- Anna Nicholas, Travel writer
The beauty of the hotel is that it is hidden away in its own peaceful grounds yet only a five-minute drive from ritzy Puerto Portals marina with its super yachts, restaurants and nightlife, and several beaches. Central Palma can be reached in 15 minutes by car, as can local family attractions such as Marineland and Aqualand waterpark. The nature reserve of Puig de Galatzó, a walker’s paradise, is just a 35-minute drive away.
A free shuttle service is available to the nearby golf courses of Arabella Golf Son Vida, Son Muntaner, and Son Quint. The airport is 12 miles (20km) from the hotel and takes about 20 minutes by car.
Style & character
The Mardavall is spread across four attractive ochre-hued stone buildings, characterised by impressive arches, elegant porticos and marble and stone floors. The centrepiece of the expansive lobby housed in the main building is a spectacular, ornate light that hangs from the domed and raftered celling.
Service & facilities
The hallmark of the hotel is impeccable service and so staff members bend over backwards to satisfy every whim, always offering a friendly greeting and smile. Guests with suites have the added delight of a personal butler service, whose services includeluggage unpacking and newspaper pressing.
The jewel in the crown of the hotel’s facilities has to be the superb Arabella spa, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. Aside from a sumptuous heated indoor pool, there is a Romanesque whirlpool tub, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, ice cave and, the pièce de résistance, an Egyptian octagonal heated saltwater pool. There's an excellent gym, and a multitude of treatments are offered. In the grounds, a huge pool tri-sectioned pool looks out to sea.
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
Complete luxury is assured in the 125 rooms, which comprise large and junior suites plus double rooms, the majority with direct sea views. Room 2802, a junior suite, in soft pastel colours and with comfortable, classic furnishings, includes a king-sized bed with goose-down duvet, and marble bathroom with separate shower room and chic Laboratoire Remede toiletries.
Nespresso coffee machine, umbrella, and quality slippers and bathrobe are de rigueur. No kettle is provided because freshly brewed leaf tea can be delivered in a jiffy. Turndown includes a white rose and organic chocolates.
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Food & drink
The celebrated Es Fum restaurant is overseen by Michelin-starred executive chef Rafael Sanchez, whose innovative, fresh, seasonal degustation menus of six, eight or 10 courses, are legendary and priced accordingly, featuring interesting local mushrooms and cheeses, red tuna and pigeon breast for fish and meat, and when I visited, a dessert of chocolate ganache, pistachio sponge, vanilla and yoghurt ice cream, dried raspberries and nuts.
Less formal affairs are the Vent tapas bar and Mediterranean Aqua restaurant and terrace, which serves breakfast; a buffet that includes freshly made crepes and a huge choice of yoghurts among its cold offerings, along with a variety of egg dishes. A popular Sunday brunch has become an institution, with dishes including lobster and oysters served in the gardens of the hotel.
Value for money
Double rooms from €430 (£369) in low season; and from €1,100 (£945) in high, including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Adapted rooms available.
The hotel has a children’s club and play area with two dedicated pools and sandpit. Complimentary cots, high chairs and children's menus are available, as well as a babysitting service.