Mallorca: The Overview

There is something of a revolution going on in the Balearics, and particularly on the island of Mallorca. Gone is the emphasis on package deals and charter flights; instead, a more discerning traveller is being lured into booking luxury Mallorca holidays, both in the capital, Palma, and further afield, by a sudden explosion of boutique hotels and much improved airline schedules.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • If you drive all the way to the end of Cape Formentor and climb up to the lighthouse - the view back across Mallorca is amongst the finest in Europe and best in the late afternoon
  • Mallorca is home to some of Europe's best hotels - and there's somewhere to suit everyone

Mallorca: the Detail

The island has also retained much of its natural beauty, with fishing villages, un-spoilt beaches, secluded coves and great restaurants beyond the obvious fun and sun seeker spots.

Palma itself has enjoyed a serious revamp and warrants a city break in its own right but there are some excellent luxury hotels spread across Mallorca from the beaches of the North East and the lovely coastal town of Deia.

This is also a destination to explore beyond the perimeter of your glamorous hotel, with beautiful mountains to explore on foot or bike and a lovely coastline to see from the sea by boat charter.

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  • Average Temp. — 6°C / 42°F
  • Rainfall — 4cm / 1.7 inches
Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Top picks for Mallorca

The Living Area of Hotel Cort's Junior Suite

Hotel Cort


Hotel Cort is the almost perfect distillation of everything a boutique city hotel should be – intimate, fun, well located and with great rooms (mainly suites in this case) and restaurant. The fact that all this sits pretty in the middle of one of the most fashionable cities in Europe – Palma – makes the whole Hotel Cort package even more alluring.

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The outdoor lounge bar at Puro hotel, luxury hotel in Spain



Located in the neighbourhood of La Lonja, right in the heart of the historic old town, Puro is Palma’s hippest boutique hotel.

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Cap Rocat hotel, luxury hotel in Spain

Cap Rocat


Cap Rocat, once a military fortress located in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma, has been transformed into a boutique hotel.

Where to stay

Sea view from hotel pool at Can Simoneta, luxury hotel in Spain

Can Simoneta


Set out over expansive lawns with breathtaking views over the bay Canyamel, Can Simoneta combines space, views and privacy in incredible style.

Where to stay

Running in Mallorca

Running in Mallorca


‘Running’ and ‘mountains’ might not be two words you want featured in the same sentence, but the island of Mallorca has some of the finest mountain scenery, and trails on which to explore them, anywhere in the Mediterranean region.

What to do

Belmond La Residencia

Belmond La Residencia


Set in the attractive hilltop village of Deià, between the sea and the rugged Sierra Tramuntana, La Residencia is one of the best hotels in the Mediterranean.

Where to stay

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