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3 stylish new hotels on Mallorca

3 stylish new hotels on Mallorca

Mallorca’s choice of chic luxury accommodation continues to grow, with several new hotels opening during 2014. For a spring break this year, check out the following three new hotels in different areas of the Spanish island. In the capital, Palma de Mallorca, Boutique Hotel Can Alomar opens on 1st May 2014, in a renovated 19th [...]

Marry like a star on Mallorca

Marry like a star on Mallorca

Singer James Blunt and fiancée Sofia Wellesley, granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, will tie the knot this summer on the island of Mallorca, at a property owned by her family. The society wedding (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and singer Elton John are reported to be on the guest list) is likely to [...]

Winter golf breaks on Mallorca

Winter golf breaks on Mallorca

Delicately scented pink and white flowers will transform Mallorca’s five million almond trees in the coming weeks, but the Spanish island’s abundant almond blossom is not the only attraction for visitors at this time of year. For sun-starved Northern Europeans, Mallorca’s golf courses (21 of which are open to visiting players) are also a draw. [...]

Mallorca’s five Michelin stars for 2014

Mallorca’s five Michelin stars for 2014

The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2014 was launched this month at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, with 171 restaurants across the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish islands awarded one or more stars in the new edition. The restaurants on Mallorca with starred cuisine are the same as in the 2013 Michelin Guide, and each has one [...]

7 cafés with style in Palma de Mallorca

7 cafés with style in Palma de Mallorca

There are cafés galore in Palma de Mallorca, the cosmopolitan capital of the largest of the Balearic Islands. But which do you choose for your cup of Joe, when it’s time for a break from the city’s excellent shopping or sightseeing? For good barista-made coffee (and perhaps something tasty to go with it) in a-cut-above setting, these [...]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly [...]

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

Culture may not be something you immediately associate with Mallorca, but the Spanish island has a thriving cultural scene – including art, ballet, opera, and music of every genre. There are several annual music festivals, each comprising a series of concerts over a certain period. These range from the intimate weekly open-air jazz concerts of [...]

Shop and stop in style in Palma de Mallorca

Shop and stop in style in Palma de Mallorca

Island capital Palma de Mallorca is renowned for its luxurious shops, with top international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, and Pinko all having stores here. Mulberry and Michal Negrin also recently opened their first boutiques in Spain in this elegant waterfront capital. Shop… The best shopping streets are the [...]

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Savour the sound of silence at Mallorca’s Castell Son Claret

Magaluf’s infamous reputation as a party-hard resort should not put you off discovering what the rest of the beautiful island of Mallorca has to offer. The luxury market is a growing (and lucrative) one on Mallorca - which boasts hotels under the Jumeirah, St Regis, and Marriott brands, and will have a Park Hyatt from 2015. But there has [...]

More luxury for Mallorca

More luxury for Mallorca

The Spanish island of Mallorca is to have its first Hyatt-branded luxury resort hotel, due to open in 2015. The Park Hyatt Mallorca will be located in the scenic northeast and offer 142 guest rooms, two restaurants, lounge bar, poolside bar, separate beach club, 1,200 square metres of meetings and events space, and a spa and [...]

Grape expectations on Mallorca

Grape expectations on Mallorca

Wine enthusiasts might be surprised to learn that the Spanish island of Mallorca is home to some 60 wineries, or bodegas, which produce a total of around 300 different wines. For visitors to the island’s Fira del Vi – the wine fair held each spring in the north of Mallorca  – there’s a chance to meet [...]

5 romantic hotels for ‘The Kiss’ in Edinburgh

5 romantic hotels for ‘The Kiss’ in Edinburgh

One of the world’s best-known romantic works of art is sure to attract loved-up couples to the city of Edinburgh over the coming year. Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss is on loan from Tate Britain to the Scottish National Gallery from 2nd February 2013 to 2nd February 2014. Auguste Rodin’s famous marble sculpture (completed in 1904), is [...]

A brush with art in Palma de Mallorca

A brush with art in Palma de Mallorca

Many artists have been inspired by Mallorca’s spectacular scenery and clarity of light, and travellers to the largest of the Spanish Balearic Islands will find art in abundance here – from dramatic sculptures on road roundabouts, to a local artist’s paintings for sale on the walls of a village café. For serious collectors or art [...]