Luxury stay Hotel Pleta de Mar has all you need for a break in the Balearics. Get wrapped up in the spa and spend your days hopping between the three pools. Watch the sunrise from the ocean-facing infinity pool, then move to the heated spa pool – perhaps stopping for a facial along the way. When the midday heat hits, head inside to the bamboo-bedecked bar, gradually moving with your tipples to the outdoor terrace as the hours drift lazily by. Come dinner, pair a glass, or bottle, of local wine with a grilled fish-dish in the authentic Mallorcan eatery. The next day, skip back to the beginning, and put your perfect day on repeat…
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A bottle of Mallorcan wine and a fruit basket on arrival
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability. Early arrivals and late departures can store luggage at reception and use the hotel facilities.
Double rooms from £349.60 (€380), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a seasonal buffet breakfast with fresh fruit, pastries and cereals.
The hotel is the sister property of Can Simoneta just next door – one of Smith’s sun-blessed stays.
The hotel is closed from the end of October until March.
At the hotel
Spa, alfresco gym, gardens, free WiFi throughout the hotel, and laundry service. In rooms: Bang & Olufsen TV and sound system, minibar with free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, and L'Occitane and Bulgari bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If bigger is better, look no further than the Grand Suite (90sq m). This stand-alone villa is the largest suite in the hotel, and has a secluded courtyard and private terrace with a pool and ocean views.
Take your pick of three outdoor saltwater pools. Flanked by elegant white sunloungers, the largest pool is located on the lawn in front of the restaurant. There’s a secluded infinity pool at the back of the property, which is surrounded by trees and overlooks the ocean – perfect for romantic dips á deux. Last, but not least, there’s a small heated pool in front of the spa.
As well as a sauna, outdoor heated pool and alfresco relaxation area, the spa offers a range of treatments that use Med-sourced ingredients which relax and rejuvenate. Prime your skin for sunbathing with a Mallorcan sea-salt scrub, and once you’re tanned tip to toe, refresh your skin with a cucumber, yogurt and mint wrap. There’s also an outdoor gym where you can cycle, run and weight-lift under the shade of the trees.
Bring lots of lightly-coloured linens and easy, breezy sundresses.
In the summer dine alfresco under the warm glow of the garden lights; if temperatures cool, take a table inside by the large windows for a spot of sunset watching..
Floaty elegance, with flip-flops.
With an outdoor terrace and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that fold back in the summer, Asador de Mar has views of the hotel gardens and ocean beyond. However, the scenery takes second place to the dining here: carnivores – and cavemen – are well catered for here: whole fish and generous cuts of meat are cooked over an open fire.
The restaurant and bar are open all day from 7am to 9pm.
Next to the restaurant, the bamboo-clad bar is open dawn-till-dusk for morning mimosas, afternoon apéritifs and post-dinner drinks. Whatever your poison, the bar staff will shake, stir and mix any drink to suit your tastes.
Hotel Pleta de Mar sits on the east coast of Mallorca, less than a 15-minute walk away from the peaceful seaside town of Canyamel. The hotel is surrounded by green fields and trees on three sides, and the Balearic Sea on the fourth.
Fly to Palma de Mallorca international airport; from there it’s an hour-long drive to the hotel; transfers can be arranged for €130 each way, for two people.
Hiring a car gives you complete freedom to explore the island. Smith24 can arrange a set of wheels for you to pick up at the airport. The hotel has free on-site parking.
Worth getting out of bed for
Hit one of the golden-sand beaches along the Mallorcan coastline – Cala Millor and Cala Torta are popular choices. For a more exclusive look at Mallorca’s coastline, board the hotel’s speedboat and sail the shores in style. From headlands to holes-in-one: the hotel is within easy reach of four golfing greens; Canyamel Golf, Pula Golf, Golf de Capdepera and Club de Golf de Son Servera. Alternatively, grab your racket (or hire one from reception) and head to the nearby tennis courts, just 700 metres from the hotel. Check out the hotel’s sister properties Can Simoneta, Font Santa Hotel and Convent de la Missió, where you’ll get direct access to the sea, Michelin-starred restaurant and a stellar spa, respectively.
