Ibiza icon Tony Pike dies aged 85

Hotelier epitomised hedonism of the island where he held raucous parties for celebrities

Tony Pike, the hotelier who epitomised the hedonism of the holiday clubbing island Ibiza, has died at the age of 85.

He had been suffering from prostate and skin cancer. His death was announced on his Facebook page, Pikes Ibiza, accompanied by the message “Your legend will never die”.

Pike founded the Pikes Hotel in San Antonio in 1978. It went on to became a much-mythologised venue for raucous parties and a favourite hangout for celebrities.

Pike was described by the Guardian last year as the “ringmaster for 30 years of celebrity debauchery”.

The hotel secured its reputation as the centre of the Ibiza party scene when it featured in a video of the 1983 Wham! hit Club Tropicana.

A bare-chested Pike appears at the start of the video in a straw hat welcoming guests to the pool side of his establishment before George Michael sings about a place where you can “brush shoulders with the stars”.

Tony Pike, the hotelier who epitomised the hedonism of the holiday clubbing island Ibiza, has died at the age of 85.

He had been suffering from prostate and skin cancer. His death was announced on his Facebook page, Pikes Ibiza, accompanied by the message “Your legend will never die”.

Pike founded the Pikes Hotel in San Antonio in 1978. It went on to became a much-mythologised venue for raucous parties and a favourite hangout for celebrities.

Pike was described by the Guardian last year as the “ringmaster for 30 years of celebrity debauchery”.

The hotel secured its reputation as the centre of the Ibiza party scene when it featured in a video of the 1983 Wham! hit Club Tropicana.

A bare-chested Pike appears at the start of the video in a straw hat welcoming guests to the pool side of his establishment before George Michael sings about a place where you can “brush shoulders with the stars”.

[Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/feb/25/ibiza-icon-tony-pike-dies-aged-85]