There is really only one place on Earth like it. Paradise and party island combined. When you say Ibiza, many people not only conjure up wild images of decadent parties but also wonder how to actually say it? The Spanish pronounce it, eee-bee-tha and the Catalan pronounce it ey-vee-ssa. The German's say eee-beat-zaa, while the America's would say it how it is spelled, eee-bee-zaa. However you pronounce it, the imagery is the same. People tend to think of huge night clubs, the biggest DJ's in the world and hedonistic villa parties that last for days. Sex, drugs and a nightlife to rival any on the planet. It's no wonder "health and wellness" aren't what come to mind exactly.
If you don't know of Ibiza, it's an island 10 times the size of Manhattan, located in the Mediterranean Sea. Just a 20-minute flight from Barcelona, the Balearic chain also includes Majorca, Minorca, and Formentera. This lush terrain filled with pine, almond and olive trees and deep rich red soil, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Steeped in a rich history that stretches from the Phoenician settlers in 654 BC to its fall to the Carthage. A brief Vandal and Byzantine rule. After, more unrest and the island came under Roman Municipality. Later the island was invaded by the Norwegian King Sigurd until it was conquered by Aragonese King James. The island maintained its own self-government in several forms until 1715 when King Philip V of Spain abolished the local government's autonomy. The arrival of democracy in the late 1970s led to the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands. Today people from all over the world convene on this magical island.
The party lifestyle is sort of more confined to specific areas on the island, like San Antoni, Playa Den Bossa and Ibiza Town. There you will find some of the biggest nightclubs like Space and Pacha. In the last 7 years open-air club brands like Ushuaia and The Sands, have become hugely popular. But there're many places one can escape the wild side. There are many spas and agriturismos where one can find the healthy side and immerse into nature, the beach, and amazing cuisine.
One of my favorite healthy restaurants there is called Passions. It is now up to its 6th location on the island. Proving that there is a demand for a healthy lifestyle on the island. And while they say they are not strictly a vegetarian cafe, they do feature fresh pressed juices and many raw, vegan, organic and vegetarian delights. La Paloma and La Casita Verde are also standouts for me.
So if you're thinking about your summer vacation and just want to relax, get a massage, eat well and take care of "you", don't discount Ibiza! There are the most beautiful and health conscious spas to get away from it all and no disco dresses are required. However dancing is great exercise, so you may want to pack one just in case.
Every year in October the island features Ibiza Energy Week, now on its 6th year. This healthy and holistic week has 7 jam-packed days with everything from yoga, workshops, lectures, nature walks, a sunset boat ride and music, all completely focused on mind, body and soul wellness. This years convention takes place at the beautiful Sa Talaia.
So if you thought Ibiza was just for partying, well, now you know!