For twenty years the sweet sea breezes and basking warm Mediterranean sun has made Palma de Mallorca the perfect spot for Europe’s beloved superyacht regatta. The beautiful bay can be found wall to wall with the whipped-up splendor of superyachts, and only a stone’s throw from the Regatta Village, you can wander the streets of Miro, dine on colorful seafood paella, kick back at the achingly trendy Purobeach Club, and sleep in fairytale bliss at some of Spain’s most beautiful boutique hotels. Here’s our guide of how to live up the yacht lifestyle in Palma in between the regatta….
Where to Stay
From princely Spanish style kingdoms to chic boutique breaks, or even beautiful Airbnb homes, places to stay in Palma come down thick and fancy. Luxury abounds at the 16th century Palacio Ca Sa Galesa sitting beneath the ornate shadow of the gothic quarter. Here you can find graceful grandiose halls, sink down soft library spaces, period furniture and labyrinth like corridors leading to inner courtyards, cool basement spas, and luxury suites adorned with mahogany desks, marble and gooey Godiva chocolates.
The Cap Rocat is another fine affair for those wanting to hide away in a military fort turned lavish luxury hotel. The dramatic hotel still boasts handsome features like a drawbridge and trenches and when mixed with mesmerizing touches like a shimmering infinity pool and gourmet restaurant – you have all the makings of a very special place. Dine at tables seemingly precariously perched on the cliffs edge of the bay and be sure to pick the Del Mar restored houses or the El Cabo Suite for unique spaces boasting private pools and terraces, wellness bathrooms, and lashings of white muslin, warm natural materials, lilies and sublime sea views.
Where to Dine
Palma de Mallorca has made huge strides when it comes to creating contemporary cuisine that showcases the bounty of the local environment. The waters brim with beautiful fish and the hills flourish with fabulous wines, melt in the mouth olives, glutinous oils, and a rich array of fruits. Marc Fosh is one of the most coveted places to eat thanks to its dazzling Michelin star and its imaginative cuisine served in the stylish surroundings of a 17th century former Coventry. Degustation menus call on local suckling pig with smoked rhubarb, Mallorcan soft cheese with bay leaf ice cream, and rabbit fillets with lobster rice.
When in Spain be sure to indulge in the tapas culture, and nowhere serves up a bounty of small plates better than the bustling Santa Catalina market. Stroll the stalls and pull up a stool for a truly local experience of melt in the mouth charcuterie meats, soft breads soaked in aioli and the richest wines that turn gummy on the tongue.
An insider spot where the well-heeled socialites like to linger, Casa Maruka is all about intimate dining that captures the heart and soul of the area despite its honest and down to earth setting. The menu doesn’t boast a smarting price tag, but the food is raved about by locals and jet setters alike. Oxtail stew, heartwarming Rioja and a simple made to order apple tart with a dollop of vanilla ice cream have helped award this little gem legendary status.
Where to Play
Art, gin and shopping are the three strengths of magical Palma de Mallorca. The pretty city is endlessly strollable for those who want to see the gothic spires of the cathedral and the tanned houses of trendy Portixol perched around the bay. When you aren’t shopping for interior wares, handspun raffia, and Barcelona inspired fashion at places like Mimbreria Vidal and Viveca, you can admire some of Spain’s most incredible art.
Palma is stuffed with art museums, from the Joan Miro studio where unfinished works are on show to contemporary delights at the Es Baluard, and high-profile galleries like La Caja Blanca, if you are looking for something special to adorn the walls of your own superyacht then Palma is the perfect place to be!
Gin lovers wanting to sip something special between the superyacht regatta can head over to Ginbo where over 150 bottles of the beautiful pure stuff can be mixed into a frenzy of cocktails fit for a king. Hotel Puro with its fashionable style and killer cocktails is another great place to end the day. For daytime delights soaked in white with inspired sea views then the Purobeach Club is the coolest place to be.