An interview with Jennuine Fitness – Ibiza

Jennifer Bexley – aka Jennuine Fitness

 

Meet Jen, a Fitness and Yoga instructor based on The White Isle of 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.

Q:  What made you decide on moving to, and pursuing a career on the island?

A:  I moved to Ibiza in 2009 to try my dab hand at DJ’ing.   I had been living and DJ’ing in Australia for 5 years and I came to attempt to pave my way into the club scene. However, due to too many late nights and inconsistency with work, I found my way back to the fitness industry.

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Q:  What makes you stand out from other fitness and yoga instructors out there?

A:  I believe that my training is different.  I motivate and encourage people to really try their best in the sessions.  I pay close attention to posture and alignment, and also the way that the exercises are executed.  On top of that,  I absolutely love training and helping people to make a positive change. I am passionate about what I do, and others can see that.  It always makes me glow when I am talking about, or teaching fitness.

 

Q:  What’s been your biggest career achievement to date?

A:  I am still working on that one 😉 Watch this space….

Jen offers both group bookings, and personal training sessions with dedicated programmes

Q:  If you had to choose, what would be your favourite venue to teach from and why?

A:  I would love to do a massive fitness class at Ushuaia Beach Hotel.  Initially I  wanted to do a massive jump rope class but to be honest, any kind of fitness session would be awesome!  I’d have a DJ playing banging music to get everyone energised and there would be motivational images on the LED screens too. We’d just get out there and have it!

Ushuaia, Jen’s ultimate training venue

 

Q:  What’s your plans work-wise over the winter?

A:  A lot! I currently have personal training clients,  and I’m also running my fitness and Yoga classes both in San Antonio and at Fred’s Finca in Salinas. https://fredsfincaibiza.com/

I am continually working on my website jennuinefitness.com by creating new and exciting blog posts for people to enjoy.  It’s a new blog, so I have my work cut out developing all the content right now.  On the side, I am working with a new online training app so that I can help more people.  It’s quite exciting as I create the workouts and sign clients up to a specific program.  I can track the client’s progress through photos,  measurements,  group chats and Skype calls, plus I can even see when the client signs in for their workout, should they choose to let me see that is!

And if that’s not enough, I’m also busy working on a new brand called Fitness & Yoga Ibiza with a very good friend of mine https://www.thehighs.life/ where we will be delivering holiday makers and workers all their fitness and wellness needs in one.

https://fitnessandyogaibiza.com/

keeping up the pace

Q: What can we expect to see from you next summer work-wise?

A: I can promise you that you will see me providing fitness and Yoga sessions with complete dedication and absolute passion to to all those willing to take part.

 

Q:  Sell your fitness programme in only 5 words

A:  Jennuine, Sustainable, Motivating, Strong, Confident

 

If you’d like to book a training session with Jen then the contact details are below!

 

Jennifer Bexley
Personal Trainer / Yoga Instructor / Nutrition Specialist
M: ‪+34 698 495 259‬
E:  jenn@jennuinefitness.com
W: www.jennuinefitness.com

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Instagram: @jennuinefitness

Twitter: @jennuinefitnss

Facebook: @jennuinefitness

Winter Sunday Roast Dinner Venues – Ibiza

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!

1. Casa Maca

The stunning Mambo Group’s rustic hotel is located in the hills of Can Palau, (just outside of Ibiza Town) and it serves gorgeous home cooked Sunday lunches from 12.30pm.  Included is a ‘Spicy’ Bloody Mary, plus a succulent choice of meat and veg options.  If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, the magnificent views towards Ibiza’s Old Town are available from the comfort of your own seat.  Perfect winter dining, surrounded by nature.

Casa Maca – Can Palau De Dalt, s/n, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands

T: +34 971 80 68 64

www.casamaca.com/en/

2. BN3 Restaurant

The famous 90’s pre-party bar located in Cala de Bou has recently rebranded the eatery next door, and we gladly welcome…BN3 Restaurant!  Locally renowned expat ‘Chef Ned’ is the brains behind the menu, and his Sunday lunches are by far one of the best we’ve ever had.  He won’t tell us his secret ingredient for his outstanding gravy, but it tops this well-loved masterpiece off perfectly and has diners returning week after week.  Expect GIANT Yorkshire puddings, lamb shanks that simply fall off the bone and that gravy, oh that gravy!  The desserts are pretty amazing too! Available from 12pm every Sunday with one, two or three courses available.

