With the Balearic Islands being such a magnet for artists of all types, it’ll come as no surprise you can stay in hotels with some impressive artworks, both in the form of collections and bespoke pieces made specifically for the space. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay for the artistically inclined.
One of the best known and certainly most luxurious hotels in Mallorca, the Belmond La Residencia also boasts superlative artistic credentials. As well as being home to one of Spain’s largest permanent sculpture gardens, art lovers will be wowed by its unique art collection, featuring no less than 33 Joan Miró paintings. Original artworks can also be found in many of the guestrooms, while the hotel’s Sa Tafona gallery holds on-going temporary exhibitions. The hotel even has an art curator, who will take guest on a tour of local artists in the village of Deià.
Opened in 2018, this ode to Art Deco claims the title of the newest art hotel on the island of Ibiza. The latest offering from the Concept And Design Hotel Group, this playfully glitzy adults-only hotel doesn’t hold back with its riot of art-inspired interiors that drew talent from numerous young artists. Swashes of Miami Beach style pastel pink even spread as far the hotel swimming pools, while seventies-style suites feature one-off artistic creations and retro amenities. Located in buzzing San Antonio Bay, the hotel holds regular music events and exhibitions, and various artists hold weekend ‘micro-residencies’ sharing their creative process with guests.
No prizes for guessing which artist this Palma de Mallorca hotel is dedicated to. The grandson of this famous Catalan surrealist painter loaned 28 lithographs of the master’s work to be displayed throughout the hotel. The hotel’s walls also feature mural reproductions of his work, which continue into the guest rooms. It’s the first hotel dedicated to Joan Miró, opening in association with the nearby Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation museum nearby, where you can see the artist’s studio that has remained untouched since his death.
Perched on a hill overlooking Mallorca’s picturesque valley of Puigpunyent, this former 17th-century country estate scores high on stunning surrounds. A 30-metre pool lined with canopied cabanas makes the most of these scenic vistas, while palatial guest rooms feature charming period features such as exposed beams and stone arches. Art fans will find an impressive collection of works by the likes of Chagall, Hockney and Andy Warhol gracing the walls.
As its name suggests, this is indeed one of Ibiza’s grander luxury-level hotels, albeit one with plenty of understated contemporary panache. It also houses one of the island’s largest art collections, comprising almost 400 works created specifically for the complex. 28 artists drew inspiration from the five elements of fire, water, wind, air and light, one for each floor of the hotel, plus each of the 157 suites features an original artwork. Swish and airy interiors also have the feel of an art gallery, with every corner of the property finished with stylish, eye-pleasing design.
Set at the start of Palma’s leafy La Rambla, this boutique property was previously an antique shop, owned by a local dealer who has brought his eye for art and antiques into the hotel. Its five floors are brimming with all types of artworks, including two original pieces by Miró, as well as numerous museum-worthy antiques. Terracotta floors and exposed beams also add a charming traditional feel to the place, while fresh flowers and warm service give it a homey vibe.
Opened in 2017, this is one of the newer art hotels in Mallorca, situated in the town of Campos in the less-trod south centre of the island. The property is a beautifully renovated upscale affair, that fuses traditional townhouse architecture with contemporary flourishes. But its the collection of artwork that will impress the artistically inclined, with works by mostly Spanish artists such as Luca Monzani and Fernando Suárez. Fine dining and a deluxe spa add to the distinctly upmarket vibe; the hotel is adults-only and open year-round.