5 places in Ibiza with an ecological soul and green heart

Ibiza also has a little green heart… and it´s growing by the day. Year after year the list of hotels, restaurants and shops that stand for the values of slow food, slow travel, sustainability and ecology is growing.

Here we want to share with you some of our favourite places in Ibiza with an eco-soul so you can get as green as you like (and not with envy)!

 

1-Aubergine

Located between Santa Gertrudis and Sant Miquel town, in this restaurant-market of hippy-chic sytle you will find Mediterranean food, with a kind of fusion touch made with ecological and seasonal products. Aubergine is open all the year round and moreover, in winter organize every single Sunday morning an eco market where you can buy cheese, marmalades, pâté, eggs, cakes, vegetables and fruits. Sant Miquel road Km 9.9.

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2-Can Musson

Maria, Can Musson´s owner, proves in this property her love for nature and the tradicional customs of the island. It´s really a luck talking to her about how ecology is finding its space and its own main characters in Ibiza. Located in Santa Eulària des Riu municipality, in this property you can buy ecological vegetables and fruits and you can enroll yourself in the cookery-workshops that they occasionally organize. They offer guided visits, and that´s why it can be an interesting destination if you travel with children.Photo by Can Musson

3-Out of Time

Located next to the Old City walls, a few metres from Plaza del Parque, this restaurant is one of the most valuated directions in the island for vegetarian, vegans and raw vegans. We include it in our selection as their dishes are elaborated, when they can, with ecological products. Out of time is open all the year round, they offer daily menu and the make their own homemade cakes. C/ Jaume I, 2.

4-Can Martí

The olives, grapes, figs, almonds, potatoes, lettuces, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions, strawberries and saffron that are eaten in this charming agrotourism in the north of  Ibiza have grown in the 17 hectares that shape their plot of  land and all of them come from the ecological crop. The criterion of sustainability and permaculture of  Can Marti mark the rhythms of the hotel more eco in Ibiza, where of course water from the rain is collected and 50% of electric energy and the 85% of hot water consumed thanks to photovoltaic cells and solar panels. You will love the caress of all their details and their swimming pool, that is cleaned using methods of natural purification.Can Marti, Ibiza. © Can Martí

 

5-S´Hortet Verd.

It´s the first certified ecological supermarket in Ibiza, so there´s were you have to go if you want to buy vegetables and fruits without pesticide but other products too such as legume, tinned food, chocolate, coffee, eggs, flour, pasta, oil, hearbal teas…Furthermore, in S´Hortet Verd they serve freshly squeezed juices, they organize cooking lessons, they prepare gift fruit baskets and, from Monday till Friday, they offer a daily economic menu set too.

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Our beautiful beaches

We want your stay on the island unforgettable. We hope that our recommendations will be useful:

We recommend booking the flight as far in advance as possible and rent a car to move freely around the island. It is not advisable to go straight to the beach or anywhere  with your luggage in the car, you could then find your car with the brokend windows, so leave everything in your holidays residence before goint everywhere.

OUR BEAUTIFUL BEACHES:

Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta: Beautiful coves, fine sand, separated by a rocky area with clean water, in the town of Sant Antoni.

Cala Bassa: We love this beach with white sand and crystalline waters, surrounded by junipers and pines. Sant Josep

Cala Conta: One of our favorites: The beach is in the far west of the island, so the water is particularly clean and in the evening you can enjoy spectacular sunsets in a relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful views of the sunset with the islets of Sa Conillera and S Illa des Bosc in the background. Sant Josep.

Cala Vadella: Quiet and beautiful beach. We recommend for families with children as it’s a beach that’s usually not very crowded, where there is easy parking and good cuisine . Sant Josep

Cala Carbó. Small beach with very clean water, with little sand, surrounded by pine forest. Also recommended for families with children. Bring good shoes to get into the water. Good cuisine. Sant Josep

Cala D Hort: Undoubtedly, the best views of the islets of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell. Beach protected by cliffs. Unforgettable sunsets. Good cuisine. Sant Josep

Cala Jondal: This beach is formed mainly by “Còdols”, rounded stones, but there are walkways to avoid the area of rocks and comfortably enter to the sea. It’s a beach with lots of atmosphere, especially with the famous parties that take place on Sunday at the Blue Marlin beach club. Sant Josep.

Ses Salines: This beach is known as “the beach of the famous people” because it is always frequented by famous and good looking people. It’s one of the most beautiful and largest beaches and located in a beautiful natural environment, the Nature Reserve of Ses Salines. Sant Josep.

