Spa hotels and a golf course with a forest backdrop
Cas Catala is the lesser-known neighbour of Illetes – an exclusive holiday town just west of Palma. This area had its heyday in the 1950s, hosting Hollywood stars like Errol Flynn and Rita Hayworth. These days, it’s a coveted neighbourhood that serves up adults-only hotels and spa retreats along a wandering coastline. A parade of shops marks the entrance to the beach – a tiny slip of sand with a seafood café.
Away from the coast, leafy suburban streets meander uphill, serving up pristine apartments and manicured villas. You’ll find the rolling greens of Bendinat Golf Club (Real Golf de Bendinat) back here, along with a craggy line of cliffs that act as a honeypot for rock climbers.
When it comes to location, Cas Catala is really well-placed. You can drive west towards nearby beach towns like Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova and Costa d’en Blanes. Or travel 20 minutes east – that way lies Cala Major and the golden island capital, Palma.
Flight time from the UK to Majorca is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Cas Catala is around 20 minutes' drive from Palma Airport.
Majorca starts warming up for summer around April, when the mercury climbs into the 20s and doesn’t stop until around July, which can top 30°C. You’re looking at around 11 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer, with bath-like sea temperatures. Things won’t cool off until October, which still hovers in the low to mid 20s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.