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Harriet’s Balearic Adventure

OK, so I know you’ve all been dying to hear, and apologise for the late post but it has taken me a couple of weeks to get my head back into reality and stop myself looking at flights (preferably one way) back to Ibiza! What I must start by saying is, any of your Ibiza virgins out there – you MUST go, and I mean must! Seriously, if you book your flight now you could be there in time for next years opening parties!

Beach lovin

Beach lovin

I have had possibly the best time that I’ve ever had on a holiday and I have never come back to the UK having felt such a connection with the place I’ve visited. In fact, I plan to go twice next year, just because I felt like one was not quite enough.

I mean, it isn’t cheap out, 60 euro club entry, 15 euro a beer in one of the big clubs! 10 euro for a sunbed in the day, 12 euro a cocktail which all adds up, but the atmosphere when you are lying on your sunbed, cocktail in hand, listening to some chilled house music whilst tanned young ladies strut the beach like catwalk model’s, showing off their gorgeous clothing lines, its heaven. The sea is such a calm and healing place, when you’ve had a hard night partying the night before, it can really help give you the rejuvenation you need for the next night ahead of you.

Smile!

Smile!

Another thing that got me through the constant partying was a little gem of a cafe that we found in Playa D’en Bossa called Passion Cafe. It is a Raw, health food and juice bar and the menu is just divine. From quinoa, broccoli and feta salads, chicken, pesto and goats cheese wraps for lunch, or the delicious breakfasts served up until 2pm (Ibiza breakfast time :P) including salmon and avocado bagels, plus my personal favourite – goats cheese, pesto, grilled mushrooms with spinach on rustic bread. It also helped that they played the most lush of deep house tunes and the place was filled with cute and funny décor, plus motivational sayings all across the cafe! This place was truly a lifesaver when it came to ridding of the hangover from the night before – and the detoxifying juices weren’t too bad either!

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Playa D’en Bossa, which is home to the famous hotel and club Ushuaïa, iconic club Space and Bora Bora beach, to name a few, is a lively strip and can really get you in the mood for a night out in some of Ibiza’s most prolific night clubs.

We spent most of our days at the top of Bora Bora beach, in Carl Cox’s beach bar, called Sands Ibiza. The atmosphere was chilled and liberating, the cocktails even better. I discovered one of the loveliest DJs there called Paul Lomax, his set’s were just perfect to listen to whilst looking out onto the gorgeous landscape – you must check him out!

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We also had some absolute lush day trips out to the beaches of Ibiza – we booked a hire car and off we went! We visited two stunning beaches: Cala Llenya and Cala D’Hort. Around Cala D’Hort is one of the most magnetic points in the world and when you’re floating in the sea near by, everything in the world feels all well and good!

It was ace to see some of the areas outside of the party, party side of the Ibiza – I don’t think that people realise that Ibiza has some of the most beautiful places, they don’t see beyond the stereo type of San Antonia which seems to ruin the rep for the rest of the Island.  Ibiza Town is also such an amazing place, good restaurants, an array of interesting shops and stunning architecture.

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Now the part you’ve all been waiting for… the night life!

On our first night out in Ibiza, we went to an old hippy market in Sant Carles de Peralta called Las Dalias where we watched Nightmares on Wax play during their night called Wax Da Jam – bloody amazing and I even got to sing on the mic with them!

Night two saw ourselves on guest list for a night called Glitterbox, at a club called Booom, their moto says it all: ‘To throw a truly great party that ignores trends, fads and niche appeal in favour of focussing on the most important ingredient there is – the music – and that of course starts with the guys behind the decks.’ But more importantly, they know how to party! The place was full of glitter, colour, disco and club classics – possibly one of the funkiest venues in Ibiza!

 

1898113_10152521760007670_2284671377313613232_nWe were also so lucky to get guest list for a second time during our stay in Ibiza, this time for Pacha (friends in the right places and all that!).  Of course, you can’t go to Ibiza without going to a fabulous club like Pacha, the place oozed VIP. We went on the Sunday, to Solomun‘s night, where he has been resident there across the summer, the music was immense and the atmosphere was banging! They even have a fast food restaurant upstairs, so no more mid-club munchies to ruin your flow!!

Final highlight of the Ibiza nightlife, and possibly my favourite night of the holiday, was Monday night at DC10, Circo Loco. We were lucky enough to be there on the night that Carl Cox was celebrating his 600th  episode of Global as he played an exclusive 4 hour set – what an absolute privilege! He played along side other awesome underground techno DJ’s, including Tale of us, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers and many more. Now they call this place ‘the melting pot’ and they’re not wrong, this place is a no thrills club and focuses purely on the music, so be prepared to sweat it all out, all in the name of underground!

Now, you can’t go to Spain without a Paella, so our last night we decided to do the classy thing and go out for a fabulous final supper to round off our wonderful holiday. We were greeted with the freshest of salmon, monkfish and all manor of sea-fish alike, a wonderful, classy evening with a great crowd! We even bumped into the fit olympian, Louis Smith, which made me and Laura a little star struck and giddy!

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Needless to say, the happy-go-lucky lifestyle of Ibiza has really changed something in me, its such a sunny, feel-good atmosphere to be in, everybody just wants the same thing – to have the time of their life, to live in the moment and forget about work and life back home, even if just for a few short days. So, go on, when you’re thinking of where to go for your 2015 holiday, give Ibiza a look-in- you won’t be disappointed!   

Hx

 

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2 comments on “Harriet’s Balearic Adventure

  1. Ben Allsopp
    October 8, 2014

    I loved reading this! Made me smile, I am CRAZY for this Paul Lomax mix, it is epic!

    Proud to call you a close friend

    Xx

    • harri_may
      October 9, 2014

      Thanks Benny! And I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Paul Lomax mix!

      Ibiza next year then? 😉

      Xx

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