Es Cavallet: Next to the beach of Las Salinas. It’s a nudist beach frequented by the gay scene. It is also within the Natural Reserve of Salinas (Sant Josep)

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Overpricing – the Biggest Property Own Goal

 

 

 

 

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The Playboy pad is up for sale for an incredible $200m even though realtors say it’s worth closer to $60m – $90m. Why does overpricing work against you?

5 myths that lead to overpricing & why they’re not true – for sales and lettings; 

I can reduce my price as much as I need to later

Frequent price reductions are a sign of desperation in the market – making your property seem problematic &/or your situation seem desperate – not a good place to be in the property market

People will still view, offer & negotiate

Our culture is one that doesn’t embrace negotiation & offers.  Most buyers will simply assume that the sellers opinion is vastly out of kilter with the market & won’t view the house.

Someone out there might pay this price

There might be someone, but more likely, there isn’t. And if there isn’t your house isn’t going to attract the right attention from the rest of the marketplace.

If that someone (see above) offers then the deal is done!

Increasingly, within our economic climate, the banks are rejecting offers made by their clients & dangerously devaluing through lower valuations.  The truth is that most large purchases now are the banks, or trusts, decision.

I’ll have just as much interest in a month or two if I lower the price

Ultimately, the most interest in a property comes within the first 30 days of marketing.  After that the house has a ‘history’ in the markets & buyers will be hesitant in viewing, let alone in offering.

Overpricing property often leads to;

Stagnation

Longer marketing periods

Fewer viewings

The house becoming known as a ‘sticker’ or even an unsaleable house

Lower than market price from tougher negotiation due to length on market

Your house will sell the competition – your price will make other houses look great value

Overpricing simply turns away buyers at a more realistic price point

What marketing at a sensible price leads to;

Quicker transactions

Lots of viewings

More offers

Possibly a higher than market value price if not a fair market value price

Keen realtors talking to buyers

Keen purchasers doing all they can to enact the transaction

Purchasers accepting timings & terms from the owners.

Incredulous prices are normally dictated by the owners or submitted by estate agents who want to ensure the instruction.

What to do when pricing your home;

Listen to agents & question them on their valuation

Ask for comparable evidence

Most owners have an understanding of the true value of their own home so listen to what your brain says as well as your heart

Give your agent a period of time to sell the house & then dis-instruct them, or at least add another agent to the mix.  Agents know that once they have your house on their books, it’s unlikely that you’ll withdraw it from them.

Written by Ivor Campbell-Davys.

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The Island of Bes

Let’s get to know a little bit more about our Ibicencan ancient culture!

Ibiza, one of the most beautiful and mystical islands in the mediterranean sea, has throughout the centuries attracted an interesting mix of people and civilisations. Ibiza has always opened her arms to the explorer and provided replenishment and rest for the weary traveller. It was in 680BC that the Phoenicians first discovered Ibiza, an island that lay in the currents of seafaring sailors and traders. These early sailors would stop in Ibiza to gather food and find fresh water to drink. The Phoenicians were well known as traders, and set up a trading post at Sa Calleta before moving to Dalt Villa, which is where Ibiza town now resides.

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The Phoenicians were related to the Carthaginians and it was to their Gods and others that they worshiped. The Phoenicians adopted the god Bes from their neighbours the Egyptians, and exported his cult around the Mediterranean as they traded peacefully with different civilisations. They were famed for trading in the colour purple – a colour related to Royalty- and Ibiza shellfish provided the dye for them to obtain it.

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The Phoenician term for the cult of Bes was Ibosim, which throughout the centuries gradually became I-bez-a……..the “Island of Bes”.

As Bes was considered a good spirit, he became associated with sexual pleasure, dancing and good times. He was worshipped for fertility and healing purposes along with his wife Beset, who watched over women during childbirth. Along with the Goddess Tanit, the two ancient Gods are closely connected to Ibiza.

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There are many references and places to Bes and Tanit on the island and here at Prestige Properties, we recommend you to discover these hidden secrets.

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10 Ibiza hotels that do not close in winter

Believe us when we tell you that Ibiza in winter falls in love. During these months, when the daytime temperatures are tempered, the island offers the perfect moment to enjoy its hiking and mountain biking routes, museums, home cooking of all life and its most spectacular sunsets. A full range of plans which you can enjoy thanks to the hotels of Ibiza that keep their doors open also in low season. What do you prefer, to rest by the sea or hide in a valley ?. In our next selection you will find both options, so that you choose the one that you like most.

Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza

The first luxury accommodation on the island today is a 5 star hotel with all the amenities and details of a Hilton, the owner of the hotel. Its 33 rooms have a touch of Art Deco style and overlook the port of Ibiza or the lively promenade of Vara de Rey

Can Pujolet

Located in the protected natural environment of Es Amunts, in Sant Mateu, this charming rural hotel opened in an old farmhouse will love you thanks to the good taste of Nina, who also naturally and discreetly treat their guests. Web

Cas Gasi

Almond trees, fig trees and carob trees surround this beautiful rural hotel located in the interior of the island, just over 5 kilometers from the charming village of Santa Gertrudis. You will find excellent service, careful decoration and luxury details.  Web

Hostal Parque

Other accommodation that keeps its doors open in Ibiza town, exactly at one end of the Plaza del Parque. Its rooms are not very spacious, but very nice and have all the standard amenities. In addition, some offer views of Dalt Vila.

Hostal La Torre

Its location offers spectacular panoramic views of the sea, the island of Conillera, Cape Nono and sunset. In addition, you will find beautiful Mediterranean-style rooms, some with balconies overlooking the sea. Web

Simbad Hotel & Spa

This 4-star hotel on the Talamanca beach, just a few minutes’ drive from the center of Ibiza, offers 111 rooms and a spa with a pool, hot tub and sauna, among other facilities. We recommend you book the front rooms, with sea view. Web

Hotel Ocean Drive

Another hotel in Ibiza that opens in winter. It is right in front of Marina Botafoc Marina. It has 40 rooms and suites of minimalist style and usually organizes events with artists and Djs

Ca n’Escandell

This charming agritourism opened in an old traditional house of the XVIII century is located in the north of Ibiza, a few minutes by car from beautiful coves and excellent restaurants. Its nine rooms maintain the traditional aesthetics of the island and also have a fireplace, a detail of the most welcoming for winter nights. Web

THB Los Molinos

Located on the beach des Figueretes, its rooms are modern and well equipped. If you can, book those with sea view. In addition, the facilities of this 4-star hotel include a gym, indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and massage service. Web

Can Guillem

Set on a 14-hectare estate and situated less than 5 kilometers from the city of Ibiza, this elegant rural hotel offers six double rooms and one suite in an old mansion house. It also has a bungalow and several villas.

 

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Ibiza in Winter time: to the heat of the fireplace

In Ibiza there are days that also feel like sitting by a fireplace meanwhile you enjoy the delicious gastronomic specialties of the island  in company of friends, family or partner. For that reason we selected the following restaurants for you to find out that Ibiza in winter has a lot of charm.

Bar Costa

Area: Santa Gertrudis

The well-known Iberian ham sandwiches of this bar in Santa Gertrudis attract locals and visitors all summer and…winter too. And not only because Bar Costa doesn´t close in low season but also because their rooms have two fireplaces, one of them huge. You will like its cozy atmosphere rebooked by the wide collection of pictures that cover their walls. Tel.: 971 197 021. Closed on Thuesdays.

Donde Marian y Miguel

Area: Es Canar

Another direction where to come closer to the fireplace, this time around Es Canar.  “Donde Marian y Miguel” has become a gap between the carnivores of the island, but the menu includes other specialities such as black rice with mangetouts and cuttlefish or soup rice with shrimps and clams. Tel.: 971 339 271. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Can Caus

Area: Santa Gertrudis road.

It is located by Santa Gertrudis town and their dining room with fireplace is perfect for a Winter night in Ibiza. In Can Caus´s menu shows the flavors of the traditional cuisine of the island. Among their proposals stand out kid and grilled lamb and homemade cheese and sausages. Tel.: 971 197 516. Closed on Mondays.

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Organic food… “We are what we eat..”

In recent years, the consumption of organic products has increased considerably, as now we can find different establishments  specialized in these natural products.

Organic products, also called, biological, organic or bio are those natural products obtained without the use of chemicals. For its quality and careful production, organic products could be classified as gourmet or delicatessen products although can be bought more easily off specialty stores thanks to  the increased consumption of natural products.

In Ibiza we can find several of these specialized establishments:

-“S’Hortet Verd” in Sant Jordi, is the first certified organic supermarket in Ibiza. You will find organic fruit and vegetables, an assortment of natural products, daily vegetarian menus, etc.

