Last week Spain re-opened its borders to tourists from the EU/Schengen zone, as well as a select number of non-European countries, including the United Kingdom. Without quarantine or COVID-testing requirements, Spain is one of the most easily-accessible places for yachts and for private flights, with up to 50 arrivals at Palma’s private LEPA terminal daily! What’s more, Mother Nature has enjoyed the rest that lockdown has provided, with our beaches and calas in pristine condition, and Balearic waters looking even more crystalline than usual. What’s more, summer is here and no rain is expected for the whole of July! Restaurants and bars and beach clubs are open, with masks required to be worn only in confined spaces where distancing is impossible. Smaller clubs are open, offering table service. Just leave your dancing shoes on board, as dance floors are closed. Reports of long delays for arrivals into Greece, for example, are no issue here in Mallorca, with all ports and marinas operating normally. Guests and crew are free to disembark and enjoy the island as normal. How safe are the Balearics? The first tourists to arrive in Mallorca this summer, from Germany, in a pilot programme last month, scored hygiene measures here at […]
Spanish borders are once again OPEN to tourists and visitors arriving from within the EU and Schengen zone, without the need to quarantine! Private flights into Palma de Mallorca kicked back into life on Sunday, while yachts stationed here have started greeting their owners after a long, three-month separation. If your owners or guests are due to arrive from further afield, we should have more news later next week. In the meantime, we may be able to find you a workaround, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Spanish waters, and those beyond, have also been reopened for cruising. Yachts that had kicked off their season in Croatia and Italy are heading back to the Balearics, to enjoy the natural beauty that has benefited from the breather that the lockdown presented. Our beaches are looking beautiful and the lockdown has done the precious seagrass the power of good and Balearic waters are clearer than ever. Only last week 132 sea turtle eggs were laid on Punta Prima beach in Menorca, for the very first time! This season has been a long time coming and we can’t wait. If you are coming our way, get in touch, we’ve missed you!
What a way to start the caribbean season with our annual trip to FLIBS! on its 60th anniversarry, check out our interview with the director of Nobiskrug, as well as others then let us take you round the show, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Estela was invited to deliver the keynote presentation on behalf of Balearic Yacht Destination at Quaynote’s ‘The Future of Superyachts’ conference, held at Saratoga Hotel in Palma this week. Our James van Bregt addressed a room of 50 delegates, exploring the drivers behind superyacht traffic to the Balearics. Themes such as taxation, regulation and marina capacity were hot topics throughout the day, on which we will report in more detail in the near future.
Estela Yachting were in Monaco for the biggest and, probably, the best MYS yet. Watch our recap of the show, join us on board some of the finest yachts in show and get a taste of what happens at the most important event on Europe’s superyachting calendar. Like last year, we co-hosted the Balearic Yacht Destination stand and had a full team of colleagues at the Show. It was great meeting faces old and new and already discussing plans for the 2020 Mediterranean season.
Yes, it’s that time again. No sooner are we home from Cannes — with a short week to turn around a suitcase of dirty laundry and re-pack — and we’re off to the biggest yachting event on the European calendar. Like last year, we will be co-hosting the Balearic Yacht Destination stand, at QUAI ALBERT Ier AL47, and we’ll have a full team of colleagues at the Show. We’re looking forward to meeting captains and crew, partners and fellow yachting folk, so get in touch to arrange a time and place, if you’d like to meet face to face. We are already planning the 2020 edition of The Y Yachting Itineraries, so if you’re interested in featuring your business or location in the guide, now is the time to talk to us. See you there!
The Cannes Yachting Festival 2019 was significantly bigger than last year, with the show establishing itself as a major expo for sailing yachts, medium-sized motor yachts and a wide variety of smaller watercraft. In contrast to Monaco’s MYS and other large shows that are charter-oriented, Cannes features mostly new and used yachts for sale. Italian manufacturers were particularly well represented, using the event to showcase new models to prospective buyers and press. For an event labelled a ‘festival’, Cannes lacks the party atmosphere found at other shows, but Monaco should more than compensate. No doubt, we’ll return next year.
