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The Graceful Guide to Ibiza

 

Out of earshot of the pulsating beat of San Antonio, a different incarnation of Ibiza is enjoying a renaissance. Creative, thoughtful spaces that invite the sharing of ideas, style, traditions and dreams are thriving across the island, harking back to its early ideals of freedom and simplicity.

In honour of our Balearics-inspired Resort 2020 collection, we’ve gathered a few of our favourite Ibizan things - from the most charming ceramics workshops to crystalline coves made for snorkeling. Dive in.

 

A place to find peace and tranquility

Deep in the island’s secluded pastoral inlands, lies La Granja: a lovingly restored, 18th Century farmhouse turned luxurious hideaway. Nestled amongst perfumed pine forests, this serene sanctuary has nine bedrooms – each decorated with a minimalist, Moorish attitude and honest, rustic materials. The kitchen’s fresh produce comes courtesy of the on-site biodynamic farm, whilst next to an inviting pool, a bar has been built around the trunk of a carob tree. An illuminating program of talks, retreats and workshops further fosters a spirit of ‘organic togetherness’. Come for a simpler, slower pace of life and leave with an appreciation of the raw natural beauty of authentic Ibiza.  www.lagranjaibiza.com

 

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Eclectic island shopping experiences

La Galeria Elefante

This ten-room, Aladdin’s cave style concept store is housed in an atmospheric Ibizan finca in the pretty village of Santa Gertrudis. Brim-full with hand-crafted, ethically-made pieces and one-off finds from far-flung travels, a vibrant array of homeware, jewellery, textiles, art and vintage clothing - including glorious 1920’s silk gowns – awaits; perfectly embodying Ibiza’s inimitable free-spirited eccentricity. www.lagaleriaelefante.com

 

Los Enamorados

A visit to the characterful shop within the iconic boutique hotel 'Los Enamorados' on Portinaxt beach never disappoints. Just like the hotel itself, this charming bazaar is bursting with a kaleidoscopic mix of travel treasures, retro furniture, bold accessories and rare vintage finds. From kimonos to wall-hangings, every object here has a story to tell. losenamoradosibiza.com

 

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Eat dinner under the stars

On a candlelit terrace dotted with scented citrus trees and surrounded by lush gardens, acclaimed trattoria La Paloma serves up a Mediterranean menu with an Italian emphasis. Pairing premium ingredients with the bounty of the organic kitchen garden, this bohemian spot stays lively long into the night. Visit in winter, and you’ll be guided to an intimate finca dining room, warmed by an open fire. www.palomaibiza.com

 

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Our favourite beach for…

…swimming in sheltered sapphire waters

Cala Gracioneta – a tiny yet totally idyllic inlet on the island’s west coast that’s long been a favourite amongst locals. With exquisite, sapphire-blue water, soft white sand and a perfectly sheltered position, this diminutive fisherman’s cove is packed with rustic charm and ideal for discovering the subaquatic world with a snorkel.

 

…a slice of authentic Ibiza beach life

Aguas Blancas – a sweeping expanse of golden sand, bordered by majestic rocky cliffs and boasting shallow, clear turquoise water. Aguas Blancas is both a bastion of Ibiza’s unspoiled northeastern coast, and an official naturist beach (although naked sunbathers tend to favour the south end of the stretch). The signature Chiringuito – AKA beach bar - plays a suitably 70s soundtrack.

 

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For ceramics you'll want to bring home in your suitcase

Ceramica Mediterranea

A short boat ride away in Formentera’s largest village, Sant Francesc Xavier, two heavy, absinth green wooden doors open out to reveal Ceramica Mediterranea – a space filled with a dizzying collection of tiles, plates, pots, bowls and more. Enchantingly playful, hand-painted motifs make it impossible to resist bringing home a memento.

Cerámicas Mediterránea at Carrer de Jaume I, 20, 07860 San Francisco Javier

 

Ceramics Icardi

Recognised by the Balearic Artisan Commission as a zona de interés artesanal, the Ibizan town of San Rafael is well known for its ceramics workshops. Of particular note is Ceramics Icardi, a treasure trove of artisanal creations crafted by expert potter Carlos Icardi. Each and every piece Carlos produces is made using time-honoured, traditional Ibizan techniques.

Ceramics Icardi at Avinguda Isidor Macabich, 42; 00 34 971 19 81 06

 

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For long, leisurely alfresco lunches:

With uninterrupted views of bucolic fields, the honey-hued walls of Dalt Vila and the sea beyond, Casa Maca perches in a privileged position in the Can Palau hilltops. Secure a table on the bright and airy restaurant terrace to savour the best lunchtime panorama in town, but also to sample the standout flavours of Casa Maca’s celebrated Spanish chef, David Reartes. Simple yet delicious pairings like seasonal tomatoes with Burrata sing. www.casamaca.com

 

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