Mallorca, Spain is a stunning destination for luxury travel, boasting pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, a vibrant culture, and a range of luxurious accommodations and activities. Whether you're looking for relaxation, adventure, or culture, Mallorca has something for everyone.
The Balearic Isles are an archipelago of Spanish beauties. Perhaps the most well-known is Mallorca, followed by the smaller islands of Menorca and Ibiza. Long-loved by Europeans as a posh holiday destination, the islands are both unprovincial and autonomous. The architecture, history and culture of Mallorca is well-maintained, although many new and tourist-friendly attractions and properties have emerged to make sure Mallorca remains solidly on the tourist's list of places to see. Its natural beauty, alone, should be enough motivation!
Luxury Hotels in Mallorca
Mallorca is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, each offering its own unique blend of style, comfort, and luxury. From 5-star resorts to boutique hotels, Mallorca has it all.
One of the most iconic luxury hotels in Mallorca is the Belmond La Residencia, located in the charming village of Deià. The hotel boasts 67 rooms and suites, each decorated with elegant furnishings, antiques, and original artwork. The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, El Olivo, offers a gourmet dining experience, while the spa and fitness center provide the ultimate in relaxation and wellness.
The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is another luxurious option, located on the southwest coast of the island. The resort boasts 125 rooms and suites, each with a private terrace and stunning sea views. The resort's restaurants, Es Fum and Aqua, offer some of the best dining experiences in the region, while the spa and wellness center provide a range of treatments and therapies.
For those of us who prefer staying at charming boutique properties, oozing with luxury in their unique settings, service and oftentimes historical significance, Cap Rocat has it all. Listed as a National Monument, Cap Rocat is a stunning walled fortress overlooking the Balearic Sea on the unspoiled bluffs of Mallorca.
Not simply a hotel, the property is an environmental and architectural conservation project. From the resort's website, "Located in a fortress built for the surveillance of the Bay of Palma, Cap Rocat posed a great challenge in terms of its restoration, which involved transforming the facilities into a hotel as well as complying with the strict regulations governing a building declared a Heritage Asset and listed as a National Monument.
"The fortress lies within a Protected Natural Area and blends perfectly into the landscape. Cap Rocat has been completely renovated by Antonio Obrador with the utmost respect for its unique architecture and its natural surroundings. The project has received the Europa Nostra Award, among other accolades." The landscape alone is gorgeous and exploration-worthy.
Ohhhh, the FOOD!
Mallorca is known for its rich culinary traditions, with a range of local and international cuisines on offer. Whether you're looking for traditional Spanish tapas or innovative gourmet cuisine, Mallorca has it all.
For a popular, tucked-away beachfront spot with gorgeous sunsets and a fantastic menu, visit Lila Portals. We opted for their prix fixe offering. From appetizer to dessert... WOW.
For the best tapas in Palma, visit Bar Espanya. Located in the center of Palma’s historic downtown, be prepared to stand outside with a sangria in hand while waiting to be seated. There is almost always a line out the door, but it is 100% worth the wait!
For a more traditional dining experience, head to Celler Can Amer, located in the village of Inca. The restaurant offers a range of traditional Mallorcan dishes, including suckling pig and lamb, as well as an extensive selection of local wines.
Mallorca offers a range of luxurious activities and experiences, from private yacht charters to hot air balloon rides.
One of the most popular activities in Mallorca is exploring the island's stunning coastline by yacht. Private yacht charters are available for full-day or half-day excursions, allowing you to explore secluded coves and beaches that are inaccessible by land.
For a truly unique experience, take a hot air balloon ride over the island, offering stunning views of the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, enjoy a private helicopter tour of the island, providing a bird's eye view of Mallorca's stunning landscapes.
For those seeking adventure, Mallorca offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, and rock climbing. The island's rugged terrain and stunning landscapes make it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Shopping in Mallorca
Mallorca is home to a range of luxury shopping destinations, from high-end boutiques to local artisan markets. Palma, the island's capital, is a beautiful city with loads of boutiques and major designer brands. It is home to a range of shops, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, while the charming village of Valldemossa is known for its artisanal shops and boutiques.
For a truly unique shopping experience, head to the weekly market in the village of Sineu, where you can browse local crafts and produce, including ceramics, leather goods, and fresh produce.
Of all the stunning places we've traveled to, Mallorca captured our hearts. At once rugged and refined, the island is truly a gem with so much to offer. If you're a lover of travel, but dislike being a tourist, Mallorca is the perfect choice.