1) What is your background?
I have worked in travel since my early twenties and started out as a entry level travel agent for Going Places. I then went on to set up my own high street travel agency. After a few years I noticed that the way people booked holidays was changing. In order to adapt to those needs I decided to set up my own home based travel business.
This allows me to be able to save my customers even more on their holidays, ensuring my business is extremely competitive in this very cut-throat market.
2) What is your favourite holiday destination in the whole wide world?
It's extremely difficult to pick one destination that is a favorite of mine because often certain destinations become your favorite for very different reasons. I love culture, so if I had to pick, Brac Island in Croatia is truly spectacular. However it really does depend on what your looking for, Orlando is a very different ball game all together, but it's also a favorite of mine for very different reasons.
3) What is your top tip for the international traveller?
Always do your research so you can make the most out of your trip - and always learn some basic phrases in the local language.
4) What item do you take on every holiday and couldn't live without?
I always take a pen and notebook. I'm a writer as well as a travel professional, and I also love to draw! Seeing and experiencing beautiful places inspires me to do both. I love being able to bring a piece of writing to life using the inspiration of my surroundings. The tastes, sounds and smells all come to life when you're experiencing it first hand in that moment.
5) What is your dream destination?
The Maldives without a doubt. I have dreamt of going there since I started in the travel industry many many years ago. I plan on finally going in Spring 2019 with my young daughter.
5) What's your secret passion?
I like to meditate when I'm travelling. I'll often find a quiet spot somewhere out the way where I'll sit for a few minutes and just be grateful for the moment. It's a privilege to be able travel and it's nice to be thankful for those opportunities to do so.
By Beverly Roberts
Cala D’Hort has to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil places to visit on the Island of Ibiza.
Hidden away off the beaten track this small, unspoiled peaceful beach has phenomenal views of the mysterious island of Es Vedra, which rises dramatically from the sea just several hundred metres from the shore.
I feel spiritually connected to the natural beauty of this special little area of Ibiza, it’s laid back vibe is the perfect retreat for getting some R&R away from the bustling local towns.
The beach itself is sandy to one side, pebbly to the other with a quaint wooden jetty that leads to a small concrete platform - if you like meditating this place would be the ideal spot for connecting to the beauty that nature has on offer.
The pebbly side of the beach comes with it’s own little surprises, the sheer sounds of the waves crashing then drawing back from those pebbles is spectacular, and again another reason why this place blows my mind.
In summer it is extremely popular despite it’s remote location. There are many who flock to the inspiring view and tranquil setting of Cala d'hort, old and young locals alike, families and couples from all over the world visit here. However it’s only accessible by car, walking or cycling, so if you do choose to drive it’s wise to know in advance that there is very limited parking, and getting there early is a good idea. We chose to take a taxi as we were staying in the nearby resort of Cala Tarida, which cost €26 each way and worth every cent.
There is a beach bar which has plentiful seating and a great selection of food and drink, again this can get busy in peak season, so it might be handy to book in advance, but it’s good to know they also do take away which is handy if it’s especially busy.
Despite it getting busy at times, it never feels over crowded like other beaches around the island but I would say the best time to visit would be May, June and September.
There are some friendly African men and woman walking around selling the most beautiful cotton beach blankets for around €15, you can barter to €10 of your feeling cheeky. I highly recommend purchasing one if the budget allows - not only will it allow you to settle down on a fabulous beach throw to enjoy your day, but you’re in turn helping the families of these hard working men and women thrive.
Walk up to the top of the hill if you can handle the incline and you will find the pirates look out, a spectacular place to view the area from different angle all together!
If you are taking a taxi you could ask the driver to stop there and keep the meter running, it would be worth the money if you can’t make the walk uphill and you don’t want to miss out on that view, it’s especially enchanting later on in the evening at Sunset.
Tip: If you’re taking a taxi why not ask the driver about the real life Cave man who lives down by Atlantis? A detour comes highly recommend! Atlantis beach is another enchanted and magical cove that is well worth a visit, but it’s not for the faint hearted! A steel decline and a labyrinth of coves, rocks and sea pools awaits you!
All in all Cala d’Hort is beautiful little gem and certainly not to be missed on your next visit to the happiness island of Ibiza!
Local hotels I would recommend include:
5* Tui Sensatori - Cala Tarida
5* 7Pines - Sant Josep
4* Club Cala Tarida - Cala Tarida
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