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Balearic Islands holidays: best hotels for a blissful island break

The blissful Balearics. So-called for their endless sunshine, their pale sands, their turquoise waters and their rugged landscapes.

Different from mainland Spain and different even from each other, the Balearic Islands are the perfect place to escape for some winter sun, or even if you want an extra scorching summer.

From lively Ibiza to the quietly stylish Formentera, we’ve rounded up some of the best hotels across each island—from luxury retreats to party central pads—all with that signature Balearics style. So get ready for lots of pared-back interiors, sun-flooded swimming pools and plenty of food porn. All guaranteed to look good enough for the ‘gram if you fancy a few #sorrynotsorry posts along the way.

Luxury Balearic Islands holidays

One thing I have come to associate Balearic islands holidays with is luxury. There is nothing like sipping on rosé in some bohemian dream beach club in Ibiza or indulging in some couples’ spa time along the elegant Majorcan coast.

Feel like a Bohemian beauty in Ibiza

I used to think Ibiza was only about oversized clubs and all-night dancing, so my 30-year-old self was relieved when I realised an Ibiza break did not come with obligatory raving. That’s not to say the quieter side of the island doesn’t offer plenty of plus points.

Ibiza’s most stylish visitors head for Santa Gertrudis. It’s a relaxed town in the heart of the countryside and is the island’s foodie capital, whether you want rustic Mediterranean, vegan junk food or plant-based cuisine that looks too pretty to eat.

The Gatzara Suites is the place to stay. It’s a light and bright whitewashed Finca filled with Scandi chic decor. The rooms feel nice and private, but the real gem is the rooftop pool and bar, where they serve a mean cocktail accompanied by a stellar view across the landscape.

Gatzara Suites Santa Gertrudis

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8.6 Excellent (22 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.1 / 10
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An adults-only spa hotel in Majorca

Majorca has seen such a shakeup lately, it’s now as stylish as neighbouring Ibiza, and has some of the Balearics’ best white sandy beaches. The Fontsanta sits in the south and is a soul searching haven on the sands. It’s found next to Es Salobrar, where salt flats, wetlands and white sands make up one of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches.

This hotel boasts the only thermal waters across the Balearic Islands, so that means dips in the hot springs year-round. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the pool, where huge white day beds provide the perfect place to soak up some sunshine. Ask to book a private jacuzzi session for two, it’s perks like this that make Mallorca the best Balearic island for couples that want a bit of luxury.

Fontsanta Thermal Spa & Wellness- Adults Only

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Campos, 3.9 km to Es Trenc
9.2 Excellent (146 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Balaeric Islands holidays for culture vultures

Culture vultures head to Majorca’s Palma. It’s a design hotspot, but it’s also a charming ancient capital filled with sightseeing gems that range from Renaissance palaces to Moorish architecture.

Instagram worthy interiors at this Palma hotel

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Hotel Mama puts you right in the middle of it the city. It’s a jaw-dropping hotel with too many heavenly interiors even for Instagram (trust me, I have hundreds of photos to prove it). And if that isn’t enough, there’s a rooftop pool here—exactly what you want from a hotel in the heart of a city.

There’s also a spa, a pretty courtyard and a cinema. It might be a bad culture vulture choice as you may never want to leave, but if you can tear yourself away, the surrounding streets of the Old Town are a sightseeing dream.

Hotel MAMÁ, The Magic Hotel by Grupo Cappuccino

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Palma, 0.3 km to Banys Àrabs
9.2 Excellent (122 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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A taste of old country Menorca

I love a mooch around an old ruin or a country estate, so a trip to Menorca’s Can Faustino was the ultimate escape for me. It’s a hotel set in an old 16th-century palace that has been renovated with lots of modern design touches but also has that lovely rustic Balearic Islands feel.

The hotel sits in Ciudadela, a cultural gem of a town with lots of those narrow medieval streets that just beg for slow afternoons spent wandering around and getting lost amidst all the history.

