LWSY Springtime Seclusion at The Park Hyatt Mallorca
First timers to Mallorca are spoilt for choice. Tell anyone you’re going and you’ll always be offered a couple of recommendations. Whether it’s a pretty little cafe in Palma or a beach club hotel to the west of the island. My first visit to Mallorca earlier this February made for a pretty beautiful long weekend. We left Paris mid afternoon on the Thursday and arrived at our hotel the Park Hyatt Mallorca at the perfect apero hour a few hours later. We were greeted at the luggage carousel by a hotel representative who escorted us to our driver for the 45 minute drive towards the coast on the east side of the island.
The Park Hyatt Mallorca opened just last summer, a purpose built resort nestled in the beautiful Canyamel valley. The hotel has been modelled on a traditional Mallorquin hilltop village, with its own village square, the heart of the hotel. From here you can peel off to the pool, the gym, restaurants, cafe and bar.
Although we were staying off season (who says Mallorca is just for the summer months?) the days were warm and beautifully sun filled, with the usual spring time evening chill which is to be expected in early February.
We checked into our Park Hyatt style large Park Suite just a couple of minutes walk from the village square (a golf buggy will take you if your legs can’t). Our suite had a huge walk in wardrobe, en-suite, separate loo & bath/shower room. Bottega Venetta bathroom amenities on tap, Carrara marble everything and more towels than I knew what to do with.
The mini bar was a curious affair to us. Plenty to drink on the spirits/soft variety, but the hotel has a policy of no in-room bar snacks which miffed me arriving at 8pm and ravenous. I must admit I also hate seeing an empty ice-bucket. The resort was filled with so many lemon trees I thought it might have been a charming touch to leave a lemon by the bar for our g&t’s. Huge TV, Bose dock, desk space, a large sofa and armchair for anyone wanting some in-room quiet time. Our Suite opened onto a beautiful private terrace overlooking the resort, the perfect siesta spot we thought with that giant sofa and armchair.
As the evening fell we strolled down to the Tapas Bar, our favourite restaurant throughout our stay. You can view the other restaurant options here. We were talked through the menu as we sipped a cocktail in the bar and offered a couple of plates of local charcuterie and cheeses before we moved into the restaurant. The design is absolutely charming here, I was so enamoured with the artworks too. The restaurant was the perfect size for the 8 or so couples in the restaurant to feel comfortable and amongst other off season guests. During the winter season the hotels Asia restaurant remains closed and terraces too which are still a little chilly to enjoy. I imagine in the summer the hotel is bustling with families and couples on every restaurant terrace in the hotel.
We found ourselves up at the bar on two of our three nights here. Right in the action watching the chefs prepare each dish using the log burning open oven behind them. We chose each plate by sight on both nights, just picking and choosing as we went along. Seared tuna, Spanish croquetas, local wines and the the most wonderful Spanish staff who really made a notable addition to our experience here.
The morning light from our room
We woke early with the morning light streaming through our windows, and were both in the gym by 9am after a quick coffee on our terrace. I rewarded myself with a healthy breakfast in Balearic after, the second of the four restaurants at the resort before spending the rest of the morning in the Serenitas Spa.
The walk from breakfast through the village square to the Serenitas Spa below
Step inside and you are immediately hit with the warm aromas of the islands two favourite herbs, rosemary and lavender. Ever had a four handed massage on a warmed crystal quartz bed? Me neither but I can’t wait until I visit another spa which has the same.
The warm sand is said to alleviate pain, encourage circulation, release tight muscles and promote deep relaxation. The last one it definitely did! It was like stepping off a cloud after the 90 minutes.
We ventured into the local town of Artà by taxi for lunch. Most of the small town was closed but it didn’t stop us from finding a beautiful restaurant Sa Grípia before an afternoon of strolling around and heading up the hill for some rooftop views.
We arrived back at the hotel in time for sunset. Dinner for our second night was at Balearic, the same restaurant where we had breakfast. Most of the ingredients here come from local fishing ports and farmers on the island.
We had plans to visit Palma for the day the following morning, about an hour+ from where we were. The hotel arranged for a driver to drop us off in the heart of Palma and collect us mid afternoon, it was the perfect sunny Saturday to explore beautiful Palma, a separate post coming soon on our day there.
So what did we really think of the hotel? My lasting memories are of the incredible food, the relaxing atmosphere and the beautiful spa. Not quite warm enough to enjoy the pool, but I can imagine if you are a family or a couple with a young babe this hotel would be perfect in the summer months. There are so many terraces that even if you dined at the same restaurant a few times in the same week it wouldn’t feel repetitive with the beautiful views. The Park Hyatt Group have exacting standards, you know you’re going to get great beds and linens, the hotel is so new everything is spotless. So many of the staff are local to the area so you get a real insight into the island if you fancy chatting away one evening.
I would advise renting a car when coming here, you’re far from the action, but maybe that’s your idea of a quiet break. I left on our last day wanting to explore so much more of the island. So the hotel obviously did a great job in inducting us to Mallorca for the first time.
With thanks to GrifCo PR & Cristina at the Park Hyatt Mallorca for a wonderful stay.
To book your own holiday at the hotel just click here.
LWSY April 2017