range of sun holiday packages to other popular destinations, including their brand-new destination in Tenerife.

As the most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts the best in nightlife, having hosted DJs such as Tiesto and Judge Jules in the past.

And, during the day, the island has a huge range of beaches to bathe on and water sports to try.

Siam Park, Europe’s most spectacular water park with its 28m Tower of Power vertical drop, is also a must-see for holiday-goers.

Two-sharing at the Parque Cattleya can enjoy a seven-night getaway from just €529 per person – with the additional option of going all-inclusive with meals, local drinks and cocktails and various activities included.

Club 18-30 Ireland is offering seven nights’ accomodation in the three-star Four Seasons in Crete on a self-catering basis, from €395 per person, departing from Dublin on June 7.

The price includes return flights from Dublin, and all transfers.

There are also options for all-inclusive packages, with meals and drinks included for most Club 18-30 destinations, as well as special group deals.

Since music is always at the core of the Club 18-30 holiday, this year, party lovers need only look to the new Club Life hotels for endless beach BBQs, poolside DJs and pool parties that are exclusive to guests.

Examples include the Laura S’Atalaya in Ibiza, from €415PP; the Paloma Studios in Cyprus, from €589; and the Quayside Village, in Corfu, from €495PPS.

Prices are for seven nights, flights departing from Dublin.

For further details on prices, packages and destinations, call Club 18-30 in Dublin at 01 514 0318, or see www.facebook.com/club1830Ireland.