Gran Meliá de Mar – Adults Only
What We Love
- The Yhi Spa, with its Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, Scottish shower and Southeast Asian–inspired outdoor massage huts; it’s like a deeply restorative trip around the world
- A tennis court that overlooks the water, for a spirited match cooled by a Mediterranean breeze
- The pool is surrounded by billowy Balinese cabanas
What To Know
- This is an adults-only property; children 15 and under are not permitted
- Though the hotel is on the water, don’t expect a wide expanse of white sand beach. The shoreline is mostly rocky, with one small sandy cove
- Speakers are dotted around the outdoor areas
- A daily rental fee applies to the Balinese loungers
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On an island dotted with centuries-old farmhouses and rustic residences, Meliá de Mar, in the coastal town of Illetas (near the island’s capital, Palma) is a sleek beach retreat with a thoroughly modern vibe inside and out. The seven-story structure was designed in the early ’60s by Spanish architect Jose Antonio Coderch in his distinct midcentury style. The building’s fortresslike façade is covered in brown tiles and belies the airiness of the interior spaces; the lobby has high whitewashed ceilings and low-slung mod leather couches. The rear of the building, which faces the sea, is almost entirely glass-covered and beautifully reflects the palm-framed views.
Bed and Bath
The 144 guestrooms (each of which has an ocean view) echo the mod-sleek decor in the common spaces: clean lines, a monochromatic color scheme and neutral-toned furnishings. Cool tan marble floors lead to sea-view balconies. While the rooms aren’t huge (under 400 square feet), bathrooms are spacious, with a deep bath and a separate shower, and closet space is ample.
The hotel’s four restaurants serve a range of cuisines from sushi to tapas. Restaurant Q4 dishes up elegant regional fare in a smart glass-walled dining room with unspoiled Mediterranean views. Or you can grab a poolside bite at the aptly named Le Pool, with its lively DJ and market-fresh menu. The spa is a real focus here, with a strong water therapy component (think pressure jet pools, saunas, hammam-style baths, and bithermal showers) and outdoor treatment areas including palm huts with sea views.
In the Area
A geographically diverse island, Mallorca has everything from wheatfield farmland to cliff-rimmed coast, with verdant mountains in between, and a car is recommended to explore beyond the confines of the hotel. Spend a day checking out the south coast and stop in the charming town of Ses Salines for lunch at family-run Casa Manolo, where flaky white fish is baked in salt from a nearby mine and drizzled with local olive oil. More interested in the mountainous north? Drive toward Pollenca, where you’ll find the stylish Hito, a whitewashed shop stocked with colorful tote bags and handmade housewares. Hit Roxy’s Beach Bar, in nearby Puerto Portals, to sip a vanilla-infused sangria from its elevated spot on a rocky outcrop over a white sand beach.
How to Get There
We stayed her for a week prior to the winter closure mid October.
The hotel is immaculate throughout & staff are very professional with a friendly service.
Food & service in bars & restaurants is first class, although the menu pricing is on the high side.
Will stay here on future visits to the island
Stayed for 7 nights in early October,5 star facility.Stayed in a premium twin with sea view on the 6th floor,fantastic views and very comfortable room,excellent shower,nothing to fault at all.Stayed bed and breakfast,the breakfast was very good,much more of a continental feel.The one thing that really sets this hotel apart are the the people that work there,they are very guest orientated,nothing is too much trouble.
This hotel could be perfect. The setting is picturesque, over looking beautiful coves with direct access into the sea. Cleverly designed with all eating areas overlooking sea or pool. Most , if not all bedrooms ,overlook the sea too.
Food was average. Staff and service either fantastic or dreadful. The two pools were both freezing and the tiny spa pool ( much smaller than pics) was cold too ! Hot tub broken. The Spa a little dated and not very clean around the spa pool. Rest of hotel extremely clean. Very mixed.