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Where to Stay in Mallorca: Best Areas + 15 Enchanting Hotels

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 bedding down in one place limits what you can experience.

When planning where to stay in Mallorca, keep in mind that it’s a big island with four major areas, each with its own main attractions and vibe.

What you experience in the south will be vastly different from what you can find in the north.

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

Consider what your top holiday priorities are – beach lounging, adventure activities, historical sightseeing, mountain escapes, party time. Mallorca offers it all, but not all in every area.  

Ideally, you want to try and take in most of the island, especially if this is your first time visiting.

So when deciding where to stay on Mallorca, consider choosing not just one hotel in Mallorca, but two or preferably three in different areas.

Where to stay in Mallorca, Spain?

Some of the most charming 5-star hotels in Mallorca are nestled in the countryside.
Some of the most charming 5-star hotels in Mallorca are nestled in the countryside

Our recommendation for making the most of your Mallorca vacation?

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 on our visit.)

By splitting your time this way, you’ll experience the best of Mallorca.

Staying in a hotel or hotels in Mallorca on the beach, venturing out into the rural countryside and soaking up Mallorca culture in Palma will give you the ultimate appreciation of this lovely Spanish island.

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

About Mallorca

The Balearic island of Mallorca is about 1,405 sq. miles (3,640 sq. km) in size, making it the largest island in Spain.

Its white sandy beaches are a big draw for many visitors.

But as mentioned, there are four major regions with a whole lot to explore. So when deciding on the best places in Mallorca to stay, it helps to look more closely at these four regions:

South Coast

If you’re familiar with only some parts of Mallorca, chances are they’re located on the southern coast.

That’s because this is where the most-visited tourist spots are, including the capital city of Palma de Mallorca and Mallorca’s most popular beaches.

You’ll also find quaint fishing villages, along with historical gems scattered inland.

The south coast’s highlights are:

  • Palma de Mallorca (often just called “Palma”)
  • Playa de Palma (and Arenal)
  • Magaluf
  • Palma Nova
  • Santa Ponsa
  • Puerto Portals
  • Colonia Sant Jordi

The south coast is also home to the greatest number and variety of accommodations in Mallorca.

Puerto Portals is the most exclusive area in Mallorca, known for its marina and beautiful Portals Nous Beach.
On the South coast, Puerto Portals is the most exclusive area in Mallorca, known for its marina and beautiful Portals Nous Beach

East Coast

This is the best area to stay in Majorca for families, as most of the island’s family-friendly resorts are located here.

Lapped by turquoise waters, the beaches are beautiful and likely to be surrounded by pine trees (compared to the sandier terrain of the south coast).

The east coast is also a great choice if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday mixed with some nightlife.

Popular places on the east coast are:

  • Cala Millor
  • Cala Ratjada
  • Cala d’Or
Lined by hotels, the long sandy Cala Millor beach is one of eight beaches around the Cala Millor resort town.
Lined by hotels, the long sandy Cala Millor beach is one of eight beaches around the Cala Millor resort town

North Coast

Mallorca’s north coast is a less touristy part of the island.

The shallow waters and quiet beaches make it a great area for families traveling with kids and for couples in search of a peaceful getaway.

But you also find mountains. If you like the idea of more rugged and rural adventure travel (hiking!) – as dictated by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range – then the north and west coasts are a must-see.

This area is home to some of Mallorca’s most scenic spots and villages.

A couple enjoy a seaside restaurants in Port de Pollenca
A couple enjoy a seaside restaurants in Port de Pollenca

Some of the best resort areas, beaches and towns on the north coast are:

  • Puerto Pollensa (or Port de Pollenca) and the nearby village of Pollenca
  • Playa del Muro
  • Port d’Alcudia
  • Can Picafort

The town of Pollensa (Pollenca), in particular, is a great place if you like exploring charming arts-and-crafts shops and lingering in delightful cafés and bars.

