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Thanks to Love Island, Mallorca has become one of the most searched-for destinations of the summer. Current inhabitants withstanding, the Spanish island is undeniably beautiful.
As you (probably) won’t be checking in to the promiscuous pad this year, we’ve hunted down some other equally seductive stays on the island.
From restored mansions tucked down Palma’s quaint alleyways to converted convents overlooking sandy shores and modern boutiques nestled among olive groves, these are the best hotels in Mallorca.
Meaning “mother of pearl”, this bright hotel lives up to its name as a hidden gem in Mallorca’s city centre. A plant-filled lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows and pale wood create light and airy interiors, while the rooftop pool offers jaw-dropping views across the city. Opt for a suite for a free-standing bath, private jacuzzi and balcony overlooking the shop-lined Avinguda Jaume III below.
The honeyed exterior of this 16th-century former manor house melts naturally into the winding alleys and saffron-hued homes of Palma’s old town. Inside, wooden beams and weathered stone walls are offset by modern works of art and quirky antiques. In the morning, trial the indoor pool and sauna at the spa and, come evening, head to the rooftop for a dip in the hotel’s plunge pool overlooking the twinkling city and its rooftops. Don’t forget to use the pool phone to order drinks to accompany your romantic view.
Originally a 15th-century olive-oil pressery, this hotel exudes a deep sense of history from every corner. Exposed-brick walls enclose exceptional rooms found down long corridors or housed in towers. Spend days wandering round the markets and cobbled streets of old town Alcúdia, before retreating back to the hotel to dine underneath romantic stone archways and drink in the enchanting courtyard.
With an infinity pool overlooking an orchard lined with fig-trees and a backdrop of towering mountains, Son Mas is the ideal Mallorcan retreat. Step inside this glamorous hotel and be serenaded by a baby grand as you wander beneath vaulted ceilings. Set along Mallorca’s sun-kissed east coast, this boutique hotel showcases its rustic history as a 17th-century finca with wooden oak beams, exposed stone walls and acres of fruit groves and farmland.
With a name like Hotel Mamá, this Mallorcan bolthole has – unsurprisingly – everything you’ll need for a wonderfully welcoming stay. The brains behind the bold colours and elegant decor is acclaimed Parisian interior designer Jacques Grange, who was revered by icons such as Francis Ford Coppola to Princess Caroline of Monaco. After admiring the central courtyard and city views from the roof terrace and pool, head to the streets of Palma to discover the artisanal shops, family-run restaurants and the old town’s cathedral.
If bucolic views and seclusion are what you’re looking for, this is the hotel for you. Head straight to the spa for Natura Bissé treatments and hours whiled away in the hamam before dozing off in a hammock on the veranda. Awaken to views of the Mallorcan landscape and the Puig de Randa mountain – cool off with a dip in the outdoor pool. With a nod to its former life as a farmhouse, the Jacaranda restaurant provides farm-to-table food underneath trees adorned with fairy lights.
The sister hotel of popular Can Simoneta (just next door), Hotel Pleta de Mar offers a blissful stay. Drift between three outdoor saltwater pools, laze on a sunlounger and admire the verdant greenery that stretches for miles before melting into the ocean. In the evening, book a table on the restaurant’s terrace for sea views accompanying meals of perfectly grilled meat and fish cooked over an open fire.
In the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, the historic surrounds of Son Brull provide a majestic setting for your Mallorcan holiday. Head to nearby Pollença to wander around the old town streets and browse the Sunday market, or climb to the top of the Puig de Maria for views across the countryside from the ruins of old monasteries. Inside Son Brull, a design-oriented aesthetic means that chic decor is complemented by landscaped gardens and sun terraces overlooking the pools.
In Palma’s historic La Lonja quarter, this restored mansion offers a medley of original and modern architecture and decor. An ode to nature, its central courtyard is dappled with verdant greenery that creeps into the hotel’s interiors – vines thread across walls and ceilings. Head to the otherworldly restaurant Botànic, where innovative Mallorcan meals created with organic local ingredients are paired with imaginative herbal cocktails.
A tranquil retreat tucked along a quiet side street in central Palma, this 17th-century convent houses elegant bedrooms, rooftop terraces and a famed Michelin-starred restaurant. Opt for a table in the courtyard by the waterfall and dine on elaborate Mediterranean dishes from the Simply Fosh restaurant before sipping on signature cocktails amid modern artwork made by local artists at the Art Bar.
Just outside the city centre, this converted 16th-century mansion oozes stately allure. Flaunting majestic neo-gothic pillars, towering stone archways and regal marble columns, this palatial building pairs traditional Balearic features with simple decor and muted colours. Spend mornings relaxing in the Bodyna Spa, where there’s an indoor-outdoor pool, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi and gardens – the prime location for afternoons soaking up the sun overlooking the glistening Mediterranean.
