As wedding destinations go, Mallorca has more to offer than most: beautiful hotels, historic buildings, dramatic landscapes – not to mention the fantastic local food and wine. If your heart is set on a wedding with sea views, check out our selection from the island’s many beach clubs, marinas and cliff-top venues.
Formentor Royal Hideaway Hotel
Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel | Courtesy of Barceló Hotel Group
The name says it all – completely private and secluded, surrounded by pine forest and with its own private beach with mountain views, the Formentor Royal Hideaway Hotel has charm in spades. In terms of location, wedding venues rarely feel more special than this, and the drive to this northern peninsula is an event in itself, with spectacular views all the way. Long associated with luxury, the hotel has hosted the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin, while Grace Kelly famously honeymooned at this glamorous spot. Ceremonies can be held in the historic chapel, on the hotel’s dramatic outdoor staircase, in front of the sea, or in the gardens, and there are a choice of restaurants and areas for dinner and the after-party. Peaceful seclusion in a stunning location is what you get with weddings here, in a venue that can host (and sleep) a large party.
One of Mallorca’s most iconic wedding venues, Son Marroig is a beautiful estate on the rugged northwest coast, originally owned by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvador. Ceremonies take place in the stunning clifftop white marble rotunda, with incredible sea views and dramatic mountains behind, while the reception can be held on a large sea-view terrace or in one of the balcony rooms in the house. It is worth noting that it is only possible to have evening weddings at this venue, and that the ‘temple’ where the ceremony takes place is ordinarily on an empty terrace, so couples need to provide seating and decorations.
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Mood Beach Club
This beach club just a 20-minute drive from Palma overlooks the sea at Portals Nous, and makes for a fantastic wedding venue if you want a seafront spot where everything can be done in-house. You can hire part or all of the beach club, which has a pool, restaurant, cocktail bar and dance floor (after 5pm, you can hire the private beach area for the ceremony). All seating and decorations can be provided for the event, and the club has their own celebrant who can perform the ceremony in Spanish and English. In terms of dancing, the club has its own DJ, and music can be played on the outside terrace until midnight and indoors until the small hours.
If the height of luxury in a slightly unusual location is what you’re after for your wedding, then the Hotel Cap Rocat fits the bill nicely. Once a military fortress and now a stunning five-star boutique hotel, the Cap Rocat boasts a secluded cliff-top location overlooking the bay of Palma. Beautifully restored and refurbished, many of the original features of the fort remain (such as the drawbridges) giving plenty of opportunity for some spectacular photographs on the big day. Be warned though that weddings here don’t come cheap, particularly if you want exclusive use of the hotel and have to pay for all 29 rooms and suites – but the location and all that comes with it make for a very memorable day. Ceremonies can take place as the sun sets on the roof terrace, in the chapel, or by the sea, with dinner under the stars or in a beautiful Moroccan tent, and dancing ’til dawn in in the old military bunker. As wedding suites go, the luxurious suites with private terraces and pools (some carved into the cliff and with their own infinity pools) don’t get much more special than this.
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Hotel St Regis Mardavall
A wedding at the St Regis Mardavall gets you the whole package (ceremony, dinner, and dancing, all with sea views) and the hotel is big enough to accommodate a large party. Ceremonies take place in the hotel’s lush gardens overlooking the sea, with pre-ceremony drinks on the terrace, and a sit-down banquet dinner held outside or in the ballroom. The hotel has dedicated staff to help organise and co-ordinate your day, and the bride and groom get a complimentary night in a junior suite. The big bonus of this venue is that the hotel has 130 rooms and offers a discount to wedding guests, meaning that potentially your whole party can stay under one roof.
The five-star Hotel Can Simoneta sits atop the cliffs, surrounded by manicured lawns and extensive gardens, making it the perfect venue for a large outdoor wedding with unbeatable sea views. Although the grounds are large enough to accommodate a large number of guests, the hotel itself only has 18 rooms, so it’s very easy for a wedding party to take over the whole hotel, and there is plenty of alternative accommodation within easy reach. The food is particularly good, the sunsets are stunning and there are plenty of different areas for drinking, eating, dancing or relaxing, all with incredible views.
At Cala D’Or Yacht Club the red carpet is laid out (literally) for weddings, so if a backdrop of glistening yachts is what you’re after for your sea-front wedding then this is a great option. The club has dedicated wedding planners and events staff, and offers a number of different packages at fairly reasonable prices. The ceremony, dinner and dancing can all take place here, with ceremonies generally taking place in front of a decorated gazebo with the tinkling of boat masts in the background. At the end of the day, rather than exiting the party in car trailing tin cans, you can zip off in style on a boat.