An Easter break in Ibiza? It´s the perfect time…

What images does your mind conjure up when you think of Ibiza?
Nightclubs and smart beach clubs of course, but what about pretty meadows full of wild flowers? Probably not…

 And yet we have them in abundance in late Spring.

 Endless images like the one below of beautiful inland areas like the Benimussa Valley.

 

The island is awash with these stunning scarlet poppies, embedded in a carpet of lush green grass and multi-coloured flowers.

 It is a wonderful time to visit the Island.

Lovely warm days for lunch or lounging on the beach, and chillier evenings for enjoying a cosy supper in front of the fire.

And of course, we have some wonderful villas with heated pools, perfect for early season!

 

 

CAN FRIGOLA

 

Small but perfectly formed – that is beautiful CAN FRIGOLA

One of our smallest villas, built on the side of a hill overlooking the beautiful sunset view.

It has a fantastic garden for children to explore and plenty of chillout spaces for the adults, as well as a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and BBQ area.

 All that, as well as a lovely heated pool, perfect for early season holidays!

 

 

CAN TIRUIT VELL

 

Not many villas can boast a direct pathway from the garden the sea.

But this lovely tranquil spot in the North can, it has not just one, but 2 pathways that lead down to 2 different little coves where you can take your bracing early morning swim, or enjoy lunch at a laid back chiringuito.

 

 

NA XICA

Not just a heated pool, but a 25m one as well as a hot Jacuzzi, reached through a foliage pathway into the garden.

Na Xica is one of our favorites, huge amounts of space both inside and out, and a wonderful housekeeper/cook to look after your every need… ssshhh… we like to keep that one to ourselves…

  

 

A True Proposal

Let’s be honest – Ibiza is a very romantic place! You can’t help falling in love on – and with – this island. As Monday was National Proposal Day in the good ol’ US of A, we thought: ‘Why should they get their own day and we don’t?’ – So we’ve decided to name TODAY National Proposal Day of Ibiza! In its honour, we would like to share three of our favourite proposal stories from a few of our very dear clients – and one very own Deliciously Sorted member…

Laura and Mark

Laura and Mark got married in Ibiza back in 2015 and it was one of our all time favourite weddings to plan. The intricate detail and design, inspired by Laura’s creative fashion background, made this wedding one of the most beautiful events on the island that year.

Laura shares with us the story of how Mark proposed to her:

“Neither my husband or I are big into public displays of affection so I knew the proposal was never going to be in the middle of a restaurant. One Saturday morning I was just waking up and realised he wasn’t in the bed next to me. I remember he was so excited when I woke up but I didn’t think anything of it at the time. And just like that whilst I was still in bed he got down on one knee and proposed in the most intimate private setting. I wish you knew to record those moments because you are so excited and taken aback and shocked and happy that you forget all the little details. He had designed a bespoke engagement ring that contained so many incredible details including a ruby on the inside that symbolised the month of July which is the month we started dating. Ever since I was a little girl I had thought about marrying in this church in Helsinki (where my parents are originally from) and the ring even contained engravings of the pattern that is on the ceiling of that church. He then whisked me away to our favourite hotel in he English countryside which was the most perfect way to celebrate our engagement.”

Photos by Maria Simon

Henry and Lucy

Henry and Lucy tied the knot in Ibiza last year, 2016, and it was truly a wedding we will never forget. They celebrated with their closest family and friends over a period of 5 days (!), each event was unique and incorporated the couple’s quirky and creative personalities in every element throughout the weekend.