An idyllic spa retreat overlooking Es Salobrar in southern Mallorca, Fontsanta Hotel prides itself on offering the only thermal water spa in the Balearic Islands. Hot springs reach up to 38°C and are rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, sulphur and potassium – they’ve soothed and regenerated bathers since antiquity. Watch the sunset while nursing a cocktail infused with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s garden, and snacking on tapas.
Offering a modern, monochromatic take on Mallorca’s traditional colour palette, L’Avenida is an arty boutique hotel for those in search of a stylish retreat. Tucked away in the town of Sóller, its interior is embellished with bright artwork and colourful lighting, while Mallorca’s nearby beaches beckon guests to sandy shores.
Amid rolling olive groves and farm land, Mirabó de Valldemossa is the destination for those seeking a peaceful country retreat. Soft, muted tones complement the surrounding hues of nature, while the restaurant – set inside the old olive press room – serves simple, rustic recipes made with produce sourced from the surrounding land.
Set atop a cliff, Can Simoneta seduces with dramatic views of the Balearic Sea and beyond. Amble down a stairway carved into the cliffside to reach a private secluded bay, complete with a pool cut into the rock. While away hours swimming and sunbathing before heading back up to the hotel for dinner and drinks as the sun makes its curtain call beyond Canyamel Bay.
With the Mediterranean on one side and a majestic backdrop of the Tramuntana mountains on the other, Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel offers a tranquil bohemian milieu. Interiors are peppered with ceramic pots, hanging plants, woven rugs and plenty of wicker, while a pool and beach access lure you outside. Doze in a hammock on your room’s terrace or choose between the hotel’s bars for a well-curated cocktail menu.
Credit is due to interior designer Maria José Cabré in her pursuit of yin and yang. Nowhere balances eclecticism and minimalism quite like Hotel Sant Francesc. A Spanish landmark in the heart of the historic centre of Palma of Majorca, this 19th-century mansion once owned by the Alomar Femenia family is the talk of the town. Beautifully restored with wood-beamed ceilings and original frescoes, the courtyard where horses were saddled has become a lounging spot for the après-sun crowd. Dine at Quadrat Restaurant and Garden, where menus offer creative Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist. Design-wise, it’s a rather delicate affair combining wicker chairs and sweeping windows with parquet floors and heavy wooden shutters. Billowing canopies hanging over the terracotta terraces on the second floor add a romantic touch to the surrounds.
When breakfast is a three-course menu (that changes daily) you know you’re staying in the right place. 1902 Townhouse, located on a historic street close to the centre of beautiful Sóller, is as dreamy as they come. Brushed with a neutral palette, with the occasional flicker of pistachio, the hotel’s design focuses on texture with woods, cotton and glass key elements to 1902s relaxed luxury feel. Historical features including decorative tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and shuttered windows add to its charm.
Situated in the hillside town of Deiá (on the northwest coast of Mallorca) among olive and citrus groves, you’d be forgiven for driving past Belmond La Residencia, so subtly carved into its surrounds. Composed of a series of traditional 16th-century manor houses which make up the hotel, the built-in local stonework seamlessly fits into the mountain scenery. Home to one of Spain’s largest sculpture gardens, an on-site spa, three swimming pools and an acclaimed art gallery – plus workshops in sculpture, painting, and ceramics, taught by artists in residence – suffice to say boredom is not in Belmond’s vocabulary.
Hotel Rural Predi Son Jaumell on Mallorca’s northeast coast is formed on the foundations of a 400-year-old estate, with traditional stone exterior. Combining bold local art and a cool minimalist palette design is taken very seriously at Predi Son Jamuell. Traditional Mallorcan decor keeps things simple – stone walls, wooden beams and linen-covered chairs in neutral shades, though the calm is broken up by brief flickers of colour. Outside, cabanas and white loungers surround the deep-green infinity pool and there’s a direct path from the hotel to the pristine beach at Cala Agulla, just 20 minutes away on foot. The food here is top notch – something of a given considering ex-El Bulli chef Andreu Genestra heads up the restaurant.
Away from the bustle of Palma, the pink-hued Gran Hotel Son Net is a great spot for those looking to log off. The brainchild of American hotelier, David Stein, this ancient finca nestled in the Tramuntana Mountains dates back to the 17th century and boasts two gourmet restaurants, a spa and pool skirted by private cabanas. The pristinely kept country house with its marble and stone floors and lofty ceilings – not to mention its exceptional artwork, including those by Marc Chagall and David Hockney – is filled with quirky antiques and artefacts. The main building peaks in the elegant entrance hall with its stone vaulted ceilings, tiled floors and sofas, that gives onto a comfortable open-plan area with a selection of books, magazines and board games to whittle away the hours.
This romantic 19th-century fortress, just 15 minutes’ from the airport and perched on a clifftop, is a pleasure palace of the highest order. The coastline below Cap Rocat is rocky but the clear waters (and the mojito waiting for you by your sun bed) make the uneven walk down to the coast utterly worthwhile. A former military fort, its history provides a dramatic setting for a week away.
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