On the face of it, Ibiza looks like the last place on the planet for a relaxing family holiday. After all, the Spanish island has built a party reputation thanks to the many revellers who every year land on its coasts looking for endless nights of party and fun. But what you may be surprised to learn is that, away from the parties and frenzy, there is another side to Ibiza: its sandy beaches, rolling countryside and children-friendly beach clubs make it the ideal place for a relaxing vacation for all the family. Here are my top 5 things to do in Ibiza with children:
1. LITTLE ROCKSTAR IN BLUE MARLIN
One of the best things about Ibiza is that you’re never far from the beach. My family and I have spent countless carefree summer days at Blue Marlin Beach Club, the It destination favoured by a famous clientele like Prince William and Leonardo Di Caprio. Although at night, Blue Marlin morphs into a night-club, during the day the beach club is quite kids friendly. Children can play on the beach although it’s a bit rocky, swim in the sparkling shallow waters of the bay, go canoeing or jet skiing and have lunch -Sora absolutely loves the sushi there!
2. GET ARTSY AT THE BEACH
El Chiringuito at Playa Es Cavallet is another beach club that welcomes children. Not only the beach is breathtakingly beautiful and the foods served in the restaurant mouthwatering, especially their fresh oyster – it is one of the best I’ve ever had. El Chiringuito also features a kids club! Supervised by the friendly staff, children can let their creativity run loose: activities include drawing, face painting, making beads bracelets, and, of course, playing on the beach. On top of it, El Chiringuito is well-ventilated, protected from the sun even in the most sizzling day! I can’t think of a better place where to spend a day of fun and sand with your little kids!
3. HORSE-RIDING IN SANTA EULARIA
Located on the inland, rural part of the island, luxury boutique hotel Can Curreu is the ideal haven for a relaxing holiday with children. The hotel features its own private terrace where you can soak up the sun, an outdoor pool where you can splash in the water and an amazing spa where the parents can relax and enjoy some “me time,” knowing the children are well looked after. But what makes this hotel truly remarkable is the stables: for a day, you can rent one of the horses that call Can Curreu their home and explore this beautiful island gently rolling back and forth on their backs. It’s the perfect way to see the real Ibiza away from the chaos and tourists.
4. ENJOY KIDS FRIENDLY BEACH AND VIEW FROM COTTON CLUB
Decked all in white from its interiors to the day beds, Cotton Beach Club is the epitome of summer chic. The club overlooks Cala Tarida, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The view from this beach club is amazing and completely takes your breathe away. Cotton Club is also one of the most friendly beach clubs in Ibiza: it’s completely free of seaweed and rocks, allowing young children to roam and play safely. On top of it, they sometimes have magicians for little children and fashion shows for the older ones, which all my kids love. Entertainment for grown ups and kids!
5. TAKE A BOAT TO FORMENTERA
Did you know that Formentera is only a stone’s throw away from Ibiza? Take a boat to take you to one of the beautiful swimming coves in the Mediterranean and drop you right on the island – the whole trip doesn’t take more than 30 minutes! Formentera has some of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen. Once you’ve landed, head to Chezz Gerdi for lunch – the restaurant combines the best of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Sitting comfortably in the neutral-toned terrace overlooking the Formentera coastline, guests can choose between a wide range of fish, seafood and meat as well as pasta and pizza straight from the oven. It’s the perfect way to start your exploration of this island!
6. THE MOST SHALLOW BEACH
There is no doubt that Ibiza has plenty of beautiful beaches where you can soak up the sun and build castles in the sand. However, my absolute favourite must be Las Salinas, a long stretch of golden sand surrounded by sand dunes and pine forests. The water here is particularly shallow and salty, which makes it incredibly easy even for young swimmers to stay afloat while splashing in the water. From here, you can spot the old pirate watchtower, too!