Sunshine, Spanish food, beaches and some time to gather your thoughts of just exploring these amazing islands or sightseeing round the amazing towns and villages, both islands are easy to reach and you can take a long weekend or short break.
Menorca is the quietest of the three islands, Menorca’s sands are peaceful, with verdant surroundings of pine-clad hills, charming villages and sublime beaches. Hiring a car is a fantastic way to explore the island and it offers you the flexibility and freedom to explore the island at your own pace.
Portblue La Quinta Hotel & Spa Menorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
Set between two golden beaches, this welcoming resort is a haven of tranquillity with excellent dining and facilities.Enjoy the best of both worlds at this colonial-style hotel – perfectly placed for peace and relaxation, yet within easy reach of the bustling marina. From the moment you’re warmly welcomed with a glass of Champagne, you will feel any stress melt away. The hotel and its gardens are beautifully maintained and the spacious crescent-shaped pool provides a serene setting for soaking up the sun. It’s easy to see why this friendly hotel is popular with repeat guests as you experience high standards throughout, from the superb dining to the outstanding service. The hotel showcases an excellent contemporary art collection and a number of paintings and sculptures from local artists are dotted around the hotel. A free shuttle runs to Ciutadella de Menorca, the beautiful and historic former capital.
All meals are served at the Son Xoriguer Restaurant which provides a relaxing setting for a buffet breakfast, themed dinners and delectable Mediterranean cuisine with an à la carte option. If you have any food intolerances then be sure to let the hotel know and they will be happy to cater for your needs. The weekly six-course gala dinner is excellent and the hotel offers a superb selection of fine local and international wines. During the day you can enjoy refreshments at the pool bar and grilled lunches on the terrace at Bar Millennium which becomes an elegant venue for cocktails and live piano music when the sun sets. The traditional Mediterranean-style rooms are set in low-rise buildings overlooking the gardens and pool. They are either ground floor with a terrace or first floor with a balcony and each room has contemporary amenities including free Wi-Fi and a pillow menu. Standard Rooms with Balcony are cosy and comfortable while Terrace Garden Rooms offer direct access to the garden and pool area. Junior Suites are more spacious and have a living area, a bathroom with whirlpool bath and a balcony or terrace.
Meliá Cala Galdana Menorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
With an idyllic location on a crescent of white sand, this welcoming resort is ideal for families and beach-lovers. Families with young children are particularly well catered for at this recently renovated resort. Tall trees offer plenty of shade by the pools and there is a lift that takes you down to the beach where sun loungers and parasols are available to hire. The sheltered bay, fine white sands and warm, shallow waters are perfect for children as well as snorkellers. The resort offers an activities programme as well as regular live music and events in the evening. Align your body and mind during a yoga session or join a spinning or zumba class to burn off some calories after tucking into tempting desserts.
A breakfast buffet with freshly-made omelettes and pancakes is served on the seaview terrace of Mosaico which also offers extensive dinner buffets. The Italian à la carte restaurant, Casa Nostra serves fresh spaghetti, pizzas and other typical Italian dishes, and is particularly popular with kids. The new Beach Club & Restaurant Cape Nao has a superb location by the adults-only pool and beach – enjoy lunch or dinner followed by cocktails and live music and be sure to try Menorca’s famous local dish, lobster stew. Watch the sun set over the ocean with a cool drink in hand on the terrace of the chic Lobby Bar. The cosy rooms each feature a small balcony or terrace. Melia Rooms have side sea views and there’s the option to upgrade to a Melia Cala Galdana View Room for stunning full sea views, or a Premium Cala Galdana View Room to look out over the beautiful bay. Book one of the new and contemporary 'The Level Rooms' for magnificent sea views and a host of exclusive benefits including access to The Level Lounge with free drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi, an exclusive restaurant with a special menu, and the adults-only Cape Nao pool with free water, fruit kebabs and sun cream. You can also enjoy early check in and late check out (upon availability) and free Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee maker in your room.
Mallorca a popular picture-perfect island with a stunning coast, dramatic mountains and sophisticated resorts. The largest of the Balearics, Mallorca is a popular choice with families and groups thanks to its family-friendly beaches, delightful restaurants and vibrant bars. Discover picturesque Puerto de Sóller, which combines old-world traditional charm with modern cafés and restaurants, and the ancient bohemian village of Deia, a haunt for artists, musicians and writers. Arty Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and is centred around an enchanting bay with pretty beaches, a historical centre, Gothic cathedral, and fantastic shopping and dining. Step away from the tourist resorts and you’ll find yourself among some of the island’s beautiful and natural surrounds – the perfect place to explore on foot.
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous Mallorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
Set in the exclusive Portal Nous district, this brand new designer boutique hotel offers personalised service and luxurious facilities. Iberostar’s first Grand Collection hotel in the Mediterranean joins a prestigious portfolio of luxury boutique hotels that offer something special. Every guest is treated like a VIP and from the moment your personal butler greets you on arrival you’ll feel any stresses melt away. With a cutting-edge style inspired by the beauty and colours of Mallorca and innovative design elements such as a mirror that looks like a giant iris and futuristic white tree sculptures, the Iberostar feels more like a gallery than a hotel.
