The largest of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean, Mallorca is famed for its stunning beaches, limestone mountains and rugged coastline. With a gentle year-round climate, it’s the ideal short-haul destination for those seeking guaranteed year-round sunshine and a hit of culture. If you find yourself there with 24 hours to spare, make them count with these recommendations…
Nestled in Palma’s historic La Lonja quarter, this one time nunnery and noble house has been transformed into jaw-dropping splendour, where historical period features mingle with elegant art deco and mid-century modern touches. Rooms are resplendent with enormous freestanding tubs and plush velvet trimmings while downstairs you can choose between drinks on the terrace, in the library or the Jumanji room (yes, really), where vines and creepers hang from the ceiling.
Bigger groups looking for a little seclusion away from the bustle of the capital should head to Casa Vista Roqueta – an exquisitely renovated stone farmhouse run by luxury villa agent, Oliver’s Travels. Located in an idyllic rural setting near Petra, complete with generous pool and breathtaking views across the sprawling countryside. We love this place so much, we shot our latest swimwear campaign here…
Serving up top class specialist coffee and tasty brunch plates using the freshest organic ingredients from local suppliers, La Molienda is the ideal pit stop to top up your caffeine levels mid-morning.
Expect no half measures at the infamous Brass Club, whose speciality is creating cocktails for the non-conformists. Serving up surprise and delight in equal measure, mind-blowing menu listings include: BBQ Night in Memphis – a bacon and maple syrup infused mescal, and Mai Tai Egg – a mix of rum, falernum and lime liqueur.
For a new take on traditional tapas, La Vieja boasts of an atmosphere as colourful and characterful as its avant-garde menu. Founder Jonay Hernandez’s tasting plates pack a piquant punch with morsels such as kamodo-roasted iberico pork, Aperol filled olives and the intriguingly named: My Father’s Lazy Potato Omelette.
With a secluded beach, secret cove and a glorious mountain backdrop, Sa Calobra Is the stuff dreams are made of. Venture through the 200m tunnels to the Torrent de Pareis (twin streams) for the ultimate picnic spot or go even further off the beaten track with a wander round the nearby 13th century church, Ermita de Sant Llorenc.
A trove of unexpected delights, this concept store is a considered curation of both recognisable, chic design brands and original one-off treasures. Expect antique furniture, contemporary jewellery, beautiful textiles, candles and the owner’s pet Chihuahua, Zoe (alas, not for sale). A must-visit for anyone with good taste.