A kaleidoscope of epic Balearic adventures with P&O Cruises

Picture perfect: the magic of Es Vedrà at sunset

Cocktail in hand, warm breeze playing with my hair as our catamaran skips gentle waves, I’m in love with an endless ocean and blue skies scorched by the oranges and reds of the impending sunset. We head to Ibiza’s Es Vedrà, a mystical limestone island just off Cala d’Hort on the south coast, the world’s third most magnetic point and the supposed source of Ibiza’s pulsating, positive energy.

Staying at the luxurious 7pines Resort nestled in a fragrant pine forest atop a cliff to the west, I’m part of a small group here to sample the exciting new shore excursions guests can enjoy when P&O’s flagship Cruises, Britannia, will start itineraries on the Balearic Islands next year. Tonight’s is a must; sailing adventure featuring the magical sunset of Es Vedrà, the talk of the island and the glittering phenomenon behind Ibiza’s boomerang effect.

As the horizon takes on an exquisite golden, pink and purple haze, I half-believe old wives’ tales that this ancient formation is the mythical gateway to the lost city of Atlantis, with spiritual healing powers and sirens singing from its banks. The name Es Vedrà means freedom, I have never felt so free. Watching the sun slip like a scorching dime into the sea, preparing the sky for a blanket of stars, I am completely magnetized, delighted that – like me – Britannia’s cruisers have a kaleidoscope of epic adventures.

P&O Cruises‘ Britannia in all its glory

Green, serene and not just party-oriented, iconic Ibiza is an ingenious choice for eclectic excursions, fine dining, chic beach clubs and icy sands to hippie markets, serenity spas and glitzy live entertainment. Vegas-style. Offering a mix of island and mainland stops, Britannia’s new routes see her dock until 2am near thriving Ibiza Town, leaving oceans of time to explore the beautiful White Isle from dawn until ‘at dusk.

Our journey began with the immersive dining experience of Es Tragón, a tranquil country villa oasis overlooking the sea and Ibiza’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. Phenomenal for fish lovers, the aperitif on the flower-decked terrace proceeded with a gastronomic extravaganza of 14 divine acting courses, exemplary service and impeccable presentation, paired with the best wines from the cellar.

The next morning we headed to the famous Santa Eulalia Hippy Market, an open-air Aladdin’s cave teeming with quirky gifts, crafts, jewelry and colorful clothing from over 500 artisans and vendors. Brimming with feel-good vibes and laid-back cultural charm, we spent several hours browsing, bartering and buying before the chic contrast of Cotton Beach Club, San Jose, for a luxurious a la carte lunch with an ocean backdrop. breathtaking. Sea-fresh sushi, lobster risotto and monkfish later, we traded the wow factor and lush white furnishings for sunbathing, snorkeling and the golden sands of the beach below, the quintessence of relaxation before an evening of pure vivacious energy.

Welcome to Club Lio, the hottest seat on the island, where tickets are like gold dust and every night is a roof-raising party. Sleek, scintillating, and ingeniously interactive, this world-famous Vegas-meets-Cirque-du-Soleil-style cabaret—with mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine—was one of the most incredible nights of my life. Unforgettably the subject of the voyage, when the superb spectacle ended, the venue transformed into an effervescent nightclub perfect for cruisers wanting to dance the night away before heading back to the six-star splendor of Britannia, moored just offshore marina exterior. Euphoric awakening, a few zen hours in the sanctuary of Atzaro Spa, Santa Eulalia, regaining balance with yoga, swimming in the outdoor pool and having lunch in the botanical restaurant, surrounded by rosemary bushes, orange groves and the fresh air of the country.

Idyllic by day, breathtaking by night, the sun sets over beautiful Ibiza

With 26 bars and restaurants, four swimming pools, hot tubs, a spa, a ballroom, an ocean-view gym, casino, cinema and shops – not to mention the Headliners Theater and the Cookery Club for Food Hero masterclasses with celebrity chefs – stylish Britannia is spoiled for choice with dazzling entertainment, fabulous food and family entertainment. As for my guided tour of Ibiza, I saw it, I did it, I bought the pretty beach dress at the hippie market… and I fell in love with the island. Let the cruise begin!

Bookable 365 days before your cruise, with prices ranging from £15 to around £200, excursions range from simple shore transfers, guided tours and beach days to jet skis, helicopter rides and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a life. Examples of cruises:

A 14-night cruise on Britannia (B319) from £1,399 pp. From 21 July 2023 the price includes kids clubs, full board meals and onboard entertainment.Ports of call to and from Southampton are Gibraltar, Ibiza, Mallorca, Cagliari, Malaga and Cadiz .www.pocruises.com/find-a-cruise/B319/B319

A 14-night cruise on Britannia (B321) from £1,249 pp. From August 18, 2023 price includes kids clubs, full board meals and onboard entertainment. Ports of call from and to Southampton are Cadiz, Ibiza, Mallorca (overnight in port), Cartagena and Gibraltar.www.pocruises.com/find-a-cruise/B321/B321

Sun and spa, the perfect combination for ultimate relaxation

To book visit www.pocruises.com, call direct on 03453 555 111 or consult your local travel agent.

Sandy feet and snorkeling fun on scenic Cala Tarida beach
Grab a bargain at the Santa Eulalia Hippy Market

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