THE ROOTED GUIDE TO IBIZA
As you might have seen in the September newsletter, I had the pleasure of sunning it up on the magical island of Ibiza for a half-work and half-play trip, which resulted in a rewarding and relaxing few weeks. I wanted to share some of the best bits of my travels, and in the true ROOTED style, my guide to the white isle takes you through all five senses. ENJOY!
Organic delights galore at the San Juan Sunday market. I sampled the most delicious raw granola and could have happily bought the entire contents of most stalls.
The sea is my soul place, so naturally, it smells pretty sensational. I love the salty, crisp scent of the sea. My favourite beaches in Ibiza are Portinax, Benirras, Talamanca and Selinas. If you have enough time, island hopping to Formentera is well worth it for the sandy beaches and luxurious beaches.
There’s nothing like clean, fresh, air to help you breathe. Meditating on holiday comes so easily - perhaps it’s partly due to being away from the everyday stresses and distractions. Es Vedra is said to be the third most magnetic spot on the planet, after the north pole and Bermuda Triangle, so you can imagine it makes a pretty special spot for some internal magic to happen. Find a quiet place in the west coast of the island where you can catch sight of the gigantic limestone rock, and get in the zen zone.
Aqua Oleum Citronella Floral Water is always in my bag on holiday, the ultimate multitasker keeps those pesky mosquitos at bay, lightly cleanses my yoga mat after practice and works as a refreshing face mist and daily toner.
I'm a big advocate of massage. I was too busy on the retreat to get a massage from the amazing in-house masseuse Veronika, so after a week of cooking and standing with bump, the pregnancy massage at Ibiza Retreats was JUST the antidote. Ibiza Retreats do the most soulful group retreats from March to November, which can be booked online here. Set in carefully hand-picked locations across the island, they have an extensive selection of beautiful properties surrounded by nature and stillness. In addition to their ongoing group calendar, there is the option to create your own tailor-made retreat package. This is the place to trust for ultimate luxury wellness in Ibiza.
No trip to the Ibiza is complete without a dinner al fresco at La Paloma, my favourite restaurant in the world. Ask for the a table in the garden and order the baked aubergine every time. Founded in 2004, the family business has an Italian heritage, so the menu is naturally Italian-inspired, with Spanish and Ibizan influences using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
Another favourite place for a romantic dinner is Amante. Beautiful sea views, delicious cocktails (alcohol-free ones too!) and a Mediterranean menu, it's pretty hard to beat. Or, opt for a daytime visit and get the yoga and brunch package for 30 euros. If you are looking for a bit of luxury, rent a day bed to relax and recharge on the beach before dinner.
For a nutritious and delicious breakfast or weekend brunch, my go-to is Passion Cafe. Its convenient multiple locations mean you can visit a branch no matter where you’re staying. They have an amazing selection of fresh juices and smoothies. Their flat breads and salad bowls come in huge portions and the halloumi fries are a must.
Giri Cafe up in San Juan is well worth the drive if you’re staying elsewhere, as you can spend a whole afternoon in their luscious garden. Again, seasonal, fresh, healthy fare in a typically relaxed Ibizan environment. You can even spend the night at The Giri Residence.
Wild Beets in Santa Gertrudis is probably the best vegan eatery on the island. My dream meal here was a smoothie and the raw pancakes.
Fish Shack on Talamanca beach is one for the seafood lovers out there. Perfect spot for lunch or to enjoy the sunset with great service. There’s no website but it is easy to find.
The sunset. I’d advise picking a new spot each night for maximum pleasure but if you just manage to catch one, let it be at Sunset Ashram, famous for its breathtaking views and incredible live music. Experimental Beach Club is another one with the clue in its name; go for a cocktail and enjoy the view.
For a hit of peak Millennial baby pink, palm trees and inflatable doughnuts, head to the bar at Tropicana Suites. The pool tunes are seriously on point. Their new art-deco hotel Paradiso opens in 2018 and looks even more like a David Hockney painting than this one.
Ibiza Town is pretty breathtaking. Walk around Dalt Vila (the old town) and enjoy the views from the top overlooking the entire island. Take your pick from a plethora of restaurants, favoured by locals living in the area. The best shopping is here too - head to Plaça de la Constitucio on Saturdays for the Mercat Vell (old market) selling street food and local delicacies, then walk to Carrer de Sa Carrossa; a pretty square full of cafes, bars and shops.
For more sunsets and live music, don’t miss the famous Sun Dance at Benirrás beach on Sunday evenings. Expect a crowd - go early, get a good spot to enjoy the hippy drumming ritual as the sun goes down. Grab an early dinner beforehand at Elements.
For a transformative gong or sound bath, head to La Galerie Elefante where sound healer Jody works her magic - it’s close to Wild Beets.
This was a restorative and relaxing trip for me this year, so I skipped the club scene, but DC10 is by far my favourite place to dance all night long on the island.