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hen it came to expanding our international collection of titles, where else could we look but to the White Isle of Ibiza. For the past few decades it has been a mecca for the

world’s most stylish travellers, hailed as not just a clubbing hotspot but now a globally recognised true eco and luxury destination.

We decided that there was no better a place to launch our 2nd international guide to explore and promote this new side of the island, after traveling to

the islands in 2016 and 2017 to research and hunt out the true hidden

gems. Having shot our front cover and fashion editorial, we were finally ready to release our findings in 2018.

Now in our second year and for 2019 we have sought to highlight selected businesses on the island that we feel are offering something truly special and unique; all leaders in luxury and style. We have cherry-picked for you the best in fashion, food, relaxation and wellbeing to provide you with

new experiences and ideas for your holiday or short break to this magical

island, along with some exceptional interviews with people that have grown and shaped the islands with their work and lives over the years. Enjoy.
















he 'White Island' has a well-earned reputation for being the ultimate party destination, with hedonistic tourists and serious music lovers flocking there every summer for decades. But amongst the throng of the party people, it's easy to overlook the history and culture soaked into the fabric of the island's buildings and beaches. Ibiza has a well kept secret; it is riddled with idyllic quiet corners, and in reality, as long as you avoid staying in Ibiza Town or San Antonio, you’ll succeed in escaping the madding crowds and finding your own calm and alluring slice of the island, discover the rich tapestry that is the island’s colourful history and find your own personal paradise. Travel back in time a handful of decades and Ibiza was a true escapist paradise. Wild, natural unspoilt and full of special magic. During the swinging sixties, hippies settled on the island that had already enjoyed decades of writers, painters, bohemians and other artists working and enjoying life on Eivissa. Hollywood stars came to escape and search for privacy and this Mediterranean island that shines with creativity eventually became an important music Mecca. The 'flower power' revolution bought with it a whole plethora of rock stars, lured by the friendly, open-minded, easy, laid-back vibe, unspoilt beauty and the sun which shines for 60% of the year. Ibiza was the island the place for those 'in the know'. When the tourism boom in the 1970s reached the white isle, cheaper travel came hand in hand, as well as newly built accommodation. With the influx of finance that tourism brought upon the isle, discos started to make their appearance. These define the history of recent times. Pacha quickly became the mecca of Ibiza nightlife when it opened in 1973. The end of the 70s brought Wham! to shoot 'Club Tropicana' and a whole new generation of young British holiday makers followed. To cater for all types of European taste, the soundtrack was wide and eclectic. The Balearic musical spirit was born. This wasn't missed a years later by visiting UK DJs Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold, Johnny Walker and Nicky Holloway who promptly took the attitude back to London. The early 90s saw this osmosis all come together. As European holiday makers came en masse, large clubs such as Amnesia and Ku Club easily filled to cater for this massive tourist industry.


The word and reputation of these 'super clubs' quickly spread attracting the fashionable, rich and famous to experience the magic of Ibiza's amazing nightlife. Change was in the air, however. Change that would see the face of tourism change forever. Increasing prices and government regulations mounting all led to shifts in the dynamic of the island and true party clubbers started venturing to such alternative destinations as Malta and Croatia. The legendary but now closed forever super club Space most definitely represented the old days of freewheeling' clubbing. The open roof, jets flying over to a screaming dancefloor, in parallel to a relaxed yet hedonistic vibe are scribed into history. However, the wild spirit of Ibiza ever continues. It has simply evolved with time. The parties may be smaller than the superclub, but they are every bit as hedonistic as the spirit of the 'wild days'.




Ibiza Journey


Ibiza is a safe and accepting place. Anyone, no matter their age can come and enjoy. Party people - young and old arrive in droves over the summer and are swept up in the party culture. The beaches are plentiful and cater for all. Some are quiet, some a constant daytime party soundtracking the day, even nudists have their open places. Of course, the beaches wouldn't be an experience without the beach restaurant. Today, with climate change being undeniable, tourism in Ibiza is evolving and has become redivide. Luxury travel now isn’t just about opulence and hedonism, it is the ability to explore the world, safe in the knowledge you are doing so in a sustainable and ethical fashion. Sustainable tourism management ensures visitors are able to respect the island’s environment and support local development. Eco-tourism plays a huge role on the island, with environmental concerns shaping and pathing the way into the future. On an island of such excess, everyone from club owners to hoteliers, shopkeepers, DJs and villa owners are looking at ways of adjusting their offering to allow for a more sustainable future. There is almost a state of urgency about it all, with innovative answers being sought to protect Mother Nature, the most important lady of the White Isle. We have already witnessed a push for greener public transport, improvements on waste management, especially one-time-use plastics and an all important battle against oil explorations continues as ever. Many local environmental and tourist groups like Love Ibiza, Ibiza Limpia, and The Nature Project also sponsor beach clean-ups. Businesses, realising that the usual tourism spots are now bursting at the seems, have looked to set up off the beaten track, and so began the rise of Agrotourism. If we travelled back a decade, you would be pushed to find an agroturismos; an Italian word that refers to a working farm that rents out some of its rooms. Today, Ibiza has become world renowned for its huge influx of rustic yet luxurious traditional accommodation,

where guests can stay in field and woodland settings and feast upon local produce, safe in the knowledge their green credentials are sustained. Don’t be fooled into thinking that off the beaten track means remote. Ibiza is a small island at 20km by 50km and so the path less trodden is only ever a hop, skip and perhaps a taxi ride away from the infamous clubs, restaurants and beaches. The ultimate pull is that visitors to the new rustic establishments get the perfect blend of nature, peace, hedonism and wild antics that are synonymous with Ibiza. With the tourist season expanding to welcome visitors much earlier in the year and holding on to them way past the time the sun sets on the average holiday season, Ibiza is now a year round destination. March and October are becoming the new must-visit dates, with tourists lured over by reduced prices, less crowding and yet a perfect average forecast of 24-27C. Ibiza and the island’s visitors are ever-evolving. What hasn’t changed is Ibiza’s magical concoction of magnetic traits that promise her visitors hypnotic sunsets, beach scenes, crystal clear waters, and of course, parties from dusk to dawn.

Eco-tourism plays a huge role on the island, with environmental concerns shaping and pathing the way into the future. Everyone from club owners to hoteliers, shopkeepers, DJs and villa owners are looking at ways of adjusting their offering to allow for a more sustainable future. ” ABSOLUTE


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IBIZA, Naturally I

t is without doubt that Ibiza is one of the most famous cities in the Balearic Islands for its spectacular clubbing scene, foodie credentials and luxury accommodation. However, you

will discover that there is far more to Ibiza when you journey past the white washed walls and disco lights and discover the natural world that lies beyond. Ibiza boasts two world-

class nature reserves, each adorned with flora, fauna, landscapes and wildlife that will take your

breath away. Here you’ll find mysterious caves, ancient monuments, folklore, almond groves and olives trees, crystal clear waters and rugged rock formations and the homes of a cornucopia of birds and beasts.

The es Vedrà und es Vedranell and the rocky islands of Poniente Nature Reserve Set to the south west of the island, in the municipality Sant Josep de sa Talaia, you’ll find the nature reserve of es Vedrà und es Vedranell and the rocky islands of Poniente Nature Reserve. As one of the island’s most spectacular attractions, the reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by unspoiled beaches, cliffs and a horizon of rocky islands that make this place unique. If the sea, nature and their surroundings are your passion, then es Vedrà und es Vedranell and the rocky islands of Poniente Nature Reserve is your go-to place to leave your cares behind, take time out and just be at one with nature on holiday. Es Vedra is a small island that reaches almost 400m high, made of limestone and set like a beacon within the Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by legends and mystery, it is thought to be the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis and the home of Homer’s wailing sirens who lured sailors to their peril.


y. Es Vedra is also the setting for one of Ibiza’s popular fables. Es Gegant des Vedrà or The Giant of Es Vedra is the story of two brothers who, set about curing their father of an incurable illness. They venture to the Es Vedrà island together to find rock samphire and, once there, come across a huge giant living upon the island, huddled in a rugged cave. The two brothers are cunning and, together with the assistance of sea urchins, manage to debilitate the giant and succeed in collecting the samphire for the cure. Throughout the years, the island’s only habitant was a monk who took residence in the mid 19th century, in order to escape the rest of the world. Aside from reportings of UFOs and other fantastical sightings, you’ll find only animals amongst the slopes and island caves. Wild goats roam, Ibizan wall lizards dart from rock to rock and an endangered species of falcons call it their home. Part of the reserve and the highest point in Ibiza, Sa Talaiassa stands tall at 473 metres high and is rich with lush vegetation and rare animal inhabitants. The peak is reachable by foot, or for the less active enthusiast, by car. Whether by foot or wheels, once you arrive, you will thank your lucky stars you made the journey. The views are simply spectacular and when the weather allows it, you can see right over to mainland Spain and Mallorca. It’s no wonder that the name translates to ‘Watchtower’.



IBIZA, Naturally. Natural Park of Ses Salines Take a trip to the south of the island and you’ll find Ibiza’s second natural park of Ses Salines. The Ses Salines d’Eivissa i Formentera Natural Park is located between the two islands of Ibiza and Formentera, comprising the southern area of the Ibiza, the north of Formentera and the sea that separates them. Throughout history this area has seen much salt production activity and over the years this has formed a unique landscape where countless species of birds come to nest, historical and cultural landmarks create spectacular points of interest and marine life thrives. The reserve covers 3000 hectares of land and 13,000 marine hectares and the seabeds are home to 220 different species of marine sea life. If you venture to the extreme coastlines of the park, you’ll find an idyllic setting where marine and coastal ecosystems exist in delicate harmony. Three quarters of the park is made up of marine seascapes, characterised by the existence of the oceanic Posidonia, an area of major marine ecological importance. The existence of this plant creates the supreme clarity of the area’s waters as well as serving as a protected area for a vast range of marine species. The Posidonia also plays a large part in protecting the beaches of Ibiza from wave erosion and in 1999 the site was declared well territory by UNESCO. Back on land the nature park is home to an impressive array of plant species; in fact it includes almost all of the plant species found on the Pityusic Islands. On the island of Formentera you’ll find coastal pine and juniper groves scattered throughout the park area as well as lush vegetation surrounding lagoons, cliffs and both mobile and semi mobile dunes. It is this dramatic terrain and spectacular landscapes that keep tourists flocking to witness the beauty of the park and the nature that lies within. Within the park, you’ll find over two hundred species of birds, with waterfowl and seabirds playing a major role. It’s a paradise for bird watchers, with flamingos, the common stork, the white jar, and the black-legged plover taking residence, along with seabirds such as the Audouin’s gull and the Balearic shearwater. Estany Pudent is home to one of the highest concentrations of black-necked grebes in Europe. Other famous residents include the Pityusic lizard (Podarcis pityusensis), endemic to these islands and with different subspecies on the islets, with characteristics that include the whole possible range of colours from brown to blue. The lizards of Formentera are hardy creatures and live on some of the driest and harshest environments for life. The humble garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) can also be found creeping amongst the wild vegetation, as well as various species of snails and beetles, also endemic to the island.


Throughout history this area has seen much salt production activity and over the years this has formed a unique landscape where countless species of birds come to nest






Ibiza's future, past and present. Meet Mr STEVE MILLER and the timeless sound of


If there is one sound that encompasses the true magic spirit of Ibiza, it has to be the creative, mesmerising output of legendary producer Steve Miller. His project Afterlife with ten albums released contains all the mystical beauty of Balearic chillout and much more. Throughout a career of 25 years, his work has featured on various labels, many quality compilations and of course featured on the massively selling Café del Mar and Café Mambo compilation series. His remix work is a vast catalogue in itself. His work defines the blissful sound of the beaches, the sunrise and sunsets of the magic isle. On the eve of his new album Everything Is Now, released via his Subatomic stable, Absolute's Kasia catches up with Mr Steve Miller.

Let’s start at the beginning please, for those new to the Afterlife sound, can you take us back to the early days of project, please? Was it originally Ibiza inspired? Absolutely. Back in 1993 Jose Padilla contacted me and asked me to write a track for Cafe del Mar vol 3. I had just spent a delicious fortnight in Formentera hanging out quite a lot at the Blue Bar so naturally I used that for my inspiration hence the title of the track. The last night I sailed back to ibiza and stayed in the port listening to the first two cafe del mar albums in Base Bar and freaked because I realised that the music I had been quietly making at home in between commercial work had the same vibe. This was really encouraging because I was so bored by the work that paid the bills but had no idea that a market for this kind of music even existed but thanks Jose Padilla it does. On the release of Afterlife’s Simplicity Two Thousand in 2000, the classic chilled Ibiza sound is clearly defined. Can you take us through some of the inspiring moments that created classic tracks such as Dub In Ya Mind and Breather? A year after I wrote Blue Bar Jose invited me to Ibiza to meet up and work at Lenny Ibizarre’s studio in Salinas which was a revelation and so much fun. Computer monitor and keyboard and monitor speakers dangling from ropes from the ceiling. Chris Mancini popping in to share a spliff and listen. No tension, no stress, no agonising over the mix, everything was so easy. Studios can be stressful but Lenny’s was the most stress free studio I ever worked in, an absolute joy and so creative. The best holiday I can imagine. Dub In Ya Mind: During the blissful week working with Jose and Lenny we spent quite a few evenings at Cap des Falco. In those days we could DJ there with cassettes and vinyl, swimming, chilling to sunset, eating salt baked Dorado and dropping beautiful tunes. So the day I got back to the UK I wrote Dub In Ya Mind which just fell out of me the day after I landed. Breather: originally started out as a trip hop tune based on the feeling I got when snorkelling off Cap Des Falco but my great friend Eric Wolkoff from NRK in Norway wanted to remix it using the finest guitar player in Norway at the time, Marius Hansen. His ingenious musical arrangement transformed the song into a bossa nova classic which I had never imagined.


I had no idea that a market for this kind of music even existed but thanks Jose Padilla it does.”

Over the following decade albums such as Speck Of Gold, The Afterlife Lounge led up to the Electrosensitive album. By now you are collaborating with names such as Pete Gooding, James Bright and Chris Coco on projects such as Lux and The Normalites. Do you find this helps energise your creativity? How do you find collaborations in general? I think collaborations are very healthy. It keeps you fresh, bouncing ideas off people. I particularly enjoyed working with K Klass on remixes because we would become so immersed in the work that we didn’t notice the passage of time at all except to eat and drink occasionally, working 18 hours a day and loving it. This gave me a real discipline in staying in a creative state for as long as the track would take, sometimes for 2 weeks or more at a time, really living it to the exclusion of everything else. I think that has stayed with me to this day. Sometimes remixes are even more inspiring than collaborations! You have worked with some very talented vocalists such as Cathy Battistessa, Dannii Minogue and Rachel Lloyd. Do you have a vocalist in mind when you develop a tune, or do you approach them when the vibe is set? Working with the three people you mention were all very different scenarios. With Cathy I sent her pieces exactly with her style in mind then she came to the studio to cut the vocal. Dannii came to my house to write from scratch with her vocal producer, cut the track and then leave me to produce. Rachel came to the studio and let fly with a stream of consciousness over anything I put before her and I edited the results. All of these methods worked well because it was the way each individual vocalist liked to work, they felt comfortable and that’s very important.

The 2000s featured albums such as The White Island, Shikasta and 2018’s String Theory. Were these inspired by moments, or do you immerse yourself in the studio and let it all flow? The White Island concept is a reflection of all the times I have spent in IBZ and the music I heard there so it features Lovely Laura, a super talented sax player and vocalist who lives there and works worldwide with her husband Ben Santiago. Alexandra Hamnede, the vocalist from Bliss, and of course Rachel Lloyd who performed with me at the Cafe del mar 20th anniversary gig. Shikasta was inspired by Doris Lessing’s book of the same name. It features Ella May (Nightmares on Wax) who also made some great tracks with Gelka. It explores the concept of how to treat your home planet with care and love and the problems that can occur when it is treated with disrespect. String Theory: In the last few years I’ve been really pleased to see a new trend in alcohol/drug free parties and raves around the world including the addition of vegan bars and juice bars, and a whole new consciousness about well being in the dance community. Having been to a few it was exhilarating, the vibe was amazing, a free hug at the door, even yoga classes and head massages just going to show that you can have a blast without drugs or alcohol, and of course the music was better because it had to be top notch to get sober happy people dancing. Alcohol and drugs pollute our emotional and physical well being, it’s so much better when we discover our own body’s happy endorphins and the buzz can last for days. This is happening in Ibiza too and this album celebrates that revolution in partying. ABSOLUTE



I love hanging out in the Dalt Vila, having dinner at El Olivo Mio then wandering around the streets soaking up the vibe.” When did you first visit Ibiza? What were your first impressions? 1993. It immediately felt like home from the moment I stepped off the aircraft. A sense of freedom. A lack of prejudice to colour, religion and race. Just like it has been for the last 2000 years. It lets people in and in return asks for them to behave kindly to each other. The architecture is funkier than in the rest of the balearic islands, Spanish, African and Arabic influences mixed with hippy psychedelia. Perfect.

There have been many changes on the island over recent years. Do you miss anything from Ibiza’s past? Fun without selfies. The only constant in life is change so selfies will end one day too. There are too many venues where people are more interested in their own image than relating to the music these days and I find that quite sad but it will change once the narcissists get over themselves on social media. Things have also got a lot more expensive than the rate of inflation. I miss the private raves in the north of the island, free parties shut down by the police on behalf of the club owners. Do you have a favourite spot there, a hang out destination? I love hanging out in the Dalt Vila, having dinner at El Olivo Mio then wandering around the streets soaking up the vibe. Las Dalias is a big favourite too but then anywhere on the island is great when the music is good. 2019 brings the release of your new album Everything Is Now on the Subatomic imprint. On preview, the album contains a high dosage of sunshine, chill, electronica and is an essential musical landscape of ideas. What was your vision when you started the production process? I wanted to move forward and a little bit sideways. I wanted to use only analogue electronic and acoustic instruments. I wanted to use the occasional dose of AI to see where it went and sometimes it went somewhere good and sometimes it didn’t. I wanted to make some tracks that you can dance to or chill if you feel like it. I wanted to focus on the space between sounds and try and make it bigger. I love the sounds I get with my moogs and prophets which are impossible to emulate well with virtual instruments.


