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SANTA GERTRUDIS The pret­ti­est town in the mid­dle of the is­land, Santa Gertrudis has white­washed walls, blue win­dows and ow­ers all around. Make a day of it and wan­der around the shops – not to miss is The Rose with a beau­ti­ful cloth­ing store where they sell their own brand of silk dresses, soft feath­ery capes, scarves and other lovelies mixed with uber-cool ac­ces­sories by Jérome Drey­fuss (Is­abel Marant’s hus­band) for the boho chic look Ibiza is fa­mous for. It is all lay­ered with a drop-dead gor­geous se­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture and the owner’s art­work – think Gio Ponti meets Pi­casso. Con­tinue your ex­plo­ration of the town with a stroll up to the square and a stop in at the hand-tooled leather­work­ing shop Te Cuero. You may walk away with a chair, belt or bag! Fin­ish your visit with a long lunch at Gi­tano and grab a bot­tle or two from fine wine pro­duc­ers, Somm wine shop. white-ibiza.com; wineshopibiza.com; ibizas­pace.com/ shop­ping SLUIZ Lo­cated a ve-minute drive out­side the main part of town, Sluiz is a home­wares su­per-em­po­rium that feels as if you are walk­ing through a grand bazaar, with prod­ucts from all over the globe and things to suit any style. It is enor­mous and fun and you may need an hour or two to di­gest its con­tents. If you need a break they have a fun cafe cov­ered with cup dolls and Catholic para­pher­na­lia. sluiz.com in­te­ri­ors mir­ror the fu­sion ap­proach to the cui­sine which is a blend of Ital­ian, Span­ish and Ja­panese. Much more than a restau­rant, there’s a room where ev­ery­thing is for sale, from light­ing to table­ware to cloth­ing made by cre­ative direc­tor Ri­cardo Coelho. ladis­pen­saibiza.com

EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL BEACH By the same folks who cre­ated Ho­tel Panache and Grand Pi­galle in Paris, Ex­per­i­men­tal of­fers a bar and restau­rant on a pris­tine stretch of beach. It makes a great spot for a laid­back lunch or sun­set drink sur­rounded by breezy shades and white­washed tim­bers. ec­cbeach.com

LA PALOMA Just 10 min­utes from Santa Gertrudis, this restau­rant is an­other great spot to nish a morn­ing of shop­ping and strolling around the town. Started by a self-de­scribed gypsy fam­ily who mi­grated from Italy, it feels as if you have been in­vited to dine in their gar­den sur­rounded by citrus or­chards. The meals are pad­dock to plate, with a sea­sonal menu fo­cused on fresh­ness and sim­plic­ity. palo­maibiza.com

AMANTE A fancy-pants swim and ne din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Amante is perched on a cliff with breath­tak­ing views over the pris­tine Sol d’en Serra cove. The re ned Belle- es­que restau­rant is a dy­namic space split over var­i­ous lev­els on the cliff face, shift­ing with the time of day from yoga morn­ing ses­sions to sun-drenched lunches to moon­lit cock­tails. With mas­sages avail­able on site plus an out­door cin­ema in the evening, it makes for a lux­u­ri­ous day visit. aman­teibiza.com

SES BOQUES Ses Boques bar and restau­rant re­mains fairly un­touched and hid­den, em­brac­ing the re­laxed Ibiza vibe with ta­bles in the sand set back from a peb­bled beach. You can go for a dip and then sam­ple some of the de­li­cious seafood on of­fer made from recipes that have been kept in the Ses Boques fam­ily for 40 years. ses­bo­ques.com

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