West Coast

Once a small fishing village, Port de Soller is a popular seaside Mallorca destination.
Once a small fishing village, Port de Soller is a popular seaside retreat

Also dominated by the Tramuntana mountains, the west coast is the best place to stay in Mallorca for a more secluded away-from-the-crowds vacation. It’s one of the nicest parts of Mallorca, in our view.

You can choose between seaside digs on the cliffs or a finca (farmhouse-cum-inn) nestled in the mountains.

The west coast’s highlights are:

  • The teeny town of Deia
  • The mountain towns of Soller and Bunyola
  • The picturesque coastal villages of Port de Soller and Banyalbufar

Best places to stay in Mallorca (which town or beach area?)

Best places in Mallorca for couples

Soller and Palma de Mallorca are the best towns to stay in Mallorca for couples looking to ignite some romance.

In Soller, you can cozy up in a finca and enjoy a peaceful rural holiday for two.

Mix it up with a luxury adults-only hotel in Palma de Mallorca, and pamper yourselves with five-star spa treatments and private balconies with ocean or city views.

Pink outdoor restaurant in Palma de Mallorca
The capital of Palma de Mallorca has great shops, restaurants and historical attractions

Recommended Mallorca hotels for couples

Where to stay in Mallorca for nightlife

If you’re chasing the ultimate party scene, head to Playa del Palma or Magaluf. They’re infamous for being every young foreigner’s top choices for hot party spots.

For a more mature crowd, but still lively and vibrant, then Palma de Mallorca is your best bet.

As the island’s main town, Palma has an after-dark club and lounge scene with an added touch of class and charm.

Best places to stay in Palma de Mallorca for nightlife

Where to stay in Mallorca for families

For families traveling with small children, Santa Ponsa on the south-west coast is very family-friendly.

It’s located in a protected bay – which translates into a wide shallow beach that offers the safest beach conditions for young kids.

Puerto Pollensa (or Port de Pollensa) in north-east Mallorca is another great option for families. It offers a safe quiet atmosphere that’s well-suited for families with older children seeking an easy-going vacation.

Puerto Pollensa is an especially great place to stay in Mallorca for families.
Puerto Pollensa is an especially great place to stay in Mallorca for families

Another one of the best areas to stay in Mallorca for families is Port d’Alcudia and the Bay of Alcudia (also on the north coast).

There’s lots to do in Alcudia and surrounding area, from windsurfing, sailing and go karting to wandering the narrow streets of Alcudia Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

You’ll find several family-friendly resorts here.

Recommended luxury Mallorca family resorts and hotels

Best places to stay in Mallorca for the beach

There are so many amazing beaches to choose from on the island – much of it depends on exactly what you’re after.

But perhaps the best beach town in Mallorca in terms of offering a bit of everything is Cala Millor.

It has a gorgeous beach, plenty of bars and restaurants, and just the right amount of nightlife to make it lively but still feel relaxed.

Cala Millor at dusk, after everyone has left the beach
Cala Millor at dusk, after everyone has left the beach

Puerto Pollensa is another excellent choice.

Located in north Mallorca, Puerto Pollensa offers a friendly low-key atmosphere with beautiful beaches, cute souvenir shops and restaurants.

Oh, and we should mention the resort area of Cala d’Or too. It means “the Golden Bay” – and that’s a fitting description for this great place.

Cala d’Or boasts no less than seven great beaches. The longest beach is Cala Gran – about 130 feet long – with fine sand and water sports like pedalo rentals.

Just keep in mind that these beaches are busy in high season. But you can usually always find a patch of sand to claim as your own.

Recommended Majorca beach resorts

Where to stay on Mallorca for a splurge

The best part of Mallorca to stay to see and be seen is Puerto Portals.

As a favorite Mallorca private-marina destination for celebrities and public figures, Puerto Portals is filled with luxurious hotels and posh nightlife spots.

You also have plenty of chances to splurge in Port Andratx.

It’s best known for having the most beautiful harbor in the Mediterranean Sea and attracting a high-end yachting clientele with its first-class yacht club.

