Mallorca has been a long time favorite for many europeans seeking sea and sun. I had always thought it was just a vacation place that Germans frequented for summer holidays but I quickly realized on my very first visit that that was not the case. Palma de Mallorca, the capital city on this large island, has over 400,000 full time residents making it a thriving urban center to a culture that goes back over 2000 years. Local life operates fully independent of tourism here. Youll find a great mix of cosmopolitan city life with dozens of picturesque villages across the island. Mountains on the west coast and olive orchards to the east. And best of all there are hundreds of beaches and calas that surround the entire island. Even at peek tourist times, if you know where to go there is always a little beach with just a few people on it. For this very reason Mallorca is one of my all time favorite places to visit. There are hundreds of hotels and resorts concentrated around Palma to the south and Alcuida in the north both which should avoided. The trick is not to get trapped in the middle of the mid level nondescript, badly in need of being refurbished, mass market hotels. The good news is that Mallorca has some of the most spectacular hotels in the Mediterranean and they will make you forget all about the others on the island. It is quite difficult to give a short list of the best hotels in Mallorca as it is a big island and there are many unique spots worthy of a visit. Location is as always, very important, especially on Mallorca. The Tramuntana mountain range runs along the west coast of the island from south to north making for a very dramatic coastline of cliffs and coves. Much of it is protected and is not over developed. My hotel picks run along this range starting in the south a couple miles outside Palam de Mallorca up to Deia and ending above the Port of Soller. Each property excels in personalized service that truly go above and beyond most other hotels on the Mediterranean. St Regis Mardavall Overlooking the mediterranean sea, the St. Regis Mardavall is just a couple miles from the center of Palma de Mallorca on a spacious parcel of land that makes you feel like you are in your own little oasis. Newly built in 2002 and refurbished in 2008 the Mardavall has a regional design that is spacious and elegant. Most of its 133 rooms have wide open views of the sea but is in walking distance of the exclusive Marina Harbor Puerto Portals. The focus is on personal service and the staff is dedicated to ensuring every aspect of your visit is perfect. I think what works best about the St Regis Mardavall is that when you are on property you feel like you a can relax and disconnect all while having easy access to Palmas night life, food and shopping when you choose. The Michelin Star restaurant Es Fum lead by chef Rafael Sanchez is on property and rated one of the best on the island. The resort even boasts a private dock for those who want to arrive by boat. Just jump off your yacht and check in without having to see anyone form outside the property. Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Perched high on a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is a great choice if you are looking to relax farther from the city. A room with a view takes on a whole new meaning here, its position on the cliffs give the hotel unrivaled views that are unmatched on the island. Whether you are in your suite, in the pool or the terrace you will have one of the best views in Mallorca. Even the sauna has a view not to be missed. Often times resorts say they have a spa but it ends up being a small tight space with a hot tub and massage room the size of a closet. This is certainly not the case here. This Jumeirah hotel is big on relax and rejuvenation. The Talise Spa is well thought out and offers dozens of the latest spa treatments. If you find some time to peel yourself of the massage table the concierge can hook you up with one of the best adventure tours on the island. Air, land and sea. Start by helicopter over the mountains to a country agrotourism villa in Fornalutx. From there take a hike across Sa Costera to little Cala Tuent. There you lunch at Es Vergeret for fresh fish and local specialties, maybe a swim before and then finally return to the resort by private speed boat. La Residencia About half way between Soller and Palma you will come across the tiny artist village of Deia nestled on the mountain side overlooking the valley and sea. Belmonds Hotel La Residencia is perfectly situated on the mountainside. The resort feels more like a private estate than a hotel with only 67 rooms and suites. (the hotel was previously owned by Richard Branson and used as his private getaway) They even have a villa that is perfect for families looking to escape together. The accommodations spread up across the property vertically like terraces, creating an environment of privacy and seclusion. Still with spectacular views I had the feeling that I was very protected here, as if the mountain was embracing the property. The interiors and grounds at La Residencia are immaculate. All the furnishings are of Mallorquin design and locally manufactured adding to hotels luxurious authenticity. The gardens are lush and well manicured with plenty of hidden spots to layout in the sun or take a siesta. Several pools on different levels including a large indoor pool ensure that no pool feels overcrowded. La Residencia has a big focus on authenticity with several resident painters and sculptors. They have a beautiful sculpture garden, one of Spains largest with up and coming as well as established artist. Master classes are often on offer as well as culinary classes and special programs for children. For me La Residencia is not only by far one of the best hotels in Spain but one of the best hotels in the world. It is truly magical and not to be missed. Bookings in Mallorca for the 2016 season are up considerably due to the geo political situation. Europeans are not venturing so far this summer so my suggestion is to plan now. No matter what hotel you find that is right for you make your reservations soon! Ron Otto is Onwer of Best in Spain. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Offering everything from a vibrant city life to lush countryside escapes
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