The Fashion Mumblr Guide to Ibiza – Part One
Darlings I thought optimistically that I’d be able to do one giant blog post on our recent trip to Ibiza, but after realising just how many fabulous places I need to tell you about, and editing down my number of photos that just have to be shared from over 2000, to 180, I realised that one bumper blog post just wasn’t going to be enough.
Ibiza is quite possibly my favourite holiday destination within Europe, and with so many of you asking for a ‘guide’ to Ibiza, I thought I’d turn my tips into a mini series, so this week on the blog there will be four Ibiza blog posts, one for each day of our trip.
Kicking off today with part one, I’ll be sharing the best part of the island to stay, as well as some general tips – and some notes on the beautiful markets of the island.
Ibiza is a short flight from the UK, we flew from Gatwick with EasyJet and it was just under two hours, and pretty affordable too. We decided to rent a car (and this turned out to be one of the best decisions we’d made!) and on the spur of the moment upon collection our vehicle in Ibiza airport, decided to upgrade to a convertible – another great decision! Of course they drive on the other side of the road to here in the UK, but it took just a few minutes to get used to this, but driving an automatic really helped; as we didn’t need to worry about changing gear etc. Google maps worked perfectly too, so getting ourselves around the island was both easy and enjoyable. We had a VW Beetle for our time on the island, it cost us around €200 for the duration of the trip, but probably saved us triple this amount in taxi costs! The island is quite large, but easy to navigate, and if you want a relaxed, sophisticated trip, you’ll probably only be wanting to visit towns within the North and North East of the Island. The West coast is the party area, which I loved when I was 18, but now I stay far away from!
Where to Stay
Choosing your hotel in Ibiza is a hugely important decision – and there is such a huge selection of accommodation to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. This year, we stayed at Aguas de Ibiza, a boutique five star hotel which we knew would be a wonderful base for our trip, as it came recommended by the Small Luxury Hotels group. I’ve stayed at many Small Luxury Hotel properties in the past and have never been disappointed; they carefully select the highest quality, luxury, yet small hotels and only work with the best of the best, so you can book your stay confident in the quality of your upcoming accommodation.
The hotel is located in a beautiful town called Santa Eulalia, it took about 25 minutes to drive there from the airport, and the town itself has an authentic local feel, but caters to tourists too with restaurant and store owners speaking good English, and there is a bustling port where you can travel to other parts of the island or the nearby beautiful island of Formantera for very affordable prices. The friendly atmosphere of the local town makes for a wonderful base for even a short trip to Ibiza, and we were pleased to discover that all the other places that we had earmarked to visit were no more than a pleasant 20 minute drive away either.
The grand, modern and stylish lobby of the Aguas de Ibiza hotel instantly wowed us – and upon arriving we made a beeline for the Oligo restaurant for a late breakfast, where each morning you can enjoy a fabulous buffet selection as well as a selection from the menu which included the usual favourites, as well as healthy options such as Acai Bowls and Matcha Lattes. All options, I can confirm, were scrumptious!
Our room was spacious, modern and had a wonderful view of the port and the pool area – we even had a bath tub on our lovely balcony! With various options for our pillow (softness) and mood lighting – there were plenty of luxury touches to the simple and sophisticated room.
What I Wore
Where to Visit
When I visited Ibiza last year, I stayed in San Juan, and absolutely fell in love with the authentic charm of the in-land village. I remembered how each Sunday there was a ‘Hippy Market’ which meant that local craftsmen and artists set up stalls within the winding streets, and performed throughout the day. As we arrived on a Sunday, after a fabulous brunch at the hotel, we drove to San Juan to enjoy the weekly festivities – winding our way through the stalls, admiring the energetic band and enjoying the yoga performers practising on the streets.
Peckish from our wonderings, we managed to get a table in the gardens of The Giri Cafe (the cafe belonging to The Giri Residence, where I stayed last year) and enjoyed iced coffees and delicious tapas before making our way back to the hotel.
More on our trip to Ibiza coming tomorrow so stay tuned, and in the meantime, head over to my YouTube to watch our vlog from the trip here!
The photos in this post were edited with my Valencia Preset