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Boutique hotels in Balearic Islands (12)

These pretty Islands off the Spanish Mediterranean coast have, over the last few decades, gained a reputation as one of the world’s premier party destination. Don’t assume, however, that pulsing dance music and a crowd of international young things is all these islands have to offer, however - Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza each have their own distinct and unique treasures for those who travel beyond the party beaches.

Where to go
Find a beach and find yourself a spot for some well-deserved sun. Drive inland and explore the ruins of castles and the strange prehistoric ‘beehive’ barrows unique to these islands. Go wine tasting and sample some of the striking reds that the Balearics are famous for. Jet ski, water ski or surf off the beaches. Take a sunny cruise to some of the smaller islands, such as Formentera. Visit one of the raucous village festivals throughout the summer, celebrating saints days. Visit the many markets in towns such as Mahon and shop for some of the distinct island handicrafts. 

Food & Drink
The cuisine of the islands shares many traits with the Spanish mainland, with a few unique flourishes. Menorca is known for its cheeses, while Flao is a distinctive form of cheesecake made on Ibiza. Mallorca is also justifiably famous for its pastries. To eat well in the Balearic Islands, we recommend Aura (Ctra San Juan, San Lorenzo) on Ibiza for its unspoiled country views and authentic island dishes. Aramis (La Lonja, Palma de Mallorca) on Mallorca, in addition to being one of the places to be seen, delivers superb Mediterranean cuisine. For a real taste of what the Balearics have to offer, you can’t go past the restaurant at Hort St Patrici (Camí Sant Patrici, Ferreries) on Menorca, with most of the ingredients coming from the working estate surrounding it. 

It’s not just the nightclubs and party beaches of Ibiza! Beyond the beaches, maybe a little inland, one can find some stylish and chic bars.  Opio (Calle Montenegro 12, Palma) on Majorca is one of the chicest bars in the islands. On Menorca, Cova D’en Xoroi (Carrer de Sa Cova 2, Alaior), located in a huge cavern, is one of the most striking and unusual places you’ll ever enjoy a cocktail. On the grandaddy of party islands, Ibiza, head to the Experimental Beach Club, Las Salinas (Playa des Codolar Salinas), for effortless cool and some unique mixology. 

Where to stay
In addition to gorgeous views out into the ocean, Pure Salt Adriano, on Mallorca, has an extensive spa offering treatments and is close to golf and tennis courts for active sorts - it's adults only too. Biniarroca, on Menorca is a renovated 14th farmhouse turned boutique retreat - we adore the pool surrounded by flowers and lit by candles in the evening. Finally, Hotel Rural Es Cucons, on Ibiza, is one of our favourite hideaways, with a tiny, intimate restaurant. 

How to get there
Easyjet, Ryanair & Monarch fly to Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca from London, daily. 


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mallorca, spain

Experience child-free luxury like never before at Pure Salt Port Adriano, Mallorca. Located in Calvia, this luxury hotel has one of the best luxury spas in Mallorca and is an oasis of calm in a stunning location overlooking the Port Adriano.
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sant rafel, spain

Can Lluc is a relaxed 20 room boutique hotel and restaurant in Ibiza's countryside, close to some pretty swimming coves and not far from the town. The swimming pool has a lift allowing for disabled access and there is a Jacuzzi and gym as well as a spa room. 


santa agnes, ibiza, spain

Hotel Rural Es Cucons is a beautiful country house dating back to 1652. It has become a refuge for travellers who appreciate interior design and who are looking for somewhere relaxed, with a great pool and good food.


gertrudis, spain

Cas Gasi is a small boutique hotel in a restored farmhouse in the heart of Ibiza. Set amid olive groves and gardens, guests can relax by the outdoor pool and in the spa, or take a trip around the island in the private boat.


capdepera, spain

Cases de Son Barbassa is a gorgeous, family friendly boutique hotel near Capdepera in Mallorca, Spain. With a tower dating back to the 16th-century, relax, unwind and enjoy the stunning views across the countryside.


ibiza, spain

Atzaro is a boutique hotel in the centre of the island of Ibiza. The scents of orange blossoms surround this whitewashed finca complete with luxury spa, outdoor pools and a restaurant serving Mediterannean cuisine.


puigpunyent, mallorca, spain

Continuously found in the best hotel lists around the world Gran Hotel Son Net is the most sought after small luxury hotel in Puigpunyent, Mallorca. With elegant & authentic interiors Gran Hotel Son Net is the Grande Dame of Mallorca.


soller,, spain

Hotel Salvia is a small boutique hotel in the heart of historic Soller, just 30 minutes from Palma. All 6 rooms are filled with art and antiques and enjoy views of the valley.


soller, mallorca, spain

Elegant, cool and impeccably chic, L'Avenida Hotel is set on the dramatic west coast of Mallorca in the bustling town of Soller. This gorgeous Chic Retreats is surrounded by fragrant orange groves and secluded valleys of the Sierra Tramuntana.


mallorca, spain

Mirabo de Valldemossa is a refined small luxury hotel in the middle of the Sierra de Tramuntanan, Mallorca, that dates from 1500 and has been in the same family since the 19th century.


menorca, spain

It's hard to describe just how perfect this boutique hotel is. The restaurant at Hotel Biniarroca attracts a host of A-list celebs, and the rooms are romantic and chic.


es castell, menorca, spain

Sant Joan de Binissaida is an 18th-century house which, after extensive renovation, has become a small charming hotel with 11 rooms on the east side of Menorca.


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