BN3 Restaurant – Carrer des Caló, 47, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Illes Balears

T: +44 7711908290

www.facebook.com/bn3ibiza

3. The Ship Inn

The Ship needs little introduction.  The well-loved pub come restaurant at the top of the West End in San Antonio has long been a favourite with workers and residents alike for many, many years.  Their food and of course, impeccable banter is what keeps the residents returning during the winter time.  Their roasts really are something to rave about too.  Everything tastes so fresh, and the portions are most definitely not shy!  What’s more, unlike other venues, you get a free bottle of wine per every couple ordering a 2 course meal.  How’s that for generous?  Bottoms up!

The Ship Inn – Plaça de s’Era d’en Manyà, 3, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears

T: 971 34 21 30

www.facebook.com/ship.inn.ibiza

4. Factory Bar & Smokehouse

Situated in the Montecristo estate near to Amnesia in San Rafael, Factory Smokehouse has been a firm fixture on the islands culinary circuit since 2017.  From 1pm-6pm every Sunday you can marvel in the gastronomic whirlwind that is every carnivores dream, Factory Bar and Smokehouse.  Whilst it’s a favourite with meat-eaters, the venue also caters for vegans and vegetarians, making it appealing to all types of palate.  Whilst their roasts are at the higher end of the price list, they don’t disappoint with their generous portions and wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

Factory Bar & Smokehouse –  Caller Llauradors Num 1. Nave 2 Poligono Montecristo ibiza

T: +34 971 32 56 23

www.facebook.com/factorybarandsmokehouse

5. Flaherty’s Irish Pub

If you’re into those places that gives you a ‘home-away’ feel, then Flaherty’s is the one for you.  Located right along the harbour front in San Antonio, the popular (and very spacious) restaurant and bar welcomes all to enjoy their comfort-food friendly lunches every Sunday.  The whole family can indulge in food and drink without it breaking the bank which makes it all the more popular for larger groups with little ones in tow.

Flaherty’s Ibiza – Avinguda del Doctor Fleming, 3, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balers

T: 971 80 37 97

www.pflaherty.com/ibiza

6. The Social

Another San An favourite (we’re biased to our ‘home turf’) is the Social!  The chilled out, no frills venue offers a relaxed vibe for your lunchtimes, and their roasts are an exceptionally good price too.  Whilst some other restaurants tend to be slightly more expensive for the Sunday dinners, The Social keeps in tone with its ‘worker friendly’ prices, and for just 12€ you can enjoy yours along with a free drink!  You can’t really get fairer than that now can you?

The Social – Carrer de l’Estrella, 11, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears

T: 971 34 06 08

www.facebook.com/TheSocialIbiza

7. The Queen Vic

St Eulalia is one of the few places that stays open year round on Ibiza.  With a large British expat community, the east coast of the island is home to family run pub, The Queen Vic.  From 1pm-6pm every Sunday you can enjoy a simple traditional Roast from as little as 11.50€ for their Lamb option.  Each meal is served with three different veg, roast and mash potatoes, stuffing and gravy.  There’s also vegetarian options available plus a range of desserts, in case you’ve got room for afters.  The Queen Vic is a fantastic ‘local’ type pub that gives you a warm welcome as soon as you walk through the door and is excellent value for money.

Carrer de Sant Joan, 27, 07849 Santa Eularia des Riu, les Balears

T: 34971319780

https://www.facebook.com/thequeenvicibiza

8. Project Social

Another one for you in St Eulalia, (located just a short stroll from the port), is the popular quirky bar and eatery owned by siblings James and Kate Parfitt and colleague Rodrigo da Silva.  With their hospitality experience previously based in London, they know how to keep a Brit happy on a Sunday and this comes in form of a seriously good looking Roast Dinner!  Packed with attitude and of course, fresh ingredients, Project Socials offering definitely deserves a round of applause for their exceptional efforts!

