A Breath of Fresh Air
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A breath of fresh air in the Balearics

With the return of travel tantalizingly close for many of us, it is very clear that fresh air and ventilation is an important factor when it comes to reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission.  With this in mind, we understand that travellers will be seeking luxury hotels with attractive outdoor spaces to enjoy.  Hopefully, we’ve done the hard work for you by looking at the 5-star hotels on the Spanish Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca where you can be certain to enjoy a breath of fresh air. A Breath of Fresh Air Below is a brief overview of the outdoor facilities for drinks and dining at just 25 hotels around these islands. The island of Ibiza Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa in Playa d’en Bossa Feeling peckish between meals?  Head to Sa Figuera located at this 5-star hotel. Here you will be able to enjoy some lovely snacks and drinks, as well as benefit from the outdoor space.  If, on the odd occasion there is some rain, or to escape the sun, you can also sit under the canopied area. However, this is still open to the fresh air. Grand Palladium in Ibiza Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa For panoramic views of the adjacent beach and over the Mediterranean, you can’t beat The Ninth. This is a chic rooftop sky-lounge at the hotel.  You’ll be able to take in both sunrise and sunsets from here – the highest leisure location on the island where you can enjoy the open air. Hard Rock Ibiza Hotel Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa If you’re after a clubbing atmosphere, but are also looking for a hotel with some great outdoor space, then this hotel will be ideal. The Beach by Ushuaia Ibiza offers guests fresh, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Being beachside, there is a great outdoor experience with nothing between you and the Mediterranean sea. Ushuaia Beach Ibiza Hotel The island of Menorca La Quinta Menorca by Portblue in Cala’n Bosch This luxury boutique hotel is located between the beaches of Cala’n Bosch and Son Xoriguer.  You can enjoy a very comfortable area for a drink and bite to eat overlooking the swimming pool, and it’s even a delightful location to just sit for while with a good book and a glass of whatever you fancy. The hotel will never be crowded as there are just 82 rooms and it’s also for adults-only. La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Can Faustino in Ciutadella Stay at this 5-star hotel, and the evenings come to life at the Can Faustino Restaurant. As the hotel says, it will turn into an enchanted garden offering Mediterranean cuisine. Soft lighting adds to the romantic feel, whilst still enjoying the benefits of being outdoors. You can also enjoy your breakfast outside on the patio. Can Faustino Hotel in Menorca Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suites and Spa in Punta Prima This luxury hotel on Punta Prima beach (with just 62 suites) has an inviting terrace with lovely views over the Mediterranean. The Sa Sivina Restaurant is open air and offers dinner to guests, although prior reservation would be required. There is also the Lobby Bar Sa Sivina which gives the same quality views, is open air and offers guests a selection of drinks, cocktails as well as coffee and tea. Insotel Punta Prima in Menorca The island of Mallorca Hotel Santos Nixe Palace in Cala Major located on the outskirts of the city of Palma, this 5-star hotel’s A Popa Sea Club available to guests. Located beachside, you will be able to enjoy tapas as well as fresh fish and seafood from early afternoon through to late evening during the summer season. A true outdoor dining experience with the benefit of being able to be covered should a drizzle occur, or to shelter from the sun. Nixe Palace Hotel in Mallorca Be Live Collection Son Antem in Llucmajor This 5-star golf and spa hotel in the countryside located of Llucmajor offers guests numerous outdoor spaces to sit for a drink and dine.  There is Es Trenc Pool Bar with lounge seating, or table dining at The Grill Restaurant.  There is also the courtyard space where you can relax with a drink. Be Live Son Antem in Mallorca Fergus Style Tobago in Palmanova Of course, Palmanova is known for its busy nightlife scene as well as its lovely beach area.  Possibly the best viewpoint in the resort is from the Sky Bar at this 5-star hotel. Located on the roof of the hotel, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the sea and the beach all whilst in the open air. Fergus Style Tobago Hotel in Mallorca Pure Salt Garonda in Playa de Palma The boutique adults-only hotel is located right on the beachfront, and close to the island’s city of Palma. You can enjoy a couple of the hotel’s restaurants benefitting from being outside.  Mikel and Pintxo offers tapas and Spanish cuisine on the promenade facing the beach. Here you can enjoy something to eat as well as juices, cocktails, beer, and wines. L’A Trattoria Pizzeria has and outdoor terrace facing the palm tree lined promenade. Pure Salt Garonda Hotel in Mallorca Pure Salt Port Adriano in El Toro This lovely 5-star hotel is located by a small marina, so you can sit and watch boats arrive and leave whilst enjoying a drink and something to seat at the Adriana Restaurant. You can select to sit outside on the terrace for breakfast, lunch, tapas, and dinner. What could be better? Pure Salt Port Adriano Hotel in Mallorca Sa Creu Nova Petit Palais Art and Spa in Es Trenc This 17-suite, adults-only luxury hotel is built within an 18th century stately home just 10 minutes from the nature park of Es Trenc. The garden terrace offers guests an outside dining experience with partial shading from the sun. It is surrounded by Mediterranean plants, and is a tranquil place to enjoy a drink and something to eat. Sa Creu Nova Petit Hotel in Mallorca Gran Hotel Soller in Soller This luxury hotel is in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains area and is an architectural delight. For outdoor space, you can enjoy both the Rooftop Bar with views of the picturesque town of Soller, and the Lobby Bar offering a snacks menu. Pictured here is the Lobby Bar that is open just after midday through to early evening.  