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Mallorca -- 4 days to relax?

My husband and I are considering visit to Mallorca next mid-May at the end of 6 weeks exploring Portugal and Andalucia. We are most interested in relaxation rather than touring. We basically want to unpack and chill out for a few days in a special place; we are willing to splurge on this part of our trip. Beach access and great food are high on the list.

Would love recommendations re:
1. Home base (Palma or somewhere else?)
2. Specific hotels we might consider.
3. Length of stay (3 or 4 nights?)
4. Any other thoughts about Mallorca in general would be great since we've never been.


Posted by
251 posts

haven't been since 1990 (omg) but Palma de Mallorca is beautiful but a bit of a party town. it's not a typical Andalusia town...

Posted by
505 posts

Go and enjoy yourself. We spent 3 nights in Palma in August 2017 and it was lovely.

We took a wonderful dinner cruise one day, did a tapas crawl another night. There is history, beautiful beaches, great food.

I would definitely return. We stayed in a fabulous apartment in Illetas area and loved it.

Posted by
4345 posts

Great food can be found all over the island however Palma will have the greatest concentration. Palma however doesn't have the best beach and access is gained across a busy road, I wouldn't consider a stay in Palma a relaxing one.

What constitutes a good beach for you? Mallorca has a great variety of beaches, from seculed rocky coves flanked by pine clad cliffs, resort filled sandy bays with plenty of watersports, beach bars and restaurants, pretty little fishing villages with small, quiet beaches to superb nature reserves with vast sand flats and clear blue water and no or very few amenities?

There are so many hotels, resorts and rental apartments that it's impossible to provide any comprehensive recommendation. We have been visiting for many years however we 'own' two weeks at the Marriott Vacation Club timeshare resort in Llucmajor which provides us with a two bedroom villa complete with separate kitchen, lounge, garden and 'private' pools per 8 villas along with all the expected ameniities at the central clubhouse. It's ideal for us with children and nowhere on the island is more than 1 1/2 hours drive away. It's not on the beach, the closest best beach, Es Trenc is a 20 minute drive away however there are many beautiful coves and bays along that stretch of the coast with a plethora of accommodation, some luxury five star resorts down to basic hotel accommodation.

The only places I would recommend avoiding are Magaluf (think thousands of British tourists, mainly late teens/early twenties, trawling through the bars at night getting as drunk as possible before keeling over in a puddle of their own vomit and sometimes worse) and S'Arenal (the German equivalent of Magaluf).

This is a good website although it does gloss over some of the less favourable parts of the island so use it as a guide and if you identify somewhere of interest then do a bit more research

Posted by
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Without knowing the sort of places you like to visit or what you like to see and do it’s a bit tricky, but here are a few suggestions:
Train to Sineu, a lovely historic town of honey coloured stone and full of authentic character.
Train to Consell/Alaro then connecting bus to Alaro. Another lovely town surrounded by lovely mountain scenery.
If you would like to see some of the smaller, sleepy traditional villages, get the bus to Caimari then walk back over to Selva and get the bus back to Palma from there.
If these are not the sort of thing you are after, please can you give more information.

Posted by
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Hi, few advices:
1. Home base - for chillout i would recommend north area as Alcudia / Puerto Pollenca / Can Picafort also thanks to the good connection to other places on the island.
2. Specific hotels we might consider: Ivory Playa - was staying there for few days in the studio. Best choice ever.
3. Length of stay: totally 4 nights
4. Any other thoughts about Mallorca: Cap Formentor for sure! Few little beaches as Coll Baix or Cala Boquer are really nice not so long walks, not so many people and great place to chillout with amazing views. I also found a great day out on my holidays ,which combine mostly the best route to Tramuntana Mountains sighseeing. You can find it here:

Hope you will enjoy the time on Mallorca! It´s amazing and then you will only have the feeling to book the next holidays also on the island.

Also good info is that not to get scared during googling things to do. On Mallorca is plenty of things and activities so just take what suits you the most and have fun!