Welcome back to our blog appointment! This time we would like to take you to the so-called 'White Isle', in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain, through Jennifer’s eyes. She jumped onto an airplane with her family for the first time since lockdown and flew to Ibiza!
The Island as we know it, with its exciting nightlife, has pretty much come to a standstill this summer due to the coronavirus, but Ibiza still managed to attract visitors even if it was the season of ‘no dancing’, something that the Island has never experienced!
However, Ibiza is and has always been an Island filled with much more beauty than just the legendary clubs. Its golden sands, transparent blue seas, and historical villages set in picturesque, natural splendour making the White Isle a perfect option for a vacation dedicated to wellness.
All clubs kept their doors firmly closed this summer, so Jennifer and her family arranged the days according to the ‘new day/nightlife’. Even though Jennifer’s unusual vacation in Ibiza was amazing, our biggest hope is to see the Island going back to its normality, and so that our clients can experience and taste both the Island’s sides.
BEACH CLUBS & SPOTS
Whether golden-hour glamour or barefoot luxury is your scene, our team can book and hold beach clubs or even your sun beds until you arrive at the beach, offering you a relaxed and chilled morning. Here are the best beach clubs and spots on the Island according to Jennifer!
‘Jondal’ is a brand-new beach club this season, a very nice and fashionable beach located within a conservation area, surrounded by pines and jagged cliffs… a beautiful spot, perfect for swimming into clear and serene waters and relaxing on sun beds. Amazing high quality Spanish Gourmet food, the chic ambiance, the cool crowd, and the excellent service making it one of the must visits on the Island.
‘Beachouse’ is a touch of bohemian on the endless beach of Playa d’en Bossa. This is a great spot if you are looking to indulge the senses with hearty, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine from seasonal menus, while listening to the cool DJ’s who keep the beach club alive with their music!
‘CBbC Group Marina’, located in the Santa Eulalia Marina, is a unique gastronomic experience: gourmet menu, sushi and fast bites. It was great to have a quick drink and watch the boats come in. Nice spot!
‘Sa Caleta’ is a very special corner of the Island's coastline, framed by the ochre of the clay and the blue of the sea, where the Phoenicians built their first settlement more than two millennia ago. It is a great lunch and dinner spot, it looks beautiful and calming especially at night, with an amazing backdrop! You can either dine, relax at the beach, or go hiking through the orange rocks.
Often called ‘Ibiza’s sister island’, Formentera has so much to offer as Ibiza. The typical tranquillity and privacy of a small Island along with the raw nature makes it particularly unique. Jennifer and her family went for a day trip there too!
‘10.7’ is an unavoidable stopover for visitors who head to Formentera. Jennifer loved ending the day there as this place is truly amazing! The sunset is spectacular, the food and the service excellent, with music perfectly timed for the sun going down! This spot is highly recommended to whoever wants to explore Formentera not only by boat but also for a day trip, to travellers who prefer hiring one of those cool cars and explore the raw beauty of the Island.
This is the best option if you don’t want to miss the natural, wild side of Formentera as well as discovering off the beaten tracks of cool spots.
‘W Hotel’, with its playful energy and bohemian spirit, is an entertainment hub in the Santa Eulalia neighbourhood. Every corner of this wonderful hotel embraces the destination's eclectic roots through bold and innovative design, capturing the free spirit of Ibiza whilst elevating the experience to a new level.
The terraces, the rooms and the suite represent the ‘wow’ of this place! Jennifer said about it: ‘I look forward to revisiting next year when, hopefully, the Island will be back to normal and it will be possible to fully enjoy dancing to their selection of DJ’s, visiting the pool rooftop and club basement along with their restaurant when they fully open next season’.
What better way to break up your day with a great lunch, fill your late afternoon with a cool aperitivo, or end the day with an unforgettable dinner? Here’s Jennifer’s personal recommendations for restaurants in Ibiza. Don’t forget! Whether it be for restaurants or nightclubs, we have you covered! We can book and hold any reservation for you.
‘Jul’s’ is Jennifer’s favourite spot! It is a fine dining restaurant with a no limit cuisine. They use high quality ingredients from all around the world to create organic, local and gourmet dishes, but with a Greek twist. Jul’s is an authentic multifaceted place that offers a unique experience every time you step in. Places like this speak for themselves.
Jennifer rated it as ‘out of this world!’, so do not miss it out!
‘IT’, high end Mediterranean cuisine and contemporary interiors with good music, located in the Marina, with breath-taking views to the old town of Ibiza. ‘IT’ is an enchanting, perfect setting for watching the boats come in after sunset and hang out with friends. The food is delicious and the service impeccable.
‘Shu’ is a nice local Italian spot located on Talamanca Beach, a great option if you are staying at ‘Nobu Hotel’, and fancy a different scenery for lunch, just a short 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
‘Nobu’ is a gorgeous place that never disappoints! The new-style Japanese cuisine restaurant offers Savour Nobu Matsuhisa's signature Japanese dishes, such as Tiradito, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Black Cod Miso.
