Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and, if you want to seriously impress your loved one with a city break, it would be hard to beat a gourmet dinner and overnight stay in Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital, Palma.
But which of the many boutique hotels in Palma should you choose? If it helps, here are my top three hotels in Palma for a romantic night away (or longer, if you’re lucky) – based on my experience of our personal stays. All are 5-star rated and in quiet locations in the attractive old town. All have good restaurants too, which means you don’t need to venture outside the hotel for dinner on a chilly February evening.
Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, La Lonja, Palma de Mallorca
We’ve spent Valentine’s night in a hotel in Mallorca every year since 2004, when we moved here. Most of these stays have been in rural establishments, but in 2019 we celebrated in Palma, staying at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden.
This stunning 5-star hotel in the heart of Palma’s old town will win plenty of brownie points for the person who books a romantic stay here. Although open for only just over a year, the property has won more than 20 international awards. Check out these images of Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden.
With 24 suites, spa, roof terrace, and superb chef Andrés Benítez offering healthy gourmet cuisine, what more could you want? Well, there’s also a very special outdoor space at the rear of the hotel: a large peaceful garden with terraced area, where you could toast your love with a glass of fizz. Even in February, you could take the plunge in the heated (oh, the luxury) outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool.
What makes the appropriately named Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden particularly special is the ‘family’ of people who look after you. The hotel has a butler service and concierge team run by Joan Morro – who recently gained the coveted ‘golden keys’. Joan is one of only 200 concierges in the whole of Spain in this elite global association. If you’re planning to propose to your beloved while you’re here, Joan’s your man when it comes to making special arrangements. He’s ‘the man who can’, as you’ll hear in the interview I did with him for my radio show.
I should, however, warn you that the rather handsome team member Mr B could be a heart stealer!
And get this! The huge Swedish beds have mattresses with two separate firmness controls – perfect if you and your loved one have different preferences.
Glòria de Sant Jaume Hotel
This boutique hotel resulted from the painstaking renovation of a former Mallorcan manor house, which has its origins in the 16th century. The Cabau family – experienced hoteliers – put enormous amounts of love into the project and it shows in every detail.
The hotel’s El Patio de Glòria restaurant and bar are elegant spaces, that feel cosseting and cosy. Friendly staff members throughout the hotel make you feel welcome and at home.
The basement houses an attractive spa, with one of Palma’s longest indoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room, and a relaxation area, with tea service. Like many boutique hotels in Palma de Mallorca, Glòria de Sant Jaume has a rooftop terrace, where you can relax, sink into the Jacuzzi, and take in a privileged view of the old town’s rooftops.
Glòria de Sant Jaume has 14 very comfortable rooms (of five different types) over two floors of the building. Each room has a distinct identity and ambience, with perfectly restored traditional architectural features. Rooms on the second floor have sloping wooden-beamed ceilings, adding to the cosiness.
And get this! El Patio de Glòria’s Argentinian chef Javier Gardonio previously work for Fernando P Arellano in Mallorca’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Zaranda – making this another good choice for foodies.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
A conversion of an old palacio, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is my third recommendation. The stylish hotel opened in spring 2015 and has gained international acclaim. Although we’ve stayed a few times, we haven’t had a night there for a couple of years and, since we last stayed, the hotel has had a change of general manager and chef.
Find out what I thought about Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, after our first visit, here.
And get this! Sant Francesc Hotel Singular has a superb rooftop terrace and pool, with awesome views. At ground level, there’s a large courtyard garden with dining terrace used in the warmer months.