Ibiza villas: Balinese beauties

Many of Ibiza’s most stunning villas take design and decor inspiration from another beautiful island location: the Indonesian paradise of Bali. While its landscape may be vastly different to the white isle, its laidback lifestyle, beach culture plus health and wellbeing focus are totally in alignment – two islands, one soul.

Within the carefully curated White Ibiza Villas collection are some truly inspirational properties, decked out in organic materials, natural fibres and signature textures hailing from Bali. You’ll find thatched roof huts perched by beautifully tiled swimming pools, perfect for massage, yoga or just perfecting the art of zen. Sleep deeply on intricately carved four-poster wooden beds, dine at enormous communal tables and benches carved from ancient tree trunks and sink into plush sofas and cushions made from vibrant silk and colourful, embroidered cotton.

Spa-like bathrooms are another star feature of these Balinese beauties, featuring the highest quality fittings, tilework, mirrors, stone tubs and even private plunge pools. As you’d expect, carved stone Buddha statues preside peacefully over many of these spaces, where relaxation and luxury go hand in hand.

 

Miss W’s blog: Everyone’s a concierge

Before I moved to Ibiza many moons ago, I thought a ‘concierge’ was someone who worked in a hotel, sitting at a desk, looked after your luggage, booked your taxis, arranged for the valet to collect your car and took phone messages for you if you weren’t in your room. Stuff like that. I imagined it as quite an old fashioned profession, and I envisioned that all concierges wore little pillbox hats and button up waistcoats and carried a big old jangling bunch of keys.

Then after I’d lived here for a little while, I started hearing the word pop-up everywhere. Call so and so – he’s a concierge now. Oh, she can sort you out – she’s a concierge. Why not get a concierge to arrange it all for you? The concierge will make sure you get the best table at Pacha. Our concierge will send a car so you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving. And I started to wonder… what were all these little pillbox-hatted people doing away from their desks and moonlighting in Ibiza?

Obviously I quickly discovered that over here, concierge simply means business. Big business. There’s big bucks in being a professional organiser (and no need to wear a pillbox hat) here on the white isle, where there’s big demand for the best services, tables, boats, meals, hotel rooms, villas, cars, clothes…and the rest! After all, to get the best, sometimes it’s not about what you know, but who you know (and occasionally how much money you can throw at them) to score you the very best. And when your holiday hours are so valuable, you don’t necessarily want to spend time trying to locate the best of the best. Not when a concierge can do it for you.

Let me start out by saying, I think enlisting the services of a concierge is a good thing. A great thing in fact. If you don’t know the island well and you’re here for a good time, not a long time, they can be a valuable resource. But you need to enlist a reputable concierge agency, someone who has an office base where you can find them, an official registered company for tax reasons and 24-hour telephone number on which you can contact them. Not one of the fly-by-night operators working from their iPads in whatever cafés and beach clubs have free WiFi, use Facebook as a means for communication and go off the radar at the first sign of stress, or after a big night out. It’s these people who have given the concierge industry in Ibiza a bit of a bad rap over the past few years.

Which leads me to my next point. I feel like at the moment, no matter where I look, or who I meet – EVERYONE is a concierge. For example…

The guy who owns my local pizzeria – has a concierge business on the side.

The dude who designs my favourite shoes on the island – also acts as a concierge in his spare time.

Former dancers, DJs and VIP hosts from years gone by at Pacha – all call themselves concierges these days.

Caterers and private chefs – just so happen to offer their clients concierge services in addition to cuisine.

Part time yoga teachers and mobile massage therapists – you guessed it, concierge is all part of their service.

Drivers – always concierging away at things!

Whatever happened to being good at one thing? The term jack of all trades and master of none comes to mind (except for my pizza guy – I can assure you, he makes damn fine thin and crispy crusts). One could argue, that these people have plenty of experience, after years spent booking restaurant tables, arranging guest list entry to a club, chartering yachts or finding villas for visiting friends on holiday. After all, there’s no official concierge university degree (is there?). They could also say, it makes sense to start charging a fee for your own time and effort when arranging things for mates, or mates of mates, or mates of mates of mates.

