Blue & Beyond USA #8 - The Beauty of the Balearics

The beautiful Balearics have staged an astonishing metamorphosis in recent years, becoming a glittering summer playground of the superyacht set. With the Balearics’ perfect blend of blissful relaxation, hedonistic glamour and breath-taking scenery, it’s not hard to see what the excitement is all about.

By Jo Morgan • 17 August 2017
The Balearics offer a timeless, ethereally beautiful landscape of crystal clear coves and lemon orchards, rolling vineyards and quiet mountain peaks. On a Balearics yacht charter, sheer limestone cliffs fall away into a sapphire sea, and superyachts anchor in water so clear that the shadow of their hull is clearly visible on the sea bed far below. Beaches of blinding white sand are edged by red rock boulders and deep green forest, and cicadas buzz their sleepy summer symphony under the Mediterranean sun.

Yet amongst all the breath-taking scenery of the Balearics is a thrilling, cosmopolitan heart, as your yacht floats between Palma’s soaring cathedral and elegant Michelin-star restaurants, and glamorous island villages of boutiques and art galleries, bougainvillea glowing pink against whitewash and sparkling sea.

In the Balearics, yachts drop anchor off exclusive beach clubs with their chilled summer beats, where handsome waiters deliver cocktails to beautiful people lying on daybeds, white wispy curtains fluttering in a warm afternoon breeze. As the dramatic Spanish sunset fades into night, people flock to dance to the world’s top DJs, magnums of champagne showering like summer rain.
Ibiza may still be the undisputed party capital of Europe, but the crowd is increasingly exclusive, with a jet-set scene and cliff-top spa hotels with jaw-dropping Mediterranean views. The incredible club scene of Pacha, Ushuaia, Amnesia and Destino draw the crowds with an electric festival atmosphere, while Blue Marlin beach club still holds the crown as the ultimate A-list destination for the superyacht crowd. When you want a break from the sizzling party scene, Ibiza enchants with its deliriously pretty old town, medieval castles, and quiet hill villages. Horse ride on the beach, browse the hippy markets, water-ski off Tagomamo Island, and finish the day with a drink at one of the beach clubs of Playa d’en Bossa, watching the sun drop into the Mediterranean as the White Isle party heats up again.
Turquoise seas lap at sugar white sands in dreamy Formentera, a quiet paradise of astonishingly beautiful beaches and bohemian boutiques, glittering salt pans and giant cacti. Find your bliss on Platja de Ses Illetes, one of the loveliest beaches in all of Europe, with chic, laid back beach restaurants scattered along the grassy dunes. On charter in Formentera, bathe in the natural mud baths at the gloriously pretty S’Alga beach, ride a bike amongst the ancient ruins, and relax with a massage at the luxury Es Mares Hotel & Spa.
The island of Mallorca impresses with its variety. Palma’s immense gothic cathedral towers high above the palm-lined port, and the rabbit warren streets of the old town hide boutiques and jazz bars, and lively tapas bars throw their golden light out onto the cobblestones. In the island’s quiet interior, pine forests give way to ancient walled villages and rolling citrus groves, while the east coast is lined with magnificent cave networks and world-class golf courses. On the spectacularly rugged north coast, you will find sunlit terrace fields clinging to the mountainsides, and beautiful rocky bathing platforms perfect for cliff-jumping into the deep cool sea. Down in the island’s south, you will cruise between beautiful, laid-back beaches and the upscale ports of Puerto Andratx and Puerto Portals.
The pristine island of Menorca offers rolling hills, peaceful nature reserves, and over a hundred spectacular beaches to explore on your Balearics yacht charter. Menorca is a giant open-air museum, with around a thousand Bronze Age mounds littering the pretty landscape of cornfields and stone walls, and white Moorish villas set by the sea. Menorca is awash in light and colour- cerulean sea and rich red rock, powder white sands and brightly painted villages. Check out the simply extraordinary abandoned quarry at Ses Pedreres de s'Hostal, explore the wonderful towns of Ciutadella and Mahón, and take a table at a bar built into the cliff at Cova d’en Xoroi. Many of Menorca’s glorious beaches are completely deserted, and when evening falls across the Balearics, your yacht crew can set up a candlelit beach barbecue under the stars.

A private yacht charter is the ultimate way to explore the enchanting Balearics, as you float between the islands dropping anchor where you please.
A spectacular selection of yachts are available for charter in the Balearics this summer, including M/Y BLUE VISION, M/Y PLAY THE GAME and M/Y LA VIE.

The 44m M/Y BLUE VISION is a striking, dark-hulled beauty from Italian luxury yacht builder Benetti, with a stunning light-filled interior of pale sycamore, leather and marble, as well as sophisticated deck spaces including a superb sundeck with Jacuzzi. M/Y BLUE VISION accommodates 12 guests in five staterooms, including a palatial main deck master suite with beautiful panoramic views. Boasting a wide range of watertoys, BLUE VISION is an ideal Balearics charter yacht, is available from €130,000 per week.

The 28m Sunseeker M/Y PLAY THE GAME is one of the Balearics’ most popular charter yachts, encompassing plenty of special features including a drop-down balcony, a hydraulic swim platform, and a stylish flybridge for dining and sunbathing. PLAY THE GAME’s contemporary interior has four staterooms for eight guests, including a full-beam master and VIP, and the yacht’s 21 knot cruising speed maximises the beautiful places you can visit on your Spanish yacht charter. M/Y PLAY THE GAME is available for charter from €49,500 a week.