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An insider’s guide to Ibiza yacht charters: the beaches and beats of the Balearics

By Katia Damborsky   4 June 2019

Scattered off the east coast of Spain, Ibiza and the surrounding islands which make up the Balearics are the sparkling gems of the West Mediterranean. With such ample cruising grounds, an Ibiza yacht charter is the summer getaway that keeps on giving.

Comprising Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca, the Balearic islands are a magnet for crewed charter yachts. Whether you want to zip between the islands on a speedy motor yacht, or you’d rather idle in emerald bays on board a luxury tri-deck superyacht, the Ibiza yacht charter fleet is vast, and there is something to suit the taste of every charter guest.

Pulled in by the upscale eateries, incredible clubs and miles of sandy shore, the SuperyachtSet will transform the Ibizan cruising grounds into the hottest destination in the Mediterranean this summer. Don’t get left behind- discover our insider’s guide to creating the most enviable and exclusive superyacht charter in Ibiza.

The happening hotspots of Ibiza

The White Island is replete with buzzing beach clubs and dazzling entertainment venues which promise the ultimate see-and-be-seen setting.

Among Ibiza’s most in-demand beach spots is Cotton, a whitewashed haven overlooking Carla Tarida beach on the southwest portion of the island. Offset by glittering azure sea and the soundtrack of DJs spinning the decks, Cotton offers beachfront lounging coupled with culinary delights inspired by the fresh flavours of Asia.

For evening dining meets mind-blowing entertainment, yacht-goers should look no further than Lio. Diners can expect live performances from dance troupes and big-name music acts while they feast, before Lio is transformed into the beating heart of the Balearics with an unrivalled club scene that welcomes party people until the early hours of the morning.

No Ibiza yacht vacation would be complete without a taste of signature Nikki Beach spirit. Charterers can enjoy a VIP entrance to this polished alfresco enclave on the western part of Ibiza, and take advantage of its smooth beats, cool blue pool and luxury lifestyle boutique proffering designer clothes and art.

The hip younger sister of Nikki Beach is Experimental Beach, which attracts a relaxed crowd with its flavour-forward drinks list and Instagram-worthy sunset vistas. Situated on La Salinas beach where the sea laps the salt flats, charter guests should head to Experimental for impromptu beach parties, Mediterranean dining and conversations over cocktails.

Hidden treasures of the Balearics

Even seasoned visitors of the Balearics will find something to surprise them every time. One such spot is Beachouse, where yacht-goers can take advantage of true, laid-back island life in Balinese-style surrounds.

While it sits on Playa d'en Bossa, one of Ibiza’s busiest beaches, it manages to maintain its rustic roots, with morning yoga classes, a ‘Little Beachouse’ programme for those chartering with children, and a healthy menu from morning till late.

Rustic hideaway meets sophistication at beach club-cum-restaurant Amante, a venue tucked into a cove on Ibiza’s Sol d'en Serra beach. Set against the backdrop of craggy terracotta cliffs, visitors can unwind in a beachfront bliss while sampling delicious meals during the day, followed by sunset cocktails and open-air movie nights illuminated by candlelight.

Over on Formentera, Beso Beach is an insider’s secret that you’ll want to know about. Once a small wooden shack ensconced by pine trees, Beso has earnt a well-deserved reputation for its epic DJ sets and all-natural menu. Arrive in style with a dedicated superyacht service, and enjoy the zingiest of mojitos overlooking a bright white beach.

A dining scene with a difference

Ibiza’s dining is dominated by world-renowned eateries; and many of them fuse dining and clubbing to create a venue that allows visitors to arrive for a meal and party until late. One such venue is Lio, as mentioned above, with its fabulous food and equally vibrant social programme.

Similar in style is HEART, which offers an immersive Vegas-style theatre experience for its diners. Burlesque performances set the tone, with dancers posing on martini glasses and extravagant cabaret shows pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable dining and dancing setting.

Known for being one of the most sought-after and expensive restaurant in the world, Sublimotion is an experience unto itself. Cutting-edge technology provides a dining table surrounded by HD screens which feature a number of different backgrounds.

Designed to complement a menu of mouth-watering dishes with colour, sound, shapes and light Sublimotion stimulates all five senses through gastronomy and technology, making it a must-stop on any Ibiza yacht charter itinerary.

Ibiza: the King of clubs

Ibiza’s reputation as a clubbing mecca is well and truly cemented, and with good reason.

While all of the Balearic beach clubs have a regular deck-spinning DJ providing a summery score, Blue Marlin is a go-to party hotspot around the clock. Striking the balance between barefoot bohemia and throbbing clubland, Blue Marlin is a reasonably new addition to Ibiza’s roster of clubs, but is quickly set to be a favourite- particularly among charterers, with its crescent-shaped bay acting as the perfect anchorage point.

International EDM hotspot Ushuaia is another one of Ibiza’s most impressive lures. A venue of legendary proportions, Ushuaia regularly hosts chart-topping DJs who take to the decks with electrifying music nights accompanied by show-stopping spectacles of smoke and light.

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

The shores of the Ibiza and sister island Formentera are home to beautiful beaches, with Ses Illetes voted among the best in Europe. This icing-sugar soft sandbar looks out over shallow, pellucid sea, with mesmerising views when the sun goes down.

Nestled along this beach is Juan y Andrea, the restaurant of choice for crewed yachts arriving in Formentera. The dining area is set amidst a sandy seascape under the shade of ivory voile, with catch-fresh seafood and comforting Spanish flavours dominating the menu.

The relaxing retreats of the Balearics

Find your peace on the White Island. Occupying a slice of beach in the uber-central Ibiza bay, Nobu offers its famous brand of luxury hospitality to those arriving by yacht. Unwind in a sun lounger on the beach or stretch out by the pool, and while away the day soaking up the Mediterranean sun.

A Six Senses spa on the premises is on hand to melt away any residual stress or tensions. An array of lofty gazebos line the waterfront, where visitors can indulge in full-body massages and pampering beauty treatments, ensuring you return to your yacht relaxed, refreshed and ready for another night of partying.

Over in Mallorca, Purobeach offers a chic beach club alternative perched on a rocky outcrop of peninsula near Palma. Breathtaking views over the Balearic sea are the order of the day, alongside ice-cold cocktails and a refined menu of light bites and appetising specials. A sleek rectangle of pool is the focal point of the venue, offering the ideal place to kick back and enjoy some down time.

Meanwhile in Ibiza, the secluded, horseshoe-shaped bay of Cala Xarrca is easily reached by yacht. Backed by white sand and pine forests, the inlet is home to crystal-clear water, making the perfect spot for snorkelling and getting up close to a subaquatic world. Next to the beach, naturally-occurring mud baths can be found, which are said to soothe and rejuvenate tired skin with a mineral-rich formula.

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