First stop in Mallorca was at one of our favourite boutique hotels in Europe, the fabulous Villa Italia (www.hotelvillaitalia.com) in the upmarket Puerto Andratx. Once the summer home of Italian Dictator Mussolini, and now a chic and stylish hotel, the property enjoys a spectacular location on the hillside overlooking the natural harbour Below, are a myriad of fabulous yachts and floating ‘gin palaces’ at anchor. By day we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the stylish seaside town and mingled with the wind-burned yachting brigade. By night, the waterside bars and restaurants come alive to the sounds of cool jazz, laughter, and popping Champagne corks.
Of course the coolest accessory in Puerto Andratx is a boat. And it doesn’t have to be something out of a James Bond movie, which is when our rubber boat, folded neatly on the back seat of the car, finally came into its own! Inflatable dinghies like ours can be seen bombing across the harbor 24/7 – by day they’re perfect for shopping trips to stock up the yacht. By night they bring guests to the plethora of bars and restaurants. For us, it was the perfect opportunity to take our little boat out of the car, inflate and launch it for the first time. What a great and inexpensive way to explore the coast, the boats and the marina -and to really feel part of the in-crowd!