With nearly 10 million visitors per year, Majorca is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Europe. Most visitors come from Germany, the UK, Spain and the Nordic countries, and they have plenty of good reasons to visit the Spanish Island, again and again – miles and miles of idyllic beaches surrounded by turquoise water, a pleasant climate all year round, stunning landscapes normally only found in glossy travel magazine, a wide variety of historically important monuments and museums, countless leisure options, an outstanding cuisine, a vibrant nightlife and numerous activities for the whole family. Not to mention a particularly tranquil ambience, influenced by the Spanish siesta culture, which easily puts anyone in holiday mode. Majorca is simply the perfect place to forget all about your daily worries and find your inner calm.
While the Spanish island is perhaps not first and foremost associated with luxury, here are my favourite ways to have an upscale travel-snob worthy Majorcan trip to add some golden glow to your holiday, in terms of accommodation, food and activities…
Stay in style at the Grand Hotel Portals Nous
There are several outstanding luxury hotels in Majorca. Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous in Calviá is one of the best choices if you are travelling without children. This newly-built adults-only 5-star hotel offers direct access to the beach, butler services, luxury transfer to and from the airport and an exclusive spa with saunas, yoga and Pilates classes, detox rituals and massage treatments. But what makes this hotel particularly interesting is their large variety of suits. Which one would you choose among the Games Suite with pinball, table football, chess and more; the Stargazer Suite with a hypermodern telescope, or the Naughty Suite with a round bed, mirrors in the ceiling, dancing pole and huge bath?
Find family-friendly luxuries at Playa de Muro Village
Families travelling with children are more than worthy of some extraordinary luxury, in contrast to their everyday life. Iberostar Playa de Muro Village is a family-friendly 5-star resort at Playa de Muro. While the kids dance away at the Minidisco, partake in handicraft or cookery courses organised by the Miniclub, or bath in one of the many children’s pools, you can unwind in the SPA Sensations area with a Turkish bath, whirlpool and more than 20 different types of treatments. In the evening, the whole family can enjoy magic shows, musicals and other performances arranged by the hotel.
Indulge in first-class food at Zaranda Restaurants
The Majorcan cuisine is a mix of traditional Mediterranean and Spanish food, with generous use of olive oil and garlic. Although the traditional food is characterized by its simplicity, there are no less than nine Michelin-star restaurants on the island, but only one restaurant with two stars: Zaranda. Given that Guide Michelin is the ultimate guide to first-class dining experiences, a visit to Zaranda is highly recommended. Headed by chef Fernando Arellano, Zaranda offers three marvellous tasting menus with dishes that reflect the rich flavours of the Balearic gastronomic region. The names of the tasting menus are as creative as the food: Memories, Experiences and Dreams. Wine pairings by the sommelier are available with all menus.
Wander a golden mile of exquisite shopping
Paseo del Borne, also known as “the golden mile of Palma”, is the most exclusive shopping street in all of Majorca. Here, you can buy clothes, handbags, shoes and other luxury items from fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Rialto Living, Mulberry and Twin Set. If your wallet is not up for it, some old-fashioned window shopping is also a great way to spend the time!
Treat yourself to fine wines
Sipping on a good wine, or two, is a true everyday luxury for most people, especially if accompanied by some tasty bites and good company. Majorca has a long history of winemaking and produces a large variety of wines with very high quality, for example, the Sa Vall Selecció Privada by Vins Miquel Gelabert. Wine Industry is a wine and tapas bar in Palma, and a great place to discover the rich plethora of local wines. Apart from wines, Wine Industry also offers a mouth-watering food menu with small bites and appetizers such as Canarian potatoes, croquettes and Majorcan sobrasada.
Go for a picnic with beautiful views
Some of the best things in life don’t need to cost a fortune. Majorca’s Mediterranean climate makes it suitable for outdoor picnics all year round. Choose a beautiful location – why not on the beach or on a hill up in the mountains? – bring some champagne, strawberries and cheese, spread a blanket and enjoy the priceless and stunning views only offered by Mother Nature.
Spy on the Spanish Royal Family
Few Spanish families are as rich and wealthy as the Royal Family. While it may be hard to get an invitation to one of their private parties, just being in their vicinity will add some flair and excitement to your stay! The Marivent Palace, just outside Palma, if the Spanish Royal Family’s current summer residence. If you are lucky, you might be able to spot them there!
All words by our guest blogger Gwendoline Mariett.