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Spotlight: Park Hyatt Mallorca

Countless images make up Mallorca’s reputation: scenes of sandy beaches flanked by rugged mountains, seaside villages of crumbling stone, a sun-soaked city filled with ancient castles and Michelin-starred restaurants, a harbor of mega-yachts. With an ocean so brilliantly turquoise it nearly looks opaque, the island has a particular allure: small in size, but overflowing with breezy, seaside charm.

For years, Mallorca has offered numerous accommodations, from sleek boutique hotels to historic countryside retreats. But this summer, a new type of luxury has been introduced to the island; Park Hyatt, an acclaimed hotel brand known for its sophisticated and contemporary properties across the world, chose Mallorca’s remote northeast coast as the location of its newest resort. One hour by car from the capital city of Palma and surrounded by sleepy towns and olive tree orchards, the Park Hyatt Mallorca opened in June as the first European resort in the brand’s 38-property collection.

Overlooking the gorgeous Canyamel Valley, the 142-room Park Hyatt is modeled after a traditional Mallorquin village. The retreat is situated on the 49-acre Cap Vermell estate—grand and expansive, it commands a stunning hilltop surrounded by postcard-perfect rolling hills. Guests are welcomed to ‘Plaça de Torres,’ the main gathering place complete with a clock tower, market and family-style bistro that mimic a typical town square. The accommodations (referred to as ‘the village’) are made up of pretty, salmon-colored thatched roof buildings scattered in an arc shape, which are reached by gravel footpaths from the Plaça de Torres.

Despite the fact that the property is brand-new, the Park Hyatt’s design blends well with its surroundings to provide guests with a (surprisingly) authentic sense of place. From the rippling fountains and potted plants at every corner to the breezy public spaces of white-washed stucco and landscaped gardens of flowering topiaries, the resort’s atmosphere is utterly romantic.

As is typical with the Park Hyatt brand, accommodations are sophisticated and comfortable. Rooms, while elegant, do not offer much in the form of Mallorquin charm, but all have private terraces which boast lovely views of the valley below. Each is appointed with sleek, modern furnishings and an open-plan bathroom with luxurious rain shower. However, it is the impressive facilities that attract guests to the property, which has a beautiful landscaped terrace complete with three swimming pools (two are heated) and a fitness center. With a variety of meeting spaces including a 225 sq.-meter ballroom, the property will no doubt host corporate retreats and conferences. Wellness seekers will be in heaven here, as the Park Hyatt’s Serenitas Spa is a modern Mount Olympus with gauze curtains and twinkling lights at every corner overlooking the sweeping vistas of hilly countryside. The seven room–spa offers a variety of locally inspired treatments (including a signature ‘Quartz’ bed which allows for a heated sand massage), plus several steam rooms and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

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The resort’s dining options, expertly curated by the Park Hyatt’s world-class culinary team, are also a draw to the property. Scattered along the expansive terrace, the four restaurants feed into one another amongst gardens and plentiful outdoor seating. Balearic Restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean farm-to-table cuisine, offering an impressive selection of fish dishes—paying homage to the fishing culture that defined the Mallorquin economy for centuries. The airy restaurant is filled with hanging seashells and offers an outstanding breakfast buffet with a variety of local sweet and savory treats. Nearby is the Tapas Restaurant, a sultry bar with a carving station and a delectable selection of cheeses and cured meats. The Asia Restaurant serves eponymous cuisine and has a rotating chef. All emphasize wine pairings, and the resort takes pride in its exceptionally curated selection of local and international offerings.

From boating and cooking classes to hiking and visits to medieval towns, the region is rife with opportunities for exploration. Guests are encouraged to rent a car and venture to nearby beach coves to explore and swim or drive to the capital city of Palma for shopping and historical sites. Although the property does not offer any private beaches, the Cap Vermell beach club is only a ten-minute walk away and there are several beaches nearby.

The last evening of my recent trip to Mallorca, I felt the golden hour of sunset approaching and ran up the stone path to my room in hopes of getting the best view. There I sat for what felt like hours, soaking in the vibrant orange and pink sun that burned the dramatic mountainscape ahead. My lack of restlessness surprised me, as I had acclimated to Mallorca’s pleasantly slow pace. On this island, people take their time to enjoy themselves, savoring a glass of wine and a plate of cheese, an afternoon stroll or a leisurely bicycle ride along the beach. Although the Park Hyatt brand is a staple of contemporary luxury, recognizable from New York to Shanghai, the Mallorquin atmosphere pervades at the resort and leaves guests with a feeling they could only experience here. The Park Hyatt standards, married with this blissful Mediterranean island, creates a classic—like a dinner of bread, cheese, sopressata and wine.

Related: Mallorca Destination Report

Fast Facts

  • Who Should Go: Families in search of a warm-weather resort experience with opportunities for cultural experiences and activities nearby.
  • Who Should Not Go: Those looking to experience Mallorquin culture at its most authentic, or visitors in search of a full-service beach resort.
  • When to Go: High season in Mallorca is June through August. The Park Hyatt is building a country club compete with an indoor pool, tennis court and small restaurant, which will attract more winter guests (this construction site at the base of the property is a bit of an eyesore at the moment).
  • Getting There: Guests fly to Palma (an hour from the resort), which can be reached by connecting flight (often through Madrid or Barcelona).

– Blair West on July 25, 2016

Quotable

My lack of restlessness surprised me, as I had acclimated to Mallorca’s pleasantly slow pace. On this island, people take their time to enjoy themselves, savoring a glass of wine and a plate of cheese, an afternoon stroll or a leisurely bicycle ride along the beach.

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