The Best Way to See Mallorca Is by Yacht — so I Tested the Top Charters

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Spain's Balearic Islands are known for their celebrity hotspots, with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Sir Richard Branson, and Brad Pitt retreating to the archipelago. Here's how to join in the fun — for a variety of budgets.

<p>Courtesy of Benita Blue</p>

Courtesy of Benita Blue

We arrive at Port Adriano, on the southwest coast of the Spanish island of Mallorca, with impeccable timing. This craft is being prepped for charter and we’re getting a behind the scenes look. Captain Nigel Seabright greets us, while freshly picked organic fruit and seafood are ushered onboard. It's clear here that guests will want for nothing; having every detail planned is all part of the bespoke service.

Below deck, preparations for the maximum 11 guests are in full swing. Cabins are designed to be reconfigured for the perfect layout for each group. Benita Blue is built to accommodate families or large groups, with relaxation at the heart of every voyage. Built in 2005, Benita has always been a crowd pleaser. She has earned 1.7 million followers on social media and recently set sail with Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas aboard. The sleek 110-foot motor yacht is packed with comfort, style, and plenty of water toys for an entertaining experience around the Balearics.

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<p>Courtesy of Benita Blue</p>

Courtesy of Benita Blue

With a deck Jacuzzi, water skis, kayaks, F5 Seabobs, and a world-class tender to take guests to and from land, fun times are a certainty. With an immaculate superyacht design and stunning interior space, it's easy to see how Benita Blue has earned herself bona fide celebrity status.

Benita Blue is available for charter from Yacht Charter Fleet or the Luxury Charter Group in Mallorca. Rates begin at $75,500 per week during high season, plus expenses.

An excellent option for smaller groups of six or seven, the Sunseeker 65-foot Sport Yacht is perfect for family get-togethers and celebrations, such as bachelor/bachelorette parties. We experienced the Sunseeker in just a day and had a taste of what she is known for: speed and agility. This 40-ton machine cuts water seamlessly and enjoys speeds of up to 38 knots. Think fast, sleek, and high adrenaline. With direct sea access, we whizzed around Portals Vells to Three Finger Bay, a secluded cove perfect for anchoring down and taking a dip.

<p>Courtesy of Sunseeker</p>

Courtesy of Sunseeker

Sunseeker's 65 Sport Yacht comes with three double cabins, bar, fridge, BBQ, and free-standing seating, and the cockpit, flybridge, and salon can be adapted to create an ideal social area. The best part? With an ultra-modern stabilization system, you won’t spill a drop of Champagne.

This yacht is available for charter from Sunseeker Charters in Mallorca. Rates begin at $44,000 per week plus expenses. Day rates (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) are also available. Add-ons such as food and a deckhand can be arranged.

If you're looking for quality time with friends and loved ones at a fraction of the cost, the world is your oyster with the Axopar 37 Brabus Line Edition 2023, a style-conscious, yet discreet model. The Brabus is luxury broken down to its simplest form. She is compact, yet super fast with a fun 50 knots at her disposal and adventure in her heart. In a day's rental you can explore the coves of Mallorca with up to a maximum of 12 people.

There's no holding back on versatility either — spend the day lounging under the rays or dining al fresco by utilizing the space to fit your needs. The functionality of the extended roof and the cabin offer ample shade, allowing guests to retreat in comfort. Whether it’s mellow Mediterranean moments you're after or an opportunity to ramp up entertainment in a large sociable seating area, this yacht has you covered.

<p>Courtesy of Axopar</p>

Courtesy of Axopar

Axopar 37 Brabus is available to charter for a day from Mallorca Boat Hire. Rates begin at $1,382 for eight hours. Additional captain fee is $269, waived if you come with your own licensed skipper to take the helm.

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