My early mornings on Ibiza centred around the balcony of Kate's apartment or on one of the sun loungers near the private swimming pool. For hours, I sat there with my books and laptop, filling in e-mail interviews for the promotion of my latest release A GOOD MAN and sprouting ideas for new stories. Is there a better way to start the day?
Once the mornings turned into noon, I exchanged the balcony or swimming pool for a local cafe in the harbour with a view on the old town and the luxury yachts of Ibiza's jet set regulars.
The best places to write and hang-out at night were definitely in and around the old town, Eivissa, where the buzzing nightlife of bars and restaurants sits together in a mix of magnificent 16th century walls and local handicraft shops.
I was lucky enough to visit Eivissa during the Medieval, a local food and music festival that adorns the old town with Roman and Arabian inspired stalls and decorations.
Ibiza wasn't all about writing though. Some of the afternoons were reserved for excursions... and food! Kate showed us some of the sought-after places of the locals...
Some were obvious, such as Benirràs, a beach in Northern Ibiza where the hippies spend their days making music. Part of the movie Hook with Julia Roberts was filmed at Benirràs.
... or the colourful hippie market in Santa Eulària des Riu (in case you're wondering... Ibiza is full of hippies).
Others were not so obvious, such as a well-hidden cave in the cliffs near Cala D'Hort that was visibly inhabited by hippies (here they are again).
Kate also took us to a cute restaurant - Es Boldado in Cala D'Hort - hidden from the view of passing tourists and known for serving the best paella on Ibiza.