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The Serena Cook Column

Pacha Magazine

The Serena Cook Column

The Queen of Concierge

Serena Cook is Ibiza's go-to-girl for high-end concierge services. Her company Deliciously Sorted is referenced almost every week by media, and now she is Pacha's new monthly columnist alongside Rossetta Montenegro.

"ROLL on the end of the season! I'm counting down the days until the temperature is a bit cooler, the islanders are less frazzled and the masses have disappeared. Less traffic, emptier beaches and an all-pervading sense of sated satisfaction as Ibiza breathes a collective sigh of relief having survived another crazy summer.

What an uber August - everywhere I turned there was a famous face. Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier and Harvey Weinstein at Cipriani; Paul Anka at Lío; Stephen Dorff, Mark Ronson, Paris Hilton and Jade Jagger at Rave in the Kave; Puffy boogying it up at his own villa party in the north; and Peter Fonda spotted chilling at S'Illot. Plus there was Mischa Barton, Mario Testino and - my absolute highlight - Ricky and Bianca from East Enders dancing together at the Groucho party for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

The second annual event hosted by the famous London members' club was sold out, with a mainly English client base dancing around the beautiful swimming pool at Sa Talaia to Groove Armada, Neneh Cherry and Jackson Scott. Their 12-day sublet of Sa Talaia has been a welcome reprieve from all the busy over-booked August restaurants, with guest chefs cooking on different nights. There was Fergus Henderson's slow-cooked Formentera pig and Tom Parker Bowles' bastardisation of paella and my favourite London Italian, Polpo.

An oasis of sophisticated simplicity for me this month has been Babylon Beach, situated on the road to Es Canar. All bleached driftwood and soothing sandy hues, the restaurant serves delicious food, which you can sleep off on their lovely loungers while listening to the waves gently crashing on the shore.

Other August retreats for me have been the heavenly Can Curreu spa, for massages and pampering; weekend visits to Cala D'en Serra's crystal waters (where, blissfully, there's no phone reception); hopping on a boat to Formentera; and walking to my local, Can Suleyetas, for freshly grilled sardines and juicy lamb chops. 

Of course, September also means closing parties and finally having the time to go out dancing again. It is always such fun seeing the island's workers letting their hair down having completed another season. I'm dusting off my dancing shoes for Marco Carola, Avicii at Ushuaia and, always my favourite, Paradise at DC10."