The Best Adults-Only Hotels to Book in the Balearic Islands
Ca Na Xica in Ibiza is a former country estate turned luxurious hotel and spa | Courtesy of Ca Na Xica / Expedia
With year-round sunshine, white sand beaches, pretty ports and picturesque seafood restaurants, the Balearic Islands are a dream destination for anyone yearning for a grown-up break. Here are the best adults-only Balearic Island hotels, all bookable on Culture Trip.
East of mainland Spain, the four primary islands that make up the Balearics are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Each offers plenty to help grown-ups unwind, including hiking trails, spas, watersports, boutique shopping and waterfront nightclubs, alongside adults-only hotels where you won’t be fighting toddlers for pool space.
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Don’t expect to bump into another swimmer at the Valentin Star, which overlooks the popular Cala’n Bosch marina. The gigantic lagoon-style pool at this Balearic Island hotel with views over a saltwater lake is the star here, but there’s also a Blue Flag beach moments away, and restaurants and bars close by. There’s plenty to do away from the sun lounger, too, with everything from language lessons to aqua aerobics on offer, plus tribute bands and cocktail nights aplenty after dark.
Hotel El Llorenç Parc de la Mar
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The adults-only Balearic Island boutique hotel in Palma, Mallorca, this strikingly stylish property is ideal if you prefer to stay close to city amenities. It’s right next door to Palma Cathedral, in the heart of the historic La Calatrava district, with its narrow streets, galleries and shops, while the bars of Portixol are a stroll away. For R&R, stay close to the hotel itself and enjoy the longest infinity pool in the city, a cocktail bar, wellness area, 33 plush rooms, and the DINS restaurant helmed by renowned chef Santi Taura.
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The perfect spot for a weekend break in the sunshine, the small but perfectly formed Sindic is in the heart of Mahon, the picturesque capital of Menorca. It has just eight all-white rooms, including a knockout penthouse with a terrace jacuzzi surrounded by terracotta rooftops. Elsewhere, there’s an honesty bar, bicycle rental, and a lavish continental breakfast to power you through a day wandering this historic city.
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Everything about this blissful clifftop retreat screams grown-up luxury. From the dramatic location over the Bay of Canyamel in Mallorca to the wood cabin saunas and long-as-your-arm wine list; this hotel in the Balearic Islands a place for couples to drift between a spa treatment, private beach and the fine-dining restaurant. Top-notch service is guaranteed as there are just 26 rooms, each decked in stylish taupe, soothing whites and bleached wood. For even more intimacy, choose the grand suite, which has a private swimming pool and enormous ocean-facing garden.
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This elegant retreat hidden in the Ibizan countryside is as far from San Antonio’s nightclubs and rowdy beach bars as it’s possible to get. Think all-white rooms surrounded by lemon groves, an Instagrammable seawater pool with a waterfall, a plush spa with a sun deck, and a chic glass-walled restaurant. No need to feel guilty either: this hotel on the Balearic Islands’ White Isle uses water from a well, has solar panels to generate green energy, and grows much of what they cook on-site for daily garden-to-table feasts.
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Sun worshippers will be in heaven at this bright white hotel, just across the road from one of the most dazzling beaches in Mallorca. If you prefer sand-free sunbathing, grab a Balinese bed by one of two pools, get a poolside massage or grab a cocktail on the terrace bar. There’s a buffet restaurant for breakfast and dinner where chefs will barbecue steaks and kebabs exactly how you like them or wander to the restaurants just five minutes away.
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel
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If you love to party on holiday, this Ibizan icon is the only place to stay. Based at Playa d’en Bossa, you will be entertained from morning to night with a poolside stage area, ultra-hip beach club, five restaurants, and daily performances from international DJs. Rooms are no-holds-barred opulent, too, with extravagant mini-bars, pops of purple, tattoo kits and aromatherapy menus. Suites are even more lavish and have variable extras, including hydromassage tubs, an Xbox, ceiling mirrors and even DJ mixing boards.
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Golfers, spa devotees and anyone needing to escape it all can hunker down at this exquisite five-star hotel on the Balearic Island of Mallorca, 200m (656ft) from Can Simoneta. Hugged by woodland and overlooking the sea, it’s close to top golf courses but also offers preened gardens, two infinity pools with Balinese beds, exclusive access to the Sa Cova dels Albardans beach, a cute-as-a-button wellness centre, its very own yacht and 30 minimalist suites surrounded by pine trees.
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Locations don’t get much better than this adults-only hotel in Menorca a short footbridge from the sugar-white Cala Galdana beach. If you prefer to stay within cocktail-grabbing distance of the hotel, pull up a lounger at the curved pool overlooking the sea or visit the hydrotherapy circuit at the spa. More active types can kayak, dive or join a guided walk around the horseshoe cove and dinky local port.
PortBlue La Quinta Menorca Hotel & Spa
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There’s no chance active adults will be bored at this grand hotel in Menorca close to the beaches of Cala’n Bosch and Son Xoriguer. There’s a shuttle service to historic Ciutadella, the Cami de Cavalls hiking trail is on the doorstep, and the hotel offers all sorts of excursions and watersports. However, no one will judge if you don’t go further than the tranquil pool backed by immaculate gardens, conveniently close to the outstanding wellness centre, which offers yoga lessons, indoor and outdoor pools and even a hairdresser.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Leon Beckenham.
These recommendations were updated on September 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.