Ibiza... the moment I stepped off the aircraft. A sense of freedom. A lack of prejudice to colour, religion and race. Just like it has been for the last 2000 years.” Will you be refreshing anything from your back catalogue in the near future? I am re releasing Electrosensitive, the album I signed to Defected Records 10 years ago (the rights just reverted to me) but this time with remixes by Goloka of “Let It Go” ft: Cathy Battistessa and a Chris Coco remix of “National Dobro”. It has also been remastered for better dynamic range and optimised for streaming and MFiT, sounds wicked. What’s your favourite Ibiza tune, the one where you close your eyes and get the back shiver to? Miro – Emotions of Paradise – gets me every time. Goloka – Thinking About You. First time I heard it I got shivers. What’s your favourite own remix of other artists work? My remix of Guitarra G’s “Banda Sonora” without doubt. I got all the original guitar takes when the parts were delivered which were not used in the original mix hence the minute long intro which is pure love. Kasia Kash www.facebook.com/kasiacreative/

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If you want a flavour of the White Island, Sid Shanti, an acclaimed private chef, celebrity caterer and a charismatic food entrepreneur is the man who has the recipe at his fingertips. Absolute Ibiza speaks to Sid again about authentic Ibiza, his Sid Shanti & Co. ventures and The Ibiza Chili Co gastronomic creations that are now firmly established on the island. Bursting with Balearic flavours, he certainly turns on the Mediterranean heat.


ome might say - you are an Ibiza legend. The original Goa DJ, the King of Manumission, Ibiza’s celebrated private chef... what was the breakthrough point for each of your career ‘big moments’? Well, Ibiza legend I would say is a bit much even though flattering! I’d say I have a great passion for what I do, what I create and I love the challenges that Ibiza presents on a daily basis, even though you can end up tearing your hair out. Luckily I have very little hair! The big moments that stick in my mind are building the Shanti town and kitchen on the roof of the Manumission Motel back in 1999, where we cooked for hundreds of clubbers and socialites every Monday before the big party at Privilege. The open-air Mulletover parties we threw with Rob Star in, if I remember correctly 2007. The completion and publishing of my book Glorious Ibiza Food (&Music) in 2013 and more recently last year the release of my new range of hot sauce from Ibiza Chili Co.

You were a professional DJ from the early 90s to 2001. What are you most memorable memories from behind the decks? Being invited to play as the first western DJ to the Cherry Blossom festival in Yoyogi park in central Tokyo back in oh around 1994 probably. Oh and the after party of total solar Eclipse of the sun in Venezuela in 1998 was pretty surreal. Manumission was a blast and closing the Space terrace back to back with DJ Alfredo was another highlight, there have been many over the years.


You once said that ‘the heartbeat of the Island remains the same’ - and that the Island wasn’t segregated. What did you like about Ibiza back before the digital, VIP age and now? Before clubs had roofs ;)… Life has changed a lot in the last two decades not just on Ibiza but all over the world, and sadly i can’t see these golden years ever returning. Only 20 years ago people had time for actual real-time experiences, instead of living vicariously through a mobile phone which of course most now do in this modern technological age. Ibiza still holds great magic not just for all the local people and international residents but also for many of the visitors that come each year and then return the next, and this will never change.

Top right, Sid Shanti

Now let’s talk FOOD! With 15 years of experience cooking for various food connoisseurs, what is a typical Balearic cuisine? My most enjoyable plate would be grilled Ibizan squid straight from the sea, triple fried Red Ibiza potatoes and a simple green, tomato and onion salad. But I would say a typical dish from the Balearic islands is the classic fish stew. Bullit de Peix.

You pride yourself on creating a bespoke culinary experience? How do you go about such tailored process? Through consultations with a varied clientele and drawing on experiences, I have had the pleasure of enjoying over the years helps in this process. Having an understanding of the local ways to do things and a phone book with varied contacts also helps immensely. Overall, even though a cliché, doing things with conviction, love and integrity are the basic principles. What has been the most extravagant, ‘outrageous’ project to date? Organising food and event production for Puff Daddy and his entourage. That was wild. As they say though, what goes on in Puff Daddy’s house stays in Puff daddy’s house.

Photo left, Early 90’s, Sid working the decks




Sid’s book, Glorious Ibiza Food

You share some of your food secrets in your acclaimed bookGlorious Ibiza Food (& Music!). It’s a great mix of recipes and tips. How did you decide on what to write about? Shall we expect a follow-up? I wanted to share my experiences and knowledge gained on and about the island to other people who may be thinking of moving to and working or living on Ibiza. The idea just came to me one day while I was cooking and thankfully I managed to succeed with the project with some great professionals around me. I have a follow up in the pipeline but my time at the moment is taken with the Ibiza Chili Co, and so there is no release date for this project yet.

We wanted to create a range of sauces that could benefit from Ingredients grown on Ibiza. We set about developing the range and at the same time planted around 600 hundred of the hottest chilli plants in the world across two farms in the North of the island.


I’m sure that especially in your early career you’ve had many sleepless late nights. What’s the best hangover food? Bloody Mary with plenty of Ibiza Chili Co. hot sauce and a stick of celery. Add a shelled prawn if you’re feeling adventurous!

Do you create unique events? What does a VIP service entail? Anything and everything a client may want, it is down to the personal taste of an individual. Although these days we are concentrating more on product development and trying to increase the awareness of our all natural hot sauces from Ibiza Chili Co. than producing the special events that we have done in the past. We are working very hard to support the local economy and agricultural side of the island through this development. Tell us more about your Ibiza Chili Co hot sauce range. We wanted to create a range of sauces that could benefit from Ingredients grown on Ibiza. We set about developing the range and at the same time planted around 600 hundred of the hottest chilli plants in the world across two farms in the North of the island. We’ve been fortunate in the fact that the response and reception to our sauces has been fantastic and also winning two great taste awards from the Guild of Fine Foods in the UK. We’ve heard that many notable chefs and other individuals are fans? Haha! We’ve had a few! Nobu have kindly put them on their tables for the clientele in the Ibiza restaurant. Ferran Adria of El Bulli fame loved them so much he requested stock to sell in his Ibiza outpost – “Heart.” We’ve also had David Reartes singing praises for the flavour profile of our signature sauce “Magnificent 7,” and more recently David Beckham instagram’d them as he enjoyed them so much!

Do you have plans for expansion, can we find your sauces at home in the UK? We’re growing very fast with the demand for our sauces being high. The market shift in most sectors from corporate brands and corporate ethics to more sustainable and low impact producers has obviously helped this growth and we try very hard to be proud of our products. The flavour profiles of each are also unique and so we expect and hope growth to continue. We ship to a few European countries already, Germany, Austria and UK, where we will be concentrating our efforts to promote our hot sauces! Any plans for other products under the Ibiza Chili Co branding? All being well we’d like to try and expand the range yes. So stay tuned to our social channels for up to date info! What do music and food have in common? Rhythm and the need to be created - and enjoyed - with love. Who’s number 1 on your speed dial? My Fiancé Nella. I can’t wait to marry her in a few months!

Can you share any quick summer recipe with our readers? Crush two avocados, add one chopped shallot, one diced tomato, one crushed clove of garlic, a pinch of sal de Ibiza, dessert spoon of extra virgin olive oil and two tablespoons of Ibiza Chili Co Lave Verde hot sauce. Serve chilled with tacos or wedge of crusty bread together with a cold beer or glass of Provence rosé. Perfect for a lazy breakfast or lunchtime snack before hitting the beach! Kasia Kash facebook.com/kasiacreative/ sidshanti.com/en/




Sam Totolee Aka Samir Ibiza

Ibiza resident and Dj to the stars


am Totolee is one of the most sought after private events DJ, having forged his talent on the decks at the cutting edge of the Ibiza scene, where he plays at some of the islands coolest clubs and private parties. His client list is a who's who of the world's top venues and brands and celebrities including Prince Albert of Monaco, James Corden, Rod Stewart & Penny Lancaster, P Diddy and Uma Thurman. ​ When it comes to choosing the perfect playlist for any event and working a crowd, Sam is simply without rival. He's a genuine all-rounder, equally at home playing pop, motown and disco, as well as house and techno, with a playlist numbering the tens of thousands. In awe of his DJ skills, fascinated by the celeb anecdotes he must have under his belt and slightly fazed by the incredible reputation that precedes him, Absolute Ibiza met with Sam Totolee to hear, in his own words, the story behind his success. “I started out playing US house and UK garage at underground warehouse clubs in the early 90s, and had a lucky break one night after someone heard me play a set and asked if I could play at a film premiere after party which she was organizing, of which I jumped at the chance! The company she worked for took me on board thereafter and made me their resident DJ, introducing me to a new world of super high end luxury parties. The rest is history and 21 years later and over 1000 private parties for high end clients in over 27 countries, I’m still here (and top of my game). It’s allowed me to travel the world and see some beautiful locations and venues (Castles, private islands, stately homes, yachts, clubs, chateaus , villas, you name it) and every year it just gets better and better. Highlights have included: Monaco Grand prix after parties, weddings of UK royalty, Hollywood actress Uma Thurman, James Corden and Elon Musk. I’ve even DJed at the world premiere after parties of James Bond, Harry Potter, private parties for Quentin Tarantino, plus weddings and parties at super exclusive retreats like Cuixmala in Mexico, Sandy Lane in Barbados and Skibo castle in Scotland.


21 years later and over 1000 private parties for high end clients in over 27 countries, I’m still here.”

In 2004 me and a group of friends (Steven Dobson, Gary Diamond, John Moser and Christofa) decided to create a crazy party like they used to have at Pikes in the early hazy daze of the island, dancing under the sun and the moon totally immersed in the energy of Ibiza. We totally produced the party to be a one off spectacular themed event for 500 personally invited guests (mainly creative and colourful characters who lived on the island) to a beautiful villa on the top of Can Furnet with stunning views of the island. The party went on for 2 days and 2 nights and set the standard for every villa party that has graced the island since! Over the next few years we put on the party at different stunning locations around the island and It soon became the highlight of the summer with people flying in especially for the party as it just kept growing, every time filling up with the coolest people from the international world of film fashion and music all partying with alongside the islanders who came to every party. The production just got bigger and better with the finest prototype Funktion One sound system at the helm and the best lighting and artistic visuals transforming an already super villa into something out of a film set we decided to finish with a spectacular swan song in 2006 (alongside new partner Aldrick Wout). With 3000 guests the party was a celebration of the very best of Ibiza! Naked body painted fashion models walking around with trays of artificial diamonds which you redeemed for drinks cocktails at the bar, hippies hanging out with the rich kids, famous rock musicians on the dance floor (with their hands in the air totally absorbed in the house music provided by 4 resident DJs from the island (DJ Samir, Angelique B, Gianluca De Tiberiis and Bruno from Cafe Del Mar/ Ibiza) on rotation throughout the entire event playing the very best music you’ve ever heard back then. The party was called Dirty Diamonds and Pacha magazine described it as the best parties the island has ever seen!




Sam Totolee

I have been coming to Ibiza for 25 years and decided to live here around 15 years ago and now live between my house in Sa Carocca on the top of the mountain and my apartment on the beach in Playa den Bossa. This allows me to fly to any destination quite easily, including London which is where I grew up, and is my 2nd home. Living in Ibiza allows me to be inspired by the music that is constantly around me 24/7 all year round and also have the constant mediterranean sunshine. Ibiza also has its incredible spiritual side as well as the party side, and this allows me to develop my self awareness and yogic practice. I feel blessed. As my mother said to me when she visited for the first time “Son, this is the closest you will get to home” (my family are from Gujarat, India and I was born in Kenya, Africa). There are very few places that I feel a tingling in my body when I land (India is the only other place). Ibiza is a magical playground for everyone; it's small enough to get around in one day and large enough to get lost in (as I’ve done many times!). It’s gone from a budget tourist haven to an international playground, mainly due to its attraction to its huge club and electronic scene and also as it’s evolving in all other aspects. I live in Ibiza mainly in the winter these days as I am touring quite a bit in the summer. I love this time of the year as it’s when the real Ibiza comes to life and the freak comes out! Very few tourists, gorgeous weather, a time to hit the markets for fresh fish and vegetables come and live like a local. The old town is buzzing 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and when the weekends arrive it’s time to shut down your laptops and hit the small beach bar restaurants in Talamanca Marina Botafoc. Saturday nights are no different to the summer; great parties, interesting people, and amazing music. Sunday’s time to chill and feast on incredible Bullit De Peix and Rioja wine with friends and head up north for some inspiration and spiritual connection and watch the sunset in San Juan or Es Cubells. It’s a time to appreciate the majestically positioned Es Vedra (one of the most magnetic points on earth) before an early night to start another week of work, exercise, music and mindfulness. As often as I can I will hike with friends around Santa Agnes watching the incredible nature blend into the magnificent Mediterranean ocean, go swimming at the unspoilt Punta Galera or just walk and talk along Salinas beach and appreciate the Islands Unesco World Heritage zone. I’m now working on (or have created Kaleidisico) my immersive DJ show synchronising light and HD motion graphics and video to the sound of my music all being manipulated live through the DJ mixer. Letting light, visuals and video bring the music to life as opposed to the other way around as we are used to when we go to a cinema or watch a film! www.samtotolee.com


Ibiza is a magical playground for everyone; it's small enough to get around in one day and large enough to get lost in. It’s gone from a budget tourist haven to an international playground, mainly due to its attraction to its huge club and electronic scene.”









Café Mambo has become part of the island's history and a firm staple in the nightlife of San Antonio.

Celebrating a landmark 25th year on the sunset strip, Café Mambo has opened its doors for the 2019 season and it is going to be bigger than ever!


arking a quarter of a century as the ultimate hotspot for the world’s most iconic sunset, the legendary venue fuses the most breathtaking Mediterranean views, with delicious food, ice-cold cocktails, and stunning DJ sets from the finest talent in the electronic scene. Set in the heart of San Antonio, Café Mambo is recognised for its unrivalled sunset views. Once just a small Ibizan house, Café Mambo was soon transformed into one of the most iconic restaurants and bars on San Antonio's famous sunset strip. Café Mambo was the brainchild of Javier Anadon and was created during the 90’s house music heyday and received instant recognition, was named ‘Bar of the Year’ by GQ and its following grew rapidly. DJs began to frequent the bar requesting to play on the decks and before long regular sets included the biggest names in dance music playing at the now celebrated sunset ‘pre-party’. With the


2019 season marking 25 years as the white isle’s ultimate idyllic haven, the venue is sure to once again welcome a fine array of stellar acts back to the famous booth, especially if 2018 was anything to go by. Last year visitors witnessed performances from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar, The Mambo Brothers, and weekly pre-parties for DEFECTED Records. Café Mambo prides itself on being a family business, having had the same management for over 20 years. As a truly magical place, Café Mambo has become more than just a restaurant in one of Ibiza's resorts; it has become part of the island's history and a firm staple in the nightlife of San Antonio. Throughout the week the DJ booth – which is intimately tucked away behind tables that overlook the main promenade, is taken over by Pacha's finest for their pre-parties. An average week may see the likes of Solomun, Guy Gerber,

Café Mambo not only provides the sunset strip with a venue for tourists and locals to enjoy music from globally renowned DJs, it also serves up delicious food to the backdrop of one of the worlds most mesmerising sunset spots.

Martin Solveig and Bob Sinclar take to the decks; and of course with this comes an unrivalled atmosphere which paired with the scenery takes you on a journey to paradise. Café Mambo not only provides the sunset strip with a venue for tourists and locals to enjoy music from globally renowned DJs, it also serves up delicious food to the backdrop of one of the worlds most mesmerising sunset spots. Café Mambo has also been awarded the DJ Award for 'The Best Bar in Ibiza' several times which stands as a solid recognition to its contribution to the island's nightlife and in particular the transformation of San Antonio. While the venue offers holidaymakers a taste of the bustling music scene and allows you to experience an elite experience each evening, it still remains authentic and embraces the charm of the White Isle with its décor of mosaics, marble and white furniture. Open throughout the day, Café Mambo makes the perfect pit-stop for an afternoon stroll. You can grab a delicious strawberry daiquiri and nibbles while sitting on the terrace that overlooks the famous rocky area and Mediterranean sea. As day goes into night the crowds filters in filling the

surroundings and creating an amazing atmosphere. Then the plasma screen drops down to showcase the DJ talent to the masses and the infectious house sounds fill the air as the sun sets across the horizon. If you want to have dinner at Mambo we strongly recommend you reserve a table, especially if it's around sunset time which obviously is the daily peak at Café Mambo and the sunset strip generally. Every week Café Mambo hosts pre-parties for some of the best club nights in the world. Join the team every day of the week, starting with the brand new Monday Masquerade pre-party including appearances from Claptone and his guests before sashaying away to Pacha. Then comes Tuesday for the brand new night Bodyworks at the mega club Hï with guests such as Fisher, Camelphat and Solardo and Wednesday sees Armin van Buuren, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano before their night at Hï with guests such as Nora En Pure, EDX, Fedde Le Grand. ABSOLUTE




If organisation isn’t your thing, then why not have your whole weekend organised by the Café Mambo team?


As the weekend approaches, Thursdays sees Café Mambo host the pre-party of ABODE at Amnesia with talented guests such as Danny Howard and Ellie Cocks and come Friday, you’ll experience the Defected pre-party at Eden, with guests from Low Steppa, MK, Mambo Brothers, Sam Divine, Simon Dunmore and many more. If you’re still hungry for more, Saturday is Pure Pacha at Café Mambo, welcoming guests such as Martin Solveig, S-Men, Housekeeping and Hannah Wants and Sundays has the pre-party for Glitterbox at Hï bringing back disco vibes with Roger Sanchez, Shapeshifters, Kenny Dope and more. This year the International Music Summit honoured owner and founder Javier Anadon with the IMS Legend Award, recognising and paying tribute to the artists and industry trailblazers that have helped write dance music history and define its culture. IMS Co-Founder Danny Whittle says “It’s an absolute pleasure for IMS to present Javier with the IMS Legends Award as Javier is without doubt one of the true legends and his unfaltering support for electronic music has been a pleasure to be part of. From my early days of decorating Café Mambo for Renaissance pre-parties, Javier always supported and helped up to hosting all seven Pacha pre-parties there through the 2000s, huge BBC Radio 1 events

Café Mambo offers some exclusive experiences that just might float your boat. How about watching the sunset from one of the official Café Mambo boats and ending the experience by being dropped back to the venue where your table will be all set for you and you can start the party?

and so much more. This is one IMS Legends Award dinner no one should miss, it’s going to be one hell of a night with a huge group of people that have nothing but love for Javier, Caroline, Christian, Alan and the whole Mambo family.” If you are celebrating a special occasion, then Café Mambo offers some exclusive experiences that just might float your boat. How about watching the sunset from one of the official Café Mambo boats and ending the experience by being dropped back to the venue where your table will be all set for you and you can start the party? The team will pick you up and later on take you back to your accommodation. If you’re a morning person, perhaps you may enjoy brunch at Cafe Mambo followed by a morning spent on one of their speedboats. Once again, the team will pick you up at your accommodation, drop you off at Mambo and after your cruise we will take you back to your hotel/villa. If organisation isn’t your thing, then why not have your whole weekend organised by the Café Mambo team? This package includes accommodation, return airport transfer and activities throughout your stay such as private boat cruise, dinner at Café Mambo or morning in spa – perfect for those hen and stag dos! www.cafemamboibiza.com





Born from the popularity of Ibiza’s famous sunset spot, Café Mambo, Case Maca is part of a collection of independently owned restaurants, hotels and bars that owners the Anadon family went on to open.


he collection also includes Hostal La Torre, Cala Gracioneta, La Cava, and Villa Mercedes and like Casa Maca, they are all making their mark in creating authentic, experience-led dining, drinking and accommodation destinations.

