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Ibiza

The White Isle has long been the place to party, and the casts of both TOWIE and Made In Chelsea hit the clubs there this summer. Pixie Lott, Eva Longoria and Alesha Dixon were also spotted there in July, proving Ibiza is still somewhere to be seen. 

Where to stay: The five-star Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa Hotel in Santa Eulalia is the perfect place to relax after a big night out. Take a dip in the rooftop pool then indulge in a treatment at the spa and you’ll soon feel refreshed and ready to hit the town again.

Out and about: For a classic Ibiza experience, head to Ocean Beach club (pictured above), where the champagne flows while the DJ spins his tunes, with circus acts, confetti cannons and dancers suspended mid-air to keep you entertained. Remember to dress to impress. But despite its reputation, Ibiza is not just about dancing from dusk till dawn. If you want to find a different way to get your pulse racing, check out Active Ibiza, which offers a range of activities from horse riding and stand-up paddle-boarding to boat trips and sunset hikes (Activeibiza.com). 

The island is not short of upmarket restaurants. STK Ibiza is popular with the A-list – Eva is a fan. Expect stylish décor, top notch DJs and mouthwatering steak. We’d also recommend Peyotito in the Nobu Ibiza Bay Hotel, which offers a modern take on Mexican cuisine. The home-made guacamole is not to be missed. 

Need to know: Book your stay at Aguasdeibiza.com, from £184 per night. We were lucky enough to get a taste of the celeb lifestyle with Surf Air (Easyjet.com) offers a much more purse-friendly option, with flights from £22.99 each way. 


Cadiz

When we think of mainland Spain’s southern coast, it’s Marbs that springs most readily to mind. But further to the west is the Cádiz province, renowned for its sandy beaches and amazing seafood. It’s a popular spot for filming too – not only were scenes for the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight And Day shot here, but the famous moment when Halle Berry emerges from the sea in her bikini under the watchful eye of James Bond in Die Another Day was also captured here (despite purporting to be in Cuba!)


Where to stay: Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri is a stunning four-star hotel just along the coast from the ancient port city of Cádiz. And it lives up to its name – we were treated like a queen by the dedicated and helpful staff. There are five outdoor pools spread throughout the tropical gardens and a golden beach right on the doorstep. The spa is perfect for a spot of pampering, with hydrotherapy pools and thermal loungers. After following their recommended relaxing hydrotherapy circuit, we indulged in a customised facial. 
You’re spoilt for choice at mealtimes, with a buffet, brasserie and beach club to choose from. And we loved watching the sunset over cocktails in the terrace bar after dinner.

Out and about: It’s a half-hour drive to Cádiz, where you can explore the picturesque old town, or if you want to travel further afield, Seville is a 90-minute drive away. There are numerous golf courses nearby and watersports are also on offer in the area. 

Need to know: Book your stay at BA.com for flights from Gatwick to Seville, which is the nearest airport. From £39 each way.


Menorca

Menorca is much quieter than its Balearic sisters Ibiza and Mallorca, which might be why Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig chose it for a low-key romantic getaway. 

Where to stay: Sol Beach House is a chic adults-only hotel in Santo Tomás on the south coast. The bedrooms are light and airy with colourful Desigual cushions, and the restaurant and terraces have that same laid-back Mediterranean feel. The outdoor pool overlooks the sea or you can head out to the gorgeous sandy beaches just outside the hotel, where loungers are available for hire. There are daily yoga and Pilates classes, and we also joined a wine-tasting session with the friendly staff. 

Out and about: Menorca is renowned for its hiking trails – you can walk the entire circumference of the island. From Sol Beach House you can head inland to the Cova des Coloms cave, which is a great way to experience the lush green island interior. But we preferred the coastal walk to Cala Escorxada – a rocky trail that ends in a beautiful turquoise bay. We also took the bus to the historic city of Ciutadella, where we explored the old town and enjoyed a tasty meal at Restaurant Cas Cònsol, which overlooks the marina. Another fab spot for dinner is the cosy Ca Na Pilar restaurant, just a five-minute drive from Sol Beach House.

Need to know: Loveholidays offers seven nights at Sol Beach House from £347 per person including breakfast and return flights from Luton. To book, visit Hoppa.com to book transfers from the airport to your hotel.

Gran Canaria 

Kerry Katona and Georgia Kousoulou are among the stars who’ve holidayed in Gran Canaria, which boasts year-round warm weather. And if you’re looking for a laid-back break in the sun, Puerto de Mogán on the south-west coast is the ideal spot – it’s been nicknamed Little Venice thanks to its canals and pretty marina, lined with seafood restaurants overlooking the swanky yachts.   

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogán is a ten-minute walk from the seafront. It has a large freshwater pool, a seawater pool and a splash pool for kids. The rooms have spacious balconies with comfy loungers and the breakfast spread is seriously impressive. We joined in with the yoga and water aerobics, and there were plenty of other activities to enjoy, from beach volleyball to the climbing wall. There’s also a fantastic spa, with hot and cold pools, massage jets, a sauna and a steam room. 

Out and about: We took the bus to Maspalomas to walk through its famous sand dunes. Then, after a delicious steak dinner at El Rancho, we headed to the open-air Moonlight Cinema for a late-night movie. You can even order drinks to your sofa while enjoying your film. Result! We also jumped on the ferry to Puerto Rico. It’s just £10 for the 60-minute round trip and you’ll get to see a bit of the island’s scenic coastline. 

Need to know: Book at Norwegian.com for flights, from £74.50 one-way.

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