Ibiza Yacht Charter Guide
Bohemian, luxurious and remarkably beautiful, the Spanish island of Ibiza is among the Mediterranean’s most glamorous hot spots.
With hot summer temperatures arriving as early as May and lasting right through to early October, the island of Ibiza offers a more reliable and longer season than many other areas in the Mediterranean. Ibiza attracts a well-heeled superyacht crowd to enjoy the sunshine and uber-chic hangouts.
Ibiza has magnetic qualities, some say literally. For years, artists of every form, style and culture have been drawn to the island and have made their home there. No other Mediterannean destination combines the same club-cove-music-mocktail mix. The island’s magnetism attracted a beatnik crowd in the 1960s and nightclub-loving hedonists in the 1980s and 90s, creating an up-market hippy-chic vibe. The result is an eclectic fusion the like of which exists nowhere else in Europe.
The sea around Ibiza is warm and clean and the land is so fertile that fresh local organic produce is used in the inspiringly diverse set of restaurants. Naturally, July and August remain the most popular months.
Ibiza is a popular spot for yoga retreats and health/wellbeing travellers, but the party vibe remains strong. For those looking for more boho glamour than trance music, try out Experimental Beach during the summer season – it combines a beach club, restaurant and nightspot and it has a laid-back vibe. Not far away, on Playa Es Cavallet, is the slicker El Chiringuito – a place to enjoy pure beach serenity with high-quality al fresco dining.
For those looking to get away from Ibiza’s typical scene the Heart Club, created by the Adrià brothers and Cirque Du Soleil, offers a fabulous up-market fusion of cabaret and fine dining. Lio, which has recently operated pop-ups in both London and Porto Cervo, is a very popular cabaret club with a view onto both Marina Ibiza and the beautiful castellated Dalt Vila (the old town).
Cala Xarraca is just one of the many anchorages in Ibiza, the bay is 295 feet long, one of the most beautiful and isolated on the island, and is the perfect setting for a romantic evening meal. One special feature is the natural mud bath, which is said to have healing properties.
There is something for everyone on the island of Ibiza and it’s a more family-friendly destination than you might expect. The island has a smoke-free beach at Santa Eulàlia and when it comes to water-based exploring, there’s fantastic snorkeling around the submarine peaks of the Es Vedrà rock.
If you want even more relaxation then sail 20 minutes to the silver sands of Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Ibiza’s little sister island. This tiny island may have a reputation for being relatively peaceful compared to its neighbour, but it has upped its game with many desirable beach restaurants. Take the tender or swim ashore to Beso Beach for a long, lazy lunch, or head to the chic 10 Punto 7 for sunset cocktails followed by a mix of Italian and Japanese cuisine. The shallow azure sea explains why Formentera is also nicknamed the Bahamas of the Mediterranean.
- For cabaret and gastronomy head to Heart Club in Ibiza Town
- Less boho, more chic? Tender to the Cotton Beach Club, Cala Tarida
- Take a dip in the northeastern tip’s Aguas Blancas
- Experimental Beach
- Dinner and DJ at La Granja, San Mateu, for farm-to-table dining at a stunning inland spot
- Visit the deli/restaurant of Bottega Il Buco and the lively cafes of Santa Gertrudis
- High-quality dining experience at El Chiringuito, Playa Es Cavallet
- Wildlife lovers can cruise close to Illa de S’Espartar, which hosts the Western Med’s largest European storm petrel colony as well as the endangered Eleonora’s falcon.
- Spend at least a day on Formentera and enjoy feet-in-the-sand dining and a great DJ at Beso Beach
- Scuba diving off the tiny island anchorage of Espalmador
While Ibiza may be known for its “club” scene, this Balearic gem has a lot more to offer. The beautiful beaches are home to chic beach clubs and plenty of fun dining establishments. Only 10 percent of superyachts have the required cruising license for this remarkable corner of the world, so do book early!