Last Thursday me and the hubbie went away to Ibiza for a few days. We had one goal in mind – to do
nothing very little. This is our second time to the laid back island and we fancied a hotel that oozed the style and vibe of the island.
After searching the internet for something easy on the eye, a complete getaway and that didn’t break the bank, I came across Hotel Gatzara. A new hotel in Santa Gertrudis, bang in the middle of the Island.
When Jim and I go away, our trips are normally with a bunch of other people and are full to the brim with things going on. This time we wanted the polar opposite. Just us and no plans. So much so,we didn’t even get a car,in hindsight I would definitely get a car next time, it would have given us more flexibility. But, hey ho.
Hotel Gatzara was the perfect blend of style and consideration of natural light – something us photographers appreciate at work or at play. I basically took so many pictures of the hotel so that I could replicate as much as I could at home, I now thing I have the dining room sorted! Santa Gertrudis was tiny, it consisted of a church, a main square,great mix of restaurants and a couple of Ibizan home and gift shops. All within walking distance.
This trip was also the chance for some major downtime. I haven’t sat and read for 4 days straight in a while and forgot how much I’d missed. Business books are great but getting lost in a novel is something else entirely.
The first day we spend literally chilling at the hotel rooftop, discovering new ways of using whatsapp to order drinks. The second full day we spent cycling. We hired a couple of bikes and made our way first to Sant Miguel and then onto a personal favourite ( as well as all the hippies on the island) Benirass beach. Our last day, I wanted to spend soaking up the hippie markets in Sant Juan, but after 11 months of no rain the weather decided the ground needed some. So we started with thunder and lighting early on, literally raining off any dreams of markets. So, with our options of staying at the hotel or local cafes, we decided to get a taxi to the next nearest biggish town Santa Eulalia, for something fresh. When we got there we actually had a few hours of sunshine, and then the rain came again. But it didn’t really matter, I’ve spent worst days in the rain.
If you’ve never been to Ibiza, I’d encourage you to go, its such a beautiful place. And here’s a travel tip for free – take a big empty case because you will want to bring it all home.
You can see our first trip to Ibiza here. xx