Nothing beats insider knowledge on trips abroad, and for those heading to Ibiza this summer one of the best places to find it is an indispensable new app that works like a digital little black book of the island’s top style and wellbeing professionals.
Created by award-winning hair and make-up artist Louise Maxwell – renowned for her work with the likes of Charlotte Tilbury and Natalia Vodianova, as well as on commercial campaigns for Lara Bohinc, Martini and Jérôme Dreyfuss – Ibiza Darling (available free on iPhone and Android) provides access to her hand-picked selection of the island’s premier make-up artists, manicurists and masseuses, all of whom are available to travel to hotels, yachts or villas at the touch of a screen.
Maxwell has been based in Ibiza since 2005, and many of the names on the app are part of the collective of style professionals she set up in 2012 to accompany her on shoots and work with her exclusive clientele. The range of services is extensive, with standout beauty therapies including skin specialist Laura Boland’s natural lifting facial combining traditional Japanese massage techniques with facial reflexology (€85), and a luxury manicure (€60) by Jo Mackay, who has worked as a stylist for fashion labels such as Balmain, Christopher Kane and Vivienne Westwood. Those wanting to look chic for a special event can opt for hair styling, cuts or colour with Maxwell (from €100) or other stylists (from €75), as well as make-up services (from €65) and men’s grooming, including facials and haircuts (from €60).
Holistic treatments are also available, from craniosacral therapy to balance the nervous system (from €100), courtesy of natural therapist Emmanuelle Passes, to acupuncture (from €95) and mindfulness meditation sessions (from €95) by Ross Stephenson, a lecturer and clinical supervisor at London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine.
All services and appointment times are selected from Ibiza Darling’s easy-to-navigate listings, with an option to request customisations for any of the treatments, and payments are then made via the app (unusually for Ibiza, there are no additional costs for travel time), with guarantees in place in case of any problems. “Ibiza Darling is a natural progression of my work with the collective,” Maxwell says. “It gives people direct access to stylists and wellness therapists, removing the need to rely on concierges or trawl the internet. It puts clients in control.”