Maya Beach Club, Ibiza

Whoever came up with the concept of the beach club, in its numerous different forms, is nothing short of a genius.

The beauty of these kinds of places is that no matter what type of holiday, event or group you find yourself in, there’s a version for everyone – particularly on the beautiful island of Ibiza.

Maya Beach Club | Flying Into Ibiza

If you’re in the mood for a champagne shower and are into swimwear that mostly involves string, then you’ll probably enjoy the likes of Nikki and Ocean Beach. If you’re after great food & great cocktails tucked away in a laidback spot with light house playing throughout the day, then head over to Experimental Beach.

But if you want to take in a truly exceptional beach club experience, then Maya Beach is most definitely my recommendation…

I came across Maya whilst researching potential spots for my birthday. I took a look at their website, dropped an enquiry through online, and within the hour one of the team had come back to me. I like that – it makes me feel special.

We booked out one of their clifftop Prive areas for the next day, which costs nothing to hire but includes a minimum spend of 450 EUR, giving us the perfect excuse to eat ridiculous amounts of food (including paella and a whole damn lobster for lunch).

So we arrived the next morning in high spirits at the level of service we’d experienced so far, and it only got better from there. Isabella greeted us and we were invited to have a drink in the bar area looking out over Cala Vadella beach while they made final preparations to the space we’d hired.

We then headed up the stairs to the Prive terrace, a beautiful private area made up of lovely white furniture, including a king size Balinese style bed with a retractable remote controlled canopy. It was really quite stunning.

Maya Beach Club | Balinese Bed

The area could have easily fit 10 or more people and created a much more upbeat party atmosphere (particularly with the magnums of wine & champagne available from the menu). But our aim for the day was to simply to eat, drink, relax and enjoy the stunning views.

Maya Beach Club | Bed & Chairs

The food throughout the day was truly amazing, starting with a late breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, chicken & onions on the same plate, moving onto the seafood and rice feast I mentioned earlier for lunch and ending with an incredible fresh sushi platter in the late evening.

 

Underpinning all of this was what seemed like a few gallons of wine, (a magnum of rose disappears surprisingly quickly if you’re in the mood) several mojitos and a traditional birthday shot of tequila. Not to mention the world class service that our host Esayas and the rest of the team at Maya gave us.

Our entire day was perfect, and through all of our gluttony, we only managed to spend 2.50 EUR more than the minimum charge, so the value for money was really clear.

The real beauty of Maya, however, is how universal it is. Down in the beach club itself, there was such a broad mix of people, both local and tourists in groups, families and couples of all different ages. And everyone was having such a lovely time, right into the late hours when the live music began in the bar.

Maya Beach Club | Restaurant

If you’re visiting Ibiza before the season ends, this hidden gem is worth a visit, even for just a few hours. You can find more details on Maya Beach and all of the services they have to offer over on their website.

 

 

A weekend and a bit in the Algarve

I love a city break and spending long weekends wandering around looking for the best food – but chillin poolside, bikini on, oversized sunglasses in tow, is really where my heart is; and that’s exactly what this Portuguese getaway was for.

Morning flights out of Southampton make the whole airport experience so damn easy. No two hour wait in a holding pen with no air con – just enough time for the obligatory eggs benedict and mimosa combo before walking across the airfield and climbing aboard with FlyBe.

A little over two hours later, we land in the comfortable mid-twenties of Faro, pick up our darling little city car, and head for the hills…

Villa Organica

The stunning little villa in Vale de Telha, Aljezur, and our home for a long weekend. It’s the perfect spot for a couple or family who want a to get away from the mainstream of Southern Algarve and enjoy some time in a peaceful, nature-filled setting. And the view is something else…

We spent days with music, a bottle of Portuguese wine and a saltwater pool and all through Airbnb.

Restaurante Praia Arrifana

A surfer bar around a 10 minute drive from our villa, set in a cliffside looking over the Praia da Arrifana. They have quirky live bands with exotic instruments, and they do a damn good cocktail.

O Sargo

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Half restaurant, half cafe but all homemade goodness. We stopped by for a fresh pineapple juice, hummus and flatbread moment – it’s all about the little things. Another stunning lunch view looking out over Praia de Monte Clérigo.

Puro Beach

One of the many and probably the best beach club in Vilamoura, it’s reasonably priced loungers and Balinese beds attract couples, groups and even some families. Service got a little slow on our trip this time, but generally it’s laid back with some serious Ibiza cool factor.

El Patron

El Patron

Mexican food that is worth the wait – you can be waiting a while for a table here. They serve some of my favourite cocktails out of anywhere in the region, and the al fresco area sits right on Vilamoura marina.

I’m so in love with Portugal that we’re actually going back in a few weeks time – keep an eye on my Instagram for more hidden gems.