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A perfect day in Ibiza combining work and life26th November 2020

It was around 10am when I collected Ida, Charles Marlow’s social media queen and photographer from the airport. She’d come over from Mallorca. Although we were working, I was determined to show her a perfect day in Ibiza. Our first appointment was on the north of the island.

En route we stopped in the town of Santa Gertrudis for coffee – I’d missed my caffeine fix that morning – and so I could show Ida the town, one of my favourite places on the island.

Santa Gertrudis is slap-bang in the middle of the island. It’s centred around a pretty square with a church and is home to several of cafés and restaurants I love. There are also plenty of boutique shops.

The town has a year-round vibe and has become the place for the more affluent ex-pats to live. This partly because Morna International College, which has an excellent reputation, is there.

We had coffee and a croissant at Musset, where I’m a regular. The terrace is always busy and I often bump into someone I know. If I’m nearby around lunchtime, I usually pop in for their vegetarian club sandwich and chips. Delicious.



From Santa Gertrudis, we drove to a new development being built in beautiful countryside just outside the village of San Carlos that will be for sale shortly. Charles Marlow had been offered the opportunity to market the home, so I was keen to check it out.

Jason, the listing agent and a good friend of mine, showed us around. He’s great at what he does, which is important for Charles Marlow. To make sure we have the finest houses for our clients, we need to collaborate with the island’s best agents.

Although the development is still a building site, it’s very clear it’s going to be a great home. I know because I’ve seen others built by this particular construction company.


It will be around 500 sqm in total when completed and has 35000 sqm of land. Most of this is forest. In front there will be fully landscaped gardens, including a huge pool, outdoor kitchen and chill out zone, and its own organic vegetable garden.

The home will be finished in January 2021. It will be in the region of €7 million. I’m looking forward to sharing details with you.

If you’d like to be among the first to receive details of this extra-special home, do please get in touch with me.

A drive through the Morna Valley

It was a gorgeous day and Ida was keen to capture as many great images of our perfect day in Ibiza as she could.

cala san vicente ibiza

We drove through the Morna Valley at the north end of the island, navigated the winding mountainous roads of San Vicente and arrived in the quaint village of San Juan, where I live.

I showed Ida the especially picturesque Giri Café, a particular haunt of mine. We wandered around the gardens where they grow much of what’s on the menu. Ida and I agreed that next time the Charles Marlow gang can be together on the island, we’ll make a point of having dinner at the Giri as part of our perfect day in Ibiza.



South to Ibiza Town on the scenic route

It was lunchtime when we arrived at Ibiza Town. As it was such a beautiful day, I decided to drive a little further so we could eat at La Escollera, a beach restaurant I love on Es Cavellet beach with breathtaking views.

La Escollera is one of the few beach restaurants open all year round in Ibiza. Not surprisingly perhaps, it’s always busy whenever I go. But it surprises me that more beach restaurants don’t open year-round. We have so many sunny days and Ibicencans love to eat out.

We ate on a large day bed, sipped cava and ate splendidly which we discussed creating content for Charles Marlow Ibiza. I had a sushi platter and Ida went for vegan curry.


Next it was time to head for Ibiza Town. Ida wanted to end her perfect day in Ibiza by exploring D’alt Villa, the old town, and take photos so I dropped her off there with some suggestions. For me, school-run duties beckoned so I left Ida to wander with her camera.


Written by Tim Stacey

David Holzer

A freelance writer for many years, David is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, mainly on the subjects of the Beat writers and yoga. He is fascinated by the remarkably rich cultural history of Deia, from Robert Graves to the present day.

David also teaches yoga for writers.

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