Mallorca, Spain

Posada Terra Santa

Rates from (inc tax)$286.94

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 (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Noble manor


Trim Old Town alley

Posada Terra Santa’s peerage – it’s been home to titled Mallorquíns since the 16th century – is evident in its private citrus-scented courtyard, original grain store and vaulted Gothic cellar where the hotel’s elegant fusion fare is served. The addition of a rooftop pool and eccentric artwork (plaster stag heads mounted in the lounge, faux frescoes in bathrooms) have turned it into a 21st-century trendsetter. The neighbourhood reflects its time-skipping style too, encompassing venerable churches and hip tapas joints.

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Need to know


26, including one suite.


12 noon, but flexible; late check-out till 4pm is €120, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm; guests can store luggage on site.


Double rooms from $286.94 (€264), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

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 (EUR289.94), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast with Mallorcan delicacies, fresh fruit and a station where eggs are cooked to order with local goodies (sobrassada and camaiot sausage, gruyère and almonds).


Pilates and yoga classes are held in the gym on request (€40 an hour), and personal trainers can be arranged. The hotel has a fleet of bikes for hire (€20 a day) for exploring the cobbled surroundings.

At the hotel

Spa and gym, sauna, lounge, salon, library, sun hats to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, kettle with a selection of teas (on request), Egyptian-cotton linens, air-conditioning and Prija bath products. The Preference Room, Preference Duplex Suite and the Baron Suite have Nespresso coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms are similar in style, but the Preference Duplex Suite edges out the competition for its surfeit of space. There’s plenty of natural light in the bedroom, and retro detailing – mini searchlights, a rotary phone, a mounted toy boat – add to its more historic charms, including a beamed ceiling and views of the Basilica. The Superior Rooms are smaller but have generous bathrooms and ‘oh so tempting to jump on’ beds.


A very petite, unheated plunge pool on the roof terrace overlooks Palma’s higgledy-piggledy rooftops and the Basilica de Sant Francesc. There are day-beds and parasols, and a phone for summoning drinks from downstairs. The spa has a small soaking pool too, kept at a toasty 28 °C.


The spa’s in two arched nooks of the original grain store. The bijou spaces house an indoor pool, sauna and a treatment room for massages, facials, mani-pedis and body scrubs. Speciality treatments such as Lomi Lomi massages and ayurvedic rituals round out the pampering options. There’s a gym too, kitted out for weight training, cardio and fitball sessions.

Packing tips

Bring several engrossing tomes to flip through while sprawled over the Stately Lounge’s inviting sofas or the roof terrace’s loungers. The library has a stash of art books if you forget. Bring your wits, too: there’s a chessboard in the English Salon.


Common areas are wheelchair accessible, and one of the ground-floor Preference Suites has been specially adapted with a roll-in shower.


Small dogs (up to 7kg) stay free. A dog bed and bowl are provided, but furry friends aren’t allowed in the restaurant, spa or lounge. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mallorca.


Extra beds (€120 a child, each day) and cots (free) can be added to all rooms. The small rooftop pool has wide steps to sit on (but no lifeguard). Babysitting is available (but must be booked a day in advance). Staff can adapt dishes and heat up milk too.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The elevated table by the open kitchen lets you watch the chefs work their magic. A few cushioned banquettes are sequestered away under arches in the courtyard, offering a little privacy for couple-y drinks.

Dress Code

Breezy Balearic with a touch of tailoring. Throw a blazer over a sundress or a linen shirt and you’re good to go.

Hotel restaurant

Guests dine under the original Gothic arches in the hotel’s cellar at La Despensa del Barón Restaurant. An open kitchen and black-and-white prints are decorous nods to the modern-fusion fare, which borrows inspiration from Asia and the Med. Tapas plates are served by day and come evening, chef Matias’ team prepare freshly caught, sesame-crusted tuna tataki with wakame seaweed, and Iberian pork loin cooked with plump figs and other continent-straddling delicacies. The breakfast buffet is laid out here each morning and tapas plates are served throughout the day.

Hotel bar

Pick from the selection of wines, beers and spirits in the honesty bar by reception to drink in the lounge or salon. The pool has a hotline to reception so you can summon drinks to the roof terrace if you don’t fancy schlepping downstairs.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am–11am, dinner in La Despensa from 7pm–10.30pm.

Room service

Salads, sandwiches and cakes can be enjoyed in your room from 12 noon to midnight.


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Posada Terra Santa
Posada Terra Santa, 5,
Palma de Mallorca


International hub Palma de Mallorca Airport is a 15-minute drive. Low-cost airlines Ryanair, Vueling and EasyJet run frequent services from major European destinations. Flights from the US usually connect via Madrid, flights from Asia and Australia via Munich. The hotel can arrange transfers in a luxury car (for up to four guests) for €49 each way.


From the airport, reach the hotel on the MA-19, leading on to Carrer del Temple and Carrer de Sant Bonaventura. There’s a limited number of parking spaces on the street outside the hotel, and the fee for 24 hours is roughly €24.