Casa Maca is a unique restaurant with rooms in a beautiful rural location that looks across to Ibiza Old Town and the sea beyond. Set in a 300 year old farmhouse, it offers seasonal farm-to-table cuisine and country charm with modern touches, whilst also being within minutes of some of the island’s best nightlife, beaches and marinas.

Open all year round, Casa Maca – which translates to beautiful house in the local Ibizan dialect – welcomes diners and guests like a family home, offering authentic experiences and personalised service. The bright airy terrace of the restaurant and the open air dining space are the focal points of any visit. And their special atmosphere is evocative of the energy the island is so well known for.

Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the menus fuse global gastronomy with local, organic ingredients. The talented executive chef combines current culinary trends with Spanish classics and hotel favourites, and a three course Menu del Día (menu of the day) is an ever-changing delight based on what produce is available. Breakfast is also served until 12pm, which for those sampling the island’s nightlife or just taking it very easy, is always greatly appreciated.

The open-air dining space plays host to an impressive grill. Fresh meat, fish and vegetables hang over an open fire and diners relax to a soundtrack of chill out music with a world influence twist and welcoming conversation while sipping on cocktails served from the aluminium Airstream bar. For those guests choosing to stay at Casa Maca, there are 10 suites peppered across the grounds including eight junior suites and two larger suites. Each of the suites varies in decoration but typical Ibizan style and rustic chic furnishings give a sense of place, while contemporary additions such as air-conditioning and Marshall radios offer the comfort guests require. The expansive bathrooms are consciously kitted out with paraben-free, certified organic botanical products by Grown Alchemist, meaning zero impact on the local environment. Days can be spent by the pool or enjoying the privacy of the suites’ gardens or terraces, where guests can choose to book massages, facials and even private yoga classes. Casa Maca can also be booked exclusively for weddings. The English-speaking wedding team, which has been working on the island for over 25 years, can arrange every detail of the celebration. www.casamaca.com


Casa Maca is a unique restaurant with rooms in a beautiful rural location that looks across to Ibiza Old Town








an avid leader and follower of fashion.”



WORLD FAMILY A bohemian journey of passion, fashion and creativity.


orld Family Ibiza is a new fashion concept created by Alok

and Merel, with the

support of the whole

family. Their collection consists of 100% hand made accessories including bags,

belts, boots, wallets, jackets, home decor and more.

All pieces are created from a diverse

blend of materials and local traditions

from different cultures around the world. The exquisite combination of leathers,

embroideries, jewels and other beautiful

pieces that have been collected along the

way during family trips, make the products special and unique. All items are designed by the World Family, residents of the

enchanting and magical Mediterranean of Ibiza.



After the success of selling their creations from a hippy caravan at the Las Dalias hippy market in Ibiza (where you can still find them every summer), the little business gave Alok and Merel the opportunity to travel the following winter for six months to India. India was a source of inspiration and creativity. There, they found incredible ancient embroideries and Merel start to design and make her first bags, later being joined by Grandmother Joke.

Fast forward to the present day and World Family Ibiza has 3 stores (San Juan, Las Dalias and Barcelona), has made it onto the runway in Paris, has a large and loyal A-list celebrity client base and has been featured in a whole host of leading international fashion magazines. The World Family Ibiza collection is a true reflection of the life philosophy of Alok, Merel and and their 2 oldest daughters Goldie and Carlota.

The impressively creative headquarters lies within in the middle of the countryside of San Juan. Visitors cannot fail to be moved by the devoted and passionate atmosphere you encounter as you enter this familyrun haven, oozing from not only the ethnically diverse products but also the décor, and the bohemian shop styling. The shop provides stimulation for all the senses, with colours, smells and sounds that take you on an exciting trip right around the world, including India, Thailand, Mexico - all of which have inspired these family-made products. Despite the huge popularity for their products, the family still maintain the company ethos that everything is lovingly handmade. For this reason, you can rest assured the pieces are unique and inimitable with no two models being alike. THE OFFICIAL STORE - WORLD FAMILY IBIZA BULEVARD ROSA C/Paseo de Gracia nº55, tienda nº40 932721082 WWW.WORLDFAMILYIBIZA.COM






NATASHA DAHLBERG From her formative years growing up in Ibiza, Natasha Dahlberg’s designs epitomise the essence of Bohemian luxury. Absolute’s Kasia discovers more about this talented jewellery designer and her sublime hand-made pieces.


Your beautiful creations genuinely epitomise the bohemian Ibiza essence. Tell us about growing up on the White Island? I was lucky enough to grow up in Ibiza in the late 70’s, and 80’s when it was at its wildest, most unspoilt and enchanting. It was full of colourful trailblazers from all over the world who chanced upon the island and tapped into its magic. It felt to me like my parents, and their friends were like the original cast and crew of Ibiza. They set the template for the wild full moon parties, the glamorous discos, the bohemian hippie markets. All of this against the backdrop of the intense physical beauty of the place has made me feel extremely privileged to have grown up there. How do you compare the current lifestyle on the island with your childhood days? The incredible thing about Ibiza is its resilience. One would imagine with the huge amount of traffic coming through that it would lose some of its magic but you only have to turn up on one of the beaches early in the morning or stand in a field full of almond blossom and nothing’s changed. Sadly the days of not needing much money to live on the island are over, and that makes it tough as a permanent home for many people. It’s a rich man’s game now.

How did you start and develop your jewellery business? I was working as an actress and needed another string to my bow to support myself. Luckily my parents were collectors of beautiful gems and beads, so it seemed natural to me to use these in my designs. Initially, I sold jewellery to my friends, and it sort of grew from there. I began selling in small boutiques like The Cross, then Harvey Nichols and Liberty. I did a small collection for Matthew Williamson and was lucky enough to get a loyal client base in New York, London and Ibiza


The incredible thing about Ibiza is its resilience.”

What materials do you like to use? The natural world produces such a beautiful array of precious and semi-precious material that it’s almost impossible to choose. For me it depends on the mood of a collection; for example, I designed one recently called ‘Sunken Treasures’ where I used natural Tahitian and South sea pearls combined with antique gold charms to create a story. I enjoy taking materials like diamonds and emeralds which are often handled in a traditional way in jewellery design and making them more approachable and mixing them in unexpected ways.




Top, Natasha Dahlberg

Who is your typical client? I’m thrilled to say I don’t have a typical client; my jewellery seems to attract people of all ages and walks of life, and I feel very proud that it appeals to such a cross-section of people. To me, that feels like I’m getting something right. I will say a trait all my customers share is an eye for something a little bit different.

Your collections evoke both a bohemian and glamorous style. How do you define luxury? I like the idea of making luxury something accessible; wearing black diamonds with a bikini on the beach, combing serious pearls with funky charms and flip-flops. Luxury to me has to be something that awakens your senses but at the same time makes you feel comfortable. Gold is a great example of luxury; it always enhances and warms its wearer.

Tell us about your most exclusive jewellery piece to date? I made a necklace called “The Galaxy” in which I used hundreds of champagne coloured diamonds and gold beads to create a piece which reminded me of a milky way of stars and planets. How do you occupy yourself during the winter months? My winter months are spent in Ovingdean, just outside Brighton. I’m lucky enough to live in a beautiful Arts and Crafts era house with a gorgeous view of both the South Downs and the sea. Designing jewellery collections, writing screenplays and bringing up three children takes up all my time and my life is very busy. What is your favourite Ibiza place everyone should visit and why? Not an easy question to answer as I have so many places I adore, but I have to say sitting on Benirras beach in the early morning sun with a cafe con leche after a swim to the rock is pretty much as good as it gets. Kasia Kash www.facebook.com/kasiacreative/ www.natashadahlberg.com/


Luxury to me has to be something that awakens your senses but at the same time makes you feel comfortable.”



Claes Iversen and Dyon going over show preparations

Dyon & Ger.

DC Models Nearly 30 years ago, Dyon Hagenaars founded the company DC Models in Holland. From day one, he has been the creative driving force behind the company and today, the company not only has a branch in Ibiza, boasting an elite portfolio of top internationally-acclaimed models, but is also the industry’s first stop for the whole fashion show package.


er Valkenburg, partner to Dyon, joined the DC Models team having previously been in the spotlights as a working model. Bringing with him his immense knowledge in fashion and sales in the international market, he supports all his customers with his years of experience and vision, with his mission to ensure every project is unique and customised by him. Known for his meticulous planning, his no nonsense ‘Don’t Whine. Just Do’ attitude and his vast experience in the fashion industry, the Absolute Ibiza team met up with Ger to hear all about his story and how DC came to conquer the catwalks of Ibiza and beyond.

How did it all begin? Tell us about the start of the brand. It was 29 years ago when Dyon Hagenaars founded the company DC Models in Holland. The core-business of the company in Holland is fashion and shows and we offer the complete picture. We provide everything that is needed to do a fashion show; models, backstage coordination, presenters, technique, stage, decors etc. Everything that is needed have a great show can be sourced and provided by DC Models. We try to offer our customers the total concept, allowing them customer the time to do their job and whilst we do ours. This way everybody can do the things they do best. Three years ago, DC Models @ Ibiza was added to the company. In Ibiza we work with models from Holland, Belgium and Germany who are all professionals and very serious in what they do. In our team we are proud to have ‘Hollands Next Top Model,’ ‘BeNeLux Next Top Model,’ ‘Mister Universe,’


and the ‘Dutch Catwalk Model of the Year.’ This is how we try to make a difference and set a high standard on the island. When there is a booking, we fly in our team of to professionals and after the show is done the team flys back home. Aside from complete fashion show production, we do a great deal of photography, both in Holland and Ibiza. We try to have our Dutch customers shoot in Ibiza and our Spanish customers in Holland. Either way, we have a lot of contacts in both countries who can be of use for that. How has the business grown to be where it is now? What has contributed to your success? Part of our success is in believing in ourselves and in the people we work with. We never make promises we can’t keep because we know exactly what our strengths are. We don’t sell air. We also work with a very experienced team. All of our office team has worked as either models on stage or in front of the camera, so each and every one of our team knows exactly what they are talking about. We also only work with people we know personally. We know their plusses and minuses, so we know exactly who to send to the right job. This way we never have unpleasant surprises. We coach and train our people every few months and are sure to attend the job ourselves in order to react directly should there be any issues. Aside from that, we have specifically chosen to grow step by step. No big peaks! Taking it step by step. This way we have built a good base for our company, both in the Netherlands and Ibiza.

In Ibiza we work with models from Holland, Belgium and Germany who are all professionals and very serious in what they do.”

Right, DC Models at work on stage during Natural Adlib 2018

Far right, Showing Adlib in Denia

Claes Iversen

Dutch fashion spread



DC Models

Backstage shot at Paris Fashion Week 2019

At what point did you recognise the success of your business and the love the international industry have for the DC name? A few years back, having established a huge market share on the Dutch market, we started getting requests from abroad asking for our models. Our name as a serious, respectable and trustworthy company had passed over the borders. This wasn’t something that happened at once; photographers and fashion brands found our models and company step by step over the years.

Being a recognised brand in the industry, have you worked with any top fashion brands you can share with us? We work with a wide range of customers, with the most well known being Ronald Kolk Couture. Ronald is a classic Dutch couture designer who is very well known in Holland and the surrounding countries. Besides that, we have worked with Dutch designer Addy van de Krommenacker for many years. He’s more Italian in style. Addy also dresses a lot of Dutch, Belgium and Italian Royals. We are also extremely proud of the fact that we work on the Claes Iversen shows. Claes is the designer that dresses our Dutch queen Maxima. His work is very high level couture, so you can only imagine how very very excited and mega proud we are to be working with him. Last year we did a shoot for World Family Ibiza. This was great opportunity for our company to expand over the borders, as this brand is huge all over Europe. Last but not least we are very proud to have worked on the big Pam Hogg fashion Show on AtzarÓ Ibiza. Pam is very well known, with her most famous client being Lady GaGa. With this opportunity, we had the chance to show ourselves in a totally different league. In Holland, DC Models is the biggest partner in Bridal shows. We do the shows for TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and we were the first agency to show the Randy Fenoli collection in Europe! How has the advent of social media impacted on you, I can see from your online presence you seem to embrace this. Launching our Ibiza company has certainly boosted our online presence tremendously. Before we started our Ibiza office, we did quit a lot on social media, however we found that after doing a few shows in Ibiza, our amount of followers started growing enormously. For instance, after we did a Nikki Beach show, our total Instagram followers grew by 20,000 in a month with followers from all over the world.


After that, we started to work on our social media even more. We have even extended our team with someone to do this for us and write a monthly blog on our company and its events. The team must be pretty large these days. How many people are now part of the DC machine? We work with six full time people in our offices and two part timers. Each one of the team have their own tasks; one doing social media, one doing administration, two doing bookings and I run sales in Holland DC Models and Ibiza. My partner Dyon (our founder) runs the Netherlands department as well as the planning and creative work and we have one full timer working in Ibiza for us who is Spanish and used to work as a stylist for Spanish magazines Vogue and Elle. We also have people working in our warehouse, technical department and on transport. Last but not least, we have a huge amount of models on our database. On a yearly basis, we place about 300 people on modelling jobs.

From left to right, Dyon Hagenaars, Ibiza's Vice President Marta Díaz Pascual and Ger Valkenburg

Our team is honest, straight to the point, respectful and punctual. Part of our strength is our communication, both to our clients and to our models.

How do you stay relevant and current and where do you get your inspiration from? We are constantly inspired by what we see around us, both in the Netherlands and in Ibiza. Social media is also now a big part of our inspiration; Colours, emotions, etc. We work with a lot of youngsters on our team that give us a fresh view on matters and we truly learn a lot from the young! Finally, we cannot forget our customers. All of these people are creative minds. Each and every one of them has a different view and style. For us as a team, these people are so very important and inspiring. Which projects are you really excited about for 2019? Are there any future plans you can share with us? This year we worked on the Ibiza Bridal Week shows and last February we were at Paris Fashion Week as well as a tremendous amount of foreign shoots. Last but not least DC Models @ Ibiza were chosen to do the big Adlib shows in May in Ibiza. Last year a

From left clockwise, Ravishing red Claes Iversen dress. One stage at the Denia show. Cover shoot for the oldest and most presigious hotel in Holland, the Amstel Hotel. Denia. Natural Adlib 2018. Claes Iversen show finale. Natural Adlib 2018 overview

complete team of our models were also flown in to Denia to do a fashion show there for Adlib. We also do shows at Ocean Beach and are part of the upcoming 15th edition of the AtzarÓ Fashion Festival. In Holland we are working with a new designer for us; David Laport. David’s designs are extravagant and colourful and we are so very exited to work with him. Why are you different to other businesses within the model and fashion industry? Explain what DC clients get? Our team is honest, straight to the point, respectful and punctual. Part of our strength is our communication, both to our clients and to our models. We listen very carefully to what our clients want and try to step in to their shoes. Aside from that, we work with a very strict planning process. We do what we promise and we can be reached 24/7.

How has the new office in Ibiza helped your business? Do you feel the country’s high creativity levels have contributed to your further your success? Yes, definitely! Ibiza is a small island with a lot of creative people, designers and brands visiting every year. In the past few years we have found that so many great contacts can be made there behind the scenes. This networking has resulted in our models walking at London and Paris Fashion Week, as well as working on many international shoots for brands we have met on the Island. Working in Ibiza has even gained us lot of exposure in Holland for our Dutch company. The ‘Ibiza’ name has a high level of magic all over Europe. No amount of adverts could have done this for the DC name. There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there is ‘the Ibiza experience’. www.dcmodels.eu/en



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Dalt Vila Introducing Ibiza Old Town Reviewed by Judith Heede


biza is known globally for its hedonistic nightclubs, the summer parties that stir all the senses and the world-class DJs that descend on the island every season. There is no place quite like it on earth. It is a clubbers paradise, with every night guaranteed to be an adventure you write down in your personal memoirs. There is no place on earth where going out is such an adventure like it is on Ibiza. However, if you take a look beyond the dance floors and disco lights, you’ll find what gives Ibiza its true charm and character: the relaxed beach bars where you can spend hours lying in a hammock sipping Sangria while watching the pretty beach boys and girls coming and going. Or the laid back bohemian vegan and organic restaurants that inspire places all around the world with their healthy and super-stylish concepts. Or the charming Spanish Tapas bars where the locals sit to meet and eat, drink, and simply enjoy life. There are fantastic restaurants on every corner of the island, but what visitors and even locals tend to neglect - is Ibiza’s Old Town. The difficult parking situation that most historical cities face doesn’t help, especially in high season when all the cruise ship passengers are shoving their way through the tiny cobbled streets, fighting for the best tables. However, visiting Dalt Vila - the ancient “Upper town” - is an absolute must when you visit Ibiza. Let travel writer Judith Heede tell you why . . . “My adventure started quite harmlessly in the famous Croissant Show. The French bakery does what it says on the tin – it’s breakfast with a bit of a ‘show’. Andres, the owner with his Dali-esque moustache, seems to know everybody who passes by on this sunny April afternoon. It’s not crowded yet at this time of the year and most of the guests sitting at the little bistro tables outside are locals. Here it seems like there is no hard-and-fast rule what constitutes breakfast time, and while I am enjoying my café con leche the tables around me are filled with deliciously looking butter croissants and pain au chocolats. But it’s not only the proper French food that impresses me, it is the unique view of the Portal de Ses Taules. The dramatic main entrance to the old castle is up a slope, crossing a drawbridge through the arch, flanked by mighty statues in Roman stone. I have climbed my way up to the ancient castle before, but the panoramic views from this UNESCO World Heritage site are so magnificent that I decide to leave the bistro to explore the area behind these old walls once again. The colourful gift shops and art galleries on


the walk up to the cathedral are treasure troves of unusual and unique works by talented local crafts people. Many residents live in these tiny houses, and the balconies are filled with geraniums and colourfully draped clothes lines. But since my mission is to eat and drink my way through town today, I can’t stop to shop and am heading straight to the next spot right at the top of the stairs: S’Escalinata. Mellow Reggae beats are coming out of the opened wooden doors. The message written on them with big white letters matches the music: ‘Don’t worry be happy’, or ‘Eat, Drink & Love’. Sounds inviting, and there is one seat free on the terrace at the top of the wide steps. People sit on neon pink or green sandbag cushions and colourful canvas benches enjoying a stunning view over the city. The pretty young waitress can’t speak English, but the jugs of Sangria she carries from the kitchen, speak for themselves. Very tempting, but I have a long night ahead of me, and opt for a green detox smoothie and home made guacamole. As the sun goes down, it quickly becomes cold and windy, so I leave this green Hipster home behind me to slowly make my way back down. Plaza del Sol is just around the corner and all set for summer: colourful filled fruit baskets are lined up to the entrance and the potted yukka palms give the “Plaza” a Mexican touch. The smell of the lemons and oranges and the promising handprinted Cocktail and Tapas signs make me want to sit down in the cosy corner with the handmade quirky furniture. But I want something less hippiesc now so I just make a note to myself about this little gem, enthroned here on the hills of Dalt Vila overlooking the entire port and city.

