Rooftop pool at Nakar Hotel | Courtesy of the hotel
There’s certainly no shortage of hotels in 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.
Guests can enjoy seamless sky-meets-sea-meets-pool views over the Bay of Palma from this impressive former fortress. The saltwater infinity pool at the luxurious five-star Hotel 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 Hotel Can Simoneta boasts one of the best settings in 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 island’s eastern coast, surrounded by pine trees and set in the rocks just above the crystal-clear sea below. An absolute gem of a location, and an understandably popular honeymooning spot.
As city hotel pools go, the rooftop pool at Palma’s Nakar Hotel has some seriously impressive views. The 9th-floor rooftop terrace may not be huge, but there are a few sun loungers, and a 12-metre (39-foot) 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 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 Soller, are some of the island’s finest. The hotel has a number of pools, but it’s the spa’s spectacular hydrotherapy pool – 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 hotel’s 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 50s – when it was a famed haunt of the old-school jet set – the Hospes Maricel Mallorca still channels plenty of glamour, with its 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, hammam, Jacuzzi and 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 boasts 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 a extensive range of amenities that include an impressive children’s entertainment program. 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.