That’s not to say there isn’t space for relaxation here. You can lap up the luxury surrounds on sun loungers set across Can Faustino’s pretty garden patios. A chic swimming pool provides a fine place for a dip, while the indoor spa feels like it’s hidden in an underground cavern. Make sure you head to the patio for an evening aperitif as the sun sets.

Hotel Can Faustino

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Ciutadella, 0.1 km to Menorca Cathedral
9.3 Excellent (343 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Balearic Islands holidays for beach babes

Of course, all the beach babes head to Ibiza for sunshine, and there are almost too many beachside retreats to choose from. Many of them are loud, party destinations primed for clubbing all night and recuperating all day, but my favourite, La Torre cuts a fine line between the two.

If Ibiza is too much for you, Formentera might be your best choice. While some may consider it the quieter, less interesting version of Ibiza, it still has a standout party scene. This island is the queen of beach clubs, having some of the most beautiful sandy stretches in the Mediterranean and not to forget, the hotels here are seriously chic.

From the beach to the dance floor in Ibiza

La Torre blends that rocky, rugged Ibiza countryside vibe with a position just outside the famed buzzing San Antonio. It’s the perfect spot if you fancy a few club nights but want to be away from the action—it’s only a short taxi ride from some of the biggest clubs on the island. It’s also a great spot if you’re searching for the best place to stay on the Balearic island for families, as there is plenty to do in San Antonio besides clubbing—from water park visits and zip lining to paddle boarding and cave tours.

By day, La Torre is a real beach escape. Perched on a cliff just moments from the sand, it’s renowned for its stunning sunsets and pared-back Balearic spirit. There’s a restaurant here that’s popular with visitors for watching the sunset, its cliffside terrace puts you in the perfect spot to drool over that pink sky.

La Torre

San Antonio, 2.2 km to Café del Mar
8.6 Excellent (214 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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A fashionable stay in Formentera

Formentera is the perfect spot if you want your fill of sunshine, good food and great rose, and even better if you fancy some yoga in the morning and a cocktail come sunset. Known for its hippy vibe, this was the place people came to relax after too much time spent in Ibiza. It’s now a destination of its very own, where you’ll find effortlessly stylish restaurants, bars and hotels all over the place, quite the pick if you want a laid back all-inclusive holiday in the Balearic islands.

If you’re searching for paradise you’ll find it on Playa Migjorn beach, where Gecko Beach Club juts from the white sands. This hotel is a relaxing haven of calming rooms, some even boast their own plunge pools and day beds. Mornings here are filled with yoga and long and lazy breakfasts overlooking the ocean… bliss.

Gecko Beach Club

Playa Migjorn, 3.3 km to Migjorn
8.4 Very good (46 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.6 / 10
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Balearic Islands holidays that let you escape to the countryside

While the islands are synonymous with the beach, by nature, you can still enjoy a Balearic Island holiday in the countryside. Mountainous backdrops, oceanviews and fragrant greenery are calling your name!

Refresh and unwind at a rural retreat in Menorca

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The sleepiest island of the Balearics, Menorca is my favourite place for rural retreats that give you the space to switch off from the world and get some downtime. Torralbenc popped up as the island’s first luxury boutique hotel. Found in a cluster of old Spanish Finca buildings, it oozes a minimalist meets rustic farmhouse feel and has everything you might want from a hotel in the middle of nowhere.

It’s no surprise that Torralbenc’s signature smell is lavender and rosemary, there’s a serene mood as soon as you take your first breath here. The calm atmosphere is felt from every angle, from the rolling countryside views and glimpses of the sea to the surrounding landscape of lavender bushes and vineyards. There’s even a wild tortoise or two in the garden, life is slow-paced around here.

Rooms are fresh and whitewashed, with muted tones and a relaxed vibe. The Pool Cottage is the gem at Torralbenc, it comes with a private plunge pool and a small garden.

That said, you don’t need your own plunge pool with an infinity pool in the grounds. It’s flanked by loungers and palms and you can order drinks at the push of a button: exactly what you want from a Balearics bolthole.

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Hotel Torralbenc Menorca

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9.4 Excellent (227 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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