Henry tells us how he proposed to Lucy:

“We got engaged at Glastonbury festival in Somerset in 2015. We set off to the flooded plains of the West Country on the Thursday afternoon with a group of friends and various brothers and sisters from both sides.  Obviously Lucy had no idea at that stage what I had planned, neither did anyone else in the group, but the plan was in motion. Being a bloke I had thought about it in the big picture but not in the detail, and as I was driving down there on the Thursday afternoon, ring firmly embedded in jacket pocket, I got into a panic as to how I was actually going to engineer a situation where I could propose. I knew Luce would not want me to propose in front of everyone else, neither did I for that matter just in case the answer wasn’t what I wanted, and we were on our way to a field with 200,000 people in it, so where was I going to find a quiet corner? As it happened everything worked out perfectly. We both woke up early on the Friday morning and I suggested we get up and go for breakfast, just the two of us, before the rest of the gang were up. We walked up to the top of the hill overlooking the whole festival site and, after a bit of a last minute wobble on my behalf, I stumbled onto one knee and asked her to marry me. The following 2 days are a bit of a blur but it was an amazing way to start married life together surrounded by friends and family in a muddy field in the West Country.”

Photos by Ana Lui

Ceri and Rob

Don’t say we didn’t warn you – it’s a tear jerker! We love this story so much, possibly because it is a little bit of our very own Delicious proposal. Ceri, one of Deliciously Sorted’s senior team members, married her Rob in 2010 in an intimate setting in the north of the island.

Ceri recalls the day when Rob proposed to her:

“In 2009, Rob was offered a construction project in Sri Lanka for a couple of months, and I decided to go with him. It had been a busy couple of weeks for him, and we finally had a day to ourselves to spend together exploring the city. He took me to a beautiful old colonial hotel in Colombo and, pretending we were just looking around, we asked to see some of the rooms as we potentially wanted to stay there in the future. After having walked around for a bit, we were shown one of the master suites of the hotel which was located on the top floor with stunning views of the ocean. I walked inside and there was champagne and a huge sign that said ‘Will You Marry Me’. I thought that the hotel had organised it for the couple arriving that day, but when I turned around I saw Rob kneeling down with a ring in his hand. I of course said yes!”

Photos by Lucy Johnston

Whether you are looking to get married, or propose to that special someone, we can help you make it a memorable day. Rose petals, champagne, flamenco guitarists serenading a private dinner for two – no request is too ordinary or too extraordinary.

Until next time!

Deliciously Sorted xxx

Our Top Hotels For Your Stag and Hen Parties!

The fun thing about planning your wedding is not only the actual wedding day but also all the activities leading up to the event such a Bachelor or Bachelorette party. Ibiza is like a play ground for adults which makes it the perfect destination for your party!

We have listed our favourite and most suitable hotels for your stag or hen party:

Destino: Probably the hotel with the coolest vibe on the island. Part of the Pacha group this uber chic hotel offers everything from a stunning pool area with gorgeous views and a delicious restaurant to suites with your very own private pool. Pool parties and after parties are also held here on specific dates throughout the summer.

Ibiza Gran Hotel: The most luxurious hotel on the island and is the perfect option for you if you want to relax between all your fun activities yet be in the middle of the action. With only a few steps away from world class venues such as Heart, Lio and Pacha this hotel offers everything you need in order to have an unforgettable time. It also has an amazing spa as well as lovely large pool areas.

Hard Rock Hotel: If you want to be right where the parties take place then Hard Rock hotel is definitely for you. Situated on the strip of Playa d’en Bossa, this hotel is equipped with all amenities your hen or stag party need including a spa, beach club, several pool areas, and last but not least; beach access!

OD Talamanca: This is another lovely option if you want to be close to the beach yet not directly in the middle of the action. Only a few minutes away by walk from Talamanca beach this chic hotel offers great facilities such as a stunning Sky Bar, which is perfect for pre-drinks before dinner to a lovely pool area with a great restaurant.

Please do get in contact with us today in order to start planning your unforgettable Bachelor or Bachelorette party! You can reach us at info@deliciouslysortedibiza.com or on +34 971 197 867

Lots of love from Serena and the whole Deliciously Sorted team xx

International Women’s Week – Interview with Michela Primavera

Behind every good restaurant there is a lot of high quality food, passion and love. This couldn’t be more true in case of Cicale, a magical restaurant housed in a 200-year old finca tucked away in San Lorenzo’s countryside. Our last interview in our International Women’s Week series features co-owner and Italian native, Michela Primavera, who is here to talk about her passion, women that inspire her and life changing decisions.

