Where to Relax (and What to Eat) in Formentera – New York Times

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This Platja de Migjorn beach shack is sleepy Formentera at its finest. There’s reggae on the stereo and just a few tables, all shaded by a palm-frond awning and army netting that flutters in the breeze. A tiny kitchen turns out hamburgers and chicken skewers, along with cold beers and punchy gin-and-lemon cocktails. Patrons, meanwhile, get a view of the ombré shallows (and the barely clad swimmers enjoying them). Platja de Migjorn, west of Gecko Hotel & Beach Club.

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The mise-en-place for Catalan lobster at 10.7.

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A staircase at 10.7.

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A white rectangular box perched high above the striped umbrellas on the eastern end of Platja de Migjorn, this beach bar channels Ibiza-style glamour, with prices to match. The ceviche may not be fully authentic Spanish fare, but it’s perfectly citrusy and piquant, and pairs well with icy rosé. After a long lunch and a dip in the sea below, diners often return for sunset cocktails.

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Giorgio Armani’s former personal chef, the dashing Antonio D’Angelo, opened this trendy restaurant, which, with its artful amuse-bouches (e.g. octopus tempura with jalapeño mayo) and graphic, braided-rope furniture by Kettal, wouldn’t feel out of place in Manhattan. Standouts from the menu, which unites Italian and Japanese culinary techniques (D’Angelo is also the executive chef at Nobu Milan), include Wagyu beef wrapped in paper-thin ravioli with caramelized onions, and a succulent, charcoal-smoked bonito with artichoke that arrives billowing steam. Diners can sit ringside at the chef’s table, or choose a perch on the terrace and watch the yachts come and go.

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Decorative surfboards in El Pilar de la Mola.

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Sunbathers at Caló des Mort, in Formentera’s Migjorn area.

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In an airy space in Sant Francesc Xavier, this 12-year-old boutique stocks elegant, vacation-friendly clothes, accessories and furniture. Parisian textile designer Annie Barbaret and fellow French émigré Pascale Morel source them from small designers all over Europe, as well as from fair-trade enterprises in Rwanda and Bangladesh. Along with embroidered cotton tunics by Corsican label Mare di Latte, you’ll find brightly patterned Wayuu bags, women’s and children’s swimsuits and woven hammam towels. 011-34-659-397-181.

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Instead of the biweekly hippie market at El Pilar de la Mola, which lately offers more key chains and tourist T-shirts than artisanal crafts, visit this boutique in Sant Francesc Xavier. Run by Claudia Rossi Liacho, an Argentine woman who arrived in Formentera in the early 1980s, the shop is draped to the rafters with maximalist tribal cotton and silk textiles and accessories from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, featuring floral block prints and needlepoint beasts and birds in vibrant pinks, greens and blues. It’s easy to lose hours happily rifling through the intricately embroidered and mirrored suzanis, camel blankets, caftans and colorful pompom bracelets. Avenida de Portossaler 13, Sant Francesc Xavier.


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Forget the clubs, Ibiza tops the list for a relaxing beach holiday – the Irish News

SO, you’re going to Ibiza, are you? Away for all that clubbing and partying into the wee small hours, ha, ha ha…

And so went the general reaction to the shocking revelation that yes, my husband and I, were indeed off to Ibiza for a week, “at our age” which, let’s just say, in DJ years, is more Mike Reid than Calvin Harris.

We had ‘done’ Majorca and Menorca and so the only Balearic island left undiscovered was the great party island which defies easy explanation – a vacuous place paradoxically filled with meaning; one both demonised and idolised for its DJs and intoxicating, flamboyant clubs.

All-too-often, the antics of those frequenting the hedonistic party spots tend to eclipse the island’s outstanding beaches, and, so I’m told, “the third best sunset in the world”. (I’m not sure to which league table our Thomson (TUI) guide was referring, but he assured us that the top two spots were taken by Hawaii and Bali respectively).

