Welcome to Ibiza, Steve. Mallorca sounded wonderful. Ninety days is a long time to travel so we’re going to focus on nurturing you. Mind, body and soul, so you feel completely refreshed and energised. I also want you to have a collection of memories that will ensure the smile returns for a lifetime.
After staying at such a glamorous hotel in Mallorca, I’m going to welcome you to the intimate, rustic but utterly charming. ‘Agroturismo’ licences are hard to come by and represent farmhouses or fincas that are involved in agriculture. Think fresh eggs, home-grown vegetables. Bliss. Agroturismo Morna is in the peaceful north, in the Morna Valley, with vast pine forests of the hills rising around you. Better yet, your host is the Private Chef, Simon Johnson. You’re assured of fine, locally sourced Mediterranean European fusion cuisine, along with a lovely range of wines that I can personally vouch for!
On your first morning, please enjoy a hearty breakfast as the sun rises over the olive and almond orchards of the valley floor. You may want a quick swim in the pool, with the fields stretching out before you.
Then I’d like to introduce you to Amanda Tizard for your morning massage. The perfect way to iron out the niggles of travelling! Better yet, Amanda comes to you! After my first massage with Amanda, I found myself saying “Oh, that’s a massage; that’s what everyone raves about.” She’s that good!
Now that you’re fed and pampered, let’s go see what Ibiza has to offer! I’ve arranged a car for you through Autos Mari, a local family run company whom I also hire through when my own car is off the road. There are cheaper options available but I like helping the island rather than big corporations. If ever anything were to go wrong, I’d rather deal with people than spend my holiday on the phone to a call-centre!
We’re off to meet David, whom many of us call the ‘horse whisperer’. David runs the Ibiza Horse Valley, a sanctuary for horses rescued from mistreatment and abuse. He has the most incredible talent for rehabilitating the horses and we’re going to go out for a mountain trek along the north Ibiza coast. ‘Stunning ‘ doesn’t quite do the experience justice! We’ve got to drive down deep into the horse Valley, where David let’s the horses run as a herd rather than stable them. We’ll call the horses up (David is practicing blowing into a horn so the horses know it’s time to come to the hand-built log tack room for saddling – can you imagine seeing a herd of horses flying up the valley to go riding – spectacular!)
Following a wonderful three hour trek, we’re in need of sustenance of both the liquid and solid variety. Lunch at The Beach, a family run restaurant on the breathtaking Cala San Vicente beach. Here the waters are so blue and clear your friends will be green with envy at your photos. All this just two hours from London! Ha!
After our delicious organic burger (I’d recommend it!) we’re going to walk around the corner to. Hidden is the bar of Chris Edwardes and wife, Amanda Blanch. What’s so special here? Chris is acknowledged as one of the leading cocktail gurus in the World. My favourite trick is to tell him what mood I’m in, whether I fancy sweet, sour, spicy, fruity and then stand back to see what he amazes me with! He’s never got it wrong!
Now, it wouldn’t be a true island holiday without enjoying the sea. We could do everything from snorkelling and scuba-diving to cruising over the crystal clear and clean waters in a see-through kayak! But I want to do something extra special. We’re going to go meet AquaBus, an island ferry company and take a coastal tour from San Antonio to the remote port of San Miguel. Here we’ll meet underwater photographer, Lupe. She’ll help us with an amazing underwater photo shoot! Now there’s a unique memento for your holiday in this tiny paradise island.
Before we go home, we’ve two more things to enjoy. Firstly,dinner at the incredible Port Ballansat restaurant, San Miguel. Restaurante Port Ballansat is rumoured to be the favourite fish restaurant of one of the members of the British Royal Family.
Then we’re going to pop over to the other side of the island to Cala Llonga and visit Amante. Here, with cocktail in hand, we’re going to watch a movie under the stars. Now, that’s a magical experience!
I wish you could stay longer, Steve. Ibiza might be tiny but she’s mighty and there’s a beauty to her that people don’t often bother to explore. It’s been such a pleasure to share just this tiny part with you. Please come again soon! To remind you of Ibiza why not check my You Tube videos