What originally brought you to Ibiza?

My first visit to Ibiza was during  a sailing boat trip in 2002. I was thinking that if I didn’t like the vibe I could easily sail away…but of course like many others I fell in love with it.

Was it a conscious business decision to start your enterprise on the island?

I was working in London in the fashion business for many years. Perviously, I was running a production company there but I felt very tired of the hectic, urban life. One day I have decided to make a change and moved to Ibiza.

Can you tell us a little bit more on how your company began?

A really good friend of mine offered me the opportunity to run a beautiful beach restaurant with him for the summer season. I loved it so much that the year after I was looking for my own perfect spot that became Cicale in 2006.

What was your dream job as a kid? 

I dreamed of becoming an interpreter.

What woman inspires you and why?

Frida Khalo, she is such a powerful woman.

What do you think are the most important qualities of a female leader?

Strength, respect and enthusiasm.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The sincere satisfaction of my guests.

What advice would you give to young women planning to start their own business?

To have passion and determination. Do not be afraid to risk it all if you really want to do something because anything is possible.

What is your secret to success?

I absolutely love what I do.

What is your personal favourite spot on the island where you spend time when not working?

I like Pou des lleo in San Carlos because it is so chilled even in August. I love taking my dog for long walks there after a refreshing swim.

For future reservations, contact our concierge team on info@deliciouslysortedibiza.com. Buon Appetito!

xxx

Deliciously Sorted Team

International Women’s Week – Interview with Jade Gandey

Our next superwoman who kindly agreed to share her entrepreneurial adventure with us is Jade Gandey, Social Media Marketing Creative Expert, founder of With Love From Ibiza and a proud mum.

Jade has over 12 years experience in the digital marketing industry. She has built creative campaigns and worked with artists such as Grace Jones, Hannah Montana and Paloma Faith throughout her career. She is a firm believer that great web content can build, connect and engage any target market. She made Ibiza her permanent home 7 years ago.

What originally brought you to Ibiza?

I first came here with my ex husband who was a DJ. He came here a lot but I never joined him as I had the misconception that Ibiza was nothing more than a clubbing experience. Then one weekend I joined him and was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful Ibiza was. When my husband and  I separated we were living in France, I decided rather than return to the UK I would move to Ibiza. That was 7 years ago and I am still here.  

Was it a conscious business decision to start your enterprise on the island?

I already had a successful digital marketing business in the UK and my clients were used to me living in France so the transition to Ibiza was smooth, I had some big name clients which made it easy opening doors in Ibiza so growing my business here was a simple process.

Can you tell us a little bit more on how your company began?

My company began when I was 26, so 14 years ago I set up my own business to work in digital marketing. I gave up a great job with lot of business trips to New York to go out on my own and so digital marketing. To put it into perspective Facebook, Twitter and Instagram did not exist! So my first clients were all on Myspace and Bebo. I started running my ex husbands social pages and the success of that resulted in me working with artists like Grace Jones, Hannah Montana and Paloma Faith. It was not until much later it became acceptable for businesses to use social media and then a whole new chapter of my business opened and I moved into more social channels and online marketing on a broader scale. 

What was your dream job as a kid? 

I really wanted to be a primary teacher, I loved the idea of supporting kids learning and discovering at such a young age but being dyslexic meant I could not get the right grades which turned out to be a huge blessing as it forced me to be an entrepreneur. 

What woman inspires you and why?

Iris Apfel inspires me, I really believe that retirement is not something to aspire too, as without purpose what is there to live for? There is some incredible research on blue zones (where people live the longest) and those people just keep on working without a retirement goal. I look at Iris Apfel, also known as the granny of fashion, and I see such confidence, non-conformity and passion. She travels the world attending events, lectures and fashion shoots at 95 years old! I see photos of her and she reminds me that if you create work you love, it will inspire you and keep you young.

