Mallorca tourism has been seriously booming of late, and the Balearic isle has been upping its game with the opening of some particularly impressive hotels, most catering to travellers who are willing to splash out for a high-end stay. Here’s our round-up of the hottest new hotels that have opened on the island in the last year.
One of the most keenly anticipated of openings, Hotel Mamá is the first foray into the hotel business by the Mallorca-based Cappuccino Group. And it does not disappoint, with the beautifully renovated 19th-century building transformed into a five-star masterpiece of architecture and design. Impeccably styled by renowned Parisian designer Jacques Grange, interiors are an eclectic yet harmonious blend of traditional touches and bold contemporary flourishes. Its 32 rooms combine high-end amenities with bespoke detailing and views over Palma’s historic centre – the eight luxury suites open to Juliet balconies overlooking the bustling Plaça de Cort. A deluxe spa and private cinema can be found on the basement level and an outstanding Japanese restaurant on the ground floor; topping it all is a rooftop terrace with pool and views over the city and out to the Mediterranean.
Opened in 2017 among the narrow streets of Palma old town, this 18th-century mansion has been given a swish makeover with stylishly understated interiors and an eye for contemporary art. Its sophisticated urbane vibe is complemented with smart designer furnishings, while the hotel’s regularly appearing pineapple motif introduces a playful tone. A sunny rooftop terrace features a jetted plunge pool and views over the old town and cathedral, and the inside wellness area offers all the necessary spa facilities for upscale pampering. Most impressive is the hotel’s restaurant, Tomeu, which is run by Tomeu Caldentey, the first Mallorcan Chef to be awarded a Michelin star, and serves an outstanding menu of locally inspired haute cuisine. The 36 rooms offer all the luxury you would expect from a five-star hotel, with natural wood floors, Egyptian cotton sheets on the beds and high-tech entertainment.
Part of the changing image of the Mallorca’s Playa de Palma resort, this swanky resort hotel deserves every one of its five stars. It takes its name from the traditional Balearic fishing vessel, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about this swish, contemporary property that fuses 21st-century styling with high-end leisure facilities and up-to-date tech. Its huge spa is a highlight and one of the best on the island, while world-class gastronomy can be enjoyed in its Asian fusion restaurant. Two blocks from the beach, higher-level rooms offer lovely views over pine gardens and sea-vista panoramas, and some have alfresco Jacuzzis.
The latest addition to the Madrid-based Petit Palace group, this bijou hotel is an artfully restored former convent smack in the middle of Palma old town. Many of the 32 rooms combine traditional wooden beams with contemporary yet cosy interiors, plus up-to-date amenities that include loaner iPads and espresso machines. A spacious inner courtyard with a vertical garden provides an excellent spot for a healthy breakfast, while a rooftop terrace offers cityscape views from its plunge pool. All guests also receive a mobile internet device for free data roaming around the city.
Opened last year, Summum Prime Boutique Hotel is certainly one of the newest boutique hotels on the island, and also without doubt one of the swankiest. It occupies the beautifully restored 16th-century Ca’n Berga-Ladaria Palace, situated in a particularly picturesque corner of Palma old town. The 18 guest rooms are stylishly finished with a raft of luxury touches that includes Egyptian cotton sheets, Nespresso machines and Bluetooth speakers. An excellent restaurant provides fine dining in equestrian-themed surrounds, while a rooftop terrace features a plunge pool and views over Palma’s rooftops.
Bucking the trend for restored period properties, the Es Príncep is a purpose-built five-star hotel opened in 2018. It is set overlooking the southeastern corner of Palma’s old city walls, and is named after the prince who oversaw their construction. Interiors are a flawless mix of muted contemporary styling and understated minimalism, and there is a raft of facilities befitting of its upmarket atmosphere. Most of the 68 rooms offer some kind of view of the nearby sea, though the best panoramas can be enjoyed from the hotel’s rooftop terrace and pool. A spa, excellent dining options and a swish cocktail bar complete a genuinely high-end package.
Conjoined with the impressively angular piece of contemporary architecture that is the Palau de Congressos exhibition centre, the Melia Palma Bay Hotel is aimed at both the business and leisure traveller. For tourists, Palma’s charming old town is still within walking distance, but more importantly, the city’s long sandy beach is a short stroll away. The hotel’s 268 rooms and suites channel Scandinavian style, with upgraded accommodation offering perks such as Bluetooth speakers and vitamin showers. A rooftop swimming pool provides some of the best views over both the city and the sweeping bay, as well as lovely sunsets over the mountains beyond.