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Majorca, Spain

Synonymous with glamorous parties and fabulous beaches, the Balearic Islands sit on the Mediterranean side Spain and includes some of the most popular locales frequented by Europe’s rich and famous. The most notable islands in the archipelago are Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera with Majorca being the largest. More than a mecca of luxury, the island itself is stunningly picturesque with its stretches of white sandy beaches that melt into turquoise waters.

Over the years, artists have flocked to Majorca for inspiration and respite. Greats like Chopin, George Sand, Jorge Luis Borges, and Camilo José Cela draw from the natural beauty and vibrancy held within its shores. Palma, the island’s largest city, is host to a handful of vibrant nightclubs, restaurants, and museums to visit. Just off the larger urban city center lies Portals Nous, quietly secluded on a near-private beach but still close enough the city’s vibrancy. Its glittering charm still inspires a bit of awe in travelers.

 

The tastes of the Balearic

The cuisines of the Balearic Islands are not unfamiliar to the mainland’s cuisine, borrowing heavily from its Mediterranean surroundings. Fresh meats and coastal fishes accompanied by fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, and potatoes are what make up some of Majorca’s most definitive dishes. Things like frit mallorquín (pig organ meat with potatoes) or trampó (a pico de gallo-esque salad of fresh tomatoes, red pepper, and onion) embody Majorca, but many menus across the island feature a mix of Balearic dishes like Ibiza’s bullit de peix, and Menorca’s lobster soup. One staple across all of the islands is pamboli, at its simplest it’s just bread with virgin olive oil, but it can also be topped with any number of items such as the local ramallet tomato and camaiot (a type of Balearic sausage), or Mahón cheese. Desserts are not to be missed, like the ensaimada (a delicate pastry spiral made with flour, confectioner's sugar, and lard) or a piece of gató (a classic almond cake). Even more simply than the cuisines are the many ingredients specific to the area—like the tomatoes, almonds, peppers, and wild mushrooms—that Majorcans celebrate the bounties of in autumn and spring. Majorcan liquors, like Palo (an herb infused apertif), and wines from Binnissalem round out the gastronomic experience.

 

The sights of Majorca

Dive into the glittering warm waters of the Mediterranean or explore the rich history of the island, either way travelers are treated to something special. The Majorcan coast is dotted with inlets and ports, providing nearly 20,000 docks in the main towns around the island. Sailing is one the most popular water activity, even hosting a few maritime competitions like the prestigious Copa del Rey Sailing Competition, an annual event originating in Palma's port. Plenty of travelers and locals alike can’t deny the magnetism of the Mediterranean's pristine waters and their ideal conditions for scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, and a host of other aquatic adventures. In the city centers, cycling the island is an eco-friendly and ambitious way to explore the sites and take in the differing terrains. Hiking Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rewards travelers with breathtaking views of the island. Serra de Llevant can be seen to the east, the marinas to the south, and the central plains to the north. If travel by horse sounds more enticing, equestrian enthusiasts can visit one of the island’s horseback riding centers, or take a guided tour upon the lovely beaches or expansive fields of the isle.

 

The luxuries of Portals Nous

In the popular district of Calvià, overlooking a marina harboring one incredible yacht after another, lies Portals Nous. As one of the most exclusive and luxurious areas in Majorca, the Grand Hotel Portals Nous feels right at home in this quiet cove offering guests near-private beachfront access and a level of elegance that matches the glamor of Portal Nous itself.

 

The best time to go

The Mediterranean sun shines on average 300 days in the year around the coasts of Majorca, but the temperatures are most ideal during the spring and fall.

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Country Spain

Capital City Madrid

Time zone GMT+2

Currency Euro

Language Spanish

Meet the Grand Hotel Portals Nous

An oasis within an oasis, this Majorcan jewel is just steps away from the intimate La Calita beach in Portals Nous, and miles away from boring. It’s a delight for all the senses from beginning to end with its sophisticated interiors, tantalizing dining experiences, and stunning views.

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Pampered in Portals Nous

Step off the beach and into a wellness center unlike any hotel spa in Majorca. A veritable treat for all the senses to help guests drift off into a dreamlike state. Achieve total relaxation by selecting any number of massage treatments offered by our professionally trained therapists. A detoxifying soak in the one of the hydrotherapy pools or perhaps a rejuvenating bespoke beauty treatments to ease the mind and feel at home in paradise.

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Grand experiences in Portals Nous

Immersed in the historic metropolis of Palma, the Grand Hotel Portals Nous takes full advantage of its beachfront vistas and upscale location in this extraordinary piece of paradise. Should guests want to charter a jet or a yacht, the hotel’s Guest Experience Services team are there to do just that. A beacon to refined travelers, the hotel was designed by famed Danish designer Marcel Wanders and intended to scintillate all of the senses. Savor the infinite flavors of the world-class cuisines and feel every knot just melt away at the hands of qualified professional massage therapists. Hear the mesmerizing crash of waves or get swept away by the hotel’s butlers, meticulously trained by The British Butlers Guild, to offer guests an innumerable amount of recommendations to elevate their experience. Combining the premium amenities of a 5-star luxury resort with the exceptional guest services of a boutique hotel, the Grand Hotel Portals Nous delivers an unforgettable stay in the glamorous Balearic Islands.

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Grand Hotel Portals Nous, Spain

Just a short walk from Cala Portals on the island of Majorca you’ll find the Grand Hotel Portal Nous, an adults only hotel designed by the renowned Dutch artist Marcel Wanders.

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Majorca’s finest beaches

Known to locals as the Portals Nous beach, but officially named L’Oratori beach, is but a piece of the paradise Majorca has to offer. The main bathing belt in the area are Cala Bendinat, a small cove with clear waters, and Blanes beach which stretches nearly 150 ft. If going where tourists rarely go, then Cala Oli is the place. A 65 ft cove fill only accessible by barge or kayak. On the completely opposite spectrum lies Ses Penyes Roges beach, a sand and gravel beach west of Portals Nous with full range of services available.

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Golfing in Majorca

Real Golf de Bendinat Golf Club

Designed by Martin Hawtree in 1986, this course cradled in the valley of the gorgeous Bendinant Urbanization near Palma offers captivating views of the Mediterranean and unique course features compliments of the natural landscape. Perfect for all levels, the 18-hole course offers a series of challenges like narrow fairways and rolling mounds. Lessons and equipment available to guests, as well as a post-game retreat in the Club house.

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