2015 was a good year on Mallorca for hotels. There were several new openings, as well as refurbishments and upgrades to existing properties. In fact, the island has had a few good years: in 2005 there were 22 five-star hotels on Mallorca; at time of writing there are 40 of them (source: Foment del Turisme).
As usual, The Boss and I had a few one-night stays on the island during the year, taking the opportunity of birthday and anniversary celebrations to revisit two favourite hotels: Belmond La Residencia and Son Brull Hotel & Spa. But we also had one-night stays in some new, and three previously untried, hotels.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
The much-awaited Sant Francesc Hotel Singular opened in Palma’s Old Town. In a clever move, the hotel employed a New York PR consultant, resulting in a large amount of international media coverage. The hotel is a stunning renovation of an old palacio, and my favourite features are the rooftop pool/terrace and bar, and the tranquil garden at the rear.
Boutique hotels continue to be a growth sector on Mallorca. One new such property, in the walled old town of Alcúdia, did particularly well in 2015, despite what may appear to foreigners to be a complicated name to pronounce: Can Mostatxins.
Peter and Rudolph and their small but welcoming team quickly made the hotel a phenomenal success from the start. By the end of the season Can Mostatxins was officially http://www.booking.com’s highest guest-rated hotel on Mallorca – no mean feat for a property in its first season.
During 2015 we also tried three established hotels that we’d never stayed at before, but would happily stay in again:
Hotel El Coto
Hotel El Coto in Colonia Sant Jordi (south of Mallorca) was an excellent discovery. This resort hotel has a very good reputation for its gastronomy and impressive wine cellar. Renowned German chef Gerhard Schwaiger – whose cuisine at the former Tristán restaurant in Puerto Portals once merited two Michelin stars – has been working as a culinary consultant here.
The hospitable Navarette family has run this hotel for more than two decades – and I imagine there are some guests who have been coming here as long as that to spend their holidays. You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to eat here, but you would need to book a table . . .
Finca Hotel Can Estades
Finca Hotel Can Estades, in the Calvià countryside of southwest Mallorca, is run by the welcoming German couple, Norbert and Christiane. In summer they hold monthly outdoor concerts, open to the public, and it’s worth checking whether they have an event scheduled if you are holidaying in this part of the island. We had one of our best nights of the 2015 summer at a concert here – and the benefit of a superb breakfast the next morning. Let Norbert rustle you up some eggs for a good start to the day.
Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa
Palma is home to several boutique hotels that have opened in recent years, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising that we hadn’t got around to trying the more established Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa. This was put right in December and I can highly recommend it for the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, the comfort, and for the charming tradition of free afternoon tea, or coffee, with biscuits or cake. Not just any old tea or coffee but a choice of fine brews from Harrods of Knightsbridge, no less! In winter, you can relax in the sitting room, in front of a log fire, sipping your tea – or a complimentary sherry.
New for 2016
2016 is shaping up to be another interesting year for Mallorca’s hotel scene, with the following openings due:
Work has continued on the Cappuccino Café chain’s first boutique Cappuccino Hotel in Plaza Cort, opposite Palma’s town hall. It’ll have 36 rooms (including 28 suites), a small cinema, and a spa/wellness area. French designer Jacques Grange – whose clients have included the late Yves Saint Laurent, Monaco’s Grimaldi family, and Valentino – is responsible for the hotel’s interior. July 2017 Note: the hotel is still under construction.
The large front terrace of Palma’s Bar Bosch on the Borne has been a renowned meeting point in the city since the 1930s; on the first floor of the building there’s now a restaurant and, above that, the Hotel Bosch. It opened with five rooms and four additional suites (including one for guests with reduced mobility).
The global Hyatt chain is due to open its first hotel on Mallorca in 2016. The Park Hyatt Hotel is being built in the style of a traditional Mallorcan hilltop village in the northeast area of Canyamel. The property will cover 49 hectares of land and offer 142 guest rooms.
©Jan Edwards 2016