Recommended uber-luxury Mallorca hotels

15 Best hotels in Mallorca, Spain

In terms of specific accommodation, you’ll find many enchanting places to stay in Mallorca – from grand castles and adults-only boutique inns to farm fincas (converted farm estates).

Here are our picks for the 15 best Mallorca hotels, resorts and fincas.

Quick guide: 15 Best Majorca hotels

1) Petit Palace Hotel Tres

  • One of the coolest boutique hotels in Palma de Mallorca (book here)

2) Castilla Hotel Son Vida

  • Grand historic resort close to Palma de Mallorca (book here)

3) Finca Can Coll Boutique Country House

  • Renovated adults-only rural finca near Soller (book here)

4) Belmond La Residencia

  • 5-Star Mallorca luxury resort in Deia (book here)

5) Hotel Son Brull

  • Luxury boutique Mallorca hotel near Pollenca and its lovely beaches (book here)

6) Pleta de Mar, Luxury Hotel by Nature

  • Adults-only luxury suites, close to the quaint seaside town of Canyamel (book here)

7) Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

  • Family-friendly luxury Mallorca resort, set atop dramatic cliffs above Port de Soller (book here)

8) Can Cera

  • 17th-Century palace hotel in Palma’s famed Gothic quarter (book here)

9) Fontsanta Hotel

  • Boutique adults-only Mallorca hotel and spa sanctuary, near the resort town of Colonia Sant Jordi (book here)

10) Hipocampo Palace

  • One of the best resorts in Majorca for a beach holiday near Cala Millor (book here)

11) Finca Serena

  • Luxury 18th-century farmhouse and adults-only retreat in the agricultural heartland of Es Pla (book here)

12) Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa

  • Expansive luxury beach resort on the Bay of Alcudia, suitable for families (book here)

13) El Llorenc Parc de la Mar

  • Boutique design hotel in Palma de Mallorca, with a cool rooftop beach club (book here)

14) Zafiro Palace Alcudia

  • One of the best Mallorca all-inclusive resorts near the beach, located in Port Alcudia (book here)

15) Portals Hills Boutique Hotel

  • Glam boutique hotel set on a lush hillside near Puerto Portals (book here)

1) Petit Palace Hotel Tres

Where to stay in Palma de Mallorca?

We chose the 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 is ideally located right in Palma’s old town.

You’re just a short walk to Palma’s landmark Gothic cathedral (get your skip-the-line-tickets here) and the Royal Palace of Almudaina.

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

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

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.

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!

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2) Castillo Hotel Son Vida

When it comes to 5-star hotels in Mallorca, few can beat the celebrity guest list of Castillo Hotel Son Vida.

The Castillo Hotel Son Vida is one of the best 5 star hotels in Mallorca.
Suitable for royalty? Sure!

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

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 (margaritas?) and wondering if you’re ever going to explore Palma!

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

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3) Finca Can Coll Boutique Country House

Finca Can Coll is one of the best fincas in Mallorca.
Welcome to Finca Can Coll!

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.

Finca Can Coll, where we stayed, is one of the sweetest Mallorca fincas.

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

Finca Can Coll Mountain Room
This mountain-view room is so light and bright!

Each room is adorned with a changing collection of interesting art by local and international artists.

(Interested in any of the art works? You can buy what strikes you, as all pieces are always looking for new owners.)

Spoil yourself with a suite featuring 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 our 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).

Spanish tapas at Finca 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.

Why stay at Finca 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. The finca’s cellar is also stocked with one of the biggest Mallorcan wine lists.

Plus, it’s good value – and so charming!

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4) 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 amid 30 acres of citrus and olive groves, within the coastal town of Deia.

Deia is home to artists and poets; Robert Graves lived in Deia for the last 50 years of his life.

(Clinging to the mountainside, Deia is so steep, with so little flat land, that villagers are buried standing up.)

