A Q&A with Marc de Groot – Photographer

Marc de Groot - Alexandra Rose Creative

The summer-residing photographer is a household name on the island.

Marc de Groot is a bubbly, and well-loved character amongst the Ibiza’s residents.

Along with his amazing skills behind the camera, he’s also a dab-hand on the decks, appearing on stage at clubs such as O Beach, for their popular Hot Bed parties.

We wanted the lowdown on his creative photography career, to give you a little insight into his exciting professional life here in Ibiza.

Here’s his Q&A!

Q: What career did you see for yourself growing up?

    A: I can’t actually remember, but it definitely wasn’t photography!
    Q: What made you choose this path?
    A: I kind of fell into it by chance. Back in 2005 I found a clubbing website called dontstayin.com and I started to take photos in the clubs, as well as DJ’ing.  It grew very quickly from there.
    Q: What made you choose Ibiza as your summer home?
    A: I used to get booked to take photos at various parties by promoters in London. I started shooting in Ibiza in 2006. As every year went by, I would visit more frequently for work. It got to the point where I was spending more time in Ibiza than I was in the UK, so from 2012 I decided to base myself there every summer!
O Beach Ibiza - Alexandra Rose Creative
O Beach Ibiza – Alexandra Rose Creative
    Q: What’s your favourite venue to work with on the island and why?
    A: Any outdoor party is better than inside a club in my personal opinion, but Benimussa is probably my favourite party venue for photography work.
    Q:  What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

A: There’s two! The first was being on Britan’s Next Top Model as a photographer back in 2007,  and the second was doing press shots for Carl Cox.

Carl Cox - Marc de Groot photography
Carl Cox – Marc de Groot photography

Q:  Epic work fail?

A: Turning up to shoot at a club and forgetting to take spare batteries! I had to drive back home and get them mid-shoot. I won’t say which party it was, but thankfully no one noticed!

Q: What can we expect to see from you this summer in Ibiza?

A: Hopefully more of the same, club photos and videos, DJ press shots, weddings and music videos. It obviously all depends on how the season pans out with recent events.

Q:  If you could give one piece of advice to budding photographers, what would it be?

A: Keep practicing all the time. Take photos wherever you go, and don’t have a business plan! Just enjoy the journey and see where it takes you!

We’re looking forward to seeing more work from Marc this coming summer, in the meantime you can see some more of his amazing shots via his Facebook page, Instagram or his website.

 

HOME COOKED HEROES – Bringing Ibiza’s famous hospitality to everyone at home.

Home Cooked Heroes

The concept of #homecookedheroes came to mind during our ongoing period of ‘lockdown’ here on the island.

One thing we all enjoy is food. We love restaurants, cooking, looking at images of food or simply just talking about it.

Food is what brings people together, especially here in Ibiza.

We’re all missing the social aspect of meeting our friends in the local restaurants and bars, and so the idea was born to publish selected recipes from the islands best chefs, mixologists, nutritionists and other industry professionals.

#HOMECOOKEDHEROES features a series of recipes that you can recreate from home.

Recipes to remind us of dining (and drinking) next to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, or under the Balearic nights sky at your favourite eatery. To remind us of the good time’s that we’ve had here over the years, and the good ones to come.

All of the recipes have been provided by professionals and will include ingredients that can be easily sourced, are reasonably priced and not too complicated to recreate from home.

We do have some special dishes and cocktails listed too which may take you a little longer to prepare, but that’s all part of the fun of cooking at home, pushing yourself to create amazing meals that the whole family can enjoy.

You’re guaranteed to learn from the best in the business, direct from your own kitchen and with more recipes added each week, you’re sure to keep your taste buds tingling with all that we have to offer.

If you’re a professional who would like to contribute your recipe to #HOMECOOKEDHEROES then please contact us here.

If you’ve used one of the recipes provided and want to show off the finished result,  please tag us on social media using the hashtag #HOMECOOKEDHEROES and we’ll share them on our socials.

Thank you.

 

A Q&A with Jennifer Bexley – Yoga & Fitness

Jennifer Bexley – aka Jennuine Fitness

 

Meet Jen, a Fitness and Yoga instructor based in Ibiza.

 

Here is her Q & A!