– Organic Shop “BIO SHOP” in the center of Ibiza town, there we find a wide range of natural products like food, diet, beauty, celiac disease, etc.

– Eco Shop “Biorganic Ibiza”, in the center of Ibiza town, a place where you find everything from fruit and vegetables to 100% to organic cleaning products and natural care. Also you can try their smoothies and fresh juices made at the time.

– “Herbolario SAVIA” in Ibiza. This is a herbalist dietary where you will find, biological products (from organic farming), nutritional supplements, sports nutrition (supplements for athletes), cosmetic items, dietary regime prepared.

– Shops “Natural 1” and “Natural 2”,  both in Ibiza town. The long-life shops  in Ibiza where you will find organic products, macrobiotic food, natural cosmetics and homeopathy.

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Season Greatings 2016

Christmas and New Years are knocking on the door…
It’s the time of the year to be merry, and to enjoy the spirit of Christmas with your dear ones.
Yet another year the team at Prestige Properties Ibiza sends you seasons greetings and feels tremendously proud and honoured for all the continued trust our clients place in us when it comes to handling the purchase, sale and rental of a property on this magical island.

From Ibiza we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year 2017!

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Discovering Ibiza town!

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The town of Ibiza, also known as Eivissa,  besides its beaches and summer nights with its clubs and bars full of animation, we  can find very interesting places to visit. Museums, viewpoints, churches, stately homes and other sites of interest are scattered around the area of La Marina as Dalt Vila, the walled part of the town.

Here you have a few of them:

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DALT VILA: The walled city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is one of the best preserved Renaissance fortresses of the Mediterranean. Its walls, which surround and overlook still inside, reveal traces of early Phoenician settlements, the Arab occupation and the Catalan presence during the Renaissance. The Santa Llúcia, Major Street, the Cathedral Square and a walk along the walls you should not miss on any tour of Dalt Vila.

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LA MARINA: The old quarter of fishermen houses during the summer season pretty animation, however being very quiet the rest of the year. Strolling through streets and the Sea, Xeringa, the Passadís, of Enmig and Mare de Deu discover not only beautiful corners and whitewashed walls but also features attractions such as Casa-Museo Broner, an excellent example of architectural rationalism.

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PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN: Beautiful enclave of the city with exceptional views of Dalt Vila and cathedral. In addition to the harmonious walls that form, in the square stands the Mercat Vell, the old city market.

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PORTAL DE SES TAULES: Located on one side of the square of the Constitution, this beautiful Renaissance door is the main entrance walled enclosure of Dalt Vila . Is unthinkable to leave Ibiza without crossing the threshold, which leads directly to one of the liveliest in the summer nights : the Plaza de Vila.

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NECROPOLIS  DE PUIG DES MOLINS: This site is one of the most important in the Mediterranean in its category thanks to its good state of preservation and the number and diversity of tombs it contains. Within the complex there is the Archaeological Museum, where exhibits valuable Phoenician, Punic and Romans necklaces, vases, amulets, coins and other objects.

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MUSEO PUGET: This beautiful fifteenth century manor houses the work of Narcís Puget Riquer and Narcís Puget two Ibizan artists whose watercolors and oils make an interesting and valuable portrait of Ibiza in the first half of the twentieth century. It is located in Sant Ciriac, between Calle Major and the monastery of Sant Cristòfol.

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CATHEDRAL WALLS: At the back of the Cathedral of Santa Maria you can start a nice walk along the walls, through the called Almudaina roundabout, with spectacular views over the southeast of the island, Formentera and the Necropolis of Puig des Molins.

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PASEO VARA DE REY: Iconic boulevard dedicated to General Joaquin Vara de Rey and Rubio, military and political Ibizan died during the War of Independence of Cuba. Among the buildings erected around the ride highlights especially the old Montesol hotel, located in one end, next to the Av Bartomeu Ramon I Tur and declared a Cultural Interest building. By the way, there is noteworthy that the Montesol hotel property changes and opened this year under the Hilton brand.

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The best places to eat in Ibiza

gastonomia-06There are so many great restaurants in Ibiza, to suit all tastes. The range and quality of dining here on the island is dazzling. Ibiza really does have it all. We recommend getting a taste of the real Ibiza at one of the many locally-run and traditional restaurants. With beautifully cooked meats and locally-caught sea food at very reasonable prices. Here at Prestige Properties we offer you a guide to some of our favourite Ibiza eateries:

Can Berri Vell (San Agustin): Can Berri Vell is itself a typical Ibicencan house now turned into a 5 star restaurant. You’ll be able to taste delicious gourmet plates: from meat and seafood to rice and elaborated pasta.

