Palma, the capital of the island of Mallorca, is a stunning city to escape to throughout the year. From its cosmopolitan marina to historical sights, and from fashion conscious shopping, to a sumptuous restaurant scene, you’ll find yourself returning time after time. We’ve picked our Top 10 luxury hotels in Palma de Mallorca to showcase the best the city has to offer.
1. Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden
Located in Palma’s Old Quarter, this 24-suite hotel is in a secluded courtyard setting, with a delightful private walled garden where you can enjoy a dip in the heated pool. A remarkably renovated 16 th century property, you can enjoy the organic restaurant, and appreciate the views of the city from the roof terrace.
The interior is a successful mix of old and ultra modern, with gothic pillars, ornate chandeliers and frescoed ceilings. The individually styled, elegant suites, have electronically adjusted mattress firmness, walk-in marble showers, circular bathtubs and some have the benefit of a private balcony. For an added touch of luxury, a butler service is offered by the Can Bordoy.
2. Can Cera Hotel
Housed in a former 17 th century Palace, the Can Cera Hotel is located off the lively Santa Eulalia Plaza with La Seu Cathedral just a 5 minute walk away. You’ll see stone arches, and a marble staircase as you enter the hotel. There’s also a combination of original features, Mallorcan furnishings, contemporary lighting, and works of art.
There are 14 bright and spacious rooms, comprising 8 deluxe rooms and 6 suites. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at the Can Cera Gastro Bar in the covered terrace area on the ground floor. You also have two options for breakfast, either a full buffet, or a la carte menu. For an added touch of luxury, the hotel offers exclusive use of a Pardo 38 or Pardo 43 boat at nearby Port Adriano.
3. Castillo Hotel Son Vida
Located in the exclusive district of Son Vida, the 5-star Castillo Son Vida is housed in a 13 th century castle surrounded by subtropical gardens and superb views of the Palma Bay. One of the larger luxury hotels in Palma de Mallorca, the hotel has 164 rooms (including 12 suites and 1 villa suite). Each of the elegant rooms and suites has state-of-the-art technology, and the Villa Suite has 4 bedrooms and bathrooms, private garden and pool/wellness centre.
Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool while relaxing on a sunbed or cabana under the palms. If you prefer, you can use the indoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and ice fountain. Castillo Hotel Son Vida also offers a fine selection of restaurants, bars and lounges and wine cellar, which they state is the best in the Balearics – so why not give it a try!
4. Convent de la Missio
Originating from the 17 th century, the Convent to la Missio is surrounded by narrow streets and courtyards in the heart of Palma’s old town. Following careful renovation, the hotel boast 27 spacious and welcoming rooms, ranging from superior to luxury suites. You can enjoy the indoor pool and sauna area, and then perhaps spend a while on the rooftop sun terrace.
In the evening, stay at the hotel and savour the delights of the Marc Fosh restaurant combining Michelin starred Mediterranean cooking within a relaxed atmosphere. How about unwinding in The Art Bar that was once the refectory of the convent. Here you can sit, enjoy a drink or cocktail, and take in the works of art adorning the walls.
5. Es Princep
With outstanding views of the Bay of Palma and the old city walls, the boutique-style Hotel Es Princep is ideally located near to the main attractions, and the marina. Rooms (ranging from standard rooms to sea view suites) are bright, modern and sleek, and some benefit from sea views.
After a long day sightseeing, what could be more welcoming than spending some time in the hotel’s luxury spa offering an array of head to toe wellness and beauty treatments. Or, how about a welcome dip in the rooftop pool? You’re then ready for an evening in the city, perhaps starting with watching the sun go down over a cocktail on Es Princep’s roof terrace.
6. Gloria de Sant Jaume
Located in a small alleyway in the heart of Palma, you’ll feel the quality of the original 16 th century mansion as you enter. All of this is still just a five-minute walk from the city’s main attractions. Certain features of the original property such as sandstone arches, have been successfully combined with luxurious touches and state-of-the-art technology.
The hotel has just 14 spacious rooms located over 2 floors, each with their own unique identity. Relax in the spa located in the hotel’s basement. Here you’ll find a large pool, vaulted ceiling, sandstone walls, sauna, steam bath and relaxation area. If you prefer, head to the rooftop to enjoy the views and sun, and of course the Jacuzzi. Take advantage of the restaurant and bar El Patio de Gloria with its elegant and cozy atmosphere. There’s even an open courtyard with its original water fountain.
7. Gran Melia Victoria
Possibly one of the more renowned 5-star hotels in Palma, the Gran Melia Victoria has a superb seafront location opposite the marina. This is a traditional hotel offering bright and airy rooms. If you are familiar with the chain’s VIP service, you won’t be disappointed with their selection of Red Level rooms and Red Level Lounge.
The hotel has 3 bars including a cocktail and pool bar, and 2 restaurants including buffet and a la carte. You could be spending the day ambling around the city, or relaxing by the outdoor pool (open 1-May to 31-Oct) or in the indoor heated pool. If you prefer to stay active on your break, head to the hotel’s air-conditioned gym.
8. Palacio Ca Sa Galesa
Located in the heart of Palma’s historic old town, the 5-star Palacio Ca Sa Galesa dates back to the 16 th century, but is equipped with all the comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel. With just 12 individually styled rooms, this intimate hotel offers lounges and a delightful inner courtyard. Enjoy views of the city from one of the sunbeds, or cabanas, on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
Start your day off with breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Palma, before perhaps heading into the city for some boutique shopping, or sightseeing. You can then return to the hotel for afternoon tea or coffee served alongside traditional Mallorcan pastries in the delightful Monet Kitchen.
9. Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
A renovated mid 19 th century mansion, the boutique-style Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is located in the peaceful historic quarter of Palma de Mallorca in Plaza de Sant Francesc Square. Main attractions, cafes, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance.
In the hotel, you can expect to see period pieces mixed with contemporary designer furnishings. Each of the 42 elegant rooms (including 10 suites) are individually designed with views of the Square, garden, and the hotel’s courtyard. You can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in the Quadrat Restaurant, a cocktail and appetising snack in the Lobby Bar, Mallorcan Patio or rooftop terrace (where you can also find the pool and sunbeds). You can also enjoy the 24-hour gym housed in the former water well.
10. Summum Prime Boutique Hotel
Housed in a reconstructed 15 th century Palace – one of Palma’s oldest stately homes – the Summum Prime Boutique Hotel offers guests high-end interior spaces combined with characteristics of the original building. Located in the heart of Palma’s old town, you’ll be within easy walking distance of the main attractions.
There are 18 rooms and suites, ranging from deluxe rooms through to the Parietti Suite complete with ceiling frescos and exclusive use of a Porsche Macan S. After a long day, you can relax on the rooftop terrace, complete with small chill-out pool. If you prefer to eat in, then take the opportunity to sample the Mediterranean cuisine in the elegant Equus Restaurant.
Without doubt, there are some extraordinary luxury hotels in Palma de Mallorca. Perhaps the hardest decision to make is which hotel to choose.
Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks.
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