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
- 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 have been staying at the hotel for a couple of years, managing to get there a couple of times each year. The rooms are lovely, the facilities great and the service has always been good for us. There are two things we would like to see changed... The sun loungers round the pool continue to be reserved by guests despite a notice asking for them not to be. From our room at 8am, we could see a line of 6 all with magazines and books on. By the time we came down after breakfast, around 10.30, they were still there and still empty. Eventually the guests rocked up just before midday. This happens all the time, we have also seen the same (British) guests claim their beds day after day, and not turn up until the morning is virtually over. It's just not fair to those who have good manners. Please look in to this for 2019.
The second thing? Please put better lighting in the lifts, you get ready to go out, think you're looking nice and rested in the mirror in you room, then get in to the lift and look 105!
See you next year!
Really special hotel with a calm relaxed feel and great welcome. The sea view rooms are breathtaking and the lighting at night in the grounds is a delight for the eyes. The high tech lights took a bit to get used to though!! Delivered ab early breakfast to teh room at 6:30 without issue and had a Gluten free option. All understated and classy
Ninth visit to this hotel and prob be our last! Very disappointed! Wrote formal complaint to “Esther” head of customer experiences totally ignored.
No pool bar, no pool restaraunt, no pool service, whole hotel in pre shutdown mode subdued and under staffed. Miss sold our stay, ruined our trip!
I've visited Illetas and different hotels for many years but was offered such a good deal in The Gran Melia that I couldn't resist. There is such a calmness and serenity about the place and great views across Palma Bay. Direct access to the sea was a bonus and to be able to listen to the waves lapping against the shore during the night was lovely. Can't wait to return.
This was our second visit to the hotel and we will return again. We spotted at least 5 or 6 other couples who we had seen last time, so clearly they have a good repeat business, which says it all. Although the hotel is relatively high rise, it has the feel of a comfortable, boutique hotel. Both pools are lovely and there are plenty of comfortable sunbeds around with plentiful towels (a bug bear if you are restricted to towels!) The food is very good.
We enjoyed lunches at Bardot, dinner at Perseo and the Arrels tasting menu (which was surprising value for a tasting menu if not the most innovative we have ever had). There are plenty of choices for breakfast and cava! There are also good restaurants nearby and in Portal Nous (40 minute walk up the road) and Palma is so easy to get to and cheap on the bus.
Last year we stayed for 10 nights, this year for 7 nights. We hope to return next for 10 nights again, 7 was just not enough.