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There’s certainly no shortage of hotels on Mallorca, and most come with a pool or two to cool the summer crowds – but which hotels have the best ones? Whether you are searching for the ultimate infinity-edge panorama, superb sunset views, a child-free soak or a fantastic spa circuit, your perfect pool is out there somewhere. We’ve dipped our toes in the water to help you find it.
Enjoy seamless sky-sea-pool views over the Bay of Palma from this impressive former fortress. The saltwater infinity pool at the luxurious five-star Cap Rocat may be incredible, but it’s the private pools belonging to some of the rooms that will take your breath away. The three Sentinel suites are deliciously secluded, carved out of the rocks that the fortress was built into, with cliff-edge terraces and private infinity pools featuring unobstructed views of the setting sun.
Perched atop cliffs and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the five-star Can Simoneta has one of the best settings on Mallorca and features two swimming pools – one with fabulous sea-view panoramas. The Beach House pool at this adults-only hotel is tucked away beside a secluded cove on the eastern coast, surrounded by pine trees and set in the rocks just above the crystal-clear sea below.
As city hotel pools go, the rooftop pool at the Nakar has some seriously impressive views. The ninth-floor rooftop terrace may not be huge, but there are a few sun loungers, and a 12m (39ft) infinity pool with clear views over the city, the cathedral and the bay of Palma. The roof terrace is accessible only to hotel guests for most of the day, but it is open to non-residents later on, when it is a great place to enjoy a few drinks and watch the sunset.
The views from the Mallorcan outpost of the luxury Jumeirah chain, set high on the cliffs overlooking the Port of Sóller, are some of the finest on the island. The hotel has a number of pools, but it’s the spectacular hydrotherapy pool at the spa – with views over the Tramuntana mountain range – and the cliff-edge main pool that set this hotel above the rest. Taking a dip in the dramatic infinity pool feels like swimming towards the edge of the world, and there are also mind-blowing sunset views.
A landmark hotel since the 1950s – when it was a famed haunt of the old-school jet set – Hospes Maricel still channels plenty of glamour, with a large, glimmering infinity pool overlooking the sea. The property comprises a centuries-old neoclassical mansion and swish contemporary additions, plus a terrace with direct access to the sea. A gorgeous spa offers an indoor-outdoor pool, a hammam, a Jacuzzi and a sauna, while most of the 51 rooms and suites offer superb sea views – some even have private plunge pools.
Overlooking the seafront drive that runs along the pretty Pollensa Bay, this village-style complex has an impressive six swimming pools – and the main one is huge. Although just steps from the sea, there’s little reason to venture beyond this self-contained upscale property, with an extensive range of amenities that include an impressive children’s entertainment programme. A modern spa is spread over three levels and also features a fabulous infinity-edge pool overlooking the sea – it’s also an adults-only zone and a blissfully peaceful place to escape from the screaming kiddies.