Villa Guru: A Toast to Ibiza’s Other Side

Ibiza is well known as a party town, with its cool DJ nightclubs, great restaurants and vibrant beach scene. But there’s much more to this popular Spanish town and island than this.

For one thing, there is the sheer beauty of the island’s landscape, including spectacular sunsets on the west coast. I recommend that our guests take a drive along the coast and stop for tapas and wine while watching the sun set.

Wine is another reason to come to Ibiza. The island has a long, rich wine history, going back to the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The tradition of winemaking has been passed down from one generation to the next, with vineyards that might just supply a single family’s needs or produce superb vintages for sale to the public.

As a result, there are wine tours on the island that rival anything found in France and Italy.  Often I’ll arrange for guests to be picked from their Ibiza luxury villa by air-conditioned SUV or van, driven by an English-speaking guide. The guests can sample wine on the drive over, getting them into the mood, while listening to the guide’s narration, full of fascinating anecdotes about Ibiza’s rich history.

At the vineyard, the party will be greeted by the owner himself, who then conducts a tour, ending  up in the cellar. In this beautifully lit setting, surrounded by decades-old wine barrels, the guests enjoy a tasting and light lunch they’ll never forget.

I recently had a family with college-age kids come back from Ibiza. I had recommended that they stay at Villa San Jose, with its comfortable, contemporary style. From the villa’s covered rooftop they could enjoy sweeping views over the the bay of Cala Jondal, while still only being a short distance from great shopping and dining.

They phoned after the trip and each member of the family got on the line to tell me how much they loved their experience. The adults were really taken by the laid-back atmosphere of the villa, relaxing on the terrace with sweeping views of the azure sea, sipping an amazing Chardonnay sourced for them from the Can Maymo winery located on the northern end of the island.

The kids were blown away because I was able to secure them table service at Space Ibiza, consistently voted the top nightclub in the world since 2009. Not only that, they got to skip the long line to get in and were whisked inside like VIPs. They  danced the night away to some of the best DJs in the business.

Yes, Ibiza has something for all ages and tastes. And I can always find something unexpected that turns a trip into an unforgettable experience.

danielVilla Guru Daniel Blacquiere is a LaCure Concierge, whose profession allows him to pursue his two main passions: travelling himself (more than 65 countries!)  and assisting others to fulfill their own travel dreams. Before LaCure he was a concierge and front-desk manager at five-star resorts in the United States, Canada and Australia, and aboard six-star cruise lines worldwide.

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  1. Janey from United Kingdom, September 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM Arrived for 2 nights at Villa Sara after teliralvng from Malcesine and Monica was waiting to welcome us. Fabulous very contemporary room which was immaculately clean. Monica gave us some maps and told us where everything could be found and recommended the Malibu restaurant for our meal and this did not disappoint. We were provided with hot water, milk and cups to go with our Tetley tea bags we had brought from home! Breakfast was more than expected and even included scrambled eggs! Monica is a great host and is a credit to Villa Sara!

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