Secret Ibiza Hideaway
Weary after our 5am start in Manchester, yet armed with beautifully detailed directions from Mira ( being a destination wedding planner…I really appreciate the details), we navigated our way through the Ibizan countryside to arrive high in the hills of San Josep with not one argument about directions to be had. I’m impressed and so is he considering I couldn’t even find my way to Manchester airport from Leeds! So far, so good! Winding lanes, steep dirt tracks and a few bumpy roads later, we came across our very own little piece of heaven. With the sunniest of smiles from our Finnish hostess, Mira, who is the quintessential balearic beauty; white embroidered cotton dress, long tanned legs and an infectious relaxed vibe that only Ibiza can give you, we explored our gorgeous home away from home. An inviting and blissful 2 double bedroom casita full of worldly charm from Mira’s time spent living in Amsterdam, London, Ibiza and Scandinavia, this spectacular villa is set atop a hill only 10 minutes away from Ibiza Town and the Airport, meaning it’s the perfect distance to some of the best beaches (Salinas, Es Cavellat, Cala D’Hort and Calla Vadella) as well as the best clubs (Pacha, Space and Ushuaia) and some of the most beautiful beach clubs on the island in the shape of BeachHouse, El Chiringuito, Sa Trinxa and Blue Marlin.
Inspired by the white washed caves of Santorini (where Mira and her husband Magnus holiday), the villa oozes romance and freshness. The bathroom, smooth and curved as if it was carved our of rock, made us feel like we were Fred and Wilma from the Flintstones! The well equipped kitchen shared a space with the upstairs bedroom but because it felt less like a kitchen and more like chic cupboard storage, this didn’t bother us in the slightest. A word of warning though: the view is so spectacular it can cause you to lose your concentration…especially when cooking (and perhaps burning) your omelettes! As we woke, the morning sun streamed through the prettiest curved windows and on more than one occasion, candy coloured cotton clouds roused me from my sleep as they danced across the hills as the sun came up. Roosters roosted and cockerels cock-a-doodled-dooed in the distance, with birds adding a delicate chorus that woke us up naturally. It’s just like nature intended and every bit as beautiful as it sounds.
Let’s face it though…you come to Ibiza for the outdoors and boy are these outside spaces to die for! A cosy little balcony jutting off the top bedroom is layered with squishy pastel cushions and looks out over stunning pine forests as far as the eye can see. To the left is a little slice of the sea, reminding us that we were still super close to the stunning Ibiza coastline. It is the perfect vista and the view down to the pool below literally takes your breath away. Rippling turquoise water makes your mouth water as the sun shines through the trees above, with the sun literally blessing you all day long until it dips behind the hills at the back of the villa. Lemons as big as melons and a beautiful olive tree situated next to the dazzling pool only add to the natural beauty of the San Josep hills. A little tip: wake up as the sun rises about 6am to catch the most beautiful part of the day…the view and the atmosphere are mesmerising.
It is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever stayed in Ibiza. It felt like our own private world. Wildly romantic and full of Ibizan charm, this villa is the perfect place to honeymoon or stay pre or post Ibiza wedding. As one of the only wedding planners on the island to create a stylish and very personal guide to Ibiza for all of our couples (which you can then send to all of your guests), Isla & Smith recommend only the best and only the tried and tested including a hand picked selection of villas, hotels, restaurants, bars and beaches. We are at your disposal for all your Ibiza wedding needs and are taking bookings for 2016 Ibiza weddings now. If you would like to know more about staying in this stunning private villa and to book us as your Ibiza wedding planner, email us at Hello@islaandsmith.com.
With very special thanks to Mira and Magnus for their warm hospitality. xoxo