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Earlier this summer I took a break from the concrete jungle of London and travelled to the beautiful island of Mallorca, a place of subdued elegance and white sand beaches, for some much needed R&R. The Spanish island offers a blend of history, charm and a local dining scene to rival Europe’s other culinary hotspots. Naturally, I stayed at two fantastic yet very different hotels, which both took my breath away, and offered the best of Mallorca on their doorsteps.
City Chic At Hotel Sant Francesc, Palma De Mallorca
Narrowing down hotel options for three nights in Palma De Mallorca, the island’s small capital city, wasn’t easy but Hotel Sant Francesc was the standout choice thanks to it’s perfect location, stunning rooftop pool, classic design and highly praised restaurant.
Sant Francesc is housed inside a restored and renovated 19th-century mansion, in the heart of the historic center of Palma de Mallorca. The hotel’s location is perfect as it is in a quiet area but really close to the main local attractions. The blend of Spanish & Mediterranean influences with contemporary design is really special – the hotel felt modern yet full of character. I stayed in one of the junior suites which had it’s own balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The Quadrat restaurant in the hotel, headed up by Simon Petutschnig, served mouth-wateringly good food – all of the dishes use fresh, local ingredients. Breakfasts were a highlight because of the delicious love tortilla de patatas. The rooftop pool was especially appreciated given the July heatwave, with the bar at the pool making excellent Pina Coladas and salads. Importantly, from the moment I arrived until the moment I left, the hotel staff were all friendly, polite and helpful – helping me to hire bicycles, recommending restaurants and suggesting sights to see.
Beachside Sanctuary At Font Santa, Campos
After three nights at in the city centre, it was time to fully relax and slow down with five nights in the Mallorcan countryside. While the island offers an array of stylish hideaways, I think I found the best one! Located in Campos in the Southern portion of the island, Font Santa is luxurious and welcoming, and home to a thermal spa, which offers the only natural thermal waters in the Balearic Islands. In addition to that, the hotel is ‘adults only’ with no one under the age of 18 years old permitted, guaranteeing plenty of peace and quiet.
Font Santa is stunning, from the design, to the gardens, restaurant, rooms and the spacious spa – it is stylish yet unassuming. It was hard to visualise the layout of the hotel and its expansiveness simply from the photos I had already seen prior to arriving, so when I was finally able to see it for myself, I was truly taken aback.
There are two swimming pools, one which is very pretty, surrounded by trees and big double sun loungers and the other, which is towards the outer edges of the hotel grounds and has amazing views across the nearby salt plains. Both of the pools have buttons you can press to call over the waiting staff for cocktails and poolside snacks. There are also jacuzzi tubs and day beds dotted around the grounds.
At the thermal spa, I had three treatments in total, two Deep Tissue massages and an Intensive Vitamin C facial. Each treatment started with a warm thermal bath – the water at the spa is the only thermal water with subterranean origin on the Balearic islands. All of my treatments were enjoyable and the spa facilities were beautiful and well-maintained. The facial was done with Natura Bisse products which smelt good enough to eat. Both of the massages were done in a twin room. My second massage in particular was excellent, the masseuse was very strong and intuitive with her massage style – my back felt amazing afterwards.
I stayed in one of the junior suites with a terrace, the room was very peaceful and located in one of the outhouses at the hotel. The sunsets from my terrace overlooking the Es Trenc National Park were breath-taking, I could see for miles and miles while the sky was lit up.
All of my breakfasts, lunches and dinners were at the hotel’s restaurant, the food was exceptional – I didn’t need to go anywhere else. The restaurant’s head chef, Jose Vincente Tarin, was recommended in last year’s Michelin guide. All of the dinners started with warm olive bread, Pollensan olive oil and local salt flavoured with herbs; simple but tasty. My favourite dish was definitely the lobster, quails egg & mash potato warm starter on the dinner menu – I would have happily eaten a main course sized portion of it! I didn’t hold back and pretty much ate through the whole dinner and lunch menus. I also really liked the lobster pappardelle on the lunch menu. It’s worth noting, the restaurant service was fantastic, all of the waiters and waitresses were attentive, polite and professional.
On several occasions I cycled 15 minutes to Es Trenc beach, which is a gorgeous white sand beach with clear blue water. However, cycling aside, I could easily stay at Font Santa without stepping one foot outside of the grounds – it is that wonderful!
Both hotels truly made my stay in Mallorca special and memorable. Should I return to Mallorca anytime soon, there is no chance of me staying anywhere else!