Destination: Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
Cost: £750 for 3 nights
I’m currently sitting on the floor in my lounge with a tab open for Flickr, a tab open for my blog and one for Skyscanner pondering whether a return trip to Ibiza in September is feasible. Probably not with a house renovation to pay for, but when have I ever been sensible? We booked our trip on a spur of the moment Wednesday evening when Charlie and I both felt like we needed a major de-stress. I’d always thought Ibiza was more of a party island but the east coast is seriously beautiful and the perfect destination to relax, unwind and feel completely zen.
After a little research I discovered the Ibizazen hotel which ticked all of the boxes, we wanted somewhere calm, and ideally away from kids. Described as ‘bohemian boutique’ the hotel is inspired by Bali, with injections of natural materials, recycled features and boho homewares. Massages and yoga courses are available for those who want to immerse themselves in the zen experience, and trust me when I say it’s the perfect environment to do so.
Ibizazen is nestled in the picture perfect Santa Eulalia, just a short 10 minute walk down the beaten track into the commercial area where you’ll find an array of restaurants, bars and of course, the beach! I will go into the area in a little more detail in my next post but I’m so glad we decided to stay here and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere that’s chilled out and not overly touristy either.
We didn’t get to the hotel until around 10pm but even in the dark I could tell we’d made a great choice…
Whilst compact, the room was bright and contemporary with cute Bali-inspired touches. We didn’t spend much time in the room, because why would you when the rest of the hotel is so stunning? I was up and out by the pool by 9am most days! I’m not usually one to enjoy sitting around the pool, I get agitated and bored but the vibes here were so relaxed, I had to drag myself away. There were usually no more than 8 people chilling poolside and 90% of the time it was just Charlie and I enjoying the saltwater pool. Wow I’ve said pool a lot on this paragraph…but honestly it was a DAMN GOOD POOl. The honesty bar was also a nice touch, you can help yourself to drinks and just make a note of what you’ve taken in the circle of trust book.
You can enjoy a variety of beds and loungers by the pool and there’s no need to rush down at the crack of dawn to reserve a sunbed. There are more than enough to go round and most of the time the pool was fairly quiet. All guests are extremely respectful of the hotel and outdoor spaces, you won’t find anyone making noise, it’s honestly the quietest place I’ve ever stayed but I was so thankful for this!
Whilst we didn’t have breakfast at the hotel (I headed into town for some rather delightful vegan pancakes) there is the option, and it costs 15 euros. Most guests did choose to enjoy the hotel breakfast but neither Charlie or I were that fussed so ended up having brunch most days. During the afternoon and early evening you can order poolside snacks and food, again, we didn’t eat at the hotel but it’s nice to have the option available.
Ibizazen is also home to a cute boutique full of gems including jewellery, fashion and homeware. The pieces are imported from Bali and reflective of the overall design of the hotel.
I couldn’t fault our stay at Ibizazen and when we head back to the island I’ll definitely be checking in again. It’s the ideal destination for adults looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.