The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has been one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations for decades. Which is good news for travellers because in such an advanced market, the accommodation options are extensive if, it has to be said, not always cheap. Want a luxury, adults-only hotel overlooking the Med? Done. Prefer a historical building with spa included? No problem. Has to be family-friendly? Easy. Read on for our pick of 10 of the best hotels in Mallorca.
Consistently rated among the top hotels in the island's capital of Palma, Posada is a boutique hotel par excellence. Located in a hidden-away, listed 16th-century manor house, careful restoration and a strong design sensibility have created a unique place to stay at the heart of the city; industrial chic seamlessly combines with original stone walls and relaxing color swatches to create a tranquil ambience. There are just 26 rooms, including a spacious duplex and a suite. At breakfast, don't miss the egg menu, with your choice freshly made to order, alongside a range of specialities from across the island. The rooftop terrace has great views, contemporary deckchairs and a plunge pool for cooling off in the warmer months.
One of the more recent openings in Palma de Mallorca, Nakar is perfect for those who love the crispness and elegance of a new-build. Contemporary luxe is the style, and technophiles will rejoice in the smart TVs that provide screen mirroring with your mobile or tablet; USB points are located around the sleek, minimalist bedrooms while safes have built-in charging points for your laptop. If you're travelling in a group, a number of connecting rooms are available while deluxe bedrooms offer a hot tub and private courtyard. The hotel spa has a range of treatments available, while you can dine, take a dip or enjoy a cocktail on the upper floors, all with great views included.
This small-scale (just eight rooms), adults-only hotel in Alcúdia lets you discover the history, art, beaches and nature of northern Mallorca. Can Mostatxins is in the centre of the old town (don't miss the market for local goodies) in a 15th-century building, and exposed brick walls are part of the stylish decor. Feel like Rapunzel in the Tower Suite, which has its own terrace and is reached via a glass walkway. Bonus features include a hot tub in an atmospheric chill-out space, free cava (and water, if you must), and spa treatments available on request. Oh, and the slight mouthful of a name means 'moustache' in Mallorcan, and hipsters will love spotting the facial hair motifs.
Take yourself and your kids on an authentic get-away-from-it-all break at this stunning countryside estate at the centre of Mallorca. While you're absolutely allowed to spend all your days relaxing by the outdoor pool and feasting your eyes on the views, it's also a great base for exploring the island; cycle, hike, go wine tasting or bird watching, play golf, visit the animal park in nearby Santa Eugenia. There's only one bedroom, the other options are two- and four-person apartments with kitchen, sitting room and terrace. No on-site restaurant means a semi-self-catering experience, however, during the week, a dinner room service is available, as is an optional daily Mallorcan breakfast.
The town of Soller is one of Mallorca's most visited and if you want to sample it for yourself, we suggest a stay at this gorgeous turn-of-the-century townhouse. Catering only to grown-ups, luxury and refined extravagance are perfect for taking a break from your daily routine. An extensive range of facilities and services includes wellness treatments, a micro cardio gym and new restaurant, the Bistro Sal Negra. The best part of your day could be spent stretched out in the magnificent garden-pool area with all-day snacks, afternoon tea and classic cocktails a small sample of what's served there. Choose from 12 bedrooms, some of which have private terraces, rolltop baths and four-poster beds.
Want to create your own slice of Mallorcan artistic life? Then do as numerous bohemians have done before you and stay at S'Hotel Des Puig in the gorgeous village of Deià. While it's not billed as luxury accommodation (rooms cost from €80 a night), breakfasting al fresco with the fabulous Tramuntana mountains as a backdrop will make you feel the richest person on Earth. Rooms are simple and families will appreciate the cheaper next-door apartments (they include pool access but not breakfast). The area is popular with cyclists wanting a challenge on the mountain roads; if bikes aren't your thing, walk down to the local beach for a swim and picnic lunch then do your exercise on the hike back up the hill!
Port Soller is a natural bay on the western side of the island and reachable from Palma via train and a classic tram. Make the most of its inherent beauty and relaxed chicness with a stay at the Espléndido, which has splendid views of the sea from its spot in the centre of the bay. Its many other highlights include two outdoor pools and a spa with indoor pool, extras including flip flops and beach bags, and a wonderful location close to both the sandy beach and the town centre. While this is an excellent choice for families, both those with and without kids will appreciate features such as the cool lounge-bar, a top breakfast and numerous nearby fish restaurants.
Treat yourself to a taste of the Mediterranean high life with a stay at Cap Rocat. Set on the Cala Blava beach, just along the coast from Palma, this luxury, adults-only hotel was once a military fortress; the sophisticated decor and amazing architecture create a unique setting. The grounds are extensive and include gardens, an infinity pool and direct access to the sea. Equally extensive is the selection of rooms on offer – secret spaces built into the rock, suites with private pools, gazebos and multiple terraces, and incredible views on all sides. Dine on Mallorcan specialities on an outdoor terrace, book a private wine tasting in the old fort kitchen or unwind in the sumptuous spa. Spoil yourself, basically.
Explore the tranquil east of Mallorca with a stay at this organic farm that's been in the same family since the 17th century. It's rustic charm writ large with guests able to enjoy produce grown on-site (tomatoes, peppers, melons and more), while nearby barns house animals and store crops like almonds and carob beans, and the large pool uses water from the estate. The verdant garden has a playground and communal outdoor kitchen and barbecue area; there's no restaurant but free transportation is offered to two local eateries. Accommodation is five double rooms with or without sofa, and three larger apartments. Golfers should book courses through the hotel for discounts, while beach lovers mustn't miss the nearby unspoiled coves.
Want to be in the city without actually being in the city? Book a room at Portixol on the edge of Palma, specifically in the trendy neighbourhood of El Molinar. With Swedish owners, this is Med style done the Scandi way with a dash of retro beach resort thrown in. Twenty-five rooms are on offer; one single has no view but the rest overlook the sea or neighbouring port. The bar and restaurant both have long hours for snacks and cocktails or fine dining; in the bar you'll also find sofas, a record player and international magazines. Fill your days with bike rides along the seafront, sessions in the on-site spa or simply lounging by the pool.