As the leading tourist destination in the Mediterranean, Mallorca increasingly offers a great diversity of hotel experiences. The trend is towards smaller hotels of character offering quality cuisine using local produce in idyllic rural or coastal locations. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest openings outside of Palma.
Pleta de Mar, Canyamel
This is the first full season for the new Pleta de Mar hotel which is located on the north east coast of Mallorca. It is the fourth hotel to be opened by local Mallorquin family who also own Fontsanta Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness, 3 km from Es Trenc, Can Simoneta (literally 200 metres away from Pleta de mar) and the Convent del la Missió in Palma’s old town. The new hotel enjoys the most spectacular sea views and a warm contemporary style that blends in with the natural environment. The interiors reflect the hotel’s 5 star status with spacious rooms and suites, a grill fine dining restaurant, 2 infinity pools, a spa and private access to Sa Cova dels Albardans beach. Room rates start at: 360€ based on two people sharing a double room with breakfast and local tax: www.pletademar.com
Just Open: Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel, Puerto Soller.
Mallorca is the first location for this fresh concept from the German based 25 Hours Hotel Group with 16 hotels worldwide. The Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel concept is based on “Gypset Style” informal environment. The hotel, which overlooks the Port and has views across the sea and mountains, has 114 rooms and suites that all feature a king sized bed and a balcony/terrace with either a daybed or hammock. Facilities include: large hotel bar, lounge and terrace, the Neni Restaurant offering a mix of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, the poolside Pikkini and Donkey bar, swimming pool, snack bar, roof terrace gym, spa/sauna room and treatment room for massages. Opening rates start from 140 € per night for a double room to include breakfast in low season and from 190€ per night in high season: www.bikini-hotels.com
Finca Gomera, Llucmajor
Nestled in the heart of south Mallorca, this 17th-century country house has been completely refurbished to offer modern comfort and luxury in a traditional Mallorcan rural environment in an idyllic setting of vineyards and the rolling countryside of Llucmajor. Easily accessible, it’s located near Cala Pi, 20 minutes’ drive to Son Majoris golf course and approximately 25 minutes’ drive to Palma’s International Airport. Finca Gomera features 10 rooms and suites all with their individual style and offering views over the beautiful countryside. The emphasis by French owner, a native of Bordeaux, is on personal service. The food and wine experience are focused on providing the best organic produce available. Please note that this is an adult only hotel. Room rates start at 198€ to include breakfast and local tax: www.fincagomera.com
Finca S’Estelrica, Artá
Described as an “eco farmhouse”, Finca S’Estelrica is a modern sanctuary combining typical Mallorcan architecture with simple modern day living to create a calm and peaceful environment for guests to enjoy the natural environment. Located on top of a hill, the location, which is only 2 km from the town of Artá, offers spectacular views across the countryside. The Finca has 9 rooms and is surrounded by fruit trees, fields of cereal crops and gardens including an organic kitchen garden. Other features include an infinity pool and informal café for breakfast. The hotel’s policy is to use clean, sustainable energy and natural products in a rural setting and to experience the authentic Mallorcan lifestyle. Room rates start from 170€ per night based on two people sharing to include breakfast and local tax: www.fincasestelrica.com
Can Ribera, Muro
This new boutique hotel was opened in March of this year by the ZAFIRO Hotel Group. It’s the Group’s first departure into this type of property which an elegant mansion dating back to 1870 called “Can Ribera”. The property was once owned by a local musician and has been fully restored to its original splendour. It features 21 rooms, an interior courtyard, a large terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside and a large swimming pool. Can Ribera is located in Muro’s town centre and only 8 km from the famous Playa de Muro. Room rates start from 110.50 € per day for 2 adults sharing a double room to include breakfast. www.zafirohotels.com