So, as I sit here back in the UK with the rain hammering down, what better tonic than to write the next installment of my Ibiza diaries. A bit later than planned, but better late than never. Aside from the photo shoot I did for my Life Coach whilst I was there, we did some more exploring of the white isle, with my camera in tow. Here are the highlights:
Well, you cannot go to Ibiza and not participate in a bit of boogying. Especially when your visit coincides with the 10th Anniversary International Music Summit. The summit is “an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide”. It’s presented by none other than Pete Tong and is a great excuse for a party….or 2! First stop, a pre-party at The Ninth – the roof top sky lounge at Hard Rock Hotel with incredible views over Playa d’en Bossa – which conveniently fell on the day of our 8th wedding anniversary. And what better way to celebrate. They must’ve known I was going as there was even free food! Plus we had the privilege of partying to sets by Sasha & Pete Tong so I elbowed my way to the front with my camera to get a good view and managed to get one good shot below of Pete Tong which I was rather proud of. Sadly my Sasha ones weren’t so successful.
Then 3 days later we were partying in the ground of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town. A stage had been set up with Dalt Vila providing an amazing backdrop on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. The sky was blue, the 6 Euro cups of beer were flowing and the DJs were out in full force with back to back sets from B.Traits (#hairgoals), Pete Tong, The Martinez Brothers and Masters at Work, to name just a few. I managed to get a few photos of the occasion too, that was before getting high on second hand smoke from all the Pot Heads! And we travelled in style to and from the event via the water taxi from Marina Botafoch where I managed to take the title photo to this post on the way out, and the by-night shot on the way back. If you look closely, you can even spot the IMS stage in both of the photos.
There are so many places with amaze food that it’s difficult to know where to start! So I’ll start on our doorstep, in Siesta, Santa Eulalia where our little abode is situated. Within a 5 minute walk from our place is an incredible gem of an Italian restaurant – Seventeen. No visit to our Ibiza residence is complete without a visit here. The service is fantastic and the food is stunning. Mr W is a little in love with the pizza bread that comes out to start (which I promptly smother in Aioli and wash down with my favourite Elderflower Spritz cocktail. Nom!). And then it’s always a toss up between the National Beef Fillet in red wine or the lasagne. Both equally de-lish! My tummy is actually rumbling at the thought! And as if that wasn’t enough, they have their very own cocktail bar – LC Cocktail Bar – and even produce their very own, very tasty Limoncello. I may have to do a separate review on the cocktails and cocktail bar another day (any excuse!).
And as well as Seventeen, I’ve included a bonus place to check out – Juicy Dreams near to Santa Eulalia’s marina. We discovered this Instagram-worthy cafe back last September and I vowed to go back with my camera to take photos of the super pretty interior – the floor tiles are the stuff dreams are made of! So off we went and we had the added pleasure of meeting the new owners too. We tried out the milkshakes (which we drank before I had chance to take a photo!) but will definitely be back to try the food so watch this space on that one 🙂
And of course no visit to Ibiza is complete without a fantastic sunset. We saw a few during our stay, but this one comes from the landmark Time & Space, a contemporary art sculpture commissioned by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers, situated above the tiny bay of Cala Lentia. It’s basically Ibiza’s answer to Stonehenge and is in front of Guy Laliberte’s Ibizan home (complete with armed guard patrolling the perimeter!). It is made up of 13 monoliths, the highest is over 20 metres and adorned with 23 carat gold to reflect the sun. Guy actually received a record breaking fine for building it without permission. Norty! There is also a set of apparently “magic” doors nearby which are really pretty and offer a fabulous frame for Es Vedra that you can see peeping in the distance. All in all, a fab spot to watch the sunset.
So that was May. And I am already planning and dreaming of our next visit this month so watch this space for installment number 3 which will probably include less partying and more eating 🙂
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