The Mediterranean island of Mallorca has been the destination of choice for visitors from all around the world for years, no wonder there is a whole host of luxury hotels to choose from on the island.
In recent years, Mallorca's accommodation industry has seen big changes with plenty of investment as world famous brands all race to make their mark on the island. Each year, Mallorca is receiving more and more tourists, positioning it as the rising star of the Balearic Islands and giving its sister Ibiza some competition in terms of luxury travel.
This island has everything you could possibly want, 300 days of sunshine per year, idyllic turquoise waters lined with soft white sandy beaches, rugged mountain ranges, green fertile plains, olive and citrus groves, vineyards and so much more. If you love luxury travel, then Mallorca’s offering is just as varied and has all the facilities you could possibly want for. The luxury series of hotels is continuing to grow with accommodation ranging from state-of-the-art stylish hotels all the way through to charming restored ancient castles. Here are some of our top picks for 2017.
Portals Hills Boutique Hotel
A stylish modern boutique hotel in Puerto Portals, Portals Hills Boutique Hotel offers 29 suites and two exclusive Fendi-furnished penthouses. Designed for fashionable jet-setters, this is a contemporary hotel with all the mods and cons you would expect from the 21st century and offers an exceptional Miami-inspired Mediterranean experience. Puerto Portals, otherwise known as millionnaire’s marina is also on its doorstep along with the glitzy restaurants and bars that go with it.
Gran Melia de Mar Hotel
An adults-only resort guided by a hedonist culture of rest and relaxation, Gran Melia de Mar offers the ultimate stress-reducing holiday. This large scale modern hotel set on the picturesque coastline around Illetes has many charms but our favourites are its pool garden area, which is the perfect tranquil oasis, a luxury spa by Clarins and the fine dining options which include traditional Mallorcan gourmet cuisine, fresh fish and seafood. Within close proximity to Palma and Puerto Portals, this hotel offers the best of both worlds: peace at tranquillity at the hotel and lively culture in neighbouring areas.
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
World famous luxury hotel brand Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts has carefully selected a cliff edge location at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains for its Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa. Here you can enjoy the lush Mediterranean landscape and panoramic views of the pretty resort of Port de Sóller. True to the brand, this is an ultra modern luxury hotel offering all the facilities and first class comforts the modern traveller could ever want for. There are also three restaurants and two bars serving Spanish delicacies along with international favourites, a luxurious Talise Spa, up-to-date gym and 2 swimming pools. The famous towns of Sóller and Port de Sóller, both within easy reach, are the places to go to soak up some authentic Mallorcan culture.
ME Mallorca Hotel
A modern 21st-century lifestyle hotel, ME Mallorca Hotel is lively, stylish and brings a new upmarket dimension to the holiday resort of Magaluf. This hotel prides itself on creating an environment for fun and relaxation where music, art and design are present in every detail and experience. The atmosphere of the neighbouring Nikki Beach Club flows through this hotel, giving a social vibe to the experience.
The St Regis Mardavall Hotel
An iconic luxury hotel in Mallorca, The St Regis Mardavall is a more traditional 5-star resort and offers something for all ages. It has some of the most extensive facilities on the island including 2 critically acclaimed restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an impressive spa with 12 treatment rooms, saunas, 3 thalasso cabins and even an ice room. There is also a children's club, fitness centre and access to 3 golf courses a short shuttle bus ride away from the hotel. Again located in the south-west just down the road from popular Puerto Portals.
Pure Salt Port Adriano Hotel
Pure Salt Port Adriano Hotel stands above the illustrious Philippe Starck designed masterpiece known as Port Adriano and boasts impressive views of the state-of-the-art port. This adults-only hotel is the place to come for a private, restorative and relaxing experience thanks to its latest mods and cons, luxury comforts and unparalleled service. It’s the only hotel within close proximity to the port, cultivating an exclusive feel to the place. For an indulgent treat, book the Adriano Suite which has a private jacuzzi on the terrace!
Barcelo Formentor Hotel
Thanks to its idyllic and isolated setting, novelists, poets, actors and musicians have frequented Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. Being surrounded by Mediterranean woodlands and charmingly crafted landscape gardens, there is a real sense of exclusivity here. The hotel itself is quite traditional in style and offers all the first-class facilities you would expect from a high-class hotel, including an exclusive assortment of restaurants serving up local and international dishes. Being located by the famous Formentor beach and its tiki umbrellas, one could describe it as the paramount paradise on the island.
Cap Rocat Hotel
The ultimate escape, Cap Rocat Hotel resides in a former military fortress on the bay of Palma. It has been carefully renovated to maintain its superb architecture including its very own drawbridge. Attention to detail at this 5-star hotel makes it stand out from the crowd, along with its two excellent restaurants and spectacular sea views. The Sentinel Suite is the most extravagant offering, complete with a private infinity plunge pool and cliff top terrace. It’s the kind of place you will never want to leave.
Hospes Maricel Hotel
Famously featured in the award-winning BBC series ‘The Night Manager’, the luxury Renaissance-style Hospes Maricel Hotel & Spa has been one of the most emblematic and prestigious hotels on the island since the 1950s. It maintains its historical features, including magnificent archways and columns which certainly intensify the luxury feel to this place. There is an infinity pool, gym and a top-notch spa with a wide range of treatments. Be sure you make its award winning breakfast because it is certainly a highlight alongside its sublime location which produces the best sea views from each room. Located between the popular city of Palma and the glamorous Puerto Portals, there is also plenty to do nearby.
Castell Son Claret Hotel
An inland sanctuary in the south-west of Mallorca, Castell Son Claret is a beautifully restored castle and estate set in stunning Mediterranean gardens. It offers some of the finest dining available on the island thanks to chef Fernando Perez Arellano and his 2-Michelin star restaurant Zaranda. This is the perfect couples getaway and, being set inland, the hotel provides a wealth of facilities to keep its guests entertained throughout their stay including tennis courts, hotel bikes, hammam spa and, of course, an impressive swimming pool.