DB DIGEST JULY: ENJOYING AN IBIZAN SUMMER
Enjoying an Ibizan Summer - top tips when you're there
With a home on this beautiful island it's tough not to stay home and enjoy the views. I love entertaining here, because we have so many beautiful out door spaces to host friends for drinks, lunch or dinner. And it's always fun setting a table looking out onto the wonderful views of Es Vedra.
I have so many different table cloths, place mats and linen serviettes. Which all help to create really fun and elegant table scapes. Some of my favourite are from The Sette who do the most beautiful hand painted Italian linens. Speaking of linens - watch this space - You were all so supportive of my hand painted linen I made for my teal launch. So I'm looking to produce my stripes and bubble linen very soon!
I love mixing up different textures and if you keep the colour palette simple you can't go wrong. My favourite placemats are from MmaSocial who work with female led collectives in Ghana to create the most beautiful handmade baskets and table mats. While the lace like table cloth below is actually plastic and super practical. The local store Sluice always does great versions each year.
The table mats above were gifted by a dear friend from Cutter Brooks in the Cotswolds, and these beautiful hand embroidered linens are from the collaboration between Issy Grainger and Cressida Jamieson. I love how each member of our family has one, just for them.
I often spend afternoons with my girls hand painting pebbles we collect from the local beach, and a favourite theme are evil eyes. We dot them all along our table and make the perfect going home gift for guests.
I've just started a cutting garden, so I'm hoping to use those blooms over the summer. But often we just place a few sprigs of rosemary and some Stipa grasses which grow in abundance on our property to add a scent to the table. Simple but effective.
All my dishes and serving platters are dishwasher safe and are meant as an easy way to display food so you can enjoy sharing. One of my favourite pieces is the pitcher/vase. It works so wonderfully for chilled juices and ice tea as well as displaying beautiful blooms. But I love it when we use it to serve gazpacho for lunch and our small flow bowls are perfect for the croutons or chopped cucumber and tomatoes to place in your cup of chilled soup. Just delicious!
I love finding multiple uses for my bowls. They're never for just one thing. Fruit, nuts, yoghurt, sizzling steaks and crunchy salads. Anything goes
The Best Beaches
We live near the cove of Cala Carbo in the south west of the island and it's a very low key beach. Mainly pebble with lovely swimming. Climb the cliffs to get epic views of Es Vedra and eat lunch in one of the two local beach restaurants, Es Balneario +34 971 80 8251 and Can Vicent +34 971 80 8155. For more of a scene we head to Beach House on Playa d'en Bossa or El Silencio on Cala Moli. Both with great food and fun people watching!
The Best Restaurants
There is something for everyone on the island. From high end dining to low key family run restaurants. Our favourite has to be Destino in San Josep town (+34971800341). A family run Tapas bar, the food is affordable and always delicious. We swear by the pizza at Call Vadella's Bon Sol (+34971808213) perfect for watching the kids play on the beach while the sun goes down. And if you can't get a table at La Paloma do try Finca La Plaza with its beautiful courtyard in the heart of Santa Gertrudis.
The Best Shopping
You can't miss out on Las Dahlias Hippy market in San Carlos. Filled to the brim with artisans from all over the island from beaded gem stones, to shawls and embroidered clutches. A wander round the Saturday market in San Josep with local artisans showcasing their woven wares is worth a trip, Walk around Santa Gertrudis and discover the beautiful leather shop Te Cuero for hand tooled bags and belts. I adore the eclectic finds at La Galerie Elefante, as well as the beach stores at Cala Bassa Beach Club. You discover so many individual gems. And in the north of the island do check out Los Enamorados with their cool 70's eclectic fashion and interiors and Agora, the beautifully curated boutique at Six Senses - the height of eco luxe. For Interiors its all about Casa Bedouin
The Best Places to stay
For something super special and a little different, I would stay at the hotel Mirador
in Dalt Villa - the old walled town above the port in Eivissa. So vibrant and really cool. For those who want to be nearer the sea try Petunia
with great views over Vedra and one of our favourite boutique hotels full of charm is Jardin de Palerm
set in the village of San Josep.
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