Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ibiza; An Island of Contrasts

by Quiller

IBIZA - an island of contrasts Of course it's world-renowned for its uniquely hedonistic clubbing scene, but there are so many other sides to the island. Ibiza's wildly beautiful coastline boasts dozens of outstanding cove beaches, lapped by crystalline turquoise waters, while the hilly interior is replete with whitewashed villages and pine forests. Then there are dozens of remarkable restaurants offering everything from typical Ibicencan dishes, Zen-styled sushi bars to cutting-edge contemporary cuisine. Ibiza represents a perfect mixture where everyone can find what they want.

Beautiful beaches, white sand coves, crystal clear shorelines and deep-sea waters are within minutes drive of anywhere. The island's interior is home to dense pine-forests, refreshing rolling hills, traditional whitewashed villages and extremely friendly locals.

Ibiza Old Town itself is steeped in culture and history and the island's capital, with its mediaeval walls and dominating Cathedral is one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean.

Of course if it's nightlife you're after - look no further. Ibiza is the summer party capital of the world, and features spectacular night spots and world famous DJ's.

The level of service has improved greatly on the island, with activities such as water sports, hot air ballooning, mountain-biking, boat rental and yoga easy to find and well-priced. For the full rock-star service, I would recommend hiring a villa complete with chef, maid and chauffeur; some villa rental agents are even offering a concierge service through which you can book tables at exclusive restaurants, get VIP tickets to the best clubs, hire boats or arrange other services such as masseurs in your villa. They can take the strain out of organising events such as weddings, and can arrange photographers, make-up artists and chauffeurs to make your special day as perfect as possible

If you are planning your summer holidays, take another look at Ibiza...I think you will find yourselves as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Check out the following websites for great accommodation options and a free concierge service:

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