When you think of Ibiza it’s hard to not conjure up a picture of a hedonistic party island…rarely do people think ‘family vacay’. But, Ibiza is an island of contrasts. On one hand you have the 20 something party set – mohogany tanned Europeans, lobster pink Brits, tattoos, piercings, very little clothing, flirting, partying and sporting Kylie Jenner lips, neon nail polish and a care free attitude. And on the other, are ordinary families looking for a relaxing holiday with great food, gorgeous beaches perfect for kids, and just enough nightlife to let the parents believe they are still hip. Obviously we fell into the first category (I’m just waiting to reveal my leg tattoo and surgically enhanced lips).
Whichever camp you fall into, Ibiza is gorgeous and is the perfect holiday destination. Slightly smaller than it’s Balearic cousins of Mallorca and Menorca, it is an easy island to drive around and with so many beaches complete with clear turquoise water and amazing restaurants, you are spoilt for choice for where to go each day.
As with our trip to Mallorca the year before, we spent time on this holiday in some very gorgeous beach clubs and boutique hotels and I completely fell in love with the style of Ibiza. White washed buildings, natural materials, bright pops of bougainvillea and interiors that are luxe and laid-back. The style of the Balearic islands relies on making the most of the almost year round warm weather with interiors that have an indoor / outdoor feel – a look that is calm and uncluttered with tactile textures and a neutral colour palette. It is also influenced by it’s proximity to Morocco and the overall look is a blend of coastal, North African and a little bit Balinese.
As with all the best interiors, borrowing small elements from a style you love is the best way to recreate an overall interiors look that represents you and your home. You can add elements of this Ibizan style into your home with baskets, neutral textiles or a woven pendant light – but don’t over do it. We live in urban Singapore not by the Med (as nice as that might be).
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Right, I’m off to tattoo around my belly button and buy a crochet bikini ready for this year’s Ibizan holiday. I can’t wait to return.
P.S. If you are looking at travelling to Ibiza, I can highly recommend White Ibiza as an online reference