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Planning your yacht charter is always an exciting time but, whether it’s your first time chartering a boat or this is a regular thing for you, the first thing you need to decide is where you want to go. There are so many amazing destinations in Europe, let alone the world, so it’s always a difficult decision to make.
With Mallorca being firmly placed on the map for being one of the best yachting destinations on the planet between the months of April and October, we thought we would share some of the reasons why you should charter a boat on this magical island this year.
Mallorca has the third largest airport in Spain and a long list of airlines that fly to and from the island throughout the year. Add competitive flight prices to the mix and getting to this remarkable destination from anywhere in Europe is easy as pie.
The island boasts dreamy turquoise waters, palm trees and warm white sandy beaches. Yes, that’s right, you don’t have to travel all the way to the Caribbean to get this because Mallorca has it all, and much more in fact. The 554km of coastline encompasses beaches, rugged cliff edges, little coves and caves all waiting to be explored. It really is paradise on earth and there is no better way to discover these treasures than by boat.
A variety of yacht charters suiting an array of budgets including sailing yachts, catamarans, motor yachts and smaller speedboats are available in Mallorca. There are two basic kinds of yacht charter available. Firstly, bareboat charters are offered by some companies for those who have a qualified skipper in the group, someone who can legitimately drive or sail the boat and instruct others to act as crew. They will need to produce an ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which is the equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper qualification. The second type of yacht charter is called a crewed charter, this is when none of your party has the relevant boat license or the boat is only available skippered and sometimes crewed.
Our top picks
The luxury motor yacht
Command the attention of everyone within your vicinity with this 37-metre Sunseeker motor yacht, the Barracuda Red Sea. Across this tri-deck spectacle, you will receive the ultimate luxury charter experience thanks to its sleek, modern design and ample indoor and outdoor space. Its crowning glory is its sky deck which features a bar, comfortable seating, sun-loungers and a Jacuzzi. Everything you could possibly need to soak up the rays of the Mediterranean sun in style. With six air-conditioned cabins you can host large groups of up to 12 people on this yacht and, with 8 crew, it’s perfect for a week’s charter because you can kick back and relax in comfort whilst enjoying all the best Mallorca has to offer.
The retro sailing yacht
For a retro sailing experience, perhaps the Ketch Rozamar 17m sailing yacht might tempt you! Based in the popular Port de Pollença, this vintage Dutch sailing yacht oozes character. There are different options available, from a half-day or full day, all the way through to a weeklong charter. On board Rozamar, you will feel like you have been transported back in time and on an epic adventure. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are also available for exploring local coves and caves, a great addition to this wholesome experience.
The family sailing yacht
The Hanse 495 14.85m sailing yacht is the ideal size for couples or small families seeking a more intimate sailing experience. Bookings can be made for weekly charters from Port de Soller and, whilst suitable for lovers of sporty sailing, it is easy to handle and features all the home comforts you might need out on the water including a kitchen with an oven, stove and fridge. The interior is stylishly decorated and encompasses 3 cabins, with the master cabin at the front being the largest. There’s a beautiful teak deck, home to a wonderful little cockpit ideal for al fresco dining under the glowing sunlight. Mallorca offers an idyllic setting for family jaunts, there’s nothing quite like watching that amazing sunset whilst cruising out on the water!
The flying-high experience
If flybridges are your thing, then why not spend a day or a week on the much loved ISABA, an Astondoa 72GLX 22m motor yacht with plenty of space to entertain your guests. This 2002 motor yacht is perfect for those who want to explore different parts of the island whilst soaking up the sun out on deck. There’s a large flybridge with bar and lounge area with seating and a table, whilst the main deck has more seating, a galley and an outdoor entertaining space... plenty of space for a little boat party! Inside there are 4 cabins but the boat can accommodate up to 10 guests plus an extra space in the bow for cabin crew. It’s worth mentioning this yacht comes with a brand new AB superlight all aluminium RIB tender with 40HP 4-stroke outboard engine, perfect for water skiing, towing inflatables or trips to the beaches and caves.
If you want to go sailing but want plenty of space at the same time, then we would highly recommend the brand new Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 13.9m sailing catamaran. With 3 levels of living space, it offers a huge area to entertain or relax whilst not compromising on sailing performance. The top deck is the perfect situation for the sun worshippers to gather, as it boasts quite a selection of sunbeds. The catamaran sleeps up to 11 people across five cabins, all with bathrooms, and a single berth in the starboard forward hull. This single berth would be used by the skipper if one is required.
Where to go
Once you decide on your boat the fun doesn’t stop there. Whether you are doing a day charter or a week-long one, it's a good idea to create a rough plan of your adventure so you can make the most of the trip. Mallorca boasts endless beautiful destinations where it is easy to anchor, and each spot has its own unique attractions. Popular beach destinations include Es Trenc, Portals Vells, Illetas, and Formentor, whilst the usual ports and towns to moor or anchor for evening escapades are Port d’Andratx, Port de Soller, Port Adriano, Puerto Portals, Port de Pollenca, Cala d’Or and Palma.
Where to eat
The island has plenty of beach clubs and restaurants that are yacht-friendly, with many resorts even offering taxi services from your boat to the coastline. There is something available for everyone, from exclusive beach clubs like Nikki Beach to first class restaurants such as Ca's Patro March, which overlooks the rocky side of Cala Deià in Mallorca's Serra de Tramuntana mountains.
Venturing further away
Being based in Mallorca, you have easy access to other areas in the Mediterranean, including the neighbouring hotspots of Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca. If you are chartering a yacht for a week or more, these islands have their own unique charm and are well worth a trip. However, we wouldn’t recommend travelling all the way there for a day yacht charter, quite simply because Mallorca has more than enough to offer with more than 200 beaches and other attractions around its coastline.
These are only a few of our yacht charter top picks but Mallorca offers a wide range of choice for all budgets. From one-day adventures to week-long luxury experiences, you're spoilt for choice! If you'd rather embark on shorter sea adventures, take a look at our boat trips.