Early October is a particularly opportune time for businesses in the marine industry in Mallorca, as it signals the end of the Mediterranean season, before many yachts set off for the Caribbean. Every autumn, we organise the End of Season Party in Port Adriano and the Superyacht Poker Tournament at Casino de Mallorca. These events, now in their 5th and 4th year respectively, present a great way for you to connect with captains, crew, managers and key buy-side decision makers in our industry. It is a chance to thank those who used your services, and a way of growing your visibility in the yacht market. END OF SEASON PARTY FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER BLUE NEST BAR – PORT ADRIANO This event is Mallorca’s biggest party for the end of the Mediterranean season, as well as signalling the start of the Caribbean season. The party is a relaxed let-your-hair-down event, with themed fancy dress, complimentary full buffet and drinks, live band and DJ. The party is always well-attended by captains and crew, as well as brokers and industry colleagues, with complimentary return transport laid on from STP and Club de Mar marinas in Palma to Port Adriano. Last year, we had more than 250 guests, while the fancy dress theme was ‘Celebrities Ahoy’, with […]
May has been a busy month for us so far. While the Palma Superyacht Show was still on, half of our team hopped over to Barcelona for MYBA. Just a week later we were back in Barcelona for LYBRA’s The Superyacht Show, before moving on to the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous in Viareggio. Viareggio features in the latest edition of ‘The Y Yachting Itineraries’, so should you find yourself there in the coming months, check out our guide here: https://issuu.com/yachtinghandbook/docs/the-y-yachting-itineraries-by-estel/154 Below are two videos reports; the first from LYBRA, including a tour of the Moonen-built M/Y Etoile d’Azur, courtesy of Fraser Monaco. The second is a look around the Versilia Yachting Rendezvous, featuring a striking demo by Seakeeper.
Almost the same age as our yacht agency in Palma, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting was the event’s 57th year. The show’s six-day programme was filled with viewings and trial mini-charters of more than 80 yachts, interlaced with social events, presentations, meetings and crew competitions. As a show without exhibition stands or sightseeing members of the public, it is particularly good for professional networking and viewing some of the finest yachts on the charter market. Luckily, there was also time for some private tours, so we invite you to join us on video tours of M/Y Sherakhan and M/Y Siren. We would like to thank their respective crew for taking the time to show us around and permitting us to film.
Last week we attended METS, the Marine Equipment Trade Show, in Amsterdam. METS is the world’s largest show of its kind, boasting 1,500 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing the latest technologies and innovations for the marine sector. From new diesel outboards and drone-defeat systems to cutting edge interiors and fittings, there was plenty to see for captains, engineers and boat-building clients large or small. Our visit was a first for Estela Shipping, keeping an open mind as to what, or who, we would find there. A pleasant surprise was the large number of clients we encountered on our travels, including several captains checking up on the latest products and services. We distributed over 100 copies of ‘The Y’ Yachting Handbook to exhibitors and met with a number of potential partners for next year’s edition. The show also featured a number of new exhibitors that were looking for representation in our region, which may become fruitful relationships in the future. We’ll be back at METS next year, but for a closer look at our first visit, check out the video, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T4kB7AJWwk
