Posted: by Jo Monday, 23 May 2016 @ 10:59
A rare feeling of complete freedom and total joy comes from a week's holiday with no plans, nothing organised, nothing expected. Just sunshine, tranquillity, and the time and space to get your mind back.
I have just come back from a week in Ibiza - an island I knew little about, except a vague impression that it would be beautiful, chilled and relaxed. A week after running my first marathon, a gorgeous villa with its own pool in the hills overlooking Santa Eulalia looked ideal.
And ideal it was. As I knew nothing about Ibiza, there was no pressure to do anything. No must-see sights to visit, no must-do activities to book, no tick-box tourist attractions. I deliberately didn't research it, didn't ask advice of what to do, didn't make any plans.
I just enjoyed the beautiful views of the pine forests and the sea. The lazy days by the pool. I had plenty of time to read - inspiring books to open my mind - and listen to music. We had delicious meals in tucked-away villages that we discovered on our drive around the island; lunches overlooking captivating bays; white Rioja in the warm sunshine by the sparkling pool, red Rioja in the cool evenings.
There is something truly restorative about a holiday with no pre-booked plans, and no sense of obligation to do anything specific while there.
Try a holiday without making any plans; with no to-do list. For me, the best places I discovered were these, but I'm sure you'll find your own:
- My favourite place to spend an afternoon – a late lunch at Amante Beach Club. Heaven on earth, with food to match – even gorgeous on a dull day. Note to self - looks like a shack from the outside.
- A great place to people-watch all the beautiful people – Bambuddha. Great Thai fusion food, in a lovely environment. Note to self - also looks like a shack from the outside!
- Sipping cava overlooking a stunning view - drive up North to the Hacienda Hotel at Na Xamena. It's an expensive drink - but the view made it worth it.
- My favourite place to stay - I can't possibly reveal it, as the villa is already re-booked year after year by almost everyone that stays there. My secret! But I'd recommend Owners Direct to find your own (https://www.ownersdirect.co.uk).
Been on holiday recently with no plans and no expectations? We'd love to hear your stories!
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