By Dayna Engberg

Escape to Mallorca


With its crystal-clear coves, limestone peaks and temperate climate, it's easy to see why Mallorca is one of the Mediterranean's most coveted destinations. Just 125 miles from the coast of Spain, the largest island of the Balearic archipelago is an easy weekend getaway for sun-seeking Europeans, only adding to its culinary diversity and notable nightlife scene, Once you're ready to travel again, Mallorca is the perfect destination for the traveler seeking equal parts nature and culture, from sun-swept rooftop terraces to tree-lined boulevards and tiny tapas bars.

If beach bliss is what you seek, Mallorca delivers in abundance. Head to the beaches of Mondrag? Natural Park for a sandy spot to post up on a towel and bask in the Mediterranean sun, surrounded in natural pine groves and picturesque rocky cliffs. Or for something more secluded, venture to the secluded coves and crystalline turquoise waters of Cal? des Moro. The scenery doesn't stop at the beach, either.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

For those interested in hiking trails (and some seriously scenic drives along the way) head to the opposite side of the island. Here, the dramatic landscapes of Serra de Tramuntana - the major mountain range running along the island's western coast - offers plentiful opportunities to get away from the crowds. One of our favorites? Son Moragues, an olive oil estate housed in a stunning 14th century finca tucked away in the mountains. Be sure to call ahead for a tour and tasting reservation.

There's plenty to do in Palma as well. For the best view of the city, ascend to the top of the 14th-century Castell de Bellver. Then, continue on along the seaside promenade toward the Parc de la Mar for stunning views of the Gothic Catedral de Mallorca, or La Seu. In the evening, stop for tapas and cocktails along Old Town's tree lined Passeig des Born. Palma is a lively city with a thriving nightlife scene. For those looking for a quieter evening experience, we recommend staying on the northwestern part of the island instead.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa room

If you're looking for idyllic costal accommodation, no place compares to the iconic Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa with its stunning clifftop location, award-winning spa and panoramic Mediterranean views from atop the Serra de Tramuntana. Enjoy some of the best seafood paella on the island in Cap Roig Brasserie, unwind with a treatment at Talise Spa and soak up the far-reaching views from your own breathtaking balcony.

Its tranquil location in the town of Soller makes Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa the ideal home base from which to admire its peaceful surrounds - from the yacht-filled harbor to the signature orange trams and the iconic Church of Sant Bartomeu - removed from the bustling party strip of Palma.