Mallorca, Spain

Nakar Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$157.77

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR147.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Geek chic

Setting

Alluring shop-lined Avenida

Tucked in between well-to-do boutiques on Palma’s main shopping strip, Nakar Hotel is as alluring as Cartier’s sparkly things or Massimo Dutti’s tailoring. This wholly modern, family-run Mallorcan stay has been smartly dressed by architects Magi Margués and Marga Rotger in oak, stone and glass, with accents of bronze and black iron. Rooms keep technophiles’ thumbs twiddling, with interactive super-Smart TVs, speedy WiFi and ambient lighting, while the hideaway spa and rooftop pool and bar appeal to more sybaritic tastes. Switched-on, sexy and partial to Mallorcan liqueur Palo: this sophisticated Spaniard makes us swoon… 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

57, including 12 suites.

Check–Out

12.30pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $157.77 (€134), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR147.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a Continental breakfast buffet with pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals, juices, eggs served any way and a range of hot dishes.

Also

Get a taste of the hotel’s DJs tunes before you check-in - check out his chilled playlists on the hotel’s website. Those who mourn for the bygone days of mints on hotel pillows will be thrilled to find a fortune cookie instead – crack it open and hope that it predicts a return trip.

At the hotel

Spa, roof terrace, free super-speedy WiFi throughout. In rooms: 40–55” Smart TV with on-demand movies, a concierge service and the ability to interact with your iPhone or iPad; USB hubs; Nespresso coffee-maker; light-up laptop safe with a built-in battery charger; mood lighting; minibar; free bottled water; air-conditioning; Molton Brown bath products. Five Deluxe rooms have a little terrace with a private Jacuzzi.

Our favourite rooms

There’s something deliciously cheeky about bubbling away in an utterly private Jacuzzi while listening to Palma’s hubbub carry on below; book a Deluxe Room with a Patio and Jacuzzi for a satisfying soak. The Suite with Bath Tub is spacious and serene, even though it faces Palma’s busiest street. There’s a balcony for watching the boulevard and a romantic freestanding tub just steps from the bed.

Poolside

The unheated, 12-metre rooftop pool is a rectangle of cool, blue-sky-reflecting water beckoning you to dive in – from the infinity edge you can gaze at Palma’s red rooftops, the Cathedral, Bellver Castle, and the port and bay beyond. From late afternoon to even later in the evening, a resident DJ spins chilled-out tunes for prone sunbathers on the wooden deck; iced cocktails can be summoned from the top-floor bar close by. Guests have exclusive access to a secret elevator down to the spa, where the second pool resides: a slightly larger, spotlit affair in a navy-hued room.

Spa

Nakar Spa is a subterranean sanctuary with two whisper-quiet treatment rooms, a hammam, sauna and relaxation pool. Natural floral and fruity infusions ensure you leave your massage smelling like mandarin and geranium, or ylang ylang and jasmine; the Yuzu Rose Ritual practically uses a whole fruit bowl’s worth of scintillating scent. Body wraps and facials are boosted with algae and natural acids, and special men’s treatments and mani-pedis are available too.

Packing tips

Bring your bikinis and Speedos (especially those looking for off-season sun, when Palma’s shops only stock wintry wears). Bring all your gadgets so you can ooh and aah while playing with them on the enormous TV and stick a back-up credit card in your wallet for ‘oh, what the hell’ shopping sprees.

Also

With two roomy lifts, the hotel is entirely wheelchair-accessible. Upper category rooms are more spacious, but none are specially adapted.

Pet‐friendly

Pets can join you in your Balearic bolthole for €50 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mallorca.

Children

The hotel’s Standard rooms interconnect via a corridor to form a small, stylish apartment; however, even tech-savvy tots may be a little bored in this grown-up getaway spot.

Eco‐friendly

Each room has a motion-detection system, to ensure lights shut off when guests leave.

Food and Drink

Photos Nakar Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Plonk yourselves down by the restaurant’s wall of windows. For drinks, park yourselves by the pool.

Dress Code

Breezing through.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Miquel Calent honed his culinary skills in the countryside; Cuit Bar & Restaurant’s menu has a slightly misty-eyed rustic bent, alongside city-chic presentation. ‘Poor man’ potatoes with egg and truffle, moray steeped in sobrassada-infused creamy rice and traditional Balearic desserts (cinnamon-y greixonera flan and sweet-potato cake) are satisfyingly authentic. The restaurant’s slate-and-sunshine colour scheme is handsome, but the eighth-floor views of the Cathedral, Bellver Castle and the bay will draw your eye.

