Destination of the Month - Experience Majorca
Located off the east coast of mainland Spain, Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and can be reached from the majority of UK airports within 2 ½ hours. Boasting a coastline of 550km, Majorca is home to an array of beautiful white-sand beaches and benefits from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. This, coupled with a mild climate makes Majorca an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday, no matter the time of year.
With isolated beaches, fashionable Spanish towns and elegant hotels, Majorca has plenty to explore and there is much more to this wonderful island than first meets the eye...
The island has a diverse landscape with the west coast of the island dominated by the dramatic Serra de Tramuntana mountain range which is perfect for keen mountain hikers. With a variety of different routes to navigate, all ages and abilities will be able to find a walking trail to suit and will be rewarded with beautiful scenery and stunning views.
Due to its location in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Majorca is the ideal destination from which to enjoy a variety of different water sports. From scuba diving and water- skiing, to windsurfing and pedal boating, there are plenty of activities available.
However, if it is sailing that floats your boat then you won't be disappointed either. Home to over forty-one marinas, there are plenty of opportunities to go sailing in Majorca. If you're visiting the island in September, be sure to check out the annual Rei en Jaume festival that celebrates the successful landing and conquering of the Moors in Mallorca by King Jaime I in 1229.
Majorca's beaches are plentiful and you will be spoilt for choice with over 550km of beautiful coastline to choose from. The central Alcudia Beach boasts six miles of pristine white sand, fringed with palm trees that provide much needed shade from the midday sun.
Those who seek seclusion should visit the coves that make up Cala d'Or in the south-east of the island. The largest beach is only 40m wide but they make up for their size with their unarguable beauty. The Cala Serena is a particularly stunning retreat, with impossibly clear waters to enjoy.
Travel up the coast from Cala d'Or and you'll reach the beaches at Calas de Mallorca. The Cala Domingos Gran is the largest beach in the area and the promenade along the headland affords spectacular views out to the Mediterranean.
Visit the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful and historic city where you'll discover examples of the local architecture; experience the capital's culture; and indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (La Seu) is located within the city and is a spectacular example of 14th Century Catalan Gothic architecture. Opposite the Cathedral is the Royal Palace of La Almudaina - the city's Alcázar (fortified palace). Having been built as an Arabian Fort, it was claimed as the official royal residence in the early 14th century. The royal family currently use the palace for ceremonies and State receptions. Visit the palace and you'll be rewarded with commanding views across the Bay of Palma.
Travel just 3km from the centre of Palma to Bellver Castle. Situated on a hill, this Gothic castle was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe.
Leave Palma behind and journey east to Porto Cristo where you can explore the Coves del Drach (Dragon Caves). At 25m deep and 2.4km in length, the four great caves ( Black Cave, White Cave, Cave of Luis Salvador and Cave of the French), make for an atmospheric and exciting day out.
Pork and vegetables are staple ingredients in the Majorcan diet and will be found in various guises on menus across the island.
Botifarra or butifarra is a popular sausage made from cured pork and blood from the animal. However it is the Sobrasada sausage, made from minced pork with red pepper, which is the local speciality. This soft-textured sausage is protected by the designation Sobrasada de Mallorca and is orange in colour due to the paprika used to make it.
Vegetarians are also well catered for in Majorca and should try the tumbet, a sliced and layered vegetable dish made from aubergine, peppers and potatoes.
Finally, when it comes to dessert you must try the ensaimada, a traditional Majorcan pastry in the shape of a spiral and made with lard.
The Pollentia Club Resort is a superb, self-contained complex just four kilometres from Puerto Pollensa. With fantastic facilities the hotel is ideal for sports enthusiasts; there is a full programme of organised activities during the day including volleyball, tennis, archery, squash, horse riding and watersports. Children will also be kept fully entertained at the large kid's clubs, which are available for ages 1-12 years. The hotel's two large swimming pools are surrounded by comfortable sunbeds and tropical palm trees that provide welcome shade, and two pool bars are on hand to offer refreshing drinks. Guest rooms are attractively furnished in a bright, modern style with views of the gardens, mountain or sea.
Iberostar Playa de Muro Village boasts a prime location in the exclusive area of Playa de Muro in Alcudia Bay. The hotel is surrounded by pine forests and is directly on the beach. This fantastic location means you are only 100 metres away from the local shops, restaurants and bars of Playa de Muro.
Well-equipped Family Suites have recently been refurbished and are modern with a minimalist feel, and with a separate lounge area with two sofa beds, families will feel at home in these spacious suites.
The hotel grounds are home to an array of swimming pools (including three just for children), extensive gardens and inviting sun terraces. Whilst the children are enjoying a day at the mini club, adults can relax and feel pampered at the Thai Zen Spa centre. Dining options are endless at the Iberostar Playa de Muro Village, with a choice of buffet and à la carte restaurants.
