Villas In Mallorca Are a Perfect Choice
Majorca (or Mallorca) is referred to as the ‘crown jewel” of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is the largest of these islands and over the years has become the place to go for the ultimate European vacation. Why you ask? Because it offers so much: a stunning coastline, white sandy beaches, green plains and vineyards, mountain ranges, Spanish architecture, and rich history, as well as spectacular wines, food, and shopping. And let’s not forget its sophisticated and vibrant capital city, Palma. Majorca has everything!
Before booking that ticket, however, you need to know what kind of holiday you want to have so you can book the right accommodations. Are you looking for an active or tranquil getaway? Are you going to explore or lie on the beach all day? Are sports important or are museums more your thing? Would a hotel, villa, or rental be more suitable? So many things to think about - the great news is, Mallorca offers all this and more.
Best Places to Stay in Majorca
When it comes to quality places to stay on the island, the choices are many to suit all budgets. Compared to other destinations in the Mediterranean, accommodations are not unreasonably priced on Mallorca. Following is a list of just some of these options:
Palma City Center: If you’re looking to stay in the heart of Majorca, Palma is it. The popular pedestrian-style cobbled streets that wind around the historical center and the Gothic Cathedral that overlooks the waters make it magical. Palma also boasts a wide variety of stylish designer boutique hotels in the capital city of Palma, such as the Palau Sa Font Boutique Hotel or the Palacio Ca Sa Galesa Hotel. Staying in one of these luxe properties gives one easy access to the many bars, restaurants, and shops that surround central Palma.
Palma is quickly becoming a year-round adult destination. A spot for couples and groups of friends of all ages to get together for a weekend or longer, mainly because of the great nightlife, galleries, and museums. However, the tranquil boutique hotels, as well as the adult-only hotels, are a hot attraction for couples as well.
Santa Catalina: The trendiest district in Palma is Santa Catalina, a former fishing village turned hot spot, full of cool restaurants and bars. Rental apartments, like Palma Suites Residence, are vast here and a very popular choice year-round for travelers who want to be close to the action but not pay crazy prices.
Portixol: If you are looking for a slower pace and a more down-to-earth feel, Portixol is where you want to stay. It is a cozy fishing village not far from the city center where you can take a stroll along a picturesque promenade. Here you can find sweet little chalet houses and smaller boutique hotels, like the Can Cera Boutique Hotel or the Portixol Hotel, which has a nautical theme - it almost feels like you are on board a yacht.
Pollença: Found in the northwest of the island, the rural town of Pollença attracts holidaymakers from all over the world. It holds a rich history and embraces tradition with its market square and 13th century-old church. If you are looking for a more authentic experience versus a touristy one, then Pollenca is your place. There are various boutique hotels and stunning villas here that offer swimming pools, terraces, and lots of privacy. Like Hotel Juma, a distinctive and charming hotel located on the plaza.
Port de Pollença: Popular with the British, Port de Pollensa is a coastal town resort that is a perfect holiday retreat if sandy beaches, palm trees, and a sea of cafes and restaurants are what you seek. The assortment of accommodation is vast; from boutique hotels (like the 5-star Vall de Pollenca Hotel) to larger hotels to apartment rentals.
Outskirts of Palma: Though you can find large hotels within Palma, most of them are located on the outer edges of town - Maricel Hotel in Cas Catala or Son Pont Finca Hotel in Puigpunyent - which are larger than your city hotels and offer more facilities, like spas, swimming pools, and conference centers. If you are without a car, the taxi services and buses are well connected to the city center.
Son Vida: The luxurious area, Son Vida, which is a mere 5-minute drive from Palma, is the place to stay if you are seeking lavish hotels with an enormous golf course. These hotels, like the lavish Castillo Hotel Son Vida, tend to attract your wealthier visitors and you may even see a celebrity or 2!
