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
- 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
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.
This was my first time to visit Mallorca and I chose to stay at this beautiful property and it did not disappoint.
The overall service was impeccable and the front desk team was extraordinary.
I fell in love with this place and the people who worked there because it has a soul as well as they are friendly and very accommodating to everyone.
Everyone including the General Manager was always making sure everything was perfect and it was.
Housekeeping works so hard to ensure your room is impeccable.
They are motivated to exceed your expectations and they did. My time was so lovely I did not want to check out.
I suggest if you go in August you need to make your reservation now. The island is very busy then so reserve your room so you do not miss out.
I love how sophisticated this hotel is, from beautiful views from our suite (thanks for the upgrade) to a jazzy singer in the lobby, to an amazing breakfast and warm staff, there was much to like about this in-city hotel. Small but very high quality, and it seem to be fortress of luxury comfort.