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Seasoned Ibiza goers are going to kick me. This year, for the first time ever we went to Cala Comte, a beach on the west of the island. Oh man. Oh jeez. I just want to kick myself! We’d seen the signs before but never went till now. It is jaw droppingly gorgeous. Aqua blue clear water, and a double sided beach. Quiet and spectacular.

We have a tendency when we’re there to stick to what we know is good. So another visit to La Paloma was definitely needed and it’s still worth the drive. We did try a couple of new places though…

A really amazing cafe called Passion Cafe opposite Space. They serve smoothies and the best breakfasts on the island. We tried their blueberry pancakes and green eggs (!) and bacon. The eggs were scrambled with a little bit of pesto and lots of grated Parmesan cheese. Delicious.

Another little gem, hidden away in the residential streets of Playa d’en Bossa is new restaurant, Clandestino. It was the very end of the season when we were there so it was quiet but the food was fresh and and the service worth going back for.

For the first year ever we also made it to the DC10 closing party. Clubbing for us now is a special treat, a once in a while occasion. So to be able to go to what is the pinnacle of the season was more than amazing. It’s hard to describe the energy and atmosphere at one of the best clubs in the world. With the best dj’s. And the best sound systems. At one point dancing on the terrace I remember thinking… It doesn’t get much better than this.

Ibiza. It keeps on surprising me.

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Not sure how much more I could get on the buggy!

Travel with baby & toddler

After doing a long haul trip to Thailand at Christmas with a 10 month old baby and a nearly 3 year old, I thought I’d pass on a couple of my travel kit essentials. These are items we took with us and couldn’t have done without. If you’re planning a long haul trip with a couple of kids in tow listen up my friends….

1. Silly Bibs silicone bib
This may sound stupid, of course you’re going to take a bib. Or even 2. But trust me when i say I’ve bought hundreds of the bloody things and these really are the best. They are soft so roll up really easily without curling (like the tomee tippee ones), and they hang open. I’ll say it again, ‘they hang open!’ A revelation! I’ve wasted so much money on bibs that hang shut and are totally useless. These really work. Oh and they come in lots of different animal patterns and look cool.

2. Summer infant place mat
A very clever place mat that we use everyday, it has a built in scoop to catch mess at mealtimes. Ivy is at the self feeding stage and this meant that where ever we were, in a hotel restaurant or a beach shack I could put this down in front of her and know it was clean for her to eat from. This also rolls up which is so handy when you’re on the go.

3. Phil & Teds metoo high chair
This was without a doubt the MOST essential kit that we took away with us. So many times we’d go to eat out in Thailand and they just wouldn’t have a high chair. Carrying this little chair meant where ever we went we were covered. It’s so easy to use, you just attach it to the side of the table. I mean I love holding Ivy but let me tell you I’d rather she be sat comfortably next to me in her own chair! Especially at dinner time. We borrowed ours to go away with. You should beg, borrow or steal one! Or failing that just buy one.

4. Maclaren Quest buggy
At home we have a double Phil & Teds buggy to get around, its great but impossible for any kind of serious travelling. We took the plunge and decided Harper would be fine without a seat all the time so bought this Maclaren. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s lightweight, reclines flat, is really easy to manouvere and is super easy to fold up and down.

5. Lascal maxi buggyboard
To give Harper’s little legs a break we also used this buggyboard. Am so pleased we did. Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok is huge! There is always so much walking between gates and passport control etc. and we were travelling way past his bed time. This is essential kit for a toddler.

6. Eastpack rucksack
We did lots of research into backpacks, we wanted one a bit bigger than normal but still able to go on as hand luggage. This is the perfect size. Here’s a really important tip when doing any long haul travel with kids -Take an outfit change for everyone in your hand luggage. Not only to cover you in case your hold baggage gets lost but in case of accidents. Ivy threw up all over my husband with 30 mintutes of getting on the plane, then when we arrived in Bangkok Harper had a little (er, no BIG) accident and he had to be completely changed too.  This rucksack fitted not only outfits for 4 people but swimmers, flip flops, ivy’s sleep bag, night vests, nappies, a spare bottle and milk. And the all important iPad. Another essential when travelling. But am guessing you know that already…

We’ve just come back from 2 glorious weeks in Ibiza. After visiting it for the last 9 years running I wish I could say I was over this little island but I’m already looking forward to going back next year! Granted our holidays there with Harper are very different to what they used to be, I’m seeing a whole new side of the island now. But 9 years in a row? What’s wrong with me? I love travel and adventure and trying new cultures. But I also love knowing where I’m going, where to get the best paella and fresh bread, and I like seeing the little changes year after year. Add to that the worlds best clubs and dj’s and you’ve (still) got my prefect holiday destination!

Anyway I thought I’d share a couple of my Ibiza secrets.

The first is Cala Vadella. The gorgeous little beach where we stay. It’s a local, family beach. No loud music. Just calm aqua water and a couple of restaurants really. Perfect for lazy days playing in the sand and catching some rays.

My second secret is a new one for us this year. La Paloma. It’s a rustic garden restaurant in the middle of the island run by an Italian family. The food is amazing. They use vege’s from their own garden and every dish was simple but incredibly tasty. A MUST visit. Book a table in the garden.

My last insider tip isn’t a really secret at all.. In fact it was THE place to lunch at last year when it opened.  El Chiringuito on Es Cavellet beach didn’t disapoint, it’s a cool beach club with good food and drinks. It is very expensive though, 20 euro’s for a burger? But the service and location is amazing. I guess that’s what you pay for.

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Last month we went to Paris for the weekend, to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was a bit of a feasting trip as all we did really was eat our way around town. We had the most expensive breakfast I’ve ever had at the Hotel Costes, but WOW was it worth it. That hotel is stunning. Our anniversary dinner was at L’Avenue. I’d definitely recommend it for a a special occaison if you’re ever in Paris. We sat outside over looking Dior and the Eiffel Tower eating lobster pasta, bliss. We also made it to the Rose Bakery which was lovely.

Walking around the Marais we spotted this stenciled on the floor…

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What a great reminder that a year ago we married in NYC. Happy days.

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We’ve just got back from a week in Thassos, a beautiful island in Greece. My mum and step-dad moved out here a year ago and with beaches like these I can see why. It is gorgeous.

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This weekend was my sisters 30th birthday party. A whole group of us went to the Norfolk coast and stayed in a native american tipi and mongolian yurt! 6 people in each. It was so much fun! We went to Holkham beach for a picnic and an old fashioned sports day. Then we had a 70’s themed fancy dress bar b q. The other campers didn’t quite know what to make of us…

I’m quite ashamed to say it was my first time in Norfolk, but I was blown away by it. The beaches were stunning and the countryside beautiful. I want to go back ASAP.

Happy birthday Amy x

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