As the playground of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a luxury gem in the Mediterranean Sea. Party in village festes here all summer long; you won’t want to leave your little part of sunny heaven. Stretch out on startlingly beautiful beaches, drive to the rural mountains, or explore the historic cities of this idyllic island. You will find sleepy villages like Deià nestled in the hills, enticing local wines and seasonal specialties in Binissalem, and remarkable art in Palma. The beach is only a small part of the fun, rent a motor boat or yacht and explore the crystal clear coves dotted around the coast, dive right into the turquoise waters and snorkel from the boat. Or head inland for chic shops, sunny markets, and colorful galleries down old whimsical streets. There are plenty of reasons why Mallorca is the holiday spot for the Spanish royal family and many international celebrities.


 The stunning coastline of Mallorca.

Over two hundred stunning sandy beaches are speckled over Mallorca’s three hundred and forty mile coastline. You will be spoilt for choice trying to decide between the white soft sands that lie beside cerulean waters in the south, like the beaches of Es Trenc, Sa Rapita and Cala Llombards, and the golden beaches and shallow bathing waters of the north, such as Playa de Muro. If you are looking for something really special though, it is worth a trip to the far side of the Tramuntana Mountains to the craggy west coast. You will be seduced by the coves and dramatic coastline. Rent a luxury car and drive the exciting winding roads on the cliff tops to soak in the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Stop for lunch at one of the picturesque villages along the way such as Fornalutx and Valldemossa, or have a picnic in a deserted cove like Cala Tuent. Next to Cala Tuent is Sa Calobra, a majestic cove that can only be reached through mysterious and alluring cave tunnels. In this secluded cove, join the few people who have jumped from their yachts for a swim. Whichever of the hundreds of beaches that you choose to grace with your presence you will find watersports like kite-surfing, windsurfing, and sailing to tempt you into the sapphire waters. Stay on dry land and enjoy the views of turquoise skies and blue waters, sunset strolls on the pristine beaches, or play golf and eat restaurants where you can dine beneath the stars.


 The charming Puerto de Soller marina.

The best way to experience Mallorca is in luxury. Arrive by private jet and opt to stay in a private villa. On the northern coast you can rent palatial estates in countryside villages that will take your breath away. Relax in the opulent settings and have your every desire catered to by your personal villa staff. The villas on the western coast are a great choice for families, but if you want something truly special head far away from it all to the southern tip of Mallorca, where you can find spectacular remote luxury properties embedded into the Cliffside above the Mediterranean Sea. Here discover ethereal hidden beaches like Cala d’Or, the ‘golden cove’, located just outside Santanyi. You will find a wealth of little inlets and coves just waiting to be explored from your luxury villa rental.


An aerial view of Palma in Mallorca.
 
After experiencing all the laid back ambience that island life has to offer, head to the city of Palma for historic, cultural, and gastronomic wonders. Palma is a beautiful Italian Renaissance city with Moorish influences. There is a bounty of beautiful architecture, from the churches to the palacios, with hidden courtyards. Big events are held here very year, like the annual boat show, where the champagne flows as the wealthy cavort with beautiful models and decide which super yacht to buy next. From the waterfront you can take a delightful jaunt around Palma. See the imposing Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Inside Antoni Gaudí and contemporary artist Miquel Barceló have designed the cathedral’s interior, which is a truly unique sight to behold. The cathedral was started in 1300, and not finished until 1601, and you can see why in the elaborately decorated interior with intricate stained glass windows and stunning stonework. Stroll around the winding alleys full of tapas bars and boutique shops. Stop off for some ice cream at Giovanni L, one of the best ice cream parlors in the city. Then head to the city’s shopping hub on Paseo de Born and Carrer de Jaume III, this area is home to designer stores such as Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss. There is also a chic concept store called Rialto Living that sells furniture and fashion.


The view from inside a cave in Escorca Sa Calobra.

After some retail therapy, it is time for a hearty meal. One of the best local tapas bars is La Boveda. It is located just steps away from the bars and clubs of the Sa Llotja area. Check out the high-end Abaco bar for a truly special experience. It is located in a converted 16th century palace decorated with bowls of fruits, flowers and even songbirds to create a romantic and opulent ambience unlike anything you have ever experienced. Make sure that you grab at cocktail at the Sky Bar, located in Hostal Cuba, and watch the sun set over the old town while listening to live DJs.