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Hotel Highlights

  • Seafront location with dazzling views
  • Glamorous cocktail bar and restaurant
  • Palma is just a five-minute drive away

Overview

Hospes Maricel is a converted 16th-century mansion set right on the water’s edge with a bar overlooking the Med, an enticing restaurant and a spa area set in the caves by the waves. Within the hotel’s sandy-toned stones, you won’t hear a peep from Palma, though it’s just five minutes away.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hospes Maricel with us:

VIP treatment on arrival; a bottle of Mallorcan olive oil and some Es Trenc flor du sal sea salt on departure

Facilities

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Hospes Maricel – Mallorca – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

51, including seven suites.

Check–out

12pm; check-in from 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $403.84 (€300), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Also

This hotel is made up of two buildings: the original mansion and a beautifully designed new building with additional rooms and a spa just across the road from Hospes Maricel, accessed by an underground walkway which takes you from sea-views to mountains.

At the hotel

As well as the Bodyna Spa & Wellness centre, there are unique treatment rooms in the caves by the Med. There's a gym, free WiFi throughout (except in pool areas), DVD and CD library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Traditionalists will like the Deluxe Double Rooms, which each have a private terrace and plunge pool, enticing king-size bed and sea view. Decor is inspired by the distinctive honey-hued stone terraces from the north of the island. If you’re feeling extravagant, book the palatial Terrace Suite and wake up to views of the mountains and the Med.

Poolside

If you prefer your water unsalted, stick to the hotel’s three pools: the outdoor heated, the outdoor unheated, or (for lightweights) the indoor heated pool.

Packing tips

Glamorous swimwear and giant sunhat for see-and-be-seen Med-view pool lounging; snorkelling kit for admiring Mallorca's spectacular marine scene.

Also

Don't expect much from the touristy surroundings: this is a hotel to hole up in for the weekend, or to use a base for escaping into Palma.

Children

Welcome in low season but 2–12-year-olds not allowed May until mid-October (when main pool open). Cots are provided free, extra beds cost €115 (plus tax) and there's a babysitting service (book two days ahead).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Senzone restaurant is a sleek, pared-down space, which lets its dazzling seascapes and award-winning innovative contemporary cuisine do all the talking. The muted beige and cream decor, awash with white linen, comes with accents of blue-white sky and green-blue waves. Dedicate a few hours to breakfast here – the tasting menu spans eight courses and changes frequently. Expect a rainbow-range of sweet pastries, juices and milkshakes or chocolate with spices, sweet and salty butters, aromatic breads, yogurts with compotes, chocolates and creams (never too early), fruit and vegetables and a shot glass of onion and tomato with quail’s egg. No wonder it was named ‘Best Breakfast in the World’ at the culinary conference, Madrid Fusion. Just in case you were worried Hospes Maricel was a one-meal pony, dinner includes treats such as boneless glazed suckling pig with crispy skin and vanilla oil and a dessert of frothed Baileys with chocolate.

Hotel Bar

Senzone Lounge & Cocktail Bar is an extension of the lobby and shares its cool, calm and modern design. A soundtrack of chilled house provides an unobtrusive background, although if you head here on a Thursday, you’ll find jazz cats mixing things up with live sets. Don’t leave without trying the Moon Light, a naughty muddle of raspberry vodka, dark and white chocolate, Baileys and cream. There’s also the Senzone Pool Bar to help quench your thirst between dips.

Last orders

During the summer, the restaurant serves breakfast 8am–11am, lunch at 1pm–4pm, dinner at 8pm–11pm, with the bar open from noon to midnight during the week and until 2am at weekends. In winter, lunch and dinner end half an hour earlier.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available during opening hours, or opt for salads, snacks and sandwiches round the clock.

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Dress code

Suitably sharp to match the designer furniture: don't be afraid to break out your Balenciaga or Blahnik numbers for a bit of posing. Tight waistbands not advisable.

Top table

In summer, the seats on the edge of the terrace are snapped up like hot tortillas. In winter, everyone wants the romantic tables by the window, which have magnificent panoramas over the Med.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Put aside some pampering time to be pummelled, steamed and stroked in the spectacular summer spa, a treatment area set in the caves that sit beneath the terrace and line the seashore. The private hollows provide an atmospheric setting for an oriental massage or rejuvenating facial. As your therapist kneads any niggles away, you’ll hear and see the waves lapping against the rocks. For pampering minus the elements, head to the Bodyna Spa & Wellness centre in the hotel’s second building across the road. Finally, with nearby Palma just five minutes’ drive away, you’ve no excuse for dawdling beneath the duvet.

