Sun, sand and supreme scenery – Mallorca is a perennial summer-hols superstar with good reason, but there’s plenty left to explore beyond the bustling beach resorts. Head for the hidden crowd-free coves that stud the coast for the famous Mallorcan white-sand experience. Feeling cultured? Stroll Palma’s winding streets, crowned by the Renaissance-meets-Gaudí cathedral, or discover the pure poetry of literary-figure-loved Deià, once home to Robert Graves. Burn off all the salt cod and suckling pig with a hike or bike through the craggy Tramuntana mountains, then venture inland for rural respite in the form of hilltop monasteries and honey-hued villages.
Son Mas is a 17th-century finca turned boutique hotel just inland from Mallorca’s east coast, set among acres of fruit groves and farmland. Palma’s pulse-racing nightlife is a 40-minute drive away, but this rustic honey-and-cream-hued stay feels cloistered from the outside world – the ideal setting for a relaxing country break. There’s little to do here but drift along in the infinity pool, float out of the spa floral-scented and devour home-cooked Mallorcan cuisine, but that’s all the excitement you’ll need.
Mirabó de Valldemossa
For the best Valldemossa views short of climbing in a helicopter, stay in the yellow-stone, palm-fringed Mirabó de Valldemossa, a scenic 16th-century olive farm. This boutique hotel with just nine bedrooms offers seclusion, romance and bonhomie in an idyllic milk-and-honey hued Mallorcan village. Expect warmth, wilderness and charm in abundance from this family-run retreat.
In Palma’s historic La Lonja quarter, restored mansion Can Bordoy is a triumph of decadent design. Standing for centuries, this noble house and nunnery has been artfully refurbished to marry house and garden in inspired style. On the inside, original features were either restored or recreated by local design studio Ohlab, then paired with art deco and mid-century designs – the Thirties-style headboards and custom-made drinks cabinets are a particular feast for the eye. Outside, the centrepiece courtyard garden and pool is a sanctuary in the heart of the city, screened by fruit-laden orange trees and perfumed by shrubs and flowers. Unwilling to be tamed, the greenery has also crept inside, inspiring the organic menu at restaurant Botànic and running wild in the fairytale lounges, where the ceilings are crossed with creepers and ferns.
Receive a cocktail each and a gift in the room; for stays of four nights or more, each guest gets a 35-minute back, neck and shoulder massage when booking with us
Family-friendly Finca Andreu is right next to the s’Albufereta nature reserve between Port Pollenca and Alcúdia. This homey holiday villa is decorated in classic Mediterranean farmhouse style and has a spacious, open-plan living area. With six bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for groups of friends and families; spend days splashing about in the private pool, then enjoy leisurely evening meals around the rustic dining table. There’s a cosy home cinema and private gym, too. This private countryside stay is only a 10-minute walk to a quiet stretch of seafront and within a 20-minute drive to several child-friendly Blue Flag beaches.
A short drive from Palma, Villa Havana in Mallorca is a stylish tribute to the Cuban capital. A pair of architects have restored this grand residence to the grandeur of its glory days, when it was the home of a design-minded general. Huge windows and high ceilings form the backdrop to art deco details, such as original floral or geometric tiles, wicker chairs and hanging lamps. Each of the bedrooms in this hillside hideaway has an ensuite bathroom, king-size bed and dreamy decor (we particularly love the antique linen headboards). The home has a huge kitchen, perfect for cooking for a crowd – and there’s a pine-shaded kitchen out in the grounds, as well as a palm-tree-lined pool.