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
Been there for a week, unbelievable service, bad weather for a week didn’t dampen our stay the staff were extremely friendly Ramon and the front of House team on reception were brilliant as were the bar staff who have been there years, the waiters and waitresses Lucas and his team could not do enough tor what was a great stay . My only negative thing the groups touching of the heart every time you say hello had a chambermaid falling over the hoover she dropped, I would like this to disappear the staff are enchanting enough and well trained it gets too much after a while and you can sense they know you well enough not to have to do it that besides a great place to holiday
The room had all the amenities needed, the adults only hotel was very friendly breakfast was good value and great choice.
Lunch had two restaurants with two menus and both places were great value and food.from local first to a more world foods theme catering for everyone.
In the evening alternative nights but the Ariel restaurants warrants i its own very special review but the hotels standard food beats many in the near by port .
A real good job by the Melia Group
Well done all .
I needed a break after work, something to wash off the weariness of Corporate grind dust sticking to my mood.
A bit of an easy way into my 2-week vacation back home in sweet Barcelona.
I arrived at Gran Melia de Mar one day behind schedule, with the wifey waiting somehow impatiently for me. In a rather twisted way, that only long-haul expatriates can truly share, it felt romantic and an inescapable contingency of our complicated lifestyle.
But all of that was promptly put behind me once the hotel staff greeted me and helped through the check-in procedure.
Thanks to the benefit of an obviously superhuman training into the finest exigencies of the hospitality industry, I felt immediately well taken care of, without further care on my mind.
A lazy lunch at the poolside restaurant, gorgeous sea views from our room balcony, a rich and healthy brunch next morning and a Clarins signature massage in the afternoon.
A lovely getaway - with a price tag to boot.
Great location but room are below average. Quite questiinable at these rates. Whatever you do...dont fall for an upgrade to red level...I am still trying to find the advantage. Do rent a bali sunbed for 90 euros per day. It is an exclusive pleasure which is hard to beat.
I have just returned from my stay at the Gran Melia de Mar hotel.
The hotel service as soon as you arrive is faultless. All the staff are absolutely first class.
The hotel itself and the grounds are breath-taking and I wanted to extend my thanks to the whole entire team for making our stay so fantastic. Special thanks to the entire front of house team, the concierge desk (Ramon made some fantastic reservations for us!), the guys that helped us with our luggage and taxi’s, the breakfast host Mellania – all really brilliant at making each and every guest very welcome.
I will be recommending your hotel for my VIP groups.
This is a lovely hotel to stay at. It is not cheap, but you definitely get your money's worth. The facilities are excellent, the staff are wonderfully polite and attentive. The restaurants are high quality.