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Cal Reiet
Carrer de Cal Reiet, Mallorca
Create your own retreat or join one that is already scheduled at this holistic hotel hidden in the countryside. Rural-chic rooms are elegant and effortless, immediately inspiring relaxation. It has everything you would expect from a property committed to wellness - daily yoga classes as well as a menu of organic food, most of which comes from their garden. The spa is the highlight of the place with typical offerings as well as those that are more spiritually focused, like a chakra balancing massage.
Gecko Beach Club
Ca Mari, Playa Migjorn
By far the sleekest property on the island, the Gecko Beach Club has an enviable position right on Platja Migjorn. The thirty suites designed by Mallorcan architect and designer Antonio Obrador all have private sunset terraces, and some also have individual plunge pools. The overall aesthetic is clean and modern: lots of blue accents and plenty of wood. There’s no gym or spa but the club runs a series of yoga retreats throughout the spring. Expert yogi Yiannis teaches daily classes by the beach before breakfast, and the sapphire pool is so inviting that a few laps and a walk on the beach easily trump pounding the treadmill. Pool beds and loungers are available to book by the day if you want a taste of Gecko without the full commitment.
Cap Rocat
Ctra. d'enderrocat, Mallorca
Palma’s Cap Rocat has been transformed from a nineteenth-century military fortress to a boutique hotel with just thirty suites. Designed by Mallorcan architect and designer Antonio Obrador, the restrained Moorish décor pairs beautifully with the military features, like ramparts and crenelated gates. The property is expansive, but a slew of golf carts are available to whiz you to the infinity pool, movie theater, two restaurants (try the local limited-production wines), and subterranean hammam.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
Plaça de Sant Francesc, Palma
A five-star property wrapped up in an intimate boutique hotel, the Sant Francesc is an ideal base for exploring the city of Palma. The neoclassical nineteenth-century building has been thoughtfully renovated, and modern amenities like the rooftop pool, gym, and updated guest rooms don’t overshadow the historic details. Soaring ceilings, original frescos, and crown moldings complement the neutral décor and contemporary, mostly Spanish art collection. Grab a drink in the lobby bar, which is centered around a Mallorcan courtyard, or at the rooftop pool, which transforms into a sushi lounge at night with views over the city’s many church spires. There’s a petite spa with a lengthy massage menu—try the Hawaiian-style lomi lomi nui. We did—and it was heaven.
Can Tres
Camí de Can Simonet, Sant Francesc
A short walk from Platja Migjorn, Can Tres is actually three properties—Can Aire, Can Mar, and Can Terra—melded together. Earthy tones, plenty of straw, smooth stone floors, and bright patchwork pillows are common elements throughout. We loved the integrated stone tub and shower in our Can Mar bedroom—having a sunken bath two steps from the white linen bed made the room feel so intimate and cozy. The property is ideal for a pack of friends looking for a secluded hideaway or for a multigenerational holiday. Spend the day splashing in the pool or take a short ten-minute amble down to the beach, where you’ll find Kiosko 62, a simple beach shack made for sunset drinks.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Carrer de Ses Feixes, 52, Ibiza
The Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay delivers a classic hotel experience, with the luxury turned up. We’re talking two saltwater pools, a luxe Six Senses spa, a John Frieda hair salon, and multiple restaurants—including its Japanese fusion namesake. Most of the rooms have views over Talamanca Bay, plus a contemporary, beachy vibe that’s a departure from Nobu’s usual minimalism. But what the hotel lacks in originality it makes up for with world-class amenities: rainfall showers, organic cotton bedding, and an excellent concierge. The location is ideal—right outside of Ibiza town and highly accessible to other parts of the island.
Finca Legado
Carretera de Ibiza, Santa Eulalia
Not just another farmhouse turned hotel, Finca Legado stands out thanks to the creative vision of its owner, designer Andi Lackner. A well-known event organizer from Vienna, Lackner dreamed up a countryside paradise that feels more like your own (dreamy) private home than a hotel. Lush gardens overflow with hot-pink bougainvillea, olive trees, and rosebushes. And there’s a quiet terrace hidden around almost every corner. We particularly like the pool beds: The low metal platforms are topped with cushions covered in fabrics designed by Lackner himself.
Los Enamorados
Carretera de Portinatx, Ibiza
Overlooking Portinatx harbor on the rural northern edge of Ibiza, this former hostel is the creation of ex-basketball player Pierre Traversier and Roze de Witte, a former magazine editor. Adorned with curios from around the world, Los Enamorados has a distinctly ’70s, bohemian vibe. The hotel has a stunning terrace devoted to sun worshipping by day and gin and tonics by night. Guest rooms come with snorkels, beach towels, and—in a bold move—no televisions. Ibiza is famous for its trendy boutiques, but Traversier and de Witte have created an Aladdin’s cave where you can buy international gems (like Japanese kimonos and Balinese textiles), local crafts, and pretty much everything you see in the hotel.
La Granja
Carr. de Forada, Ibiza
A tiny sign stamped with a G is the only indication you’ve arrived. Set in the rolling farmlands near San Rafael, this secluded finca has been reimagined by Design Hotels founder Claus Sendlinger into an earthy, restrained retreat that doesn’t skimp on luxury. The pool is perched on a hillside and views stretch over the fields and olive groves to San Antonio Bay. La Granja’s interior oozes cool Danish minimalism—low furniture, a navy-and-taupe palette, zero clutter, and cool concrete floors. Bathrooms are stocked with locally made oils (in dainty glass bottles), and single-use plastics are not a thing. If you can’t secure a reservation—there are only nine rooms—book chef José Catrimán’s farmer’s table dinner. The multicourse meal, served communally beneath the pine trees, celebrates the best of La Granja’s garden bounty.
Madrid
To watch a Real Madrid match in Madrid is a football fanatic’s holy grail. In fact, you don’t even have to really like football to have a blast. The “real” in Real Madrid stands for royal. And in Madrid, they might as well be royalty. Secure tickets for a match at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano first, and plan around that. The restaurants in the Spanish capital are some of the most exciting in the world. Take, for instance, Platea Madrid, the food hall to end all food halls, or Ten con Ten, which is the kind of tapas bar that the ones back home aspire to be. As for hotels, go slick and modern at Dear Hotel or full-on palatial opulence at AC Santo Mauro. You’re in Madrid: There’s really no going wrong.