Discovering Ibiza’s tranquil charms

Beautiful Ibiza has some stunning views

Beautiful Ibiza has some stunning views

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Now I know what you’re all thinking. Ibiza is an 18-30s hedonistic hot-spot.

Well, believe it or not, this famous white island is also packed with lots of hidden treasures to help you relax.

My friend and I flew from Bournemouth and the flight takes under two hours, which means you can leave early in the morning and find yourself propped up on a sun lounger by mid-afternoon.

We stayed in Playa d’en Bossa at the Hotel Algarb, just a stone’s throw from the airport.

Personally, I quite like the sound of planes heading over the beach, it reminds me I’m on holiday. But if you would prefer the quieter life then head further out.

After a few days of not moving from the beach we went exploring.

Our first stop was taking part in a scooter tour run by company Cooltra, who operate throughout the Balearics.

Then we opted for a beach excursion. After an initial safety briefing we departed as passengers with our guides and visited Las Salinas Beach, Cala Vadell, where we were greeted by spectacular cliff top views of hidden beach coves. Later we went to Cal Comte – where the most famous residents are supermodels Elle MacPherson and Naomi Campbell.

Half way through our holiday we travelled to Santa Eulalia to a rural spa hotel retreat, Can Curreu. The journey took half-an-hour from our hotel for a reasonable 30 euros. A hidden oasis of pure tranquillity, we both enjoyed some serious pampering and were given access to the restaurant and gym. The surroundings were picturesque, with the citrus smell from the lemon trees and the horses that roamed in the background.

That evening we headed into Ibiza Town. By taxi it takes just 15 minutes and on local recommendation we dined at Bide Bide, a tapas restaurant full of locals.

You could be forgiven at first for feeling a little out of place. The menu remains un-translated and is 100 per cent authentic Spanish cuisine, yet the waitress made us feel incredibly welcome and we sampled many of the delicious dishes.

We also visited Aguamar Waterpark. This was within walking distance from our hotel (10 minutes) and is situated right next to Space nightclub so you cannot miss it.

The waterpark boasts a selection of slides and loungers for parents to cool off plus places to eat, drink and a locker room to store valuables. As a money-saving tip I’d recommend booking at home before you visit.

The day before we left, curiosity indeed got the better of us and we ventured into San Antonio.

We went to Café Del Mar (a must for all avid clubbers) and watched the sun go down.

After resisting the main centre of attraction clubs, Es Paradis and Eden, we braved it through Sunset Strip, had a few drinks (it would be rude not too) and happily headed back to the hotel.

So would I go again? I’m already booked up for September.

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Stacey booked her holiday through Travelbag – travelbag.co.uk

She flew with Ryanair at Bournemouth Airport – bournemouthairport.co.uk and the flights cost £133.51pp.
Stacey stayed at Hotel Algarb in Playa d’en Bossa for £216.49pp fully inclusive for one week (includes transfers).
Cooltra Scooter Tours cooltra.com offers seven hour tours from 75 euros but prices do vary. Price includes lunch.

Can Curreu cancurreu.com

Aguamar Waterpark costs £14 for adults but family tickets are available at a reduced cost (prices depend on packages).

Log on to the official tourist board for Ibiza ibiza.travel/en/

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