Ibiza, is conveniently close to London and less than 2 hours away on a plane. In fact, it takes me longer to get to West Yorkshire where my parents are. A friend and I were craving sunshine so we threw caution to the wind (and rainy London at the time) and booked two nights away to Ibiza to get some speedy sun.
As sort of regulars on the White Isle and people who favour sunshine and daytime drinking over raves we knew just how to make the most of this speedy getaway and stay well away from the temptations of the party scene.
Here’s how you can too:
First call, do some research at home or get some help (it’s worth it to maximise your fun time). We enlisted the help of self proclaimed “manager of expectations” Serena Cook’s, Deliciously Sorted who have 18 years of experience in the luxury sector. The company offers guidance and insider knowledge which is essential for whatever you are looking for your trip on the island. Because we were only there for two nights we wanted to make the most of it, we knew Ibiza well enough but a little assistance never hurts, so we sought some advice for the best places to dine, lounge and paddle-board. Plus, as Conde Nast Travellers top travel specialists we wanted to know what the current the best hot spots were.
Secondly, get good flight times. We flew with BA and caught an early flight in the morning so we were lazing by the pool by 11am. Location is key to ensure you make the most of your time away. We wanted to be able to enjoy sufficient chill time.
We stayed at the lovely OD Talamanca, which is a five star boutique hotel located at Talamanca Bay conveniently located only 15 minutes from the airport and close to some of our favourite lunch and hangout places. Plus, Ibiza Town is only a scenic 15 minutes walk away. The staff at our hotel were super helpful and went out their way to assist any questions we had on things to do. Added bonus we had a lovely rooftop which was a great addition and so we had dinner with a view there on the first night plus they had LP champagne another win. My friend is coeliac so we were especially impressed with the quality and substitutes that were designed to suit her diet.
Another tip, mix it up, local fun and maybe something a little further afield so you don’t get cabin fever. Unlikely, though if you are only there for two nights as we were, still it’s nice to see as much as possible without over doing it!
We made sure our hotel was near places we loved and high on list of things we love is Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay which was a 5 minute stroll from us and home to not one but two of our favourite restaurants. Delicious Japanese restaurant Nobu and a new favourite, Chambao which specialises in Seafood and Balearic cuisine. There’s so much to love about this new find for us, the food is divine, the avocado salad is one of the best salads we’ve had, the prawns are an absolute must and the paella is a treat – though very filling so you may need to lie down after but it’s worth it. Fortunately, we booked this on our last day so we could casually while away our remaining few hours on this epic island and leave it in style dining on glorious food and sipping delicious cocktails and champagne.
If you just want to chill, Nobu Hotel, Ibiza Bay has some fab Bali beds which are good for up to 3 people and are like gold dust but if you are lucky you can book in advance for 300 euros. Included in the price is water, a bottle of champagne, fruit platter and service to you beds all day.
Other things you have to do is go to Amante Ibiza, situated at Sol Den Serra beach in Santa Eulalia but, be warned beds are hard to come by, we spent a lovely afternoon in the sunshine, eating, drinking, reading. This was also where we organised our Paddle-board session with Luke whose business Paddle Ibiza it is. He’s pretty flexible so can come to you or advise on sessions local to where you are. Such fun and something we cannot recommend enough. We actually met Luke last year so he was a pleasant surprise when Deliciously Sorted suggested him for our Paddle-board session.
For something to do early evening, Las Dalias hippy market is great for shopping and people watching. There’s a lovely falafel place upstairs which claims to be the best and if like us you’ve tried it, I’d say they are probably right.
We stumbled upon Patchwork which wasn’t too far from our hotel. A quirky rooftop restaurant and bar, that also happens to be the island’s first and only Lebanese restaurant which could explain the inspiration behind the eclectic décor. Sadly, we didn’t try the cuisine as we had dinner booked elsewhere but we did enjoy Ruinart champagne by the glass which we love, so we’ll definitely go back next time and try the food too.
One of the best places for sunset dinners is La Torre, which is located near San Antonio which was quite a distance from us about 40 mins in a cab but totally worth it for the food and views. If you are looking to continue the party after dinner, the famous, multi award winning Pikes Hotel is only a short cab ride away and you are guaranteed a crazy fun night.
Flights from British Airways are around £300 return from London City Airport depending on when you book
Standard room rates at OD Talamanca range from 270€ (approx. £233) to 420€ (approx. £362) per night, depending on the time of booking. Rates include wifi, breakfast and soft drinks in the minibar (first refill), service charges and VAT. For room upgrade and Smart car access, rates start from 310€ (approx. £300) per night
Deliciously Sorted VIP concierge packages start from €1500, individual services are also available. For more information visit or call +34 971 197 867