Bringing a little taste of Morocco to Mallorca (via a brief stopover in Asia), Palma Riad has all of the palm-lined courtyards, mosaics and superior, straight-from-the-souks lighting most riads could only dream of. The bath tubs are basically swimming pools, some suites have huge terraces and lampshades are often shaped like parrots (we did say superior). Decadence is actively encouraged – there are velvet curtains concealing any mischief, dimly lit corners for cocktails and a romantic restaurant for intimate dinners à deux.
Double rooms from £309.83 (€366), 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-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The hotel is so pally with its next-door neighbour that there’s a secret passage connecting the riad with Hotel Born (which means even easier access to its Middle Eastern restaurant).
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, courtyard. In rooms: GHD hairdryer and straighteners, Nespresso coffee machine, USB charging points, free bottled water, air-conditioning and mirror TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Our favourite rooms
Adding to the authentic Marrakchi flavour, the rooms all have huge hammam-ready bath tubs – for the ultimate ablution-based experience, book the Suite Hammam, which has a sunken mosaic-lined tub, as well as a fireplace and a four-poster bed. Or for 10 square metres of outdoor space all to yourself, book the Suite with Terrace.
North African nods in sartorial form, from babouche slippers to dyed leather goods (no Fez hats, please).
One room has been adapted for wheelchair users and all of the communal areas are accessible, too.
One of the crushed-velvet red sofas in the bar, or out by the illuminated pool in the courtyard.
Colourful leather slippers and kaftans sourced on your last trip to Marrakech – but draw the line at djellabas.
Like everywhere else in the hotel, the restaurant pays homage to its Moroccan motherland (it’s even called Morokko). It’s brought to you by the Mallorcan group also behind Tast Club, a tapas bar on the same street, and Za’atar in the hotel next-door. As well as fusion food and creative cocktails, you’ll be able to order breakfasts of seasonal, local produce.
Drinks are served on an elevated deck next to the bar and in the courtyard.
Breakfast hours are 8am to 11.30am. Snacks are served all day until 7pm, with dinner available every day except Monday until 11pm. The bar is open from 7pm until 1am.
Morokko’s menu can be ordered in around the clock.
The riad is a long way from Marrakech – instead, you’ll find it in the Mallorcan capital of Palma, right by the cathedral in the city’s historic heart.
The island’s Son Sant Joan airport is a 20-minute drive away from the hotel. Transfers can be arranged on request, or you can hop in a taxi outside the terminal.
Other Palma’s port is a 15-minute drive away – from here, you’ll be able to set sail for other parts of Spain, including Ibiza, Formentera and Valencia.
Depending on how much baggage you’re bringing with you (in terms of actual luggage), it might be wise to swing by the hotel first, before stowing your wheels away at Plaça Major car park, five minutes away on foot from the riad. You won’t need a car to get around the city, but if you want to see more of the island, a rental may be wise.
Palma’s port is a 15-minute drive away – from here, you’ll be able to set sail for other parts of Spain, including Ibiza, Formentera and Valencia.
Worth getting out of bed for
Visitors with a sweet tooth will enjoy adding chocolate ice-cream to their coca de cuarto cake at the classic Can Joan de s’Aigo. Other food-based favourites for tourists include drinking a pomada (gin with lemon juice) at Sa Foradada in Déia and eating the paella at Ponderosa beach club in Alcudia. The concierge can help you hire your own boat, or you can go on a tour with a local charter company. Head to the north coast to paddle-board at Cala Sant Vicenç, set up for a day on the sand at Es Carbó beach, or hire some vintage wheels or a motorbike to see the mountain village of Banyalbufar and its elevated views of the Med.
Set in an old 19th-century bakery, Forn de Sant Joan has a lengthy tapas menu, along with some excellent baked goods, naturally. At Fera, fine-dining favourites such as lobster, foie gras and oysters are given an Asian twist (courtesy of the chef’s love of Japan). And new takes on tapas await at Ombu in the old town.
For beach-club vibes and beats, book a stylish sunlounger at the Mallorcan editions of Purobeach and Nikki Beach. Cocktail masterclasses occur every evening at Brassclub, Bar San Nicolás and Lab – and at the latter, you’ll be able to enrol in actual libation lessons.
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 Moroccan hotel in Spain and unpacked their sunhats and slippers, a full account of their Balearic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palma Riad in Mallorca…
Palma Riad likes to be different – and this transformation of a 17th-century Mallorcan family home into a Moroccan riad by way of Asia is what has made it the Balearic capital’s most buzzy stay right now. The darkly decadent interiors are ready for guests to get up to no good in, with a backdrop of gothic wax-covered candelabra, red lacquer, velvet curtains and Turkish carpets. The palm-lined courtyard is all Marrakech, though – and even the handmade glass bottles that the bath products have been decanted into were sourced from everyone’s favourite souks.
For clubbers hoping to relive their early-Noughties Magaluf heyday, the hotel concierge can help to arrange a slightly more salubrious trip to super-club BCM, this time featuring a private lounge – or if nights out for you these days mean sea salts and a soak, book the Suite Hammam and enjoy the huge bath tub. We’re not in Marrakech any more, Toto – but over the rainbow in Palma is just as magical.