Local restaurants

If you like your meals endorsed by two Michelin stars, head to Tristán in Puerto Portals (+34 971 675 547) and dine on a romantic balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Don’t be upstaged by the beautifully presented dishes; Mr Smiths – trade up your shorts and sandals for trousers and shoes. Tucked away up a cobbled alley in Palma, C'an Carlos (+34 971 713 869) is a small but much-praised stone and wood restaurant serving traditional Mallorcan dishes such as calamari with mushrooms and monkfish. Calle del Aigua 5, 07012 Palma. For espressos in the shade, stop off at Ca'n Joan de S'Aigo on Carrer de Can Sanç (+34 971 710 759) – reportedly Palma's oldest cafe, dating from 1700.

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Hospes Maricel

Carretera Palma - Andratx, n.11, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07181

Planes

Fly with British Airways (www.ba.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Monarch Airlines (www.monarch.co.uk) to Palma de Mallorca Airport (also known as Son Sant Joan) which is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Trains

The hotel is a six-minute drive from Central station, but road travel seems to be the most usual option in this area; buses run regularly to the nearest town, Palma de Mallorca, and cost about €1 for a single ticket.

Automobiles

Free parking is available at the hotel. Hire a car at Palma Airport, or else make use of the hotel’s car rental desk. The hotel is a short drive from the MA-1, which takes you east to the airport.

Other

There’s a landing pad for your helicopter, if you have one, and on a less aerial scale, the hotel offers its guests the use of an eco-friendly Segway (www.segway.com), as well as eco-cars.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Matt Turner , Dance and design fan

We pull up to the magnificent converted palacio that houses this chic layer-cake hotel and breathe a sigh. Once through the doors into the minimalist lobby, we can barely remember being a little bemused on our trip here from the airport. The view alone from Hospes Maricel is enough to go to your head. Cunningly designed to guide you seamlessly through to a series of pool-studded terraces overlooki…
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Hospes Maricel

Anonymous review by Matt Turner, Dance and design fan

We pull up to the magnificent converted palacio that houses this chic layer-cake hotel and breathe a sigh. Once through the doors into the minimalist lobby, we can barely remember being a little bemused on our trip here from the airport. The view alone from Hospes Maricel is enough to go to your head. Cunningly designed to guide you seamlessly through to a series of pool-studded terraces overlooking the sea, this designer retreat makes this Mediterranean destination as alluring as the Balearic gets.

If given truth serum, I'd have to confess that the drive from Palma airport had not inspired confidence. The area surrounding the hotel is far from Magaluf, but it’s not exactly plush Portals Nous. Located in the hinterland of Calvia, west of Palma proper, Hospes is flanked by lacklustre apartment blocks, bars and restaurants. What a contrast: Maricel’s own eatery and spa couldn’t be more inspired. And the sea beyond is a shade of turquoise blue that I thought only Photoshop chicanery known only to a secret inner circle of holiday brochure designers and postcard vendors could achieve.

As we watch our bags disappear from the sleek reception area-cum-cocktail lounge, we stroll through to the alfresco bar. Peripheral vision gives us the chance to take in our surroundings – a combination of beautiful historic architecture and swish leather and wooden contemporary furniture. It’s a striking contrast to the stately 16th-century exterior. ‘Oh…’ is all Mrs Smith can manage as she drags her jaw along the marble-tiled floors. Or perhaps it was ‘Oooh’. I can’t quite be sure as I’m too busy admiring that view again.

Wild parties are said to have taken place here in the Sixties, when it was either a private house, or a disco, depending on who you listen to. It seems it was a bit of both. It’s certainly the sort of place you can imagine befitting high society hijinx. Bianca Jagger riding in on a white horse would fit in perfectly. Or the Spanish equivalent of John Profumo cavorting in the pool with a Continental Christine Keeler.

Did I mention the view? As a waiter brings us glasses of something suitably sparkling, its tempting to just run down the steps to the infinity pool, throw clothes off in our wake before dive-bombing, Peter Kay style, into the briny. But Hospes Maricel nowadays is a civilised affair. We politely sip our cava, soak up yet more of that vista, before tearing ourselves away to our room.

We are staying not in the main historical building, but in the slick recently added newbuild extension across the road. Make that under the road, since the new wing is accessed via a tunnel cunningly created to shield guests from the main drag above. The walls look strangely familiar. Not so much because they are constructed using an age-old drywall technique seen across the countryside of the Balearic islands since the 13th century. But, according to Mrs Smith, because they are just like the walls on the terrace at Space in Ibiza – such is her in-depth knowledge of the ancient Moorish architectural vernacular.