Guestrooms at La Residencia are individually decorated; no two are alike.
Guestrooms are individually decorated; no two are alike

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.

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

For a real splurge, book the exclusive Designer Suite by Matthew Williamson.

If your idea of a dream vacation includes a spectacular private pool suite, this is your chance!

Enjoy stunning views of little villages and mountains from your terrace with a private outdoor swimming pool.

The Designer Suite at La Residencia (Mallorca) has its own private pool.
The Designer Suite has its own private pool

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

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.

Cool activities? Walking with donkeys to a mountain refuge for a Mallorcan picnic in a stone shepherd’s hut.

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

We also loved swimming in lovely clear water at the hidden beach cove of Cala Deia.

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.

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5) Hotel Son Brull

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

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

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.

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

There’s also a casual bistro for light meals.

There's no need to leave Hotel Son Brull to eat; its bistro serves up fine food
There’s no need to leave the hotel to eat; both its restaurant and bistro serve up fine food

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.

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6) Pleta de Mar, Luxury Hotel by Nature

The 5-star Pleta de Mar is completely surrounded by nature, but less than a 15-minute walk away from the seaside town of Canyamel.
The 5-star Pleta de Mar is completely surrounded by nature, but less than a 15-minute walk away from the seaside town of Canyamel

The location and amenities put Pleta de Mar in a league of its own.

You’re surrounded by serene luxury with two saltwater infinity pools, a full-service spa, an al-fresco fitness center and a great restaurant – all set amid lush Mediterranean gardens with pine and olive trees.

It’s just as luxurious in the 30 large suites. They feature wood floors, earth tones, natural fabrics and private terraces.

Premium suites include sea views and hot tubs, making it tempting to never leave!

Pleta de Mar suite
Suites are calming and serene

If you decide to venture out, a leisurely 10-minute walk down the rural road gets you to Torre de Canyamel, an historic 13-century watchtower with a small museum and popular restaurant.

Hop in the car, and within 15 minutes, you reach the medieval castle in the town of Capdepera.

Or stroll the chic galleries and boutiques in the nearby town of Arta.

Why stay at Pleta de Mar?

Pleta de Mar is one of the leading small luxury Mallorca hotels, where nature reigns. It’s the perfect place for a truly exclusive and off-the-beaten-path getaway.

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7) Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

Perched on a clifftop, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel offers stunning views, no matter which way you look.
Perched on a clifftop, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel offers stunning views from all angles

No matter which of the 121 available rooms you stay in at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel, you’ll be spoiled with gob-smacking views of either the sea or mountains – revel in them from your terrace or balcony.

The Jumeirah is one of the top luxury resorts in Mallorca for families, and there’s lots you can do here.

Concierges can help organize bike rentals, tours, sunset boat trips and helicopter rides.

Adults and kids over 12 will love taking a dip in the infinity pool, while a second family pool welcomes guests of all ages.

There’s also a full-service spa, gym and an amazing outdoor heated hydro-pool that overlooks the nearby mountains.

For a fun outing, take a 20-minute walk (or hop on the free hotel shuttle) down to oh-so-picturesque Port de Soller and its surrounding sandy beaches.

Enjoy a fresh local fish dish that this small fishing village is famous for!

Also treat the family to the historic tram ride into Soller town (2½ miles from Port de Soller). Visit gorgeous botanic gardens, a modern art museum and the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences.

The vintage tram is a fun way get from Port de Soller to Soller.
The vintage tram is a fun way get from Port de Soller to Soller

Of course, don’t forget the Tramuntana Mountains!

As a UNESCO Heritage site, it’s not only a spectacular natural attraction but it’s ideal for outdoor activities like hiking and bird watching.

Why stay at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel?

This 5-star family-friendly resort offers a ton of activities for adults and kids alike in Port de Soller and the famous Tramuntana Mountains. You won’t get bored here!

