Quiet, secluded location just 15 minutes from bustling Palma
The restaurant, which pairs gourmet cuisine with an idyllic seaside setting
The Bodyna Spa stone treatment beds, in the arches of the natural caves at the sea’s edge
What To Know
Although rooms in the modern wing have terraces and Zen pools, they lack sea views
The swimming pool can get crowded
In high season (summer), children 11 and under are not permitted
Parking on site
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Hip heritage hotel with a seafront restaurant and a spa cut into natural caves
Just five miles from Mallorca's bustling capital, on the southwestern side of the island, Hospes Maricel & Spa is a resplendent cliffside palacio with sprawling views of the mountains and the sea. Behind the striking exteriors (inspired by 17th- and 18th-century architectural styles), the hip decor features parquet floors, ultramodern leather furnishings and traditional stone arches.
Bed & Bath
The 51 eco-conscious guestrooms take inspiration from Mallorca’s natural beauty. Plush beds and blond hardwood floors blend Hospes’s signature white motif, and contemporary art features in intimate coves. An underground tunnel, adorned in the island's characteristic honey-colored drywall, leads to the main building. Here, rooms with mammoth bathtubs, terraces and private plunge pools — not to mention direct sea views — bring out the hotel’s contemporary charm and character.
The seaside terrace restaurant is a dreamy spot for breakfast and dinner, though herbivores beware: The gourmet tasting menu is not for the faint of heart. Dive into hefty courses of Mallorcan pie with Iberian ham and dense local bread that’s toasted, garlic-rubbed, salt-sprinkled, olive oil–drizzled and topped with juicy pa amb oli (fresh tomatoes). Later, swim it off in the infinity pool or splurge on a massage in the terrace solarium at the seafront Bodyna Spa, a perfect recipe for a siesta — until it’s time to eat again.
In the Area
Relax with a cave massage by the sea (after sweating off your last meal in a Pilates class) and bring relaxation to a whole new level. For a worthwhile day out, drive to Valldemossa, one of the island's most beautiful towns and home to the monastery in which Frédéric Chopin and George Sand hibernated one winter. Or visit the beautiful cathedral in Palma, which has a magnificent rose window behind the altar that is said to be the biggest in the world. Don’t leave Mallorca without trying its signature arros brut (dirty rice), a hearty concoction of pork, rabbit and vegetables, or without wandering the streets of Old Palma, stopping for a coffee and an ensaïmades (a typical Mallorcan pastry) at Ca’n Joan de S’Aigo, which dates from the 1700s.