Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza
The Grand Palladium Palace on the much-misunderstood Spanish island of Ibiza is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of clubbing once in a while. However, I say Ibiza is ‘misunderstood’ because it has a synonyms with drunken British clubbers, when in actual fact most of the island is unspoilt. Sleepy villages and rustic charm are more accurate descriptions of Ibiza’s attributes. If you are not into the Ibiza clubbing scene, it should not put you off staying at the Grand Palladium. Its sound proof rooms mean you can shut away the nightlife if you so desire, though it could not be described as a ‘quiet hotel’. There’s always something going on, though this partly due to the hotel’s beachfront location – a good thing for most however. A range of restaurants (including Italian and Tex Mex – you’re certainly not forced to try the local cuisine, delicious though it is) mean you can eat somewhere different every night. It’s certainly the kind of hotel where you could (though I’m not saying you should) never leave the compound. Four swimming pools, a spa, volleyball, seven tennis courts and football pitches let you do something different every day, whether you want to be active or not.
Great for: Families, those looking for an all-inclusive active holiday.
Hotel Cala San Vincente
A different experience than the Palladium, the Cala San Vincente is a boutique hotel, so you can expect something a little more personal (not that there’s anything wrong with the service at the Grand Palladium) and a little more reserved. Situated amongst the Mallorcan countryside, with views over the sea, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location. With a ‘no under 16’s’ policy this is a hotel aimed mainly at couples looking to relax in the peace and quiet of Mallorca. Food is sophisticated (no Tex Mex here) with special praise going to the breakfasts (real freshly squeezed orange juice). Those looking for a nightspot will struggle, with the only real action to be had from an Irish bar near the hotel. Activities-wise, there is good hiking in the area, with the hotel offering guides to take you along the best trails – great for answering questions on the wildlife and landscape. There’s also tennis and a swimming pool for those who don’t want to venture out.
Great for: Couples looking for beautiful scenery
Aguas De Ibiza
We return to Ibiza to look at the Aguas De Ibiza – a very different Ibiza hotel compared to the Grand Palace. Rooms are designed with Feng Shui in mind, and are designed to have all the modern conveniences – bedside buttons that automatically open the curtains do make you think that you’re in the future. Private balconies with outdoor Jacuzzis really add to the feeling of luxury. A spa and fitness centre let you relax, keep in shape, or both if that’s what you’re into. Food is good, especially the desserts and the large range of fresh fruits at breakfast. The real jewel in the Aguas De Ibiza’s crown is its rooftop bar, which includes a swimming pool in the centre (in addition to the other two pools the hotel offers). Designer furniture throughout, along with two designer fashion boutiques within the hotel do add a little to the glamour of the place. It’s position means it’s away from the main nightclub area of Ibiza, so it’s a little quieter and would suit somebody who wants the best of both worlds.
Great for: Couples who want to see beauty of Ibiza without the clubbing
Melia Cala D’Or Boutique Hotel
A part of the Cala D’Or Beach resort in Majorca, this boutique hotel features Turkish baths and massage facilities, as well as being close to the world class golf course Vall d’Or. While not a seafront location, it is a short walk to the beach where you can dip your toes in the Mediterranean Sea. The outdoor and indoor heated pools and hot tubs, including a specific children’s pool make it a good family location – childcare is also offered by the hotel. Food is mainly Mediterranean, with some international dishes. The main hotel restaurant, Es Laut, is Michelin recommended and is run by head chef Alvero Zapata. Activity wise, there’s plenty to do (which fits in well with the family aspect of this hotel). You can rent bikes from the hotel to explore the mountain area, as well as boat trips, pedalo hire and water sports.
Good for: Families looking for a mix of activities and luxury
Author: Natalie Adamson works for Six Star Holidays, a luxury travel company in the UK. She likes nothing more than going onluxury Spanish holidays and staying in 5 star hotels!