Travel with Kids: Family Moments in Ibiza Santa Eulalia

I was recently invited by the tourist board of Santa Eulalia in Ibiza to experience the Family Moments, an initiative aiming to bring more families to the quietest and possibly the most beautiful part of Ibiza that caters for people who want a relaxing holiday in contrast with the San Antonio area which is mainly designed for nightclubs goers. The hospitality of Ibiza’s people is special. I have often travelled to Balearic islands (Palma de Mallorca and Menorca) and Ibiza has definitely a very unique offering: from delicious food that mixes traditional with contemporary flavours to crystal clear waters, white beaches and architecture. The Santa Eulalia proposition is particularly appealing to families and includes ad hoc activities for children aiming to get them close to nature to enjoy the laid-back Ibiza’s lifestyle. There’s also a focus on getting stressed parents to chill out at magnificent and luxurious spas while children are looked after.  

Historically Ibiza was the Mediterranean island ‘abandoned’ by Spain to its own destiny as considered not as important and rich. But the determination of the Ibizian people has proven the Spanish government wrong. They have turned it around and created a holiday proposition that attracts not just the wealthiest but also the youngest and now families looking for relaxation in the sun and away from the stressful urban life. This aspect of  Ibiza was certainly on my radar and the tourist board has done an amazing job in showcasing the best of Santa Eulalia.

The local authorities and business community have worked together to create interesting attractions in Santa Eulalia which offer a quieter holiday in tune with the stunning nature. A good example of this effort is the seafront promenade, including a wide-smoke-free beach, adorned with palm trees and contemporary sculptures, with a local market and lovely boutiques. 

Here are the highlights of my trip and my recommendations. 

Accommodation

 

Hotel Club Cala Blanca/Hotel Club Cala Verde (part of the Invisa Es Figueral Resort) . Recently partly refurbished and joining the Family Moments seal.  

If you want a resort created for families this is the ideal place. Premium room Superior for two adults and two children on a B&B basis for one night from €162.

It’s an affordable accommodation for families including  the most amazing kids’ club I have ever seen which has a pirates’ ship inside a giant swimming pool that regularly throws buckets of water onto the swimmers looking to hydrate from the heat. www.invisahoteles.com/en/hotels/invisa-hotel-cala-blanca-figueral-ibiza

 

ME Ibiza: The ME Ibiza is where I was based for four days.

One of the most comfortable hotels I have ever stayed. I felt truly at home and I had a stunning ocean view too. The concept for the décor of the hotel is inspired by the local boho (bohemian) vibes of the White Island. It is a beachside resort, nestled in a great looking secluded bay in Santa Eulalia. It is family friendly and has lots of facilities for children. Parents can relax while kids play.

There are various pools, including an adults-only infinity pool and a kids’ pool. A room for two adults and two children on a B&B basis for one night starts from €2,156. The Kids club is open from 10am till 6pm for children aged 0-12. After hours guests can book a private babysitting service at an extra cost. There is a family pool where children can play freely.

www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/ibiza/me-ibiza/index.html / www.melia.com/ME/Ibiza

   

Countryside Hotel Atzaró:  A secluded exclusive retreat with a pampering spa experience that is so beautiful you would see this only in movies.

You don’t even need filters when you take pictures. This is one of Shakira’s preferred getaway. Just saying … It only has 14 rooms and an oriental type of SPA. It is a quiet and romantic space designed for relaxation. The best way to describe it is thinking of heaven on earth.

There’s a long pool immersed in tall palm and orange trees which ends with a big LOVE sign. The dinner there was also amazing and not as expensive as I thought considering how gorgeous it all was.

There’s a shop in the resort that sells hippy clothing and cute accessories that are ueber hippy and posh.

 

Room for two adults and two children on a B&B basis for one night from €340 http://www.atzaro.com/

 

Flights

 

Flights from London City to Ibiza are from £215 return with British Airways, including tax and one checked bag. https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/home#/

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN SAN EULALIA 

 

Visit the beach of Santa Eulària

It is the first smoke free beach on the Balearic Islands and the mostly car-free area in the town centre. I took my first dip of the season in these crystal clear waters. 

 

E-bike route departing from Es Figueral 

The best way to sightseeing Ibiza is by bike, more specifically by electric bike (e-bike) with Coyma Sunride. Our 2 hours tour around the coastline (worth 45€) was organised by a very energetic German tourist guide called Sven and his right had Carlos. Although I was a bit sceptical at first (being my very first e-bike ride), I ended up loving it so much I felt 2 hours were too little. The bikes were new and worth 4000 euros so top of the range. Make sure you don’t pack too much but water and a camera are must-haves. 

