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Laura Millar: My Ibiza home away from home

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Enjoying the Ibiza sun

When I booked my flights to Ibiza for my four day holiday, I knew I didn’t want to stay in a hotel, but somewhere with more flexibility, as my boyfriend and I were going to be doing a lot of driving around the island and we wanted somewhere that felt like a base, and like a home – so we could come and go as we pleased and not worry about people hovering around to make up our room! HomeAway seemed like it had a huge selection of properties, and they had a wide range of differently priced, sized and located apartments, houses and villas, which was great.

Laura's Ibiza view

We wanted somewhere really quiet, and we researched a couple of areas first, before settling on Roca Llisa, a newish enclave not far from Santa Eulalia. On the site, I think it was the view that sold the apartment we went for the most – over to Formentera, with mountains in the background and blue sea. The apartment itself also looked very modern and stylish.

The apartment looked modern and stylish

The apartment looked modern and stylish

Getting there was fairly amusing! We had a list of instructions, but the owner was German so he’d done his best to translate them into English (’roundabouts’ came out as ‘spinning tops’!). Because we landed at midnight, our plan was to take a cab to the apartment that night, then head back to the airport the next morning (when we could see where we were going!) to pick up the hire car.

The only snag was that the apartments were not clearly or regularly numbered; when we were dropped off we did spend quite some time wandering about in the dark looking for ours. Thankfully we eventually did and went straight to bed! The next morning, the stunning view made up for our late arrival, and the apartment itself was very well laid out – big living room, balcony/terrace outside, and kitchenette. My only quibbles were that although there was a TV and satellite dish, it only seemed to be tuned to German stations so it meant we couldn’t just sit and watch TV after a long day out. And the water pressure is fairly poor, but in fairness you are warned about that.

Promenade in Ibiza, Laura Millar’s review of Ibiza quote:

Most attractions will be less than a 40-minute drive away. And part of the appeal is the travelling, stopping off en route for a meal at some remote hostelry. If your main aim is to lounge on a beach, you’re spoilt for choice. One of the most famous is Playa d’en Bossa, a three-mile stretch of white sand just south of Ibiza Town. While Playa d’en Bossa has everything from watersports to beachfront boutiques, it’s also home to two of Ibiza’s biggest clubs, so go further afield for peace and quiet. Try Portinatx, to the north, which has a stretch of sand popular with families. Two other things Ibiza is known for are its hippy markets and its sunsets. Hippies began flocking here in the late 1960s, and there are still popular weekly hippy markets, such as Las Dalias, every Saturday. As for the sunsets, visit the tiny locality of Na Xamena which is reached by impossibly steep but picturesque roads up to one of the northernmost tips of the island.

Sunset over Ibiza

It was a great place to stay – if you want ‘quiet Ibiza’, then that’s what you get. We never heard (or even saw!) any of our neighbours, so I think it’s somewhere people definitely choose if they want to relax. It’s great to have the freedom and flexibility of somewhere like this when you go away; while I love hotels, I much prefer feeling like I’m in my own home as much as possible!

Laura Miller profileLaura Millar bio: I’m a freelance journalist and travel writer who absolutely adores two things: food and travel. Ideally a combination of the two. I’ve written for a range of publications including: The Daily Mail, Saturday Express Magazine, Square Mile, Hedge,Escapism, Wedding, Brides, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Stylist and more.

Follow Laura on her blog, What I Ate Today and Why – a food blog with a travel twist. Catch up with Laura on Twitter @lauramiller1.

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