13 July 2011

WISH YOU WERE HERE: Our Winner's Ibiza Travel Diary!

Remember when we gave party-loving, aspiring writers the chance to win an all expenses paid week’s holiday to Ibiza as well as the opportunity to write a review of their trip for the magazine? Well, Claire Gratzke was our winner who was flown with three friends to the White Isle, put up in a 5* hotel, and given free entry to all the top Ibiza clubs. Amazing right?! Here she tells us what she got up to...


‘Sitting next to Calvin Harris on my flight back to London, only hours after seeing him DJ in front of Ibiza’s most serious clubbers in Amnesia, I think back on my week on the party island… When we arrived, River Island’s pop-up store in Savannah’s bar had just opened – all the British girls working in Ibiza were thrilled! Later we headed to Pacha where Pete Tong was playing.

We stayed in the beautiful Kanya Apartments right next to the beach. The balcony was perfect for topping up my tan and all my River Island bikinis and swimsuits were not only gorgeous but practical too, with removable straps to avoid those telltale tan lines. The next evening we enjoyed the most amazing sunset at Café Mambo before being whisked off to Hed Kandi at Es Paradis. I got a body art tattoo down my arm – white with gold glitter to match my River Island white hotpants and yellow-gold top! We had a whole day on the luxury beds by the beach at the effortlessly stylish Ushuaia Beach Hotel, then popped across the road to Space to see Felix da Housecat doing his thing.

A day at the idyllic hillside Atzaro Spa, followed by a chilled evening of dinner and cocktails at Aura, was just what we needed after all that partying! We had our last amazing meal at Villa Mercedes, where we overlooked the San Antonio Marina. I felt like an A-lister in a beautiful River Island tassel skirt, after a makeover by celebrity make-up artist Louise Maxwell. That night we hit Ibiza Rocks Hotel to see Fat Boy Slim perform an incredible set. And so on our last night we headed to Amnesia to see Mr Harris… He might say he can’t wait for the weekend to begin, I just wish mine wasn’t over…’

For a holiday wardrobe as fabulous as Claire’s, go to www.riverisland.com.

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