I don’t know, call me old school. I’d prefer to help someone out and let them buy me a drink the next time I see them (wait – is that like accepting payment for my services? Would that make me a concierge by today’s standards?) I’d rather book the table and join them for lunch, or dinner, or dancing, and be happy knowing I’d been able to help arrange something everyone was enjoying. I’d prefer to only frequent places I personally love, rather than having to ‘pop in’ to every single event to show my face in order to build favour with the venue should I ever need to book a table (don’t they know who I am anyway? Oh wait – anonymous blogger and all that). For anything out of my league (or tastes), I’d rather refer you to a professional.

I like think of myself as a noncierge!

I’ve seen first hand how hard REAL concierges work. My good friends and colleagues, Miss E and Miss S, spend their summers running (elegantly, in heels) from club to party, boat to restaurant, villa to airport, ensuring their clients’ every last needs are met. They certainly don’t get the luxury of sleeping in (ever – you know Ibiza is a seven day a week business) because they’re doing villa check ins at 3am, then arranging spontaneous private jets at 7am so their client can follow Richie Hawtin to Berlin, and in between they’re at their desks professionally handling enquiries for the next summer!

It may seem like a glamorous job from the outside, being in with the in crowd, being seen in all the right places, knowing all the right people and drinking complimentary champagne every night… but it takes a certain kind of person, with a certain element of professionalism (and a lot of stamina) to last a full season as a concierge… which may again explain why many of the lesser known concierges have shut up shop by mid-July, have changed their phone numbers and are planning to open pizza shop the following year! I see a cycle…

With the summer season just around the corner, Ibiza concierges, may the force be with you…

Apartments – On the frontline

Guaranteed to take your breath away, these frontline apartments boast unrivalled views of the sea and sky, with nothing but multiple shades of blue (and the occasional fluffy white cloud or superyacht for effect) stretched out before your eyes. Direct access to the beach is a given, and although the sea is on your doorstep, there’s nothing more luxurious than taking a dip in your very own infinity pool while gazing out at your million dollar views.

Miss W’s blog: Easter in Ibiza

That’s right, I said five days! Here in Ibiza, the fiestas (by this I mean public or bank holidays, though technically there will be a whole lot of parties too) start tomorrow! What better reason to come to the island for a pre-season extended stay, than a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday that are chock-full of openings, special events, lunches, cocktails, dinners and dancing? It’s like a mini-preview of the summer ahead…

In actual fact, the action really starts tonight (so can we call it six days?), as both Pacha and Sankeys open their doors for special parties – the fourth anniversary of Jean Claude Ades’ Be Crazy event and the underground favourite Unusual Suspects respectively. May as well party hop and go to both – after all, no one has to wake up early tomorrow morning!

Then after a long and lazy lie in, I’m heading up north to San Carlos to check out the Easter Edition of the Las Dalias Hippy Market – I wonder if I’ll find myself a fluffy bunny there? Somehow I don’t think hippies and Cadbury Crème Eggs mix so I won’t hold my breath for any chocolate goodies. Later on, the opening party at The Harbour Club in Talamanca should be in full swing, and I’m finally going to get the chance to check out the all new Passion San Jose as it opens for dinner.

Villas – Exclusive abodes

Privacy, discretion and retreating from the world are among the most highly sought after elements named by holidaymakers looking to find their perfect luxury Ibiza villa rental. After all, vacation time is sacred; every hour is treasured and every moment cherished as you create unforgettable lifelong memories with your loved ones.

When selecting a property for inclusion within the White Ibiza Villas portfolio, our experienced team takes special care to find luxurious, secluded homes that suit the needs of our discerning clientele. Whether high on a hilltop, deep in a valley or like a mirage at the end of a dusty camino, our most exclusive private villas are ultra-secure, surrounded by nature and protected from the prying eyes of neighbours.

Exclusivity doesn’t have to mean isolation however. Our concierge team is on hand to bring the best of Ibiza to your door, be it yoga, massage, personal training, private chefs, a mobile bar, kids entertainment or even a pop-up fashion boutique. We can also whisk you away to the coolest island events should you feel the need to connect with the world outside, then return you to your holiday haven for the ultimate in escapism.

