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
I am completely baffled by all the positive reviews.... I visited Mallorca this week to sort my final wedding plans and whist there we decided to check out this hotel that we have booked for May (where we would have been spending a week leading up to our wedding). We were shocked beyond belief when we got to Gran Melia De Mar.
The hotel appears to have been CLOSED DOWN and looks completely derelict, almost felt like a ghost town. I understand that it is obviously not in season yet so everywhere is quieter but there was paint covering the windows and no furniture around the pool area which looked very obvious that it had closed down (not closed down for the season but actually closed down permanently.
The area it is in is terrible! It looked like a shanti town, so scruffy, graffiti everywhere, nowhere around the area where you can walk out of your hotel.
We have now cancelled this booking as we would have arrived to a closed down hotel before our wedding along with a few of our wedding guests who had also booked this hotel - this would have been disastrous!!!
I'm a bit bewildered why both booking.com and the website directly are still taking bookings for this hotel.
It seems very strange as we booked this for £1,500 for the week for May and it's now showing at around £5,000 for the same week - seems very suspicious like what businesses do when they know they are going under and extort customers who then become stuck when its to late to cancel and get the money back.
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.