Imagine your wedding venue set on the magical island of Mallorca, a classic Mediterranean postcard which never fails to seduce thanks to its ravishing beaches, secluded mountains, nostalgic hill towns and azure views.
Spain’s Mallorca tops Europe’s summer holiday charts for many reasons and is fast becoming a popular location to celebrate weddings. Beyond the popular tourist hot-spots, coves grace the island, maintaining the authentic, romantic touch of the island’s stunning coastline.
Now imagine wowing your wedding guests with a luxury excursion aboard a classic 26 meter long yacht built in 1965. Welcome your guests on board a privately crewed yacht where luxury reigns supreme.
This Spanish-based elegant yacht offer all kinds of events such as celebrations, company events, weddings, parties, lunches, dinners, day trips and much more, fitting up to 65 people on-board.
Located in the heart of Palma de Mallorca’s harbour, all the events held on the yacht can be adapted to personal preferences: decoration, food and beverage and extra services such as water sports can all be added depending on each function and makes the ideal pre / post wedding venue to spend a special day with your nearest and dearest.
Sunshine Weddings Spain has been delighted to talk with the current promoter of this luxury yacht, who reveals a little more about the boat’s history and what makes it so unique.
1. Built in 1965 on request by the Belgian royal family, when was it brought to the beautiful island of Mallorca?
Unfortunately we do not know all its history as the boat has changed many hands, but it’s like a riches to rags and back again story.
This opulent 26 metre classic yacht was found in a highly deteriorated state in Seville’s Gualquivir two years ago. The current owners, skipper Carlos Samblas teamed up with Mikael Landström, owner of the Portixol Group, to purchase it and turn it into a vessel fit for exclusive events.
Built in 1965 on the request of the Belgian Royal Family, the legendary Dutch naval architect, Henri de Voogt designed it. No expense was spared in its design where high quality steel was melted down from second world war tanks and used in its fabrication.
2. The vessel has taken part in several of the Monaco Classics. Do you have any stories (and vintage images) about that time which you can share with us?
As the yacht has so many previous owners, much of its history is a mystery, but from the Log Books where the location and navigation is recorded, one can see that the yacht took part in several Monaco Classics and though we have no vintage images of the period we can see from the more than dozen brass metopa shields which hang along the wooden panelled walls in the lounge that this classic boat has a glamorous past. Each of the shields would have been given by an illustrious guest.
3. This yacht was exclusively designed by Henri De Voogt. How did the idea to convert it into a boat for events come about? Is it a family business?
Carlos Samblas has always dreamed of owning a boat like this one, and when he discovered it, despite its highly deteriorated state, he could see its potential. When Carlos teamed with the Portixol Group, the future of the boat was clear. The Portixol Group has a long history in the hotel industry (hotels, restaurants, Palma Tennis club etc.) and they renovated the yacht to offer an opulent space for any VIP event.
4. What is your most popular request?
We have organised events for many VIPs and companies like Google, actors etc.
5. Can the boat be hired out to tour around the Balearic islands for a bride and groom’s honeymoon?
We only offer half-day/full-day events at the moment. However, plans are being made to make it even more luxurious.