Hotels in Mallorca
Famous for its bars, restaurants and white sands, the town of Magalluf on Mallorca’s southern coast is a popular summer location for golfers seeking lively and excellent nightlife. A large number of businesses catering specifically for British tourists means that Magalluf is far from being a traditional Mallorcan town, but this does guarantee that familiar food and drink are readily available.
This popular destination for golfers is the capital city of Mallorca and is just 8km from the airport. It has a bustling atmosphere that oozes Spanish charm. The modern blend of hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife combines well with the old historic Palma. The old town boasts narrow, winding streets and magnificent gothic architecture - including the cathedral that overlooks the sparkling waterfront and marina. This lively, cosmopolitan city has plenty to offer golfers of any age, especially those interested in seeing some of Palma's amazing sights.
Santa Ponsa is located on Mallorca’s south-west coast, and is the third most popular resort with British golfers after Magalluf and Palmanova.
Santa Ponsa is a seasonal resort usually opening in April and closing in October. Over the years it has become a popular choice with golfers from both Ireland and Scotland and there are plenty of bars where golfers from these countries will get a friendly welcome.
Nightlife in Santa Ponsa used to centre almost exclusively around ‘The Square’ with live bands playing almost every night. Bands still play there regularly and the area is still popular, but with the growth of Spanish, Italian, Greek and Chinese restaurants in the heart of Santa Ponsa, many golfers choose to have a good meal in the centre of the town and then head to one of the many nearby bars.
Portals Nous consists of a small town, and a stunning harbour area, primed with bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect destination for golfers who need the close proximity of the island’s southern golf courses, and who are looking for an affordable yet more exclusive style of resort.
The town of Portals Nous is home to local Spanish people, as well as a thriving expat community, so British bars sit side by side with Spanish restaurants serving superb home-made cuisine.
If you’re looking for something a little bit special, then head down to the glitzy marina, which is where the millionaires moor their luxury yachts. When you’re not celebrity spotting there are bars and restaurants to suit all budgets, serving tapas, sushi, pizzas and the finest steaks and seafood in one of Mallorca’s Michelin star restaurants. The atmosphere is chic and sophisticated, but Magalluf and Palmanova are only 5 to 10 minutes away by taxi if you feel like going for a birdie!
Ca's Saboners (3 key) |
Fergus Tobago (3 star) |
Roc Portonova Apartments (3
Rosa del Mar (3 star)
Sol Lunamar (3 key) | Sol Mirlos Tordos (3 star) | TRH Palmanova (3 star) | TRH Torrenova (3 star)
Palmanova and Magalluf have both grown dramatically since the first tourists arrived in Mallorca, and now it’s almost impossible to tell where the dividing line is between the two resorts. The key difference is that there are no clubs in Palmanova – so you’ll need to head over to Magalluf if you’re looking for a boogie!
Palmanova has a superb choice of restaurants offering a wide choice of cuisine. There’s a good choice of bars too! Palmanova is the perfect choice if you want to be close to the heart of the action, but not right in the middle of it.
Take a 5 to 10 minute stroll out of Palmanova heading away from Magalluf, and you will find yourself in a largely residential area called Son Caliu. The pace of life is quieter here, although you will find a couple of good bars, and an excellent Mallorcan restaurant nearby.
Illetas and Cala Mayor are two contrasting yet mainly residential resorts which are located almost side by side.
Illetas is the more upmarket of the two resorts, and is a rocky headland populated with hotels, many of which have stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst one or two exclusive bar / restaurants have opened here in recent years, this resort is ideal if you’re happy with your own company in the evenings, or if you don’t mind getting in a taxi to make the short journey to the nearest bar, club or restaurant.
Cala Mayor, on the other hand, is almost an extension to the city of Palma itself. The benefit of staying here is that the city centre is only a short and inexpensive taxi-ride away, but the hotels are more reasonably priced. There are some bars and restaurants to be found, but any drinking companions you meet here are more likely to be familiar with the rules of mini-golf than the R & A.
Ca'n Pastilla and Playa de Palma are the two closest resorts to Palma’s International airport, and can be reached by car in between 10 to 15 minutes.
Ca'n Pastilla is the smaller and closer of the two resorts, and consist of little more than a few hotels, bars and restaurants, and a tiny harbour. It has got a lot of local charm, and is a popular place for expatriates to live. Its close proximity to Palma makes it a good choice for golfers wanting to experience the bright lights of Palma by night, but who also want to be close to the seaside during the day.
Playa de Palma is adjacent to Ca'n Pastilla and is known for its 5km long sandy beach. The vast majority of visitors to Playa de Palma are German tourists, so the resort’s bars and restaurants tend to be heavily influenced by this market.
Port d'Andratx is one of Mallorca's smallest and most stylish resorts. Its location in the far south-west corner of the island means that it is overlooked by many of Mallorca's tourists, and as a result of this it has become popular with film stars and other celebrities seeking privacy. Whilst some fishing still takes place from its quaint harbour, the marina is now largely filled with luxury yachts, and an excellent choice of bars and restaurants vie for position along the harbour's edge.
Cala Millor, Cala Bona and Costa de los Pinos, are located adjacent to each other on Mallorca’s north-east coast, and are the perfect location for golfers wanting to play the quieter Canyamel, Capdepera and Pula Golf Courses.
Cala Millor and Cala Bona are connected by a long beachfront promenade which at one end finishes at Cala Bona’s quaint harbour. Cala Millor is the largest of the two resorts, and has almost equal numbers of both British and other European holidaymakers. There is a great choice of bars and restaurants, although very few clubs. Cala Bona’s visitors tend to be mainly British, and the harbour area, with its bars and restaurants, is a popular choice for golfers wanting to dine on the freshest fish, or to experience typical Spanish cuisine.
If you continue north along the coast you reach Costa de los Pinos. This mainly residential area is primed with luxurious villas, and is one of the quietest developed areas on the island. However, if you stay here, you need to be aware that there are very few bars or restaurants in the area.
Our rural hotel selection aims to bring you special hotels, off the beaten track, which offer the ultimate in peace and tranquility.