The ancient ‘Upper town’ - is an absolute must when you visit Ibiza. ”






Dalt Vila I am heading towards La Oliva for the second round of tapas before meeting a friend for dinner. Usually, a plan like that ends with me not remembering much the next day. But I am a writer, that’s what I get paid for. Not that it would need that much work experience in that field, but I have learned that a solid foundation can work miracles when things are getting serious. La Oliva is considered a classic on the island, and although its been here for almost 30 years, I’ve never managed to visit. But now I understand why locals and tourists keep coming back to this Mediterranean food temple: this is one of the most romantic set-ups I have ever seen. Situated in the main square, surrounded by the legendary walls of Dalt Vila, guests sit on white chairs at simple but nicely decorated tables right on the pavement terrace. Red roses grow all over the old bright white building with its pink arched doors and windows. While I’m enjoying a glass of white wine and a bowl of light zucchini noodles with Parmesan cheese and roasted almonds, Razvan tells me he’s been a waiter here here for five seasons; the spaghetti Lobster flambéed in whiskey definitely sounds like a winner, but I need to keep my appetite high and the expenses low, so I stick to the starter while listening to Razvan’s story. He moved here from Romania after university to meet people and gain some experience, but like so many others, the island became his summer home. “Now, it is


still an easy job” he says but when the season is in full swing from May onwards he wouldn’t have time to sit with me at the table and talk. I know how busy the streets become later in the year, and I have no doubt that the tips he’ll make then will be higher than his hourly rate. He worked his first season in one of the big beach clubs, but prefers the quieter atmosphere here, where the clients are older and also more generous, especially the Americans. Being half American I feel obliged now, and leave him a good tip on my way out. My friend is waiting for me now at the Rebel Ibiza clothes shop, which is not far away. He designed the logo for the shop and has been invited for an aperitif to celebrate the opening. The two German owners, René and René, welcome us into their old townhouse boutique designed to look like a funky living room with its little bar corner behind the counter, glimmering disco dresses on the hanging rails, and a huge metallic globe on the accessories table. I want to try a black see-through dress with leather details just to get a glimpse of that shady night creature feeling. But I fear that tiny tight thing won’t fit anyways and René no.1 is already pouring round two. People are popping in from the Michelin Restaurant next door to wish them good luck for the new season, and René no. 2 is telling some anecdotes about the parties in the store last season after hours (which I should not repeat here). Since we don’t want to spoil their first after hours celebration of this year, and feel like it’s overly due to line our stomachs, we make our way to La Bodega.



The dishes look mouth-watering and with all that rosé rushing through my blood I feel like eating them all.”


The Ibicencan tapas restaurant is well known in town, and obdurate smokers sit on the terrace despite the still chilly spring temperatures at night. But the view from the outside tables towards the castle is outstanding. So is the inside of the former storehouse: the ancient walls are beautifully decorated with paintings from local artists, and objets from all five continents are placed in many corners. A colourful painting of an old Ibicenco playing the sitar while riding a tiger into the moonlight covers one of the walls. A mirror gallery hangs on the other side, reflecting the colourful table set ups like kaleidoscopes, and the atmosphere on this Friday night is buzzing. The tables are full and trays are flying in and out of the kitchen - one crashing on the floor leaving a lake of alcohol behind. It doesn’t matter, the Spanish waitress has it cleaned up before the applause has stopped. Then she sees us, and thanks to my friend’s Spanish skills we get the tiny table next to a bachelorette party. The night is still young, and the women are just warming up - no pink plastic penises or veils around, just some decent Tapas plates on the table and carafes of wine. The dishes look mouth-watering and with all that rosé rushing through my blood I feel like eating them all. Remembering my Granny’s words not to let my eyes grow bigger than the stomach, we choose to share sweet potato and aubergine hummus with vegetable sticks, the obligatory Spanish olives and burrata - a delicious creamy kind of Mozzarella. With this perfect foundation laid, and some nightspots to cross off my list, we decide that it’s time to move on. With many bars like the popular Zoo Bar or Paradise Lost still being closed until May, we just drift through the narrow streets close to the sea, trusting the magical energy on this island to lead us to the right place. And guess what? We

found a bright diamond among all the other gems: Boodiou. This very stylish rural place run by two French guys, only opened a week ago, and they hadn’t even had time yet to put a sign up, or do any kind of advertising. Looking at it, they won’t need to. They did an impressive job renovating, and doing everything themselves. And when I say everything, I mean from the hanging lamps made of old keyrings to the wooden swinging bench to fermenting the alcohol itself! The French family has their own distillery named Bowls, close to Montpellier, where they produce rum, gin, whiskey and vodka. Tony and Hadrien both worked in gastronomy all their lives Hadrien as a chef in the south of France, Tony as a bartender all over the world - previously in Hong Kong. With Boodiou - which means the multi-purpose f-word in old French - they made their dream of a shared place on Ibiza come true. It is a dream, indeed. All ingredients come from local farmers, and the menu varies daily. I try the organic pea soup with goat’s cheese, while my friend has clams in a lemongrass-curry vinaigrette with coconut foam, a sauce just blows us away! The cocktails are made with organic products, and we can’t help ourselves but try a few different ones. Hard to say (or remember) my favourite, but the ‘Twisted Sister’ certainly is a palate conqueror. Made from aged gin, two different kind of chantreuse, fresh pomegranate juice and some honey from a local beekeeper - or should I say beedoctor? Tony tells me that he will try the doctor’s beespike-acupuncture himself after the season, when he’ll need a treatment to recover from hard work. Some might find this slightly dubious, but this is Ibiza, and dubious cases are on the daily agenda. If it got dubious in our case later on that night I will keep you guessing: what happens on Ibiza, stays on Ibiza…”





Las dos Lunas Since 1981 Las dos Lunas has symbolised prestige and charm. Faithful to its Italian roots and Mediterranean philosophy, this iconic restaurant achieves a unique harmony through the beautiful garden-terrace that, combined with an exquisite cuisine will transport you to a dream like paradise.


stablished in a century-old Ibizan antique shop, it is one of those magical places that by virtue of its elegance and consistency, has withstood the test of time and helped make the White Isle famous worldwide. The walls Las dos Lunas have seen fashions and fads come and go, the Ibiza tourist market evolve and businesses around it come and go. This stunning venue, however has stood firm, offering those who venture through its gates a culinary utopia of calm and tranquility away from the chaos; true Ibiza gastronomic institution that seduces all the senses.

Passers by bare witness to the high protective stone walls, oblivious to the hidden oasis that lies within, filled with a delightful rhythm. In this magical place you can live the authentic bohemian essence of the island. Follow your senses up the charmingly tiled winding path as you venture amongst an array of dazzling flowers and lush foliage, surrounding a magical al fresco dining space. The perfect spot for both an intimate dinner under the stars with your love or a celebratory dinner with friends and family, Las dos Lunas will meet your every desire.


A culinary utopia of calm and tranquility away from the chaos; true Ibiza gastronomic institution that seduces all the senses.

The unique Mediterranean garden embodies the spirit that has made Ibiza world renown. It's a must on any connoisseur's list, having been run by the Lucarini family since its doors fist opened in 1981. Countless stories and anecdotes have taken place under the grape vines and bougainvilleas. The palpable heritage and harmonic beauty in the terrace has made Las dos Lunas the favourite of many of its loyal international and local clientele. This mesmerising garden is the work of Massimo Lucarini, one half of the extremely talented couple who founded Las Dos Lunas. Entwined around the building, historic ornaments, works of art from around the world and graffiti, the botanical splendour symbolically embraces history, with a nod to every era. As does the soundtrack., with music spanning decades, with each track united with a nostalgic feel-good theme.



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Everyone is treated like a King or Queen at Las dos Lunas. That's why when supermodels, rockstars or royalty arrive, there is no need for the exceptional team to change protocol. Irresistible flavours of the unmistakeable traditional cuisine range from homemade pastas and desserts to succulent meats, fresh fish and salads. Crafted with the finest ingredients, many of which come from the venue’s very own eco garden, ensuring there's plenty of glutenfree and vegetarian options available.

To accompany this exquisite cuisine, Las Dos Lunas offer the finest wines, spumosi and champagne from around the world, including Spain, Italy and France. Also on offer are a whole host of premium spirits, top shelf international brands and an assortment of locally brewed spirits such as hierbas ibicencas. A whole plethora of world re-known cocktails grace this extensive drinks menu, including their own creations like the Rossini and as well as their own bread and focaccia that's baked daily in the beautiful wood fired oven.

Glamorous and iconic, Las dos Lunas is the most fascinating setting to celebrate unique moments while enjoying an unforgettable experience on the island. It can provide for those special events or wedding receptions when you want a long table for over 20 guests, all preserving their intimacy and space. Catering options are also available so you can enjoy the quality of service and gastronomy at the location of your choice. www.lasdoslunas.com


Glamorous and iconic, Las dos Lunas is the most fascinating setting to celebrate unique moments while enjoying an unforgettable experience on the island.

A whole plethora of world re-known cocktails grace this extensive drinks menu, including their own creations like the Rossini.




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Ibiza is the party capital of the world, so when you’re planning an event on the iconic white isle and in the market for for an experienced, personal, slick, fully equipped bar service, look no further than The Bar Ibiza, the island’s longest running and most successful professional mobile bar. Successfully serving the Ibizan crowds for over a decade, this unique and thriving bar concept by James Lindley is guaranteed to transform and make a success of any event, any size, and will satisfy any requirements.


o how did the start all begin? Rewind back to 2006 and nightclub and bar manager James came to Ibiza with his wife working for a small catering company. Realising the gap in the market for a professional and well-run mobile bar service, James launched into action and created The Bar Ibiza. Thirteen years later, The Bar is going from strength to strength, providing their unrivalled service to some of the most prestigious and exclusive events on the island. Over the years, James and his team of expert mixologists, talented waiters and bar staff have provided for the likes of P-Diddy, James Blunt, Eva Herzigova, and regularly serve at huge extravagant parties hosted by the legendary Guy Laliberte (Cirque du Soleil). From intimate soirees, pop up parties, to jaw dropping villa parties, weddings, blow-out boat parties and chic corporate events – whatever the occasion, The Bar is at your service. There is no event too big or too small for the Bar Ibiza. The team can cater to any size and specification, and when it comes to corporate events, the bars can be fully branded to suit the client. The Bar Ibiza have provided their expertise to high-profile events hosted by world leading giant brands such as Grey Goose, Bacardi, MTV and Sotheby’s! The Bar Ibiza even operate at sea and can set up on any size yacht for a mindblowing boat party. Every year they are providing mega yachts with an entire crew of full and part time bar-staff!


Supporting local producers is important to Bar Ibiza and they pride themselves in providing the very best locally sourced ingredients for bespoke cocktails mixed by some of the most talented mixologists on the island. Their responsibility towards the environment is number one priority. Everything they use is recycled and only corn starch straws provided. You won’t find any single-use plastic at The Bar Ibiza Parties!

The Bar Ibiza pride themselves in providing the very best locally sourced ingredients for bespoke cocktails mixed by some of the most talented mixologists on the island.

There is no event too big or too small for the Bar Ibiza.






The Bar Ibiza is as adaptable as it is innovative and sustainable. The company out from the rest for many reasons, but perhaps the most talked about is their equipment. Their bespoke interchangeable bar units come in all shapes and sizes and can be modified to any profile or style, they can provide for up to 2,500 people and each bar has full LED backlights. You can choose between rustic wood and contemporary black to suit your event. There is literally no location where The Bar cannot set up. You could have a party in the centre of a volcano and The Bar Ibiza will accommodate. A variety of drinking vessels can be provided, from beautiful high-quality crystal glassware to fully recycled plastic cups. Their bar-ware is of the highest quality copper and brushed down steel. The Bar boasts top of the range ice-makers and cooling equipment. When it comes to deciding when, how, who and what, The Bar Ibiza make it easy for you. There are three packages to choose from as a starting point, and The Bar Ibiza will entertain any budget or request. They provide a full consultation with their clients with wine and cocktail tasting for the full bespoke experience. The wine they locally source is of the finest quality, they will create cocktails to suit any taste. You can even provide your own alcohol if you so wish. The Bar Ibiza will provide the rest.


Their bespoke interchangeable bar units come in all shapes and sizes and can be modified to any profile or style, they can provide for up to 2,500 people and each bar has full LED backlights.

If you want your event to be a 100% success, why would you go anywhere else? The Bar Ibiza have it all, The Bar Ibiza provide service that is slick, proficient and discreet, and will literally cater for any need or desire. No request is beyond their reach. This year, The Bar Ibiza are out on the road, once again providing for several exciting events around the Island and James wants to continue with the same passion that has made The Bar such a triumph. On top of this, their responsibility towards the environment remains their number one priority. When asked what he thinks made the Bar such so popular, he says the interaction with the clients is the key, and is the only way they can ensure everyone is completely satisfied with their service every time. Whose party will be the most talked about on the island this year? If you want your event to be a 100% success, why would you go anywhere else? The Bar Ibiza have it all, and will work with you to ensure your guests will enjoy a party they won’t forget. www.thebaribiza.com Tony Shattell



NAGAI Nestled in the tranquil countryside on the road from Ibiza Town to San Juan sits a truly remarkable restaurant. One whose story is nothing short of an amazing adventure, and is now in its ninth season, winning international awards the past 3 years. Nagai is cementing its reputation as a must visit for anyone descending on the white isle!


he restaurant is made up of a team of four globe-trotting entrepreneurs who have been brought together by sheer fate and a love of international cuisine, to create this exciting and stylish restaurant which will stimulate all your senses and have you yearning for a return visit. Nagai’s story began in Thailand on the island of Koh-Pangang where Eleonora and her brother Luigi took the chance to open a sushi restaurant without having ever tried Sushi... a trip to Bangkok, a chance meeting with Reina Nagai, who was backpacking at the time and staying with some friends. a spontaneous dinner with seemingly nothing in the fridge, and...the rest is history! Eleonora, so impressed with Reina’s incredible talent for creating exquisite dishes out of the simplest ingredients, proposed a partnership that made a huge success out of the restaurant in Thailand, as well as two more in Italy, and most recently Nagai Ibiza! Nagai’s fourth member Melchior, grew up in Ibiza, has travelled the world, is an accomplished linguist, quantum alchemist and treasure trove of island lore. The foursome all have clear roles and manage to work in harmony as well as create a team of young, friendly, Ibiza-style staff.




So much passion and imagination has been put into this venture. It is all completely family-run designing the layout to be as harmonious as possible, integrating art, music, light and nature into the decor. Everything in Nagai is designed to stimulate the senses. Light, sound, and stunning contemporary Geisha artwork all work in harmony to excite and inspire conversation, with the majority of Nagai’s seating being outside on their boutique summer terrace surrounding a beautifully lit olive tree. The passion and creativity so evident in the look and feel to Nagai Ibiza extends to the exceptionally well thought out, and ever evolving menu. Often described as “Japanese Fusion”, there are many classic Japanese dishes such as Sushi and Nigiri made from the finest Japanese organic rice and freshest fish, plus favourites such as Teriyaki, Gyoza, and Karaage. The Chef’s creations also draw influences from Europe, Thailand, Korea, Europe, and all over the world, using only the best organic, most nutritious ingredients. Much care and attention to the finest detail is put into the presentation of each and every dish, and the combinations of flavours are designed to excite and rouse emotions. Everyone is catered for here, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. It’s not all about the food at Nagai. They do all they can to support local artists, sculptors, and jewellery makers, displaying and selling their work. Local DJ’s, musicians and performance artists will entertain you while you eat or sample one of their imaginative cocktails. 2019 is going to be an exciting season for Nagai Ibiza, with some thrilling things already planned for their opening and closing parties, and maybe a few in between. They have a great team ready to look after all who grace their terrace. They will continue to experiment and develop new and exhilarating concepts in the dishes they produce, utilising the wealth of international experience on offer from the team. They have some exciting performance artists and musicians ready to entertain. On top of all this they will continue to support local charities such as the Ibiza Preservation Society and take part in beach cleaning. This is set to be their best season yet, so ensure you book a table! Although capable of seating many more, Nagai will book in less than 100 guests a sitting to ensure everyone has a good time and is well looked after! www.nagairestaurant.com





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Chiringuito Blue The vibrant dining experience at Santa Eulalia Bay.


ake a trip to the east side of the island, around a 20-minute drive from Ibiza Town and you will find up and coming Santa Eulalia, Ibiza’s third largest resort. With a fortified 16th century church, Puig de Missa, on the hill overlooking the town, a river-walk and a beautiful yacht marina and excellent choice of shops, Santa Eulalia offers the perfect balance between authenticity and modernity. The municipality also includes delightful inland villages such as Santa Gertrudis and Sant Carles as well as the only golf course on the island. This family-friendly destination is not only known for its calm, authentic island vibes and beautiful beaches, but also it’s thriving foodie and bar scene. Located on Santa Eulalia beach, a charming Mediterranean bay known for its pristine, shallow waters, long promenade and stunning views of Formentera, Chiringuito Blue is a relaxed beach restaurant where the east of the Mediterranean meets Ibiza. This favourite for both visitors and locals alike delights its guests with an impressive menu of pure and honest Mediterraneaninspired food, by the sea. Perched on the southern tip of Santa Eulalia’s tranquil promenade, Chiringuito Blue offers an open and welcoming beachside dining space, with spectacular unobstructed views of the ocean, casually-cool vibes and low-key Ibiza beats. Attracting a cosmopolitan, free-spirited crowd, it is also ideal for families. With designated kids areas and proximity to the sand, the restaurant provides entertainment and relaxation for all, from midday to midnight. The menu is curated by celebrity chef Haim Cohen and centres around the philosophy of Eastern delight meets Ibicenco charm, taking diners on a gastronomic journey of flavours from the east of the Mediterranean to Ibiza. With a focus on local, seasonal and fresh produce, the restaurant sources from the island’s huertos and surrounding sea. This emphasis on organic produce from the island is a testament to their passion for ensuring they pay close attention to their eco-credentials, delivering a sustainable concept and menu. The team believe in food that is good for the soul and good for the planet. They are deeply inspired by the sun and you can savour it in their unique selection of sun-kissed vegetables. Proud to collaborate with Ibiza’s largest certified organic farm, Chiringuito Blue’s vegetable garden is located at a breathtaking spot in Santa Eulalia. They let nature decide what we eat celebrating the seasons with evolving menus. Their garden is a magnificent source of inspiration where everything thrives under the sun. They cultivate vegetables and herbs with passion – and that energy permeates the restaurant.