The Rooftop Bar is located beside the small pool and provides a snack menu for lunch from around midday to mid-afternoon. However, you can still enjoy a drink here until early evening. Gran Hotel Soller in Mallorca Lago Garden Hotel and Spa in Cala Ratjada Enjoy both the relaxing resort of Cala Ratjada and this 5-star hotel sheltered by palm trees and gardens. The canopied restaurant offers guests Mediterranean dishes, locally sourced ingredients and is open from breakfast and dinner. The restaurant overlooks the gardens and has an open terrace.  If you’re looking for just a daytime snack, then located next to the pool’s sun terrace is the Snack Bar providing shade with its sail canopy whilst still enabling the air free circulation. Lago Garden Hotel in Mallorca CM Mallorca Palace in Sa Coma This 5-star hotel is on the east coast of the island and enjoys a quiet beach atmosphere. The hotel’s Blue Bar is open for drink and offers guests comfortable seating on a covered terrace, but still open to the air whilst providing a welcome break from the sun. CM Mallorca Palace in Mallorca Summum Prime Boutique in Palma This delightful luxury hotel is in the heart of the city and is located in a 5-storey 15th century Mallorcan Palace with just 18 suites. Guests can enjoy the Bar and Lounge for breakfast, and then for a soft drink, cocktail, or coffee on the outdoor terrace.  As the hotel is limited by its rooms, you know you will be able to enjoy the outside space without crowds. Summum Prime Boutique Hotel in Mallorca Boutique Hotel Can Auli in Pollensa Located in a renovated 17th century building, this luxury hotel has some lovely outside space to enjoy. Whether you want to just sit and read that novel you’ve been keeping for your holiday, or sit with a drink, this space is modern in design and is located adjacent to the small pool area. Boutique Hotel Can Auli in Mallorca El Llorenc Parc de Mar in Palma Located next to Palma Cathedral, this 5-star adults-only hotel enjoys an enviable position. For the best views, go to The Rooftop where you will find the hotel’s pool terrace and an area to relax with a cocktail and snacks. The cocktail bar is under cover, and has comfortable, welcoming seating. El Llorenc Parc de Mar in Mallorca Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Palma This beautiful 5-star hotel in Palma’s old town has just 32 rooms and 10 suites, all located in a renovated mid-19th century mansion.   The Singular Rooftop Terrace offers panoramic views of the city, and provides a shaded area in which to relax and sip your favourite cocktail and delicious food. Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Mallorca Boutique Hotel Can Alomar in Palma Housed in a former 19th century mansion (which, in itself, was built on the site of a 15th century gothic palace), this luxury hotel is located in Palma’s best luxury shopping district. However, although it is in the centre of the city, it still provides guests with some welcome outdoor space.  De Tokio a Lima Restaurant specialises in Japanese, Peruvian and Mediterranean cuisine that you can enjoy on either of the two outdoor terraces overlooking the Paseo del Borne below. Boutique Hotel Can Alomar in Mallorca Hotel de Mar Gran Melia in Illetas This is an adults-only 5-star hotel where you can enjoy a few outdoor spaces for drinks and something to eat.  The Amaro Lobby Bar and Lounge is ideal for summer nights and includes an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool area and sea beyond.  The Perseo (pictured here) comprises a large outdoor terrace with stunning sea views. Here you can enjoy a breakfast buffet as well as a la carte dinners. If it’s something more romantic you’re looking for, then the hotel will arrange a table for dinner on the beach, or an exclusive corner of the Bardot Garden. Hotel de Mar Gran Melia in Mallorca Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel in Son Vida This is a 5-star hotel located on the outskirts of the city of Palma. There are 92 rooms located over just 3 floors and La Bodeda del Green tapas restaurant offers guests open-air facilities for lunch and dinner.  Located by the golf course, the terrace itself is also surrounded by greenery including sub-tropical plants and trees. Sheraton Arabella Hotel in Mallorca Hotel Pleta de Mar in Can Simoneta The new luxury hotel is surrounded by pine trees, wild olive trees, and overlooks the sea.  We love the look of the Sa Pleta bar area where you can enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace during the day and evening before dinner in the restaurant. Hotel Pleta de Mar in Mallorca La Residencia in Deia This luxury Belmond hotel is located between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. There are many pretty outdoor spaces to enjoy including El Olivo (pictured here), and Café Miro. Enjoy eating a la carte with accompanying wine on the terraces overlooking the countryside and mountains beyond.  Café Miro offers tapas, fresh fish dishes, and spectacular views. There is also Son Fony where you can enjoy breakfast overlooking the main pool and mountains in the distance. Perfect! La Residencia Hotel in Mallorca Cap Rocat in Cala’n Blanes Located in a renovated fortress built to guard the Bay of Palma, the luxury Cap Rocat Hotel is certain a spectacular place to stay.  Guests can not only enjoy the open air at the hotel’s Sea Club for an informal meal such as baked or grilled meat and fish, but also a drink whilst overlooking the sea. The Cap Rocat can even organise a special moonlit dinner for you at their beach where you can enjoy the night breeze and a private dining experience.  During the summer months the patios and terrace attached to the restaurant are open allowing you to enjoy the atmosphere of this unusual luxury hotel and the sea breeze. Hotel Cap Rocat in Mallorca We would have included the luxury hotel located in Formentor in Mallorca. However, this hotel is currently undergoing extensive renovations. Its planned opening will not be until 2023 and will be under the Four Seasons brand. Most hotels do have outdoor space around their swimming pools, and the majority of hotels are also running at reduced capacity to minimise the number of guests.  Hotels in the Balearic Islands are tending to open their doors to guests during the month of May and will close for the winter season around the month of October.  However, hotels in the city of Palma do open longer as they attract the city break traveller. Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Gail Hewitt

Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays, one of the longest established independently owned travel companies in the UK. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks, although other European destinations are also at our fingertips. Whether you’re looking for a hotel, apartment, villa, package holiday, transfers or excursions, we provide a personalised service. Also, being an independent agent, we offer unbiased opinions and advice, and are fully financially protected.

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  1. Ibiza in the autumn is beautiful when the crowds have gone and the temperature starts to drop. I can’t wait to go back back, it’s been such a long time since I’ve got away and had a holiday.

    1. Thanks Jen. Yes, it will be wonderful when people can go away again. Fingers crossed, the Balearics will be on the ‘green’ list for places to jet off to without too many tests some time very soon. Anywhere would be welcome though.

    2. I can still just remember the days when we used to jet-off to the one of the Balearics for a long weekend. Looks as if the vaccines are doing their job and it might happen again later this year.

  2. I’ve always preferred al fresco dining whenever it is possible. I like the fresh air and enjoying unobstructed views while I savour my meals or my cocktails. Just look at those views from The Beach by Ushuaia Ibiza and Sa Sivina Restaurant. Now, as it’s the safer option, I might have to jostle for a seat most of the time!

    1. I guess the good news for hotel guests is that many hotels are running at reduced capacity, with some chains having, on average, leaving around 30% of their rooms unoccupied. This should, in turn, make it easier to get an outdoor space.

  3. I can still just remember the days when we used to jet-off to the one of the Balearics for a long weekend. Looks as if the vaccines are doing their job and it might happen again later this year.

    1. Let’s hope so Ed. I’m looking forward to a long weekend in Palma as my first port of call.

  4. What a lovely collection of photos! I feel as if you’ve taken me there and that I’m back in Palma.

    1. Same as you Sara, I can’t wait to get back to Palma in particular. Always a firm favourite of mine.

  5. Seeing beaches and these wonderful resorts make me want to hop on a plane. I haven’t been to the Balearics but from the looks of it, it’s a great travel destination for those who love open seas and relaxing under the sun.

    1. Seeing photos of beaches and lovely places to stay is almost a tonic in itself. Hopefully we’ll get to visit some of these destinations very soon.

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