IN THE CITY
For Good Value: Nakar Hotel
The Nakar Hotel is located on Jaime III Avenue in Palma de Mallorca, one of the busiest and central streets of the city. With 57 sleek and minimal rooms, all of which come with the latest technology, the hotel 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. Guests will enjoy views right from their table, taking in the historic centre, the cathedral, Bellver Castle and the bay of Palma.
Prices from £105 per night.
For The Best Rooftop Pool: El Llorenc Parc De La Mar
Launched in November 2019, El Llorenc Parc De La Mar has the longest infinity pool in Palma, as well as another indoor pool in the spa. 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. Located near the seafront and next to the Palma Cathedral, head to the rooftop to relax on the Balinese-style sunloungers or sample one of the signature cocktails after a long day of sightseeing.
Prices from £175 per night.
For A Private Town House Experience: Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden
An eco-hotspot, Can Bordoy sits inside a 16th-century building in Palma’s largest private garden in the old quarter of La Lonja. The hotel is also pet friendly, and even has its own afghan hound, Mr B. Dishes served at 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.
Prices from £284 per night.
For Inspiring Interiors: Hotel Mama
Chic, luxurious and located in the historic old town area of Placa Cort, the look of Hotel Mama is colourful and fun – the creation of famed Parisian designer Jacques Grange. Complete with rooftop pool, cinema room and an excellent spa, the rooms are filled with artisan influences and vintage furniture. Inside, you’ll find tapas bar Bodeguita Picador, as well as all-day dining option Cappuccino Grand Café, which offers a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Prices from £154 per night.
For A Killer Location: Sant Francesc
One of our favourite discoveries in recent years, Sant Francesc is set back from the busy city centre. Gilded gold accents and dramatic monochrome floors lead up to an enviable rooftop pool, while foodies are known to flock to 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.
ON THE COAST
For A Modern Mallorca Experience: Hotel Predi Son Jaumell
This 24-bedroom boutique hotel – located on the north-east of the island – offers a modern experience despite being set on a 400-year-old estate. The traditional stone exterior belies contemporary interior design, while a heated infinity pool and restaurant headed up by former El Bulli chef Andreu Genestra are reasons to stay put. Make sure to follow 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.
For Impressive Luxury: Cap Rocat
This refurbished fortress was originally built in the 19th century, when Mallorca needed guarding from invasion by sea. 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.
Prices from £319 per night.
For Laid-Back Boho Chic: Bikini Island & Mountain Hotels
Set among the orange groves of Port de Sóller, with views of the sea and the Tramuntana mountains, every room at the Bikini hotel comes with its own terrace or balcony. Part of Germany’s 25hours hotel group, the vibe here is definitely boho-chic, with the design incorporating plenty of rattan and mixed colourful textiles. In-house restaurant NENI serves up delicious food at long tables, with the neighbouring bar (created by Joerg Meyer of Le Lion Bar fame) offering incredible cocktails and homemade oriental lemonades.
Prices from £94 per night.
For a Total Escape: Fontsanta Hotel
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.
Prices from £184 per night.
For Peace and Quiet: Hospes Maricel
The Maricel is everything you could want from an adult-only hotel. Revamped seven years ago, the minimalist marble space is now a neutral sanctuary with stunning sea views. Enjoy cliff-edge massages, private pools and cocktails on the world-renowned terrace – fans of BBC drama The Night Manager might even recognise the luxury destination.
Prices from £97 per night.
For Secluded Opulence: Pleta De Mar
Sitting in acres of woodland and gardens, with direct access to the beach, Pleta de Mar is an architectural gem. Here, nature and local heritage go hand in hand, while 30 exclusive suites each come with their own private terrace and outdoor shower. The food is seasonal and locally sourced, and accompanied by both local and international wines – which means venturing out isn’t a requirement. That said, for those after a change of scene, wander through the grounds to the neighbouring Can Simoneta for dinner on its striking terrace.
Prices from £323 per night.