Dear Friends, As ambassadors for Yacht Aid Global in Mallorca, our third Superyacht Poker Tournament in Palma Casino tonight was again set to benefit this fantastic charity, with 15% of the total pot donated to the cause. However, like many of you, we were taken by the cause of Xisco Prieto, the Mallorcan skipper who is currently in a coma in hospital in San Remo, after being attacked on his way back to the boat on 23 September. As his insurance won’t cover the cost of his repatriation to Mallorca, Xisco’s family is fundraising to get him home. We told Capt Tim Forderer of Yacht Aid Global about this local cause, who immediately offered to donate all charitable proceeds towards Xisco’s repatriation. We would like to thank Tim and Yacht Aid Global for this magnanimous gesture. Hopefully this is even more reason for you to join us tonight for a fun evening of Texas Hold’em, while raising money for this worthwhile cause. And if you can’t join us tonight, you can donate towards Xisco’s flight here https://www.gofundme.com/xisco039s-road-to-recovery, while you can donate to Yacht Aid Global here http://yachtaidglobal.org/donate-now. Thanks again to Yacht Aid Global for their generosity of spirit and we look forward to […]
You thought we couldn’t top last year’s ‘Back To The 60s’ extravaganza? Wrong! On Friday, October 5th from 8pm, we will again be taking over the Crew Bar in Port Adriano for a fun-filled night of live music, food and ‘refreshments’, as we ditch our uniforms and let our hair down. As we all love those celebrity clients with their crazy demands, crazy fashion and cosmetic surgery, we’re inviting you to do your creative best and put yourselves in their shoes for one night. Raid your wardrobes, party store or local charity shop and wow us with your funniest fancy dress celebrity outfit (easy, if you’re doing Ron Jeremy…). Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes on the night, so don’t hold back! Return transport will be provided from STP and Club de Mar to Port Adriano, so we really hope you’ll be able to join us. Just tell us the name of the boat and number of guests needing transport. Pick-up from STP will be at 19:30, and opposite Club de Mar outside our office (Av Gabriel Roca 37) at 19:45. Please note there’s a free bar until 10pm (spirits not included) and return transport will be around […]
Mallorca’s pioneering superyacht agency is thriving and growing, as Palma becomes an ever larger hub for yachts based in, or visiting, the western Mediterranean. In response to ever-increasing demand, Estela Superyacht Agency is now pleased to announce the opening of its new office in STP, Palma’s state-of-the-art service, refit and repair facility. From September, the STP office will be staffed from 09:00-12:00hrs, or by appointment. Estela, Palma’s first superyacht agency, provides concierge services and technical support to superyachts visiting the Balearic Islands, including provisioning, berth booking, fuelling, flowers, recruitment, car hire and transfers, events and entertainment, itineraries, engineering services and anything else that superyacht captains and guests require in destination. “The STP office is in operation, but will be formally inaugurated at our annual End of Season party later this year”, says senior yacht consultant, Francesco Gennai. “The new base is a boon for captains and crew needing to complete immigration or customs procedures, or requiring support with technical and engineering services, including fuelling, on-board water and sanitary analyses.” The office makes Estela the only consignatory agent in STP, being on-hand to complete port and police formalities, such as transit visas, on behalf of vessels and crew. “Time is often […]
FRIDAY 28th 18:00 Food & Drink & Music SATURDAY 29th 20:00 RUMBA MUSIC with KINDALÈ Food & Drinks SUNDAY 30th at Varadero Bar 20:30 JAMES BOND PARTY MONDAY 1st 18:00 FLAMENCO with KINDALÈ Food & Drinks Tuesday 2nd 19:00 RUFFLE Food & Music & Drink
