Myth buster

Ma­jorca seems to have long shed its pack­age hol­i­day im­age, and the st. regis Mar­davall is a great ex­am­ple of the is­land’s lux­ury of­fer­ings

Virtuozity - - Destination -

The im­pos­ing gates of The st. Regis mar­davall on the beau­ti­ful span­ish is­land of ma­jorca speak more of a wealthy landowner’s ha­cienda than a lux­ury ho­tel, but that’s the key to the charm of this lovely ho­tel, which sits just out­side of the is­land’s cap­i­tal, palma.

framed by the Tra­muntana moun­tains, the lux­u­ri­ous ma­rina of puerto por­tals and the mediterranean sea, the st. Regis mar­davall neatly avoids the hus­tle and bus­tle of the big­gest pop­u­la­tion cen­tre on mallorca, as well as the hordes of tourists that de­scend on the is­land over the sum­mer months.

ma­jorca has an un­fair im­age of a pack­age tour mag­net, full of english and ger­man tourists, keen to avoid leav­ing their home coun­try com­forts. and just like any hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, there is an el­e­ment of that if you choose the wrong lo­ca­tion. But ma­jorca has much more to it than just pack­age beach hol­i­days.

out­side of peak sea­son the is­land is a mag­net for cy­clists, with many of the world’s top teams us­ing its un­du­lat­ing

much keep­ing with the ho­tel’s high-end decor found in the pub­lic spa­ces.

You can then work your way up via fam­ily rooms, and sea view rooms to the Mar­davall Di­a­mond Suite, which fea­tures 117 square me­tres of mag­nif­i­cent dé­cor and hand-made fur­ni­ture. This spa­cious one-bed­room suite comes with a 38 square me­tre out­door ter­race, fea­tur­ing a pri­vate Jacuzzi over­look­ing the Mediterranean Sea. It also in­cludes a but­ler from the ho­tel’s St. Regis but­ler ser­vice.

Spa lovers can pam­per them­selves at the ho­tel’s Ara­bella spa. At 4,700 m² it’s one of Europe’s big­gest spa fa­cil­i­ties. The spa uses Niance treat­ments from Switzer­land, who spe­cialise in de­vel­op­ing lux­ury anti-ag­ing skin-care prod­ucts.

For culi­nary fans, the St. Regis doesn’t dis­ap­point. The star of the show is Es Fum,

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