Images : Pool and courtyard at Ushuïa Beach Hotel, IbizaI said that the idea is a bit of an overstatement, however for a number of reasons that aren’t immediately apparent at a cursory glance, but come from having personally experienced both of these places. The atmosphere and the energy on the island are absolutely integral to idea of the place. There is passion and there is a love for the music that hangs in the air and brushes against your soul every time you walk through the entrance to the clubs where legends were born. The stones under foot vibrate with an energy that fills you the moment you step off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport. If the sounds of soaring synthesizers lift you up and your heart beats along with the kick drum, this place is your Mecca and you deserve to make that pilgrimage at least once in your life. I met a couple who told me that they were in Ibiza to get married and, to me, that sounded exactly like the type of place of positive energy and love that you should look for to mark the joining of two lives. For comparison, consider the idea of getting married in Las Vegas and the comedic status we’ve collectively given it. People elope to Las Vegas to get married in secrecy or they head to Las Vegas to celebrate their last days of bachelor(ette)hood before settling into responsibility (I’m sure we’ve all seen the $277.3 million dollar box-office hit The Hangover from 2009). The place we’ve nick-named Sin City has got the money to supply club-goers with the biggest names in dance music and a flashy club experience but there’s something to be said for the fake-ness of it all as well. There’s only so much gold-leaf or faux rock texture spray coating that can be applied to plywood and sheet rock to give the false impression of luxury. In spite of the amount of money you pour into your booking budgets, you can’t build a genuine positive atmosphere in a place that venerates a lifestyle of excess and transgression above all else. The bottom line is: Ibiza’s got a beating heart and soul and I’m not convinced that all the money in the world can ever buy that for Las Vegas.