Chiringuito Blue Dining at Chiringuito Blue is a relaxed, social affair and this is reflected in the selection of starters and sharing dishes such as ‘Warm chickpeas, tahini and grated tomato’, ‘Yellowtail sashimi, tomato seeds, lemon, olive oil, coriander’, or the always- popular ‘Creamy soft Iberican Joselito Ham croquettes.’ Every dish is crafted with quality fresh produce fused with a perfect blend of fresh herbs and spices. With special varieties of fresh fish and select seafood, the diverse menu offers something for everyone with plenty of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options. When it comes to mains, the star of the show has to be the phenomenal fish dishes that fill your mouth with a taste of the ocean beyond. Be sure to ask what the ‘Grilled catch of the day’ is or perhaps indulge in the ‘Mezzi paccheri pasta with calamari and Sicilian cherry tomato’. When it comes to meat, the ‘Charcoal grilled whole free range chicken with sage and lemon’ sings with summer flavour and the home-crafted ‘Blue Burger’ is sure to make your mouth water. The extensive drinks menu includes a vast and comprehensive wine list sourced from around the world, as well as a dazzling list of cocktails using the finest spirits and homemade syrups. Desserts are without doubt one of the finest features of the restaurant with original signature dishes such as the dreamy and somewhat indulgent ‘Chocolate Tartlette’ made with Valrhona Guanaja, 70% dark chocolate, hazelnut, olive oil ice cream and salt flower, vegan-friendly, lactose-free and with the possibility of ordering it gluten-free too. Other options include the fragrant ‘Lavender Frozen Yogurt’ or typically eastern ‘Basbusa’. Chiringuito Blue is a fantastic place to enjoy a drink as an après-beach treat while the sun goes down. Evening meals at the restaurant, under the stars are the perfect way to end the day. Every Thursday evening throughout the summer brings ‘Jueves Blue’ a soirée of dinner, cocktails and musical talent, with a different artist every week. Families are well catered for at Chiringuito Blue, with your little guests welcomed and entertained by one of the island’s premier child-minding service companies every day. The tasty homemade dishes from the Kids Menu together with lots of games on the beach, face painting and crafts keep the little ones happy while the grown-ups relax on the shaded sofa. For your more casual snacks and tipples, the promenade kiosk offers coffee, soft drinks, tempting pastries and other healthy snacks to take away; perfect for those in a hurry or those who’d like to treat themselves to a tasty picnic on the sand or at the Chiringuito Blue beach club area, where you’ll find sun beds aplenty. Lunch and evening meals are served à la carte from 12:30 to 23:00h at the restaurant tables and throughout the summer, food and bar service can be ordered direct to your sun bed, so you can chill out and let the team take care of you! Team all this with Chiringuito Blue’s location and valet parking and you are guaranteed to enjoy an unwinding experience from beginning to end. Chiringuito Blue is a place to share and celebrate the simple pleasures of life around the table uniting families and friends. It is a space where people connect and celebrate in a vibrant dining experience with local produce and global influences. Chiringuito Blue was created for celebrating and offer private hire, whether it be for an intimate affair, a family reunion or wedding extravaganza. Whatever the occasion, the team will make it unique and memorable, taking care of everything.


When it comes to mains, the star of the show has to be the phenomenal fish dishes that fill your mouth with a taste of the ocean beyond.


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As part of the restaurant’s connection to local environmental organisations and events, Chiringuito Blue collaborates closely with Ibiza Preservation Foundation which works to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s unique environment and cultural heritage. They address several issues impacting the islands wellbeing including tourism, land use, water, energy, waste, biodiversity and transport. Chiringuito Blue is working towards being totally plastic-free, currently using 100% recyclable plastic and bio-degradable straws. The restaurant also organises regular beach clean-ups to raise awareness of the importance of reducing waste. Chiringuito Blue is part of the new W Ibiza (W Hotels Worldwide – Mariott International), and as you would come to expect from this iconic and world class brand, the service you receive is second to none, with every team member highly trained and passionate about their role, customer service and the cuisine they present. The restaurant building was designed by architecture studio Baranowitz + Kronenberg. Founded in 1999 and based between Tel Aviv and Amsterdam, the studio works internationally in both private and public sectors. The talented architects and designers’ portfolio includes five-star W Amsterdam hotel linking two historical buildings, interiors of Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza and award-winning restaurants such as Topolopompo and Pastel Brasserie in Tel Aviv. The studio maintains culture at the forefront of each project and focuses on a narrative to reflect the brands’ DNA through the design. As a result, inspiration from the landscape of Santa Eulalia is echoed in the casual but detailed design of Chiringuito Blue. The aesthetic of the beachside restaurant offers a laid-back and calm space using touches of bright colours throughout. Spotlight on Haim Cohen, Menu Curator at Chiringuito Blue Chiringuito Blue is proud to call the award winning chef Haim Cohen (1960, Tel Aviv), an integral part of their dynamic team and the curator of their innovative menu. As one of Israel’s top chefs and TV personalities, Cohen has been the leading judge on Israeli MasterChef for the past eight years and is one of the most respected chefs on Tel Aviv’s culinary scene. He opened his first restaurant, Keren, in 1985 serving nouvelle cuisine and currently has two leading restaurants in Tel Aviv: Dixie Grill Bar, a steakhouse opened in 1994, and Yaffo-Tel Aviv, opened in 2011, where his experience and personal taste come together. The chef is also culinary advisor to a number of high-end restaurants worldwide, including The Duchess in Amsterdam (awarded a Michelin star in 2017). Cohen’s love of Mediterranean cuisine brought him to the white isle where he curates the menu of Chiringuito Blue offering a unique concept. Here he can express his passion, bringing flavours from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean to Ibiza while focussing on fresh, local produce. The emphasis is on the quality of ingredients and highlights the rich legacy of Israeli flavours with influences from Greece, Turkey and Italy. Honest and pure food that provides a joyful experience bringing diverse people and cultures together. www.chiringuitoblueibiza.com









Presiding over one of Ibiza’s most iconic beaches, Elements Ibiza sits in pride of place on the south side of Benirras. The expansive, stylish concept space takes over an entire corner, incorporating an Ibiza beach restaurant, juice bar, lounge bar, treatment and massage room, boutique and more.


reated with love by long-term Italian-born, Ibiza resident Kiko Malcarne, the open plan space is a unique fusion of all-white surfaces, modern furnishings and décor created from recycled materials to create a natural, organic feeling. Deep in the harmony of natural beach environment, Elements offers a modern, ecological approach to the world of restaurants and entertainment. You’ll experience a magical atmosphere of full energy with the necessary elements to enjoy from morning to night. Take breakfast and read in front of the sea, check your emails, enjoy the fresh natural juices selection, delight over the Mediterranean menu prepared with a variety of local fresh organic products and let the team take care of every little detail. The handmade pasta is prepared everyday as is the bread and pizza, creating a totally delicious Italian taste. The concept behind Elements supports absolute respect for the environment and nature that it blends into. The free spirit of the restaurant makes it a very special spot to share with family, friends, with a loved one, your children or alone. Elements offers a modern and ecologic approach to food hospitality and entertainment. The Elements philosophy is “from farm to fork” agriculture and eco-sustainable consumption. It is a counter trend to globalisation that presupposes that agricultural products cultivated in a certain area do not travel more than 70/80 kilometers before reaching the final consumer and brings with it a series of undisputed advantages such as having extremely fresh products that do not get particular labelling, packaging or other long and complicated distribution procedures. CO2 emissions are reduced to a minimum and natural agricultural methods are used that do not involve pesticides, synthetic or chemical hormones. Lastly, there is an important cultural aspect: the customer feels closer to the agricultural reality of the place, coming into direct contact with the local fauna and flora. A commitment to safeguard local food, defend wild species’ biodiversity and convivial places often high in artistic and historical value is undertaken. All these efforts all for a more


careful tourism and cohabitation that respects the surrounding environment for a better future of the most valuable asset we have: Earth. Served from 9 am and all day long until the midnight (or more), the wide range of mediterranean delicacies offered by Elements Beach Bar and Restaurant, will provide all you need to enjoy a fantastic and complete beach day or, likewise, guarantee an elegant dinner during sunset accompanied by a menu elaborated with selected fresh and organic local product. The restaurant lives amidst other spaces: the Boutique dedicated to exclusive, trendy clothes and accessories chosen and brought from all over the world, a Cocktail Lounge Bar for time-out, a yummy outdoor Natural Juice Bar, and a Massage room with varied offers to enjoy in a neat and tidy, simple way charged with positive energy. “This place is overflowing with “good vibes” and no expectations. A “must” on the island of Ibiza” Elements Ibiza is renowned for its beach parties put on with that Spirit of Ibiza style and boast an incredible history of hosting top international guest and resident DJs, including the OpenLab team for two seasons. This year and for second season Elements Ibiza are bringing their unique party vibes to one of the most beautiful nightclubs in Ibiza; HEART Ibiza. Every Monday from July through to September 2018, passion, love, courage, life and respect will be celebrated through artistic performance art, visuals and music, capturing the essence, spirit and flair of Elements Ibiza at HEART. Elements Ibiza is also a wedding venue where couples and their guests can experience their special day surrounded by nature, from day in to night. Hailed as ‘an authentic place, a living place’, Elements Ibiza captures the spirit of Benirras and blends harmony, freedom, joy and laughter. It is this spirit, inspired by the four elements, that will guarantee your entertainment and satisfaction at Elements. For more information, please visit www.elements-ibiza.com

Hailed as ‘an authentic place, a living place’, Elements Ibiza captures the spirit of Benirras and blends harmony, freedom, joy and laughter.”




Refined Japanese cuisine in the heart of Ibiza. IZAKAYA presents modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences – it’s an outstanding shared–dining concept that will suit the cosmopolitan nature of Ibiza.

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IZAKAYA stands out as a socialising spot where parties of up to 15 guests are able to watch and share an inspiring culinary performance”


ehind this inspiring idea are renowned hospitality entrepreneurs Yossi Eliyahoo and Liran Wizman, owners and founders of Amsterdam–based ‘The Entourage Group’ and the Group’s CEO, Stephanie Pearson. The Group has already celebrated multiple successes including Amsterdam restaurants MOMO, MR PORTER and THE DUCHESS, and international brand THE BUTCHER, with five locations in Amsterdam and Berlin. IZAKAYA Amsterdam opened in 2012 and has become a firm favourite of locals, celebrities and the international jet set crowd. The show kitchen at IZAKAYA stands out as a socialising spot where parties of up to 15 guests are able to watch and share an inspiring culinary performance while seated along the polished steel chef’s table. Floating above it all is a stainless steel polished lamella ceiling that mimics water reflections. Outdoor cabanas and dining around the pool takes IZAKAYA under the sun, for which a laid back spatial experience is supported by simple bespoke design gestures. After sunset, sun loungers turn into cosy dining spaces. With DJs setting the energetic vibe throughout dinner, IZAKAYA turns the place into a music and drinking scene every night. Yossi Eliyahoo of The Entourage Group says; ‘’IZAKAYA is best translated as ‘Japanese pub’ – a place deeply rooted in the Japanese culture. Dishes are served on small plates that are made for sharing. In Amsterdam, IZAKAYA shaped this authentic concept into a high-end gastronomic experience. An extravagant Japanese cuisine meets Peruvian flavours. Authentic elements are given a contemporary twist when combined with creative techniques. This is not only presented in the menu but throughout the whole concept. It’s the essence of IZAKAYA; authentic yet never traditional. IZAKAYA is ready to kick off another summer in Ibiza.’’


Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, with spectacular dishes as a result. Executive Chef Hariprasad Shetty composed a sophisticated menu of a variety of small, unconventional dishes and specialties of the Robata grill, always daring guests to try something new. Time after time. Like in Amsterdam, the traditional Robata grill is centred in the heart of the restaurant in Ibiza, where guests will be able to watch the chef inimitably do their work. Besides the specialities of the Robata grill, IZAKAYA has a sophisticated menu of Sakana - a variety of small dishes - and dishes created with In 2017, Izakaya travelled to the Balearic Islands and settled at the heart of Sir Joan Hotel. Baranowitz + Kronenberg took the initial urban DNA of IZAKAYA, which they first defined in Amsterdam, and transcended it to the realm of a summer resort of laid–back sun-seeking elite, jet setters and smart party lovers. Perceived as an inside-out venue, the pool and cabanas are part and parcel of the Izakaya experience. Inspired by the maritime life of the Balearics, the IZAKAYA design resonates with yacht living where walnut wood planks, polished stainless steel details and socialising are fundamental. Along with redefining Asian culinary classics, IZAKAYA provides a cutting-edge twist to the bar with an array of house-infused tonics with the Japanese Shōchū as the base. The Shōchū is distilled from barley, buckwheat and sweet potato. Beside this Asian influenced cocktail menu, a giant wine fridge is the main feature of the central bar, offering a vast international fine wine library as well as a unique selection of Japanese sake, Shōchū and whiskeys. The iconic 360 degrees island bar is embraced by this overwhelming wine library set in state of the art fridges of crystal glass and polished steel. www.izakaya-restaurant.com





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Ever since exploding onto the foodie scene and serving up its first burger in Amsterdam in 2012, the butcher brand has reached legendary status.


ext followed several successful openings around Europe and in 2017, The Butcher conquered another global hotspot; Ibiza. The high-end burger bar serves the best burgers of the Balearic and now its ready for another sizzling summer of haute fast food and cool cocktails in 2019. “As a creative concept developer, I envision and feel the places I design before they actually exist. I always create places that suit the locals but try to offer them something new at the same time. It’s extremely important to get to know the market; you can’t ignore a city and its people’s heritage. I love to develop something from the roots and pay attention to every tiny detail. Every aspect has to be captured by the same language. I’m not creating restaurants, I’m creating experiences.” - Yossi Eliyahoo, Founder & Co-Owner of The Entourage Group Committed to serving ‘bloody delicious burgers’ throughout Europe, The Butcher found his sixth home on Ibiza. The burger bar situated in boutique hotel Sir Joan overlooks the well-loved Old Town of the island. True to its metropolitan home, The Butcher is a full-service concept offering all-day and night haute fast food. From 13.00 PM till 1.00 AM from April 23 till the 19th of May and from 13.00 PM till 7.00 AM as of the 20th. Everything is done with the greatest craftsmanship. The “butchers” in the kitchen exclusively work with the best quality Aberdeen Angus beef. From the best meat to the selection of herbs, the fresh vegetables, the special signature sauce, right down to the homemade semi-brioche bun; The Butcher constantly commits to creating the best quality burgers. Ibiza’s haute fast food menu consists of all The Butcher classics: the glorious ‘The Butcher’ Angus beef burger, the notorious ‘The Ugly’, the ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘The Butcher’s Wife's Favourite’ chicken burger, ‘The Codfather’ fish and chips and ‘The Veggie Delight’. The drinks menu is equally as indulgent, with The Butcher vowing to ‘quench one’s thirst’ with a menu of homemade milkshakes. For the design of The Butcher Ibiza, award winning architects BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG were inspired by the maritime life of the Balearics. The iconic Delft Blue tiles, which cover the story of The Butcher, have been transformed. They bring out the essence of the new home, where seamen tattoos, sails and navigation charts are the backdrop for a sizzling experience. The story of The Butcher began back in 2012, when the aim was to serve the best bloody burgers


throughout Europe. He brought his ambition into practice with Albert Cuyp and its ‘K.I.Q’ (keep it quiet) secret kitchen. The success of this first high-end burger bar in Amsterdam led to the opening of The Butcher West (2014), food truck The Butcher on Wheels (2016), The Butcher Berlin (2016), The Butcher Nine Streets (2016), The ButcherSocial Club (2016), and finally The Butcher Ibiza. The burger bar, created by serial entrepreneur Yossi Eliyahoo of The Entourage Group, will not rest after this second European expansion with the upcoming The Butcher Milan. The Entourage Group is an unrivalled hospitality empire, renowned for creating internationally acclaimed food and beverage concepts across the world. Their wide range of expertise has been cultivated extensively through years of hospitality management, operations and fine dining experience. Owners and founders Yossi Eliyahoo and Liran Wizman, along with the group’s managing director Stephanie Pearson, inspire the group to continually set the new standard for modern hospitality. Aside from the ever-growing Butcher empire, the currently owned portfolio includes MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar (Amsterdam, Hamburg, Ibiza and Munich), SHIRKHAN, MR PORTER, awarded by Michelin THE DUCHESS and MAD FOX club Amsterdam. Due to the success of the group, founder Yossi Eliyahoo was awarded ‘Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the prestigious Entrée Hospitality Awards 2015. www.thebutcher.com

From the best meat to the selection of herbs, the fresh vegetables, the special signature sauce, right down to the homemade semi-brioche bun; The Butcher constantly commits to creating the best quality burgers.”




The Bar Ibiza is the leading mobile bar service in Ibiza. The Bar Ibiza have your every need covered as we celebrate our 10th anniversary on the island. thebaribiza.com



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Hostal SALINAS The Boutique Hostal Salinas was created by the owners of Bar Lo Cura, Düsi Wolfmeir, Anita Dey and Dj David Phillips in April 2009. This 11-room hotel sits directly behind Ibiza’s hippest beach Salinas, with its own restaurant and outdoor area and is smack bang in the centre of a spectacular nature reserve, boasting sand dunes, forests, salt plains, beautiful beaches and incredible sunset views. Once you’ve arrived, it is almost impossible to leave…


ust don’t be fooled by the name – a backpackers hostel this is not! This hotel offers a simple yet chic experience that is down to earth and authentically Ibiza. Whether you are friends looking for the Ibizan party experience, or a family seeking adventure, your legendary Ibizan hosts will satisfy your every need, providing expert insiders knowledge and advice.

