Mallorca will be open to international tourism again from July. Hotels and restaurants on the island were allowed to open a couple of weeks ago but, without tourists from abroad, many have decided not to open yet, on economic grounds.
Here are details of two hotels that have reopened and two that have announced the date when they will reopen to guests. These are all hotels that I’ve personally experienced and recommend.
Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden – Palma de Mallorca
This was the first hotel to reopen in Mallorca’s capital, back on May 14th. You don’t have to be staying overnight in one of the 5-star hotel’s stunning 24 suites, to enjoy the tranquillity of this unique urban property.
The restaurant Botànic is open to the public and has a good name for its Sunday Brunch, costing 30 euros (which you can enjoy in the garden).
See here for something special when you book Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden on website Mallorcan Tonic.
Finca Hotel Can Estades – Calvià (southwest of Mallorca)
Rural hotels – with the added benefit of more space for physical distancing – ought to do well this summer. Finca Hotel Can Estades in the countryside near Calvià is already open and prepared for guests, although when I checked on May 12th, they didn’t yet have any.
For anyone who’s spent lockdown in Mallorca in an apartment or built-up area, a few days away here would be a real tonic.
This is a lovely place to stay: it’s in the midst of beautiful countryside, the place has bags of authentic character, and the couple who run it – Christiane and Norbert Amthor – couldn’t be more welcoming or delightful. I’m surprised that more British holidaymakers haven’t yet discovered this rural gem – particularly as Finca Hotel Can Estades’ rates are pretty good.
Castell Son Claret – Es Capdellà (southwest of Mallorca)
We’ve stayed here quite a few times over the years and spent a wonderful Valentine’s and anniversary night this year in this stunning rural 5-star property. We never imagined that the place would have to close again only a few weeks after reopening for the season.
The 126 hectares of grounds – including beautiful gardens – will be a draw for those who prefer to keep themselves to themselves. And, as well as the room service offering for food and drink, you can also enjoy ‘Garden Service’.
If you’re looking for a relaxing break, this could be it; you may not want to leave the property during your stay.
Castell Son Claret reopens to guests on July 1st and its Stay 7 & Pay 5 offer could appeal to those wanting a week’s holiday in rural Mallorca, away from crowds and in a truly stunning location. It offers 41 suites and rooms, including the Pool Suites, each with its own solar-heated pool – for added privacy and physical distancing. For our latest stay, we were in one of the Tower Suites, with 70sqm of elegant space and a superb elevated terrace with dreamy views.
We ate in the hotel’s Restaurante Olivera for our visit and, as usual, had a memorable dining experience. I chose it as a Restaurant of the Week on my gastronomy/hospitality show ‘Table Talk’ on Mallorca Sunshine Radio.
See here for something special when you book Castell Son Claret through Mallorcan Tonic.
Petit Hotel Son Arnau – Selva (between Inca and the Serra de Tramuntana)
As the name suggests, this is a small and stylish boutique hotel, located on the edge of Selva village. It’s run by the super-hospitable Susan and Alex Terry, who moved six years ago from busy careers in London to achieve their hotel dream. Petit Hotel Son Arnau is well equipped, has stunning modern rooms and facilities, and a pool area with glorious island views. It also has 10 acres of orchard space behind it.
Petit Hotel Son Arnau is ideally located for those who want to explore the Serra de Tramuntana, either by car or by bike, or who simply value the less-crowded aspect of Mallorcan village life.
UPDATE JUNE 15th: Petit Hotel Son Arnau will open again from June 21st – the date that the Spanish Government has announced that borders will reopen to international visitors from Schengen countries; the original date was to be July 1st.
Jan Edwards ©2020