Mallorca’s coastline has many marvels, especially along the west coast where cyclists and hikers alike tackle the majestic Serra de Tramuntana range, a rocky route that ends in golden beaches, the iconic Cap de Formentor lighthouse, and Pollença’s Roman ruins. And, behold, boutique bolthole El Vicenç de la Mar, a haven at the island’s northern tip, where decadence and natural drama come together. Guests can be spoiled in the burnished spa, catch a screening in the cinema, and enjoy top-level dining, all while sighing over the surrounding stony jags, luminescent waters and undulating greenery from the rooftop bar or their own private terrace. Yet another addition to a spectacle-heavy shoreline.
Please note While the hotel gears up its good looks, the images displayed here for El Vicenç de la Mar are in fact computer generated. Apologies, real-life photographs will be with us soon…
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Spa access, a welcome drink and a leaving gift, plus late check-out (subject to availability)
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £304.70 (€357), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.40 per person per night on check-in.
Rates usually include a generous à la carte breakfast. Please note, a city tax of €4.40 a person is charged each night.
While there are some major scenes outside the hotel, there’s also some engaging sights within, courtesy of the hotel’s cinema. There’s a programme of crowd-pleasing films and new releases, or you can hire it privately.
The hotel will be open throughout the summer season, from May until October.
At the hotel
Wellness centre with a steam room and sauna, gym, cycling centre, conference room, cinema, rooftop terrace and cocktail bar, concierge and laundry services, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, iPad pre-loaded with the hotel’s guest services app, minibar filled with local goodies, slippers, Le Labo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
In this place of soaring peaks, elevated viewpoints, ancient miradors and reach-for-the-sky ridges, it’s best to get high – and the hotel’s Penthouse does just that. You’ll have the entire fifth floor to yourself, plus a private pool and garden and a huge party-ready terrace, and you can feel suitably smug that you have the best views of the glittering bay, the monumental form of Cavall Bernat, and waves of verdant hills.
There are two. One sits on the rooftop with views out over the mountains and leafy hills, a glamorous, beckoning blue rectangle that’s big enough to comfortably splash about in. Even better, there’s a cocktail bar up here, plus parasol-shaded tables and loungers. The second is an 18-metre pool in the wellness centre, with a waterfall jet, for serene laps.
Lined with sand-hued flagstones and glossy sage tiles – plus plentiful potted plants – the wellness centre feels like an extension of the outdoors, an ambience aided by its verdant full-wall views. Guests (those aged 16 and over, that is) will find a 25-metre pool; a Turkish bath to bubble away in and a sauna; and a well-equipped gym with cardio, body-building and toning zones (personal trainers can be arranged for an extra charge). And a range of ‘that’s the spot’ massages, facials and more can be carried out in two treatment rooms.
Get on your bike. Or at least strap one to your car’s roof rack – this is prime cycling territory, where the pros practice, but even amateurs can find a route to suit. And, the hotel has a dedicated bike garage and repair kits if needed.
One of the hotel’s Standard rooms is specially adapted for guests with mobility issues.
The hotel has two sets of interconnecting rooms, which under-16s can share with their parents, but no extra beds. And supervised kids can use the pool.
The hotel’s kitchen works with local farms and suppliers, and takes strict measures to cut down food waste. The building has also been built with low-energy lighting and appliances, using local resources, and it’s designed to be unobtrusive to the environment. No single-use plastics are used, the use of paper is reduced and waste water is handled in an environmentally responsible manner.
Get a front-row table in El Vicenç’s conservatory for uninterrupted views of the curve of Cala Molins and the mountains beyond.
Just towel-dry to dine on the roof terrace, throw a cover-up on for U Mayol and bring your slay game for dinner at El Vicenç restaurant.
Chef Santi Taura, whose cooking has secured him a Michelin star and much acclaim, has overseen the menus here. For those long lunches where you lose track of how much time has passed, Restaurant U Mayol on the ground floor is a coolly casual spot serving grilled fish and seafood and sizzling rice dishes of the sort that give the Mediterraneans longer, happier lives. And, at top-floor restaurant El Vicenç restaurant, the chef’s given himself more à la carte blanche – creating dishes that speak to the island’s history and hint at its future culinary whims, made with largely local ingredients with some international influence.
Sundown on the rooftop calls for cocktails and the hotel’s mixologists comply with creative flavours and fixings. Mallorcan wines (and those from further appellations) are also well-represented at all eateries and drinkeries throughout.
You can dine in-room round the clock; choose from a casual snack-heavy menu, like the one served by the pool.
El Vicenç de la Mar sits where the Serra de Tramuntana recedes into dazzling aquamarine waters, on Mallorca’s northwest coast. It’s set in tranquilo coastal village Cala Sant Vicenç, close to secluded coves and calas, a 10-minute drive from Pollença.
Palma airport is the closest, a cross-island drive that takes just under an hour. Flights from major cities around Europe (and New York at certain times of year) arrive direct, and enroute you’ll get plenty of alluring terracotta and green country scenes to ooh and ahh over. The hotel can arrange transfers from €140 one-way. Or, if you’re in no hurry, maximise your views along the way by taking the west-coast route, which overlooks the sea. Public parking is just outside the hotel, or indoor parking at the hotel.
Having a car gives you the option of exploring other corners of the island – which you may as well do considering you can get from end to end in less than an hour; plus the public transport around Cala Sant Vicenç is almost non-existent. There’s car hire in Palma and 18 indoor parking spaces onsite for €35 a day.
