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Hot Hotels: The Best Of The Balearics

As the Balearics are added to UK’s travel ‘green list’ we round up the hottest hotels from Ibiza to Mallorca, Menorca to Formentera to inspire your next adventure.

From fincas to fortresses, we’ve something to whet everyone’s appetite…

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca

La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca

Shouldering the pretty village of Deià, on Mallorca’s peaceful north-west coast, La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, is just the ticket for a week spent away from it all. Surrounded by lush gardens and olive groves, which compliment the beautiful Mallorcan landscapes surrounding the hotel, La Residencia, is a pocket of calm. After checking in, we recommend unwinding at the hotel’s award-winning spa, which comprises of a tranquil indoor pool, jacuzzi, and open-air terraced treatment rooms. Post-rejuvenation, of both mind and body, perhaps you’ll be feeling a little more adventurous and energised. Look to the hotel’s complimentary activities, which range from painting, sculpting, and pottery, to boat tours, or an al-fresco tai chi class for inspiration. If you’re keen to move at your own pace, amble down to the village – a five-minute walk from the hotel – to discover chic boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. Back at base, a candlelight dinner El Olivo and relaxing aperitif in the Garden Bar is hard to beat.

Can Ferrereta, Mallorca

This 17th-century hideaway, in the Mallorcan municipality of Santanyí, has a cosmopolitan air about it. Akin to a grand summer house, we’re smitten with Can Ferrereta’s pared-back interiors – think exposed wooden beams and original stone walls – complimented by luxey contemporary comforts, plus an impressive modern art collection, spanning local and Spanish artists. After musing on artworks by the likes of Joan Miró, turn your attention toward the spa menu, comprising of all-natural treatments. Post-facial (and a possible siesta), lunch on Mediterranean dishes inspired by the south-east coast of the island. From here, engage in total holiday mode and let your day unfold based on your mood. We’re making a beeline to that glorious, turquoise-hued outdoor pool; you?

Can Sastre, Ibiza

A stunning agriturismo, this sweet five-room hotel – where white finca exteriors are draped in bougainvillaea – is like something out of a picture book. Consisting of three stylish casitas and two spacious villa suites, Can Sastre epitomises laidback luxury. Keeping things simple in the bedroom, walls are whitewashed and rooms are decorated with delicate additions such as wicker baskets, palm-fringed lampshades, and bulbous glass containers. Because of its prime location, Can Sastre is an ideal launchpad from which to explore Ibiza’s beach clubs, farm-to-table eateries, and famed club scene. After a day (or night) of adventuring, take some time out – choosing to read a book in a hammock that has been draped in a shaded corner, or veg-out poolside, with a glass of blush rosé in hand.

Cap Rocat, Mallorca

History buffs will go gaga for Cap Rocat, an imposing hotel located in a fortress originally built for the surveillance of the Bay of Palma. Hidden on a cliff in a peaceful pocket of the bay, the hotel lies within a Protected Natural Area and blends perfectly into the landscape. Note: for those who like their hotel stays to come with a smattering of heritage, this is just the ticket. Drawbridges and trenches provide a theatrical backdrop, while boutique bedrooms are more understated. Take in your awe-inducing surrounds from the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the sea, rotating between the palm-flanked pool and the white leather sun beds as the heat of the day dictates. Come nightfall, head out for a stroll around Palma’s honey-coloured Medieval streets.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Ibiza

Just two kilometres from the UNESCO-listed Ibiza town, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is positioned on the shores of Talamanca Bay. Away from the hustle and bustle, at Nobu Ibiza Bay breakfast is served at your leisure and afternoons are best spent on a lounger by the fresh-water pool. In short: consider ‘go-slow’ your go-to (during the day at least). With the beach promenade right on your doorstep, take a leisurely walk into Ibiza old town, when lounging about grows tiresome, and explore the trendy boutiques and restaurants of Marina Botafoch. Return to the hotel after sunset and you’ll find a transformed space, with the sounds of down tempo house music reverberating throughout. We think it’s the ideal getaway for those looking to detox, retox, and repeat.

