The Balearic Islands, a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets east of the Spanish mainland, are dominated by four stunning sisters—Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Ibiza, the party-loving wild child of the bunch, has a shy side too, by way of hillside hamlets and a storied old town. Majorca, the largest, offers contrasting pleasures; both all-inclusive resorts and laidback, nature-oriented getaways. Menorca, a haven for the low-key traveler, entices with its archeological wonders and a bevy of postcard-perfect beaches. And then there’s Formentera, the tiniest sister, whose ethereal beauty attracts the boho-chic crowd that prefers lazy lounging by gentle turquoise waters over glitzy soirees. Whatever your sensibility, here’s how to make the most of your visit to the Balearics.
Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca & Formentera
Balaeric islands: Ibiza, Formentera, mallorca & Menorca
Discover magnificent Andalusia and its three sparkling jewels – Seville, Cordoba, and Granada and discover special experiences in Ronda.
• Unravel the secrets of Andalusian culture, with a private cooking class, and a traditional flamenco show.
• While in Cordoba, take a private tour of the spellbinding Mezquita palace and UNESCO-listed old tour.
• In Granada, enjoy a private tour the mystical Alhambra palace – a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s most beautiful architectural marvels.
HOTELS WE LOVE
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SON BRULL, MALLORCA (top pick!)
Son Brull is situated just 3km (a 7-minute drive) from Pollensa, in the north of Mallorca. Nestled in the foothills of Northern Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains, near the charming town of Pollensa, Son Brull is one of the island’s most luxurious 5-star boutique hotels. 365 is the chic, formal-ish fine-dining restaurant, with black banquettes, white-clothed tables and gold-leaf ceiling. It’s modern Mallorquin, the menu has an emphasis on local ingredients. Visit the hotel website.
Six senses ibiza
Celebrate Ibiza for all that it represents and immerse yourself in island life with a stay at Six Senses Ibiza. From its perch atop the cliffs of Cala Xarraca, there are front row seats onto both pioneering wellness techniques and renowned international dining. There’s also plenty of live music and access to a recording studio, should that be the tempo you crave. Visit the hotel website.
Sheltered by green mountains on Mallorca’s peaceful north-west coast, Belmond La Residencia is one of the most intimate hotels in Mallorca. Its twin manor houses and award-winning spa sit in lush gardens among olive and citrus groves on the edge of the artists’ village of Deià. Take an art class, explore the region’s cultural treasures by Vespa, hike in the hills, or simply let us organize a picnic, amble up into the ancient terraces on donkey, and enjoy a Mallorcan feast with a view. Visit the hotel website.
CAN FAUSTINO, MENORCA
CAN FAUSTINO, A MEDITERRANEAN OASIS IN MENORCA
Throughout the Balearic Islands, the travel savvy urban explorers of today will find an island paradise in Menorca. A region of the Mediterranean celebrated for its lush landscapes and azure waters, those inclined to venture. A palatial estate, dating back to the 16th century, perched in the centre of Ciutadella. Visit the hotel website.
TORREL DEL BENC, MENORCA (top pick!)
Escape to the Menorca’s island countryside: this charming homestead of traditional white farm buildings feels much more like a rural home-from-home than a hotel but one with a lounger-flanked swimming pool, highly acclaimed chef, heaps of heritage and plenty of Spanish sunshine. The long, rectangular pool is lined with loungers on one side, with views of the coast on the other. Visit the hotel website.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
At Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, the names says it all. HJugging the shoreds of Talamanca Bay on Spain’s favourite island playground, this whitewashed complex lures with understated rooms and suites, while Nobu’s Matsuhisa restaurant gives the celebrity chef’s famous dishes, like black cod miso, a distinct Mediterranean twist. Visit the hotel website.
HOTEL VALLDEMOSSA, MALLORCA (TOP PICK!)
Situated in the heart of Serra de Tramuntana, luxury boutique Hotel Valldemossa is a hidden haven of calm and tranquillity. A walker’s paradise, this historic property commands spectacular panoramic mountain views and yet is a mere 10-minute walk from the picturesque town of Valldemossa. In spite of its privileged position aloft a small hill, guests can easily enjoy the delights of lively Valldemossa close by. Here, visitors can visit the ancient Carthusian monastery where Frederic Chopin and his lover George Sand spent one disastrous winter, as well as the respected Coll Bardolet art gallery and Costa Nord cultural centre. Visit the hotel website.
hacienda NA XAMENA, IBIZA
The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, is considered by many as the best 5 star hotel in Ibiza. Offering amazing sea views from its clifftop position and from its stylish rooms. Located only a 30 minute drive to the town of Ibiza. Visit the hotel website.
CAP ROCAT, PALMA MALLORCA (top pick!)
Located in the centre of Seville in the old quarter of Barrio Alfalfa has been meticulously restored and converted into a small private luxury boutique hotel, offering chic accommodation with a relaxed roof top bar and one of the best places to view the old town. Visit the hotel website.
GECKO HOTEL & BEACH CLUB, FORMENTERA
Relaxed glamour comes to bohemian Formentera in the form of the ultra-chic Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, where guests start the day with yoga in the gardens or long breakfasts gazing at the sea. The hotel is located right on the white-sand beach, which curves around the south coast of the Formentera. Room with plunge pools and daybeds on the terrace mean chilling out has never felt more natural. Visit the hotel website.
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Marie-France has led tours in Spain while guiding for Butterfield & Robinson. She has also travelled extensively in Spain, and looks forward to sharing with you places she has discovered – all with unique charm, hidden gems, warm hospitality and scenes of beauty to be explored. Bespoke Travel Design carefully tailors unique travel experiences throughout Spain, for her discerning clients.