Often the hardest decision you have to make on vacation is the time that you set your alarm for breakfast. At Jumeirah Port Soller, it’s the 360-views that create the dilemmas…
The luxe hotel is perched on cliffs in the picturesque northwest coast of Mallorca where everything is that bit lusher and greener and unspoilt. In short, it gives good view. Jumeirah Port Soller is pleasingly wedged between the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana mountains and the Mediterranean sea so it’s a case of switching between landscapes, or finding the sweet spot where you can take in both. Tip: we found it – head to the Tramuntana Terrace for sunset with aperitivo cocktails. The sun-soaked platform has a 300º triple whammy view of the Tramuntana mountains, Port de Sóller, and Mediterranean sea.
From just the right angle, Jumeirah Port Soller looks like it floats between the sky and blue sea, which, ultimately, is our kind of hotel…
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THE PACKING EDIT
If Port de Sóller wasn’t so ridiculously pretty (see more on our new favourite place below), this is the kind of hotel that you could happily never leave. There are three restaurants offering different cuisines with a Spanish twist and three bars with extensive cocktail lists, yet we were on first name terms with the friendly, welcoming staff by the end of day one. Three is the magic number here because there are also a trio of heated outdoor pools (each with a different but equally outstanding, dare we say it, instagrammable view). Don’t miss out on the hydropool at Talise Spa which overlooks the Tramuntana mountains. Smartphones and spas don’t usually go well together but it’s well worth sneaking your mobile phone into your robe pocket to take visual evidence of the bubbly infinity pool in such a dramatic landscape, 110m above sea level. We did warn you about those view dilemmas.
First up on your vista conundrum. If you’re booking in at Jumeirah Port Soller, there are 121 sea-view and mountain-facing rooms and suites, so deciding on your favourite view is all-important. Although sea view feels like the obvious option, I stayed in a Grand Deluxe Mountain View room and waking up with the Tramuntana range as your backdrop feels incredibly tranquil and peaceful as you’re sipping on your morning espresso. Rooms are airy, modern and spacious in creamy neutrals and super-slick furniture, with shots of indoor-outdoor colour provided by the Mallorcan landscape artwork. While mountain-facing rooms all display art depicting the sea, every sea-facing room features work showcasing the mountains so you never get FOMO.
The open plan bathrooms are well-stocked with bright orange tubes of beauty from Talise Spa’s featured brand, Natura Bissé. Guests are also gifted with a beautiful straw beach bag – worth checking in for alone. For a memorable vacation, don’t miss the Lighthouse Suite (one of three signature suites), which has huge windows to take in that panoramic sea to mountain view.
If you haven’t heard of Port de Sóller before, keep it on the downlow. It’s like the Spanish island’s best kept, chicest secret. We loved it so much we Googled port side vacation apartments to buy (lottery win pending. It’s not cheap). A traditional fishing village, the port and town is the perfect mix of locals and tourists with buzzy al fresco port side restaurants and bars.
If you want to sit back and explore Port de Sóller like a local pro, the hotel has a new collection of unique experiences that explore the northwest area of Mallorca in style – think Tramuntana sunset boat trips, World Heritage Site hikes and Soller Valley orange tours. Strolling around Port Soller, you won’t miss the smell and sight of orange and lemon groves with trees that heave with oversized citrus fruit. Take the slow-but-beautiful Soller tram which runs between Sóller and the Port of Sóller and you can almost reach out and pick them.