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Velvet Ibiza — Europe’s epic party for queer women returns May 2-7, 2023 to the idyllic Spanish island of Ibiza.
The event made history when it launched in 2015, as the first queer women event of its size to be help on the famously LGBTQ-friendly Ibiza, also known for its vibrant nightlife scene, and celebrity sightings. Although Ibiza has been part of the gay men’s party circuit for decades, it hasn’t drawn large crowds of women until more recently.
Velvet Ibiza founder and producer Carine De Mesmaeker is a Belgium lesbian DJ-turned-bar-owner-turned-party-promoter, who also launched Velvet 69, one of Europe’s biggest queer women’s parties. Velvet 69 is a monthly pop-up party in Brussels, Belgium, which draws LGBTQ+ women from across the continent.
Velvet Ibiza is even more international, also drawing a large American crowd. Now celebrating its 7th anniversary, the all-inclusive 5-day/5-night party, has become what the event’s press statement calls “a holy ground for queer women who continue to descend on the pine-covered isle to enjoy one the most life changing and bonding experiences.”
Tickets are available now and include 5 nights, all 3 meals, day and night activities & parties, transportation from airport to resort, and all drinks until 11pm. Activities include pool parties, sports tournaments, yoga classes, club nights, and an “infamous” duck race. Some of the top queer female DJs from Europe and America will be dropping the beats.
Courtesy Cala Martina
The host hotel is Cala Martina (above) where De Mesmaeker takes over the entire resort, creating a safe space for women to freely express themselves and commune with others from the global LGBTQ+ community. Cala Martina is home to the historical Hippie Market (founded in 1973), which retains a unique Hippie-esque essence and is the largest and oldest market on the island.
A second hotel, Paraiso Beach (below), next-door to Hotel Cala Martina has also been reserved, although only 20 rooms are available, at the four-star hotel, so travelers are urged to book early. The boutique hotel was thoroughly renovated in 2020 to reflect the island’s style: modern, fresh and very bright.
Courtesy Hotel Paraiso Beach
For more information about the women-only party visit Velvet Ibiza