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Honey-hued buildings, cobbled alleys and a historic old town make this Balearic beauty one of the Mediterranean’s most-loved islands. Head to Palma’s shopping district to purchase glitzy beachwear, stop by a café to people-watch in public plaças or delve into museums and galleries.

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Cap Rocat

Set inside a former military fort, Cap Rocat is a hotel where luxury meets heritage. Pass through magnificent defensive paraphernalia from a trench and drawbridge to a magnificent stone arch, before entering this secluded cliffside retreat. Spend days lazing by the sparkling infinity pool and evenings choosing between Mediterranean cuisine at restaurant La Fortaleza or the waterfront Sea Club for pasta and seafood dishes.

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden

This restored mansion dates back centuries, but we guarantee there is nothing dated here. Restored features are paired with art-deco and mid-century designs, while embracing Mallorca’s verdant nature – vines, ferns and plants have crept into the hotel, hanging from ceilings and clinging to walls. Get lost in Can Bordoy’s gardens or while away the hours daydreaming on the roof terrace, just don’t forget to sample herbal cocktails and innovative meals at restaurant Botànic, with a menu inspired by the hotel’s gardens.

Nakar Hotel

With a name meaning “mother of pearl”, Nakar Hotel is a real gem. Modern decor is complemented by the latest tech, but you’ll soon eschew all gadgets and gizmos in favour of Nakar’s rooftop pool, where views across Palma’s rooftops outdoes any high-res screen. Take the secret lift down to the hotel’s depths, where the subterranean spa melts away any stress and worries with a hammam, pool, sauna and relaxation room.

Hotel Cort

The hotel to be in and be seen in, Hotel Cort has been revamped by designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán to ensure it draws in only the most stylish clientele. Located on the historic Plaça de Cort, it’s the ideal starting point for meandering through Palma’s winding alleyways before chilling out at the nearby beach or by the terrace plunge pool. Dine at the hotel’s restaurant for a Mediterranean and Mallorcan menu, or get a taste of the sea at the Raw Bar, where seafood is freshly sourced and cooked to perfection.

Hotel Mamá

This light and airy hotel proves that stylish decor doesn’t mean forgoing comfort. Rooms overlook either Plaça de Cort or the hotel’s private courtyard, and each are individually designed with artisanal furnishings and unique features. During the day, take a dip in the pool for panoramic views of Palma or kick back in the Morrocan-inspired spa. Evenings should be spent working your way through nearby bars or cosying up in the hotel’s 20s-Paris-themed cinema room.

Convent de la Missió

As its name suggests, this hotel was once a Mallorcan nunnery. While we’re not sure its previous inhabitants would approve of swimwear-clad guests working on their tan by the rooftop pool, we’re sure even the sisters couldn’t resist the Michelin-starred restaurant Simply Fosh, where a weekly changing menu is complemented by barman Andreu Genestar’s signature cocktails.

Hospes Maricel & Spa

Set on the waterfront, this converted 16th-century mansion proves that old-age glamour isn’t dead. Sand-coloured stone is complemented by honey-hued interiors. Be sure to ask for a room with views across the sea, and don’t miss the hotel’s spa, set in oceanside caves its sleek wood is paired with rough stone walls to create a magical experience, bettered only by an impressive list of treatments and amenities.

El Llorenç Parc de la Mar

Next to the Gothic Palma Cathedral in Palma’s La Calatrava district, El Llorenç epitomises Palma’s effortless elegance. Balinese beds are placed alongside the city’s longest infinity pool, beside which a bar serving cocktails and gourmet snacks caters to your every desire. Soothe your inner hedonist and book a suite in which panoramic views of Palma are hard to tear your eyes from.

Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume

Designed to slot in naturally on one of Palma’s oldest streets – the hotel is nestled between the 15th-century historic buildings of Church of Sant Jaume and Santa Magdalena Convent – the cool, calm exteriors of Boutique Hotel Sant Jaume hint at the urban retreat within. Opt for a room with a private terrace from which Palma’s bustling streets beckon you down to explore Gothic architecture and nearby Paseo del Borne area.

Brondo Architect Hotel

This boutique hotel stands proudly in Palma’s centre. Designed in a bohemian de luxe style, the hotel is a perfect blend of quirky decor and modern panache. Dine on the terrace at the hotel’s restaurant, Ca’n Brondo, for tapas and Mallorcan snacks washed down with a signature gin and tonic, before retiring to quirkily designed rooms with exposed stone walls, plant-filled terraces and all the necessary modcons.

Puro Hotel

In Mallorca’s historic La Lonja district, Puro Hotel is set within a converted 17th-century palace. Explore Palma’s streets for the best of the city’s boutiques, galleries and restaurants, but when the sun goes down be sure to head back to the hotel to dine at Beatnik restaurant followed by a choice between two different beach clubs.

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