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8) Can Cera

One of the best Palma de Mallorca hotels is Can Cera, a refurbished 17th century palace.
One of the best Palma de Mallorca hotels is Can Cera, a refurbished 17th century palace

If your accommodation wish list includes an exquisite luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca – one that oozes history and has a prime location too – get thee to Can Cera!

(And sorry, little ones. This hotel is just for grown-ups.)

The hotel has 14 spacious and elegantly furnished rooms and suites.

They’re decorated with a mix of antiques, carved woodwork and hand-woven bed covers.

The Can Cera Suite was once the palace's ballroom.
The Can Cera Suite was once the palace’s ballroom

Check out the grand wood-paneled library. And take in spectacular views of the city from the rooftop sun terrace.

Located off Santa Eulalia Placa, Can Cera is within steps of Palma’s lively bars, cafés and antique bookshops. The Cathedral, Almudaina Palace and Parc de la Mar are just a brisk five-minute jaunt away.

Interested in activity recommendations and bookings – like museum and wine cellar visits, horseback riding, golfing or a sea trip on Can Cera’s own Italian-designed Pardo 43 boat?

The hotel’s friendly concierge service team is on hand to help.

Why stay at Can Cera?

Be in the heart of it all in Palma – with easy access to shops, the best restaurants and historic sights – while delighting in Can Cera’s lavish Renaissance-style decor and 5-star services.

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9) Fontsanta Hotel

One of the best hotels in Majorca for couples, the adults-only Fontsanta offers a peaceful escape in the countryside.
One of the best hotels in Majorca for couples, the adults-only Fontsanta offers a peaceful escape in the countryside

Fontsanta Hotel is tucked away off a rural road, near the resort town of Colonia Sant Jordi.

On the southern tip of Mallorca, Colonia Sant Jordi is where boats depart daily for the magnificent Spanish national park known as Cabrera Island.

You can also enjoy the seaside with beautiful Es Trenc beach nearby and Ses Covetes beach just over four miles away.

Meanwhile, Es Salbrara’s salt marshes (and their wild flamingoes) lie right in the hotel’s front yard.

The hotel’s thermal spa will pamper you silly.

The naturally heated thermal spring waters found here feed a giant thermal pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool tub plus 10 private thermal baths with 38-degree water temperature. 

Book a professional massage or any one of numerous beauty treatments, or reserve a private consultation with the on-site nutritionist.

One of the best adults-only Mallorca hotels, Fontsanta has a fabulous thermal spa.
One of the main reasons for choosing Fontsanta? It has a fabulous thermal spa

Aside from all these thermal spring amenities, you also find two big swimming pools and four whirlpool tubs scattered throughout the perfectly manicured gardens.

As for the 36 ultra-modern rooms on this 19th century property, they’re serene and calming, with white walls, wooden floors and all the latest technology for the ultimate in comfort.

Why stay at Fontsanta?

For a 5-star spa and wellness escape, this luxurious hotel is the only one with natural thermal springs in the region.

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10) Hipocampo Palace

Guests rave about the pool at Hippocampo Palace.
Guests rave about the pool at Hipocampo Palace


Bask under the Mediterranean sun before cooling off with a dip in the enormous outdoor swimming pool?

Or catch some rays on the beach? The white sands of Cala Millor, an idyllic beach fringed by pine trees, are just a two-minute walk away from this popular resort.

Cala Millor means "the better bay" and it's one of the best beaches in Mallorca on the east coast.
Cala Millor means “the better bay” and it’s one of the best beaches in Mallorca on the east coast

Or maybe you want to indulge in some spa time?

You could try out the resort’s spa, featuring a Turkish bath, sauna, hot tub and indoor heated pool with hydromassage. 

Indeed, you have lots of choices for how to spend a chilled day at the 5-star Hipocampo Palace, which sprawls over more than four acres of manicured tropical gardens.

If you’d rather be physically active – or sprinkle in some fun activities between your beach and pool time – play a match at one of the six tennis courts or tee off at a nearby golf course.

