I don’t know how you felt through June but with the rainy weather I was washed out and just desperate to get away.
Annually around this time of year I pop over to Ibiza with friends for a few days just before the crowds hit the shores in July. I was only supposed to be there for five days but my flight home was cancelled and what do you know I ended up there a week …which you might think was lucky but I missed Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon because of it!
I did have a wonderful time – lots of relaxation, food and evenings peppered with the occasional cocktail (against The Body Rescue Plan …oops. I shall start again now I’ve returned)
Each holiday I seek something new to do or try, whether that’s a restaurant, beach or excursion; so this year a group of us ended up on board DragonFly – Ibiza’s first Eco Sailing Catamaran! The concept means the boat is mainly powered by wind but, in the eventuality there is none, the engine is actually solar powered.
Two Dutch guys run the pioneering company called La Bella Verde; they’re fun, friendly, knowledgeable and experienced sailors, so I was in good hands. The whole day from start to finish was fabulous, I loved it. To get out to where the boat is moored the boys even row you out because they truly practice what they preach when it comes to Eco-sailing and that means no petrol motor engines. We sailed first to a small island off the coast of southern Ibiza called S’Espalmador where you can find reserve pools of mineral mud you can bathe in.
Working for the home of beauty at QVC, naturally I was very game for some mud therapy, which is an alleged alternative medicine, natural remedy for skin conditions. So I merrily skipped off 20 minutes down some island path to find the source and caked myself in the slippery grey mud, which has putty like consistency but smelt like sulphur (quite vile).
Apologies, I have no photos, they were accidentally but thankfully deleted because the mud was in my hair, down my nails, in my eyes and every orifice imaginable! The mud felt lovely on my skin; very soft and warming but was really rather stinky if I’m honest … hardly the sensual aroma of Frangipani by Elemis.
I swirled back to the boat and as I wandered the mud began to absorb, dry on the skin and the smell became more pungent – I couldn’t wait to get it off me. In order to remove it, you simply dive into the sea and wash it off. If you can bear the smell I would recommend mud therapy to everyone because it certainly was lots of fun and my skin felt very soft afterwards.
In the early afternoon we sailed to neighbouring Formentera for a spot of lunch – some say this island is the ‘Caribbean of the Med’ and perhaps one of the most picturesque places in the vicinity – I tend to agree. Just approaching the main beach itself was a wonderful experience, meandering in amongst the super yachts of the rich and famous towards the shores – it’s a bit of a millionaire’s playground from what I could see.
The restaurant L Pirata was packed but alive with music, so vibrant and funny people of all ages from all walks of life – all set upon the sand with no airs and graces – a real come-as-you-are attitude. I can quite honestly say I had the best paella of my life there (and I’ve had quite a few) all washed down with Ibiskus, the rose wine of Ibiza. We laughed hard , I loved every minute of it and will remember this lunch for a long time to come.
Back on DragonFly we headed back to the mainland for sundowners (drinks at sunset). We anchored down next to Cap Des Falco (Cape of Falcons) and the Captain and his first mate wanted to thank us for sailing with them by treating us to a native drink of Ibiza called Hierbas (made from herbs and honey); it’s a lovely little liquor that was perfect for toasting friends and celebrating a memorable day as the sun dipped below the horizon. I will remember this trip for many years, such a wonderful day.
Out on the boat at sea the conditions under the sun can be brutal and, with the reflection of the sea, the sun rays are multiplied on the skin. I’m a huge advocate of protecting yourself in the sun anyway and I’ve been an Ultrasun convert for over three years now. Sadly both my parents have skin cancer due to overexposure and a lack of knowledge in younger years. It’s so important to protect you and your family in this country or abroad.
Ultrasun have UVA and UVB protection with once-a-day application. The last UltraSun TSV of this summer is on Wednesday 6th July – a great chance to get your absolute summer must-haves for trips abroad and school holidays. It features everyone’s favourite Glimmer SPF20, a full size face 30, family 30 and even the UV hair protector.
If you are at all passionate about anti-ageing and you invest in skincare products then be aware that the sun is one of the biggest damaging factors to the skin. I still pick up a lovely colour from holidays wearing it but in a safer manner. Always seek shade between noon and 4pm and paler skins cover up or re-apply.
Let’s hope once we have made the TSV purchase that the sun comes to visit us here in the UK!
Watch out for my August blog, I’m going to have a big birthday give-away competition!
Much love xxx