If you were to hold an artist’s palette, the loveliest, most vibrant, deep turquoise blue would be called Mallorca blue. The Spanish island of Mallorca is a special place where the color of the sea seems to be almost created by magic – or possibly produced straight from an oil painting.
Where is Mallorca located exactly? Mallorca (or Majorca) is the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. It is an island well known for luxurious beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains.
A leisurely trip to Mallorca
After four days in Barcelona, we took a quick trip over on a small Spanish airline called Vueling. There are several airlines that service the Palma de Mallorca airport so travel to this Mediterranean paradise is fairly simple.
We landed in the easy-to-navigate airport and then sped off in our automatic Renault to the east side of the island. A rental car is a must. There’s really no better way to get around the island, the roads are excellent and the signage is very clear.
Both Craig and I were under the impression that Mallorca was fairly small in size. We were surprised to learn that travel from one side of the island to the other can easily take 2 to 2-1/2 hours by car. This made a day trip over to the west side too time consuming for our short vacation and not an option for us this time. There would be too much extra driving and not enough relaxing!
The suite life
The Park Hyatt Mallorca hotel and resort is located on the east coast of Mallorca about five minutes from the sea, way up on a hill overlooking the Canyamel Valley and the historic area of Cap Vermell.
The architectural design of the resort is one-of-a-kind and is meant to reflect the style of a traditional Mallorcan hilltop village.
The local stone bricks were hand-chiseled; they almost looked like they could have been created hundreds and hundreds of years ago. A tall stone clock tower and welcoming fountain create a village square.
We were upgraded to a suite which was elegant, refined and luxurious! There were two marble bathrooms, a dining room, an office, a bedroom and an enormous patio.
The tag line for the Park Hyatt is “luxury is personal” and the hotel really means it. It felt like we were staying in the guest house of our chicest friends!
It wasn’t so formal that we felt uncomfortable, but so lovely I would marvel every time I turned the corner. The suite was complete with a small coffee-and-cocktail bar and beautiful sculptures (of course!).
Dining at the Park Hyatt Mallorca
The resort offers four distinctive restaurants with menus offering lots of delicious choices. Our dining experiences were so impressive and innovative that we rarely dined off property.
The Southeast Asian cuisine at Asia was served in an exquisitely designed setting. The restaurant even had a large outdoor seating are with colorful pillows and gorgeous views of the valley.
Tapas was a casual dining restaurant with stunning views of the patio and fountain and served small plates of traditional Spanish cuisine.
While sipping crisp, sparkling cava rosé, we especially enjoyed dining at Balearic. The authentic menu of Spanish and Mallorcan cuisine was made from the freshest ingredients from local farms and fishing ports. Sweet local summer tomatoes and tasty fish with lemon and herbs baked in parchment paper were two of my favorites.
Personal and friendly service is always appreciated. Every day we looked forward to several enjoyable, thoughtful conversations with the staff. We learned details about their local towns and why they loved Mallorca. It was easy to see why everyone would be happy living there!
We also enjoyed the experience at Café Sa Plaça De Gailea, where we tasted many amazing farm to table salads. So fresh and light!
We just want to relax…
There was a large and sparkling family pool and a smaller quiet, adult swimming pool. We did not spend but about four hours total by the pools, but they were impressive!
We found that the enormous property offered so many secluded spots to kick back, read a book or just enjoy the spectacular views that sitting poolside wasn’t top of our list.
We wanted to relax and unwind away from busy cities and loud noise… With no pressure to be somewhere or stand in line or be on any sort of time-table… Walking hand-in-hand through our “own” Mallorcan village truly allowed us to relax and enjoy a very peaceful five-day trip.
Bottom line? The Park Hyatt Mallorca does absolutely everything right. It offers a stunning architectural setting while pampering guests in every way.
What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?
- The luxurious, chic, yet understated design of the suites is stylish – like a New York apartment. (The unique look is so refreshing and entirely different from the typical tropical-themed beach resort.)
- The staff is incredible. If you have a question or want information, do not hesitate to ask.
- There are many quaint seaside towns to experience along the east coast of Mallorca like Porto Cristo, Porto Colom, Santanyi and Arta. This is an excellent destination for exploration without traffic and long drives.
- The Park Hyatt Serenitas Spa is spectacular. The interior design is serene and the lavishly appointed treatment rooms have glorious views of the valley and the sea. The treatments were over the top fantastic!
- The property is very large and terraced. There are quite a few stone staircases, but for the less mobile guest there is always an eager assistant with a golf cart to take you where you need to go on the property.
- There are many local restaurants located nearby to visit as well. Ask the concierge for assistance.
- The resort can get very busy in the summer and very HOT. Schedule accordingly.
- If quiet is a requirement, do not book in the summer months; wait until the shoulder season when children are in school.
- A rental car is a must to get around. (We loved the flexibility it provided.)
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*All photo credits: Suzanne Stavert (except where noted)
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