Hotel Hospes Maricel & Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
A weekend with a friend provided the opportunity for a luxury stay. We totally made the right choice. This place is amazing. From the gated entry to the welcome you receive you just feel special. The place is both beautiful and spotless. The terrace and pool area take your breath away. We had a Dreamer room in the annex and believe me made the right choice. We still had a sea view (albeit across the road) but the room size and terrace made this the right choice. The golf buggy to the room was fun too. Great amenities in the room (a proper hair dryer!!). Robes. Great products. Nice choice of tea/coffee plus morning Nespresso in the lobby. Pool experience great. Fabulous sun beds,space and attentive pool bar service. If being picky the evening bar though beautiful was too quiet and there service not as sharp as it could be (not as attentive as the pool). We ate a la carte one night and not totally sure the expense was worth it (bar menu actually looked better). Drinks are expensive so expect that. But you’re paying for stunning surroundings and luxury so it’s worth it. I love the Hospes group and intend to stay in all of them!
All in all a really nice hotel; but with such a price I was expecting a true luxury hotel and it isnt.
Location is great with direct access to the sea; the pool is nice and well maintained; the poolside bar very active. The staff was soo helpful, very polite, efficient and nice.
Also the whole hotel is super clean; that is not always the case, so worth mentioning.
Not so good :
The breakfast with generally poor quality products. That was really disappointing. Novotel does better. We didn’t risk the expensive « best breakfast in the world », maybe that’s better.
The room is nice, but again little things are missing : nothing to play music, poor quality blankets, no drawers and a renovation that feels a little cheap. The general layout of the room a bit weird with the closet difficult to access. Nice bathroom though.
I insist on the staff, really, everybody so nice!
We had an awesome two nights at the Maricel - Rafa was amazing, very funny and entertaining. Excellent service, fantastic views across the bay and exquisite room. The spa was a tranquil peaceful space to relax away the afternoon. Loved every minute of our stay and we were very to sad to leave.
Stunning restaurant in amazing building. Smart but laid back atmosphere. Plenty of room between tables, felt uncrowded. Interesting menu, the potato and garlic soup was delicious. The local Mallorcan wine was also very good. Friendly and helpful staff.
Nice hotel with very friendly and attentive service and a great maritime atmosphere. Rooms are a bit basic for the price, though.
Ideal for short stays where you want to combine Palma proximity and sea access.