A Natural Beauty; JADE WRIGHT Discovers the Scenic Side of an Island Famed for Its Nightlife

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A Natural Beauty; JADE WRIGHT Discovers the Scenic Side of an Island Famed for Its Nightlife


WHEN I told my friends I was taking my mum to Ibiza, their reactions were divided into two markedly different camps. On one hand there were the people who wrote it off as a club mecca. On the other were the people who'd actually been there.

Because, as everyone we met told us, there is so much more to Ibiza than its - admittedly excellent - club scene.

Ibiza is a jewel of an island, a luscious green and white jem set in a turquoise sea. Green for the vast pine forests, the farmland, and the meadows, and white for the limestone paths, stone cottages and beaches, and for the evaporating salt crystals twinkling in the sunshine by the sea.

It is full of birdsong and the heady scent of wildflowers, nodding in every roadside verge, vineyard and olive grove. Bananas, palm trees, huge cacti and succulents grow wild, all over the place, and the exotic birds, including flamingos and European Rollers are simply jaw-dropping.

One of Ibiza's best loved inhabitants is the Ibiza wall lizard, a small, friendly lizard that skitters across walls and floors, and bask in the sunshine, in amongst the crevices of old stone walls. Ibiza is so proud of its lizards it has adopted them as its symbolic animal.

As well as having more than its fair share of natural beauty, the architecture, including of old farmhouses, ancient churches, castle and historic ruins, and the winding streets of labyrinthine Dalt Vila, are stunning.

That's before you even start on the spectacular modern hotels and apartments, brimming with playful, energetic and stylish features.

Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel (www.ushuaiabeachhotel.com) boasts an invasion of giant dog-sized ants, and anthropomorphized chairs, which reflect its position as hosts of the fantastic open air club, right next to the Hard Rock Hotel, (www.hrhibiza.com) a must for funseekers who like to party in grown up luxury.

A massage |Monica at In stark contrast, sleek private villas up in the forested hills offer stunning views combined with the last word in sophisticated modern architecture.

Think Beverly Hills glamour, these villas are world class refuges for the rich and famous, and perhaps for you, for a couple of weeks, as many of them are available for rent, for those with deep pockets and a love of luxury (www.viip-ibiza.es).

Our home base for this trip, was luxury boutique country hotel, Can Lluc (www.canlluc.com) situated in the rural interior, yet only minutes from the sea.

Every aspect of the former farm house was beautifully designed and maintained, with every facility a guest could wish for.

It is truly a home from home, with the emphasis on gently pampering their guests, in a luscious garden setting amidst rolling wild flower meadows, vineyards and olive groves.

Facilities include an excellent restaurant, infinity pool and high quality spa, where we were treated to a massage with Monica (monicosmetics.pilates@gmail.com).

This may well have been the best massage I've ever had. Every knotted and tense muscle was released and relaxed by her expert touch, in the grove surrounded by tropical banana plants and palms, swaying in the warm breeze.

with Lluc As well as natural beauty, Ibiza has plenty of culture too.

Dalt Vila in the old town is a World Heritage Site with a fascinating history that reflects thousands of years of being the go to place for everyone from the Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, and Catalans to the local pirates.

The well heeled hippies who found Ibiza in the sixties felt it to be everything they could wish for, in terms of a spiritual home that fulfilled their desire for peace, natural beauty and a marvellous otherworldliness. …

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