HAVE DINNER IN A SECRET GARDEN
Okay, it’s not that secret, but La Paloma’s twinkling, bougainvillea-filled garden is my all-time favourite place to have dinner in Ibiza. The most delicious Italian food (don’t miss the eggplant parmigiana and anything and everything pasta) is scrawled daily onto a blackboard and there’s also the loveliest little boutique stuffed full of brightly coloured kaftans, gold jewellery and throws. They also do gluten-free pasta and vegan goodness bowls if that’s your thing. Throw in a great cocktail list and you can’t fail to fall in love with La Paloma.
TAKE TO THE OPEN SEAS
La Bella Verde is a fleet of entirely electric catamarans you can hire for a day out on Ibiza’s surrounding turquoise seas. The distinctive green boats are entirely solar-powered, so have zero emissions, and come fully stocked with soft drinks, wine, beer, freshly cut watermelon and maybe even a guitar-strumming skipper if you’re lucky. Get a group together, plug in your music and set sail to Formentera or the pistachio-coloured waters of S’Espalmador. The packages are flexible, with a variety of boats and routes available – you can’t fail to have an amazing day out on the water.
A PAELLA FEAST ON FORMENTERA
Don’t miss checking out Ibiza’s little sister Formentera and stopping for a long, languid lunch at Beso Beach. This place has a real buzz about it all season and descends into a party once the paella has been digested. Talking of paella, they have a whole page of varieties (including veggie if you’re not into the classic seafood), as well some seriously tempting rosés.
GRAB A VEGAN BRUNCH IN SANTA GERTRUDIS
We always base ourselves near the small town of Santa Gertrudis and I often pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I love a healthy vegan brunch at Wild Beets (usually to make up for the night before!), a long lazy lunch at B+ cafe in the main square, and the sushi and cocktails at Gitano are delicious.
EXPERIENCE FARM-TO-TABLE LIVING AT LA GRANJA
On my most recent trip to Ibiza I stayed at the stunning La Granja. Nestled in the countryside, not far from Santa Gertrudis, this working organic farm operates around its farm-to-table ethos with the vast majority of the hotel’s delicious food grown on site. Don’t miss the vegan Nutella at breakfast! But it’s not all substance and no style: La Granja is a lesson in laidback modern Ibizan design, with natural linens and rustic carpentry everywhere you look and delicious cocktails served poolside on the grey sun loungers. My room came complete with an outdoor shower, private roof terrace and roll-top bath. Heaven! If you can’t do a stay there, it’s definitely worth trying for a long lunch or dinner.
SUNBATHE ON THE ROCKS OF CALA SALADA
This beautiful bay is divided into two halves, with warm, red rocks you can can clamber over to set up camp with a towel and book. The water is so shallow and clear, but I can imagine it gets super-busy on weekends in high season so maybe stick to quieter days. A walk round the bay on the headland offers some of the best views over the bay and great photo ops of that turquoise water.
SMELL LIKE A HOLIDAY
I love how a scent can take you right back to a trip, and this time it will definitely be my Caudalie Suncare Oil that transports me back to salty days in Ibiza. Every time I spritzed it on I got so many compliments! Suncream is a classic holiday smell, but this one is especially delicious. I like an oil with SPF30 or higher, but it comes in a cream too. I think it’s the frangipani in it that smells so good, plus it’s free from nasties such as parabens, alcohol and silicones.
DRESS LIKE A WALKING MARGARITA
My favourite colours for this summer are lime, tangerine and lemon, and I’m not adverse to wearing them all at once. I feel like Ibiza really brings out the print-loving, colour-clashing exhibitionist in everyone and I loved wearing this bright duo over there recently while on a press trip with one of my all-time favourite holiday brands, Faithfull the Brand. I love the 90s starlet feel of the green gingham set teamed with the OTT orange sunglasses.