Traveling with kids? They’ll have a blast playing in the pool or at the onsite playground.

Live music and shows even keep families and little ones entertained during the day. 

Why stay at Hipocampo Palace?

Packed with first-class amenities, it’s one of the top Mallorca beach resorts for adults, families and golfers eager to practise their swing on Mallorca’s best golf courses.

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11) Finca Serena

Fincas in Mallorca are a great alternative to hotels - and Finca Serena is one of the best
Fincas in Mallorca are a great alternative to hotels – and Finca Serena is one of the best

Like Pleta de Mar (#6) and Fontsanta (#9), Finca Serena is another posh place to chill out in the middle of nature.

One of the finest fincas in Mallorca, the 40-acre property provides the perfect mix of pastoral simplicity and modern comfort.

Located in the pastoral Es Pla region, it’s a few short miles from two charming agricultural towns, Algaida and Montuiri.

A handful of monasteries and museums are a short drive away.

Let your cares slip away as you lounge by the pool and bask in nature’s serenity. Wellness is an integral part of the place, so you can participate in yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi sessions too.

Get a taste of local flavors at the elegant on-site Jacaranda restaurant. It specializes in authentic dishes with seasonal ingredients fresh from its orchards.

Dining is a treat at Finca Serena in Mallorca.
Dining is a treat at Finca Serena

You can also take advantage of their vineyard tour with wine and oil tastings because… Who doesn’t love a good tasting?

Why stay at Finca Serena?

A modernized farmhouse with 24 spacious rooms. A setting of rolling hills and vineyards. Plus 5-star amenities like a pool, cocktail bar and spa (with a sauna, hammam and veranda with hammocks). Do you need any more reasons to stay here?

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12) Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa

Families like the Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa.
Families like the Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa

The Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa is nestled along the Bay of Alcudia.

With spectacular views, an incredible pool, expansive gardens, a white-sand beach at your finger tips and elegant rooms, it offers everything you need for a great family vacay.

All rooms include a terrace or balcony, so you’re sure to get a great view of either the pool, gardens or sea.

It’s easy to stay active with yoga classes, table tennis, volleyball, bowling and nearby hiking trails.

You’ll find more to do on the hotel grounds with their 5,180 sq. ft. swimming pool, sun beds, spa and wellness area that includes a fitness center, Turkish bath and heated pool.

Playa de Muro Beach is just in front of the hotel, so getting in some beach time couldn’t be easier.

Buses also stop in front of the resort and offer direct routes to Can Picafort and the medieval town of Alcudia.

On Alcudia Bay, Can Picafort has clean white sand and beach chairs and umbrellas for rent.
On Alcudia Bay, Can Picafort Beach has clean white sand plus beach chairs and umbrellas for rent

Why stay at Grupotel Parc Natural & Spa?

As one of the best Mallorca hotels on the beach, with stunning views over the Bay of Alcudia, it’s a good option for a Mallorca-style beach holiday for both adults and kids.

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13) El Llorenc Parc de la Mar

A cool pool scene right in Palma da Mallorca? Say hello to El Llorenc Parc de la Mar!
A cool pool scene right in Palma da Mallorca? Say hello to El Llorenc Parc de la Mar!

Calling all adults favoring a boutique Palma hotel with a pool!

Facing the sea – and crowned with a glorious rooftop infinity pool – El Llorenc Parc de la Mar has got you covered.

Its Moorish-inspired contemporary design is catnip for design enthusiasts and luxury hotel aficionados.

The rooftop beach club is winner.

Soak in the panoramic views as you lounge poolside on a Balinese sun bed underneath emerald-green feathered parasols. While you’re at it, enjoy a refreshing drink and bistro snack from the terrace cocktail bar.

We love these Moroccan-inspired daybeds at El Llorenc Parc de la Mar.
We love these Moroccan-inspired daybeds!

Renowned local chef Santi Taura runs both of the hotel’s restaurants.

DINS offers a fine-dining experience with gastronomic Majorcan cuisine that gets rave reviews.

