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 had a very unfortunate situation with a family member and the hotel were so understanding and kind. Thank you so much Caroline - your support is very much appreciated!
It is how people deal with problems that makes you appreciate good customer service!
Many of the reviews here are pretty spot on. The hotel grounds, views and rooms were very nice. The views were really memorable. We never had an issue getting a seat near the pool, although it was relatively crowded. Upon check in, they did offer us a better room for an upcharge which we declined. the room we had was very nice, and still offered great views.
The location of the hotel is mixed. On the upside, it is not a long cab ride to either Puerto Portals(about 10-15 EUR), or Palma (20ish EUR), but there is basically nothing except for a grocery store within walking distance. So for dinners, one would either be eating at the hotel or taking taxis. It should be known that wait for taxis can be significant. We waited about a half hour each night, so allow plenty of time. The hotel is aware of this and worked hard to address this, but it is beyond their control, They were nice to offer Cava and water for people waiting.
This hotel is totally beautiful. A little paradise within the hotel. We are a married couple in our early 50’s stayed 7 nights and probably would have been bored if we had booked 14 nights. Thought the hotel is fantastic, we do feel we need to point out a couple of things for other travellers so they can make a fully informed choice :
1) This is truly a 5 star hotel but unfortunately to our utter shock and dismay in a 1 star area. ‘Dandering’ out to shops, bars or local amenities areas is not an option. The photo I have added is to the right of the hotel. To the left is residential. There are a 2/3 basic and struggling cafe style bars that are presently open but apparently looking to sell as they cannot make a living due to licences for music opening times ect being granted to the larger hotels and not independents. There is also a small shopping square with a few shops still opening but looks like all others have already departed/closed up.
2) So as after/pre dinner walks or just to see the local area is not an option. You must:
A) stay in the hotel (which is beautiful and no hardship if that’s what you would like) however, the biggest complaint of the holiday makers was that they, like us had paid a lot to be in the hotel and the term used was that they then objected to ‘having an organ taken’ at the price of drinks or food. G&T 16 euros and club sandwich 22 euros. The hotel Barcelona next door offered equally good food and drink at half the price. Had we stayed longer we would have checked out if they did entertainment.
B) There was no entertainment of any description in the evenings - most of the other holiday makers also departed in the evenings in search of entertainment and reasonably priced food and drink..... I must point out that most of us were happy to pay more than the going rate. None of us wanted cheap, but as said we didn’t want to ‘have organs taken’!!
C) To get a taxi into Palma was around half and hour to an hour wait in the hotel reception.
D) The hotel told us we could go to Palma but that we might not be able to get back. The truth of the matter was that the local council will not issued more taxi licences in the area of the hotel hence the wait at the hotel. However, Palma has an abundance of taxis and returning was no issue. We got a bus outside the hotel to Palma and a taxi back. The speculation to this was that the hotel wanted us to stay within the hotel complex. Though their prices and lack of entertainment did not encourage this.
3) The hotel staff were very friendly and respectful. However, on checking in we felt that they concentrated on data gathering and up-selling. Rather than giving information that would have been helpful such as local transport, towel issue procedure ect.
Perfect holiday hotel . A real piece of easy paradise if you want to stay 24/7 in the hotel. We won’t return but this is no reflection on the hotel but its location.
We hope this review is of assistance to others.