If you are looking for a bit relaxation or somewhere a bit more upbeat near the beach here are some of the beach clubs the island has to offer. Ponderosa Beach Ponderosa Beach Club is situated on Muro beach at the north of Mallorca, this is a great place for everyone, relax and enjoy the chill out music whilst enjoying their famous seafood Paella, all produce is organic and aimed at sustainability for the locals. This beach club is very busy in the summer and we recommend that you book in advance. www.ponderosabeach.com/en/ 0034 971 184 118 Nassau Beach The NASSAU BEACH CLUB and RESTAURANT on the beach of PALMA— directly on the sea, with sun, 750 meters of pure sandy beach, a view of the cathedral, excellent food and nice people. www.nassaubeach-palma.com 0034 664 449 053 Purobeach Purobeach is in an affluent place located in a prime just outside Palma. An oasis of peace and pleasure, their brand of Puro Music will follow you all the time. Spa, restaurant, pool, bar, terraces and shop make their Beach Club an unforgettable experience for all clients. www.purobeach.com 0034 971 744 744 Nikki Beach This Famous franchise has everything to offer you […]
Mallorca offers some of the best golf courses anywhere, with its diverse landscape and dreamy weather there is a course for everyone. ARABELLA GOLF SON VIDA 18 holes PAR 71 0034 971 791210 Www.Arabellagolfmallorca.com SON MUNTANER (ARABELLA GOLF) 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971783000 Www.arabellagolfmallorca.com SON QUINT (Arabella golf) 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971606175 Www.arabellagolfmallorca.com SON QUINT PITCH AND PUT 9 holes PAR 3 Tel as above GOLF DE PONIENTE 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971 130148 Www.tgolf-poniente.com REAL GOLF DE BENDINAT 18 holes PAR 70 0034 971 405200 Www.realgolfbendinat.com SANTA PONSA I 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971 690211 Www.golf-santaponsa.com SANTA PONSA II 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971 232 531 Www.golf-santapons.com SANTA PONSA III 9 holes PAR 30 0034 971690211 Www.golf-Santaponsa.com GOLF DE ANDRATX 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971236280 Www.golfdeandratx.es SON ATEM east 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971129200 Www.sonantem.com SON ANTEM west 18 holes PAR 72 0034 971129200 Www.sonantemgolf.com GOLF DE VALLD’OR 18 holes PAR 71 0034 971837001 Www.valldorgolf.com PULA GOLF 18 holes PAR 70 0034 971817034 CLUB DE GOLF SON SERVERA holes 18 PAR 72 0034 971840096 Www.golfsonservera.com […]
Diving in Mallorca Authorisation is required if you wish to dive in the marine reserves of the Balearics. There are 7 marine reserves, we can organize this prior to your arrival or once you arrive. Los Freus of Ibiza and Formentera Migjorn of Mallorca North of Menorca Palma Bay Levante of Mallorca Islas Malgrats Isla El Toro Dive Sites: El Toro The diving area of El Toro is located in a nature reserve, there is a great wealth of fauna. Level: Intermediate Depth: 42Meters Area: El Toro Malgrats In 2004 Malgrats was declared a nature reserve and this has had a positive impact of the fauna. Level: Intermediate Depth: 42 Meters Area: Isla Malgrats Cap de Llebeitx- Isle of Cabrera Cabrera is a natural reserve; it has one of the best preserved coastlines in the Mediterranean. Level: Intermediate Depth: 30 Meters Area: Cabrera Cap de Llebeig – Isla Dragonera The island of Dragonera, this is one of the top dive sites in Mallorca due to its crystal clear water. Level: Difficult Depth: 38 Meters Area: Isla Dragonera Barcos hundidos de Palma In the Bay of Palma, divers have the opportunity of exploring 2 wrecks, visibility is not great here so […]
San Sebastián On the 20th January Palma celebrates its Patron, Saint Sebastian, in the late 1500 when the plague was rife on the island. The city was conquered by Carlos I and suddenly the island was cured of the plague they say this is because a new relic was found in Palma. A fragment of Saint Sebastian arm bone which had come in from Rhodes was spirited to Palma by a priest fleeing the advance of the Turks and who happened to pass through Mallorca. For some reason unable to continue on his journey the bone stayed in Palma and thus was seen as divine intervention that saved the city. The festivities start a week before as the Sant Antoni festival is also during this time where demonic devils roam the street whilst surrounded by parades with fire breathing dragons. Defiantly not one to miss. The eve of Saint Sebastian there will be various stages erected all through Palma where live bands will perform all genres of music from traditional folk music to rock, there are BBQs set up where you can bring meat and eat to your hearts content. Enjoy the music by dancing away into the […]