I’m a big fan of Ibiza. For me it’s not about the clubbing, though I did my fair share of that when I was younger, but the island itself holds a charm that’s hard to describe.
So it’s safe to say I’m a touch excited to get out there again next week!
Perhaps it’s the hippy in me, but it’s the freedom and acceptance of people, that everything goes and everyone is welcome that I love so much. Like Glastonbury but without the mud!
I’ve been there on girly holidays, child free breaks away and had amazing family holidays to Ibiza with the kids.
The laidback beach vibes suit me down to the ground, barefoot and makeup free with mostly very messy salty hair!
Lazy lunches on the beach, the crystal clear water in Formentera, shopping in the old town, a stroll up to Dalt Villa not to mention the incredible sunsets. The dreamy houses of their most famous architect Blakstad, white washed walls and even the baron countryside holds a special charm. In short, it’s one of my favourite places to while away the hours.
So, I thought I’d share my top places to eat, shop & sunbathe while on the White Isle.
I love the beach at Playa S’Estanyol. It’s a quiet cove where the water is beautifully clear and with the addition of Cala Bonita for lunch you have everything you need for a lazy day at the beach.
You won’t see any raving muscle men, or hear any hard trance while you’re trying to read your book. Instead their resident DJ plays chilled out Balearic tunes throughout the day, cool down with a swim in the crystal clear water, followed by a fresh fish salad at sunset.
Sluiz Ibiza is one of my favourite stores. It’s the size of a warehouse, but feels more like an Aladdin’s cave of incredible collections. They have their own fashion range alongside lots of beautiful independent brands. A huge interior section where I literally want to buy everything, regular art exhibitions and even a coffee shop when you can have a spot of lunch. I’d highly recommend a visit next time you’re here.
Depending on who you are travelling with I’d recommend different places to stay. Blowing the budget go for Atzaro or the new Nobu Hotel. Saving the pennies you can find lots of little Agriturisimo’s which are essentially B&B’s which are small but perfectly formed.
With children I’d probably say hire a villa
Santa Eulalia & Santa Getrudis are both more family orientated areas I’d recommend. This year we are staying at the gorgeous La Torre, which has one of the best sunsets on the island. They also have their own Ibiza chill out albums if you fancy getting yourself in the holiday mood!
For a bit of culture, Ibiza Old Town is just stunning. I love wandering the white washed wall streets and popping into all the little boutiques. Take a walk up to Dalt Villa and take in the views. It is a trek, but so worth it! Little restaurants dapple the streets and I love people watching at breakfast at the Croissant show.
Blakstad designed villas flood the island with their distinctive architecture. My dream home if I had a few million to spare!
Book a super large lounger for the day at El Chiringuito in Es Cavellet and find yourself never wanting to leave. Silver service on the beach, low key music playing in the distance & beach shacks selling beautiful jewellery and trinkets you didn’t need, but can’t resist!
For a romantic meal I’d highly recommend Amante. Perched on top of a cliff edge in a stunning cove the view is nothing short of breathtaking. You can head here for breakfast and they even do under the stars movie nights. Magical!
Travelling with the family, or just fancy doing something different? We hired a tiny motor boat from San Antonio port and had 4 hours to sail around the south of the island as we please. The boys thought it was amazing!
If you like your ocean to look like the Maldives you should definitely take a boat over to Formentera. It’s so stunning, it takes my breath away.
Let me know your favourites too.