There are different type of tours and prices. Visit www.coyma-sunride.com for more details.  The length of tours ranges from 4 to 7 hours on specially-selected roads and paths. You can pedal or let the electric bike kick in when you need a rest and no training is required. The tour company is based in Es Figueral on the east coast, from which point many of the tours start. A transfer service to deliver bikes to any point of Ibiza is also offered, so you don’t even have to travel to get there.

Our tour was called Go east and started and ended in Es Figueral.A tour of rocky coast and picturesque bays all the way to Cala Sol d’en Serra and afterwards, a tour of Ibiza’s pretty interior.

 

Eco Finca Can Muson

Discover the stunning Eco Finca Can Muson –ibizacanmuson.com/ whose owner Maria Colomar is very welcoming.

Her home-made organic fruit and veg juice was super refreshing under the heat. Inside the farm there’s a nursery for children of expats who have made their living on the islands.

It’s a dream nursery, actually immersed in the green and attached to a ranch full of lively farm animals.

 

The Hippy market Punta Arabí

Visit the legendary Hippy Market Punta Arabí in the tourist area Es Canar www.hippymarket.info

The magical beauty of the Mediterranean landscape of Ibiza with its colourful flowers and clear captivated the hippies in the Sixties and so they decided to settle in the island, still unknown (at the time) to mass tourism. 

The origins of Punta Arabi Hippy Market in the tourist area of Es Canar backdate to the year 1973 when the management of the Hotel Club “Punta Arabi” offered the hippies to sell their handicrafts and products brought from different parts of the world for the few tourists staying in the club at that time.

At first there were only a few stalls but now it is a huge market and often overpriced but you are tempted to buy stuff because it is colourful and the level of excitement increases as the time passes. Over the years this market has become an hotspot and a must for any visitor of Ibiza. The market now already has over 500 stalls and on Wednesdays in August they cycles several thousand people per day, enjoying the wonderful atmosphere in the garden area of the Club Punta Arabi. www.hippymarket.info

 

Walking tour of Santa Eularia

Including the river route (the only river on the island) visitsantaeulalia.com/en/experience/the-river-route/ 

 

WHERE TO EAT 

 

Restaurant ES CALIU

Es Caliu is a great restaurant to start sampling local produces and dishes from Ibiza. A very big tasting menu with various traditional plates costs 30-35 euros and is great value considering how much you get to try.

Everything is home made here from the delicious bread to the local herb liquor that you get at the end. The menu is very varied and mixes traditional Ibizen can recipes with more modern interpretation and compositions. Es Caliu offers more an experience than a typical meal. You get to taste the produces picked from the trees like cherries to the mint and loquax before the meal in the decadent looking garden. After 3 different antipastos I had a very tasty barbeque steak with seasonal vegetables. Everything was accompanied with a varied selection of local wines. I love the fact that everything is locally made and fresh. You can taste it and it feels as good as in the old days when nothing was pre-prepared. www.escaliuibiza.com

 

Restaurant El Naranjo 

El Naranjo is the best kept secret in in the town centre in San Eulalia.

It is quite hidden but it is most definitely worth a visit. It has a beautiful garden with an orange tree in the middle (el Naranjo means the orange tree), and lovely contemporary decor with the music theme. The Roast Suckling Pig and the beetroot juice are amazing.

All the food here is of a high standard and the tapas are quite contemporary while prices are normal. The lovely chef came out to check that we were happy with the meal and to take a picture with us. So sweet. http://elnaranjo-restaurant.com/site/menu/  

 

Restaurant Celler Can Pere located in the town centre. C. Sant Jaume, 63 

Celler Can Pere restaurant in Santa Eulalia del Rio Ibiza was one of the first to open in Ibiza, the local people would gather here with their families to eat using only home grown products including fresh local fish every day.

When entering you step back in time with the original farm tools and tables from when it was first opened by Sr Pere Tur over 50 years ago and nothing much really has changed and although it has now doubled in size they still offer a superb selection of international dishes in beautiful surroundings.

The speciality is shellfish (housed in a giant tank) and meats by Paco, a son of the original family who has built a top reputation. I had a huge piece of fresh octopus.  www.cellercanpere.com 

 

Tapas-lunch at the Restaurant Brisamar, joining the Family Moments seal www.brisamaribiza.com

Next to the beach of Es Canar where I went for my first swim in the sea of the year, there’s the lovely restaurant Brisamar managed by a family since the Fifties. With your feet almost on the sand you can taste typical tapas from Ibiza. 

 

Of course, I was in good company during the trip, which made the journey more pleasant. My lovely travel companions were Jules Ugo, Michael KealeyAine Fox, Eleonore Crompton of the Mumday Times. 

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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