What do you think are the most important qualities of a female leader?

Honesty, perseverance, vision, softness, confidence, generosity.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Sharing knowledge and empowering people. 

What advice would you give to young women planning to start their own business?

Read, read everything you can! Read business books, motivation books, positive psychology books and don’t be afraid to ask people who are more successful than you for advice.

What is your secret to success?

Adaptability, perseverance and if I don’t know how to do something I learn it!

What is your personal favourite spot on the island where you spend time when not working?

The hills of Ibiza, normally off the beaten track. I love hiking so if I am not working or being a mum then I can be found in hiking boots on exploring new routes. It’s a great time for thinking, reflecting and planning. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Jade’s work or perhaps improving your social media following, do not hesitate to email her on jade@apiary.es.

xxx

Deliciously Sorted Team

 

International Women’s Week – Interview with Ana Lui

Our third interview in our International Women’s Week series is the multi-talented, detail oriented and overall brilliant Ana Lui of Ana Lui Photography.

Ana says that it was never her intention to become a photographer but somehow she became the most sought after artist in Ibiza (and she is slowly taking over the world!). Her work was featured in magazines such as Vogue Novias, Brides US, Belle Lumière and the biggest wedding blogs – Style Me Pretty and Once Wed. The Balearics are a huge inspiration in her work, her photographs have an incredibly natural feel to them and you can almost smell the rosemary and fresh olive trees by only looking at her works.

In 2016 she has started her collaboration with the most prestigious travel and lifestyle magazines in the world; Condé Nast Traveller, Sunday Times and Travel Magazine. We can just hope that Ibiza will remain Ana’s permanent home!

What originally brought you to Ibiza?

2005 was my first summer season on the island. I was still studying at University and thought that doing a summer season in Ibiza was a fab idea to save money…I think I partied the entire time and came back with nothing but a suntan and amazing memories. 

Was it a conscious business decision to start your enterprise on the island?

As media studies graduate I loved both video and photography and as soon as I permanently moved to Ibiza in 2007 I have started to shoot everything I possibly could. From restaurants, family portraits, food photography to beautiful Ibiza weddings. I think I consciously said yes to everything work related in order to get vast portfolio. 

Can you tell us a little bit more on how your company began?

I worked as an assistant on big fashion productions and I shot weddings as a second photographer with Ibiza based companies. I started to build my own portfolio and collaborating with well established businesses and in 2008 I launched my first photography website. Since then I haven’t really stopped shooting. Ibiza always has been so kind to me. I am super grateful for being able to grow internationally and living blissfully on the island at the same time. Currently I shoot destination weddings all over the world and collaborate with various publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Sunday Times, Brides etc.

What was your dream job as a kid? 

I wanted to sell ice-cream. I was convinced whoever works at ice-cream shop is allowed to eat ice cream all day long. And it sounded like a dream job to me. 

What woman inspires you and why?

I love strong, independent, clever and witty women. Women who are not afraid to live their life exactly how they want to. I follow Emma Watson, she is a Global Goodwill Ambassador and I love reading about her little projects such as Books On The Subway. Sophia Amoruso of course. I am obsessed with Joy Thigpen, she is the most amazing creative director, art director, stylist and artist I have had the chance to work with.

What do you think are the most important qualities of a female leader?

Self-love, confidence, intelligence and passion. 

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I love my job. I think it happens to all creatives that your job becomes a part of you and your life, and sometimes it’s hard to tell where one ends and another begins. I love planning, brain storming, visualising, being inspired and I love shooting, the whole process of creating photographs, loosing myself into someone’s reality. I love meeting new people. People inspire me as much as nature does. 

What advice would you give to young women planning to start their own business?

