Ask youngsters what their favourite Balearic island is and they will all raise their hands in the air for Ibiza. No other Med destination combines the same club-cove-music-mocktail mix. A migration of bell-bottomed beatniks in the 1960s and nightclub-loving hedonists in the 1980s created an upmarket hippy-chic vibe best witnessed in today’s chiringuito bars. It’s a land where snorkelling is followed by sashimi and Sasha on the decks; where the Hard Rock offers teenage techno day-discos. In short, Ibiza rocks.
In 2017, Sovren Marina gifted Ibiza additional superyacht allure. Sixteen berths from 60 to 185 metres are available at the foot of the UNESCO-listed old town, which toddlers will compare to a Disney castle as teenagers upload the scene to Instagram. “In the past few years, luxury yacht visits to Ibiza have boomed as Spanish registration bureaucracy has eased,” says Sovren’s CEO Stephen White. “For yachts new to these waters, we are happy to share intelligence about where to sail to, including the most select anchorages.” White, a superyacht captain himself for 17 years, rates Cala Xarraca. “The bay is only 90 metres long but it’s one of the most beautiful – and isolated. One family-friendly feature is the bay’s natural mud bath, which is said to have healing properties,” he adds. For snorkelling, White recommends the submarine peaks of Es Vedrà rock. “For lazy afternoons, hit former restaurant-of-the-year Amante, perched on the sea cliffs at Cala Sol d’en Serra,” concludes White. On land Ibiza has a plethora of laid-back family offerings. These include the wonderland eco-farm at Can Muson, plus the island’s first smoke-free beach at Santa Eulàlia. Still too hectic? Sail 20 minutes to the silver sands of Playa de Ses Illetes on Formentera, Ibiza’s little sister island. They don’t call it the Bahamas of the Mediterranean for nothing.