You can lounge by the pool, at the sushi bar, dining room or bar lounge. The location is extremely chic. On that particular evening, it was very busy, Jennifer loved it and she also spotted one of the world's most famous supermodel, Kate Moss, having dinner there too!
‘Casa Maca’ is a 300-year-old former farmhouse that has been lovingly restored with respect to its architectural heritage, and transformed into an intimate, rural hotel located in the peaceful hills.
Jennifer said: ‘total must eat and visit place for Ibiza!’ and we trust her because it is one of our favourites too!
‘Rebrots’ is located in Portinatx, in the north of the Island. The beach, although public and crowded, was such a great little alcove and the water was so placid and clear. Jennifer absolutely loved having lunch there too. It is a very creative cuisine and the quality is excellent. We suggest both the spot and the restaurant to our most explorer clients, since it is not high class, but still, very good and interesting.
‘La Torre’ is an amazing hotel and restaurant located in a privileged area in the countryside of San Antonio, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. A place to relax and enjoy one of the most magic sunsets of the world, a place to daydream!
‘A Mi Manera’ is set to become a haven of relaxation immersed in nature offering a unique vibe and an exquisite cuisine thanks to the internationally acclaimed restaurant creative director Manu Crotti. The lovely garden setting made Jennifer feel at home.
‘Amante’ is another great restaurant Jennifer would like to point out. Set in a stunning, romantic cove, it is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a luxurious beach setting. Perched on a cliff, the restaurant is surrounded by dramatic rocks and lush greenery. These provide an idyllic backdrop for long daytime lunches and fine dining in the evening breeze.
Enjoy the convenience of having experts and services come directly to you, in the comfort of your own villa or outside while on holiday! Here are the ones Jennifer tried out.
Personal gym instructor and swim lessons were not missed! In regards to the latter, we offer a really great and gentle swimming instructor called Ruth - she taught Georgia, Filippo’s daughter, how to dive this summer! And gave regular swimming lessons to both Lily rose and Georgia. Ruth can come directly to your villa so you know your kids are in a safe environment while they build their motor skills and learn how to bob about in the water until they become independent swimmers.
So, if you are on holiday at your private villa, consider booking a 30 or 45-minute session of one to one teaching. This is definitely the best sport any child could learn.
‘Fun Club’ is the perfect place for your kids, where they can experience a truly multinational atmosphere by playing with kids from all around the world. A full 5hrs of packed fun with beach games and of course jumping in the sea! The lovely teacher Leon is just brilliant with kids and he can also collect your children for private clubs and take them out and play games all day!
Jennifer took some time out for herself and experienced the wellness life that Ibiza is known for with a Pilates session. A professional exercise trainer can come directly to you at your villa or perhaps to a nearby beach for some in-situ training. This is a great sport to practice during the week, Pilates gives you a great posture and you feel fresh and energised and fit during your holiday!
Ibiza opens its doors to golf lovers too and to all those visitors who want to begin in this exciting sport. Filippo took Jennifer and Luca for a 2hrs golf lesson with a private instructor. They really enjoyed their time and loved the personal instructor!
‘Las Dalias’ night market, one of Ibiza’s living legends, is a 65 years old market that started off as a bar at the side of the road with a dance floor and ended up being a multifaceted lively space at any time of the year!
Jennifer loved the market, and found cool and handmade clothes, designed by designers from around the world, along with artisan creations and gifts. Of course, the market is not only about one of a kind items, but it also hosts a fantastic restaurant hidden in the garden in the heart of the market, decorated in a bohemian style of ribbons, twinkle lights and greenery, the setting is rustic, with stand-out service for a market.
Jennifer was blown away by the waiter’s attentiveness, especially to Lily Rose and Georgia. The restaurant offers a unique Mediterranean influence by cultures close to the world of Las Dalias, India, Thailand and Morocco merged into one cuisine.
Meditation is extremely beneficial for our mind, body and spirit. It helps us to relax and releases negative energy. Jennifer decided to experience the so-called ‘crystal meditation and sound healing’ while on holiday, guided by a Sound Healing Master in a secret, breathtakingly spot in nature. Sound meditation with crystal bowls and gongs helps you reach a state of pure awareness connected you’re your higher self.
According to Jennifer, the experience was good… the amazing view and the setting made you feel the real soul of the Island. Being able to meditate surrounded by nature rather than closed in is something very special. The Sound healing master’s gentle words guided the private group of friends for about 1.30hr.
If you’re looking for peaceful, calming and totally relaxing treatments to soothe away tensions and stresses of everyday life, or simply to take a break from the party scene of such a lively Island as Ibiza, we suggest a massage at your villa. Jennifer had the chance to book a 1hr massage... the girls were extremely professional and lovely. They brought the beds and Jennifer chose to experience her massage outside within the villa surrounding, against the cool breeze.
The best time to book is definitely in the morning, after the long night partying! Alternatively, you can book late in the evening and sleep brilliantly after. This is such a wonderful gift you can give to yourself whilst on holiday!
If you would like to read more about Jennifer’s trips over these special summer months take a look here: Road Trip to Cinque Terre
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