Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry parties in Ibiza

September 16th, 2013

Mary Berry Ibiza Holiday

As a professional baker and judge on the BBC’s ever-popular ‘The Great British Bake-Off’, Mary Berry is loved by millions and her creations are the envy of many amateur bakers. Her sweet persona is perhaps not all that it seems after a recent revelation revealed the grandmother of five’s wild side. During a recent appearance on Channel 4’s ‘Alan Carr Chatty Man’, Mary’s co-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins revealed that the 78 year-old judge has earned herself the nickname of ‘Bez’ on the set of ‘The Great British Bake-Off’, after the notorious partier Bez from happy Mondays, due to her tales of partying in Ibiza.

Perkins revealed, “I was saying to her, ‘I’m going to Ibiza this summer, I’ve never been’. She said to me, ‘Oh I went to Ibiza, darling. I went to somewhere called Pacha’. Mary was 71!”

Ensuring that she got the full Ibiza experience, Mary made sure that she hit the popular club at it’s busiest point. “We thought she went to Pacha for afternoon tea. So we said, ‘Oh, was it afternoon tea?’ and she said, ‘Got there at one’ – we were like, ‘Oh, lunch time’. No, no my friends, one in the morning! Bezza got there at one in the morning, aged 71,” Giedroyc added.

Compared to her usual habitat of quaint British tea rooms and cafés, Mary’s experience in Ibiza was a bit of an eye-opener. She said, “I saw some very interesting things. Took a couple of girlfriends there, some very interesting things happened”.

Looking from a break from your current scenery just like Mary? Even if you don’t fancy hitting the clubs like she did, an Ibizan getaway might be just what you need to shake the Winter blues. Have a look through our collection of Ibiza villas for some inspiration.

The Ibiza Beach Guide: Part 3

September 11th, 2013

In the third part of our Ibiza beach guide, which you can catch up on here if you missed the first and second entries, we have a look at a beach perfect for those with children, one with a perfect view of the sunset and one which is a little further afield. Whichever you decide to visit during your Ibiza holiday, have fun!

Cala d'hort Beach Guide

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Cala D’Hort

What makes this beach on the south western coast of Ibiza unique is the view of the volcanic rock Es Vedra. The volcanic rock has played a large part in Ibizan mythology, rumoured to be one of the most magnetic points on Earth. This is a great pick for families, as the water there is calm and safe for children to play in.

Pala Mitjourn, Formentera Beach Guide

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Playa Mitjorn, Formentera

This beach guide is a bit of a cheat as instead of the main island, Playa Mitjourn is on Formentera, the island to the south of Ibiza. As the longest beach on the island stretching across the southern coast, Playa Mitjourn is the perfect retreat for those wanting to escape the busier beaches of Ibiza. The beach is a mix of sand and grasses, and boasts a series of coves, which you can treat as your own private hideout on quieter days. That’s not to say that the beach is boring, there is beach volleyball, yoga and pedalos to hire to keep you entertained. From the main island, a short boat ride from Ibiza Town to La Savina will bring you to Formentera. From here a bus travels to most places on the island or it is a short drive along the coast.

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Cala Conta

The beach can get very busy during peak season, so might be best to avoid it in August if you are looking for peace and quiet. Arrive early if you want to secure a good spot and enjoy the scenery before others arrive. It’s no surprise that it’s so popular with holidaymakers, the water is beautifully clear, there is a great holiday atmosphere and there are ample parking facilities. An insider tip is to hang around to watch the sunset, as the views are unmatched.

Ibiza Luxury Villas: 3 Moroccan Style Villas

September 3rd, 2013

Rich terracottas, royal arches and ornately decorated interiors are all archetypal features of Moroccan architecture. We’ve picked three of our luxury Ibiza villas which have Moroccan influences for a unique Ibizan holiday in a decadent settings.

Can Real Ibiza Villa

Can Real

Sitting on an Ibizan hilltop, Can Real is a Moroccan style villas with uninterrupted sea views. Set in fully enclosed grounds with a private path down to the sea, Can Real sleeps up to eight people in its four luxury bedrooms. A large pool, multiple terraces and bar for alfresco dining are perfect for those looking for you to enjoy the Ibizan sunshine. The bedrooms are all equipped with air conditioning for a restful night’s sleep after a busy day of sunbathing.

