Sitting on a yacht, drink in hand, amidst the shimmering Mediterranean: it’s an image that may be associated with the super-rich and famous, but on the sun-soaked island of Ibiza, a specialist boat company has been making glamour affordable.
Boats Ibiza has long been the boat company of choice for everyone from visiting A-listers to holidaymakers looking for an experience they’ll remember.
“We specialise in affordable luxury,” says Jane Charilaou of Boats Ibiza. “We’ve got around 30 boats on our books so a group of friends can hire a boat either for a sunset trip for half a day or for a full day, and it’s a real treat. Prices start from around 100 pounds per person on one of the smaller boats, and all drinks are included, so it’s a wonderful way to do something special.”
The natural beauty of the coast around Ibiza and neighbouring Formentera also make for spectacular scenery. “I originally came here on a holiday in 2003,” continues Charilaou, “and I fell in love with the raw natural beauty of the island both on the sea and on the land with its pristine beaches – many of which you can only reach by sea, and pine-covered mountains. It’s just jaw-droppingly beautiful.”
Celebrity clients have included Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of Pussycat Dolls) and Alesha Dixon as well as Dizzy Rascal, The Kooks and actors from Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. But the company’s ethos is to make everyone who takes one of their boat trips feel like a celebrity.
“We want people to feel special on their day,” explains Charilaou, “and our captains understand perfectly how to do that. They treat everyone really well and make them feel like rockstars. We’re very proud of the reviews we get and especially for being awarded TripAdvisor Awards of Excellence for six years running.”