But was there more? And what is it that attracts thousands of families to Ibiza each year; young parents with young children who have no interest in carousing with the crowds who each night surge en masse to San Antonio’s legendary Sunset Strip?

A promenade that stretches all the way around San Antonio Bay, from the far end of S’Arenal Beach, to tiny Calo des Moro cove to the north, the ‘strip’ provides stunning views from almost every point, each spot boasting its own unique ‘sunset atmosphere’ where you can sit at and marvel at the shifting sky in its dazzling last dance of the day.

It is from here that the majority of the island’s sunset cruises set off, each promising to find the best location at sea for holidaymakers to capture on camera the massive orange sun as it packs up for the night.

For most of the time, I’m sure these promises hold true, but on the night we boarded a catamaran, complimentary sangria (“Spanish Champagne” joked the skipper) in hand to watch the multi-spangled spectacle, last-minute clouds scuttled across the horizon and hid the much vaunted third-best sunset in the world.

No question, we were gutted, but as a sort of unwanted consolation prize, someone spotted a swordfish swimming full pelt in the glittery darkness… although, as luck would have it, we missed that too.

The main show of the evening was actually a free one when we disembarked, and consisted of an unofficial parade of clubbers as they made their way along the strip in glammed-up evening wear – mostly thong-bottomed beach bikinis with sparkle and heels added.

It is worth noting, though, that even when the sunsets don’t show up, the aforementioned cruises are still worth a trip, even if just to see the spectacular, ancient rock formations which rise like an alien landscape out of the deep and are breathtaking in their own right. Apparently, in the not-too-distant past, they were the mystical go-to place for a spot of nude sunbathing by the island’s long-standing hippy community.

Talking of which, the original and oldest hippy market, the Punta Arabí Hippy Market running each Wednesday in Es Canár in the north of the island, remains a huge pull for tourists on Ibiza for the first time.

Home to 500 craftspeople huddled under the shade of pine trees and makeshift canopies, the stallholders – not all, we suspected, genuine hippies – sell everything from hand-crafted leather goods, jewellery and art, to one-off fashion creations and hippy-style accessories embellished with obligatory feathers and beads.


The hilly old town in Ibiza town which offers superb views over the harbour

Ibiza has strong artistic roots stretching back to the early 60s when artisans, painters and designers flocked to the island to experience its atmosphere, light and ”freedom of expression’, but, while shades of the psychedelic remain (you may even smell something suspiciously sweet in the air), the worst aspects of commercial tourism are also on show.

Be aware, not everything is the bargain you may expect (there are plenty of what look like Moroccan knock-off handbags and carved wooden ornaments found on every street corner in every tourist hotspot the world over) although it’s still good for a wander – but not in the midday heat when you’re better heading off to one of the island’s superb beaches.

Some of the best of these can be found in Portinatx on the rocky northern coastline – the setting for the film South Pacific – where we were based for the week, staying in the TUI (Thomson) Sensimar (adults-only) Ibiza Beach Resort overlooking the bay.

Pretty and perky, Portinatx is infused with a modern beach resort feel and although you couldn’t in any way describe it as an authentic Spanish village, it does have some charms, evident in the pine-covered hills and a winding walk to the highest lighthouse in the Balearics which boasts cliff drops straight out of National Geographic.

Clear, turquoise waters lapping on the shoreline are safe for swimming – if you don’t mind sharing with the fish – and the bay is a favoured spot with snorkellers for obvious reasons.

While busy, its three beaches are never over-crowded and are only a stroll from a smattering of good restaurants, some of which even offer fine dining – Can Curreu is a good bet – and bars that live up to their names: Del Boy’s and Vincent’s come to mind.


At Cala d’Hort – spectacular, ancient rock formations rise like an alien landscape out of the deep and are breathtaking in their own right

But, as all-inclusive guests at the Sensimar Ibiza Beach, we dined mostly at either of the hotel’s two excellent restaurants which served up a high standard of local and international cuisine with impeccable service to match.