Located on the picturesque, unspoilt and rugged north west coast of Majorca, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa brings a new and unrivalled luxury to this beautiful Balearic island. It goes without saying that from its clifftop location there are spectacular sea views; you might be surprised though by the magnificent mountain vistas that this corner of the island affords. Be sure to venture out and explore pretty Port Soller with its soft sand beaches and typical local bars, shops and restaurants. The resort itself may prove hard to leave, however, with its huge signature spa, several bars, restaurants and pools and relaxation areas.
The Hotel Illa d'Or, synthesising tradition and elegance, has become part of the history of Majorcan tourism. The hotel is a long-time favourite with Sovereign customers, due to its friendly and informal atmosphere, which creates a sanctuary from the bustle of everyday life and an instinctive desire to return. Illa d'Or is family owned, offering friendly service with a very personal touch, and is one of the few hotels in Majorca to be granted the Calidad Turística's prestigious mark of quality for excellent customer service. It has kept up with the times, offering all the modern services and facilities expected of a hotel of this standard.
The hotel occupies an idyllic and peaceful seafront setting, looking out across the bay of Pollensa, and is just 1.5km from the resort of Puerto Pollensa, with its good choice of shops, bars and restaurants, which offer a wide range of cuisine. There is a small beach and jetty in front of the hotel, while the main sandy public beach is just 1.5km further along the coast. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished in traditional style and vary in size due to the age and individual nature of this hotel.
The wonderfully-appointed Viva Mallorca Aparthotel is situated in the small resort of Ca'n Picafort, only 450 metres from the beach. Set within beautiful landscaped gardens, this unique terracotta village is traditional in design, with a hint of contemporary style in the interior décor.
The buffet restaurant, Caprice, offers a morning treat of varied Continental breakfast and, for an informal lunch, you can dine on the terrace of La Palapa, with its views over the pool. This well-run and friendly hotel is superb for those wanting family relaxation and some entertainment. Adults can unwind in a hammock, surrounded by the gardens, while children are fully occupied with the hotel's mini club, entertainment and sports programme.
The unique Gran Hotel Son Net is a 17th Century Finca, which has been lovingly restored into an elegant retreat. Natural stone floors and ancient rustic beams are combined with traditional décor. The restaurant features a period olive oil press as a centrepiece, and uses fresh ingredients from the hotel vegetable garden as well as wine produced by the hotels own vineyard.
The hotel lies on a small tree-lined hill in the middle of the Tramuntana mountain range, and the swimming pool offers spectacular views of the village of Puigpunyent and the surrounding mountains. You can even enjoy an afternoon drink at the pool bar under the shade of a 500-year-old cypress tree.
Reads Hotel & Spa is situated close to the picturesque small town of Santa Maria and a 15 minute drive from Palma. This converted manor house has its own extensive gardens and vineyard, creating a real haven away from it all. Guest rooms are all individual (in keeping with the old building) and can offer views of the olive groves and almond trees with the Tramuntana mountains an ever present and spectacular back drop.
Ideal for solo travellers, Reads Hotel & Spa creates a very sociable atmosphere based around the wonderful pool, well-equipped spa and wonderful restaurants. This fantastic hotel is unlike any other and its eclectic character creates a unique charm. Reads also takes great pride in its food offering The Blues Brasserie with a range of classic dishes from around the globe. The Chef's Table, set in the heart of the kitchen allows guests to experience the atmosphere of a working kitchen. Meet the team of Chef's and watch the action.
Set amongst acres of scented olive and citrus groves, Belmond La Residencia offers exceptional views over the picturesque village of Deya. The hotel was created from two private manor houses and features an art collection with pieces from over 85 local artists. Every guest room offers you the very best of modern luxury. The El Olivo restaurant, housed in a refurbished 16th century olive press, is considered one of the island's finest. It offers an impressive wine list and flickering candles provide the most romantic setting. The hotel also boasts a spa with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and six treatment rooms.
The Castell Son Claret is a converted 18th century manor house set in beautiful grounds near Es Capella close to the Tramuntana Mountains.
With just 38 beautifully decorated rooms and suites in manor, houses and stables with large gardens and grounds you can be assured of a relaxing and peaceful Majorcan escape.
The hotel boasts two restaurants, including one Zaranda which has a Michelin star and an on-site bakery giving you treats straight from the oven.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, spa and sporting facilities and guests can cycle or walk around the extensive grounds.
Beautifully situated with views across the Mediterranean Sea, The St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort combines a superb location with elegance, luxury and fine service for a wonderfully relaxing stay.
Space, privacy and calm epitomise the St Regis Maradavall; superb design and planning means the kid's club does not impinge on the many wonderfully relaxing, private spaces created in the grounds and the large 'Arabella Spa' is a fantastic place to rejuvenate. Indulge in one of the many treatments on offer or simply unwind by the three-level outdoor pool.
For golf enthusiasts the hotel operates a free shuttle to four of Spain's most scenic golf courses. Each of the guest rooms are spacious and well appointed, with a range of modern conveniences. As night falls, retire to one of the hotels exquisite restaurants or venture out to the exclusive marina of Puerto Portals just one kilometre away, with its many boutiques and upmarket bars and restaurants.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.