Some days are so ridiculously epic that you just know, even as they are still unfolding, they’ll be going straight to the top of your list of unforgettable moments and happy memories. This was one of them.
Last month I was invited on a press trip to Ibiza by Charlie Chester, founder of online travel guide and concierge service Essential Ibiza, to experience the ultimate White Isle itinerary as curated by Charlie and his team of insiders.
Starting the week in style, on our first day we set over to Formentera, an incredibly beautiful isle neighbouring Ibiza. Only an hour’s drive (depending how fast your boat is, he he) from the harbour in Ibiza Old Town, the Balearic destination is famous for its crystal waters and pristine white beaches.
As well as a public ferry service, there are several boat hire companies offering to take visitors to Formentera, but for our trip Charlie chose the utterly fabulous Smart Charter Ibiza crew. Founded by Charlie Veale, who has lived on the island for 15 years, the company is run by young and dynamic professionals who are passionate about boating, water sports and sailing.
With 15 vessels to match any party size, budget and occasion, it is the largest boat charter business in Ibiza. Our group laughed in disbelief when we realised we were going to be treated to a day on their 24-metres Sunseeker yacht ‘Just Smile’, a sleek black boat with four cabins, ensuite bathrooms, two sun decks and a ‘garage’ to store water toys including a jet ski, Seabob and paddle board. Totally casual.
Earlier in the day, my fellow press trippers had been laughing at me when I wondered if the boat might have WiFi, throwing the hashtag ‘#firstworldproblems’ at me. But guess what? It DID!!!
With Bose speakers pumping out our favourite Balearic Deep House tunes – Jamie XX’s Loud Places was on heavy rotation – and the Smart Charter team making sure platters of fresh fruit, crisp glasses of wine and chilled beers were consistently topped up, we left Ibiza Town harbour in exceedingly high spirits.
With the crew members all long-time Ibiza residents keen to share their local knowledge, our first stop was a beautiful spot overlooking the coast of Formentera – the perfect place to jump off the boat and try out all the gadgets.
We spent a good hour or two messing around in the turquoise waters before hunger pangs reminded us it was time to eat.
Essential Ibiza’s Charlie and the Smart Charter Ibiza team highly recommended Formentera seaside restaurant Beso Beach, so we jumped into the eatery’s water taxi and sped to shore. To keep us entertained during the short journey, our captain casually started to show off his yoga moves while safely navigating the dinghy around the other yachts mooring just outside Beso Beach.
Tucked away behind the dunes, the eatery has a low-key beach hut vibe perfect for a chilled island lunch, while the natural decor adds to the carefree summer atmosphere. And with a special mojito cocktail bar and an onsite fashion boutique tempting patrons to indulge, it’s all too easy to while the hours away.
Within minutes of sitting down, I was thanking the heavens my ‘no sugar’ challenge had ended when a giant carafe of strawberry flavoured mojito was brought to our table, followed shortly by a magnum of rose wine.
Soon, we worked our way through a selection of starters that included Iberico ham and fresh seafood before tucking into a juicy steak platter and traditional Spanish paella, although there are lighter options like salads and fish on the menu, of course.
Too soon, it was time to leave beautiful Formentera but we couldn’t resist a last dip in the sea.
Back on the boat, with the sun on my face and wind in my hair it was difficult not to burst with happiness. It might sound a little morbid, but after a quick ‘stock take’ of my life so far, I concluded to my friends that ‘if I died right now, I wouldn’t even mind.’
If only you could bottle that feeling!
New Look hat
River Island bikini
Essential Ibiza is the go-to online resource for anyone wanting further information about the White Island. They provide concierge services, up to the minute Ibiza news and activities and can arrange everything from VIP tables and transport to private catering as well as all disco and club tickets.