This modern, sprawling complex has so much going on that you really do have to make a conscious effort to leave. There is a smorgasbord of activities – fairly typical of a Thomson (TUI) holiday these days – with personal favourites of yoga on the beach, outdoor table tennis and acquarobic classes (in one of two sizeable swimming pools) a healthy way to break up a lazy day by the pool.

When you want a longer distraction, make a point of visiting Ibiza town, some 30 minutes away by taxi (€35 one way) which was a highlight and always worth seeing for its hilly views across the harbour from the old town and excellent shopping – particularly good quality, artisan craft shops and on-trend boutiques.

Ibiza may not have quite so much on the ‘see and do’ list as some of its more cultural neighbours, but for a relaxing beach holiday, it reigns supreme.

So, if you too, a la Vengaboys, decide you’re going to Ibiza, head to one of the many stunning coves and find your own spot to watch the sun go down. There are plenty to choose from, well out of earshot of that rowdy Café Mambo –which, by the way, is a total blast…

:: TUI flights to Ibiza depart Belfast international Airport from May to October next year. For details of Sensimar holidays visit www.tui.co.uk

Inside the New Swanky beach club bringing the Dubai, Ibiza, Miami experience to the Kenyan coast – Ghafla!

Word has it that one of the coolest club’s in Kenya will be launching at the coast to bring a new feeling never experienced in the country before. The Diani Beach Club is said to be planning to hold one of the biggest launch parties attracting the local and foreign high rollers in just a few months since now the holidays are upon us.

Diani Beach Club

Diani Beach Club

The Diani Beach Club which is a luxury club will be launching with a festival (Diani Beach Festival) to celebrate the December holidays and will host one of the largest Skydive Boogies in the world with over 500 people coming from over 32 countries. The festival has also attracted sponsorship from the luxurious Moët and Hennessy brand putting the ultimate stamp that the festival is one of a kind.

Diani beach club will not just be aiming to celebrate the Skydivers but everyone in general throughout the festive period. It will be showcasing the very best of local and regional music artists catering for all ages and tastes from HED KANDI to Sauti Sol and other continental artists like Vanessa Mdee among others.

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The beach is also designed with luxurious VIP and VVIP areas giving everyone a chance to celebrate their holidays like never before. With its launch around the corner, DBC has the potential to create 300 new jobs and inject 3m USD into the local economy – just to name some of its benefits to have it in the country.

Diani Beach Club

Diani Beach Club

Diani Beach Club might seem like another additional luxury club in the market but it is important to remember that it will create a new platform to promote the very best of what Kenya has to offer. I’m talking extreme Sports and stunning beaches all celebrated with fantastic music concerts throughout the Festive period.

Diani Beach Club

Diani Beach Club

If you had no plans for this festive season then that’s the ultimate plot and trust me it’s going to be lit!

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It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

Britain, united kingdom, England, united states

VisitBritain Partners With BBC StoryWorks for Commercials

London

The Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway

Perugia, Italy

A Step Back in Time: Perugia, Italy

Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

Britain, united kingdom, England, united states

VisitBritain Partners With BBC StoryWorks for Commercials

London

The Best Cities for a Weekend Getaway

Perugia, Italy

A Step Back in Time: Perugia, Italy

Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

New! Travel: Sun, Sea, Sangria! – New Magazine

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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.

Magical Mykonos – The Voice Online

BEACHY KEEN: Chantelle Kimberley soaks up the sun on Mykonos

WHEN GIVEN the option to visit Mykonos or Santorini, both such beautiful Greek islands, it was a difficult decision, but Mykonos was the chosen destination.

Known for its iconic architecture and white Cyclade buildings, the Island is known as the Ibiza of Greece and is one of the most popular places to visit, providing a stunning picturesque landscape along with its famous sunsets and beautiful beaches.