 

Q:  Hi Jen, what made you choose a career in fitness and yoga?  Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

A:  I was an active teenager and was always into fitness, particularly swimming and running.  After leaving school, I started to train like crazy as I wanted to join the Army.  I ended up injuring myself so I decided to sign up in college to do an NVQ in Administration instead, and my workplace training was in a Sports Centre which I loved!  I was told that if I got my Lifeguard certificate, they’d offer me a job (which I did) and then I promptly took a Swimming Teacher course! The injury was a blessing really. Continue reading “A Q&A with Jennifer Bexley – Yoga & Fitness”

Winter Sunday Roast Dinner Venues – Ibiza

Casa Maca Roast Dinner - Alexandra Rose Creative

We Brits love a good traditional Sunday roast and thankfully, there are various venues to get your hunger fix at the end of a long winter week on the island.

We’ve created a list of our favourite restaurants that serve meat, and meat-free roast dinners with all the trimmings, so you’ll be spoilt for choice on a Sunday afternoon.

We’ve gone for a bit of a mix here, from cheap and cheerful to slightly pushing out the boat.  There’s something for everyone to get their teeth into from the list below! Continue reading “Winter Sunday Roast Dinner Venues – Ibiza”

Sol House – Ibiza

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If you’re an Insta fan and follow all things ‘Ibiza’ related then you’ll have probably heard of Sol House already.

 

Renovated in 2016, the fresh and modern venue is part of the Meliá Group,  boasts two swimming pools and some of the best views over San Antonio.

Located in Cala de Bou (The Bay Of San An), the airy rooms and suites offer chilled-out breaks for adults in search of fun, sun and good music.

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Relaxing rooms

Their famous Rooftop Nine pool bar provides the backdrop to some of the islands most idyllic sunsets, along with DJ’s playing day and night throughout the summer months.

As you enter their reception area you’re greeted by a large white Rhino sculpture amongst various other artists contributions, which really make the hotel stand out from others in the area. It’s fun, light and very, very welcoming.

The hotel is situated along the beach-front where you’ll find a range of fun water sports, boats to other parts of the island and the water taxi which takes you over to San Antonio in around 5 minutes.

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Located on the beach

The rooftop pool is perfect for catching those Balearic rays over a few cocktails! The somewhat iconic infinity pool has been the staple of many Instagrammers photo posts over the last two years too. With a Cocktail in hand, the perfect bikini and the views towards the mountains,  it’s hard not to bag yourself a new profile picture to make everyone at home green with envy.

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Infinity pool

If you’re into your fitness then Sol House also has a gym to keep your well earned holiday-bod up to date.

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Hotel gym

If you’re skipping the workouts and going straight for holiday mode then you’ll be spoilt for choice in one of their three spacious dining areas. You can enjoy lunch around the ground floor pool area with friends at ‘Play Bar’, Taco’s and Tequila at their ‘Canalla’ bar in the lobby or their ‘Food Factory’ buffet restaurant. They also have BBQ’s days on the rooftop! Make sure you stay tuned to their social media for updates in the summer regarding the BBQ days.

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Mexican Restaurant ‘Canalla’

Tuck in and enjoy!

Sol House has absolutely everything you’re looking for from a fun-filled holiday to The White Isle,  and 2019 is set to be even better!

 

To book your summer 2019 holiday click here.

Instagram – @solhouseibiza

Twitter – @SolHouseIbiza

Facebook – @SolHouseIbi

Five Of The Best Halloween Parties – Ibiza 2018

 

Just because the season has ended for the year that doesn’t mean the party is over.

The island will be taking a slightly more sinister turn however on Wednesday,  as the Ghosts and Ghouls of the White Isle will be summoned to enjoy an evening of food and dance under the Balearic stars, and everyone’s invited!

 

We’ve picked our top 5 events, now it’s just down to you to decide which one you’ll be creeping up on first…

 

 

Pikes

The Brothers Grim present ‘VOODOO RAVE’ at the legendary Pikes Hotel on Wednesday 31st October, and it’s going to be a good one!

The duo will be spinning some Spooktacular sounds along with a pretty impressive line-up to keep you entertained right through until 4am.

Expect Cocktails, Carnage and a right old Carry On as the locals and  Autumn tourists come together to toast All Hallows Eve, Ibiza style!

