A short flight from many European cities, Mallorca is a wonderful place for a romantic island getaway. The largest island of Spain’s Balearic Islands, its capital, Palma de Mallorca, is abundant in charms with quiet cobbled streets, sea views, beautiful architecture and romantic allure. If you’re looking for the best hotel for a romantic trip to Palma, IT Mallorca has a refined collection of exquisite boutique hotels which have their own personality and original setting while perfectly encompassing the history and spirit of the city. Discover what makes these hotels so unique below.
Palma’s Best Boutique Hotels
Small boutique hotels are the perfect option for a romantic holiday. They generally occupy unique buildings, have very special features, careful attention to detail and few other guests. The four Palma hotels of IT Mallorca have all of these and more. The boutique collection was created by entrepreneur Miguel Conde in 2011, who, accompanied by his architect wife, Cristina Marti, have converted historic buildings in Palma into exceptional hotels while also incorporating contemporary design and amenities. In addition to the boutique hotels in Palma de Mallorca, they have just added one in the historic town of Pollença, on the east coast of the island about an hour’s drive from the capital.
Unique Hotels with Individual Character
The ingenious couple have placed immense care into the refurbishment of each building, all of which are historic, yet have been transformed to have its own look and personality. We were fortunate enough to stay in the Can Cera and the Calatrava, which are described below. The other two Palma hotels in the collection are the Can Alomar, a 19th-century palatial residence on the Paseo del Borne (the city’s top shopping area), and the Sant Jaume, a 18th-century home near Palma’s famous gothic cathedral which has received a stylish contemporary makeover and has some suites with private terraces. The new hotel in Pollença is the Can Auli, a restored 17th-century building featuring chic contemporary design. It offers guests the perfect opportunity to share their time around the island.
Boutique Hotel Can Cera
The first hotel opened in the collection, the Can Cera is a stunning 17th-century palace located in the heart of Palma’s historic centre (pictured in the above two sets of photos). The careful restoration has retained the building’s historic character. In fact, some of the precious antiques and art objects belonged to the original owners. You enter via huge doors into an airy traditional Majorcan patio, adorned in leafy plants and the outdoor seating of the hotel’s classy restaurant. Climbing a regal main staircase, you find yourself in a series of elegant common rooms with soaring ceilings, large windows and sitting areas surrounded by books and art objects. These truly give you the feeling of being a personal guest of the owner and augments the hotel’s enchanting ambiance.
The hotel has eight spacious deluxe rooms, five junior suites and, lastly, the opulent Can Cera suite, the former main bedroom of the residence. Each room has been individually decorated with a nice mix of classic modern furnishings, antiques and artwork. All rooms have either a king size bed or two twins and have modern bathrooms with excellent fittings and a shower and/or bathtub. Our junior suite also had a terrace overlooking the street, which is quiet and has very little traffic. The hotel also has a small shared terrace for taking in the sun and a spa with a hot tub, steam room and sauna which can be reserved for hour-long private sessions.
Boutique Hotel Calatrava
We stayed one night at the Calatrava hotel, situated in the posh Calatrava district and directly across from the sea (pictured above and below). Also set within a refurbished historic building, here instead we find a more contemporary look thanks to stylish contemporary artwork and design objects. There are seven Deluxe rooms, three Junior Suites with terrace and six Suites with terrace and sea views. If you can splurge, the latter are perfect for a romantic stay. No matter which room you opt for, all guests have access to the hotel’s wonderful rooftop terrace. It has cozy sofa seating, tables and chairs and spectacular views over the sea and towards the historic center of Palma.
Like the Can Cera, the hotel has a spa and a chic restaurant (open to non-guests) that also has a front terrace. The hotel is easy to get to and a short walk to the top sites along a lovely path atop the historic walls of the city and flanked by the sea.
The different spirits of each of the IT Mallorca hotels can appeal to different types of guests, all of which provide an ideal setting for exploring Palma de Mallorca and a base for day trips around the island.
We can recommend the hotels without hesitation and hope to discover the others in the collection of future trips. Learn more about the hotels and book directly via the IT Mallorca website at this link.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of IT Mallorca, however, all of the opinions expressed above are my own. Some of the photos above are courtesy of IT Mallorca, some are my own. These cannot be used without permission.