Ibiza boats: Best boats for groups
When you’re looking for the perfect venue to host a special event in Ibiza – whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement or any other type of celebration – sometimes it helps to think outside the box. Chartering a boat for a special occasion is a guaranteed way to create memories that will last a lifetime and ticks all the right boxes when it comes to style, settings and sensational views.
Once you’ve drawn up your guest list, the next step is finding the perfect vessel to suit your style. Small groups (generally around eight to ten people) are ideal for a single boat charter, then once you hit double figures it’s time to talk tandem. Maritime laws are strict when it comes to on-board capacities but once you’ve experienced the fun of cruising side by side with your crew, then moored up for an afternoon of boat-hopping, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invite more people in the first place. For very large groups (up to 100), floating venues come in the form of luxurious sailboats – the Mediterranean dream.
One of the trickiest things about planning a boat charter with a group is ensuring everyone wakes up on time, turns up at the right Marina and doesn’t get left behind while pondering the selection of Spanish crisps in the nearby supermarket! To keep it simple, arrange the whole trip door-to-door (or door-to-boat as the case may be) in classic James Bond style. Ask your concierge to arrange a fleet of sleek people carriers to pick you up from your villa and transfer you to the Marina en masse with no delays, while the excitement levels for the day ahead are reaching a crescendo.
If you’re really looking to make a splash, sleek contemporary cruisers like the Vanquish yachts are guaranteed to turn heads as they cruise in and out of Botafoch. With plenty of sunbathing space on deck for the whole group, plus enough shade for those times when you need a respite from the heat, it’s easy to spend an entire day on-board these beauties. With Ibiza’s famous ‘Mojito Man’ on call to zip up and make you fresh cocktails all day long, plus the option to call in a fresh and healthy gourmet picnic spread, there’s no need to head to shore if you really want to maximise your hours at sea.
Of course, for some people, a day in Formentera wouldn’t be complete without jumping on the Zodiac and whizzing in to one of the glamorous frontline restaurants to continue the celebration over lunch. Nothing beats the theatricality of the traditional sea bass baked in salt being delivered to your table and expertly sliced for the group as you sip on sangria de cava, and in addition to the usual suspects on white sands of Illetes, cruising through the pretty coves at Es Pujols to Chezz Gerdi gives your group another unique perspective on Ibiza’s chilled sister isle.
As chilled as Formentera may be, if it’s thrills you’re seeking there’s also plenty of time for high-speed excitement on the high seas. Most boat charters come equipped with snorkels and stand-up paddle boards, but the adventure lovers in your group will love the option to upgrade your charter to include a water sports package. The addition of multiple Seabobs means your friends can race each other underwater or around the boats, while flyboarding and Jetskis are the ultimate in grown-up toys.
For some groups, chartering a boat is more about easing into the evening’s celebrations and for these types of events, a half-day sunset cruise leaving from the beautiful Marina in San Antonio is the ideal way to get the good vibes flowing. Pull up to ultimate front row seat for the sunset as you sip Champagne – whether you’re soaking up the music from the famous bars or have tucked into a more tranquil cove near Cala Conta, saluting the sunset is the perfect way to get your party started. Once you’ve returned to dry land and shaken off those sea legs, you’ve got that ‘just stepped off a boat’ windswept glow and the night is young… the possibilities are endless.