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Where to stay in Mallorca: 5 enchanting places

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Beaches, mountains and a sophisticated medieval city. Sounds idyllic, right?

It is – welcome to the Spanish island of Mallorca!

But here’s the thing.

There are so many delightful things to do in Mallorca – and the island is so diverse – that staying in only one place will limit what you can experience.

Where to stay in Mallorca? It's hard to decide, as the island is so diverse.
With the island being so diverse, it’s hard to decide where to stay on Mallorca

On a first visit especially, you want to try and take in most of the island.

So when deciding where to stay in Mallorca, consider choosing not just one hotel in Mallorca, but several.

Where to stay in Mallorca?

Where to stay in Mallorca
Some of the most charming 5-star hotels in Mallorca are nestled in the countryside

One idea?

Book three Mallorca hotels – one by the beach, one in the mountains (or countryside) and one hotel in Mallorca’s capital, Palma.

(We stayed at four hotels in Majorca.)

5 Best Mallorca hotels

You’ll find many enchanting places to stay in Mallorca – from grand castles to farm fincas (converted farm estates).

(By the way, don’t get confused by the spelling. Mallorca is often spelled “Majorca” by the British. But it’s the same island, and we spell it both ways here.)

Here, then, are our picks for the 5 best hotels in Mallorca.

1) Petit Palace Hotel Tres

Where to stay in Mallorca
From Hotel Tres’ rooftop pool, you get glorious views of Palma’s cathedral, which is almost at your doorstep

This minimalist boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca is ideally located right in Palma’s old town.

From here, you can easily walk to Palma’s landmark Gothic cathedral and the Royal Palace of Almudaina Palace.

The 41 moderately-priced rooms are split between two buildings, one a 16th century palazzo (which we prefer) and the other a modern block.

In the middle is a stone courtyard sprouting a towering palm tree, under which 30’s-something guests linger, checking out emails on their laptops.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres is one of the best boutique hotels in Palma de Mallorca
Rooms at Hotel Tres are decorated with eye-catching nude prints

Guestrooms are snug, but the open bedroom/bathroom design helps make them feel bigger, and the Hotel Tres signature table that rolls over the bed is a clever space-saver.

White floors, wood floors and lots of glass lend a clean, spare look.

Several rooms have king-size beds – hard to find in Mallorca.

Petit Palace Hotel Tres
For extra space and comfort, book a junior suite

The rooftop terrace boasts a small splash pool.

And sunset is the time to soak up the views over Palma’s rooftops.

It may be small, but the pool is a cool spot to catch the sunset

Bonus: WiFi is free, rates include a plentiful breakfast and complimentary iPads are available to use.

Why stay at Petit Palace Hotel Tres?

It’s one of the best hotels in Palma de Mallorca in terms of location. You’re right in the heart of the capital’s lively old town!

Petit Palace Hotel Tres

Urban boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca

Check rates and availability here

2) Castillo Hotel Son Vida

5-star hotels in Mallorca? Castillo Hotel Son Vida is on the list.
Suitable for royalty? Sure!

When it comes to 5-star hotels in Majorca, none can beat the celebrity guest list of Castillo Hotel Son Vida.

Everyone from Michael Douglas, super-model Claudia Schiffer, rock musician Sting and the Spanish royal family have bedded down here.

A peaceful retreat surrounded by cypresses and pines – yet only 15 minutes by car, bus or taxi from the maze of Palma de Mallorca’s shopping streets – Castillo Hotel Son Vida perches high above the bay of Palma.

Where to stay in Mallorca
Stay at this luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca, and you join a guest list of who’s who

Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, the 13th century castle hotel (complete with a knight statue in full shining armor in the lobby) has 164 rooms and suites.

Interiors include gilt-framed mirrors, Juliet balconies overlooking the twinkling lights of the city, and fresh-cut long-stem roses on antique dressers.

By day, take a dip in the grand outside pool set amid palms and pine trees, or tee off on three nearby championship golf courses.

The Castillo Hotel Son Vida is a 5 star hotel in Mallorca
This pool is so seductive, it was hard to rouse ourselves to go out and explore!

At night, dine on the outdoor stone terrace, lit by crystal oil lamps.

A new spa features a state-of-the-art gym and light-filled treatment rooms with underfloor heating.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida
And here’s another pool…

Why stay at Castillo Hotel Son Vida?

The outdoor pool is so elegant, you could happily spend all day relaxing by it in a plush lounger, sipping cocktails and wondering when you’re every going to explore Palma!

This is one of those luxury hotels in Mallorca you don’t really want to leave.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Grand historic resort close to Palma de Mallorca

Check rates and availability here

3) FincaHotel Can Coll

One of the nicest Mallorca fincas? FincaHotel Can Coll
Checking in at FincaHotel Can Coll? Take a seat here…

Fincas in Mallorca are a special type of accommodation.

They are traditional Spanish farmhouses that have been converted into boutique inns and B&Bs.

Some fincas are pleasantly modest; others are top-notch with guest casitas, swimming pools and 300-thread-count linens.

FincaHotel Can Coll, where we stayed, is one of the best Mallorca fincas.

A restored, butter-yellow manor house, it has 10 individually decorated rooms.

FincaHotel Can Col
The spacious Oliva suite is bright and sunny

Spoil yourself with a suite.

The Oliva suite has a huge outdoor terrace overlooking the mountains and terracotta tile roofs of Soller.

