An island paradise, so close to Barcelona
The beautiful Balearic Islands have so much to offer they sometimes surprise even people who have visited before. Just a little south-east from Barcelona, the group of several islands is dominated by the four biggest: Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Whichever you wish to visit, they are a short hop away from Barcelona by private jet, or perhaps a Balearic Islands cruise. We can show you the perfect places for your tastes on any or all of the islands, taking yacht trips between destinations. Whether you’re looking for nightclubs, beach bars (chiringuitos), or some of the most beautiful waters in Spain, each island has a distinct character that can often be different to what you might expect. Whatever is on your wish list we will be delighted to design the perfect Balearic experience for you.
Very soon after arrival, you’ll be reclining on the deck of a private yacht surrounded by crystal blue water and basking in golden sunshine, with a refreshing drink in your hand as you sail the Mediterranean on your way the most beautiful coves of the islands. You will, of course, be going by way of the best restaurants on offer for exclusive fine dining. Our Balearic experiences can be day trips or weekend trips, depending completely on how much of the islands you’d like to see.
The largest of the Balearics has something for everyone. If you have any negative notions about package holiday destinations on this island, we promise you can leave them at home, Mallorca is truly enchanting and we would be delighted to show you why. You can visit the island’s most stunning areas of natural beauty, ancient villages, Real Cartuja where George Sand and Chopin made a romantic hideaway in the 19th century, the Tramuntana Mountains and the citrus trees and Art Nouveau architecture of Sóller. Palma is home to the studio of Joan Miro which is now a wonderful museum, and some of the Michelin starred restaurants that the island has to offer, including Adrián Quetglas and Marc Fosh. A tour of some select wineries is a must for any fan of the grape, perhaps to Bodegues Ribas which is the oldest estate on the island, or the equally essential Macia Batle, just south of Consell. Photo by Sergii Gulenok.
Like Mallorca, Ibiza can transcend any existing perception that anyone might have about it being just a party island. For sure, it has awesome nightlife, in or out of the big clubs, but you will also find amazing remote restaurants on the lesser travelled northern coast that have been serving delicious food for decades, charming and tiny hillside hamlets, a captivating old town boasting the 16th century Ibiza Castle and spectacular panoramic views over the city, fabulous chiringuitos in the southern bays, a thriving yoga culture… the list is endless. Then there are the eating spots. Just around the corner from the port in Ibiza Town is the Cotton Beach Club where you can enjoy Asian fusion with international fine wines and cocktails before relaxing into the evening, or for a truly exceptional dining experience, there’s Es Tragón, led by Alvaro Sanz, where you can choose from 3 tasting menus. And of course, just say the word and exclusive access at Pachá, Usuhaia, Amnesia or the club of your choice will be our pleasure to organise.
Menorca is an unspoilt haven, the picture-perfect beaches are arguably the best of the Balearics. You will discover tranquil turquoise coves like Cala Turqueta, where the crystal clear water is surrounded by thick forest, and Cala Pregonda where the sand is an unusual golden red. A visit to the remains of the ancient Talaiotic settlements is a must among the archaeological attractions of the island if you would like to soak up some history. And restaurants? Aside from the unmissable Caldereta de Langosta (read more) at Es Cranc, there’s Queso Mahón, the famous cheese from the island made with hand-pressed unpasteurised milk, Bodegas Binifadet is a destination for the finest regional wines and then there’s Pan y Vino, a French restaurant with some hints of Catalan in an atmospheric and centuries-old whitewashed farmhouse. Adult only holidays are perfect for the laidback feel of Menorca but we can also design some highlights for the kids if you’re bringing the whole family. Photo by Johannes Plenio.
Finally, Formentera is the smallest of the Balearics. The natural world is at its finest here and places like Migjorn, with its perfect snorkelling waters and never-ending stretches of white sand, illustrate this perfectly. Perhaps the chicest selection of the islands, Formentera is perfect for lounging by turquoise waters with a drink from one of the coolest bars on offer, including Es Molí de Sal with its stunning sunset views. A total escape from civilisation is on offer on Espalmador, a private islet with no bars or restaurants if that should be of interest, or there’s the tiny fishing village of Es Caló where a rustic but delicious meal awaits any visitor. At Restaurante Juan y Andrea you can find some of the island’s tastiest seafood paella and fideua, or at Aigua you’ll enjoy views of La Savina marina and some fabulous sushi.
If you’d like us to design a proposal for your luxury trip to the Balearics, just leave us a few details and we will get started.
Top photo of a boat at Cala Sant Vicenç by Unleashed Agency.