Arriving by boat is actually easily done here, as Alcudia’s port is handily a 20-minute drive away. From Barcelona the journey is around six hours, from Menorca’s Ciutadella it’s around 90 minutes and it’s 13 hours from Toulon in France. Or, if you have the stamina, you could bike it – professional cyclists use the coastal route for practice, and there's a bike garage at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Trace a line up the backbone of Mallorca – the Serra de Tramuntana range, with its twisty turny roads and wave-crashed headlands – at the northern tip, you’ll find Cala Sant Vicenç, a dot-on-the-map coastal village privy to some of the island’s most imagination-sparking scenery. Say, the rugged unicorn-horn spit Cap de Formentor, whose serpentine trail leads to a lighthouse, all of which is mightily magical when lit up after dark. Perhaps the monastery-topped Puig de Maria, made-you-look viewpoint of Mirador Es Colomer, or Pollença Bay’s golden-sand lining Cala Molins, where fiercely green-blue waters gently roll in and out. Or the wetlands of S'Albufera Natural Park, a haven for birds with swagger to their swoop, such as black vultures and falcons. This area of Mallorca is a step off point for bikers and hikers who’ve tackled the spectacular – if stamina-testing – trails along the Serra de Tramuntana (here’s where professionals practice in their downtime), and if you want to tackle the hilly terrain yourself, the hotel can arrange cycle hire; it’s testament to just how popular the sport is that they also have a secure bike garage, a range of repair tools and water and fruit to take with you. If putting pedal to the metal sounds a bit too challenging, then head out on a kayak or paddleboard or hire a yacht for the day; or, to see less fortunate vessels dating back to ancient times, book a scuba dive. This is an excellent spot for beginners to strap on their tanks, as dives are as shallow as 12 metres here. The monks of old Mallorca truly got their steps in back in the day – both the Santuari de Lluc and El Calvari chapel are set well above sea level. And there are caves and hypogeums (eerie subterranean vaults) to venture into too. Peek into Mallorca’s past in Roman town Pollença, which has a Blue Flag beach and a handful of galleries alongside charming cobbled streets and antique buildings (and some ruins); while Alcúdia has a weekly market (on Tuesdays), glass-bottom boat rides, more beaches to chill out on and a waterpark with slides and wave pools. Pollença Golf Club follows the landscape’s contours over its nine holes and has sweeping sea views. Back at the hotel, yoga lessons can be arranged, the spa will leave you steamed, scrubbed and rubbed in the best possible way, and the roof terrace is a wonderful spot for sundowners.
There’s little in the near vicinity, so make the most of chef Santi Taura’s elegant Mediterranean cooking. He also has two fine-dining restaurants in Palma – Dins and Cor – should you drive to the capital. In Puerto Pollença, Amazo is a modern eatery artfully serving traditional ingredients with contemporary takes: black-pork bao buns with hoisin glaze; tuna tataki okonomiyaki with orange ponzu, and Ibérico secreto with hummus, vanilla oil and dates. Also in Pollença is Terrae who espouse a very Earth-kind philosophy, ensuring all meals are sustainably made, hyper-local or foraged produce is used, and there’s a no-waste policy in the kitchen; most dishes (tacos, croquettes, grills) are vegetarian too. And, in the old fish market is La Llonja, which has a terrace looking out over the water and fine fishy dining, with a weekly changing set menu. Try the coconut and coriander mussels, salmon red curry or lobster paella.
A mainstay of aperitivo hour, a glass of bittersweet vermouth is a must when in Mallorca. Oh Vermut, near Pollença’s main square is convivial and cosy with a good selection of the spirit, as well as sangria and cervezas if you’re not a fan of its mildly medicinal taste. In Alcúdia, the Wine Side has plenty of bottle and a stomach-lining street-food menu; the Japanese-style hotdog with kimchi mayo, black garlic, fermented tuna and red pepper is delightfully different, while the luxe kebab feels more familiar and comforting.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this sea-glimpsing stay by Mallorca’s less-groomed yet glorious northwest coast and unpacked their wetsuit and shaken the sand from their flip-flops, a full account of their ‘gimme gimme mar’ break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside El Vicenç de la Mar in Cala Sant Vicenç…
On the northwest coast of Mallorca, nature lets her imagination run riot: far(ish) from cosmopolitan Palma, this is run-wild terrain with dramatic capes, mountains and rocky miradors, all soaring out of azure waters and buffered by mossy peaks. For this reason, this is the favourite quarter of the island for cyclists (lying as it is at the end of the Serra de Tramuntana’s challenging trails). But with the arrival of El Vicenç de la Mar (sister stay to El Llorenç Parc de la Mar in the capital, multi-stoppers), it’s sure to draw both those on two wheels and those with no inclination to leave their lounger. Set within peeping distance of the Cavall Bernat ridge and golden Cala Molins beach, it’s a stay that welcomes the outdoors in, with its sand-and-sea-hued interiors, terraces for all and rooftop pool and cocktail bar. It’s a luxurious mooring amid majestic environs, with Michelin-recognised dining, a sleek spa, and even its own cinema. And it’s re-awakening this sleepy corner of the isle, which played host to Spain’s bougie beachgoers throughout the Fifties and Sixties, extending a glamorous hand to sun-seeking locals and out-of-towners alike for days of sand-dusted leisure, ‘val de ri, val de ra-ing’ through the scenery and cleaving through the gentle sea. This may be nature’s domain, but this elegant hideout is set to conquer it.