If I said to you I was planning a trip to Ibiza, what would your immediate reaction be?
I know when I told my mum that we were going to Ibiza for a week, she immediately said “But I’m too old for partying”, however, I assured her that there was much more to do than just partying. The majority will always come to the conclusion that Ibiza is a party destination and people only go there for the clubs, the parties, the music, the drinking and yes, it is still the number one place for all of that, but there are also parts of Ibiza that can fulfil the needs for chilled and relaxed holiday too. I guess, that is exactly how I wanted our trip to pan out, I wanted to experience the hustle and bustle of the famous San Antonio area and I also wanted to get a tan by the pool, sit back and just relax. So here’s the lowdown of our trip, from where we stayed to what we got up to and hopefully this will give anyone a better insight in to why Ibiza is for everyone.
Where we stayed
As much as all the fuss over San Antonio lured me in, we opted to stay just out of the way, in San Antonio Bay which was about a 10-15 minute cab ride away. The bay offers a quieter environment with a whole stretch beaches as well as shops, restaurants and bars. From the bay, if you can’t get a regular taxi (from 7pm onwards, it’s super hard to get a cab), you can also get the water taxi in to main San Antonio town which is about a 15 minute journey and costs around 3-4 euros per person. The bay is also super lovely if you fancy just a chilled evening, watching the sunset with a cocktail and generally have a more relaxed night.
What we did
We actually spent four out of the seven days by the pool lapping up the sun without a care in the world. To be honest, this was one of the main things to do on holiday, just chill and relax with a couple of nice beverages. For the other days, we ventured out in to main San Antonio town and spent the day by the beach which despite the month we went, it was never seemed to be full which was lovely. The waters are shallow, warm and safe to swim in which made a ‘frightened of deep water mother’ very at ease. There are also many water sport facilities and boat trips to be caught to nearby beaches from the harbour, so it’s definitely something I’d recommend checking out. In the evenings, we walked along Sunset Strip for the amazing sunset views as well as dinner at Mint Lounge which is right next door to Ibiza heavyweight, Café Mambo. The atmosphere at this point is usually buzzing, people flocked from all directions to catch the sunset view and you just have to look at the picture to know what I’m talking about.
Mid-week, we popped in to Ocean Beach Ibiza for the day. Ocean Beach is a lavish pool party venue/hotel that deliver daily parties to suit everyone. We went for the Ibiza Sensations day and it was honestly such a good afternoon, even mum had a great time. We dined in the bar restaurant opting for plates of sushi washed down with cocktails, and then proceeded to have a splash in the pool. By late afternoon, early evening, the venue was busy and the atmosphere was still going strong. Mum and I had the best time at Ocean Beach and will definitely recommend it. I was also recommended to go to Ibiza Rocks too where Craig David was playing, I’d definitely love to go back to Ibiza one day, so that will be on the list.
On day four, we took a little boat trip round Formentera, which is just off the coast of Ibiza. Boasting beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters, this place is just so beautiful and a must-visit. We also sailed past the Old Town and Ibiza Castle which looked epic from a distant and actually reminded me of Oia, Santorini. I’d definitely try to visit next time by foot, just to discover a bit more
The rest of our stay was spent at the pool and in San Antonio Bay town which made the perfect end to the trip. When we got back, I asked mum what she thought of Ibiza and she said she was really surprised at how much more there was to do, she totally changed her view on the Ibiza as a whole.
Have you been to Ibiza before? If yes, what did you think?
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