Maybe pick the sea bass with Mallorcan red wine sauce or roasted suckling pig with sour pomegranate sauce? Or go for the multi-course tasting menu and be surprised.

DINS is celebrated as one of the top restaurants in Palma de Mallorca.
DINS is celebrated as one of the top restaurants in Palma de Mallorca

Tucked away in Palma’s medieval quarter of La Calatrava, El Llorenc is located near all the major sights (such as La Seu Cathedral).

A 15-minute walk takes you to the Portixol district, best known for its fish restaurants and charming bars.

Why stay at El Llorenc Parc de la Mar?

This 5-star hotel in Palma de Mallorca is a little slice of design heaven.

Facing the Balearic Sea, it’s just minutes from the major sights of Palma. And its roof terrace is sensational!

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14) Zafiro Palace Alcudia

Suites are deluxe at the all-inclusive Zafiro Palace Alcudia
Suites are deluxe at the all-inclusive Zafiro Palace Alcudia

You’ll never want for anything at the all-suite Zafiro Palace Alcudia, located in the popular tourist town of Port Alcudia.

Between the countless family-friendly amenities, onsite entertainment and food and beverage options, there’s zero need to leave the grounds.

Bike rentals? Check. Kids’ club? Yep. Daily entertainment, laundry service and a gym? Indeed.

Oh, and get this – there are 12 pools! One is adult-only.

Pick your pool - there are 12 to choose from at the deluxe Zafiro Palace Alcudia, Mallorca.
Pick your pool – there are 12 to choose from at this deluxe all-inclusive resort in Mallorca

The Zen Spa offers a Turkish bath, whirlpool tub, sauna and exercise classes too.

As for the food (always important on holidays!), you have five restaurant options. One is a buffet restaurant and the other four restaurants are themed: from Italian to Japanese.

There are also plenty of bars to be found, including a pool bar.

And let’s not forget you’re only a 10-minute walk from a long sandy beach.

Why stay at Zafiro Palace Alcudia?

With spacious grounds and top-notch facilities catering to adults and kids, the Zafiro Palace is one of the most popular family resorts in Majorca.

And as it’s all-inclusive, you don’t have to worry how many Cokes the kids put on your tab.

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15) Portals Hills Boutique Hotel

Champagne is the drink of choice at Portals Hills Boutique Hotel in Mallorca!
Champagne is the drink of choice at Portals Hills!

Say hello to the Mediterranean version of “Miami Beach meets Beverly Hills”! That’s Portals Hills.

Displaying a modern Art Deco design, Portals Hills offers 30 white-and-gold suites – including an exclusive penthouse completely furnished with designer Italian furniture by FENDI.

All accommodations feature impressive sea views, private balconies with seating areas, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, fridges and Nespresso coffee makers.

A white-and-gold suite at Portals Hills Boutique Hotel, Mallorca.
Suites are dressed in white-and-gold decor, the hotel’s signature colors

Rub shoulders with the international yacht set at the hotel’s buzzy pool bar and club. Who knows, you may spot a European celebrity or two!

Ten minutes from the hotel, you’ll find exclusive Portals Nous beach.

And from there, a few minutes’ walk away, Puerto Portals is a chic marina hotspot, well-known among the yachting community, with gourmet restaurants and designer boutiques.

Why stay at Portals Hills Boutique Hotel?

It’s the kind of luxury hotel where the buffet breakfast includes champagne. And the outdoor infinity pool, surrounded by gardens, is a decidedly stylish setting for gazing out over the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.

You can also claim bragging rights – Portals Hills is one of the most expensive of the 5-star Mallorca hotels.

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So are you excited about visiting Mallorca?

We hope this guide on where to stay in Majorca helps you with your travel planning.

The island truly is seductive! We can’t wait to return.

And we have no doubt you’ll enjoy every minute of your time there.

Craving more Spain inspiration?

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.

Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

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Alina V.

