Thursday, 22 October 2015

A luxury villa stay in Ibiza - a true all-year-round destination

Ibiza is well-known for hedonistic summer excess, wild nights, soaring temperatures and downing drinks.
But, while I’m all for the abandon of the height of the season, there is another side.
Ibiza really is an all-year-round destination, with flights cheaper than patatas bravas around October and some great weather on offer too.

I had been to the White Isle 10 times before the trip I took earlier this month, but had never seen it out of season.
It was with no little amount of trepidation, as I imagined rows of shuttered windows and doors, closed shops and chilly days.
What I discovered was a revelation.
Myself, and at one point nine others, stayed in a huge villa with a fantastic pool and sprawling grounds in semi-rural and picturesque San Jordi, near to Ibiza Town, the airport and Playa D’en Bossa.

While the big nightclubs had shut their doors by the time I arrived, there were still an array of local bars and small lively clubs in Eivissa (Ibiza Town), great restaurants (including excellent tapas at La Cava and well-populated but spacious beaches.
There was a closing party at a plush local club Loolapaloosa, in Ibiza Town.
And an evening stroll alongside the fantastic harbour and historic Dalt Vila is wonderful at any time of year.

The days were warm and pleasant and the pool was a definite option, as was the sea at beautiful Salinas, which was also a short taxi ride from the villa.
San Jordi itself was a great base, with a series of bars and restaurants, which were still open and serving delighted diners even though winter was taking hold back in the UK.
If you want to see the whole of Ibiza, you should try it out of season, there really is so much to see and do.

And, as you prepare to fly home, why not enjoy a mojito at CafĂ© Del Mar’s lounge at Ibiza Airport?

Flights in October: Around £65 return via Skyscanner from and to London airports.

Accommodation: I stayed at the fabulously luxurious Villa Amador. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Bulldog Skincare for Men Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

The secret of eternal youth has vexed mankind for centuries, with legends of mythical pools, lost cities and arcane rituals abound.

But this is 2015, don’t waste your time with all that.
If you want to look young you can now for under a tenner, thanks to Bulldog Skincare for Men.
Their Anti-Ageing Moisturiser is a snip at £8 and works too.
Ok, we're not talking Portrait of Dorian Gray stuff here, but the blend of five essential oils, millet seed and oak apple tannins help deliver visibly smoother and more nourished skin. 
My haggard 34-year-old visage was left supple and replenished thanks to the fulsome, but not too thick cream. 
And there are no harsh chemicals or animal products (despite the Bulldog moniker) in this fantastic product. 
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