Just when you thought the Med couldn’t get more glamorous, think again. The Spanish island has it all, including our latest European hotel, Kimpton Mallorca. The boutique resort, located next to the island’s premier golf course, has all the amenities you could ask for—including not one, but two outdoor pools.
While you may struggle to leave the hotel, you won’t regret it. Mallorca is home to pristine beaches, incredibly charming villages, award-winning restaurants and killer nightlife. Here’s a rundown of what you should do when visiting this island playground.
Turn On Cruise Control
Renting a car is hands down the best way to explore Mallorca’s magnificent cliffs and crannies, not the least of which is Sa Calobra Road. Its official name may be MA-2141, but it’s also known as one of the most scenic and winding roads in the world (word to the wise, we’re talking steep).
Go for a ride to some of the island’s most picturesque towns, including Fornalutx. Located in the mountains, this stone-clad village is like something out of a storybook. Walk the town’s many steps and take in its rustic charm. Nearby, and similar in aesthetic, is the historic village of Valldemossa. Visit the famous Carthusian monastery and explore the local shops and tapas at restaurants like Sa Cova and QuitaPenas Valldemossa.
Explore Cobalt Coves
Mallorca should trademark the term “fun in the sun” because there’s absolutely no shortage of perfect beach days. But keep in mind—these aren’t your typical stretches of white sand. They’re coves surrounded by rugged cliffs and trees where every color of blue swirls together to stunning effect.
The majority of these coves are located on the east side of the island, so we recommend doing a day trip of beach-hopping. Cala Llombards is a popular place to rent a lounge chair and bask in the turquoise water—just be sure to get there early. Continue cruising up the coast, but keep your eyes peeled or you might miss Cala Sa Nau, another crystal clear spot for cliff jumping and sunbathing.
Feast on Fine Dining
Dedicated foodies know Spain as one of the world’s great culinary capitals. From catch of the day seafood to fresh produce and stellar wine, Mallorca has made a name for itself in the high-caliber world of Spanish cuisine. So why not indulge?
There are numerous Michelin-star restaurants to choose from around the island, with most concentrated in the capital city of Palma. The one-Michelin-star Marc Fosh Restaurant serves a tasting menu of seasonal, local ingredients located inside a former convent. It’s one of the most exciting places to eat in Mallorca, and reservations are a must.
Another one-Michelin-star spot worth the splurge is Adrián Quetglas. Each plate is presented like a work of art with serious attention to detail and “wow-factor” worthy of the gram. If you’re looking for a meal with a view, Restaurante Béns d’Avall is the place (with the Michelin-star credibility to go along with it, of course). Picture a remote clifftop setting with a menu that’s an ode to the traditional Balearic cuisine native to the island.
Take In The Scenery
When it comes to outdoor activities and photo-worthy vistas, Mallorca’s got the goods. In the seaside town of Porto Cristo is Cuevas del Drach, a series of subterranean caves home to one of the world’s largest underground lakes.
Mallorca is also home to several national parks. Cala Mondrago National Park is one of the most popular places for a trail hike along the cliffs and a dip in the cerulean waters when things get too hot. Off the coast of Mallorca is Spain’s largest park (and one of its least traveled), Cabrera National Park. This isolated island is a truly special experience possible only through an organized tour (don’t worry, we can help you set that up). Here, you can spot dolphins and a rare black lizard while you soak in the natural beauty of this uninhabited island.