Friday 15th of September 2023


This article is super helpful and great - I really like the idea of booking multiple places in Mallorca, so we will do that.

We are going there for a week at the end of November. Any tips for that particular season? We're really looking forward to our first holiday in Mallorca!

Janice and George

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Much of Mallorca is a seasonal vacation destination - spring to fall. Outside of Palma de Mallorca, many of the resorts and restaurants (certainly in beach towns) close down at the end of October.

For an end of November vacay, we suggest you stay in Palma de Mallorca for the week.

There'll be more going on there for you to enjoy - visiting the Cathedral, bicycling along the seafront promenade, shopping. And lots of restaurants will still be open in the island's capital. You can do day trips, depending on what's open.



Wednesday 31st of May 2023

I'm planning a trip to Mallorca in early July with my girlfriend.

I really like your idea of booking 3 different hotels/areas to totally experience the island.

If you had to pick 2 areas to go with Palma today, where would you pick? (Ideally without the need for a car, as I haven't driven for a while and she doesn't trust me, haha.)

Janice and George

Thursday 8th of June 2023

Hi Mitch,

Definitely add Soller to your Mallorca itinerary. Orange groves, cable car to Port de Soller and its beaches, lovely fincas with swimming pools, hiking and walking trails, good restaurants, etc. (Or you could stay in Port de Soller.)

It will be hot in July. If you'd like a beachy type of vacay, maybe add Port de Pollensa? Or you could stay somewhere on the east coast like Port d'Alcudia (also a beach town) which might have some better nightlife.

We're planning another trip to Mallorca - and this time, we won't rent a car. We'll take private transfers between the various towns (Port de Pollensa, Santanyi, Deia, Soller and Palma) and do some tours from these places. The private transfers are the same cost as renting a car for the duration of our stay.

Have a fabulous trip!

Jamie B.

Saturday 25th of March 2023

I'm planning a trip to Mallorca in early June with my 19-yr-old daughter.

We are thinking of a a few days in Palma and a few days at the beach. We're not interested in the party scene/touristy areas - and the adult-only hotels sound great. El Llorenc Parc de la Mar looks lovely, as does Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa.

Are there good beaches in/near Soller? Will it be good beach weather in early June? Do the beaches typically have umbrella and chair rentals?

Thanks for the tips!

Janice and George

Saturday 25th of March 2023

You've picked a good combo of hotels in Palma and Soller!

Yes, it will be beach weather in June, with an average daily high of about 80 F (26 C). So you should get lots of nice sunshine :-).

Port de Soller has two town beaches. They're narrowish strips of coarse sand lapped by calm waters, backed by a pedestrian boardwalk plus restaurants and bars. In high season (June to September), there are beach chairs and umbrellas for rent.

If you have a car, you'll want to also explore some beautiful beach coves nearby, like Cala Deia and Torrent de Pareis for a change of scene.

Have a great vacay!

Nikesh Desai

Friday 4th of February 2022

Great details...thanks! We are there for 2 weeks with kids doing the Nadal Camp. Better to stay in Felantix, Ariany or Son Carrio?


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

@Nikesh Desai,

The area of Porto Cristo – Cala Mendia is a quiet area close to beautiful small beaches where you can find restaurants, shops, etc. Close enough to Nadal's camp and close to the beach.

You can rent a holiday home close to the beach or a country finca which provides you lots of privacy.

Janice and George

Monday 14th of February 2022

How exciting for the kids! And the parents who get to enjoy Mallorca too :-) Felantix is a small 13th century town and a bit of a treasure, with restaurants and nearby vineyards. It's not too far from the beaches of Portocolom and Cala d'Or – maybe a 20-minute drive? There's probably more going on in Felantix than in Ariany and Son Carrio (below). Ariany is a teeny hilltop town (population under 1,000). Son Carrio is also a quiet peaceful village. But we may not have told you anything that you don't already know? Let us know what town you decide to stay in, and why!


Thursday 28th of March 2013

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