 

Ibiza villas: Exclusive abodes

Privacy, discretion and retreating from the world are among the most highly sought after elements named by holidaymakers looking to find their perfect luxury Ibiza villa rental. After all, vacation time is sacred; every hour is treasured and every moment cherished as you create unforgettable lifelong memories with your loved ones.

When selecting a property for inclusion within the White Ibiza Villas portfolio, our experienced team takes special care to find luxurious, secluded homes that suit the needs of our discerning clientele. Whether high on a hilltop, deep in a valley or like a mirage at the end of a dusty camino, our most exclusive private villas are ultra-secure, surrounded by nature and protected from the prying eyes of neighbours.

Exclusivity doesn’t have to mean isolation however. Our concierge team is on hand to bring the best of Ibiza to your door, be it yoga, massage, personal training, private chefs, a mobile bar, kids entertainment or even a pop-up fashion boutique. We can also whisk you away to the coolest island events should you feel the need to connect with the world outside, then return you to your holiday haven for the ultimate in escapism.

 

Property owners – Find discerning clients to rent your home

At White Ibiza Villas we believe in showcasing unique Ibiza villas that are a cut above the rest. We have personally visited each and every property in our collection and work closely with the owners. We know how much love and care you have put into creating your beautiful home, and we feel passionate about sharing that love with the right clients.

Finding the right guests to fill your home during the months you are away is paramount to us. We aim to match your villa with people who will love and respect it as if it were their own, and we take pride in presenting your home as part of our distinguished portfolio. We get to know every last inch of your property, inside and out, so our experienced team can help to maximise your home’s earning potential via styling assistance, professional presentation and guidance on seasonal rates.

Ibiza homes: Bonita Spencer-Percival – Old town magic

Such is the nature of their corporate and creative lifestyles respectively, David and Bonita often find themselves in different countries and properties at different times, and so the opportunity to connect on an island, away from the demands of daily life, is important to them. “Ibiza is just such a wonderful retreat from the frenetic life of any metropolis, and it’s only four hours door-to-door from London,” says Bonita. “It keeps me young!”

Despite the fact the couple are only in Ibiza for around two (separate) weeks a year, the apartment is always immaculate, prepared for the arrival of friends and family at a moment’s notice. “We are just so busy, and travelling the world all the time but it would be ridiculous to just leave it,” says Bonita, who says she prefers to visit the island out-of-season, having never been much of a sun-worshipper. “It’s ready to go at any time, for my sister, my girls, David’s friends and family – whoever needs it.”

To enquire about this property, contact emma@white-ibiza.com

Giorgio Brunetti Architect – Honesty & transparency

“This is absolutely not how I work,” he states. “I am always working on the side of my client. I can put pressure on suppliers, quality-wise. If something has not been done to a certain standard and you are totally transparent, you can demand it be done again. The workmanship must always be exceptional.” Giorgio’s firm but fair manner ensures his clients get exactly what they have paid for, and perfectly executed.

Taking the time to do things properly is extremely important to Giorgio, who believes rushing can ultimately create more problems. “The devil is in the rush, we say in Germany,” he says, and he’s right on the money. Trying to plough through ten problems in a day and finding fast-fix solutions will only mean you have to come back and correct them again later. Better to come up with four long-term solutions today, four more tomorrow and the rest the next day. “Stress kills creativity,” says Giorgio. “It’s all about finding what is special within each project, for me and the client alike. Though I get emotionally attached to each project, my approach is based on knowledge and experience, not arrogance – this is how I express my creativity and create something of true value.”

New! Can Talaias

Sitting high on a hill above San Carlos, beautiful boutique Agroturismo hotel Can Talaias was once the home of famed British actor Terry-Thomas, who discovered this secret spot – then a neglected finca with breathtaking views and a lot of potential – while riding on horseback in the late 60s. Many years were spent renovating it to become the ‘heaven on earth’ hotel that stands today.