25 May Ibiza Weddings
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of travelling to Ibiza for an event like no other – one of my best friend’s weddings! Having never visited Ibiza or experienced a wedding outside of the UK before, I didn’t know really know what to expect, apart from ideally better weather than in London and of course I’ve heard a lot about the partying.
As soon as I arrived on the island I fell in love immediately, driving through the pine clad hills and passed the sandy coves to reach our small beach side hotel not far from Ibiza Old Town. The water was turquoise in colour and although it was a little on the cold side in May, the first thing I did was go for a swim anyway!
With a few days to spare before the wedding celebrations were to begin, I made the most of relaxing on the beach, eating tapas and exploring the Old Town, which has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is easy to see why. Known as “Dalt Vila” which means “Upper Town”, the cobbled streets are narrow, winding and steep, passing brightly coloured terraced houses crossing a drawbridge to reach battlements at the top and take in the views over the island.
During the second half of the week, I moved further North to a villa in Santa Eularia, not far from Cala Llonga, where the main day of the wedding was to take place. A rural town on the edge of the marina, the scenery was beautiful and the first night of the wedding celebrations took place at a sunset bar over looking the sea. All of the wedding guests had made the effort to be there for day 1 for a few drinks and to catch up with the couple and other attendees!
Day 2 of the celebrations was the wedding itself, taking place at Amante beach club. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay in Cala Llonga, the venue is surrounded by dramatic rocks and greenery, making the wedding party feel as if there was no one else for miles around. The sun was shining with a breeze coming from the water creating an idyllic day. During the service we learned a lot about the origins of the nickname of the “White Isle” (who knew it was because of the large quantities of the island’s salt?!) and sat outside for the wedding breakfast, followed by the party inside the beach club.
The final day, after nursing a few hangovers, the newly married couple hosted a villa and pool party throughout the day, calling for all guests to wear white and catch up about the night before over a BBQ!
All in all it was the perfect mix of a week, and despite it being the only wedding I’ve been to abroad so far – the island and the setting, as well as the company have made it a hard one to compete with for me. Can’t wait for the next one!