Park Hyatt Mallorca, which will include 142 standard guestrooms, 14 Park Executive Suites and two Presidential Suites, will be the brand’s first hotel in Spain. // © 2016 Park Hyatt Mallorca
Feature image (above): Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic archipelago and an oasis for cultural exploration. // © 2016 iStock
Spring is just around the corner, and with it will come the debut of Park Hyatt Mallorca, Park Hyatt’s first hotel in Spain. Slated for completion this spring and with bookings open for June and forward, Park Hyatt Mallorca will be privy to the area’s lush beauty.
The largest island in the Balearic archipelago, Mallorca has a big personality and is a favorite island getaway for Spaniards and the rest of Europe. The coast is one of the most beautiful in Europe, with stirring landscapes dotted with craggy coves and dramatic vistas. Cuisine is cutting-edge on Mallorca, with a focus on seafood and locally grown wines.
Park Hyatt Mallorca will feature 142 standard guestrooms, 14 Park Executive Suites and two Presidential Suites, each with its own terrace and views of Canyamel Valley. Standard rooms will measure 538 square feet; Executive Suites will be 1,076 square feet; and Presidential Suites will span 1,614 square feet. All rooms will have separate bathtubs and rainfall showers, and Wi-fi access will be included throughout the hotel.
While trying the local eateries should be on a visitor’s agenda, the hotel will offer its own set of restaurants, as well. The Balearic Restaurant will serve the traditional cuisine of Mallorca, while the Bistro will offer all-day dining options, including bread and pastries, empanadas, croquettes and pizza. The Tapas Bar will have an outdoor terrace where guests can have small plates and wines from Mallorca and mainland Spain, and the hotel’s Asian restaurant will serve dishes from China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Of note: The restaurants and bars will operate on a seasonal basis.
Resort features will include three pools, two of which will be heated; a Wellness Centre and Spa with seven treatment rooms, including two couples-treatment rooms; and a gym that will be open 24 hours. The hotel will also boast its own country club with a sports field, two tennis courts and other fitness facilities. Additionally, there will be a beach club within five minutes of the hotel.
WHAT TO DO IN MALLORCA
In addition to local activities such as alpine walking, horseback trekking, cycling, fishing and watersports, Mallorca has a rich and lengthy history, making it a prime setting for cultural exploration.
Mallorca has a long history, dating back to prehistoric times. Burial chambers and evidence that points to human settlement on the island in the Neolithic period have been discovered. Today, it is possible to visit these prehistoric Talayot sites.
The island also played a role during antiquity. It was colonized by the Phoenicians, and later occupied by the Romans. In the Middle Ages, Mallorca was conquered by the Byzantine Empire, which brought Christianity to the island. The Balearic Islands also saw a period under Muslim rule, making the destination a mash-up of cultures and time periods.
Capdepera Medieval Castle is another popular tourist attraction on Mallorca. The castle is a walled fortress and one of the largest on the island. Construction began in 310 A.D., but in the 14th century it was rebuilt on the remains of a Muslim village. Those who are interested in further exploring Mallorca’s medieval history can visit the town of Arta, a town that dates back to the colonization of Mallorca. The enclosed town has steep, narrow roads that begin at the foot of a hill, leading up to the medieval fortress of the pilgrimage church of San Salvador that overlooks the sleepy town.
If visiting Arta, be sure to visit the nearby Caves d’Arta, underground caverns with spectacular stalagmites. Jules Verne was one of the first to visit these underground caverns, which are said to be the inspiration for “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”