El Sultan Ibiza Villas

El Sultan

The central location of El Sultan is perfect for those who want to be within walking distance of Ibiza Town. The Moroccan styled finca has an airy open plan layout with comfortable rooms and areas to get cosy in. For days when you and up to thirteen guests just want to enjoy the luxury surroundings of your villa, there is a tennis court and swimming pool to enjoy alongside an alfresco dining area with BBQ.

Casa Roja Ibiza Villas

Casa Roja

With the feel of Morocco in an Ibizan setting, Casa Roja offers unrivalled views over Salinas beach over to the island of Formentera. Sleeping fourteen guests, the luxurious interior of your villa will make you feel like you’re enjoying a stay in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. The villas is wonderfully secluded, hidden behind a forest on the hillside overlooking Salinas.

If you are interested in any of the Moroccan style villas listed above or listed on this website, call our helpful booking team with expert help and booking information on +44 1799 516971 or contact us through our enquiry form.

Rainy Days in Ibiza: Things To Do

August 27th, 2013

Sitting in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. But on those days where the weather is not as expected, there is still plenty to do. For some, enjoying a quiet day in the surroundings of one of our luxury villas will be the perfect way to spend a drizzly afternoon. If you’re set on exploring the island, here are a few activities to keep you busy (and dry!):

Museu Diocesa

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Museums

Ibiza has a wealth of culture which is often overlooked by those looking solely to enjoy the club culture. One place which is a must-see for those who are interested in the history of the island is the Museu Diocesà. Home to centuries worth of religious art, the Diocesan Museum in D’alt Vila can be reached from inside the cathedral. Alongside the intricately decorated retable Las Almas, there are displays of 18th century Ibizan jewellery and sculptures of the Rosary Virgin.

Location: Plaça de la Catedral, 07800 Eivissa

Aguas De Ibiza

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Day Spas

Aguas de Ibiza in Santa Eulalia, pictured above, is just one of the places you can enjoy a relaxing a treatment session as it rains outside. If you would prefer to keep it a little closer to home, a number of our villas have their very own spa facilities. Upon dialling through to our 24-hour complimentary concierge service, we can arrange for a trained professional to be sent to your villa for a private treatment.

Can Marca Caves

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Can Marca Caves

This is not the first time the beautiful caves of Can Marca have been mentioned on this blog, they are one of the top tourist attractions on the island and for good reason. The sights which the caves offer are truly unique,  glow pools and light shows projected against natural waterfalls illuminate the ancient caves to the delight of its visitors.

Location: 07815 Port de Sant Miguel

Visiting Ibiza with Children: Activities

August 20th, 2013

A day at the beach or playing in the pool in one of our Ibiza villas will keep most youngsters happy, but what happens when you want to mix it up a little? Here are a few ideas on how you can keep fill your days on the White Isle with fun activities:

Aguamar Water Slide Park - Activities for Children

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Aguamar Water Slide Park

Almost all of our Ibiza villas have their very own pool, but that alone may not be exciting enough for some children. At the Aguamar Water Slide Park in Playa d’en Bossa there is a bountiful selection of water slides; larger ones for the more adventurous and some less bumpy rides for those who aren’t seeking big thrills!

Trip to Formentera

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Take a trip to Formentera

South of the White isle sits Formentera, another of the Balearic Islands. Just off the coast of Ibiza, ferries regularly depart taking day trippers looking for a change of scenery. If you are just expecting a smaller version of Ibiza, you will be pleasantly surprised. With a landscape which wouldn’t be out of place amongst the Greek Islands, Formentera is a haven for those looking to get back to nature and enjoy the surrounding crystal clear waters.

Visit Hippie Markets Ibiza

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Visit the Hippy Markets

We’ve written in the past about how fun the hippy markets throughout Ibiza are and it’s no different when travelling with children. Brightly coloured stalls filled with clothes and jewellery are great for window shopping and there are plenty of toys and games to spend holiday pocket money on too. If you’re just going to browse, the street entertainers and musicians will be there to keep children amused. As with all busy, tourist filled areas, be sure to keep and eye on your belongings and keep bags zipped up.

The Ibiza Beach Guide: Part 2

August 12th, 2013

Following on from the first part of our guide to the best beaches in Ibiza, here are three more beaches to visit while enjoying your stay in one of our villas for rent in Ibiza.