FincaHotel Can Coll is one of the best fincas in Mallorca
George relaxing on the terrace of the Oliva suite…

There’s also a tranquil pool in the garden for enjoying sunny lazy afternoons.

A talented chef whips up modern Mediterranean dinners, served outside by six-foot high candelabras or inside the bodega (wine room).

Looking for a finca in Mallorca? Look no further than FincaHotel Can Coll
Delicious, right?

Once or twice a week, you might be treated to Spanish paella, a tapas trilogy or a barbecue.

In the morning, delicious breakfasts of homemade blackberry yogurt, egg dishes and date-and-nut bread are taken in the shady garden.

Where to stay in Mallorca
When the weather’s good, it’s lovely to dine alfresco

Why stay at FincaHotel Can Coll?

It’s close to several forest hiking trails and just a 15-minute walk to the village of Soller with its cute restaurants. Plus, it’s so charming!

FincaHotel Can Coll

Much-loved rural finca near Soller

Check rates and availability here

4) Belmond La Residencia

Best hotels on Mallorca? Belmond La Residencia
The countryside views are stunning at La Residencia!

Renowned among the 5-star luxury hotels in Majorca, Belmond La Residencia is gloriously nestled in 30 acres of olive and citrus groves within the town of Deia.

Home to artists and poets (Robert Graves lived here for the last 50 years of his life), Deia is so perpendicular as it clings to the mountainside, with so little flat land, that villagers are buried standing up.

La Residencia suite
Some suites have their own private pools

Designed to complement the surrounding village, Belmond La Residencia has 76 rooms, clustered within four stone buildings.

Two are ivy-clad manor houses, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, set around a large inviting pool.

Guestrooms are individually decorated; no two are alike

Persian carpets add warmth to red stone floors, and original oil paintings adorn the walls.

Lovely touches: Fresh-cut flowers are delivered to your room after check-in, and turndown chocolates come in mesh jewellery bags.

Belmond La Residencia
We loved swimming in the hotel’s main pool

But for all its splendor, La Residencia isn’t stuffy – a yellow rubber duck greeted us in the bathtub.

Don’t miss dining in its brilliant El Olivo restaurant.

Paella, anyone?

Cool activities? Walking with donkeys to a mountain refuge for a Mallorcan picnic in a stone shepherd’s hut and swimming at the hidden beach cove of Calle Deia.

Best hotels on Mallorca? Belmond La Residencia
You can let the hotel pack a picnic for you, carried by one of its donkeys

Why stay at the Belmond La Residencia?

It’s romantic, gracious without being pompous, and one of our all-time favorite hotels in the world.

Belmond La Residencia

5-star resort near Deia and beaches

Check rates and availability here

5) Hotel Son Brull

Hotel Son Brull
Best place to stay in Majorca for couples? We hear Hotel Son Brull is pretty dreamy

We confess. We haven’t stayed here, yet.

But this is one of the boutique hotels in Mallorca we’d like to check out next time!

Tucked away in the foothills of the mountains near Pollenca, Hotel Son Brull is housed in a former 12th century Jesuit monastery.

Pretty mod! There’s a free-standing tub in the living room area

The 25 rooms are very modern and minimalist though, with concrete flooring, slick bathrooms with separate tub and shower, and Bang & Olufsen sound systems.

Comforts come in the form of king-size beds and pillow menus.

Keen to splurge? Two 2-bedroom villas have their own private pools.

No need to leave the hotel to eat; its bistro serves up fine food

Its restaurant is celebrated (guests rave over the crispy-skin roast suckling pig with purple carrot and the nougat-and- hot-chocolate dessert).

Jams are home-made, and the hotel produces its own gin and wine.

There’s also a spa with hammam, yoga studio and heated outdoor pool.

Ah, yes, we could be happy relaxing by this pool…

Why stay at Hotel Son Brull?

It’s a small 5-star hotel in Mallorca that ticks off all the boxes for a stylish rural getaway.

Hotel Son Brull

Boutique Mallorca hotel near Pollenca and its lovely beaches

Check rates and availability here

Craving more Spain inspiration?

Read our posts on:

A lovely hotel in Roses | On the Costa Brava, the beachfront Hotel Vistabella is right on the Camino de Ronda. Go for beautiful coastal walks, then swim in the glorious sea.

Cadaques | After you see these beautiful photos of Cadaques, you’ll want to visit this town (where Salvador Dali lived).

A grand hotel on the Costa Brava | With museum-worthy antiques and a killer perch above the chi-chi resort town of S’Agaro, Hostal de la Gavina is one of the best places to stay in Spain.

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Photo credits: 16 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 2 Hotel Son Brull | Other photos courtesy of the respective hotels

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Thursday 28th of March 2013

That rooftop pool looks amazing. They all seem like a great place to enjoy what Mallorca has to offer.

Leigh McAdam

Thursday 28th of March 2013

I'd have a hard time deciding where to stay. I always love the feel of Finca type places - and the location of the one depicted looks amazing. One cold winter I'll leave Calgary and head for Mallorca.

Janice and George

Thursday 28th of March 2013

I'm sure you'd love it! Lots of great hiking trails...


Monday 18th of March 2013

Beautiful shots and tour, thank you guys! I've never visited but obviously this screams luxury.

Janice and George

Monday 18th of March 2013

Oh, you'd love Mallorca. You'll have to try and visit some day! We flew direct from Germany, and the flight was quite inexpensive.