"With friends from our collective background and a chance connection with some world press, the baby was born and quickly up and running. It quickly made a name in Ibiza which we hope represents a cool, funny, unpretentious and cluedup take on the island in the face of some of the boombastic developments going on in modern day Ibiza. With just 11 rooms we are hands on in making sure guests and visitors get a true and lasting impression of the wonderful things Ibiza has to offer. We'll show you a good time, tell you the best places to go and if we're going, you're coming with us" Co-owner and iconic Ibiza DJ David Phillips The rooms are simple yet chic in décor, well lit and boast mod cons such as a safe, air conditioning, hair dryer and mini-bar. All rooms are doubles; however some are slightly larger and can fit an extra bed or cot for children. With such breath-taking surrounds, the team have made sure that all the balconies to both the front and rear are spacious and comfortable and boast incredible views of the salt fields and beautiful scenery of Salinas National Park.


We'll show you a good time, tell you the best places to go and if we're going, you're coming with us”. Hailed as one of the best located boutique hotels on island, the hotel is situated directly behind the dunes of infamous Salinas beach. A kilometer of white sand big enough to play host to a whole spectrum of beach pursuits from sailing to family picnics right through to the chic club orientated beach bars at the far end, famous for their sun drenched soundtracks and beautiful clientele. Further inspection behind the beach reveals another world of possibilities such as nature walks, cycling, trekking and sheer enjoyment of these idyllic surroundings. If you want to explore further afield, then Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza Town with their world-class restaurants, nightclubs, bars and beached are all only a mere 10-minute drive past the island’s iconic salt flats. You’ll also find Ibiza airport within a 15 minute drive.






If you want to take a break from the local beach bars, then the on site restaurant, Marisquería Salinas fuses genuine Spanish cuisine with honest prices. The head chef Miguel Casal Tojo hails from Galicia on Spain’s Atlantic coast, famous for the finest of Spanish cuisine. His philosophy is simple; employ the very best of local produce prepared to order without fuss and let the flavours shine through. You’ll find succulent steaks grilled to perfection, traditional Galician octopus, fresh and light ceviche, wholesalt-baked or grilled local fish all gracing the menu as well as an array of gardenfresh salads and daily specials. The menu also has various options for vegetarians/vegans. All guests stay at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast buffet is kept simple yet fresh and provides the perfect start to your day on the island. A selection of freshly baked breads and pastries sit alongside cereals, cold cuts and hot dishes, satisfying every breakfast whim. The hotel itself is sat within an exquisite Mediterranean garden, adorned with luscious plants, artist murals and captivating flowers. Here within this idyllic setting you’ll find the hotel swimming pool and Lo Cura, the outdoor lounge bar where you can chill with a cool glass in hand. Lo Cura is laid back and synonymous for it’s regular live DJ sets laid on throughout the summer months. You don’t have to sleep at the hotel to enjoy the experience. This is an ideal destination for private parties, celebrations and weddings, with full venue hire available when you want to party from dusk till dawn. www.boutiquehostalsalinas.com


This is an ideal destination for private parties, celebrations and weddings, with full venue hire available when you want to party from dusk till dawn.”








Wherever we may roam, so many of us crave being immersed fully in the country’s culture, being exposed to the real life goings on of that destination, and feeling like a local. Where we stay needs to be one-of-a-kind, breathtaking and something we haven’t experienced yet. We want our minds opened, broadened and inspired. Sir Hotels is a boutique hotel collection that was designed for exactly that purpose, aimed at those seeking authentic experiences in unique locations.


he collection was created by the award-winning Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC). It launched in Amsterdam back in 2013 with the opening of Sir Albert, located in a former diamond factory in the city’s vibrant De Pijp district. Sir Savigny then opened in the heart of Berlin’s Charlottenburg district in 2016, quickly followed by Amsterdam's Sir Adam, located in the iconic A’DAM Tower. 2017 saw the openings of Hamburg's charming Sir Nikolai and Ibiza's heavenly Sir Joan and Barcelona's Sir Victor opened its doors in early 2019. No matter which country you visit, each hotel combines historical architecture, impeccable interior design and extraordinary events that embrace the local community. Situated prominently in the very centre of Ibiza you will find a private paradise, overlooking the port and Old Town; Sir Joan. This intimate retreat reflects the island’s vibrant culture and sensuality. It is a free-spirited yet modern hotel that embraces any and all—from party hoppers to bohemian recluses. Clubbers will find themselves just moments away from the iconic Pacha club and those seeking a luxury escape can wander down to Puerto de Ibiza with its fabulous bars, waterside dining and world-class entertainment. If it’s the beach life you seek, Talamanca beach is just a stones throw away and for those who are born to shop, you can take a stroll and find the city centre with its exclusive boutiques and bohemian markets just around a few corners. Whilst you’re very much in the centre of it all, we guarantee you, you won't hear a thing. Sir Joan’s 38 rooms and suites are all sound proofed and designed by the award-winning architects and interior designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg. Keeping to the Sir ethos of embracing local features, they integrate the island’s nautical elements, including stripped wood yacht floors and highly polished stainless-steel wall panels that visually emulate the sunlit waves. Every room has one or two private balconies, curated local art and books by Spanish writers. The bathrooms are impeccably designed with Carrara marble and wood details and equipped with his and her sinks, a rain shower, luxurious bath products and local Ayurvedic oils. Guests can choose from a whole plethora of luxury room options, all varying in size and budgets but all guaranteeing the ultimate night’s sleep, especially when each bed is adorned with the Sir Bedding Collection featuring 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. Sir Boutique rooms are approximately 24 square meters and fitted with all the standard luxurious amenities and impeccable design, whilst the Sir Deluxe room has a little more space and sun flooding in all day long. All Deluxe rooms feature a king-size bed as well as a spacious private balcony and a tropical palm tree view.


Situated prominently in the very centre of Ibiza you will find a private paradise, overlooking the port and Old Town; Sir Joan. This intimate retreat reflects the island’s vibrant culture and sensuality.




SiR JOAN Spread out in the 40-square-meter Sir Supreme room you’ll find extra-special extras including an in-room lounge and a balcony. The king-size beds and the bathroom’s high-power rain shower will bliss you out! Or how about soaking up the magnificent views in the 50-square-meter Sir Grand? Each suite features a lounge and two private balconies with outdoor seating areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of Old Town and the port make this space exceptional. In addition to the luxurious bath products, local Ayurvedic oils and plush bedding, every Sir Grand room boasts a high-power rain shower and a king-size (sometimes round!) bed. If you’re part of a gaggle of friends travelling together, then the Sir Sun Deck is for you, combining two Sir Deluxes and one Sir Supreme via a large terrace overlooking the pool and Ibiza’s Old Town. For the ultimate extravagance, Sir Joan plays host to a duet of glorious Penthouses that can act as your own luxurious hideaway, overlooking the whole island. You can either book one, measuring at 65 square meters or go loco and book both, known as the Grand Penthouse. Each of the two Penthouses include two private bedrooms and lounges (with the ultimate cocktail bar setup). The 80-square-meter terrace encircling the Penthouses has outdoor seating areas, an open-air kitchen and private cabanas. Aside from jaw-dropping bedrooms, exquisite design and an unrivalled location, Sir Joan Hotel has worldclass foodie credentials to boot. Highlighting that Ibiza offers more than paella and tapas, the ground of the hotel features the Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar and The Butcher burger restaurant. Izakaya is without doubt a culinary hot spot and absolute authority on Asian gastronomy. The restaurant has taken the traditional Japanese dining experience to a higher level with extravagant Japanese cuisine with a South American twist and high-quality cocktails. Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner, Izakaya is a must-visit whether you are staying at the hotel or further afield. The Butcher is a high-end yet casual burger bar that connects Ibiza’s nighthawks and early birds, satisfying each craving with inventive, delicious burgers. Away from the restaurants and bedrooms, the Sir Joan Hotel communal areas have an exclusive membership club feel to them. Peaceful during the day and alive after the sun goes down, The Bar is where locals and guests connect over exceptional cocktails, whilst the tranquil saltwater plunge pool is the perfect complement to the Ibiza sun. As well as sun loungers running the length of the pool, you’ll find café style tables and chairs allowing you to sip, eat and lounge poolside and let your worries float away. Designed as a new service connecting their guests with friends of the hotel, Sir Explore is a concept whereby the hotel hooks you up with an experienced host who can provide you with a fresh perspective on the island. Your host will show you a unique side of Ibiza, helping you learn something new and, of course, making sure you have a ton of fun. The hosts are people they trust, that they’ve met out on the town and hang out with on weekends.


They have that special magic that turns a trip into an adventure and makes a stranger feel like a long-lost friend. The team at Sir Joan have handpicked​​some​​ of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​epic​ ​and​ ​unforgettable​ ​experiences​ ​ you can have on the White Isle and offer them to guests, arranging all the details for you. How do you fancy an Es Portixol Hike and Snorkel with Paolo, a nature expert and Ibiza native? He’ll take you out for a day of adventure, starting with an 8 kilometre hike and ending with a dive into the sea. Perhaps you would rather explore the more mystical side of Ibiza with local yogi Oihana? The day begins with a flowing yoga practice to wake up the body and mind to the magnetic magic of the northern shores. From there, you will be guided on a hike through rocky cliffs to discover hidden coves, take in breathtaking views and even harvest some Ibizan sea salt, all while Oihana explains the legends of the healing island. If you’re more content on sea than land, then classic boating with Alba, a local pro sea woman might just be on the agenda. Join Alba for a local sailing trip on her stunning, traditional llaüt, or even take control and be your own captain. Speaking of all thing nautical, the Sir Hotel Collection have their very own seafaring vessel. Hop aboard for a magical outing on the Mediterranean Sea. The Sir Boat features a sleek, modern design and the captain and crew members will take the utmost care of you. This 60-foot dayboat with a captain and crew member is docked in Ibiza or Barcelona and can accommodate up to 10 guests and reach up to 40 knots. Relax and enjoy the sea and sun whilst the team handle the drinks and bites. You will be provided with complimentary drinks, coffee and snacks and when it’s time to eat, you can be hooked up with Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar for delicious Japanese food. Each Sir Hotel is a product of its environment, distinctly inspired by its respective community in both design and ethos. To give thanks, all Sir Hotels support local organisations that are making great strides for their cities by donating one euro for each night of your stay. Sir Joan is partners with The Ibiza Preservation Foundation (IPF), an organisation that seeks to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional natural beauty as well as promote sustainable initiatives. www.sirhotels.com/en/joan





Listed as one of the ‘top art hotels’ in the world by Country & Townhouse magazine, one of the ‘Top 100 Hotels in the world’ by Sunday Times Travel and winner of ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ by the prestigious White Ibiza Awards for three years running, Pikes hotel is set around sprawling fairytale gardens with a famous aquamarine pool. Lovingly restored in 2011 by Andy McKay and Dawn Hindle founders of the world-famous Ibiza Rocks brand, Pikes is a cultural hub and one of the few places worldwide that is genuinely steeped in a unique pedigree of authentic rock n roll history.


awn Hindle and Andy McKay are founders of music brand Ibiza Rocks and owners of Pikes Ibiza. They were also the co-founders of Manumission, the biggest and most famous club night in the world that launched in 1993 with over 1.5 million visitors over 15 years that gained global notoriety and redefined nightclubbing. In 2005 they recognised the shift in youth culture and launched Ibiza Rocks that pioneered the social rejuvenation of the island. Dawn Hindle is also co-founder of True Rocks jewellery. A rock ’n'roll meets kitsch designer jewellery label famous for their collaborations with Brit artists Gavin Turk and Polly Morgan that launched at Liberty in London and online truerocks.com Pikes was originally created in the late 1970’s by the legendary Tony Pike. For the last few decades Pikes has been a playground for the music and film elite with regular guests including artists such as Grace Jones, Tony Curtis, Spandau Ballet, George Michael (who filmed ‘Club Tropicana’ in the pool) and Freddie Mercury who held his 41st birthday party there. Last year Primal Scream held their after-party at Pikes (attended by Kate Moss and Jade Jagger) and highlights included a photographic exhibition by fashion and celebrity and portrait photographer Diana Gomez, where illuminated images of icons such as Courtney Love and Jaime Winstone were dotted around the grounds and even sunk into the swimming pool. If you’re feeling sporty, there is a neon pink tennis court, whirlpool tub, and a variety of massages, fitness and yoga classes offered in the 'Rockovery' tent day to night. There are 25 comfortable and spacious rooms and junior suites as well as a gorgeous vast apartment ‘La Residencia’, with walls hung with stunning photographic images by Victor Spinelli, Jerome Ferriere and other artists. Each room has a whimsical character and sexy Balearic feel, with décor that gives a nod to the hotel’s rock’n' roll roots with added extras such as one room with a vintage record player or a sunken bathtub inside another.

For the last few decades Pikes has been a playground for the music and film elite.



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Pikes Ibiza have never been backwards about coming forward, and their latest collaboration is a match made in heaven. Avantgarde lingerie label Agent Provocateur have teamed up with Pikes on a number of initiatives this year, kicking off by taking their show on the road with a high profile influencer trip to Pikes. Creative Director Sarah Shotton was joined by top influencers including Sydney Lima, Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor, Simran Randhawa, Sophie Ball, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Tali Lennox and Elizabeth Jane Bishop who showcased their new Pleasure Patrol swimwear range poolside at Pikes. Watch out for a pop-up Agent Provocateur swimwear shop at the Pikes Love Shack, a bespoke cocktail offering ‘The Provocateur’ and even an exclusive end of season party in September. Pikes started their summer with the first exhibition of the year when Justin Robertson brought his artwork to Pikes for his debut Ibiza exhibition in June. The compact selection of works reflected an interest in cosmic bodies, magical symbolism and the secret life of machines. The collection included three brand new pieces that had never been shown before including ‘The Sun Bubble’ dedicated especially to Pikes. All pieces are limited editions of three and are available for sale at Pikes. For 2019 the Pikes calendar once again boasts a whole season of iconic Ibiza music and arts, with the return of Pikes House Parties and summer residencies from Artwork, Bushwacka!, Crazy P, Leon Vynehall, PBR Streetgang and more. In addition Melon Bomb, Flash and Cosmic Pineapple, are all back by popular demand. Nightmares on Wax will also be presenting Wax Da Jam and be hosting ten special Mondays at Pikes from 3rd June to 3rd August. Covering a whole spectrum of musical tastes, Pikes have just

For 2019 the Pikes calendar once again boasts a whole season of iconic Ibiza music and arts, with the return of Pikes House Parties and summer residencies. confirmed that back again for the third year running from London’s Soho is Ronnie Scotts Live, who are planning a series of dinner and live music dates throughout the summer season as part of their 60th birthday celebrations through to September 2019. Pikes are well-known for their exclusive and wellattended charity events and once again for the second year running will host ‘Choose Love’, an event in aid of Help Refugees. Syrian TV Chef and refugee himself Imad Alarnab takes over Pikes kitchen to prepare a mouthwatering Syrian dinner each month throughout the summer up until September. When it comes to dining, Pikes Ibiza know how to treat their guests and leave them wanting more. Pikes Room 39 at Pikes has become ‘the’ place to go on the island for a sublime dining experience after winning the prestigious Best Restaurant Award in White Ibiza’s Best Of Ibiza Readers’ Choice Awards. Their destination restaurant has a distinctly British stance on cuisine that mixes classic dishes with modern cooking methods. Pikes Kitchen,’ Head Chef Lee Milne’s team is stronger than ever for the 2019 season with a number of passionate new Chefs with a wealth of culinary experience to add to Pikes kitchen. 2019 will also see the return of everyone’s favourite Pikes On Sundays experience the island's best Sunday roast, served up by the Pikes kitchen team. For a less formal snack, take a swim to the world famous pool immortalised in Wham´s Club Tropicana video; Pikes Pool Bar. The Pool Bar offers an extensive variety of drinks from Sangrias to delicious cocktails and fruit smoothies for you to enjoy and the Poolside Food Menu satisfies all tastes and hungers with a selection of dishes ranging from Crunchy salads, meaty Kobe Burgers, tasty Tapas or an All Day Breakfast for the late risers… Room rates start at 149 Euros for a double room in low season: Pikes Ibiza opens 27th April until end of October 2019. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.pikesibiza.com



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The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, is a haven of serenity to live out your dream holiday in Ibiza.


ocated in a unique and magical frame, this classic white washed Ibiza style property is suspended on the coastal frontline, 180m high over the sea level and in the heart of a preserved natural park. Here you can enjoy perfect tranquility at your leisure but on the flip side, you are only a 30 minutes’ drive from Ibiza’s frenetic life, where everything can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. The resort has 77 rooms and suites, several meeting and banquet rooms to celebrate your event in Ibiza, two restaurants, an indoor and outdoor bar, a Spa with outdoor and indoor facilities, three fresh-water swimming pools (two outdoors and one indoor), sun terraces with towels and sun-beds service, and a whole host of sporting and leisure facilities. At the Hacienda Na Xamena, everything is created with harmony between the outside and the inside: patios, arches, galleries, plants, white architecture and the spectacular entrance of a great Ibiza´s style country estate. From each room and suite, guests can admire and immerse themselves with nature: the turquoise blue sea, the dazzling sky, the wild cliffs and unforgettable sunsets that have always enchanted. The team’s goal is to offer guests an unforgettable experience which stands out from the other classic five star resorts. The architecture, the design, the discreet but elegant team and the services and activities, all ensure guests discover the magnificence of living magical experiences.

The team’s goal is to offer guests an unforgettable experience which stands out from the other classic five star resorts. 132

The aim here is to ensure a short stay at the Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza resort offers better relaxation than longer holidays anywhere else. The connection with nature allows guests to get back to the natural rhythm of life and fully enjoy the day, experiencing its four special moments – sunrise, noon, sunset and the starlight sky. This luxury resort and freedom on the white island has, without any doubt, a revitalising and invigorating effect not easily rivalled anywhere else. Hacienda Na Xamena idea was born back in the late sixties when Ibiza was very different to what guests can see and experience today. The local residents lived isolated from the world, with only one ferry to join the mainland per week. Then, the artists and hippies, looking for an enlightened lifestyle, closer to nature, grew interested in the “Jewel of the Balearic islands”. It was during this time that Belgian architect Daniel Lipszyc and his wife fell in love with this authentic and unspoilt version of Ibiza. In 1969 they started the construction of the Hotel Hacienda (as it was named at the time), a hotel of quality and great comfort, perfectly integrated into the landscape, protecting the surrounding nature. It was a job for a real pioneer as there were no roads, water, electricity or telephone lines at the time. Taking advantage of the infrastructure implemented for the hotel, the housing estate of Na Xamena was created nearby.

Officially opened in 1971, and in 1988, the hotel was awarded with its fifth star, becoming the most quoted hotel on the island, characterised by its discreet luxury.



