In October I was lucky enough to take a trip with Renew Life (full post on that HERE) to Ibiza and learn all about how important gut health and wellness is. I delved into gut health in my previous post but wanted to talk more on the wellness element of the trip and also the fabulous hotel that we stayed at while we were there, the Ca Na Xica Hotel.
Ibiza is a bit of a magical place actually – it attracts all sorts of wellness experts and artists to its shores because its said to be full of a natural magnetic energy. I had always wanted to go there – not to explore its party side but to explore more of its spiritual side. Ibiza has also certainly had a reputation change over the years with becoming known not only for a party island but also a very glamourous and spiritual island, where one can do seaside yoga and meditate on the cliffside – that sort of thing.
Landing at the Ca Na Xica was a world away from London as it’s set in a more rural area of Ibiza (think rusty soil and thousand-year old olive trees) and it’s absolutely stunning, with a long pool surrounded by long column trees. The architecture is chic and a lot of thought has been put together on the design of the hotel. I loved my room which was absolutely fabulous with a huge bed, patio that overlooked the gardens and a huge shower that overlooked a private garden so it made it feel a bit like showering outside.
If you are thinking of visiting Ibiza, this stunning boutique hotel is definitely worth checking out to get away from it all. It’s located about a 20-minute walk from the nearest town where you wander around, eat out or shop. It’s great to have a wander but you will also feel more than okay to just stay at the hotel as well with its spa and restaurant. In fact, I had the most amazing, muscle-melting massage at the spa and what’s a relaxing holiday without the spa treatment?
The restaurant on-site (Salvia) as well deserves a HUGE mention for its fresh food and farm-to-fork philosophy. Everything was super healthy but also super tasty and mouth-watering breakfasts too with an array of freshly-squeezed juices and homemade breads every day. The menu is fabulous with choices such as raw tuna tataki with seaweed and pickled vegetables to burrata salad with tomatoes trilogy, tapenade and pickled vegetables.
Another amazing meal and experience I would highly recommend going to if you can is a dinner put on by Los Fermentistas. Their Last Supper Club that runs in Ibiza produces a series of one-off, pop up dinners at secret locations serving local food, wine and cocktails. The team also make fermented food and drink from locally-sourced products in Ibiza. We enjoyed a FABULOUS fermented five-course tasting menu with organic wines from B&ME in a what looked like a coverted warehouse in the rural countryside. It’s worth taking a look at their website to see when they are running their supper club events and if you are in Ibiza definitely book one in! Such a fun experience and really unique food as well.
We were also able to do a workshop with Los Fermentistas to learn all about how to make our own fermented food at home like kimchee and sauerkraut.
Another experience we were lucky to have was sunrise yoga with renowned international yoga instructor Jacqueline Purnell who specializes in movement and positions to stimulate your internal organs. I know I was feeling particularly groggy when I started the session but felt so much better after! She was really so lovely and the moves were easy to follow for beginners but still advanced enough for people who do yoga regularly.
The most amazing experience of the trip had to be with Rebecca Dennis of Breathing Tree. She is a breathing specialist who helps use the power of breath to treat issues such a stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, etc. I have to say that I wasn’t sure about this exercise before starting the workshop but the experience was so powerful that by the end I was convinced. The whole experience of deep breathing and focusing on the breath for one hour strangely brought up so much hidden stress and emotions that I couldn’t help but choke down tears by the end of the session. I wasn’t the only one either.
Even though I was focusing on my own breathing during the session and wasn’t aware of what other people were experiencing, I could see several others were teary-eyed after the session too. All I can say is that if you have stress or feel you are suppressing serious emotions, this is a really transformational experience – trust me! You can find more out about what Rebecca does at Breathing Tree HERE.
In regards to food in Ibiza the San Gertrudis area is lovely with lots of boutique shops and restaurants. We ate at Bistro Plaza which had such a lovely atmosphere with great wine and great food too. There is a lovely courtyard where you can dine under the stars or in the sun during the day. This would be a perfect place to have lunch while strolling the streets of San Gertrudis.
My favourite place that we ate at in Ibiza was El Portalon which is a ‘farm to table’ organic restaurant set in the stunning surroundings of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage walled old town. Honestly you MUST visit this restaurant – the food is simply amazing and so fresh and healthy. They also have a cookbook which I was really tempted to buy as I could eat that food every day. If only I had someone to cook it for me (I’m an impatient cook, really). But do put this restaurant on your list as a must-visit in Ibiza. The atmosphere is also so quaint you could cry. Really, please go.
I would love to go back to the magic White Island again. Have you been to Ibiza? If so would love to hear what places you love!
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