Trust yourself. Listen to your heart. Life is a growth, it’s a process. Happiness comes from empowering and reconnecting with your soul self. Whatever is inside of you has to be the truth. Follow the truth within, it will take you to the most amazing places in this lifetime. 

What is your secret to success?

My secret to success is WORK, RESEARCH, IMPROVE and WORK again 🙂 Success is measured by devotion, passion and hard work. 

What is your personal favorite spot on the island where you spend time when not working?

When we are not working we are usually with the dogs, hiking or going SUP. In the summer I usually hide somewhere up north. Moon beach, Portinatx, Illa de Sa Mesquita area and Cala Xarraca. I love Puig Des Lleo too! Anywhere that dogs can come is perfect for me. 

For more information on Anna’s work and her beautiful photography, visit her website here.

xxx

Deliciously Sorted Team

International Women’s Week – Interview with Deirdre Hardiman

Our second remarkable woman in business who spared a few minutes of her busy schedule to answer our questions is Deirdre Hardiman, the creative force and director of Hepburn Designs.

Deirdre made Ibiza her home in 2015 but has been coming over here for the last 20 years. She has previously worked and lived in California, Ireland, France and Greece. Her travelling experience was invaluable as it provided a first hand perspective of a diverse and broad range of design in so many different cultures and has added greatly to her vision and know-how.  In 2011 Deirdre was recognised for her business acumen, innovation and hard work and was awarded the Dublin City Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

What originally brought you to Ibiza?

I was living and working in Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain and I came to Ibiza for a holiday in 1997 and I fell in love with the island. After five years of living in Spain I moved to Ireland. The magnet of Ibiza kept drawing me back for my holidays.  After 15 years of rain I knew I needed to make the move back to Spain and Ibiza was the obvious choice!

Was it a conscious business decision to start your enterprise on the island?

I have a very successful interior design firm in Dublin “Hepburn Designs”.  I was confident that I could bring my years of experience to Ibiza and open my business here.  I relished the challenge of a new environment and architectural style.  I grew up in Southern California, the similarities in the weather the play of light and the relaxed beach style are a second nature to me.

Can you tell us a little bit more on how your company began?

I worked as an interior designer for a well known television program in Dublin.  In 2009 I made the decision to strike out on my own.  Everyone thought I was mad starting a new business in a recession. I responded to the market by coming up with the idea of a one day design service “Designer for a Day” which made the services of an interior designer available to a broad market.  I worked within the budget of the clients whether that was IKEA, high end or anything in between.  “Designer for a Day” has been a huge success for me and often leads to the clients engaging me to manage their project.

What was your dream job as a kid? 

I wanted to be a veterinarian like two of my uncles, because I thought I would be playing with loads of cute puppies and kittens. As a child I was always moving the furniture around and building furniture from stuff I found in the garage or the garden. I didn’t know that such a thing as an Interior Designer existed!

What woman inspires you and why?

My mom Grainné has always been my biggest inspiration. She is bright and funny and thinks outside the box. She is strong and fearless and has the courage of her convictions. Despite adversity and some very difficult times she became a very successful and respected businesswoman. She has always challenged me to do whatever it takes to shoot the moon and find success and happiness in my life. She is truly a role model not only to me but to many other people whose lives she has touched in positive and inspiring ways.  

What do you think are the most important qualities of a female leader?

A great passion for what she does and believes in and the ability to articulate and inspire others to follow her. A great leader needs great supporters to achieve her goals.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I love all the new and exciting ideas at the beginning stages of a project. I really love the joy of the clients when they see the dream realised.

What advice would you give to young women planning to start their own business?

Create a business in a field that you love. If you have the confidence and know how – go for it! If you feel you need to gain confidence and get more experience, work with the best company in your field until you are ready. Be prepared to face obstacles and be malleable to change your direction to respond to your client needs.

What is your secret to success?

Hard work, the support of my family and friends and the referrals from my clients.

What is your personal favorite spot on the island where you spend time when not working?

