Ibiza hotel owner Tony Pike has died at the age of 85. The announcement was made early this morning on on the Pikes Ibiza Facebook page with the simple message “Anthony John Pike (Tony) 1934-2019 RIP. Your legend will never die x”
The word “legend” seems over-used and cliched these days, especially when it comes to people associated with Ibiza, where hedonism and wild partying are pretty much par for the course. However, before the Second Summer of Love and the explosion of the rave scene, and ultimately the spread of dance music across the globe, Tony Pike had already created his own little corner of Ibiza that almost prefaced the party-mecca it is today. Founded in 1978, Pikes Hotel is a small, quirky, and traditional Ibienco finca nestling neatly in the hills above San Antonio. By the 1980s, Pikes had established itself as a rather classy affair, and had gained a reputation as a hangout for the stars.
The tranquil setting of the famous pool/bar area formed the backdrop to the video of Wham’s 1983 hit ‘Club Tropicana’, and the hotel itself frequently hosted parties attended by the likes of Grace Jones, Boy George, and Freddie Mercury – the latter hosting a typically flamboyant and extravagant party at the hotel for his 41st birthday in 1987. At the centre of it all was Tony Pike, himself a man with a reputation for mixing with the stars, throwing wild parties, and according to the man himself, something of a hit with the a-list female celebrities who frequented the hotel in its heyday.
Despite a takeover by the Ibiza Rocks brand in 2011, the hotel didn’t really change, and Tony was still very much a part of the day to day life of the place, taking up permanent residence in room 25. His death has been met with tributes from those who knew him well, including Norman Cook, who described him as “larger than life and twice as entertaining”, and Ibiza-pioneer Danny Rampling, who said “Incredible man incredible life story. Grateful to have been a friend many years. End of an era in Ibiza .”