If you’re one of the several million (3.4 million to be exact) who’ve been tuning into ITV2’s new series of Love Island, you’ll probably know that it’s set in a luxurious villa in Mallorca. The island is ideal for romance, filled with picturesque villages, five-star hotels, hidden coves and beaches and small hiking trails through the mountains. Here’s our pick of the most romantic Love Island experiences in Mallorca.
The hideaway village of Deià is located tucked away in the mountains. It’s a simple and rustic village, but is home to several exclusive and luxury hotels – perfect if you want a romantic bolthole for two. One of the most beautiful is the Belmond La Residencia, which famously once hosted Princess Diana.
What could be more romantic than strolling through a golden vineyard, a glass of wine in hand, and a luxury picnic waiting for you between the vines? Mallorca is home to several vineyards, but one of the best is the Bodega Santa Catarina, a pretty vineyard with huge vaulted wine cellar and the offer a romantic picnic. There is also the Tren Gourmet Tour, taking visitors to several different wineries, including the Bodegas Macià Batle, aboard a small train.
If you want to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your romantic experience in Mallorca, head to Puerto Portals, the most exclusive marina on the island, where the rich and famous moor their yachts. Here you’ll also find lots of upmarket bars and restaurants where you can woo your loved one.
Yes Mallorca is known for its great weather, but there can be the odd rainy day too, which you can spend indulging at the spa. Mallorca is home to some luxurious and lavish spas, including the GPRO Valparaiso Palace Hotel & Spa in Palma de Mallorca, the spa at the five-star Hotel Son Brull and the Belmond La Residencia Spa.
Riding the Tren de Sóller takes you back to the romance of a bygone era aboard an old wooden train. It runs from the capital of Palma de Mallorca through the Trumuntana Mountain range, on small and narrow tracks to the town of Sóller. Though it may be popular and touristy, the scenery is spectacular and the train itself a unique experience.
At the end of the Tren de Sóller journey, you’ll reach the picturesque town of Sóller and further on its port, with a wide sweep of beach hugging the bay. It’s the perfect place for strolling hand in hand discovering its narrow streets and stopping for bites of tapas and glasses of local wine.
Es Trenc Beach is one of the most stunning beaches on the island, and ideal for a day of romance. It’s a natural beach, located close to the Ses Salines wetland area, backed by grassy dunes and famed for its turquoise Caribbean-like waters. There aren’t loads of facilities here, but you will find some rustic beach bars, a main restaurant and a water sports rental equipment place.
Nothing says romance like a luxury cruise: imagine sailing off into the sunset with Mallorca’s rugged coastline to one side and the vast Mediterranean Sea to the other. Many companies throughout the island can organise sunset tours, many of which include a glass of cava and nibbles too.
Like most places in Spain, Mallorca is all about romantic al fresco dining. Whether you choose to dine by a marina watching the boats bob up and down in the water; right on the beach with your toes in the sand; amid an ancient olive grove in the grounds of a villa; or in the capital of Palma de Mallorca with the city’s grand cathedral as your backdrop, it’s sure to be a romantic experience. Check out our list of the best restaurants with panoramic views in Mallorca or our list of the 10 best beachfront restaurants in Mallorca to find out more.