While to many, Mallorca is synonymous with package holidays and big brash resort hotels, the island also offers some of the most charming boutique properties in the Mediterranean. From medieval mansions to rustic fincas, here is our selection of the best beautifully bijou hotels on this Balearic isle.
Posada Terra Santa
This lovely boutique hotel aims for perfection, and comes pretty darn close. It occupies a former mansion dating back to 1576, which was once home to members of the Spanish aristocracy. The property’s ancient character has been expertly updated with a fresh contemporary polish, while retaining plenty of original historic charm. The 26 rooms are luxuriously put together, with top-end comforts such as king-size beds with with Egyptian cotton sheets. Space to unwind comes in the form of a cozy lounge, beautiful library, and rooftop terrace with fabulous views over the city’s rooftops. They’ve even squeezed a sauna, massage room and heated splash pool in the hotel’s basement.
Hotel Sant Francesc
Set in quieter side of Palma’s richly historic Old Town, the Hotel Sant Francesc oozes effortless style from its beautiful period-chic reception to its gorgeous rooftop terrace overlooking the eponymous church. Most of the original neoclassical features of this 19th-century mansion have been meticulously restored, but with a light contemporary touch that makes for achingly eye-pleasing results. But it’s not all aesthetics, with an outstanding fine dining restaurant, high-tech in-room amenities, and a rooftop swimming pool with poolside sushi bar that puts the icing on one very luxurious cake.
Castell Son Claret
Although this luxury boutique hotel only opened its doors in 2013, it’s been at the top of its game from the start – and ever since. The building itself is a former castle with its roots in the 15th century and extensive grounds from where guests can soak up the gorgeous surrounding Mallorcan landscape. Its 38 rooms are individually and immaculately styled, with top-end accommodation offering private gardens with pools, or for a more quirky stay there’s a circular duplex room converted from an ancient water tower. A panoramic swimming pool, deluxe spa, and the only two-Michelin-star restaurant in the Balearics complete a super-swanky package.
Mar Calma Hotel
Small but perfectly formed, the Hotel Mar Calma is located just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely long beach in the popular resort of Puerto Pollensa. Interiors are swish, hip and contemporary throughout, including its 20 guest rooms that also feature pillow menus, state-of-the-art TVs and super-fast free Wi-Fi. The top-level Master Suite opens to a private patio with superb mountain and marina views; alternatively head to the rooftop terrace with hot tub and sunbathing zone which also features vistas of the Serra de Tramuntana.
The 25-room, family-run Fontsanta Hotel can boast a genuinely unique selling point – a thermal spring that feeds its spa, the only one of its kind in the Balearics and rich in minerals. The rest of this 19th-century former country house is also pretty special, with delicious high-end dining, beautifully minimalist guest rooms, and the peace and serenity that come from a totally child-free property.
The buildings that this high-end boutique hotel occupies date to even before Jaume I conquered the island – over 700 years ago. Refurbished over the years and most importantly during the Italian Renaissance, Can Cera’s stunning architecture has been maintained in the style of a 17th-century palazzo, with exposed beams, high sculpted ceilings, and a wonderful sweeping marble staircase. It’s also set in the heart of Palma’s Old Town, and a short stroll from all the city’s most historic attractions.
With its impeccably stylish interiors that combine Moorish patterned tiling, traditional ikat fabrics, and cozy wood paneling, Hotel Cort is indeed one of Mallorca’s most handsome boutique properties. Its restaurant’s cobblestone terrace occupies one of the city’s prettiest squares, featuring an ancient olive tree and the town hall’s magnificent façade – the location is also about as dead centre as you can get. Each one of the 16 guest rooms is a secluded and peaceful oasis from the buzzing hub outside, plus its free à la carte breakfast is practically worth the stay alone.
Son Brull Hotel and Spa
Housed in a restored 18th-century Jesuit monastery, the 23-room Son Brull Hotel and Spa expertly combines charming historic architecture with some gorgeous 21st-century design. The rural setting is also pretty special, nestled among vineyards, lavender and lemon orchards in the foothills of the Tramontana mountains. A luxury teakwood spa is a highlight and, largely sourced from products grown on the surrounding farmland, the on-site dining is outstanding. As five-star rustic boutique retreats go, they don’t get much better than this.