The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, officially opened in 1971, and in 1988, the hotel was awarded with its fifth star, becoming the most quoted hotel on the island, characterised by its discreet luxury, it´s distinguished but familiar atmosphere and its attentive service. The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, also acquired its name and fame through its clientele, photo shoots, and filmed movies and series. The 77 rooms and suites each have their own private balcony or patio as well as a jacuzzi and bath tub facing the window with views to the glistening Mediterranean Sea. In addition the Eden room, Suite Junior Eden, and Na Xamena Suite offer the guests a pleasant moment of exclusivity from their private mini pool. All rooms are equipped with minibar, airconditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, safe, cosmetic mirror, hairdryer and all other five-star standard services and amenities that ensure your every creature comfort is met.


The 77 rooms and suites each have their own private balcony or patio as well as a jacuzzi and bath tub facing the window with views to the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

When it comes to gastronomy, Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza has set a high standard offering the best cuisine in Ibiza for many decades. Today, the chef Fran López brings to Ibiza two Michelin Stars, and culinary knowledge and experience, to continue the tradition and offer clients luxury dining experiencies in Ibiza. The Edén Restaurant & Lounge has a unique atmosphere and considered by many as the best sunset place in Ibiza. This onsite restaurant is an incredible location to live a unique dining experience. Embedded within the Hacienda Na Xamena incredible location, the Eden Restaurant and Lounge has an outdoor dining terrace suspended on the coastal frontline, 180m high over the sea level, in the heart of a preserved natural park. At the Eden Restaurant, every dish is the result of our passion for cooking: the team search for the best ingredients and study the local cuisine, to elaborate and create new delicious meals. They love food but they know it’s not all: for a perfect experience visitors need a special place and a special team to serve them. That is why they have chosen a great and styled place to serve our cuisine: in the North of the island our diners can admire the best side of nature: the turquoise blue sea, the dazzling sky, the wild cliffs and the unforgettable Ibiza sunsets. The objective is to offer visitors a memorable experience which stands out from the other restaurants and eating propositions. The decor, the staff careful service and the dishes are all made to ensure guests discover the magnificence of living high-quality moments. On special occasions and especially on weekends, you can enjoy live music at the Edén Restaurant, along with the best sunset vibes of the island and a delicious cocktail.







The Edén Restaurant & Lounge has a unique atmosphere and considered by many as the best sunset place in Ibiza. This onsite restaurant is an incredible location to live a unique dining experience.

For those looking for a more casual dining experience, ‘By the Pool’ is a pool snack and cocktail bar open from midday to 22:30 and exclusively reserved for the resident guests. The menu is simple and tasty with classics such as avocado salads, hamburgers or club sandwiches, but also lighter vegetarian options, such as delicate tapas. For some ultimate relaxation, the resort spa, La Posidonia is named after the colony of seaweed that lives in the underwater world of Ibiza and Formentera. A team of professionals make hotel and external guests relax and forget the stress of everyday life. Skincare brand SkinCeuticals and La Posidonia Spa have teamed up to bring the knowledge of science to a range or facial and corporal treatments. The spa offers a world of sensations for the body and mind, with six treatment rooms, relaxation, Hammam and the SkinCeuticals SkinScope. For those looking for adventure, the resort are able to offer activities both onsite and excursions further afield. The resort has two outdoor pools and one indoor, with the main outdoor pool being sustainably lightly heated via Solar Panels installed on the roof. You’ll also find a games room which welcomes kids and big kids alike and is equipped with a Play Station 4, a cinema, various table and children games, a foosball table, Ping-Pong table, giant chess, and billiards. The synthetic outdoor pitch will delight the sporting types and is versatile to accommodate Football, Volleyball, and Tennis. You’ll also find a boules area, mountain bikes, pool accessories, and more, all complementary for guests. The onsite gym is small but very complete. You can stay healthy and keep up the shape during your holidays and if you like to jog, the surrounding area of the resort is a perfect playground. www.haciendanaxamena-ibiza.com



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Room 39 at Pikes has become ‘the’ place to go on the island for a sublime dining experience after winning the prestigious Best Restaurant Award in White Ibiza’s Best Of Ibiza Readers’ Choice Awards. Our destination restaurant, headed up by Gordan Ramsey trained Head Chef Lee Milne, has a distinctly British stance on cuisine that mixes classic dishes with modern cooking methods.

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being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.”




Ibiza is one of the most famous places in world to charter a luxury boat and enjoy the stunning vistas the island has to offer from the sea. If it’s just for a day cruise to the small island of Formentera to have a swim in the crystal clear waters or a week long trip to explore the many hidden beaches around Ibiza - Smart Charter Ibiza is the largest boat charter company on the spot and they provide their clients with all they need for the perfect experience onboard.


ive years ago Charlie Veale, a long time residents, started the company by buying an old boat which he restored and rented out afterwards. The foundation was laid. Today Smart Charter Ibiza still consists of these two parts: maintenance and charter. Both are linked and one wouldn’t work without the other and it wouldn’t work without the team behind both parts either; from Veale who grew up on the island and developed a passion for boats from a very young age to Alessandra Grisoni who was drawn into this dream of building a charter company when they’ve met. Four years ago they merged with another company that already owned a few boats even though they didn’t offer refitting or painting but they now had a proper little fleet that constantly grew. Today they have 52 boats available for charter, 48 of them owned exclusively by the company. Most of them are based in the city’s port but since there is not enough space for such a big fleet they are some also based around the island with more than a hundred staff looking after them in summer season. From Christina, who works in the Sales department and moved from Miami to the island to Ugne who left from her home country Lithuania to seek a new life on Ibiza to Fidi, Abraham and Dazzla who all put their hearts into the company and make it what is is today: a great success.


Most of the team members are residents and know the island like the back of their hands. The company is very proud to provide this personal service with all crew members speaking both English and Spanish and many also French and German. No matter what requests a client has, this is the place to get customised service, a great choice of boats and insider knowledge about the best spots to discover. There are so many beautiful sailing routes around the island that are blissfully traffic free even in peak season. Exposing a coastline where the water is shimmering in all shades of blue and the beaches are unspoilt, with some of Ibiza’s best kept secret dining destinations tucked away in hidden coves and secret bays.

There are so many beautiful sailing routes around the island that are blissfully traffic free even in peak season.”




Most of the holidayers go on a day cruise to escape the hustle and bustle of Ibiza in high season and to sail in and out of some of the most beautiful and bohemian beaches. The island’s north remains one of the last undiscovered bastions of Ibiza with Cala Xarraca, Cala Xuclar, or Cala d’en Serra. There are also a few tiny but stunning beaches that are only accessible by boat where there is a good chance of being completely alone. Whether you prefer to sunbathe on the deck of your yacht, to stretch out and bask on dry land or to swim and snorkel amongst the abundant marine life, there’s something very special about having all this beauty just for yourself. If you’re in a big group a full day out on a power boat will cost much the same as supper in a smart restaurant. Of course you can also invest into a bigger boat to take some more time to explore all the beautiful spots around the magic White Island. Many clients stay onboard for a week and putter about the quiet coves aboard a sleek yacht. The 10-person Sunseeker Tomahawk is a great choice to explore the shores of Ibiza in style: the sleek and sexy speedboat comes with a huge sound system and looks and acts the part. Have the cabin stocked with some cold sparkling cava and set off from the port beside Ibiza’s old town around Cap de Falco and Las Salinas towards the bay of Es Torrent. The samenamed restaurant is the perfect place to disembark and go for a lovely lunch. Drop anchor beside nearby Es Vedra, the little rocky island which is Ibiza's unofficial totem – it’s the third most magnetic place in the world. There is also a natural diving platform close by chiselled into the rock face of even tinier neighbouring island Es Vedranell. Smart Charter Ibiza boats all come equipped with snorkel equipment and towels, drinks and snacks, and catering can be arranged. For those who fancy an adventure, the fast and super sleek Sunseeker Superhawk 48 is probably the best water toy. Not only will you look like James Bond, this boat is fast enough to also escape any enemy you might have made by showing off with this eye-catcher.


Sailing fans will love the Aiglon 122, a two-masted 45-meter schooner complete with sleek, classic lines that lend her her namesake, The Eagle. Take on some exhilarating coastal sailing in the sparkling Balearic Sea. Less experienced sailors can go on short trips between hidden calas - beaches - while strong winds make for rewarding longer voyages for more advanced crews. One of the newest and most luxurious additions to the fleet is the Blue Jay which comes with five cabins. This Tecnomar Velvet 120 might not be the most affordable option to just shipper around for a bit, but most certainly the perfect choice for a once in a lifetime experience on sea. Having this great boat added to their fleet didn’t seem to be enough for the ambitious young team around Veale and Grisoni. Very recently, they decided to actually take things even further and partnered up with Boatsetter, the biggest online platform for boat charter in the world. Based in Miami, Boatsetter is a three-party marketplace where private boat owners and professional charter companies, captains and renters meet. Like an Air BnB for boats, users can pick nearby ones, rent it with a captain attached or pick a separate crew, and quickly get out on the water at an affordable price. Since the private owners are just trying to make back some of the non-stop expenses of keeping a boat afloat, Boatsetter is easy and affordable and now also available on Ibiza. With this expansion the US-company made a big step into becoming more global while for the Spanish company on Ibiza it is a great success to be linked with the big player in Florida. It is the perfect merger in a world where a materialistic culture is slowly shifting into a more experiential one. People don’t want to spend a ton of money or learn the boating skills to get out on the water. They want to do amazing things they can capture on their camera phones and share on their social networks. They want memories. And it’s hard to top gliding over the waves with friends on your own private boat… even if it’s just for the afternoon. www.smartcharteribiza.com

Many clients stay onboard for a week and putter about the quiet coves aboard a sleek yacht. ”



MUSTANG ADVENTURES Drive a classic droptop Mustang in Ibiza!

There is simply no cooler, more exciting way to conquer Ibiza than in a classic convertible Ford Mustang!”


biza is an island known for its breathtaking scenery, stunning resorts dotted throughout and the adventure hiding around every corner. To be able to explore this island of possibilities, you’d be wise to get yourself some wheels and there is simply no cooler, more exciting way to conquer Ibiza than in a classic convertible Ford Mustang! As one of the most iconic cars of all time, this prestigious motor fits so perfectly on the White Isle. Embark upon countless stunning drives in the centre, north and south west of the island, explore the many beaches, picturesque villages, the countryside with small vineyards and olive groves, all the quirky shops and cafes scattered around the island, markets, art galleries, and much more. The classic 1960’s Mustangs create a real sensation wherever they go, attracting admiring glances along the way. It’s like going back to the vibe of those 60’s iconic movies. Driving one is quite simply fun on wheels! You do not need to be a classic car aficionado to appreciate the wind in your hair and the sound of the engine, whilst pumping some great tunes in the bluetooth speakers. Their retro charm cannot fail to make you feel like you are in a classic Hollywood movie, living the dream in this fantasy motor. Based on the island, Mustang Adventures offers these cars both as self-drive hire and with a driver (should you not have a designated driver!) They also offer guided tours of Ibiza in the Mustangs, where they show you some of their favourite local spots, making recommendations and pointing out the history behind the island. Married couple Caroline and Conor who run Mustang Adventures know the island inside out and they can take you to those hidden beaches and the hippest hangouts, or the best catch of the day beach lunch! As the Mustangs are comfortable 4-seaters, (potentially fitting five people with a bit of a squeeze), you can enjoy a special day out with family and friends. Or why not rent a few droptops for a larger group, it will certainly get everyone’s attention!


Mustang Adventures have a fleet of eight classic Mustangs in various colours, of which five are convertibles. Our favourite colour would probably have to be the green convertible (although the denim blue is seriously cool too!). The cars have recently been restored to a very high level including the engines and even the interiors and paintwork. They are in tip top shape and very close to how they would have been when they left the factory. The brakes have been upgraded but apart from that they are totally original parts and are the real deal. The self-drive rental is on full day basis. The price depends on model, time of the season, and number of days rental. In high season the convertibles are around €499+VAT for one day and the hardtops €299+VAT. If you rent for more than one day the daily rate is lower. Mustang Adventures offer tailor-made services, so if you would like an airport pickup combined with a tour and/or driver service and a few hours of driving the car yourselves they can arrange that (convenient after a long boozy lunch!). www.mustangadventures.com







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IBIZA POLO CLUB The real Ibiza is full of hidden gems, so it is perhaps no surprise that Ibiza Polo Club has been quietly thriving in the north of the Island.


ocated close to San Lorenzo, the Morna valley hills create a stunning backdrop to the action on the polo field. Post polo the players and supporters enjoy drinks at the club house, often listening to live music as the sun goes down before heading off to dinner at one of the local restaurants or one of Ibiza´s magical parties. Visiting players enjoy the Ibiza lifestyle of beach clubs, boat trips to Formentera, shopping at the bohemian markets. “Back in 2009, Ibiza was famous around the world for many things, but none of them related to polo. The idea of creating a polo field from scratch and bringing more than 70 horses to the island would have been considered “loco” by anyone´s standards, but while it has been a crazy ride, I have made it happen thanks to amazing team around me.” says the charismatic Gabriel Iglesias, founder and owner of the club. Gabriel was a successful 6 goal polo player with an international career spanning the US, Dubai and Sottogrande in Spain. He and his wife Eva first bought the Beach polo concept to Ibiza in 2009. It was a huge success and in 2012 the club at its base in San Lorenzo was started. It has steadily grown to become a popular and vibrant club and a key destination for low goal, high fun polo in Europe. Maintaining a small, family run feel with a core group of members who are either residents or frequent visitors to the club, the club has also attracted the worlds best polo players thanks to Gabriel´s contacts and support from the polo world. Adolfito Cambiaso and Hazel Jackson, arguably the best male and female players in the world today have both played (and won) the Ibiza Beach Polo tournament. The unique tournament schedule, running from April through to October appeals to club members as well as visiting players.

The highlights for the 2019 summer season include the 6th Mixed tournament, where each team consists of 2 women and 2 men, the 4th Father and Son tournament, in which each team includes a father and son or mother and daughter 19th to 21st July and the 10th Beach polo tournament, now played at the club site on 1st to 4th August. Club chukkas is played every Wednesday and weekends without tournaments and visiting players are welcome to join. The club prides itself on introducing new players to the game, offering lessons and instructional chukkas to complete beginners. Many of the members were completely new to polo and have found themselves able to play in tournaments after just a few weeks of lessons and practices.

Back in 2009, Ibiza was famous around the world for many things, but none of them related to polo. The idea of creating a polo field from scratch and bringing more than 70 horses to the island would have been considered “loco”.




IBIZA POLO CLUB While based on a small island, the club has a wide international footprint. An Ibiza Polo Club team travelled to Cancun in March and successfully won a tournament. Last summer, the Ibiza Ladies Team were victorious at the British Ladies 12 goal tournament at Cowdray Park. Oxford University polo team have visited in April for a training camp for the past two years. They enjoy the opportunity to train on grass pre-season which has helped them to victory in the Varsity and Atlantic cups. The club continues to grow. As well as the main field, which is improving each year, the club now boasts a new stick and ball field and an arena. There are 40 horses at the club, many owned by members, although there is also a string available suitable for a wide range of experience levels from complete beginner to visiting professional. It’s not only the world renown polo schools that are excited to travel to Ibiza to play polo. Ibiza Polo Club School welcomes beginners, including children from 7 years old and up. The club also offers businesses a fascinating experience to develop strategy and collective team consciousness. It unites colleagues while they learn to play polo as a team, and is more accessible than many people believe. It is exhilarating and provides many individual challenges that develops confidence in ability. Each team has 4 players playing on the grass field or 3 players playing in the sand arena. It’s crucial that each player works together with his colleagues to win. This develops communication and enhances

The horses are all highly trained and your teams safety and comfort is their primary concern. Ibiza Polo Club itself offers a whole host of facilities. 152

the team mindset. In polo, the talent of each player relies on their teammates developing communication skills. On the field, they have to respond quickly to every situation. The collective strategy is as important as the individual skill of each player. This creates a need and willingness to develop a common solution to problems. The game is an exciting challenge that tests the physical and mental ability of each player. It is a truly unique experience that the team will remember. Safety comes first. Insurance is mandatory for all the players and world-class instructors conduct every lesson. The horses are all highly trained and your teams safety and comfort is their primary concern. Ibiza Polo Club itself offers a whole host of facilities. The Reception is open all week for information about registrations, sponsorship opportunities, polo school, private lessons, tournaments and practices. The club offers excellent facilities, a player’s dressing room, bathrooms, showers and a massage room. The club boasts 60 stables that are spacious, comfortable and perfectly ventilated. They have automatic watering, and the horses are bedded on a hypo-allergenic natural bedding. A 300 square meter roofed deck shelters the spectators and VIP guests so they can comfortably enjoy a polo game . There is a fully stocked bar and catering is available on pre-request. The Ibiza Polo Club has its own clothing brand which is available at the exclusive club shop. Known as a one-stop shop for all things polo, the shop also stocks an extensive range of polo whites, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, boots, helmets, knee pads and polo goggles. You can also find quality reins, bridles, saddles and other equipment from trusted international suppliers to ensure your equine partner is fully kitted out. www.ibizapoloclub.es



Gigglewater Catherine Monahan is the CEO and Founder of Gigglewater Productions Ltd, the new alcoholic beverage and lifestyle brand on the scene, taking Ibiza and now the world by storm, one bubble at a time. From the wines, to the bubblies, events and retreats, Catherine promises quality-driven, interesting, useful, upbeat products that reflects Gigglewater's mission of making balanced living a little bit easier and a load more fun. Intrigued to jump on the bandwagon (and off the wagon!), we caught up with Catherine to find out her story and what this Gigglewater is all about.

How did it all begin and how did the name Gigglewater come about? I've been in the wine business for many years - from 2002 and worked for big retailers like Sainsburys and Tesco, leading world distributors like Hardys/Constellation Brands and my own business creating private label brands for big UK supermarkets and pub groups and globally - creating bespoke blends, labels and so on. I also launched and ran a company like Dragon's Den but for wine - Winestars World - where we put winemakers/wineries in direct sales contact through bespoke events in China, Europe, UK. Gigglewater came about one and a half years ago, when I was designing a brand concept for a client about the Prohibition Speakeasy era in the USA in the 1920's and I came across a photo of 3 girls in black and white bathing suits on a diving board which said "Gigglewater - An Intoxicating Beverage". I thought what a great name for a global sparkling wine brand - that the word Gigglewater could be synonymous to Sparkling wine as Dyson is for vacuum cleaners and Sellotape is for tape, Perrier is for sparkling water etc. The other thing that came to me was that there is not enough BALANCE in the wine industry or in life when it comes to consuming alcohol etc. With mental health such an important topic and eating right, drinking in moderation, the girls balancing on the diving board made me think about Living Life in Balance. And so our key ethos is about that - Health & Happiness, Live! Love! Sparkle! Life is about celebrating, not escaping...