Can Domingo (San Jose): Can Domingo is a fine Italian restaurant located in the entrance of San Jose town. You’ll be able to taste delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine here.

El Carmen (Cala d’Hort): This restaurant offers the best paella on the island as well as many other typical Ibicencan dishes. Apart from delighting amazing and delicious dishes, El Carmen offers the best views to the magical rock island of Es Vedra.

La Oliva Ibiza (Ibiza town): La Oliva Ibiza has been considered one of the most treasured and valued restaurants in the whole of Ibiza.

Situated in a main square surrounded by the legendary walls of Dalt Vila, tourists and regulars can enjoy an extensive menu of Provencal and Mediterranean cuisine on the pavement terrace including braised and roast meats and fish.

Sa Capella (San Antonio): With fascinating surroundings and the added ingredient of an old converted church, there is simply no place more stylish and unique to dine than Sa Capella Ibiza. With modern yet very traditional dishes on offer, you get to choose from divine fish and various mouth-watering meats cooked right in front of you just to wet your appetite that little bit more. All of this gets served with some of the very best Hierbas on the White Isle.

Sa Punta (Talamanca): Sa Punta Ibiza is a delight to visit. A celebrity favourite, think five star service and attention to the smallest detail. With lots of fresh seafood dishes, free-range meat and where possible, locally sourced fresh produce. Sa Punta Fine Dining offers Mediterranean cuisine with different Djs every night, giving each evening a distinct flavour..

Villa Mercedes (San Antonio): Originally built as an Ibicencan villa over a century ago back in 1901, Villa Mercedes has since transformed into one of the White Isle’s most deluxe and in-demand restaurants around back in 1999 and remains as elegant as ever to this very day. Surrounded by a sensational garden providing guests with a breath-taking view of the yachts and harbour of San Antonio.

Villa Mercedes offers a Mediterranean-Fusion menu like no other including a Chef’s Tasting Menu available every week.

KM5 (Ibiza – San Jose): KM5 is the restaurant, bar and garden more attractive in  Ibiza. Glamorous, cosmopolitan and relaxed atmosphere, harmoniously blends Eastern influences and avant-garde, both in music and decoration, as well as its exquisite gastronomic offer. Grilled meats wing are the main protagonists of the menu as well as duck confit, octopus or fresh fish.

Ses Escoles: A new and original restaurant towards the village of Sant Joan de Labritja. It is located next to the oil mill Miquel Guasch, where they produce an excellent extra virgin olive oil of Ibiza.

Ses Escoles, is installed in an old country house, which has been tastefully decorated in a Provencal and rustic style and many details about the oil. It’s cozy and quiet covered terrace is the perfect place to taste their carefully Mediterranean and Ibizan cuisine with personal touches of the chef!!

Post-it:  At the entrance of the house, have opened a cozy shop of delicatessen products of Ibiza, like their own extra virgin olive oil.

Ses Boques: This restaurant is not very well-known to tourists, which means the character and atmosphere of the locals stays rather authentic. You can venture here, for example, to partake of a delicious fish dish whilst overlooking the beautiful sea. The salt-crusted sea perch is certainly recommended! The service is good, and the food is exquisite; in short, it is definitely recommended that you give the restaurant a try.

Beach House: Located in the biggest and busiest beach, Playa den Bossa, BEACHOUSE Ibiza is the latest project by successful Ibiza restaurateurs Jonathan Thorogood and Olivia Fleury, from El Chiringuito.

It offers Italian cuisine from 11am until 1am daily – to your luxe daybed, chic sofa or sophisticated wooden table on the terrace. Head chef Sebastiano Altimari’s menu offers an array of cuisine to suit all tastebuds – from fresh summer pasta and risotto, freshly caught seafood and healthy, creative salads to an impressive pizza menu and delectable desserts. Fresh juices, bespoke cocktails and an expertly selected wine list are all part of the BEACHOUSE Ibiza experience.

Amante: Spanish mediterranean restaurant Amante is Ibiza’s most beautiful rural restaurant. Set in a stunning cove, Amante is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a luxurious country setting. Mediterranean cuisine, healthy and stylish based on the freshest local produce.

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