“I first came to Formentera when I was 10 years old. We were on a family holiday and I remember taking a boat across from Ibiza to this tiny, tranquil island surrounded by the bluest ocean I’d ever seen. It felt like landing in paradise. One of my greatest friends, Judith, now has a house on the island so we escape back here whenever we can.
Formentera is tiny, about 12 miles from tip to tip, and although it’s just off the coast of Ibiza you feel as if you’re a thousand miles from anywhere. That’s what I love about the island – it’s one of the only places I can truly disconnect from the rest of the world.
But for a small place, it packs in a lot of style and has its own compelling vibe. Even after a brief weekend I come away completely restored and inspired about what’s coming next in my life.
Sunrise and style guides
I’m an early riser, even in paradise, so mornings usually involve a sunrise yoga session on the ocean-view terrace at Judith’s house. She has a really beautiful home with lots of light and space and floor-to-ceiling windows so the sun can pour inside. It’s decorated in Axel Vervoordt style – so it perfectly reflects Judith’s own taste and personality – with cosy sofas to collapse onto with a good book. I’m completely at home the moment I walk through the door.
Formentera is all about effortless style – for both fashion and pace of life. When I’m here I like wearing natural colours that tone in with the landscape: white, nude and brown, mixed with my signature black. I’ll dive into the sea given any opportunity so I wear a bikini pretty much all the time, and just throw a loose dress or skirt over it. I like to accessorise but I keep it simple – a big statement straw hat, a pair of designer leather sandals and – whatever the time of year – a pair of large-frame, cat-eye sunglasses. Evenings get cooler in the autumn so I’ll layer up with a merino-wool sweater. If I go for a hit of colour, it’s green or blue.
Beach bars and lazy lunches
One place I always make time for is Beso Beach Club at Ses Salines. It’s part of a World Heritage Site, so you can imagine how beautiful it is – especially at sunset. Rustic tables are set out in the sand under a palm awning, and groups of friends drop in for bowls of the most incredible paella and local delicacies. Whatever the local fishermen pull out of the sea that morning ends up on your plate. The whole place has a very relaxed lounge vibe with chill-out music as a backdrop. After what’s usually a very long, lazy lunch, they push aside the tables so people can dance right there in the sand.
Another great place for music and dancing is Blue Bar. It’s how I imagine Formentera was in the ’60s when it was reputed to be a hangout for legendary musicians – you can almost see Jimi Hendrix jamming here.
For a totally different side to Formentera, we’ll go to El Gioviale – a cute Italian restaurant serving the best pasta on the island. It’s where the locals go, which proves it’s good, and it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours chatting and watching the world go by. It has a very laidback atmosphere, so in the cooler months I might team a bright-coloured, tie-waist, polka-dot wrap skirt with a midnight-blue sweater and suede ankle boots – for style and comfort.
From the laidback to the luxurious
Formentera’s relaxed, natural style is what draws me back here time and again, but if you’re after a hit of luxury I recommend Cala Saona. It’s a hotel and spa right on the beach and the perfect place to relax, with amazing pools, treatments and restaurants. It’s a great place to dress up a little so I might wear a long beige dress with an open back, or a cream, lace-panelled satin midi skirt with an ivory, cashmere cardigan. I tend to wear flat sandals on the island, but for an evening out they’ll be a designer brand, with a flash of colour for a bit of glamour. I keep jewellery simple, maybe just a necklace or a single gold bracelet.
I also try to get to Espalmador Beach at least once on every trip. It’s a tiny private island just north of Formentera and has the most pristine white beaches I’ve ever seen – it’s like being in the Caribbean. I’m a big fan of beaches in general – from relaxing on them to running along them or, my latest passion, horse riding across them at sunrise. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing one of life’s great experiences.
As Judith and I come to the island often, it’s a great opportunity for us to catch up with other friends. One of our favourite things is an afternoon spent messing about on jet skis and wakeboards. Back ashore, we might pass through the town of Sant Francesc Xavier on our way home and cool off with pistachio and Cremino ice cream from a great little candy-coloured store called La Mukkeria. Then we’ll stop at the local market, pick up fresh vegetables, meat and fish and cook on the terrace; eating and talking for hours under a sky lit with thousands of stars.”
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Looks 1 and 2: Zimmermann lace-panelled satin midi skirt, Victoria Beckham navy jumper
Accessories below Look 2: Sensi Studio straw hat, Balenciaga cat-eye sunglasses
Looks 3 and 4: Ganni ruffled polka-dot georgette midi wrap skirt, Victoria Beckham navy jumper
Look 4: Jimmy Choo suede ankle boots