THE FAB FOUR MAJORCA RE­SORTS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION EUROPE - BEN CLATWORTHY, TOM CHESSYRE

HO­TEL BONSOL: This fam­ily-friendly, sporty ho­tel is 8km from Palma, cap­i­tal of the is­land of Majorca in the Ba­le­riac group, and comes with a dear lit­tle beach reached via sub-trop­i­cal, treefilled gar­dens. Sun-loungers are ar­ranged on ter­races over­look­ing the beach and calm, turquoise water fac­ing the Bay of Palma. There are two swimming pools and a spa with a ham­mam and well­ness fo­cus, such as phys­io­ther­apy treat­ments, plus two ten­nis courts, squash court and an area for play­ing petanque. Gue­strooms and suites are sim­ply dec­o­rated but well laid out; hotel­bon­sol.es. IBEROSTAR GRAND HO­TEL: The lit­tle sandy beach on a stretch of coast near Palma will have a new ad­di­tion this month: an avant-garde, arty ho­tel cre­ated by the renowned Dutch in­te­rior de­signer Mar­cel Wan­ders. Iberostar Grand Ho­tel Por­tals Nous coats a spaceage, cave-like spa and gue­strooms with strik­ing mod­ern art. The ho­tel hopes to at­tract the su­per-yacht set that gath­ers at the nearby Puerto Por­tals ma­rina. The hip cock­tail bar over­looks the water. It’s adults-only (two of the more risque suites have round beds and ceil­ing mir­rors); iberostar.com/en. CAP ROCAT: Nes­tled in a se­cluded port of the Bay of Palma, this for­mer 19th-cen­tury mil­i­tary fortress has been trans­formed into a se­ri­ously cool and chic ho­tel, with a small pri­vate beach over­look­ing the bay. Spend days flopped on one of the hand­ful of sun­loungers, be­fore re­treat­ing to the fortress at sun­set. Dine by one of the in­fin­ity pools. Check into one of the Sen­tinel Suites, which are hid­den in the rock, on the edge of cliffs; each has a pri­vate pool and un­ob­scured water views. It re­opened for the spring­sum­mer sea­son on March 15; cap­ro­cat.com. ROYAL HIDE­AWAY FORMENTOR: At the foot of the Cap de Formentor penin­sula, a UNESCO World Her­itage site, the five-star Royal Hide­way sits at the heart of a 1200ha pri­vate es­tate, with direct ac­cess to Formentor Beach, which has blue flag sta­tus (clean, safe). A hotspot for the A-list set in days gone by — Au­drey Hep­burn, Char­lie Chap­lin and Win­ston Churchill — the ho­tel has a good-sized swimming pool flanked by palm trees and sun-loungers, plus six restau­rants. The beach be­comes very crowded, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing school hol­i­days; barcelo­for­men­tor.com.

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Ho­tel Bonsol, far left; Sen­tinels Suite, Cap Rocat, above cen­tre; pool ca­bana at Royal Hide­away Formentor, above; gue­stroom at Iberostar Grand Ho­tel Por­tals Nous, left

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