Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Mallorca

Sun, sand and supreme scenery – Mallorca is a perennial summer-hols superstar with good reason, but there’s plenty left to explore beyond the bustling beach resorts. Head for the hidden crowd-free coves that stud the coast for the famous Mallorcan white-sand experience. Feeling cultured? Stroll Palma’s winding streets, crowned by the Renaissance-meets-Gaudí cathedral, or discover the pure poetry of literary-figure-loved Deià, once home to Robert Graves. Burn off all the salt cod and suckling pig with a hike or bike through the craggy Tramuntana mountains, then venture inland for rural respite in the form of hilltop monasteries and honey-hued villages.

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When to go

Sun-worshippers will love the summer, when temperatures rarely dip below 30ºC, but expect the island to be busy; go in autumn for warm waters without the crowds. In winter and spring, Mallorca is mild, sunny and much quieter.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Touch down at Palma Airport from most major European cities, then hop in a taxi or hire a car. It’s a 10-kilometre drive to the centre of Palma, 60 kilometres to Alcúdia, 30 kilometres to Sóller and just under 40 kilometres to Deià.
  • Boats

    Hop on a ferry to Palma from Barcelona, Valencia or Ibiza, or to Alcúdia from Toulon in France.
  • Trains

    From Palma Intermodal Station, one railway line heads north-east to Inca and one north to Sóller. Take the vintage electric train from Palma to Sóller, then enjoy the scenic route from there to Port de Sóller by tram.
  • Automobiles

    Driving is a breeze on this island, and routes are well signposted. Hire a car and explore the winding mountain roads for coastal views at heart-thumping heights.
  • Taxis

    Cabs are cheap and easy to find in Palma itself, but you’re better off hiring a car if you plan to do any longer journeys around the island.

Cap Rocat, Mallorca

Cap Rocat, Mallorca

If you have new-season swimwear to show off that is best accessorised by a 19th-century Mallorcan fort (every good bikini needs battlements for a backdrop), Cap Rocat is the place to do it. High in drama, blessed with sweeping sea views and radiating exclusivity from drawbridge to turret, it’s a secluded, adults-only hideaway, where supermodels and super yachters go for superlative service and one of the sexiest poolsides on the Med.

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Andreu Genestra

Andreu Genestra

The man behind the kitchens of 17th-century rural estate Predi San Jaumell in Mallorca may have been born in the Balearics, but his culinary travels have taken him all over the world (via a three-season stint at El Bulli). Here in the Mallorcan countryside, he has precision-crafted a small but explosively flavoursome menu that takes island ingredients (home-grown olive oil, fish fresh from the coast, bread from the hotel’s own wheat fields) and turns them into contemporary culinary masterpieces. At an astonishingly good-value €38, his tasting menu is unmissable.

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