Owned by the same family that runs the hotel, local restaurant Porxada de sa Torre is less than a five-minute drive: set below the Torre de Canyamel, it's hard to miss. They serve traditional Mallorcan cuisine; a favourite is the porcella (suckling pig), which is grilled on an oak fire. For an unforgettable dining experience, book the Michelin star-holding Bou in the Playa hotel in Sa Coma. Don’t arrive fashionably late: there’s only one seating at 8pm, or 1pm on the weekend, and you won’t want to miss head chef Andrés Benítez‘s delicious dining experience. Just next door, Hotel Can Simoneta’s restaurant has beautiful bay views and a tempting menu of local meats, freshly caught fish, and fruit and vegetables grown on site.
Just a 15-minute drive away in Artà, Forn Nou is a cosy little bistro serving traditional Mallorcan fare and a wide range of local wines. Or, to make a day of it, drive up to Cala Torta, about 25 minutes away by car, and combine a day on the beach with a fresh seafood lunch at Bar Cala Torta.
After seven nights spent circling the Balearics on a boat, being back on Mallorcan dry land felt like a dream. Swaying to and fro, we made our way to a waiting convertible and took off down the isle’s winding roads. The drive to Hotel Pleta de Mar, our home for the next few days, only took around an hour from the airport; but we decided to make a day of it, taking a roundabout route so we could explore the island by land after so much time at sea. We set course for Deià, then drove across to Mallorca’s northwest corner, before arriving at the safe haven of our hotel. A large gate opened to reveal the grounds, we pulled up to the door, and staff whisked us inside. We’d mentioned we were on honeymoon, and – as hoped – we’d been upgraded to one of the huge Luxury Suites. And, after a tour of the property, we were each given a straw beach bag to stash our swimwear in and two straw hats to shield us from the sun. My husband loves a hat, so he was thrilled and wore it all weekend. These were just some of the small, gracious touches that made our stay feel that much more luxurious.
Our suite was, frankly, incredible: a large space split into a few rooms. The living room had a Bang & Olufsen TV, Nespresso machine and well-stocked minibar, plus it had doors opening up onto a private patio with plush lounge chairs and a view of the sea just through the trees. Most afternoons you’d find me curled up on one of those chairs in my bathrobe, listening to the wind rustling the trees and waves crashing on the beach – heaven. Our bedroom was sizeable too, and was dressed in Danish- and Japanese-inspired style – chic Med minimalism with lots of wood and white walls. The property was designed to seamlessly fit into the natural surroundings, so Mallorca’s beauty shone here. The bathroom was probably my favorite part of our hideaway: it had a large, dark-stone wet room with a window, so you could enjoy the views as you scrubbed. Even better was the outdoor Jacuzzi tub sunk into the ground. On our first night we spent hours here soaking under the stars – a true honeymooners’ delight.
Every meal we had at Pleta de Mar’s restaurant FOC was indulgent, especially a dinner of delicious Galician beef. But the breakfast truly captured my heart. I love a breakfast buffet – sometimes they can be a bit uninspired, but at Pleta de Mar no detail was overlooked and options were abundant – the discovery of a new yoghurt was a highlight (really). There’s nothing like sitting out in the open air with your coffee, a newspaper (I saw Spanish, English and German options) and an array of edibles, looking out over lush green grounds against the blue of the Mediterranean beyond – even better, it was a good excuse to model our new sun-hats. Speaking of languages, I was impressed that all the staff we encountered were fluent in Spanish, English and German – and I heard a bit of French here and there. Our fellow guests were an international crowd and Pleta de Mar was accommodating to a degree I’ve rarely seen in my frequent travels.
Mornings started slow. We would spend time prone on day-beds by the pool looking out to sea, taking advantage of the pool-side service. A cycle of reading, napping and swimming ensured true R’n’R, with a spot of alfresco lunching in between. Swimsuit body be damned – the fries were just too delicious to resist. Pleta de Mar has access to a private beach – a rarity round these parts – but it’s still being revitalised to be more guest friendly, a lengthy process considering how nature is protected here. This was why we opted to spend each day by the infinity pool, on the brink of the property, which gives the illusion of it flowing directly into the sea.
We finished each afternoon with a steam in the hotel’s sauna. In fact, in the three days we were there we never left the property. Pleta de Mar had everything we needed on the grounds. The staff were generous, the grounds plentiful, the suites peaceful. There was no reason to leave. After being in the cramped quarters of a boat, Hotel Pleta de Mar helped us to get steady on our feet in the most luxurious way possible. It’s a special place, and we look forward to coming back time and time again.