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Best hotels in Mallorca 2023: Where to stay for a luxury or budget beach break

Our pick of the best Mallorca hotels for a trip to the largest Balearic island

Helen Ochyra
Thursday 11 May 2023 09:35 BST
Whether you want beaches and crystal waters or a mountain-top stay surrounded by orange groves, Mallorca can provide
Whether you want beaches and crystal waters or a mountain-top stay surrounded by orange groves, Mallorca can provide (iStock)

Situated in the very heart of the Mediterranean, the Balearic island of Mallorca has been charming visitors for centuries, with its dramatic mountains, golden beaches and lush valleys.

The island’s capital, Palma, is one of Spain’s most vibrant cities – rivalling even Barcelona for its food and cultural scene – while, outside the main resorts, you’ll find ancient castles, forts and merchants’ houses lining the coast and dotting the unspoiled interior.

Many of Mallorca’s most beguiling historic buildings have been turned into gorgeous hotels, and today the island is home to dozens of wonderful places to stay, from the small and boutique, to the palatial and five-star. Here, we’ve put together a list of our top picks, to help you find the perfect spot to call home while visiting Mallorca.

Best city break hotel: Can Bordoy Grand House

Neighbourhood: Palma

Replace the sound of the city with birdsong in this hotel’s garden and pool (Can Bordoy Grand House)

Can Bordoy could claim to be Palma’s friendliest hotel, with the sort of staff you’ll want to wave to from the car as you leave.

Rooms here are romantic – all velvet drapes and stand-alone bathtubs, while the garden out back is the ideal retreat from the city’s bustle. There’s a small pool surrounded by mature trees and the sound of birdsong.

Stay in for dinner at Botanic, where the menu focuses on healthy local ingredients, and ask the knowledgeable bar staff for their local wine recommendations.

Best luxury hotel: Palacio Can Marques

Neighbourhood: Palma

Stay in the lap of luxury at this opulent 18th-century mansion (Palacio Can Marques)

Step into a millionaire’s lifestyle at this opulent 18th-century mansion and relax among the priceless antiques and bespoke Murano glassware in your suite before sweeping down the grand staircase into the cool internal courtyard in search of sustenance.

After dining in the hotel’s restaurant, head to the terrace bar, which will tempt you onto the rooftop for views of Palma and a post-dinner cocktail or two.

Best spa hotel: La Residencia

Neighbourhood: Deia

Perfectly placed for walks in the Tramuntana mountains (La Residencia)

This much-loved grande dame of a hotel sits amid the mountains in the chic village of Deia, an ideal base for walks in the Tramuntana mountains. You might find it hard to rouse yourself though, with temptations including a G&T taken on the terrace overlooking the village, or a siesta by the lovely pool.

The spa is top-notch too and many of the suites have private balconies and refreshing plunge pools.

Best hotel for foodies: Castell Son Claret

Neighbourhood: Calvia

Foodies will appreciate dining at the two-Michelin-starred Zaranda restaurant (Castell Son Claret)

One of Mallorca’s best restaurants fills the courtyard at this luxurious hotel, just 30 minutes from Palma – though it feels a world away. The Tramuntana mountains rear up behind the 19th-century castle and there are more than 300 acres of gardens and countryside to explore.

Rooms are contemporary and super spacious, while dinner is courtesy of the hotel’s new chef, Mallorcan-born and Michelin-slated Jordi Canto, who heads up inhouse gourmet restaurant Sa Clastra. Offering two tasting menus and one à la carte menu that changes with the seasons, Sa Clastra is all about using hyper-local produce, including fish and seafood, white asparagus and local honey panna cotta. Herbs are sourced from the estate, while plans are underway for an organic garden so that as much as possible can be sourced from the property.

Price: Doubles from €305 (£257)

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Best beach hotel: Pleta de Mar

Neighbourhood: Capdepera

Take a dip in Pleta De Mar’s impressive infinity pool (Pleta de Mar)

With three pools, including what might just be Mallorca’s most spectacular infinity pool, Pleta de Mar is the sort of hotel you plan to leave but never quite can. The hotel does have a speedboat you can hire, though, and there are some wonderful golden beaches nearby.

Rooms are simple but stylish, with private terraces and the restaurant focuses on local produce. Adults only.

Best hotel for quirky architecture: Cap Rocat

Neighbourhood: Llucmajor

Enjoy panoramic views of Palma Bay from the hotel’s rooftop terrace (Cap Rocat)

Cross the drawbridge of this former military fort and check in to a truly unique hotel room. Above your bed is a vaulted ceiling, while beneath your feet the floors are creamy local stone. Above it all, you’ll find a spectacular rooftop private terrace with panoramic views of Palma Bay from the canopy bed.

The hotel’s infinity pool is one of Mallorca’s dreamiest and the Sea Club restaurant serves up excellent local seafood overlooking the ocean.

Best hotel for couples: L’Avenida

Neighbourhood: Soller

Leave the kids at home and book one of the luxurious rooms with four-poster beds and roll-top tubs (L’Avenida)

Set in a lush valley burgeoning with orange groves, Soller is one of Mallorca’s most attractive towns, and this 12-room boutique hotel is a glorious bolthole at its heart.

The building’s 19th-century modernist style has been brought bang up to date with some artsy contemporary decor, while the more luxurious rooms have four-poster beds and roll-top bathtubs.

The courtyard garden has a decent-sized pool and plenty of loungers, and it’s just a 10-minute tram ride down to Port de Soller for the beach.

Best family-friendly hotel: Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa

Neighbourhood: Illetas​

It’s not just green-fingered guests who’ll appreciate Hotel Bon Sol’s tropical gardens (Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa)

Family-owned Hotel Bonsol may have opened in the 1950s but it’s always had one eye on the future, installing solar panels as far back as 1968 and planting some 230,000 trees to offset its carbon footprint, and that of its guests’ flights.

The hotel is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, and classic rooms all look down through these towards the sea and a small sandy beach. Plus, it’s just a five-mile drive to Palma.

Best hotel for sun-worshippers: Portals Hills Boutique Hotel

Neighbourhood: Portals Nous

Catch some rays on the terrace at Portals Hills Boutique Hotel (Portals Hills Boutique Hotel)

Pack the sunglasses for this one – this Art Deco palace dazzles with its white-on-white decor and every room is flooded with light. The pool terrace catches the sun all day long and you won’t need to leave it –there’s a Miami-style lounge bar right next to the pool and you can order food and drink to your sunbed.

Even the spa will come to you out here, with treatments offered in the poolside wellness pavilion.

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