SWIMMING AND SEAFOOD AT CALA XUCLAR
This tiny little beach really does feel like a bit of a secret and what it lacks in size, it makes up for with one of the best fish restaurants on the island. You can’t book in advance, so get down there with plenty of time and it’s cash only, so swing by an ATM before making the pilgrimage. Once you’ve got your name down for a table, have a swim in the crystal waters and sunbathe on the surrounding hot rocks before tucking into prawns dripping in chilli and garlic, and calamari that melts like butter in your mouth. This place feels so special and pretty much sums up why I love Ibiza.
DON’T DRY UP
I love swimming in the sea and never feel fully refreshed unless I’ve dunked my head under. Sadly my hair doesn’t love the salty sea as much as I do and tends to turn to straw after just one day in the sun and water. I’ve been using Kérastase Length Strengthening Shampoo and Deep Conditioner and have found they help massively and turn my bird’s nest into something altogether smoother. I also live in bucket hats and straw fedoras to stop my colour going too light or brassy in the sun.
GET DOWN WITH THE BONGO PLAYERS AT BENIRRAS
My favourite beach in Ibiza, I adore Benirrás beach, tucked right up on the rugged northern coast. The sand is slightly darker than the south of the island, but the vibe is 100 times more relaxed. Old fishermen’s huts nestle round the sheltered cove, while local bongo players famously head down to Benirrás at sunset to serenade the end of the day. No white daybeds here; instead there’s Elements restaurant for a laidback lunch on the deck, or if you’re feeling really chilled, there’s a low-key pizza and sandwich joint next door. I love this beach with my boyfriend or with a group of friends, but it’s a really family-friendly spot too with perfectly placid water and no throbbing music to contend with. Quite often there’s a hippy market in the car park next to Elements and plenty of places for an afternoon ice-cream.
GO BACK IN TIME
Ibiza Old Town is a real gem for wandering around and grabbing dinner one night. With beautiful old cobbled streets and countless spots for a sunny Aperol spritz, I love spending an evening in town when you’re in the mood to escape the beach. It almost reminds me of Lisbon or Seville in places, with its yellow and terracotta walls and winding streets. La Oliva is a really popular Italian spot for dinner (can you tell I like pasta?); just make sure you put your name down early for a table.
EMBRACE DAD SANDALS
The return of the beyond-comfy Teva-style sandal is right up my street and suddenly I’m wondering what I wore before. To me, they perfectly balance out dressier looks and make pieces like silk slips or mini spaghetti-strap dresses more wearable and casual. Arizona Love’s bandana-wrapped styles feel that bit more fun, especially when layered up with beaded and shell anklets picked up from Ibiza markets. When I’m not wearing polarising sandals, I love Nomadic State of Mind rope sandals for a day on the beach. Surprisingly hardy and great for rocky beach roads.
I’m a huge lover of my 35mm camera, and also in Ibiza recently we were all given disposable cameras to play around with. It’s so fun to take pictures and be creative without being on your phone. Doing what I do, I’m inevitably always capturing content and it can ironically end up being hardest to switch off while I’m away. Shooting on film rather than endlessly snapping away on a phone or digital camera has really helped me enjoy the process of capturing where I am. So stay in the moment and take some disposables with you next time – I can’t recommend it enough. Plus, the pictures beat any filter.
GOLDEN HOUR AT SUNSET ASHRAM
One of my favourite places for sundowners, this spot is definitely a scene and has some of the best people-watching, alongside sunset swims, cocktails, food and music. The beach below is perfect for a glittering evening dip between courses as the crowds start to wind their way home. Given the whole place is made out of rose-coloured terracotta, it reflects that golden-hour light in such a magical way.
The very first time I went to Ibiza, I fell under its spell. The beaches, the food and the barefoot bohemia of the place just scream summer to me. I’ve only ever stayed towards the north of the island and love the more rugged beaches, pretty towns and tucked-away lunch shacks that are on offer around this part of the coast. You can dip your toe into the day clubs and party scene of the south if you fancy it, but then you feel a million miles away the next day. To me, Ibiza has it all and I’ve had every type of trip there, from hedonistic weeks with friends to coupled-up weekends with a boyfriend and unwinding escapes with girls doing very little aside from sunbathing and drinking wine. These are my favourite spots I love returning to again and again when I’m lucky enough to make it back to the White Isle.
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