The ground floor of the wing housing our room is pin-drop quiet. One man’s Zen-like calm is another’s zero-atmosphere, but since this is also the entrance that leads you to the spa above, it seems suitably soothing. We are later told this part of the hotel has been earmarked for a Japanese restaurant. And those drystone walls are doing a cracking job of soundproofing – no bad thing since the road above is soundtracked by the moped-whine that is every bit as evocative of the Med as chirruping cicadas or Café del Mar compilations.

The trademark clay-coloured walls continue as a design feature in the bedrooms. Ours has an open-plan layout with an enormous glass-screen-shielded egg-shaped bath on one side, a sumptuous white bed on the other. Beyond that, sliding doors lead to a terrace with a black-tiled plunge pool, shaded from the sun by slatted screens. And – guess what – more of those stunning Med views. ‘Mmm,’ Mrs Smith sighs expressively.

A quick cocktail on the terrace, followed by some tapas down the road complies with a book we find by the bed, called ‘Sleeping, Dreaming and Resting’. The Spanish take their sleep seriously – this was the culture that invented the siesta after all. And Hospes take it more seriously than most. ‘The Sueños Project’ – sueños meaning, poetically, both sleeping and dreaming in Spanish – was put together in cahoots with a leading Spanish medical institute to offer guidance on getting the perfect night’s rest. It advises against heavy food before bedtime. We are saving our appetites anyway, as we’ve heard that breakfast at Hospes is emphatically the most important meal of the day.

It’s nine courses. Yes, you read that right. This gourmet tasting breakfast menu could take up most of your day. We don’t take notes – we’re back on the terrace, still gawping at the view – but we will forever recall a seemingless endless parade of dishes. Shot glasses carrying espumas of this, and spoons of escabeches of that. There are quenelles and quails’ eggs, biscuits and brioche, juices and jamon. Mrs Smith counts five different types of butter. The Madrid Fusion Gastronomic Summit called it the ‘best breakfast in the world’. Who are we to argue? This is certainly fine dining, just earlier in the day than usual.

Mrs Smith has an appointment booked in the Bodyna Spa so we head back to the room. Before the construction of the new spa wing, a series of caves built into the cliffs beneath the main house offered treatments. You can still have massages there. There’s nothing like pampering your inner troglodyte to the sound of crashing waves.

Left to my devices, while she heads to the spa's swimming pool, sauna, steam baths and solarium, I turn on the TV for the first time in days, and tune into Sky Sports. Manchester United has sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80m. I consider sending his agent an email. Well, if he is looking for somewhere glamorous to preen around a pool and polish off his mahogany tan for the rest of the summer, I think I know a place that might just fit the bill.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hospes Maricel's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I have to say I was slightly anxious about travelling solo before my trip to Majorca and to this hotel. I needn't have worried a jot. The hotel staff was wonderful in every respect. I was made to feel just as welcome and at home as if I was with a partner, or part of a group. The whole place exudes a certain charm but that is in no small part due to the staff who excelled themselves. First rate. I can name Elisa at the front desk, Inma and her colleague Di (from the lovely spa), Nadia who waitered on me a few times and Kevin. All were charm personified. I relaxed into the holiday very quickly helped by a great Swedish massage from Inma on my first night. What a way to start. I had Inma again for a reflexology treatment a few nights later and she was truly fabulous! Really knows her stuff. My room in the main/original building (a Dreamer's Sea View) was spacious, well laid out, very comfortable and of course it had fabulous views of the sea and Bay of Palma. If you fancy upgrading and paying a bit more, there are rooms on the first level that are very similar but that also come with a large terrace. I was very tempted to upgrade but the rooms were undergoing renovation so this was not possible on this occasion. Maybe next time. I ate all my breakfasts and dinners at the hotel and, without fail, they were delicious. The food is of a very high standard, as are the drinks. Again, service was exemplary throughout. The main pool area is very nice although the weather was a little on the cool side so I did not do as much pool-side loungingsunbathing as I had anticipated. Still, no matter as I made full use of the excellent spa across the main road from the hotel. This is about five years old and it really is a great addition to the hotel. It adds another dimension and allows you to get away for a little more solitary peace and quiet (not that the main hotel was busy or noisy when I was there). The spa had all the usual amenities one would expect, and the water beds in the treatment rooms are very comfortable – a first for me. The location is perfect for a trip into Palma in one direction or Portals Nous in the other. On a recommendation from Di, I walked to a very nice chiringuito (beach bar) in Cala Comtessa (just past Illetas), about a 20-minute walk from the hotel, for a great gin and  tonic and the food was good too. Overall, I had a thoroughly enjoyable time and all my pre-trip worries melted away. There is something magical and special about the Mediterranean in the Summer. It should be prescribable on the NHS. It restores the soul and mine needed restoring. Thank you to all the lovely staff at the Maricel for making my holiday so memorable and charming. I will return for sure.