For tickets (15€) visit https://pikesibiza.com/blog/halloween-at-pikes/

Pikes Ibiza, Camí Sa Vorera, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain, 07820

Ticket enquiries: reservations@pikesibiza.com

Tel +34 971 342 222

Instagram – @pikesibiza

Facebook – @pikeshotel

Atzaro

This beautiful Boutique Hotel in St Euliala is the perfect setting for what will be one of the best Halloween parties on the island.

Mischief take over for their ‘Misbehave from The Grave’ event and will also be serving deliciously devilish food to die for!

Clive Henry will be playing b2b with Alex Arnout amongst others to take you into the night!

 

Make sure you’re dressed to impress in your most terrifying outfit!

15€ entry (pay on the door or from reception) includes one free drink and free entry into their best dressed competition (fancy dress of course) –  The prize? A luxurious Atzaro Spa Day for two,  plus lunch!

Atzaro Agroturismo, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840

Ibizaagroturismo@atzaro.com

Tel: +34 971 338 838

Instagram – @atzaro_hotel

Facebook –  @AgroturismoATZAROibiza

 

Pacha

Bambuddha‘s famous Halloween dinner party will be hosted at Pacha this year where you can enjoy their extraordinary set menu from 9pm.

From 1am Pacha will then transform into a hellraising celebration for grown ups who are young at heart,  as San Proper + more take over the decks for a night to remember!

Avenida 8 de Agosto, 07800 Eivissa

Table reservations: +34 971 310 959
Vip Table Bookings: +34 971 313 600

Instagram – @pachaofficial

Facebook – @Pacha

 

Underground 

With free entry until 1am (when signing up via their Facebook page) the San Antonio club will be raising the dead from 11pm til 6am and it’s set to be an eerily exciting night!

Costumes are a must for this event so make sure you choose the best outfit and scare to impress!

Entry 20€ if you pay on the door.

Diseminado Cas Arabins, 96, Sant Antoni de Portmany

Tel: +34 971 19 80 15

Instagram – @ibiza_underground

Facebook – @IbizaUndergroundclub

 

Hostal Salinas

The after party of all after parties will of course be held at Salinas again this year.

Halloween 18 presents ‘Freak Show, A Balearic Horror Story’ and anyone who really knows Ibiza out of season knows about this event.

Entry is 20€ and includes one drink. To be added to the strictly guestlisted event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1158896124265600/

Some of the islands best known resident DJ’s will be ensuring the music is everything you’d expect and more from this notoriously amazing event.

Crta Sa Canal de Ses Salines km5, 07817, Eivissa

Tel: +34 971 308 899

Facebook – @BoutiqueHostalSalinas

 

 

 

So there you have it, a hauntingly wonderful mix of where to head this Halloween!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Las Mimosas – A Taste of The Real Ibiza

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Las Mimosas is a hotel that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find in The Bay of San Antonio. Tucked away up a quiet dust track, the luxurious-yet-understated boutique suites provide a relaxing break surrounded by nature.

The hotel only opened in June this year and offers a stunning Ibicencan styled living space consisting of 17 suite rooms, all with their own bathroom. The junior suite includes a comfortable sofa bed, for larger families or groups. Continue reading “Las Mimosas – A Taste of The Real Ibiza”

Wi-Ki-Woo – How about you?

Wi-Ki-Woo San Antonio Ibiza

The Wi-Ki-Woo Hotel opened this summer and has quickly attracted a lot of positive attention, mostly from celebrities, fashion designers, brands, bloggers and influencers who want to capture their clothing, models, and themselves looking good, with a background to die for.

We visited back in June to check it out and thought we would give the new addition to the island a chance to ‘settle’ in before we posted about it! Continue reading “Wi-Ki-Woo – How about you?”

San Antonio – A sad decline or ‘out with the old and in with the new’?

A bustling West End Ibiza of years gone by

San Antonio was once known for its fun-loving, young tourist crowd and 24 hour excitement. With a buzzing atmosphere cheap drinks, it was the place for youngsters to get away from the norm and enjoy a cheap break in the sun.

This year has seen some of the biggest changes to the Island from ascendant authority figures which have caused a sharp decline in tourism and a colossal debate between business owners, workers and residents on social media. Continue reading “San Antonio – A sad decline or ‘out with the old and in with the new’?”