As we dine on squid washed down with cava sangria at the Casa Pacha Formentera beach club, I learn the surrounding seas teem with a lush seagrass unique to the Med, which helps give the waters their colour.
Carlos Bernus of the local tourist board told me: “Madonna was on her yacht and stopped in one of the areas known for these special seagrass meadows. They are the reason our seas are so bright and blue. Anchoring there harms them, so we quickly moved her on.”
With just a few hours to explore, we dipped our toes in the sparkling shallows of Es Pujols’ white sands, admiring the boats bobbing in the distance.
Our day trip to Formentera was quite the antidote to Ibiza, now back on the Government’s amber list after a few weeks designated green.
That means you will have to be double-jabbed to avoid quarantine on your return to the UK. But Ibiza’s party palaces are just the place to celebrate after the drab lockdowns.
If you are ready to splash out, the Grand Palladium Palace Resort & Spa in Playa d’en Bossa is the perfect base from which to explore.
The 5H all-inclusive, low-rise resort has four freshwater pools lined with palms and plenty of loungers for sunbathing.
Double rooms have a whirlpool bath and balcony overlooking the lush gardens or pool. Or treat yourself to a deluxe Jacuzzi room with a large terrace and tub for two.
With the party scene just gearing up again, a meal or two at some of the top restaurants will ease you back into the hedonism.
The hotel’s Portofino restaurant was a great starting point, its buffet of fresh food overlooking the beach with spectacular sunset views.
A short stroll along the beach is the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza and its restaurant Tatel, an Instagram foodie’s dream.
The art deco-themed dining room, with forest-green walls and mirrored ceilings, serves high-end Spanish fare including lobster paella and truffle tortilla. Live music and DJ sets make for a buzzing atmosphere.
Refuelling next morning at the quirky gem Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel will test those with sore heads after a night on the town.
One of seven venues at the hotel, The Unexpected Breakfast is a riot of colour with a circus theme taken to the max.