Smart Charter Ibiza itinerary – The Formentera frontier
The dreamy tropical paradise of Formentera is the number one destination for Smart Charter Ibiza’s luxury yachts and speedboats. In the height of summer, almost 90% of clients swap the hectic hedonism of Ibiza for more tranquil terrain. Located 26km south of Ibiza town, the only way to experience Formentera’s stunning natural beauty, crystal clear waters and untouched beaches is to travel by boat. Ibicenco born Smart Charter Ibiza head captain Alvaro shares his idyllic itinerary for an indulgent day exploring.
Midday: All aboard
Step aboard your luxury yacht or boat for the day at Ibiza’s main marina and be greeted by your Smart Charter Ibiza captain and team with a glass of cava – or orange juice if you’re still on breakfast time. The team will have everything ready for your arrival, so all you need to do is put on some sunscreen, lay back on a deluxe daybed and set sail across the turquoise waters.
1.30pm – Nature & nurture
On route to IIletes beach, the first and most popular stop, you will enter the Formentera and Salinas nature reserve which includes coastal lagoons, and the well-known salt flats, which still produce Ibiza’s salt hauls today. Take in the stunning natural beauty, and hear the tales of days gone by when pirates roamed these waters!
The hottest of hotspots, with white sand as far as the eye can see, Illetes is the place to see (and be seen on your luxury vessel!). Drop anchor in the azure waters, pose with the glitterati then join the fish in the tropical waters. The clear Formentera waters have visibility of up to 40 metres so grab a snorkel to explore – it may not be a fashion accessory but you’ll reap the rewards.
Feeling peckish? Ask your captain to call one of the infamous chiringuitos on shore, and get ready for a jetty service to whisk you to your table. “Juan y Andrea is the most popular destination, although they’re all of a similar calibre,” says Alvaro. He insists you make sure you try Builit de Peix – once the staple of Formentera fishermen, it’s a speciality stew made with local fish (Rotja), rice and potatoes.
4.30pm – Watersports & exploring
Next stop, the stunning horseshoe bay of Cala Saona, situated on the west coast of Formentera. Sheltered from the easterly winds, with a backdrop of sheer cliffs and deep red rocks, this cove is the epitome of chilled out bliss. Step off the boat and into the completely still shallow water, warmed by the Mediterranean sun and let all your worries melt away.
The still water is the perfect place for watersports – think jetskis, seabobs and waterskis – and gliding over the smooth water at top speed as you throw some tricks. For those feeling even more adventurous, the Cala Saona caves are hidden around the corner and a skilled Smart Charter captain will neatly tuck the luxury vessel inside. Step off, walk in and jump into the secluded pool below. A word of warning – the only exit is a James Bond style escape diving through the underwater tunnel below.
6pm – Seaview spa
After all the high octane activity, it’s time to relax and unwind with a natural spa experience on Es Palmador, a tiny island connected to Formentera by a small underwater sandbank. “The waters around Espalmador are home to Posidonia, the protected seaweed which keeps the waters so crystal clear,” says Alvaro, of this beautiful space within a nature reserve. “It’s important that all of the captains understand the importance of this and drive with care, it’s what makes this island so beautiful and special – and keeps us in business!”
Not only will your Smart Charter captain gently guide you through, they’ll also take you to the natural mud baths, filled with clay and mineral salts. Smother yourself in deep red mud – think nature inspired spa experience, not Apocalypse Now – and enjoy the sea view. When it’s time to leave, take a rejuvenating dip in the sea (and a quick shower on board) before sailing home with the wind in your hair as the sun sets over the sea. A truly stunning vision as you cruise back to Ibiza and the port area.