New global cruising spots for yachts have historically been pretty hard to come by: in fact, the only obvious recent example is Montenegro, which, with its historic coastlines and changing legislation, began to catch the yachting community’s eye around six or seven years ago.
"New global cruising spots for yachts have historically been pretty hard to come by..."
Today, however, the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are making a serious play to become the New Kid on the Water. This is thanks in no small part to sweeping changes in Spanish law: the newly introduced Cruising Licence for EU flagged yachts has allowed for a number of stunning vessels to head to this untapped area of the Mediterranean for the very first time.
With summer temperatures arriving as early as May and lasting right through to early October, the Balearics offer a more reliable, longer season than many other areas in the Mediterranean. Naturally, July and August remain the most popular months of year, thanks to a seasonal culture that offers both relaxation and fun by the boatload.
From Mallorca, with its sophisticated west coast and architectural splendour (not to mention its nine Michelin-starred restaurants), to Ibiza’s famed nightlife, relaxing mountain bars and white beaches, the Balearics are a yachtsman’s paradise.
A friendly tip, however: only 10 per cent of superyachts have the required cruising licence for this remarkable corner of the word, so demand always outstrips supply. Book early to avoid severe disappointment. Here are the vessels that should be on your radar:
For the luxury chaser: Excellence V
Ideal for the modern man on the water, this luxury yacht squeezes 75 metres of amenities into a 60-metre length: a remarkable feat of modern engineering.
It also boasts a master suite with 180-degree panoramic views of whichever tropical vista you anchor in.
For speed: Silver Wind
One of the fastest yachts on the water, the Silver Wind will happily cruise at 26 knots, carrying you and your 10 nearest and dearest to the best spots in the Balearics in an eye-blink. It’s perfect for the fairweather sportsman, too: equipped with all the wake boards, knee boards and snorkelling equipment you could need.
For space on board: Go
A recent refit of this stunning yacht gave it an extra four metres in deck space to match its ample and luxurious interiors. Go also comes equipped with a raft of toys including a jetsurf, seabobs, subwings and waterskis.
For partying: Sunrise
This yacht is designed for those who love to throw a party on the waves. It also comes equipped with fast launch jet skis: perfect for a last-minute getaway.
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