About your accommodation options in Mallorca
There is a wide range of accommodation choices available in Mallorca comprising of luxury grand old dame hotels, intimate boutique hotels, rustic fincas or traditional farmhouses, villas and budget-friendly hotels and apartments.
Firstly, it is worth noting that all accommodation in Spain is strictly classified and graded by each regional government. Hotels are rated from one to five stars according to their facilities and services, as well as their room size. They still dominate the tourism industry in Mallorca, but in recent years, holiday villas and apartments have become increasingly popular on the island with new places popping up every year.
Apartments in Mallorca
Apartment rentals are often a budget-friendly accommodation choice and give visitors more independence and flexibility when holidaying in Mallorca. There are numerous holiday apartments available, the majority within purpose-built resorts and managed by tour operators. These apartment blocks have been specially designed and built for tourists and offer great facilities for those with children. They can be found in many of the island's coastal resorts, including Port de Pollença, Alcúdia, Cala d’Or, Cala Millor, Palma Nova and Magaluf.
You will find traditional Mallorcan style apartments with exposed beams as well as modern penthouse suites, which are worth a look if your wallet will stretch. For bookings, you can go through a local rental agent or just browse apartments directly.
Large individual apartments have seen a growing demand in recent years due to people looking for a home-away-from-home style of accommodation, as well as a more authentic cultural experience whilst in Mallorca. However, the Balearic government have imposed laws forbidding the existence of holiday apartment lets in private residential buildings. Thus, essentially any apartment located in a structure where there are private residences can't be let out for short periods of time. This measure is currently being fought back by owners in Mallorca, but it's still being enforced by the authorities.
Villas in Mallorca
Villa holidays are always popular in Mallorca, particularly with families and groups of friends looking to obtain the best value accommodation for their summer holiday. There’s an impressive selection of villas on the island, with an array of sizes, prices and styles available.
They are quite evenly distributed around the island, although the north-west tends to dominate. Long-standing favourite villa hot spots include Port de Pollença, Son Vida in the north of Palma, Port d'Andratx and Santa Ponça. Many villas are in remote destinations, so renting a car to get to the closest towns, beaches or to generally explore the island is highly recommended. Bookings for villas are usually made through local rental agents, tour operators or via the owners directly.
Luxury hotels in Mallorca
Mallorca has its fair share of historic buildings that have been converted into luxury hotels. Ancient monasteries, manor houses, forts, convents, and castles, you name it, Mallorca has it! Many have been lovingly restored and refurbished to create luxurious accommodation in some of the most spectacular settings on the island. These hotels do tend to be at the pricier end of the spectrum although the level of service and the quality of the surroundings justify the expense, as many have first-class spas, gourmet dining restaurants, and stylish bedrooms equipped with the latest technology.
There is a wide assortment of luxury accommodation in Mallorca, comprising family-friendly resorts offering kids clubs and entertainment as well as adults-only hotels for a more tranquil and refined experience. You will find them all around the island, particularly in the south-west surrounding Palma and Puerto Portals.
Within this category, you'll also see several well-known international brands with their five-star luxury resort hotels make an appearance on the island. Expect the best swimming pools, restaurants, spas and fitness centres along with sports facilities, which often include preferential access to some of Mallorca’s top golf courses.
Boutique hotels in Mallorca
Palma is Mallorca’s main destination for boutique accommodation, boasting an infinite array of unique, top-rate hotels in its old town. The island's villages also offer an impressive selection of boutique hotels, all with their own distinctive style whilst maintaining many original features of the traditional buildings in which they are located, from converted townhouses to manor houses or old convents.
Do not be deceived by a seemingly rustic façade, behind the entrance more often than not lie stylish reception areas, beautiful terraces and courtyards, gardens and even the odd swimming pool. Historical features are often juxtaposed with contemporary fixtures and fittings, while services range from simple bed & breakfast to full on concierge amenities... there is obviously a corresponding difference in price! You will find quaint villages with boutique hotels tend to be in the west of the island with Sóller, Fornalutx, Deià, Alcúdia and Santanyi being the more obvious choices.
Rural hotels in Mallorca
The interior of Mallorca is mainly agricultural, with much of the land given over to vines, almond and fruit trees, mainly oranges, lemons, apricots, figs and olives. This agricultural heritage has resulted in many of the old manor and farmhouses being turned into rural tourist accommodation. Many of these rustic hotels, also known as 'fincas', the Spanish word for estates, are truly amazing. Fully modernised but retaining the character and charm of the original buildings, they offer a luxurious and peaceful escape at exceptionally good prices.
Generally, fincas have an informal home-from-home atmosphere, with between four and ten bedrooms, pretty gardens and a swimming pool. These hotels provide modern facilities in the bedrooms, including WiFi and satellite TV, as well as breakfast and sometimes a restaurant.
Some of the most beautiful fincas are situated to the west of the plain, close to the mountains with a magnitude of outdoor pursuits on offer, whilst the east offers the best beaches, caves and a more relaxing pace of life. There are also rural hotels within close proximity to the famous beauty spots of Sóller, Deià, Valldemossa and Pollença but be sure to check out the hidden treasures around Campos, Binissalem, Llucmajor, Santanyi, Alaró, Artá and Felanitx.
It's strongly recommended to rent a car whilst staying in these retreats, allowing you the freedom to get to and from local villages and towns, explore the countryside and visit the island's beautiful beaches. Mallorca is relatively small and wherever you choose to stay, you are unlikely to be more than a 20-minute drive away from the sea.
Budget hotels in Mallorca
Mallorca offers plenty of good quality cheap and cheerful budget hotels all around the island, whether you are in the north, south east or west, pretty much every purpose built beach resort will offer something fairly reasonable in terms of price.
You are spoilt for choice as these budget hotels are usually perfectly located by a beach and offer a good standard of accommodation with all the facilities to suit the typical needs for a relaxing holiday, including clean rooms and bathrooms, hotel bars, and swimming pools. Budget adult-only all-inclusive hotels can be found in the popular resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, whilst family friendly all-inclusive hotels converge around Port d'Alcúdia, Cala Millor and Playa de Palma (S’Arenal).
When on a hiking holiday, bear in mind that local associations and the government have invested money in renovating hostels along Mallorcan walking routes. These refuges offer a choice of private rooms and dorms, with toilets, showers and warm water, as well as a communal dining area. For example, the popular week-long GR221 walk in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range features hostels at the end of each stage of the route. An alternative for cheap hostel accommodation is to stay in one of the hilltop sanctuaries. There are around eight of these in Mallorca and they offer simple rooms with bathroom facilities.