Luxury and boutique hotels in Port d’Andratx

On the southwest coast of Mallorca, Port d’Andratx attracts a monied crowd, the likes of whom own the lavish villas set high in the tree-clad hills. However, a mixed clientele keeps things interesting: in the spirited bars and cafés lining the waterfront, local fisherman, media sorts and A-list fly-ins mingle over café con leches and cocktails, and watching the nets being hauled in is a soothing sight. The two beaches here are small yet serviceable – for lengthier stretches of shore head to nearby Andratx, to spread a towel on the popular Camp de Mar. Shops and restaurants reflect the diverse residents: the former run the gamut from designer labels to quirky curio shops; the latter star plenty of fresh seafood – with Mediterranean and Asian influences – both low-key and high-end. Go hiking and biking in the hills, catch a boat to mythical-beast-shaped isle Dragonera to spot birds and scuba dive, and head out to neighbouring villages and towns for worth-the-jaunt meals and historic treasures.

When to go

Port d’Andratx is peachy through spring, summer and autumn, with its Goldilocks sunshine levels. To see the port in party mode, visit in mid-July, when the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated in colourful style.