For over two decades 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 beach clubs and sleep in fairytale bliss at some of Spain’s most beautiful boutique hotels. Dating back several centuries, Palma de Mallorca also shelters an immense amount of historical treasures – something that seamlessly blends with its leisurely lifestyle under the Spanish sun.
Where to Stay
A 19th-century military fortress may not sound like an idyllic space for a romantic boutique hotel, but Cap Rocat has managed to curate something that lives and breathes love out of the spoils of war. Standing proudly on the bluff of a nature park, backed by pure blue sky and with arresting views over the Bay of Palma, Antonio Obrador has crafted a space that pulls on the divine moody hues of Moorish history, married with vintage touches and local fabrics.
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 cliff’s 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 dine on the island thanks to its dazzling Michelin star and imaginative cuisine served in the stylish surroundings of a 17th-century former Coventry.
Combining the historical setting with a modern, relaxed and contemporary atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect for creating great memories with loved ones. Highlighting the best local produce across the Balearic Islands, the menu calls on local suckling pig with smoked rhubarb, Mallorcan soft cheese with bay leaf ice cream and rabbit fillets with lobster rice – emphasizing clean flavors and seasonal ingredients.
What to Do
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.
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 bread soaked in aioli and the richest wines that turn gummy on the tongue.
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 inspiring sea views then the Purobeach Club is the coolest place to be.
For a dose of rejuvenation, head to the fabulous S.P.A., which is carved out of the depths of the rocks and hidden within a centuries-old fortress. The spa sits in a stunning space; a once upon a time limestone water depository. The treatment list invites soothing scrubs, muscle-melting massages and hammam steams that have the power to make you feel born again. Yoga sessions are also worked into the wellness program for those looking to uplift their spirits with a series of sun salutations.
What to Pack
Endless sunshine, tantalizing cuisine, golden beaches and historical treasures – Palma de Mallorca embodies the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Ideal for anything from shop-to-shop strolling to lazy afternoons on the beach, this Sensei Studio Leather-Trimmed Tall Straw Tote was handmade by artisans native to Ecuador. The impeccable craftsmanship is woven from straw into a sturdy and stylish silhouette that’s perfect for all your essentials. These Burberry Logo Oversized Sunglasses are perfect for use under the Spanish sun. Made from hard-wearing acetate, they come in an oversized square frame fitted with scratch-resistant lenses that have 100% UV protection to shield your eyes against the sun’s harsh rays.