BEST FOR A LONG WEEKEND
Sant Francesc, Palma
An SL favourite, Sant Francesc is located in the historic city of Palma, tucked away from the bustling streets. Gilded gold accents and dramatic monochrome floors lead up to an enviable rooftop pool, while foodies are known to flock to the upscale courtyard restaurant, Quadrat, thanks to menu offerings such as burrata with caramelised pistachios; pickled pear and ricotta ravioli; and wild boar ragu with cocoa beans. There are 43 rooms to choose from, some of which have balconies overlooking the neighbouring basilica in the Plaza Sant Francesc square. After a day of sunbathing or exploring the sights, head to the rooftop bar for cocktails and sangria.
Rooms from £164 per night.
Concepció By Nobis, Palma
Part of the luxury Nobis group and Design Hotel collection, Concepció opened its door this month. Located on the edge of Palma’s Old Town, there are 31 rooms to choose from, as well as a pool, an in-house restaurant and bar, a covered patio area, and a spacious lounge. If you’re planning a long weekend, the hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay, from plush linens and fluffy robes to beautiful en-suite bathrooms. The restaurant serves tapas dishes and entrées, while the adjoining bar has a great selection of regional wines.
Rooms from £180 per night.
Nakar Hotel, Palma
Located on Jaime III Avenue in Palma de Mallorca, one of the busiest and central streets of the city, Nakar is a more modern hotel, ideal for a long weekend. With 57 sleek and minimal rooms, all of which come with the latest technology, it offers a laid-back vibe at good value. Don’t miss the view from CUIT Bar and Restaurant on the eighth floor, run by renowned Mallorcan chef Miquel Calent, where guests can enjoy views of the historic centre and the cathedral.
Rooms from £105 per night.
BEST FOR A GIRLS’ TRIP
Hotel Predi Son Jaumell, Capdepera
This 24-bedroom boutique hotel – located in the Capdepera district in the north-east of the island – has a modern feel despite being set on a 400-year-old estate. With 24 suites and bedrooms to choose from, the hotel has some simple yet stylish interiors on this list – think neutral linens, plush decorative accents and wicker furniture. Guests can relax in the heated infinity pool, then sample local produce at the on-site restaurant headed up by former El Bulli chef Andreu Genestra. Be sure to venture along the path that leads to the picturesque coast at Cala Agulla, a 20-minute walk away, for spectacular coastal views.
Prices from £168 per night.
This small B&B only has 12 rooms, but the décor is seriously stunning. Whether you’re planning a girls’ weekend or a week-long retreat, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, plus, it’s strictly adults only, so you needn’t worry about being disturbed by young children. The farmhouse-inspired interiors are minimalist and chic, with raffia furniture, neutral linens and exposed brick walls – book the Deluxe Double Room which has a stylish en-suite and private balcony and terrace. Relax in the pool, then explore the surrounding area on bike or horseback.
Rooms from £173 per night.
Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel, Port de Sóller
For a fun girls’ trip, this hotel is a great choice. Set among the orange groves of Port de Sóller, a beautiful and traditional village, guests can take in views of the sea and the Tramuntana mountains. Every room at the Bikini hotel comes with its own terrace or balcony, while the stylish pool area has plenty of sun loungers and day beds with raffia parasols. Part of Germany’s 25hours hotel group, the vibe here is boho-chic, with the design incorporating plenty of rattan and colourful textiles. In-house restaurant NENI serves up delicious food at long tables, while the neighbouring bar (created by Joerg Meyer of Le Lion Bar fame) offers incredible cocktails and homemade lemonades.
Prices from £94 per night.
BEST FOR TOTAL BLISS
El Llorenc Parc De La Mar, Palma
El Llorenc Parc De La Mar has the longest infinity pool in Palma, as well as another indoor pool in the spa. Since opening two years ago, the Dins Santi Taura restaurant has already garnered several Spanish food awards, while the interiors (the work of Swedish designer, Magnus Ehrland) fuse classic design with modern accents. For a romantic getaway, choose a suite, which also come with two balconies overlooking the inner patios and the shaded streets of the La Calatrava district. After a day exploring, head to the rooftop to relax on the Balinese-style sun loungers and sample one of the hotel’s signature cocktails from the bar.
Rooms from £175 per night.
Cap Rocat, Cala Blava
A stay at Cap Rocat is always a good idea. This refurbished fortress was originally built in the 19th century and now houses an impressive hotel with some of the most stylish décor on this list. Rooms are located within the towering walls, with panoramic sea views around every corner, while the rest of the property offers two pools, two restaurants, and a top-rated spa. There’s also a private beach, and the nearby quaint seaside town of Portixol offers everything from tapas and seafood to ice-cream stalls. For a treat, book the stunning Suite El Cabo which has a private pool, an elegant, canopied bed and a separate living area where you’ll feel totally secluded.
Rooms from £319 per night.