The winding road to Cala Vadella with it’s breathtaking view of  Es Vedra and the turquoise waters of the cove seen from a height always take my breath away. Cala Vadella cast a magical spell on me the first time I went there. I relish every opportunity I get to wiggle my toes in the sand in a beach side cafe with my friends and witness the awesomeness of that sunset.  

For more information and latest interior design tips visit Deirdre’s website here.

xxx

Deliciously Sorted Team

International Women’s Week – Interview with Serena Cook

March is undoubtedly a women’s month. On 8th of March every year we celebrate International Women’s Day which is a global day honouring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We at Deliciously Sorted think that women should be celebrated every day and that is why we have decided to extend a one day toast to an entire week celebrating Ibiza’s own women in business.

For our blog this week we have carefully selected five inspirational, driven and ambitious entrepreneurs who decided to follow their instincts, design their destinations and open their own businesses on the beautiful island of Ibiza. We have had a pleasure to sit down wit each one of these remarkable women and ask them about their dreams, challenges and aspirations. Everyday this week we will be featuring a very special interview with a different Ibiza businesswoman.

First up is the ultimate ‘Ibiza fixer’, concierge expert, Deliciously Sorted founder and Ibiza Preservation Fund co-founder, our very own – Serena Cook.

What originally brought you to Ibiza?

I first came to Ibiza in 1997 when I had just graduated from university. I had spent many years in South America and couldn’t believe that just 2 hours from London existed this beautiful island with magical energy and an ‘anything goes’ attitude. 

Was it a conscious business decision to start your enterprise on the island?

I continued to come on holiday over the years but in 2002 I closed the business I had in London (GB’s first certified organic cafe) and came for a stop gap summer working for Jade Jagger.

Can you tell us a little bit more on how Deliciously Sorted began?

My intention was to make my next career move after the summer but I was in the right place at the right time and saw a niche in Ibiza so I stayed and so began Deliciously Sorted: Ibiza’s first concierge company.

What was your dream job as a kid? 

To be a news presenter on TV or a war reporter in the field.

What woman inspires you and why?

 Christiane Amanpour for her bravery, adventure and intelligence.

What do you think are the most important qualities of a female leader?

Multi tasking, confidence, humility and the ability to listen.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Client feedback when they have fallen in love with Ibiza and the Deliciously Sorted experience. My team; I cultivate an extremely friendly family style corporate culture and love listening to their ideas.

What advice would you give to young women planning to start their own business?

Set your mindset to expect the unexpected, there will be obstacles – think laterally and have absolute self belief.

What is your secret to success?

Thriving on challenges. ‘No’ or ‘can’t’ is not in my vocabulary.

What is your personal favourite spot on the island where you spend time when not working?

My home in the Portixol hills….

If you are not ready to start your own business on the white isle but are very interested in a career in events, concierge or villa management please do not hesitate to check out our latest job opportunities on our Facebook page.

xxx

Deliciously Sorted Team

From Ibiza With Love

 

Running out of ideas on how to surprise your loved one? Haven’t managed to secure a table at the most romantic restaurant in town? Why not take it one step further and have us Deliciously plan your Ibiza summer holiday.

Valentine’s Day is a time to show those who we care about the most, how much they mean to us, and as we are celebrating the most romantic day of the year we wanted to share a very special gift with you!

For the next 4 weeks we are offering a complimentary case of Ruinart Champagne with every Delicious villa or event booking.

Valentine’s Day is your chance to make your loved one feel special and what better way than to whisk them away to a stunning villa in sunny Ibiza. Contact our villa team on info@deliciouslysortedvillas.com to receive your personalised suggestions of the island’s most romantic getaways.

Do you have a big occasion coming up? Wedding anniversary? Milestone birthday? Planning on tying the knot? Why not bring a group of your dearest friends to celebrate in style in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Contact our events team on info@deliciouslysortedevents.com who will be able to help you with anything and everything you might need for your event.

Wishing you all an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

Love from Serena and the entire Deliciously Sorted Team!

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