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Etosoto, Formentera

This beachfront residence plays hosts to various cultural and agricultural experiences, making it the perfect choice for those seeking a mix of relaxation and stimulation. Peaceful and slow in pace, come to this elegant eco space for a proper wind down. Bedrooms – there are nine in all – are a meld of polished-cement and whitewash surfaces, with delicate details – think shell chandeliers, rustic bamboo furniture, and basket lights – providing characterful lifts. Your days of R and R are best enjoyed by the pool on the terrace or in the gardens, which overflow with rosemary, jasmine, and fig trees. When the heat gets too much, seek out a crochet hammock and read under the boughs of an old tree for an hour or two. Bliss.

OKU Ibiza, Ibiza

On arrival to laidback OKU you’ll feel instantly zen. Located in San Antonio, this secluded spot is one of the area’s hidden gems and the vibe here is chill-meets-chic. Rooms are minimalist, bedecked in earthy tones that encourage restfulness. For added oomph and extra comfort, guests can choose from swim-up pool rooms or a private four-bedroom villa. Our top pick: the Signature Suite, which is spread out over three rooms and boasts its own private bar. Rise early and enjoy a free rooftop yoga session, followed by moreish breakfast bowls and an XL cup of coffee. After a morning spent at leisure, head down to Cala Gracio Bay for explore. Return to base in time for a Japanese-inspired dinner at The OKU Restaurant.

Son Brull, Mallorca

In the foothills of Northern Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains you’ll find Son Brull. Formerly a monastery, the property continues to champion peace and solace, as those who visit can attest. Respecting the property’s original architectural details, while adding tasteful contemporary design components, bedrooms feature high, wood-beam ceilings, and swish amenities. A great place to chill out, the hotel embraces Mediterranean comforts, with particular focus placed on regional cuisine – organically produced fare is cultivated on the hotel grounds. For a top-table recommendation, try Restaurant 365 – their tasting menu offers diners a high-end gastronomic experience. Follow an evening of extravagance with a low-key afternoon spent in the nearby market town of Pollença – visit on a Sunday for the best atmosphere.

Menorca Experimental, Menorca

For Menorca at its most mellow, check-in to Menorca Experimental. A 19th-century finca, plotted on 30 hectares of land, Menorca Experimental is designed in the spirit of an artist’s vacation cottage, replete with artisanal touches, rustic features, and Art-Deco accents. Pull yourself away from one of the hotel’s 43 rooms and nine villas (complete with private dipping pools) to partake in unique guest experiences such as pottery and painting, horse riding or snorkelling in Menorca’s deep-sea caves. On lazier days, tuck into the new poolside tapas restaurant and bar, where the focus is on local produce from the house’s own garden.

El Llorenç Parc de la Mar, Mallorca

Just a 10-minute drive from Palma’s airport, El Llorenç is a modern establishment plotted amidst storied surrounds. Palma’s cathedral and ancient Arabic quarter are right on your doorstep, ready to be explored – but pulling yourself away from the hotel’s rooftop beach club may prove challenging. Set on three levels, the buzzy roof terrace boasts panoramic views over La Seu cathedral and out onto the Med. Nab a Balinese day bed by the pool or take shade under a playful raffia-fringed emerald parasol and chill out for the afternoon. As the day ticks on, order poolside drinks from the Rooftop Cocktail Bar and toast to a memorable trip. After a restful sleep, and a little exploring on day two or three, carve out some time to enjoy the property’s spa – a modern take on the traditional Arab bath.

Casa Pacha, Formentera

Ibiza’s laidback sister island, Formentera, is perhaps not the first spot you’d expect a hotel by Pacha – the iconic nightclub brand – to set up shop. However, here is where you’ll find Casa Pacha Formentera, plotted on Formentera’s longest beach, the magical Migjorn. Understated but luxurious, this barefoot bolthole has been designed by Patricia Galdon Studio – expect pared-back bedroom interiors are dreamily styled in natural materials and earthy tones, and epic views of the beach beyond. If you’re just visiting the island for a day trip, head to the hotel’s swish beach restaurant, which plates up delicious, locally sourced Mediterranean-style dishes, and make Casa Pacha Formentera your temporary base.

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