WHETHER you're in search of a party holiday or a tranquil break, our Fabulous team pick their favourite island destinations to meet your needs.
Junior Writer Molly Reynolds and Acting Lifestyle Editor Emma Ledger compare Ibiza with Corsica in the ultimate battle of the island retreat.
The Party One
Junior Writer Molly Reynolds took on Ibiza’s night life at the made-for-Instagram Wi-Ki-Woo hotel.
THE PAD: A fave of Lottie Moss and MIC’s Toff, Wi-Ki-Woo hotel is an explosion of baby pink and mint green art-deco decor, with giant ice-cream cones and Vespas everywhere you turn. There’s all-hours music and a cocktail bar, and rooms come with fingerprint ID, so there’s no fear of losing your key on the lash.
EXPLORE: Cruise into the sunshine in an open-top Mustang. It’s the best way to discover the island’s secret spots before pulling up at Cala Conta beach for sunset mojitos. Car hire costs from £348 per day and can fit five people (you must be over 29 to drive), or splash out on your own driver, from £435 (Mustangadventures.com).
REFUEL: You don’t have to stray far for top-notch grub. Wi-Ki-Woo’s seafront restaurant serves yummy hangover breakfasts, such as smashed avo on toast, £11.30. Come lunchtime, order an Asian platter that serves six for £50. For a daytime tipple try the Sexy Berry cocktail – vodka, Chambord and berries – for £12. In nearby San Antonio, The Skinny Kitchen does a raw buddha bowl with salmon, £12.50, ideal for topping up your vits before or after a heavy night (Theskinnykitchen.co.uk).
DON’T MISS: In Ibiza there ain’t no party like an O Beach party. With live DJs playing everything from Kisstory to soul, bag a private bed for all-day pool party fun. Entry costs from £12 and beds from £95 plus a minimum spend (Obeachibiza.com).
BOOK IT: Double rooms start from £70 per night (Wikiwoohotelibiza.com). Flights from the UK to Ibiza cost from £60 return (Easyjet.com).
The Chilled One
Acting Lifestyle Editor Emma Ledger and boyfriend Alex lapped up good food and walks on the French isle.
THE PAD: In the hillside village of Oletta, the super-stylish U Palazzu Serenu hotel has just eight rooms, making it feel A-list yet still affordable. The Scandi-minimalist suites are spacious and the pool and gardens are gorgeously tranquil. Breakfast is a French affair with fruit, pastries, crusty bread and turbo-strength coffee. For dinner, three courses cost £40 – think home-made foie gras followed by sea bass and crème brûlée.
EXPLORE: The island’s dramatic mountains, seaside towns and rustic villages are best explored by car. Just 10 minutes from the hotel is the colourful town of Saint-Floren, with its bustling cafes and well-stocked delis.
REFUEL: The service couldn’t be friendlier at Hotel La Roya’s restaurant. We loved the fresh olive bread and handmade chocolates to finish. Three courses cost £35 (Hoteldelaroya.com). For a meal to remember, visit Le Matahari. Sitting at a table on the beach with your feet in the sand as the tide laps in wins the most chilled dining experience ever. Try the sushi sharing starter, £18, followed by langoustine pasta, £22 (Lematahari.com).
DON’T MISS: An hour and a half’s drive away is the cosmopolitan town of Calvi. After the scenic, winding drive, climb the cobbled streets to the stunning Genoese citadel.
BOOK IT: Double rooms start from £230 per night (Upalazzuserenu.com). Flights from the UK to Bastia cost from £120 return (Aircorsica.com). Car hire costs from £20 a day (Hertz.com).
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