Welcome to Mallorca, Spain’s biggest (and best) Balearic island!
Like Lady Gaga, Mallorca is constantly reinventing itself. Right now it’s all about style: hotels, private villa rentals and boutiques that ooze glamour, restaurants that mix tradition with 21st-century tastes, sculpture gardens and open-air galleries and gastro-routes with views to die for.
I’ve visited the island a couple of times now and I’m always struck by how much more I still have to explore. Thankfully there’s accommodation to suit every possible taste, from the romantic to the rumbunctious…
For flamboyantly stylish accommodation and Philippe Starck bathrooms head to L’Avenida Hotel in the picturesque town of Soller. Originally built by a pupil of Gaudí, L’Avenida has been lavishly transformed into an eight-bedroom boutique hotel. It’s the sort of place interior designers might go on honeymoon.
Reconstructed from a traditional farmhouse mansion and 14th Century defence tower, Hilton sa Torre is located in the south east of the island of Mallorca. This 90-bedroom hotel combines traditional architecture with contemporary interior design and boasts two restaurants and a bar, a spa and gymnasium, two tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools with solarium and a children’s pool. The location is perfect, just ten minutes from the coast and 20 minutes from Palma.La Reserva Rotana Private Golf & Wine Resort is secluded in a beautiful valley in the Southeast of Majorca, in one of the few remaining natural and unspoiled areas of the island and only six miles away from virgin beaches.
As one of the largest private estates on the island, the 500acre La Reserva Rotana Private Golf & Wine Resort is a working farm composed of copious forest areas, cereal and sheep grazing fields, vineyards, numerous sport facilities featuring an exclusively private golf course plus a 17th century manor house which has been carefully reconverted into a charming luxury country hotel
Award-winning accommodation specialists Mallorca Farmhouses offer a selection of self-catering properties located in the north-west and south-east of Mallorca from just $563 per week in 2012. And with pine-clad mountains and sweeping golden beaches in the north to beautiful hidden coves and miles of lemon and olive groves in the south, the changes in scenery, terrain and beaches are evident when traveling between the north and south of the island. Two of my favorites are…
To the North-West: With many properties located close to the quaint old town of Pollenca, guests can explore the charming cobbled streets, boutique shops and enjoy some locally-produced wines in the main square. The north of the island boasts gorgeous coastlines with a dramatic mountainous backdrop and large pine forests. Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is ideal for a more active getaway with hiking and cycling tours available, while those looking to fly and flop on the beach should head to the sweeping stretch of golden sand between Puerto Pollenca and C’an Picafort.
Sa Caseta is a charming hilltop villa located close to Búger. Set in four acres of rolling countryside, this relaxing retreat has a modern interior, poolside terrace, gated swimming pool, table tennis and a covered BBQ dining terrace. Prices in 2012 start from $1,720 per week. Sleeping six, the price equates to $286 per person, per week.
To the South-East: The cosmopolitan coastal regions of Cala d’Or and Porto Colom in the south-east are renowned for attracting the rich and famous and are home to some of the island’s most exclusive marinas. With many properties surrounded by miles of rolling countryside, lemon and olive groves, the area offers more space and often sweeping views of the sea. They are a short drive from the selection of beautiful cove beaches that line the south-east coast – a haven for sun worshippers.
Es Castell is a grand stone-clad villa set in a private estate in the heart of the s’Horta valley. Surrounded by miles of rolling countryside, the property has its own private vineyard with lemon, orange and olive groves as well as a freshwater swimming pool, sun terrace and covered seating area. Prices in 2012 start from $1,800 per week. Sleeping 10, the price equates to just $180 per person, per week.
All properties come with a private pool, maid service and a starter pack. Flights not included. For further information visit www.mallorca.co.uk