Our (dare we say) favourite Balearic isle, Mallorca, is having a major moment.
If you, like so many others, are making tracks for this charming island, refer to our roundup of Mallorcan must-stays to make the planning portion of your trip a breeze.
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This imposing hotel, located in an ancient fortress originally built for the surveillance of the Bay of Palma, is a history buff’s dream. Hidden on a cliff, in a peaceful pocket of the bay, the hotel almost melts into the landscape. Drawbridges and trenches provide a theatrical backdrop, while boutique bedrooms are more understated. Sentinel rooms, which ‘have been dug out of the rock at ancient defensive positions, where the cannons were hidden’ are our favourite sleeping quarters – think ‘marble floors, rough-hewn stone walls, and wooden ceilings resulting in a one-of-a-kind natural look’. Once you’ve explored your room from top to toe, enjoy your awe-inducing surrounds from another perspective – the outdoor infinity pool overlooking the sea. Spend your afternoon rotating between the palm-flanked pool and the white leather sun beds as the heat of the day dictates. Come dinner time (and season dependant) choose to dine at the show-stopping La Fortaleza or the low-key, open-air Sea Club (which is open during summer months).
This 17th-century hideaway, in the Mallorcan municipality of Santanyí, is akin to a grand summer house. Can Ferrereta’s pared-back interiors are the stuff of Pinterest-fuelled daydreams – 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 to the glorious turquoise-hued outdoor pool. Lay about for the afternoon, breaking to visit the spa, where the menu comprises of all-natural treatments.
Concepcio by Nobis
Concepcio by Nobis, Nobis’ first boutique hotel outside Scandinavia, is a heady mix of old and new. Housed in a 16th-century building, which was once used as a soap factory, enter in through vaulted arches to a palette inspired by the Mediterranean Sea and Tramuntana mountains – note the sage and white Huguet tiles under foot. BYREDO Tulipmania fills the air, and a buzzy lounge area, composed of large communal tables and copious plants, signals that this is somewhere digital nomads will fill right at home. Our favourite room: Room 111 – it’s proximity to the pool is a real selling point. Speaking of the rooftop pool, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy sundowners after a day spent stomping the city’s pavements.
This former monastery continues to champion peace and solace, as those who visit can attest. Bedrooms feature high, wood-beam ceilings and swish amenities, and the villa suites ensure maximum comfort, further enhanced by an adjoining private pool. Over the course of your stay, sign up to a full ‘day at Son Brull’, which kicks off with a group yoga session at 9AM, which is followed by a 60-minute Son Brull wellness treatment. An a la carte lunch at the Bistró rounds of your wellness programme. Another worthwhile booking is dinner at Restaurant 365 – the tasting menu offers a high-end gastronomic experience.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
Housed within a former mansion in the centre of town, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is an incredibly tasteful spot to call home while you’re in town. Spanning 42 rooms, book one of two Sant Francesc Junior Suites, which comprise a French balcony overlooking the neighbouring basilica in the square Plaza Sant Francesc, to get the very best out of your time in Palma. Grab an aperitivo in the lobby bar or head to the roof to gaze at the best rooftop views (glass of vermouth in hand). Dinner is best enjoyed in Quadrat Restaurant (located in the old stables). Work off your meal the following day in the gym, and follow with a perusal of the hotel’s impressive art collection.
La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel
Surrounded by lush gardens and olive groves, La Residencia is a transportive and calming space. After checking in, and dropping suitcase in your comfortable quarters, make a beeline for the hotel’s award-winning spa, which comprises a tranquil indoor pool, jacuzzi, and open-air terraced treatment rooms. Post-spa, presuming you’re feeling a little more energised now, peruse the hotel’s complimentary activities, which range from painting and sculpting, to boat tours and al-fresco tai chi classes. Alternatively, amble down to the village – a five-minute walk from the hotel – to discover craft shops, cafés, and chic boutiques. Back at base, a candlelit dinner at El Olivo and relaxing aperitif in the Garden Bar are the perfect way to mark the end of your first day in Deià.
Es Raco D'Arta
Plotted on a rural estate, Es Raco D’Arta is stripped-back and simple. Whitewash abounds, complemented with wood-beamed ceilings and sand-hued jute rugs. With 34 rooms in total, Es Raco D’Arta has an intimate feel – rooms are cosy, light-filled, and minimalist in style. Wellness is a key element of a stay at Es Raco D’Arta, with the spa’s innovative therapies range from deep-tissue massages to watsu water therapy massages. There’s also an indoor pool, yoga (which is often held in the surrounding forest), meditation, and Turkish baths. If arts and crafts is more your thing, there’s a whole host of art-focused workshops to choose from, and the artful Mediterranean fare plated up at farm-to-table eatery, Beni Axir is also rather enticing.