Hotel bar

The bar is part of the hotel restaurant. However, sundowners are usually taken by the pool as DJs (such as Tony Jiménez and Ángel García) set the mood. Refreshing G&Ts and sweet wines are a speciality.

Last orders

Lunch is served from 1pm to 4pm, dinner from 7pm to 11pm. Cuit is closed on Sunday.

Room service

Outside restaurant hours, guests can ask for the snack menu’s ‘salty’ and ‘sweet’ treats (home-made croquettes, hamburgers and sandwiches, cakes and ice-creams) to be delivered to their door.

Location

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Address
Nakar Hotel
Av. de Jaume III, 21
Palma
07012
Palma
Spain

Planes

Palma Airport (www.palma-airport.info) is 12 kilometres from the hotel (a 10-minute drive). Easyjet and Ryanair run frequent flights from major cities in Europe. The hotel can arrange transfers if you book 24 hours in advance (€60 for a one-way trip).

Automobiles

Palma’s boulevards are lovely to stroll along; for a fleet city break you won’t need a car. However, if you’re staying on the island for longer, or you want to maximise your minibreak, hire some wheels to see Mallorca’s greener (plus russet-, amber- and coral-hued) pastures. There are car-hire booths at Palma Airport.

Other

Palma’s port is five kilometres from the hotel. Baleària (www.balearia.com) and Transmediterranea ferries (www.trasmediterranea.es) sail here frequently from Barcelona, Valencia and Ibiza.

Worth getting out of bed for

Mallorca’s main shopping area lures luxury seekers with its windows displaying sharp tailoring, bedazzled dresses, brogues fresh from the last and buy to take off’ unmentionables. Bring cards with a credit limit that allows for sprees in Cartier, Loewe, Massimo Dutti, Mont Blanc and the El Cortes Ingles department store – all just steps from the hotel’s door. Then hit the huge H&M on Placa Joan Carles I, and Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss on Passeig del Born. Marvel at the heft of Gothic Palma Cathedral, a 12-minute walk away, and its gilded and Gaudi-drafted delights within. The Es Baluard art museum (a five-minute walk from the hotel) offers a contemporary counterpoint, with work by Ana Mendieta, Marina Abramović and Robert Mapplethorpe in its permanent collection. 

Local restaurants

The eateries in Mallorca’s capital are well-served by the fertile farms inland and the fishermen’s hauls from the Med. Dine on king crab and sea urchin slathered in Béarnaise sauce or tuna tataki in tonkatsu sauce at moodily lit Forn de Saint Joan on Calle Saint Joan. Ombu, on Passeig del Born, serves globally influenced tapas, with tiger-milk-spiked Peruvian oysters, an oxtail-stuffed croissant with sherry-infused mayonnaise and miso-marinated black-cod tips.

Local cafés

We like Café L'Antiquari, a cosy spot on Carrer Arabi, which is lined with vintage posters and filled with higgledy-piggledy chairs. Its wine list is impressive and the  menu has delights such as chicken stuffed with bacon and dates or duck confit with beetroot and fennel. 

Local bars

In true Spanish style, Mallorcans start their nights out fashionably late – the Jazz Voyeur Club (on Carrer d'Apuntadors) and Sky Bar (on Carrer de Sant Magi) both have on-high views and a svelte crowd. Stop in Abaco on Calle San Juan for a glass of cava or heady cocktail amid bouquets and statuettes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 tech-savvy boutique hotel in Palma and unpacked their piquant sobrassada and tubs of plump olives, a full account of their chi-chi city-to-beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Nakar Hotel in Mallorca…

Techies, gather your gadgets and hop on a flight to Palma – Nakar Hotel’s niftily kitted-out rooms make it well worth the faff of unsheathing your laptop, iPad, Kindle and up-to-the-second phone at airport security. Playthings in these thoroughly modern oak- and stone-clad, white-walled rooms include WiFi fast enough to outsmart any sluggish webpage, a start-up’s worth of charging stations and a Smart TV with an extraordinarily high IQ, which allows you to mirror your iDevices screens and stream YouTube cat videos or play Flappy Bird in 40–55” vision; it also has an interactive concierge service and on-demand movies. 

Lest you get square eyes and sore thumbs, we suggest a vitamin D-replenishing visit to the hotel’s rooftop pool or a brief social-media detox in the low-lit subterranean spa (you can Instagram your ‘candid’ bikini poses later). You’re also a wander away from top-drawer tapas and the equally tasty luxury goods in Mallorca’s shopping district. After a country-style dinner in penthouse eatery Cuit and a few shots of herby local liqueur Palo, you’ll be eager to head back to your room to get turned on again…

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