(Ibiza) Romance in the countryside, yoga in a cave and spirulina in your breakfast 'cocktail': Why the white isle's not just for party people

There’s no point fighting it. Ibiza is geologically one of the most magnetic places on the planet, and once she has you in her grip she's hard to shake.

The Balearic island is a magical place that has always drawn a special crowd, from spiritual healers to professional hippies, and even if you're not a tantric-guru-in-the-making most people visiting for the first time report an instant connection with the White Isle, and a feeling of coming home each time that they return.

I’ve been visiting for twenty years for work/play/both, and while I love losing my head on one of the epic club dance floors I also love trying to find myself on a hike in the northern hills, on a yoga mat on the wild beaches of Formentera or paddling out to the rocks dotted around the crystal coast. 

Another side of Ibiza: A very peaceful pool at boutique hotel Can Curreu pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Another side of Ibiza: A very peaceful pool at boutique hotel Can Curreu

pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

This week I was asked to share my favourite hidden Ibiza gems with the MailOnline (five of them feature in their ultimate ibiza guide HERE). And so I thought I would share some on the blog too, most of which have been tried and tested on the biggest one-time Ibiza non- believer - my husband - who, since a romantic trip there in June this year has finally decided that it's not just full of gurning teenagers and is actually a really rather special place (see the end of the feature for the itinerary that changed his mind).

NINE MAGICAL IBIZA MUST-DOs FOR NON-PARTY PEOPLE
 

1. YOGA IN A CAVE

Magical, pop-up classes from the island's best kept secret, yoga guru and healer Ayda Koc.

yogayda.com

Yoga guru and healer Ayda Koc holds pop-up classes in amazing locations around the island pic: yogayda.com/

Yoga guru and healer Ayda Koc holds pop-up classes in amazing locations around the island

pic: yogayda.com/

2. SUNDAY SUNSET AT BENIRRAS BEACH

One of the world's most beautiful sunsets. Bring your own booze, settle down on the beach and watch the skies light up to a soundtrack of live bongos.

Breathtaking: A Sunday sunset at Benirras Beach  pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Breathtaking: A Sunday sunset at Benirras Beach 

pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

3.  OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT AT AMANTE 

An elegant beach bar by day, Amante becomes an outdoor movie 'theatre' by night several times a week, complete with beanbags, blankets and popcorn under the stars.

amanteibiza.com/movies

The Amante outdoor movie experience includes beanbags, blankets and popcorn under the stars pic: amanteibiza.com

The Amante outdoor movie experience includes beanbags, blankets and popcorn under the stars

pic: amanteibiza.com

4. Horse riding in the hills

Discover a new side to the island on treks through its lush countryside with Active Ibiza (who also offer SUP Yoga, Rock Climbing and Kayak trips around those magnetic Benirras rocks).

activeibiza.com

High on life on a trek around North Ibiza pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

High on life on a trek around North Ibiza

pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

5. Walking tours 

From short and sweet beach walks to wine treks taking in the best vineyards, Ibiza on foot is a great way to chill and learn something new while you tan.

walkingibiza.com

6. SANT JOAN HIPPY MARKET 

A petite but authentic Sunday market, in front of the stylish Giri Cafe, where you will find vintage furs, homemade snacks, meditation beads and crowds of dancing hippies.

7. RURAL ROMANCE AT CAN CURREU

A dreamy agriturismo hidden in peaceful countryside. It's the perfect place to reset in the bougainvillea-drenched terraces, recharge in the mini spa and refuel at the al fresco restaurant. 

cancurreu.com

Can Curreu: Pink shorts poolside at the glamorous agriturismo  pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

Can Curreu: Pink shorts poolside at the glamorous agriturismo 

pic: instagram/ms_tonijones

8. HEALTH AT THE PASSION CAFE

A superfood cafe offering brilliant people watching and life-saving (or at least hangover-defying) breakfasts, juices and smoothies to both weary clubbers and the island's wellness army. Six locations across the island.

passion-ibiza.com

Passion Cafe: Green juice and great people watching pic: instagram/toni_jones

Passion Cafe: Green juice and great people watching

pic: instagram/toni_jones

La Paloma: For the prettiest brunch on the island pic: palomaibiza.com

La Paloma: For the prettiest brunch on the island

pic: palomaibiza.com

9. ALFRESCO DINING AT LA PALOMA

This isn't really a hidden gem as the family run restaurant has been on the map for real Ibizans since it opened in 2004, but it's definitely off the beaten track, hidden away in San Lorenzo in the middle of the island.

By day they offer brunch in beautiful countryside. By night you'll be coming over all romantic with the help of twinkling fairy lights and turbo-charged cocktails. 

palomaibiza.com


The itinerary: 72 hours of romance (aka 'OPERATION MAKE THE HUSBAND FALL IN LOVE WITH IBIZA')

Saturday: Check into Can Curreu close to Santa Eularia: pretty, peaceful and with our own private terrace to do whatever we want on.

Saturday night: Drinks under the stars at the hotel, dinner in the gardens at La Paloma

Saturday: Ready to get acquainted with our private terrace at Can Curreu pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Saturday: Ready to get acquainted with our private terrace at Can Curreu

pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Sunday: A lie in, late breakfast and spa time at Can Curreu before heading to Benirras beach to watch the sunset surrounded by bongos, sunbathers, dreadlocks and the sweet smell of weed. 

Sunday night: Dinner at Elements Ibiza on Benirras. Stop off for some browsing and boozing at the night market at Las Dalias (five minutes walk from Can Curreu) on the way home.

Sunday: Sleep, sun, and then spa time at Can Curreu pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Sunday: Sleep, sun, and then spa time at Can Curreu

pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Monday: Morning yoga and healthy brunch at Amante Beach Club followed by beach time and a glamorous lunch at El Churringuito on the south coast.

Monday night: Dinner, mojitos and more sunset vibes at Sunset Ashram, pure hippy chic

Monday morning: Yoga with a view at Amante Beach Club pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Monday morning: Yoga with a view at Amante Beach Club

pic: instagram/dankennedyphoto

Detox|Retox tips for romance on the White Isle...

  • Do stay up north, where the nature is spectacular and the people are beautiful
  • Do rent a car so you can discover beaches/bars/bushes away from the crowds
  • Do make reservations (look at tripadvisor for tips on the best tables to request)
  • Do sunbathe topless at every opportunity 
  • Do make friends with Cava Sangria
  • Don't skip the siesta