Sol den Serra Beach Ibiza

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Sol den Serra

As one of the island’s hidden gems,  Sol den Serra requires a little effort to reach. As you can see from the photograph above, all effort spent traversing the rocky roadway which leads to this secluded cove is well worth it. With panoramic views of the surrounding cliffs, Sol den Serra is just a 20 minutes from Ibiza Town by car. Although the pebbly beach may not be to everyone’s tastes, for those looking for a quiet afternoon of sun soaking away from the crowds, Sol den Serra is a perfect choice. After the sun has faded, head up to Amante Beach Club situated on top of the cliffs. Serving fresh local produce and fruity cocktails, you can finish your day enjoying the views in the warm evening breeze.

Cala Jondal Beach Ibiza

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Cala Jondal

One of the more popular beaches on the island, Cala Jondal attracts a wide range of beach goers. The shore stretches far enough to accommodate most types of visitor; the fashionable party set top up their tan at one end, while young families play at the other. Surrounded by lush pine forests, the beach has a range of restaurants and live entertainment to enjoy, an especially good idea when trying to avoid the sun when it is at its hottest. The beach sits on the southeast coast of Ibiza, close to San Jose.

Cala Nova Beach Ibiza

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Cala Nova

Situated near the two of Es Canar, Cala Nova is a narrow, sandy beach which is popular with surfers. Water sports are a rare treat on Ibiza due to the scarcity of waves big enough to surf successfully, but this is where to head when the surf is up. Due to the fact that waves can be strong here, we’d recommend that swimming is reserved for experienced swimmers as the current can get quite strong. If you don’t fancy getting your feet wet, there are plenty of restaurants to sit and enjoy the view from along the coast.

For more advice on Ibiza beaches or the lowdown on beaches near your villas to rent in Ibiza, please give us a call on +44 1799 516971 or use our enquiry form.

Visiting Ibiza with Children: Restaurants

August 8th, 2013

Ibiza is typically thought of as playground for the inebriated clubbers and revellers, not exactly child friendly. While it’s true that you may have a little trouble getting into one of the island’s famous clubs if you’re younger than 18, there are plenty of attractions around the island for younger visitors. The first in our series on visiting Ibiza with children highlights a few fab eateries which will be more than welcoming of holidaying youngsters.

El Chiringuito, Es Cavalet

El Chiringuito for children

El Chiringuito is located on shoreline of Es Cavalet, featuring its very own beach club which sits directly on the sand. Known amongst locals as a VIP hangout, the restaurant has a relaxed, stylish atmosphere with tasteful furnishings. As a coastal restaurant, the fresh fish dishes are highly recommended, especially the squid. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are some unusual foods try such as burrata, a silky mix of mozzarella and cream. For the more health conscious, there are a range of fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a delicious afternoon detox. The menu is top end (with a separate children’s menu for younger diners), reflected in both the quality and prices of the food.

Samovar, Santa Eulalia

Samovar Restaurant

Since opening in 1978, family-run Samovar has been catering to guests in Santa Eulalia with great value for money food. Hosts Alexandra & Goran make each of their diners feel welcome, especially younger diners. The menu is a typical Spanish affair; delicious fresh sole, lush salads and garlic mushrooms are amongst some of the dishes to sample. They also host a weekly Paella night, possibly the most famous of Spanish dishes. To finish, be sure to try one of the homemade ice creams, made with piquant fresh fruit. After your dinner, you can pick up some baked treats for later from the neighbouring bakery or go a round on the pool table situated in the restaurant.

For more advice on where to eat when staying in one of our villas for rent in Ibiza with children, please give us a call on +44 1799 516971 or use our enquiry form.

What to Take to Ibiza: Top Suitcase Essentials

July 30th, 2013

Paris HIlton Ibiza DJ Residency

Keeping your luggage levels to a reasonable level is too much to ask of some holidaymakers. Socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton recently shared this photograph of the 22 suitcases she was taking with her on a trip to Ibiza! She is just about to start a month’s residency as host at Amnesia, one of the biggest clubs on the island. Still, that works out at almost a suitcase worth of clothes per day… maybe going a little overboard! If you’re struggling to decide what to take with you on an upcoming stay in one of our villas for rent in Ibiza, here’s a handy list of some White Isle essentials.

Walking shoes – Packing something a little smarter for a night out is a no-brainer, but make sure you take a pair of shoes you would be comfortable walking through the dusty streets of D’alt Vila or through the ancient ruins of Sa Caleta’s Phoenician Settlement too.

