Upon leaving for Ibiza, Fleur Chalmers was sceptical as to what her experience of the well-renowned party island was going to be. Find out how her three-day exploratory trip has completely revolutionised her outlook on the destination and why she is now an Ibiza convert, ready to highly recommend the location as a European option for overseas events, meetings and incentive trips.
Trip Hosted by:
Spanish Tourist Office
Ibiza Convention Bureau
Flight: London Stansted – Ibiza
Flight time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Climate: Winter – average temperature of 13 degrees/ Summer – average temperature of 25 degrees
Did you know: Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its buildings, shoreline and sea life.
Hotel: ME Ibiza
Located in Santa Eulalia, a lovely quiet part of the island with exceptional sea views and on clear days, glimpses of Formentera in the distance. The hotel has 200 bedrooms, a spa on the terrace and a rooftop infinity pool. The beach side pool has a DJ and a great restaurant with top quality food.
The hotel is also partnered with Nikki Beach next door, an Ibiza staple and through the hotel, guests can have access for the summer parties and celebrity spotting.
The rooftop ME bar serves exquisite cocktails and has local seafood specialities cooked on the open kitchen. All this can be enjoyed overlooking the 360 degrees views of the coastline.
Arrival and Off-Roading
After an early flight we were warmly greeted at the hotel and enjoyed a delicious lunch on the roof in the sunshine where we discussed the activities that had been planned for us for the weekend. We were then swiftly taken away on a jeep safari to explore the Northern side of the island. The tourist board were very keen for us to explore everything that Ibiza had to offer, and this was a brilliant way of exploring the flora and fauna and understanding the natural beauty of the island, all the while holding on for dear life as we sped over lots of bumpy roads in the off-road areas.
Ibiza Cuisine: Es Caliu
For dinner we were transferred to a beautiful finca (country ranch) in rural Ibiza. The beautifully rustic restaurant offered us the opportunity to taste local specialities. The hosts showed us around the farmhouse to explain how it functioned as a working building before its transformation into a restaurant, which provided a really interesting insight into the venue. They also had a vintage delivery truck in the garden which had been converted into a bar and plenty of fairy lights in the garden to fill the space with atmosphere. As an old building with different rooms and spaces, it is the perfect spot for groups to get a real sense of local flavour.
The Spirit of the Island
We started the morning with a workshop at Hierbas Ibicencas, a local liquor made with different herbs and plants that has been made in Ibiza for generations and each family has their own recipe. We were all completely charmed by Juan who took us through some of the history whilst instructing us how to make our own versions of the digestif. The workshop supports local industry and culture and we all had our own bottles to take away with us, although I’m not convinced I will be opening mine any time soon!
7 Pines Resort
We were then transferred to the spectacular 7 Pines resort for lunch and a show around. The hotel only opened in the summer and has already become a beacon of elegance in Ibiza. The hotel is an all-suite village with 180 rooms. Each one has a terrace and a separate living space. The meeting rooms all have beautiful views over the ocean and have inbuilt AV and a terrace to give your delegates the best chance of enjoying the surroundings. The hotel offers a stunning spa and 5 different bars and restaurants, all of which take full advantage of the cliff edge position.
A Walk-Through History
After a quick turnaround, we headed to the Old town for a walking tour down through the old city walls. The island is full of history, spanning over 2000 years and there were lots of quirky facts and sites pointed out by our lovely guide as we meandered through the tiny cobbled streets back down to the marina. The juxtaposition between these small 16th century houses and the super yachts in the marina, really left an impression of this being a place full of contrasts.
Our evening dinner was at a little fusion tapas restaurant in the Old town, which was all about artistry with the food; we had calamari hot dogs served on red balloon animal dogs, croquettes in trees and canapes out of a head! The dinner just reiterated that Ibiza really does offer something for everyone.
We ended our trip with a DJ masterclass with local DJs walking us through and demonstrating how the art of DJing has evolved over time and got us to try some of the vintage turn tables right through into showing us the contemporary techniques that are used in the clubs that Ibiza is so famous for. The masterclass can be run for up 60 people and is a great ice breaker and another aspect of the island that is integral to the culture.
An Ibiza Convert
I went to Ibiza under the illusion that it wasn’t going to be me, either personally, or professionally. The couple of days we spent have totally changed my perception, the island is full of inspiring scenery, stunning hotels and restaurants, enough history to keep any enthusiast happy and that is all before you even consider the fun thriving party side of the island. The term ‘’something for everyone’’ is overused but is particularly pertinent in the case of Ibiza. I am a convert!
*Institute of National Statistics Spain, Ibiza: Population: https://www.ine.es/jaxiT3/Datos.htm?t=2910