If all-day beach parties, heady nights in famous nightclubs listening to the world's coolest DJs alongside a laid-back uber-glam crowd, fabulous restaurants, bars and boat trips sound like your sort of thing then you should get yourself to Ibiza as quickly as possible.
There are villas of all stripes all over the island and the options are endless, but one of the very best I've come across is the Finca Grande through Coastline, a spacious traditional-style house that sleeps eight, set on the top of a hill in a protected pine forest two kilometres above the gorgeous port town of Santa Eulalia, near where the Camerons also stayed. If it's solitude you're after, or somewhere where you can play the music as loud and as late as you like without disturbing the neighbours then this rental can't fail to hit the spot.
Sunbathing is a dream here, with loungers on the terrace outside the kitchen and another set down by the pool, meaning you can laze about all over the place. This place is so relaxing you don't even need to worry about driving into town to pick up breakfast since Coastline also have that covered. The villa comes with an amazing concierge lady called Grace, who is so knowledgeable and helpful we nicknamed her Ibiza Wikipedia. Not only does Grace know everyone and everything on the island she also drops off a daily delivery of pastries, bread and an English newspaper of your choice each morning, meaning you don't have to think about lifting a finger until you're ready to go out. A welcome hamper containing all sorts of cleaning essentials, salads, local meat and cheese is waiting for you on day one so you can acclimatise before hitting the great supermarket just down the road to stock up for the week.
You can't visit Ibiza and not spend a day on a speed boat, whizzing across the turquoise sea to Formantera and a truly special seafood lunch at Juan y Andrea, which is so slick they send men in RIBs to pick you up if you don't fancy swimming to shore. Sit down in barefoot luxury and feel white sand between your toes as you feast on salt-baked seabass, garlic prawns and tuna tartare. Vicente, our captain, stopped off along the way so we could splash about off the back of the boat or swim to shore and potter about the almost deserted beaches. He booked our lunch and mixed up the best sangria of the week for the lazy afternoon on the sun deck. If you book Vicente through Coastline, the boat I rented is 700Euro per day in July and August and 500Euro per day in September – this is a very good deal, about half price.
What with the beautiful property, Amazing Grace, all the included extras and the fabulous things you can book in extra such as the chef and the boat day, I think you'd be hard pressed to find such a great deal anywhere else. My group became extremely attached to this picture-perfect home away from home, and none of us wanted to leave, ever.
Book Villa Finca Grande from £815 pp including flights, car hire, linens and towels, cleaner, concierge, welcome hamper and daily delivery of bread, pastries and newspaper. Tel: 0844 5571020, web: www.coastline.co.uk.
By: Sara Lawrence