For A Culinary Treat: C’as Xorc Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
This fully restored hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with special offers including a welcome dinner, private transfer, room upgrade and guided excursions. The site is famous for making its own oil using a restored olive mill, and is also home to Austrian chef Eckart Witzigmann’s restaurant, one of best on the island. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the infinity pool is one of the best for miles.
Prices from £175 per night.
For Something Brand New: Can Aulí Luxury Retreat
Opening in March, and located next to medieval Pollença’s town square, guests should make sure to pay a visit to the traditional market which takes place here every Sunday. Meanwhile, enjoy the historic surroundings, including Can Auli’s 17th-century manor house. Décor is consistent throughout: rooms have rough stone walls, hessian rugs and simple white beds. For those looking to get out and about, Pollença Port and Formentor Beach are just a few kilometres away.
For An Adults-Only Bolthole: L’Avenida
An adults-only hotel with only 12 rooms in the historic centre of Sóller, this bolthole also comes with a small pool and gym. The building is one of the most characteristic on the island: spread across three floors, presided over by an incredible marble and wrought iron staircase, one of the gems is the indoor courtyard. Here you can relax while having a swim in the pool and breathing in the pure mountain air. It isn’t wall-to-wall luxury, but for couples looking for something private and low-key, it doesn’t get much better.
Prices from £133 per night.
For Rural Luxury: Hotel Can Ferrereta
From the same team behind the Sant Francesc in Palma, and opening this season, most of the 32 suites at Hotel Can Ferrereta come with their own private patios and terraces. The signature suite even has a private pool and garden. Located in Santanyi, the ‘gold-stone village’ next to the Balearics second largest nature park – the Mondrago Natural Park – the aesthetic here is pared-back minimalism meets meticulously restored 17th-century mansion.
Prices from €315 per night.
For An Artistic Oasis: Belmond La Residencia
Set between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, and perched beside the pretty village of Deià and staggered over beautiful terraced gardens, the Belmond offers 71 rooms, including six suites, plus a luxury villa. With the hotel due to reopen at the end of March, its stately El Olivio restaurant is one of the most-visited on the island, where even locals are known to flock for special occasions.
Prices from £360 per night.
For An Adult-Only Haven: The Finca Serena
Set within an unspoilt location and 40 acres of its own grounds, Finca Serena has 25 bedrooms and suites divided between a farmhouse and a number of outbuildings. Understated in their elegance, and designed for comfort and relaxation, interiors feature white, dove grey and biscuit tones, and natural materials such as wood, stone, sisal and linen. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves food mainly produced in the hotel’s own kitchen garden. An on-site boutique also sells lust-worthy linen kaftans and local soaps. Finally, be sure to pay the spa a visit for one of its Natura Bissé treatments.
Prices from £215 per night.
For Rest And Relaxation: Son Penya
Just a few kilometres from the village of San Llorenç, adults-only Son Penya the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries. Surrounded by a completely virgin landscape on an old, but completely renovated Majorcan estate, it was formerly used to carry out agricultural activities. After several years of restoration, the exclusive hotel now offers just 20 charming rooms from which to enjoy total peace and privacy. Several of the island’s top golf courses are only a 15-minute drive, too.
Prices from £171 per night.
For Nature And Hiking Enthusiasts: Son Brull
Part of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels, Son Brull’s peaceful past as a Jesuit monastery filters into its everyday existence. Located in the foothills of the Tramontana mountains, 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. If that’s not your thing, the neighbouring Bistro is more relaxed, offering tapas in a restored olive mill.
Prices from £197 per night.
For Wine Buffs: Gran Hotel Son Net
Located on the wild Sierra de Tramuntana mountain estate, which dates back to 1672, Gran Gotel Son Net comes with its own vineyard – originally planted as part of an ambitious project back in 2012. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the hotel’s pool is surrounded by private cabanas, while three different restaurants offer delicious dishes to accompany the exclusive wine selection. The Puig de Galatzo Nature Reserve, local golf courses and daily hiking are all on offer, while the beach is only ten kilometres down the road
Prices from £142 per night.
For Mediterranean Views: Can Simoneta
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.
Prices from £231 per night.