Mallorca, Spain

Posada Terra Santa

Rates from (ex tax)$211.52

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 (EUR215.33), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Noble manor

Setting

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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Free bottle of wine and a home-made vanity kit

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

26, including one suite.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $211.52 (€196), 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 (EUR215.33), via openexchangerates.org, 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).

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Also

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

Pet‐friendly

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.

Children

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.

Location

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Address
Posada Terra Santa
Posada Terra Santa, 5,
07001
Palma de Mallorca
Spain

Planes

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.

Automobiles

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.

Other

Ferry Baleària and Trasmediterranea run overnight ferry crossings from Barcelona and Valencia to Palma (roughly an eight-hour trip).

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

We entered Mallorcan boutique hotel Posada Terra Santa through imposing wooden doors. They opened to reveal a tea-light-lit courtyard, well appointed with a vintage racecar (a Morgan 3 Wheeler, which Mr Smith informed me is ‘kind of a big deal’), and a small area where twosomes could sit and sip Aperol spritzes. Once Mallorcan nobility would park their steeds here – now the car takes pride of place; but, the hotel retains enough original features to set history-buffs’ hearts racing. Through another stone archway was a warm and welcoming lobby, with a hat-rack of house-branded straw fedoras and cache of handmade umbrellas (should the occasion call for them… It never did). 

The staff at Posada Terra Santa were so welcoming, that from the moment we walked in I was sure this undercover Mrs Smith had been rumbled; I later learned that the staff had no idea we were incognito – their pleasantness comes as standard, and they did all they could to make us feel at ease. They also weren’t afraid to make fun of Mr Smith and I when we told them of our plans to visit Pacha nightclub; they even encouraged our questionable taste, sending us to the far better, yet still desirably cheesy Tito’s. Mr Smith was all-in, once he learnt that Frank Sinatra used to hang out there, but we doubt there were as many lazers in Ol’ Blue Eyes’ day.

The hotel is dearly loved by its owner – it’s apparent in the painstaking work he’s put into restoring the two original buildings. Throughout the hotel are Bambi-emblazoned family crests and mounted plaster stag heads, which confused us, as Mallorca is relatively deer-free. We later learn that the site dates back to the 16th century, and was once owned by Boixador barons, who moved to Mallorca from the medieval Kingdom of Aragon, bringing their antlered heraldic emblem with them. Enlightened, we appreciated the irony.

Posada Terra Santa opened as a hotel in 2014; the owner has artfully balanced original features with clean modern furnishings, and subtle interior-design elements amplify the beauty of the original townhouse. Terra Santa means ‘holy earth’, but Catholic crucifixes are thankfully scarce. In fact, it’s all rather laid back. There’s a choice of chill-out areas, each packed with soft and squishy chairs, and sofas in shades of gray and navy, which coolly contrast with the warm terracotta walls. One could pick a spot (the courtyard; the lounge; the salon – they’re all lovely…), flop down and read a book for hours. There was even a separate library area just off from the lobby, with striking modern chairs and a vintage, Hemingway-worthy drinking – I mean writing – desk.

We booked the Preference Duplex Suite, which was quiet at night, and had a massive bed, his-and-hers sinks in the bathroom, and a great view of the Basilica de Sant Francesc. We were welcomed with an ice-cold bottle of Cava in our room on arrival, and I loved the staff’s succinct tour of the room – it’s annoying to have someone prattle on about the TV remote for 10 minutes after you’ve had a long journey. They knew exactly what needed to be mentioned, and did so swiftly and elegantly. Then they left us alone, to polish off the Cava in peace. We were absolutely not disappointed; my only complaint was regarding the telephone in our room. Neither myself nor Mr Smith – both intelligent people – could get the confounded contraption to work, but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise; who wants to be on call while on holiday?

The ace up the hotel’s sleeve is its petite, pool-topped roof terrace; there’s not much space for laps (in fact, one lap is your body length, give or take a foot), but come mid-afternoon, when the heat hits, the cool water beckons. We spent most of our time up there, especially after we discovered the handy telephone you can use to summon food (our lunch order, a burrata salad, was delectable) or more wine. At night, the pool glows turquoise, like a moonlit shard of glacier, and not once were we disturbed – it was muy romantico indeed. We took a nightcap there every night, enjoying the peace and our vantage point overlooking the city’s terracotta rooftops – a palm-frond-brushed scene which reminded me of Marrakech. 

The restaurant serves inventive fusion fare – it was the best dining experience we had throughout our three-day break. The tapas tasting-menu is a must-try; it’s ingeniously presented (in similar style to that of a Japanese fine-dining restaurant), but refined rather than OTT, and we clocked Spanish and Moroccan influences as we worked through the small plates. The restaurant’s wonderfully affordable too – two glasses of wine were just €7. 

One can only lounge around for so long (well, I suppose we could have basked for longer); armed with local recommendations, we decided to venture out into Palma. The hotel is smack-bang in the centre of the Old Town, and all major sights are within walking distance. One of our favourite spots was the Plaça de la Quartera, where we loitered at low-key café Terraza Gaudi, a great people-watching spot. Then, I did some damage to my Amex in two boutiques: Suite 13 and Opia Concept Store on Plaza Banc de L’Oli, both an amble away from more tourist-y stores – they only sell pieces by local and Barcelona-based designers, which makes a refreshing change from browsing in Zara. For some beach time, head to Playa Illetas (a 20-minute drive from the hotel), a stretch of sand with few fellow sunbathers. Colourful parasols, lithe and tanned locals, and water that’s turquoise and navy by turns: it’s a Gray Malin photograph come to life. It’s buoyantly salty, too – one can float for hours and daydream about embracing the beach life long-term.

 

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.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2016