Don’t expect

I think they could make the breakfast arrangements more explicit upon arrival. I had to discover the set-up more by chance and luck than anything.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I have just returned from a seven-day stay at the Hospes Maricel. I usually stay in Portixol, having tried out several hotels in the old town of Palma, so it was nice to experience a hotel with a different slant. Although at least a €14 taxi ride each way from and to the centre of Palma it is situated in a fairly busy town in its own right. Not exactly what I had been expecting for the surroundings of such an exquisite hotel but a far cry from Magaluf, catering for the party animals of this world. Moreover, you are close to Puerto Portals, probably the most exclusive harbour in Palma, exposing outrageous wealth in among fine restaurants, bars and boutiques, not to mention the expanse of mouth wateringly expensive yachts and motor cruisers. The latter should not be missed on your visit. This is a luxurious stately hotel, boasting 16th and 17th century architecture. The hotel is made up of two separate buildings: one, the original mansion overlooking the Mediterranean, and the other a little more contemporary across the road linked via an underground tunnel, with a variety of views from sea and mountain depending on the room of choice, with zen pools on the terrace included in some. I had booked one of the Dreamers Sea View rooms in the main building and was very pleased with my choice of location. This was a nice room with a full sea view, but I felt I wanted more for my money. I spotted the room below which was the Deluxe room opening onto a terrace presenting the wonderful panoramic views like a picture postcard. Although we had to pay for the upgrade I think it was worth it. A sea view in my opinion is to be enjoyed fully, allowing yourself the luxury of sitting or lounging on the balcony listening to the cacophony of sounds and taking in the breathtaking scenery as the sun glimmers on the water and the ships sail by.

Something to think about when you are booking is that rooms do not necessarily come with the breakfast included in the price. Be warned or be stung! If like us, you have rather a sparrow-like appetite in the morning, sit with a cortado, espresso and a basket of bread and jam on the sofas just beyond the lobby taking in the magnificent views under the blistering morning sun. Of course there is always the option of room service, delivering the complete menu 24 hours a day. Here I do have a top tip – sometimes on holiday it seems rather decadent to sample culinary delights in your room, but at what cost? Here there is an absolutely exorbitant price tag attached for the pure pleasure – with a delivery surcharge of 10 euros for each visit made, even for a coffee. No one minds a little luxury on holiday, but I think this is a little excessive to say the least. Certainly the most expensive I have come across.

Early on in the week we decided to eat dinner at Restaurant Maricel, Senzone, which is littered with white linen and contemporary colours if dining inside. On such a beautiful evening though, with the beauty of the sunset in tranquil surroundings, disturbed only by the sounds of the splashing waves we took our table outside and enjoyed a glass of cava whilst perusing the menu. Keeping with our tradition of sharing flavours we started with the red tomato soup and basil sherbet. This was full of fresh flavours that danced with your tastebuds. A real delight to eat and a refreshing summer taste. With this we sampled the tuna sashimi Pam Oli which was essentially a play on food combining strips of delicately prepared tuna served with deconstructed bread crumbs and diced tomato. For the main courses we had the Seabass with spinach and Iberian ham, served with mushrooms and chips, together with the Sea and Mountain, consisting of rabbit and lobster. Both well constructed dishes maintaining true fresh flavours, with-holding the desire to douse in cream, butter and supposed elegance, allowing each mouthful to characterize its real grounding. This we enjoyed with a rather delicious red Mallorcan wine called Obac. This is a restaurant joyfully bombasting stunning seascapes and wonderful contemporary cooking with unabashed simplicity. The chef has an understanding that quality includes superb, seasonal and local ingredients and truly delivers on flavour. This topped with service laced with genuine affection and kindness meant that we had the perfect evening, simply adding to our overall experience of staying at the Hospes Hotels group.

Glamorous swimwear and designer gear is the name of the game here. Although thought of by some as perhaps a place to be seen, where Hollywood stars would not be out of place, there is no snobbery if you do not like to fit in with fashion culture or are not a big fan of keeping up with the Jones (or the Juans, as it were). You are free to simply go with what you are comfortable with. Prices are definitely not for the faint hearted. If glitz and glamour are what you're looking for, or simply an upmarket hotel showcasing sensational, unassuming, courteous staff alongside outstanding views to relax and listen to the crash of the waves and the squeals of the seagulls, this hotel will not disappoint.

Don’t expect

I do think the room service surcharge is way too steep and perhaps needs a rethink. No one minds paying high prices for the high quality service but I think this takes it a little too far.

Rating: 9/10 stars