James - Marketing Manager
Q: Where are you going on holiday this year?
A: My family and I are going to Mallorca this August, specifically Port d’Andratx, originally a small traditional fishing harbour. Now it thrives a great nautical scene with a plethora of popular bars and restaurants, overlooking its enclosed bay and yachting marina. Considered one of the loveliest harbours in the Mediterranean, situated on south-west corner of Mallorca, the island offers a beautiful mix of sand beaches, Superyacht filled harbours and excellent restaurants. We stay in a friend’s apartment, overlooking the port, it is the ideal location to slow down for a week.
Q: Why is Mallorca so special?
A: Mallorca is such a special island full of culture, but it benefits from a variety of beautiful views and beaches, the party life surrounds the towns of Magaluf and Palma. Although we stay away from the party goers, there are some relaxed port side bars a stones throw away from the apartment in Andratx. The locals of Mallorca all have an excellent English tongue, making it perfect for people not so confident with a second language.
Q: Can you mix work and pleasure?
A: Palma is a thriving location for Superyachts and makes up one of the main European hubs of permanent moorings. Although the marina has a very large capacity for the sailing yachts on the smaller side; the capacity for large superyachts is around 200. Having been recently refurbished in 2017, to be a more eco-friendly and nicer marina, Palma is a great base for superyachting of all kinds. For me, having more of a marketing role at Saxon Insurance Brokers, Mallorca is a great location to shoot photos and videos of superyachts.
Q: Do you have any restaurant recommendations for anyone cruising in the area?
A: In the Port of Andratx, there are a fantastic array of restaurants. There are row of restaurants, right at the edge of the water, providing a fantastic dining experience, whilst watching the sun disappear behind the hills on the other side of the port. For breakfast and lunch, ‘Cappucino’ is a great start; a leading group of premium restaurants and cafés located in the most prestigious locations across the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, and in the cities of Madrid, Valencia, Marbella, Jeddah and Beirut.
Next to ‘Cappuccino’ are two other great restaurants; ‘CanPep’, a fantastic Mediterranean cuisine and ‘Central’, serving great cocktails, cakes and burgers.
Q: Where are the best places to ‘drop anchor’?
A: Any bay in Mallorca is generally fantastic, however there are a few spots worth spending some time in. For a more lively location, Illetas is just a short cruise from Palma and Portals ports. Many yachts migrate here for the three beautiful sheltered bays with pristine turquoise waters, fabulous restaurants and the famous beach club ‘Purobeach’.