As the weather starts to cool down in good old Blighty and we begin our annual end-of summer mourning, Ibiza comes to life with an array of hedonistic closing parties.
I recently spent a week galavanting with my fun-loving squad at such events on the famous white isle and by the end of my stay my body was yearning for some much needed rest and relaxation.
I found such solace at the Rock Spa – a serene haven nestled within the funky contours of the infamous Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
This aquatic paradise is the perfect place to revive your battered batteries after a week of debaucherous shindigs and late nights. The water zone features an indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam bath, cold tub, foot bath and serene relaxation room complete with thermal mosaic loungers – ideal for resting those weary post-party bodies.
The outdoor heated pool features powerful water jets, a soothing swan neck fountain and (my favourite of them all) hydromassage beds – bubbling jacuzzis in the form of body contoured sun loungers in the water. Oh yeeeeah.
After topping up my tan around the swanky pool area and sipping on some freshly brewed herbal tea, I was beckoned inside for my spa treatment – the renowned Synchronicity Massage.
This otherworldly experience can only be described as a musical journey of sensual relaxation. I was asked to lie face down on a heated massage bed with my head below a special speaker system emanating a plethora of tunes as my body was stroked and pummelled to blissful oblivion.
The pressure and rhythms of my massage somehow correlated with the sultry sounds of this carefully concocted musical playlist, leaving me in a trace-like state of total rejuvenation.
When the treatment was over, I felt like I was walking on (Ibizan) clouds with silky soft skin – thanks to the use of a natural body oil infused with uplifting essential oils.
As I dressed and made my way out of the sleek hotel doors, passing excitable groups of revellers dressed up to the nines, I wasn’t sure whether I was ready to drape my zen-like self on to a plush bed or get ready to dance the night away to some body-pumping tunes. In the end, I decided to do both.
Well, this is Ibiza after all.
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Carretera Playa D’en Bossa, s/n, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Islas Baleares, Spain
Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Ibiza from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £35 one way (£59 return)