Cala Major and Illetes: To the west of Palma, you will find 2 locales along a lengthy stretch of coastline; Cala Major, where the Spanish royals have a summer home (or palace rather), and Illetes. Both are frequented by people of all age groups year-round because of the fantastic beaches, bars, shops, hotels, and rentals. The Bonanza Park Hotel and Bonanza Palace Playa Resort & SPA by Olivia Hotels are just 2 of many beachside hotels in Illetes that are close to the beach and offer rooms with stunning seaside views.
Playa de Palma: Playa de Palma (not be confused with Palma), or S’Arenal, is found to the east of the capital and is a buoyant resort area that captivates those looking for fun, due to the numerous nightclubs, bars, and sandy beaches. If you want to find accommodations in this buzzy town, there are many holiday hotels that cater to families, groups of youths, or couples – such as the budget-friendly chain hotels, Iberostar and Hipotel.
Alcúdia: Alcúdia is a town found set on the far northwestern side of Majorca, between the Alcudia and Pollenca Bays, and is renowned for its beaches, including Platja d’Alcúdia and Platja de Muro. Surrounded by a medieval wall, it is a popular resort destination for families. The ancient streets are sprinkled with cafes, bars, and boutique hotels and rentals. Ona Garden Lago, for example, is an apartment rental in a quiet part of town that has modern accommodation and only a 15-minute walk to Port d'Alcúdia Beach. Recent investment has re-invigorated the town and Alcudia now hosts the largest hotel complex in Europe, Bellevue – 17 blocks long with 8 swimming pools.
Northeastern Mallorca: The northeast of the island is where you go if you want to get away from it all. It boasts the Llevant Natural Park, with its hilly terrain (it almost resembles the Scottish highlands), and the neighboring towns of Arta and Capdepera. There are a variety of accommodation choices here from hotels and apartments, to fincas (country estates or ranches) and luxury hotels.
Western Mallorca: The west of Majorca is recognized for the cobble-street towns of Valldemossa, Deja, Soller, Port de Soller, and Fornalutx. They are filled with modern hotels, small boutique hotels, and fincas – something for everyone. For those hikers and cyclists who regularly come through because of the many trails, these towns offer self-catering apartments and independent specialist hotels.
The town of Valldemossa is set deep in the Tramuntana mountains, and though it is not too far from Palma, it seems light years away from the busy city. It holds a cultural heritage that is rich, and with its cobbled streets that are car-free, it is a must-see when visiting Majorca. Some of the most popular hotels here are Hotel Valldemossa, Cases de Ca's Garriguer, and Hotel Continental Valldemossa.
Often referred to as the "prettiest village in Majorca" is Fornalutx. It truly represents the traditional Majorcan village with its red-tiled roofs, stone structures, and rustic charm. There is a variety to choose from with respect to accommodation; such as the boutique hotel, Ca'n Reus Hotel, and the self-catering apartments, Hotel Apartment Sa Tanqueta de Fornalutx - to name a few.
Inner Mallorca: If you would like to really get to know the Majorcan way of life, staying in the rustic villages in the interior of Majorca is a good idea. Here you will have a choice of fincas, small luxury hotels, and villa rentals that are a much better value than one near the coast.
What about a Timeshare?
Going on vacation is also of fun, however, it involves a lot of planning, and of course money - the main expense being accommodation. So why not eliminate all of the worry associated with finding the right place to stay and invest in a timeshare? Simply put, timesharing (also called vacation ownership) is a property (usually a condo or villa) that is owned by several people who are allotted a certain time of year to use it. It is usually assigned to an owner at the same time every year. The advantages here are several: since it is prepaid, inflation is never a concern because the price can never change, and the quality of the room is typically better. Essentially you will have a guaranteed vacation destination every year without having the costs and hassle of hotels.
There are a few timesharing brands that offer timeshare resorts in Majorca; Mariott Vacation Club in Son Antem, Worldwide Timeshare Hypermarket Cala Pi Club in Palma, and Garden Lago in Alcudia.