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The white island of wellness: Why Ibiza is the yacht new charter destination for a wellbeing retreat

By Katia Damborsky   23 July 2019

Discover all the places you have to visit on an Ibiza superyacht charter that will leave you feeling destressed and revitalised. 

Ibiza's reputation as a hedonistic getaway primed for partying is well deserved. But over the past few years, the so-called White Island has evolved to appeal to a new type of yacht-goer. 

Away from the vibrant nightlife scene, Ibiza has a softer side that's started to pull in visitors in need of some rest, relaxation and rebalancing.

If you are looking for a dose of wellness on your next superyacht charter vacation, be sure to read on to discover the best places to visit in Ibiza this summer. 

The healing power of Es Vedra

Rocky island of Es Vedra in Ibiza
Woman enjoys yoga session with Es Vedra in distance
Ibizan unihabited island of Es Vedra

Steeped in myth, legend and spiritual connections, Es Vedra is an uninhabited limestone islet jutting out of the ocean on the south coast of Ibiza.

Said to be the third most magnetic place on earth after the North Pole and Bermuda Triangle, Es Vedra is considered to be a healing place, and people travel from across the globe to meditate on the cliffs overlooking the rocky island outpost.

Those on a Balearic yacht charter will find Es Vedra is easily accessed by sea. As you approach, expect to feel an eery sense of complete peace and tranquility wash over you, and let Es Vedra pull you in and work its mystic magic.

Reset and revitalise with yoga classes

Yacht-goers in Ibiza will find no shortage of places to enjoy a yoga session, no matter what your experience level. 

In fact, two of Ibiza’s most popular beach clubs offer morning classes to rebalance the mind and prepare you for your day.

The classes at Amante are led by an experienced yogi, and pre-booking is essential. The sessions are held on a sun-baked strip of beach framed by craggy cliffs; a spot that makes it easy to feel serene and mindful.

Over at Beachouse the sessions follow a more relaxed pace, and the venue takes a holistic approach to wellness. After a session overlooking the sparkling Balearic sea, guests are invited to stay for nourishing breakfast before beginning the day.

Healthy eating hotspots

Ibiza’s dining scene is vast and, recently the island has seen an influx of healthy eating venues which place heavy focus on fresh flavours and locally-sourced ingredients.

Try Passion Cafe for a light bite or a vegan feast, and be sure to wash it down with one of the pure cold-pressed concoctions from the cafe’s juicery.

For an unbeatable ambience, head for Aubergine. Expect to sample zingy dishes that borrow inspiration from classic Spanish and Middle Eastern flavours, and dine on a central terrace shrouded in the scent of pine trees.

Other island favourite include the uber-cool farmstead La Granja, with its innovative take on cooking and produce, and the Skinny Kitchen, a haven of millennial pink and equally millennial avocado-based dishes.

A sumptuous spa experience

To truly complete the wellness experience, head for a spa to unwind and detoxify. 

Tucked in the five-star Nobu Hotel resort, Ibiza Bay is a Six Senses spa with a Mediterranean edge. You can enjoy an array of treatments here, from beautifying facials to massages designed to leave you feeling totally at peace.

Over on the north side of the island, Hacienda Na Xamena hugs the hills overlooking the sea. This hotel is a sanctuary of peace and calm, with a luxurious energy and a number of treatments at the disposal of visitors. 

The spa, known as La Posidonia, has an enviable location overlooking the sea, with an unbeatable vantage point for soaking up the beauty of the surroundings.

Fitness, Wellness and Mindfulness Retreats

Ibiza has a great selection of luxury retreats that incorporate yoga, pilates, fitness regimes and nutritional programmes to create a holistic experience for visitors.

Among the favourites, Atzaro stands out for its well-equipped spa set amid heady orange groves and gardens. Alongside the pampering experience, you will have access to a myriad of wellness sessions, including meditation, Vinyassa Flow yoga and Hatha Yoga.

The Soulshine Retreat is another popular option if you're in the mood to spend a few days away from your yacht relaxing. The venue has a more spiritual approach, and promises an immersive experience that will better your mind, body and soul.

Blissful beaches

Aerial shot of Formentera

Unlike other Mediterranean yacht charter destinations, Ibiza is replete with white sand beaches which make the ideal spot to a day of basking in the sun and cleansing the mind.

Some of the best can be found on Formentera, a pint-sized chunk of land off the coast of Ibiza that can be easily accessed by yacht. Here, the famous ivory white of Ses Illetas Beach stretches of invitingly.

While you’re here, stop off at one of the trendy restaurants which litter the shore; Juan Y Andrea is wildly popular among the SuperyachtSet, while Beso Beach has a laid-back vibe that turns into a lively party scene as the sun goes down.

Back on the mainland, another idyllic beach spot is Cala Xarraca. Primed for a beach picnic or snorkelling session, the beach is a secluded sliver that doesn’t see many tourists. However, the naturally-occurring mudbaths that can be found on the beach make it easily worth the trip.

If you'd like to start planning your superyacht charter in Ibiza, you can take a look at our 7-day Ibiza Wellness Itinerary, which includes all of these hotspots.

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