The focus here is on relaxation and indulgence and there are plenty of serene spaces both inside and out. Choose your favourite spot in the landscaped gardens or by the infinity pool on the tiered terraces which overlook the sea. Order freshly squeezed fruit juice, cocktails and snacks from the comfort of your sun lounger and relax in peace while your butler takes care of all your needs – from unpacking your luggage to booking a table at one of the sought-after marina restaurants.
The gourmet restaurant, Astir, has a tempting menu of traditional Mediterranean dishes with an innovative twist. Savour the fresh flavours of local organic cuisine on the terrace while drinking the finest wines and admiring breathtaking views of the bay. Choose from the world’s best Champagnes at the elegant al fresco Champagne Bar, enjoy a range of aperitifs and drinks at the Selini Lobby Bar or complement a soothing spa treatment with an energising smoothie at the Wellness Bar. The super-stylish rooms and suites have sleek white interiors with bright splashes of colour and quirky design features. Double Executive Rooms overlook the resort and gardens and you can upgrade to enjoy side or full sea views. The themed Spa Suite is perfect for couples in search of extra relaxation – enjoy having your own sauna and a Jacuzzi on the terrace.
Belmond La Residencia Mallorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
This luxurious retreat celebrates Deia’s artistic heritage and boasts an idyllic setting and superb inclusions. Regarded as one of Mallorca’s finest hotels, this charming hideaway is set amid olive and citrus groves and blends traditional charm with contemporary luxury. It comprises four buildings, including twin 16th and 17th Century manor houses, and features traditional Mallorcan architecture with beautiful interiors. Art-lovers will adore the excellent gallery which hosts exhibitions and performances throughout the year. The resort is also home to one of Spain’s largest permanent sculpture gardens and you can put your creativity to the test during an art class – try your hand at painting, sculpting or ceramics. A host of activities include a tour of the olive groves with the resident donkeys followed by a picnic in a stone shepherd’s hut, and a free two-hour boat ride along the rugged coast. The hotel hosts a series of themed events such as a cello concert on the lawn and a vintage Vespa exhibition. Dining is an elegant affair complemented by stunning views over the sea and mountains. Savour creative Mediterranean cuisine at the El Olivo restaurant which is set in a former olive press and is renowned as one of Spain’s finest dining experiences. Café Miró provides a more casual setting for tapas and cocktails.
The individually styled rooms are adorned with antiques and local works of art, and offer contemporary comforts and beautiful views over the gardens and mountains. Classic Rooms reflect the style of the old manor house while Superior Rooms feature high ceilings or charming nooks. The beautiful and spacious Junior Suites feature a living area and four-poster bed. Lavish Junior Suites and Suites with private plunge pools are also available on request.
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Mallorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
This luxurious and indulgent clifftop retreat boasts one of the best locations on the island. From the moment you are welcomed with a glass of freshly squeezed juice from oranges grown in the Sóller Valley, and you gaze out over the stunning bay towards the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains, you will feel a sense of contentment wash over you. The service is exceptional and strikes the perfect balance between discreet and attentive. Winding paths lead through fragrant gardens and the infinity pool (over 12s only) is a tranquil spot for admiring the views and tucking into ceviche at the pool bar while the Sa Talaia Pool on the lower level welcomes all ages.
The three al fresco restaurants elevate dining to spectacular heights with their spellbinding views over the bay. They all offer fresh, local ingredients and an authentic taste of Balearic cuisine accompanied by local wines. Elegant Cap Roig specialises in seafood dishes and the more informal Es Fanals serves delicious tapas. Head to the Sunset Sushi Lounge to enjoy an excellent variety of home-made sushi from line-caught fish accompanied by captivating sea views, Asian light bites and cocktails.The contemporary rooms are set in 11 buildings that stretch along the clifftop and are stylishly decorated in wood and leather with a balcony or terrace. Deluxe Rooms offer mountain views or you can upgrade to enjoy sea views. Mountain View Grand Deluxe Rooms and Sea View Grand Deluxe Rooms are larger with more outdoor space. For exquisite ocean views and lavish living areas, opt for the loft-style Junior Suite Sea View.
Illa D'or Mallorca Spain (More Information & Booking)
An elegant family-owned retreat set at the quiet end of Puerto Pollensa’s Pine Walk overlooking the pretty bay. Renowned for its award-winning service and stunning views over Pollensa Bay, this classic hotel has been welcoming guests since 1929. It’s ideal if you are looking for a tranquil beach resort that’s within easy reach of the town. Relax by the small pool, bask on the golden sands or stroll under the shade of 100-year-old pine trees along the coastal Pine Walk which stretches for just over two miles. Enjoy varied à la carte menus of creative Mediterranean cuisine on the seaview terrace at La Terrassa (seasonal). Light lunches and snacks are available at the snack bar while Restaurant 1929 offers a more formal setting for dinner and can cater for any special dietary requirements. In the evening head to the beachfront Gin & Tonic Corner to enjoy enchanting views over the bay while sampling a range of G and Ts with tempting and original flavours such as cardamom, ginger and liquorice. The newly refurbished Twin Rooms have inland views and can be arranged as twins or doubles. It’s worth upgrading to a Twin Seaview Room to make the most of the peaceful setting and great views. Single Rooms are also available.