BEST FOR COUPLES
Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, Palma
An eco-hotspot, Can Bordoy sits inside a 16th-century building in Palma’s largest private garden in the old quarter of La Lonja. Dishes served at the on-site restaurant, Botanic, all use organic produce, while the pool is treated with salt rather than chemicals to keep things as clean and eco-friendly as possible. With only 24 individually designed suites, the house maintains the atmosphere of a private residence to ensure guests always feel at home – ideal for a romantic retreat. Spend an afternoon at the spa, then retreat to the private garden to sunbathe on a luxury day bed.
Rooms from £284 per night.
Pleta De Mar, Capdepera
Surrounded by acres of woodland and gardens, with direct access to the beach, Pleta de Mar is one of the most stylish adult-only hotels on the island. Located in the Capdepera district, there are 30 suites to choose from, each of which has its own private terrace and outdoor shower. For a romantic holiday, book one of the Privilege Suites and dine at the on-site restaurant at sunset with a glass (or two) of sangria. After sunbathing on the loungers by the pool, book an outdoor spa treatment, and ask the hotel to organise a private boat trip to explore the beautiful coastline and coves.
Rooms from £310 per night.
Fontsanta Hotel, Campos
Venture down to the greenery of the south of the island, where you’ll find Fontsanta Hotel. As the only source of thermal water in the Balearic Islands, guests can make the most of the hot springs all year round, or lounge on oversized white day beds by the pool. For those craving some beach time, head to nearby Es Trenc for crystal blue waters or join one of the hotel’s yoga classes for a spot of restorative relaxation. Couples should book a Junior Suite with an outdoor terrace and head to the spa for a special couples’ treatment.
Rooms from £184 per night.
Perched on a clifftop looking towards Menorca, adults-only Can Simoneta is an intimate retreat, offering just 26 suites. Choose from many of the activities on offer, including golf, tennis, cycling, water skiing, mountain biking and hiking. After an activity-packed day, there’s little need to go in search of food. The dishes served up at the hotel’s restaurant focus on modern Mallorcan delicacies, using mainly local and seasonal produce. Make sure you get a table outside overlooking the Med.
Rooms from £231 per night
BEST FOR FAMILIES
La Finca, Llubí
With some of the most beautiful interiors on this list, La Finca is a stunning villa in Llubí. This secluded retreat is surrounded by scenic Mallorcan landscape, with beautiful views of the Tramuntana mountains. Ideal for a large group trip or family holiday, the property sleeps up to ten with three double bedrooms in the main house and one in the adjoining guest wing, all of which have en-suites. Surrounded by olive trees and roses, guests can relax in the pool, dine al fresco on the terrace, or retreat indoors to the spacious living room.
From £4,280 per week.
Son Bunyola, Banyalbufar
Son Bunyola is a collection of three stylish villas surrounded by 680 acres of land in the Banyalbufar district, on the northwest coast of Mallorca. For a special family holiday, book the Sa Punta de S’Aguila villa which has five bedrooms and sleeps up to ten. Built in traditional Mallorcan style, with exposed beam ceilings and terracotta tiled floors, the villa has been built into the landscape, with panoramic sea and mountain views. Kids will love the private outdoor heated pool, while adults will appreciate the stylish outdoor pergola – perfect for al fresco meals.
Price available on request.
La Residencia, Deià
If you want to treat the family, La Residencia is a beautiful hotel located in the Tramuntana mountains, on the edge of the artistic village of Deià. Set in a collection of 16th-century manor houses, the property is surrounded by beautiful gardens with olive trees and Mediterranean flowers and herbs. Families should book the interconnecting suites and bedrooms, where children’s bed can be added if needed – the Double Deluxe room comes with a king-size bed and a free-standing bath. Adults will appreciate the delicious dishes served at El Olivo, while kids will love the tasty tapas plates at the relaxed Café Miro which has a lovely outdoor terrace. There’s also a kids’ club with babysitters, a dreamy outdoor pool, and an on-site spa.
Rooms from £500 per night.
BEST FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
The Body Camp, Sencelles
If you’re after a week of holistic fitness and activities, The Body Camp is the luxury Mallorcan bootcamp to know about. Located in Sencelles, just 30 minutes from Palma, it’s the perfect mix of work hard, play hard. Mornings follow a strict regime – think hiking, cycling, boxing, weight training – while afternoons can be spent relaxing poolside, walking through the beautiful gardens, or exploring the surrounding area. Here, food is at the heart of the retreat where guests can enjoy healthy and nutritious dishes cooked by the resident chef. For the ultimate experience, book the Poolside Room which has doors leading straight onto the garden.
Rooms from £1,530 per week.
Son Brull Hotel & Spa, Pollença
Part of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels, Son Brull’s peaceful past as a monastery filters into its everyday existence. Located in the foothills of the Tramontana mountains in the north of the island, it’s a great base for anyone who enjoys hiking. After a long day on foot, reward yourself at Restaurant 365, which offers an impressive nine-course tasting menu, but if you’d prefer something more relaxed, the neighbouring Bistro serves delicious tapas in a restored olive mill. For the best views, be sure to ask for a room with a view on the pool side of the house.
Prices from £197 per night.
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