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5 Best Palma Hotels For A Spot Of Autumn Sun

From heritage hotspots to sleek city boltholes, Palma is the place to be this season

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Just a 2-hour flight away, Palma has well and truly put itself on the map as the perfect destination for a long weekend. Whether it’s an urban escape or coastal cruising, its historic roots and contemporary gastronomy have made it a magnet for travel seekers and foodies alike. Make the most of that late Mediterranean sun with a weekend city break at one of these metropolitan finds, says Jessica Harris.

Best for Families

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Mingle with the locals and soak up the views as the majestic former 13th century castle sits high above the city in the exclusive villa district of Son Vida. With 164 rooms and suites, it’s a hubbub for families and wedding parties alike offering adjoining rooms and a kids pool to keep little ones entertained. Despite a casual buffet format, the menu is creative and portions generous – think homemade broths, langoustine salads and a breakfast spread that tempts second and third helpings. With an extensive wellness renovation completed and further expansion underway, the future’s bright for Castillo hotel. Rooms from £228. Book via

Best for Romance

Convent De La Missio

As the name suggests, the former convent is oozing with charm and charisma. While the nuns still reside on a restricted floor in the hotel, guests can enjoy the original features re-worked and modernised, resulting in a beautiful boutique feel. Rustic decor combined with contemporary aesthetics such as abstract art, chunky wooden doors, bricked walls and neutral interiors, offer a paired-back luxury smack bang in the middle of the city. With achingly beautiful rooms complete with linen furnishings, minimal lines and urban views it’s a home away from home in a quiet pocket of the city. Thoughtful details such as L’Occitane products, arty magazines and a proper coffee machine make the stay that bit more enjoyable, while the self-service option lets guests have the freedom to create their own experience. For those looking to cool off, the Convent’s rooftop pool is a hidden gem. While small yet serene, the large terrace is a perfect spot to recline and indulge in the five-star cuisine created in the famous Marc Fosh kitchen. Doubles from £260. Book via

Best for Trend-Setters

El Llorenç Parc de la Mar

As the doors opened for the first time this month, El Llorenc is a breath of fresh air for Palma’s city scape. Sleek, stylish and unapologetically cool, it’s bursting with turquoise hues, shiny surfaces and botanical displays worthy of Avatar. A must-stay for trend-seekers, El Llorenc is leading the way in new technology with in-room iPads complete with an instant chat function with hotel staff and sleek bathrooms finished with smart mirrors and amenities from the stylish Le Labo. But if it’s all a little overwhelming for the tech illiterate (the lighting system is a little intense), you can seek solace on the rooftop infinity pool. With breathtaking views overlooking the gothic cathedral and rocky coastline, the low hum of chill out music, artistic cabanas and in-water loungers it’s an oasis for city dwellers. Doubles from £220. Book via


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Best for Peace and Quiet

Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden

After a day of shopping and sightseeing, there aren’t many places you can grab a slice of peace and quiet without leaving the city walls but Can Bordoy offer just that. Boasting the title of Palma’s largest private garden in the Old Quarter, the luxury abode possesses all of the discretion of a private home complete with polished decor, botanical gardens, towering trees and a streamline swimming pool to boot. Striking the perfect balance between elegance and homeliness, it’s a must-visit, even if just for a spot of lunch on the courtyard. Rooms start from £250. Book via

Best for City Slickers

Sant Francesc Singular Hotel

Built in 1860, this former Mallorcan mansion has well and truly bought its heritage into a modern era — if it weren’t for its beams, stone floors, wooden coffered ceilings, frescoes and murals you’d swear it was a contemporary build. With sultry low lighting, clean lines and a heady floral scent lingering in the air, it’s as stylish as it is sexy. A stone’s throw from the cathedral and Plaza Mayor, the hotel’s location is second to none yet you’ll find it hard to pull yourself away from its chic neutral-hued bedrooms, with a nod to mid-century design and plenty of space to stretch out on the Egyptian cotton bedding. Not convinced? Grab a cocktail and head to the rooftop pool where you’ll find the sun setting over the city centre and an experimental menu waiting for you. Rooms from £287, book via


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