South West Mallorca
The most popular part of Mallorca
The area to the south west of Palma is a firm favourite with holiday makers and as such, has been developed extensively. Here you’ll find the big holiday resorts of Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova and Magaluf, which are very popular with the British. These towns provide the traditional package holiday accommodation of cheap 'n' cheerful hotels and budget apartments. Santa Ponsa is the more upmarket of these resorts, Palma Nova is popular with families, and Magaluf is where to head if you're a night owl. All have fabulous beaches and a wealth of family attractions to keep you occupied.
There is of course, more to the south west of Majorca than just these holiday resorts. Closer to Palma is the exclusive marina of Puerto Portals, which has great restaurants and sophisticated nightlife. Port Adriano is the new luxury marina in town, just south of Santa Ponsa - this has been specifically built for the super yachts of the rich & famous, so expect more & more luxury accommodation to be developed here. A more traditional yet still upmarket harbour is that of Port d'Andratx, which has managed to retain it's charm whilst luxury hotels & villas fill the surrounding hillsides.
A quieter and even lovelier fishing village is that of Sant Elm in the far south west, with it's Caribbean-esque sparkling blue seas and tropical landscape, but accommodation options are limited here. As you move away from the coast, you quickly meet rolling countryside as the hills develop into the Tramuntana mountain range. There are several tiny mountain villages hidden in these hills - s'Arraco, Galilea, Puigpunyent for example - which offer a real retreat for rest & relaxation.
A whole host of accommodation options await you in this part of Majorca – whatever you want, you will be able to find. Many foreigners own a second home in this area, so there are plenty of holiday villa rentals and apartment rentals available - right through from budget apartments to penthouse suites, luxury sea view villas and rural farmhouses. Or take a hotel on the coast – many of the luxury brands can be found here, in close proximity to several of Majorca’s golf clubs and some exclusive beach clubs. For a more authentic Mallorcan experience try staying in a countryside finca – these are converted farm & manor houses made into (for the most part) posh B&B’s. They tend to be better value for money when compared to establishments who call themselves boutique hotels.