The Handbook
The Handbook

The more academically minded among our readers will no doubt be aware that we’re on the edge of an important cultural moment, just as 1565 is noted as the year Shakespeare was born and 1802 the spring that Wordsworth admired his daffodils, 2019 is the year of Love Island Season 5.

Say what you like about who mugged off who and who was pied by who, we’d all fancy a few weeks off, lying back on a Majorcan sun lounger give or take the TOWIE wannabes strutting their stuff around you. Well, maybe you can? Majorca is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations and it’s not just for the likes of Jack and Dani, in fact there’s a range of places to stay that even the most prudish Love Island hater can get on board with. Here’s a selection…

Son Brull Hotel & Spa

No Monkey Business

Out with the monks and in with the luxury. Son Brull Hotel & Spa is an eighteenth century Jesuit monastery transformed into a luxury spa and hotel. The Relais & Châteaux property is set at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains and close to the beaches of the Formentor Peninsula and picturesque village of Pollensa. In true Relais & Châteaux style the hotel is super-luxe with contemporary rooms, luxury spa and restaurant, 3\65, so called after the local nickname for Son Brull, ‘the building with 365 windows’.

Where: Ctra. Palma -Puerto Pollença, Km. 50, 07460 Pollença, Islas Baleares, Spain

Hotel Pleta de Mar

Two Infinity Pools

Hot off the press, Hotel Pleta de Mar arrived on Majorca last year and combines luxury accommodation with wine and golf, basically all the best things in life. Oh, and throw into the mix not one but two infinity pools (you know our weakness for an infinity pool) and you’ve got the whole package! Set within easy reach of four excellent golf courses the hotel overlooks the sea and has its own private beach. Not that you’ll want to leave the luxurious surroundings of the hotel, with its grill restaurant and sumptuous interiors.

Where: Via de les cales s/n, Canyamel, 07580 Capdepera, Islas Baleares, Spain

Cap Rocat

Fort And Fortune

You can’t fail to be wowed by Cap Rocat. A former military fortress, it blends into the landscape with a commanding position overlooking the bay of Palma. Thankfully that’s where the military connection ends, inside it’s not bunk beds and 6am roll-calls, but a fully refurbished luxury hotel thanks to Antonio Obrador who has expertly converted the glorious building. Relax on a sun lounger placed in a former gun emplacement, swim in the infinity pool built into the castle walls or enjoy the delights of chef Víctor García’s La Fortaleza restaurant.

Where: Ctra. d'enderrocat, s/n, 07609 Cala Blava-Llucmajor, Islas Baleares, Spain

Sant Francesc Hotel Singular

Rooftop to die for

Set in the heart of historic Palma, Hotel Sant Francesc is a restored 19th century mansion, former home of the Alomar Femenia family and comes complete with frescos and mouldings of the neoclassical style. Of course, none of that matters when you’re sat by the rooftop pool, cocktail in hand admiring the view. The 42 rooms are stunning and unique, just as you’d expect from a carefully restored townhouse. You can eat at the sushi bar on the roof or the restaurant Quadrat downstairs, serving high quality Mediterranean fare.

Where: Plaça de Sant Francesc, 5, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

Hotel Son Jaumell

Rural tranquility

The rural setting of Son Jaumell allows guests to enjoy nature and tranquility within the grand confines of this 400 year old estate. Located in the Mallorcan countryside just outside Capdepera, you’re in easy reach of the beach (I’m a poet…). But with the sun terrace and beach plus Senzill restaurant providing the flavours of Majorca, provided not least through the 3,000 square metres of garden (an odd measurement, works out at around an acre, we think) then there’s little reason to venture more further than the pool.

Where: Cala Mesquida, Km 1, 07580 Capdepera, Illes Balears, Spain

Hotel Ca's Xorc

Mountain retreat

Tucked into the Sóller mountains, this forma finca boasts a cliff-edge infinity pool, a number of terraces with breath-taking views and a selection of stunning rooms and cottages for guests in this rural retreat. Truly boutique, the hotel also has an excellent menu within a former oil mill with panoramic views.