Remove all images of Magaluf, Mallorca is so much more than that! As a fan and regular of Ibiza I should really know better than to judge a place by one area. After all, despite being put off by the White Isle for years because I associated it with Ibiza uncovered, I now know better.
Desperate for some winter sun and a few days away from the noisiness of life I wanted a few days to myself to reset and recharge. Palma, Mallorca came up in a conversation and throwing caution and negative connotations to the wind, I booked my flight and here we are.
Mallorca happens to be just over two hours away from London and is the largest of the four Balearic Islands. It has to be said, I noticed many similarities with Ibiza, not only in terms of weather but culture, vibes and wealth which I suppose comes from the Yachts docked at the Port of Puerto Port which happens to be my location for this stay.
In fact, creature of comfort I stayed in the same hotel group OD Hotels in Ibiza (OD Talamanca, Ibiza) in summer and was thoroughly impressed. OD Port Portal is ideally located walking distance to the glamourous port of Puerto Portals, (think Yachts aplenty) and is a short taxi ride away, roughly 15mins from central Palma if you want to hit the city.
What’s great though is if you are only visiting for a weekend like I was there is very little reason to leave the comfort of the hotels relaxing pool. Everything you need is on site and there’s also plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained such as Detox Yoga brunch on Saturday’s which is free for guests or there’s themed parties which take place throughout the year, including Hola Sundays – this exciting event moves around all of the OD Hotels – including its popular Swing night and closing parties. Sadly, I just missed out on this (noted for next year), but that’s probably a good thing as I wanted a more zen weekend than a party one.
Another perk for this hotel which I was unable to take advantage as a non driver but did excite me was the fact that the hotel had smart cars available (for a fee) for guests to explore further afield as well as vespa’s which is a nice touch and super convenient if you want to make a spontaneous trip further out and explore the mountains or Deia which is a lovely area I visited in a cab upon recommendation from a friend.
Rooms start from 95 Euros (£81) per night in low season and from 130 Euros (£111) per night in high season including VAT and excluding breakfast and Balearic Tourism Tax.
Other activity to enjoy at the hotel:
Flights from British Airways from around £200