Mallorca, the biggest of the Balearic islands, is mostly well known as a brash package holiday destination. If you look a little closer, however, there are some incredible traditional properties with loads of character dotted around the island. We have recently added a great selection of hotels to our website here and highlight four good picks below.
Located on a hill overlooking the village of Puigpunyent, this 17th century Mallorcan mansion has been beautifully restored and is now a luxury hotel. Rooms are palatial in size, and retain traditional features such as decorated tiles and stucco walls; public areas have artworks by Hockney and Chagall, among others. There’s a 30m pool with cabanas to hire, three restaurants ranging from gourmet to casual, a bar and a quirky treehouse offering spectacular views over the mountains.
A 200-year-old traditional Mallorcan mansion has been turned into a charming hotel, run by Gérard and Laurence Tétard and their son William. It’s located close to the harbour in the small town of Cala Ratjada on the northeastern tip of the island, five minutes from the beach. Rooms are elegantly furnished, with original wooden beams and terracotta tile floors, and there’s a charming internal courtyard. The restaurant is a highlight: Gerard and William produce traditional Mallorcan cuisine with an inventive French twist.
Located on the north coast of Mallorca, and close to the small village of Pollença, is this tranquil hotel (no under 16s allowed), complete with swimming pool and lush gardens. Rooms are airy and spacious, and most have balconies; superior doubles have their own sitting rooms. There’s an onsite restaurant and snack bar, but the village is a stroll away. There are also lovely beaches close by.
This charming hotel, located on a cobbled street in the little village of Fornalutx, has amazing views of the Sierra de Tramuntana from most of its rooms, including a romantic honeymoon suite. Rooms are furnished with antique Mallorcan beds and bathrooms have traditional tiles. British owners Sue and Nick Guthrie make guests feel right at home, providing hearty breakfast spreads and hosting dinners where guests can mingle. Guests can also help themselves to hot drinks from the kitchen. The area is popular with hikers, but the hotel has a pool and gardens for those who wish to relax.