Itinerary – While your complimentary 24/7 concierge service will happily arrange tickets and transport to any of the attractions you wish to visit, it might be a good idea to do some research as to what you would like to do before you reach the island. Whether it’s a night out in one of the world famous clubs or an afternoon trip to one of the secluded coves, we can arrange it all for you.

Sun cream – If you’re visiting during the summer months, Ibiza will be at its hottest. Be sure to pack suncream and aftersun to ensure that your break isn’t ruined by unwelcome sunburn.

Camera & accessories – Holiday snaps are a big part of many peoples Summer getaways, but this is especially apparent when travelling to Ibiza. Have a look at our list of Top 5 must see sights in Ibiza for a little inspiration and our Photographer’s guide to Ibiza.

For more information on our villas for rent in Ibiza or advice on how to prepare for your trip, please give us a call on +44 1799 516971 or use our enquiry form.

The Essential Guide to Ibiza’s D’alt Vila

July 23rd, 2013
D'alt Vila View of ibiza

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Sitting on top of a sea-facing mountain in Ibiza town, D’alt Vila, literally translated as ‘Upper Town’, is one of the most interesting parts of the White Isle. When you stay in one of our villas for rent in Ibiza, it will be hard to resist spending some of your time there.

The walls of D’alt Vila were first built to guard the town from Turkish pirates in the 16th Century, taking over 40 years to complete. Thick and impenetrable, the walls have since had homes, cafes and shops built directly into them. Ancient architecture is visible at every turn, with hidden courtyards and walkways lining each street. As truly one of the most culturally rich destinations in Ibiza, a camera ranks highly on a list of essentials.

One of the best views of the city can be taken in from the battlements of the ‘Our Lady of the Snows’ cathedral. An exclusive panoramic landscape of the town can be seen from here, ideal for those wanting to add a few breathtaking shots in amongst their holiday snaps. Also, visiting the cathedral makes for an interesting trip for those who enjoy architecture. Spanning back over 2500 years, D’alt Vila’s colourful timeline is rich with history.

Plaques are placed around D’alt Vila with tidbits of historical information to read on your walk around the town. Flowers fill the window baskets of the whitewashed homes of the town which are still lived in today.

A trip around D’alt Vila is definitely something to remember, although should be prepared for appropriately. Upon ascending the slope to the main drawbridge entrance, you will spend your visit walking through uneven, cobbled streets. Sensible footwear is an essential, as is stopping off in one of the cafes for a refreshing drink after your walk through the town’s streets. We would also recommend staying out of the hot midday sun or visiting on a slightly cooler day if you plan to do a lot of walking.

Villas for rent in Ibiza for every type of holidaymaker

July 17th, 2013

Deciding between villas for rent in Ibiza is a tricky process. At International Villas we pride ourselves on providing an informed service, not only offering some of the most luxurious villas to rent in Ibiza but having the first-hand knowledge of the island to offer personalised recommendations for the perfect getaway.

Villas to rent in Ibiza Can Gabriel

Can Gabriel

One of our villas which we would recommend for those who are looking for a peaceful, private break is Can Gabriel; a gorgeous eight bedroom villa situated near San Miguel in the north of the island. As well as a pools, Mediterranean gardens and terraces, there is also your very own spa, massage room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. Visit our website for more details on Can Gabriel.

Villas to rent in Ibiza Fatamorgana

Fatamorgana

Close to both San Juan and Santa Getrudis, Fatamorgana is a six bedroom Alhambra-style villa situated on top of a mountain. The villa is hidden at the end of a country road, a secret oasis for weary holidaymakers. Once inside, you will see that all of the rooms are built around a central courtyard, featuring unique decor, sun terrace and infinity pool. Visit Fatamorgana’s listing to enquire about booking Fatamorgana, read further details and to see more photos in our gallery.

Villas to rent in Ibiza Vista Alegre

Vista Alegre

Over on the west coast of the White Isle, Vista Alegre is a four bedroom villa with breathtaking sea views. Modern and airy, the open plan interior has a minimalistic feel whilst feeling luxurious. This hillside property comes with a pool, sun terrace and is set on multiple levels, each with seas views. For more information on villas for rent in Ibiza including Vista Alegre, visit our website or call us on +44 1799 516971.

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