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
Hard not to give this hotel a top rating. There are some shortcomings here and there but overall a true high class experience. The building itself is magnificent and the pool area just by the sea is fantastic as well as the ocean view from almost anywhere in the main building. The afternoon drink at the terrace lounge area is hard to beat. You should definitely include the breakfast, worth the money, but perhaps skip the dinner, there are better choices in Palma or Puerto Portals for the money.
What a fabulous hotel.
A stunning setting with charming attentive staff and a lovely modern stylish room in the main hotel
My friends room in the annex was enormous and had everything you could want to a very high standard. Breakfast on the terrace with the fabulous views and a great choice of fare was something to look forward too!
Unfortunately one of our family had an accident and the help and concern was excellent as well as helping with all insurance etc. The staff were marvellous . For us it was a treat to stay at such a high end hotel and we weren't disappointed.
Beautiful property and the room had fantastic views! Breakfast was very good and the hotel staff was very accommodating. We had dinner at the hotel and the prices were a little high - $8 Euros for bread but the quality of the food was good. Loved this hotel and would stay there again!