THE TOWN

There is a lot to discover in Mykonos Town, or Chora as the locals call it. A beautiful town with cobbled streets and stunning white buildings. There are hundreds of shops to choose from, ranging from designers to small boutiques selling both clothes and jewellery, so something for everyone. The windmills are also one of the main attractions of the town, with many of them built by Venetians in the 16th century.

ACCOMMODATION

We stayed at Terra Maltese Natural Resort. It was a small complex with the traditional white houses, located about 15 minutes from town. I would definitely recommend hiring a car as cabs are expensive, and advise staying away from mopeds and quad bikes. The staff at the resort were extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were decent and very clean but lacked space. The pool area was nice, but not many other facilities on offer.

THE FOOD

Mykonos is full of amazing places to eat, so you’ll never go hungry. My favourite place has to be Kiki’s Tavern, located just beside the sea. The food is so good that there’s a one and a half hour waiting time – but the beautiful scenery, company and free wine while you wait makes it an absolute pleasure and the time flies by in no time. Kiki’s serves traditional Greek food including fresh salads, meats such as traditional Greek sausage, and delicious grilled octopus. Jimmy’s Place is also a must. It serves traditional gyros (kebab wraps) and it is well-known across the island. If you’re still feeling peckish, there’s the incredible Koutsothanasis patisserie bakery, and it serves the best chocolate croissants in town. So if you get a chance to visit, you won’t regret it.

BEACHES

Our favourite beach had to be Elia. A picturesque seaside, with crystal clear turquoise waters and fine sand, it is definitely worth a visit. It’s the largest beach in the south of Mykonos and located roughly 10km away from Mykonos Town. The staff were all very welcoming. The beachfront restaurant was also splendid and offered a variety of good food and great service from friendly staff. Sunbeds, towels and even water sports are available.

ENTERTAINMENT

Paradise beach is where it’s at if you want to party during the day. We stumbled across a pool bar right at the end of the beach called Tru Paradise. It was a bit pricey, but the service was exceptional and the sushi – though not very traditional –
was delicious. The vibe was totally chilled and we were treated to an afternoon of tunes accompanied by a saxophonist, while we lay by the pool. I would definitely recommend a visit.

HISTORY

The island of Mykonos, located in the famous Cyclades Islands, is a perfect example of what makes these islands so delightful. Mykonos has a large number of churches. The Panagia Paraportiani, one of the most famous churches in Greece, was built between the 15th and 17th centuries and is actually five churches in one.

If you fancy taking a visit to Mykonos you can get an Easyjet flight from as little as around £70, and accommodation from around £400.

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Sun, sea and city: where to buy a second home next to an urban beach – Telegraph.co.uk

It’s a well-known dilemma when planning a holiday: do you go for the cultural fix and retail therapy of a city break, or chill out on a lounger and enjoy cocktails at a beach bar? Why not do both by visiting a coastal city with a decent beach? The appeal of this best-of-both lifestyle has driven the demand for second homes near urban seasides. After all, they make much better year-round homes than those in seasonal beach resorts that close down every winter.

“City-beach destinations are growing in popularity,” says Paul Tostevin, associate director of world research for Savills. “They are vibrant, hybrid ­centres of business and tourism, and residential property benefits from year-round rental demand. They are usually accessible via large international airports, served by affordable and frequent flights that make regular weekend visits viable.” 

Research by Savills found that investors looking for year-round income should focus on cosmopolitan cities on the coast; ­Barcelona and Lisbon topped the table of destinations. 

So where are the best places to buy if you are both a city slicker and sun worshipper? Coastal cities oozing history are not hard to find, but their beaches are not always particularly tempting. 

In recent years, Palma, Majorca’s capital, has cleaned up and become a fashionable place to live for many northern Europeans. With the third-busiest airport in Spain, it is easy to reach, and it is full of upmarket restaurants and designer shops. Property transactions have increased by 31 per cent since 2013.