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Holiday In Ibiza (May 2017): Part One

 You might be aware, I was recently on holiday in Ibiza for the first time with my boyfriend: we went there 12th May for a luxurious 2 weeks. I know Ibiza is known for its party atmosphere, BUT, it is so much more than that as I’ll prove! Before I went, I  planned to do a travel diary whilst I was there, but I decided against it in the end (I was too busy sunbathing and drinking all inclusive cocktails *wink*).

Like always, I ramble on too much! So, I have had to split this into 2 parts to make it more reader friendly. In part one, I will be talking about the hotel and the town of Santa Eulalia where we stayed. In part two, I will be talking about what we got up to; we like to explore and see the sights whilst on holiday.

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Sunrise from our balcony

 


Hotel

We stayed in a hotel called Club Siesta which is part of the Sirenis group. The hotel reopened in May after a major refurbishment: we were lucky to be some of the first people to enjoy the newly decorated modern rooms. Since the hotel has been refurbished, they are proud to be a four-star hotel now (it was 3-star rated, previously) offering an all inclusive board for all guests. The hotel is situated a 15-minute walk away from the town centre and beach.

There were lots of good things about the hotel: the rooms and communal areas are all kept very clean, the food was plentiful, of good quality and tasty and every member of staff always had a smile on their face despite their very long working hours.

I took these pictures just before we left early morning, that’s why they are a bit dark:

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There is a dressing table/desk on the other side of the room, and a little table and chairs. Opposite the bed, there is a brand new smart TV mounted on the wall. The bathroom is open plan with frosted glass over the toilet and shower. This could have caused a problem for some people but we quite liked it.

 

 

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The wardrobe reminded us if a clothing display in Jack Will! We had a nice little balcony with a sea view: there weren’t many rooms with a sea view, so we were very lucky.

 

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The hotel is an L shape- our room was on the other side. The glassed area is where the reception and foyer is.

 

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This is the main bar area, there are some cosy back rooms as well with sofas and a games room. This is the restaurant where we ate too much food!

 

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The swimming pool area…obviously. Kiddies pool on the right and a snack bar on the left.

 

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The view from our room. You can see the beach and marina in the distance.

Santa Eulalia

I did quite a lot of research about Ibiza before I started looking at hotels: I wanted to stay somewhere that’s not full of clubs and I didn’t want to stay anywhere too quiet either. In the end, I decided on the town of Santa Eulalia. My boyfriend trusts my judgement, so I’m pretty much in control of the holiday planning which is nice.

Santa Eulalia is located on the east side of the Island and is about half an hour drive away from the airport. There aren’t that many hotels there as it is quite a residential area for locals. There are a few bars and restaurants but no clubs which suited our needs.

The beach is sandy and is kept relatively clean. As we stayed in May the beach was quite quiet, but I imagine it to be a lot busier in the summer months. There are hundreds of sun loungers laid out ready for you to use, but remember you have to pay to use them (a man comes around and collects your money!). If you don’t mind laying on the sand, bring a towel and sunbathe for free.

Santa Eulalia has a marina where people keep their flashy yachts and there is a small ferry port: you can get a ferry to Formentera, or get a boat to Ibiza town among other places.  If you like shopping, there is a good variety of shops: there are your typical tourist souvenir shops and some cute clothing boutiques.

I can’t comment on the nightlife as we’re not into drinking and things like that. Every evening we went for a walk into town after dinner; all the bars and restaurants seemed quite apart from a couple of beach bars with live music.

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Sitting on the fountain along the promenade.

 

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The fountains provide a light show in the evening! Fountains like this are usually tacky, but this one is tastefully done.

 

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A view of the beach from near the marina.

 

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Some ‘ornaments’ in Santa Eulalia’s town centre

Final Thoughts

When I stay in a hotel, I usually find a couple of small things I don’t like, however, I can’t fault this hotel at all: the rooms have been refurbished to an excellent quality and are tastefully done in my opinion. One of my favourite things about the hotel is the staff; they are a great asset to the hotel and extremely hard working. Santa Eulalia is a great place to stay if you are looking to have a relaxing time. I feel like it is a very safe place to stay and is family friendly; there is something for everyone to enjoy in Santa Eulalia unless you’re looking for nightlife.

Click here for part 2!

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74 thoughts on “Holiday In Ibiza (May 2017): Part One

  1. I’m also not big on nightlife of the party scene, so I never really was big on Ibiza. However, I’m looking forward to reading more about your stay, Santa Eulalia looks beautiful and not at all crazy or crowded! I too love to do research and plan the bulk of the trip, it’s fun to see what’s out there and pick and choose. I’m looking forward to part 2 😀

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      1. Noo I have not! I have been to Murcia in Spain but never Majorca! Kind of like what you said in your post, I avoided it because of its “clubbing” stereotypes, but I am going with my boyfriend and some of his family so it should be really relaxing! ❤ xxx

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  2. This looks so gorgeous, I recently did Marbella (another place known for its party atomisphere) and found that it too was just so gorgeous 💜

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  3. Ooooh I love reading about people’s holidays! This looks lovely, the beach is gorgeous. I’m CRAVING a holiday like this now I’ve seen these photos. I don’t like the heat though and that’s something that’s only really developed over the last few years but I guess if I was in a different country it would be different – it’s a different kind of heat to the sweltering London summer heat!

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  4. It looks like you had a lovely holiday! I’ve never been to Ibiza but it is definitely somewhere I wouldn’t mind going! The hotel you stayed at looked lovely, and also I love the colour changing fountain!x

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