Worth getting out of bed for

Palma’s Old Town is a jumble of winding alleys, cobbled streets and placid piazzas; the district’s within a whisper of a square kilometre, but it packs in a colossal Gothic cathedral with a fleet of sandstone flying-buttresses, the heavily gilded 13th-century Basilica de Sant Francesc and the Palace of the Almudaina. We also like the Moorish baths; only one colonnaded room remains, but the gardens resplendent with citrus trees, palms, hibiscus bushes and bougainvillea. The quarter’s slender streets are lined with crowded tapas bars too, such as breakfast favourite C'an Joan de Saigo (+34 971 71 07 59), and late-opening joints such as Quina Creu (+34 971 71 17 72) and Ca La Seu (+34 871 57 21 57). The shops on Passeig del Born is a leafy strip of big-name boutiques (Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss, Mulberry), the Rialto Living store (+34 971 71 33 31) and high-street favourites  H&M and Zara. The hotel can arrange bike hire for spins along the coast, to clock sleek yachts and super yachts topped with helipads. Cala Mayor, one of the city’s prettier stretches of shore is about an hour’s pedal away. Terracotta vistas, sprawling olive groves and tucked-away beaches make car-hire worthwhile. A 25-minute drive inland lies José L Ferrer Bodega (+34 971 51 10 50), where wine tastings are held 11am–4.30pm, Monday to Friday, from 11am on Saturdays. For €10 a person visitors get three wines (the young, crianza and reserve) and quelitas (savoury biscuits). Sailing and windsurfing excursions can be arranged through the hotel too.

Local restaurants

Bowls of olives, slabs of Serrano ham, all manner of sea-to-stall delights and and a cornucopia of fruit and veg: the Mercat de l'Olivar (a 10-minute walk away on Plaça de l'Olivar, +34 971 72 03 14) showcases the island's produce in spectacular style. Visit the Ostras counter for pintxo plates and fresh-from-the-net oysters waiting to be shucked and savoured. Locals start their day by pairing half a dozen with champagne; it would be rude not to follow suit. Forn de Sant Joan (+34 971 72 84 22) is a 10-minute walk from the hotel; sultry and low lit, with quirky artwork and ornate mirrors on display, this Catalan restaurant has a decadent menu with smoked pigeon, suckling pig and lobster. Dip into the tapas menu for coconut-foam-topped langoustines and octopus with kimchi aioli. Simply Fosh (+34 971 72 01 14) has an elegantly dressed 17th-century setting; it's helmed by chef Marc Fosh. Venison in orange, anise and vanilla sauce, a sweetcorn ‘sponge’ with autumnal-fruit minestrone, and banana ganache with saffron and rum are the kind of unexpected flavour pairings that have earned the eatery a Michelin star. Sadrassana (+34 971 72 85 15) also has a historic setting: a 19th-century manor housing the Horrach Moyà Gallery. Bold prints and tapestries create a dramatic dining space, and dishes are by turns artful and witty (we like the lobster with chips and two fried eggs). 

Local cafés

Named after one of our favourite things, lively Minibar Café (+34 669 24 27 89) on Calle Pere Dezcallar has hipster trappings – ironic granny lamps, bikes and artworks in a jumble of frames. However, the food is excellent: tantalising wheels of cheese perch on the bar and fresh-baked loaves are fluffy and flour dusted. Cuttlefish and pork-loin stews are served in terracotta bowls, too, and there are frequent art shows.

Local bars

Wood beams and more Gothic arches add old-world charm to Gaudeix Bodega Palma (+34 871 23 10 24) on Carrer de Can Sales. Pair pintxos (calamari on toast, eggs and Serrano ham, prawn croquettes) with a pick from the hodge-podge of bottles displayed on shelves and in a chiller cabinet.


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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 historic Old Town hotel in Palma and unpacked their tapas trappings from the Mercat de l’Olivar and a bottle of limited-edition Sa Vall Selección Privada wine, a full account of their restful city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick history lesson on boutique hotel Posada Terra Santa in Mallorca…
If you somehow missed the root of the family tree connected to a branch of Spanish nobility, you probably haven’t inherited a refined Mallorcan townhouse. Dry your tears: Posada Terra Santa in Palma’s Old Town is a heritage holiday home that’s been renovated and styled into the 21st-century, respectfully incorporating Gothic arches, and aesthetically pleasing bits of 16th-century wall. Its rooftop plunge pool is teeny but terrific, a spa and sauna has been squeezed into the former grain store, and a chef with an atlas’ worth of culinary influences has been installed in the kitchen. If the Boixador barons who built the place could see it now, they’d probably wonder why they didn’t think of that… Better late than never.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Posada Terra Santa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The personal service, which was very attentive and genuinely friendly. The hotel is small but perfectly formed, with stunning decor fusing old and contemporary, and it's in an excellent, central location. We enjoyed the roof terrace for quiet, sunny downtime. We have nothing at all negative to say about this gorgeous hotel. 10/10

Don’t expect

A kids club and evening entertainment - this is a quiet, discreet boutique hotel, perfect for a couples getaway.


Stayed on 17 Mar 2016