“ We are about to support

Love Ibiza Now cleaning up plastic off the beaches.”

I wanted to create a brand that brought young people into wine as well - that wasn't about wine - that was about lifestyle, giving back, having fun, bringing all ages of people together - at the end of the day when you're 70 you still feel young - life is about what you make of it, it's EXPERIENTIAL... it's about innovation, change, it's about living it to the full and meeting people, travel, experiencing magical things and that's what we are about. We are also all about giving back to community - that's what inspires me personally - think Global, act Local... so we give a % of our profits to an orphanage in Bali where we are expanding on the school and creating a meditation room for the kids - there are a 137 who all lost their mums and dads in a volcanic eruption and also working on a Nepal Water project in future. In Ibiza we support the Ibiza Preservation Fund, Ibiza Quills, and we are about to support Love Ibiza Now cleaning up plastic off the beaches.

How has your company grown to be where it is now? What has contributed to your business’ success? It's a strange one - I have worked for big retailers and distributors and done normal private labels in the past but I think because there is soul in this, because we have thought about the consumer before the product, that there is an essence of feeling in the brand, that people feel without knowing why. It's also about people just feeling happy knowing that health and happiness are key to life. Within 3 months of us launching we had the Oscars in the USA asking us to

to other places in the world. And you can't get too precious about it looking as perfect as your main brand look. I know all the big boys want the family look, but from working a lot and meeting a lot of people across China I realised that we can't be corporate with our branding - we have to be flexible and listen to our distributors and the consumer. We have won best sparkling wine in the world 3 times in Canada in the past 6 months - beating leading names like Bottega and Dr Loosen so we're super grateful. We have also won Peoples' Choice at a lot of festivals so obviously the style works for consumers. We believe in being beautiful inside and outside of pack.

“ Health & Happiness, Live! Love! Sparkle! Life is about celebrating, not escaping...”

be a main sponsor and the same for all the leading consumer mags in the UK - we just didn't have enough stock to give away free! What's been amazing is that the consumer has come to us, has loved our social media because we try to be real, we try not to look contrived or created and a lot of our new customers/global and UK retailers have found us via social media, which was a surprise for me. Having Waitrose - as the UK's leading premium food and drinks retailer take us on board from the beginning was such a treat. The buyer Victoria Mason has believed in the brand from the start and her support has been amazing. We have grown from 60 stores to near 250 within 9 months with our Gigglewater cans and are truly grateful to have Waitrose as a key partner. That aside, it's understanding the client or the consumer - understanding their market and the support they need/want. Delivering on time and if anything goes wrong, making sure to always communicate and update the situation. Also to understand different cultures - for example, what consumers in China want from packaging is very different

At what point did you recognise the success of your business and the brand / product? I don't think I/the business realises that yet. It's always a moveable feat of trying to better ourselves, new products, innovation that adds value and truly listening to consumers and thinking of new things that they might love. I think it's less about success but more about creating relevant, engaging products that people love and want to come back and buy more of and then giving back to the world. Being a recognised brand now, what partnerships with other UK and international brands helped raise your exposure in those early days of the Gigglewater journey ? Yes the partnerships we have made and partnered with have helped - we choose carefully as we want to be associated with things that are about living a life of creativity - whether that be through wine, art, music, dance, poetry, protecting the environment etc. So everything we sponsor is about nurturing creativity in the human soul and about making the world a better place through supporting funds/charities/events that feel the same. We are here for such a short time on this planet that need to feel a sense of purpose - all of us... We work with the British Film Festival, Benevolent Drinks Charity UK which has a magical campaign on mental health launching; supporting/ building the meditation room for the Bali Orphanage mentioned above, the Ibiza foundations mentioned above, charities in the UK that feed the hungry and more to come.


best distributor partners around the world, which we now have in China, Spain, Ibiza, Canada, UK, Sweden, soon USA, Denmark, Australia, South Africa.

And how has the advent of social media impacted on you? Social media is something that we can love or hate but it's there. We all want connection and whilst the best forms of connection are human one to one, social media has given us all a route to connect globally, which has many positive aspects. Our social media platforms have brought buyers and retailers and consumers direct to us, which we are very grateful for and is one of the main reasons we are launching a direct to consumer wine business in the UK. Social media is not about talking about yourself. It's about being relevant, being meaningful and creating content and engaging with people in a way that adds value to their moment, their day, their business, their thoughts and more. Be real, be authentic. The team must be pretty large these days. How many people are now part of the Gigglewater machine? We have tried to keep it tight at the beginning because we wanted to invest in the brand and we want to have the right people on board. Our goal is to have the best people on board in Ibiza (brand home) and London and then to have the


How do you stay relevant and current and continuously meet your consumer needs? We are always reading, researching, watching consumer behaviour across different age groups. We don't believe in buying databases or research reports created by people who have a subjective or motive for the answer to their report. We do our own research globally by country and we work with leading people within the regions/countries to help us on current trends. We also use gut instinct to understand what people want, we look at what works outside of wine (from colour to textures etc) and we watch what is going on in leading travel destinations from food to wine, to needs and more... Which project/s are you really excited about for 2018? 2018 - Traveling around the world, learning a lot more about new places to sell our products, what people want by location, what the new trends are globally by speaking to real people not people in focus groups. By looking at what is going on in younger age groups as well as older age groups who are doing a lot more traveling and living life in the now... how we can tap into that etc. Looking at non-alcoholic wines which we keep getting asked for, new ranges of global sparkling wines, a JV partnership with a dear friend and artist Victor Spinnelli called SPiN Ibiza craft beer;

a huge expansion of our Direct to Consumer Online Gigglewater Members Club in the UK and Ibiza, our second "Live Life in Balance" Giggling Buddha Retreats in Ibiza in Sept 2018 and more. We are also working on some exciting new product development projects to be launched second half of this year, including our own canning plant in the UK and some amazing new products.

What makes you so different to other brands within your industry? Explain to our readers what sets Gigglewater so far apart in the market? I think it's about putting the consumer first. We have a product that is relevant in peoples' lives - our cans are perfect for festivals, at home, mixers to make cocktails, on the train home, concerts, beach and more. Our Gigglewater Prosecco DOC in bottle has won best sparkling wine in the world 3 times in a tough market like Canada and also Consumers' Choice awards and more. We pride ourselves on making sure what we choose to be in the bottle is as good as outside the bottle. We also believe in making new products that are innovative and relevant and you will see more from us in that sector. Most importantly we want to be creating fun products that people love and want and need and that they know are giving back to the earth and making a difference. How has the link between the UK and Ibiza helped your business? Do you feel the two countries high creativity levels have contributed to your success? Ibiza and London are very different but what does connect them is an essence of

“ We want to

be creating fun products that people love and want and need and that they know are giving back to the earth and making a difference.”

no judgement and freedom. It's hard to see this across all of London as it's so diverse but you see now places like Shoreditch/Hoxton etc that are allowing people to just BE. This is Ibiza's essence.. a place of BALANCE and FREEDOM.. if you choose it - a place where there are no boundaries - where the boundaries are your own... where you can be totally you, be free, love, feel, express, create and more. The true essence of life is to love, to create, to give and we love Ibiza as our home... For more information, visit www.gigglewaterwines.com



Hierbas de Ibiza

Hierbas de Ibiza are a must-have for any true perfume connoisseur: The name `Hierbas de Ibiza´ is an international ambassador of the good name and charm of the island through niche perfumeries, stylish boutiques, and concept stores throughout the world.


family business, this cross-generational tradition in perfume making goes back to 1965 when the jewellers Antonio and Pele Torres –two of the original participants of ‘The Adlib Fashion’– created the Eau de Toilette and Aftershave Torres as a complement to their exclusive jewellery collection. At that time, the fragrance’s packaging was developed by the designer André Ricard. Three decades later, overwhelmed by the success of such products, the next generation of Torres Sagrera siblings, undertook a thorough study of all facets of production to perfect and re-interpret this pioneering initiative and create new products. The result was the creation of ‘Agua de Colonia Fresca Hierbas de Ibiza’ as it is known today. Since then the company has increased its portfolio and has ‘sailed the seven seas’ following in the footsteps of our grandfather Antonio Torres Molines, an Ibizan sailor who in his youth from 1915, captained the brig ‘Matilde’ during various commercial voyages to Havana, New York and other main ports.

universe that imprints the stamp of freedom on all those who share a love for the island. The strong personality of Ibiza imposes itself without effort, creating a unique and sublime sense of beauty, characterised by simplicity and spontaneity. In ancient times various civilisations believed Ibiza to be a sacred orchard, which eventually received the by-name of “the scented island”. The Phoenicians who worshipped the goddess Tanit even sited their temple there. On their return journey, Phoenician sailors took back earth from Ibiza to their homeland in order to spread it around their homes in the belief that it protected them from misfortune and poisonous reptiles.

This same fertile land of Ibiza, with its privileged climate, gives the best palette of aromatic plants to obtain a unique fragrance. To wear Hierbas de Ibiza is to participate once again in this protective rite, wrapping oneself in a divine fragrance and evoking a sense of happiness. The motto in the logo proudly states the inscription “tot mon cor feis alegrar” in the Ibicenco language, or “you do fill my heart with joy”.

All of this has been achieved without ever losing the family feeling that the Torres de Can Cascais have stamped on it. It is truly a full family team effort. The eldest sister, Isabel, designer and copywriter, is responsible for design, image and presentation; the ‘Solid Cologne’ in a silver compact has been carefully created by Antonio Torres (father) as a small jewel… each member of the team puts their very best into Hierbas de Ibiza Perfumes. Hierbas de Ibiza Perfumes embody the true spirit of Ibiza. On the small Mediterranean island the maxim ‘live and let live’ is particularly meaningful. Ibiza is a hedonistic and cosmopolitan

This same fertile land of Ibiza, with its privileged climate, gives the best palette of aromatic plants to obtain a unique fragrance.”




Hierbas de Ibiza

From Sant Llorenç de Balàfia in the centre of the island, every product upholds the everlasting quality of the spirit of Ibiza, an attitude that invites you to enjoy life and its small pleasures, since that is the real, authentic treasure. Ibiza lives on in you: in your heart and also in every Hierbas de Ibiza product, be it the Eau de Cologne, Bath Salts, Balm and Bath or a bar of soap. Genuine and inimitable, the fresh fragrance of Hierbas de Ibiza Eau de Cologne is the company’s star creation, enjoyed by both men and women. Concentrated in its flask are found the unique aromas of this privileged Mediterranean island. Transparent and luminous, its exquisite fragrance evokes in us certain sensations of those clean and fresh-air sunrises that are characteristic of Ibiza. It is made with the natural essences of orange and lemon peel, thyme, sage, lavender, rosemary, jasmine and orange blossom, amongst others. Particularly outstanding are its bright and fresh scent notes, which are perfectly harmonised with green aromatic nuances. There is no substitute for a summer dip in Ibiza’s crystalline waters, but Hierbas de Ibiza Bath Salts will bring the healthy properties of sea bathing back to your home at any times of year, wherever you live

The Gentle Perfumed Soap is crafted by using a handmade process which guarantees its excellent quality and respects the properties of its active ingredients: plant based natural oils, glycerine and aloe vera ‘barbadensis miller’, the variety which has the highest cosmetic properties. We have our own plantation of aloe vera. In Ibiza every country house has aloe growing in near proximity. Among other various uses of the plant is its efficiency in the care and nutrition of the skin, which was already well known by the Ibizans in ancient times.

Hierbas de Ibiza Moisturising Body Balm combines perfectly with the Bath & Shower Gel after your daily shower. Highly absorbent, rich in glycerine, beeswax and almond oil, it moisturises, nourishes and freshens the skin without leaving any trace of oil. Free of aggressive ingredients, it will help your skin, at whatever age, to have a healthy glow. A few minutes after its application you will become aware of its repairing benefits.

The bath salts are made from the precious salt of ‘Las Salinas’ (Ibiza’s salt flats) which were harvested and praised by the Phoenicians in 700 B.C. This salt is a natural treasure of outstanding purity: the intense sun and rich ecosystem peculiar to Ibiza’s seawater - the marine fields of Posidonia seaweed have been declared a World Natural Heritage Site by Unesco - gives us a unique salt due to the high concentration of its elements. A handful of bath salts under a gush of water is enough to bring your bath to life, flooding it with the unmistakable fragrance.

The bath salts are made from the precious salt of ‘Las Salinas’ (Ibiza’s salt flats) which were harvested and praised by the Phoenicians in 700 B.C.”


The Hierbas de Ibiza Scented Candle blends the essences of lemon, orange, thyme, sage, lavender, rosemary, jasmine and orange blossom with a delicate equilibrium, forming a harmony of fresh chords.The fresh and intense fragrance of this candle will open your home to the spirit of Ibiza. Light its wick to achieve a warm glow that unfurls the distinctive perfume of the Hierbas de Ibiza eau de cologne, a unique aroma that year after year continues to captivate new followers all over the world.

The range of products has recently been extended with a new addition to the fragrance, the Eau de Cologne Herbas de Ibiza in its solid form. Its preparation has a creamy texture and an intense fragrance to be applied to the skin lightly. It is presented in a silver compact of solid sterling silver. The lid of our own design is stamped with a medallion of the goddess Tanit. This jewel-perfume was created by the jeweller Antonio Torres (the father). www.hierbasdeibiza.com



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Dinner under the stars in the heart of Salinas Nature Park. Mediterranean Classics and contemporary specials prepared daily. A taste of the real modern-day Ibiza with a local following. DJ’s and events daily. Cenar bajo las estrellas en el corazón del parque natural de Salinas. Clásicos especialidades mediterráneos preparados diariamente. El sabor de la auténtica Ibiza popular con un público local. DJs y eventos diarios.

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Delivering Dreams (Or at least having a damn good go!) Jason Ham, Head of Sales and Co-Founder for Aelite Street Ibiza, a full-service, client-driven boutique real estate agency, tells us in his own words what sets Ibiza apart in the property market. “For all of its billion dollar yacht owners, Crystalspraying celebrities, and multi million euro luxury villas, Ibiza is really just a pretty little village on a tiny island of locals. As a result, it takes a very long time in Ibiza to create a good and honest reputation, and only a matter of minutes and whispers to destroy it, especially in the property game.

I moved to Ibiza with my Swedish wife, Camilla, and our two extremely handsome young sons in 2012, after spending 17 long years as a commercial property lawyer in London, and losing most of my hair back then in the process due to the stress!

As I tried to apply my London legal skills and London ‘ways’ to the Ibiza property market I slowly realised that Ibiza is an opaque and challenging market like no other. And I am not alone. Many have come here and tried to persuade villa owners and buyers, agents and lawyers alike to adapt to their bright new modernising ideas that would probably work anywhere else in the world, only to see these ideas crash and burn on the volcanic rocks of Ibiza.

But herein lies the island’s unique almost impenetrable charm. It’s the same story whatever business or market you are lucky enough to be in here. It is all about respect, and patience. Respect to the island itself that drew us all inexorably here from that first holiday that we all remember so well. Respect to the locals who have kindly allowed us over generations to ‘invade’ and make wholesale changes to their home (and who in turn of course for some, have become rather wealthy in the process). Respect to the laws of the land, which when it comes to planning and housing laws can be mind-boggling, infuriating, and sometimes actually soul destroying, even to a well trodden lawyer like myself. And of course, patience. Lots and lots of patience. This is especially needed for those fortunate enough to be looking to buy in Ibiza. A sales transaction can sometimes take a very long time, but trust me (please) it is ALWAYS worth the wait, and I have never ever had one unhappy successful buying client! For me the Ibiza property market is like a microcosm of the London market. To an extent, and over a certain


period of time, it really does not matter what is going on in the rest of world, financially, socially or politically. Where demand always outstrips supply, especially on such a beautiful island in the Mediterranean, with its long illustrious history, property here will always be a good long term investment. Especially now that planning restrictions are so incredibly tight here (and quite rightly so in my opinion). Properties that are 100% legal (rarer than you think) and that have a holiday rental tourist license (also rarer than you think and now incredibly difficult to get) are now in an elite category. There will always be people from around the world wanting to either buy a second (or third or fourth) home in Ibiza, to temporarily escape the rat-race elsewhere, or to move here to do the same thing permanently, and bring up their families in a super safe, yet open minded and culturally diverse place. Which just also happens to have over 100 incredible beaches, and be only a few hours hop away from virtually every major city in Europe.

This is why both I and my business partner Izabela, really do put so much effort into developing trust, long standing relationships, and more often than not, friendships as well, not only with our buying clients, our villa owners, and our happy holidaying villa rental clients, but also with a select number of fellow trusted agents, lawyers, bank managers and other professionals that we feel also understand how to treat people correctly. We look after the client’s interests as if they were our own.

We love this island, we want to live here forever, and we want to see you enjoy it to the full. To do that, whether it be a crazy week in August living the dream, or an actual lifestyle change because you’ve realised that life is better in flip flops, give us a call, or drop us a message. And let me bore you to death with a million reasons about why you should be in Ibiza this Summer. Or even forever…

So, if you fancy coming to rent a cool villa this Summer, and it is still not too late, you could do no better than getting in contact with Izabela, fluent in English, Polish, Spanish and Fun - and who deals with everything for you, from start to finish, as well as all the great bits ‘n’ bobs in between again as if she was looking after one of her own friends. We are a small boutique agency but (along with our partners in our Barcelona office) we concentrate mainly on word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations, and prefer to go the extra mile with the personal touch.

FOR SALE Can Flow ASI/108

Newly renovated modern 5 bedroom villa in Can Furnet with stunning views of the sea over Ibiza Town, all the way to Formentera. Ready and waiting for a new owner to splash their design tastes across the interiors. Price : 3.1m

Here is a little selection of the incredible villas that can still be rented through us this summer...



Delivering Dreams



Can Blay ASI/168

Villa Tello ARI/129

Modern super minimal 3 bedroom home fronting onto the beautiful Roca Llisa Golf Course, everything included - just take the keys and move straight in! Price : 1.35m


Perched on a secluded Southern hillside this top drawer villa has absolutely breathtaking views to Salinas, Formentera, Cala Jondal and Porroig. It boasts many suites spread across the main house and connected buildings, and the interior design is impeccable and totally faultless. Rental Price Upon Application



S'Ermita House ARI/105

Villa La V ARI/166

Converted monastery tucked away in lush valleys in the peaceful North of the island, with heated swimming pool, spa with gym, massage room, sauna and Jacuzzi, endless chill out areas with Balinese temples, separate casitas, numerous gardens, and beautiful bedrooms tucked around every corner. Rental Price Upon Application

Ultra modern villa set in the equally ultra cool spot of Cap Martinet, and looking out over fantastic sunsets from ‘Footballer´s Row’. Rental Price Upon Application











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