Photo: Jaggers, Springsteens and Gallaghers make Formentera their glamorous family holiday destination
Rock and roll stars all snapped at the glamorous beach destination in the Med.
Formentera has staked its claim as the most glamorous beach destination in the Med, if a recent holiday snap crowded with rock 'n' roll icons is anything to go by.
In what must be one of the most prestigious family gatherings of all time (outside of Christmas at Sandringham), the tiny island this summer hosted generations of Jaggers, Springsteens and Gallaghers all at once.
A photograph on Jade Jagger's Instagram account that has since gone viral shows a sun-kissed Bruce Springsteen, with his wife and daughter, posing alongside the model Poppy Delevingne and her husband. To the right of the shot stands the fashion designer Calvin Klein, while squeezing into the lower corner of the frame are Noel Gallagher with his wife and two sons.
Sporting casually unbuttoned shirts, Gallagher and The Boss were also seen sharing a table at a beach restaurant with Jade, the daughter of Mick Jagger. “That was a good lunch,” one of her captions reads.
Kate Moss is often seen on Formentera too. Once a haven for hippies, Formentera is less developed than Ibiza, despite its blindingly beautiful white-sand beaches.
Over the last few years, the island has fashionably come of age. Stylish luxury hotels have been quietly opening their doors, but it has managed to preserve its laid-back charms.
Consequently, the island has become a hangout for an in-the-know elite, who seek a low-key, low-rise family-friendly beach destination where they can let their hair down, should they want to, in private.
It has helped that the increasingly upmarket nightlife mecca of Ibiza is a mere private boat transfer away.
This summer the ultra-chic Gecko Hotel & Beach Club reopened following a major redesign that set new ultra-sophisticated standards for bohemian Formentera.
Overlooking 10km of dazzling white sand at Migjorn, the revamp brought relaxed glamour to the Balearic Riviera, according to Telergaph reviewer Annie Bennett.
Yoga is incredibly popular here, while the mid-century modern furniture in breezy blues, and erotic Picasso etchings, lend the interiors a sense of Fifties Mediterranean glamour.
Jade Jagger, her husband and children, have been regular visitors to the island since developing a finca for the family on Ibiza.
She has described it as having a magical feeling of isolation, with beaches similar to those in the Caribbean.
The best of these - in fact, some would say, one of the best beaches in the world - is Playa de Illetas, on the north of the island.
“When people first clap eyes on it, their default reaction is full-on gawping with their jaws well and truly dropped,” said our Balearics expert Annie Bennett.
The shallow, safe water makes it popular with families with young children, while in high season there is usually a good percentage of the population of Italy, a smattering of the international glitterati and the odd cluster of hippies.
For lunch, visitors would do well to pop to gorgeous Juan y Andrea, which could well have been the location of the star-studded lunch pictured.
"It started as a simple shack more than four decades ago but is now quite the celeb hangout with eyewatering prices to match," Annie said.
"Book ahead and don’t go mad with the ordering (0034 971 187130; juanyandrea.com). The saner among you - i.e. those not arriving by yacht - will probably prefer to stick with the boho vibe and pick up some bits and pieces for a picnic at a supermarket in La Savina."
After lunch try exploring the rest of Formentera’s glorious coast, by getting out onto the island’s network of cycling and walking trails.
While you are doing so, you might want to keep an eye out for more celebrities on the various private yachts that you will see moored up.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the footballer, was seen boarding after dining out on the island here last month.