Carrer de Sant Llorenç, 22, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears

T: 871 11 08 93

www.facebook.com/ProjectSocialIbiza

9. Can Mimosa

Located in the stunning village of Santa Gertrudis, the 200 year-old Finca (now  restaurant) offers locally sourced, high quality ingredients,  and quite possibly one of the best Sunday Roasts on the island for a very reasonable price.  With Vegan and Vegetarian options, they ensure that everyone is satisfied with their menu choice. With beautiful outdoor (and indoor seating) you can waste the afternoon away with friends and family over a bottle of vino, in true Mediterranean style (minus the British dinner of course).
Carrer Venda de sa Picassa, 4, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears

T: +34 971 19 70 37

www.facebook.com/canmimosaibiza

 

9. FortyFives

Whilst the vast majority of businesses in Playa den Bossa close during the winter months, there is one that has powered on through since 2015, come rain or shine, and that is the mighty FortyFives.  If it’s lunch with a view you’re after then this is the place to be.  FortyFives dishes up five star roasts each week from their seafront location, and it’s the perfect spot to visit with the family on a sunny winter afternoon.  Fantastic Sunday dining, available from 12pm.

Avinguda Pere Matutes Noguera,

T: 07800 971 30 70 62

https://www.facebook.com/FORTY-FIVES-Playa-Den-Bossa-793687640686168/

 

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 Hotel 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.

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Great music and outstanding views

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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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

 

The party is still alive and kicking here on Ibiza!

It will be taking a slightly more sinister turn however on Wednesday 31st October,  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

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

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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

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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

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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

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So there you have it, you’re spolit for choice now!

 

 

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 stunning, with a background to die for. Guests are loving it too!

I visited back in June to check it out and thought I would give the new addition to the island a chance to ‘settle’ in before I 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’?”

The Paradiso Art Hotel – Ibiza

 

The Paradiso is the 5th, and newest instalment of the Concept Hotel Group based here in Ibiza,  having opened on June 6th this year!

‘Instagrammable’ hotels are now ‘a thing’ and the Paradiso is most definitely that! With a candyfloss pink exterior and a bright and welcoming, friendly reception area, the hotel feels like a hit from the minute you step inside and the perfect location for all those cool holiday selfies.

With two spacious swimming pools either side of the bar area and their own café (Andy’s), you’ll have everything you need in one vicinity, perfect for a lazy day around the pool.

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Offering 60 relaxing rooms, two large pools and spacious outside dining and bar areas, The Paradiso feels like the perfect getaway for the creative and youthful (by age or at heart).

The adult only hotel located in the Bay of San Antonio is only 10 minutes by water taxi to San Antonio itself where you can enjoy the bustling town full of restaurants, shops, bars and the famous sunset strip!

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The quirky venue also boats a glass walled bedroom named ‘The Zero Suite Project’ where you can actually spend the night for free, if you don’t mind everyone watching you that is! You also have to call for availability in advance.  https://paradisoibiza.com/zero-suite-project/

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Many events are held at The Paradiso including outdoor cinema nights and 80’s parties. Perfect for those looking for an alternative side to Ibiza’s nightlife.

 

Whether you’re recovering from the night before or preparing for the day ahead, their restaurant offers a wide selection of fresh breakfasts which will kick start your morning right!

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The Paradiso’s rooms are modern, fresh and very inviting with each one being named after a famous artist. It really is the perfect place to unwind whilst you’re on the island.

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To check available dates please visit https://paradisoibiza.com/bookings/

5 ways to cure your Ibiza hangover productively

The two words ‘Party’ and ‘Ibiza’ blend blissfully together, kind of like like Strawberries and Cream.

Hangovers however go together like Chalk and Cheese. And nobody likes that.

At home we sit in bed the next day (or 3 if you’re over a certain age like myself) and think about our life choices and how we really shouldn’t have had that 7th Tequila shot, or danced on the table. But what do you do when you’re on holiday? Continue reading “5 ways to cure your Ibiza hangover productively”