Whether it’s a quick dip in a bubbling tub or a full-on day of pampering, most enjoy a visit to a spa. And head to one of any number of hotels across Mallorca and you can enjoy some fabulous spa facilities, but which are the best? We’ve done the incredibly stressful job of researching them for you and established the top spa hotels on the island.
Housed in a restored 18th-century jesuit monastery, the 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 sierra. A luxury teakwood spa is beautifully designed and treatments use products made mainly from ingredients grown on the surrounding farmland. There is a large outdoor heated pool, as well as a yoga room, steam room, sauna, and thermal circuit. As five-star rustic retreats go, they don’t get much better than this.
Part of the changing image of the Mallorca’s Playa de Palma resort, this swanky resort hotel deserves every one of its five stars. It takes its name from the traditional Balearic fishing vessel, but there’s nothing old fashioned about this swish, contemporary property that fuses 21st-century styling with high-end leisure facilities and up-to-date tech. Its 1300 square metre spa is a highlight and one of the best on the island, with hydrotherapy circuit, two saunas set to different temperatures, ice showers, Turkish bath and jacuzzi.
Castell Son Claret 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. A panoramic swimming pool, deluxe spa, and the only two Michelin star restaurant in the Balearic complete a super-swanky package. The luxury spa has a decent sized hydrotherapy pool and uses Mallorcan herbs to create scents reminiscent of the hotel’s stunning Mediterranean gardens, where you can have outdoor massages, including a couples massage combined with romantic champagne picnic.
Dating from the 19th-century, this rustic five-star property’s standout feature is the deluxe spa fed from the Font Santa thermal spring – the only one of its kind in the Balearic Islands. Breezy contemporary minimalism combines with rustic-chic in the rooms, suites, and villas, some of which feature stunning views over the neighbouring Es Trenc nature park. Couples can also explore the grounds and take a dip in a choice of two large swimming pools or four jacuzzi tubs dotted around the property.
The views from the Mallorcan outpost of the luxury Jumeirah chain, set high on the cliffs overlooking the Port of Soller, are some of the island’s finest. The hotel has a number of pools, but it’s the spa’s spectacular hydrotherapy pool – with views over the Tramuntana mountain range – and the cliff-edge main pool that set this hotel above the rest. Taking a dip in the hotel’s dramatic infinity pool feels like swimming towards the edge of the world, and there are also mind-blowing sunset views.
The spa hydrotherapy pool at the Protur Biomar Hotel in Sa Coma is one of the largest and most impressive we’ve ever seen. The huge pool with hydrothermal circuit has numerous swan-neck water jets, umbrella waterfalls, bubble beds, seats with massage jets, and a couple of jacuzzis to the side. All guests can access the hydrotherapy pool for free once during their stay, and the hotel also boasts two outdoor pools – one large lagoon pool with slides, plus an adults-only pool with swim-up bar for drinks without the chore of having to leave the water.
A landmark hotel since the 50s – when it was a famed haunt of the old-school jet set – the Hospes Maricel Mallorca still channels plenty of glamour, with its large, glimmering infinity pool overlooking the sea. The property comprises a centuries-old neoclassical mansion and swish contemporary additions, plus a terrace with direct access to the sea. A gorgeous spa offers an indoor–outdoor pool, hammam, Jacuzzi and sauna, while most of the 51 rooms and suites offer superb sea views – some even have private plunge pools.
Set a stone’s throw from the super-yachts of the swanky Port Portals marina, the St Regis Mardavall is well placed to attract the millionaires (and the odd billionaire) who frequent this stretch of Mallorca’s south coast. What it might lack in style, it makes up for in spades with facilities, offering such standout features as one of Europe’s biggest spas, boasting an indoor-outdoor pool, Egyptian brine bath, and range of traditional Chinese treatments. Fine dining comes in the form of a Michelin-starred restaurant while the butler service gives a genuinely five-star feel.