Eating Out In Puerto Portals

Puerto Portals is arguable one of the most glamorous places in Mallorca. With its plethora of high class restaurants, shops, bars and pubs, this stunning marina is a must see destination for the rich and famous, as well as everyone else. So for anyone looking for luxury villas to rent in Mallorca, this is one destination you do not want to miss.

Starting with Flanigan’s, an excellent Spanish restaurant, you can sample a wide and tantalizing selection of meats and fish, prepared using only the best and freshest ingredients. Favourite dishes include delicious Grilled Sea Bream (Dorada) and the succulent Veal Chop. The wine list is displayed on a large wooden board cut out of a wine box and features a variety of excellent Spanish wines as well as French, Italian and German. With all of this in its favor, Flanigan’s truly is one to visit.

Next door to Flanigan’s is Tristan’s, an absolute staple when it comes to elegant Michelin star cooking. However, it has recently overhauled its menu to focus on bistro classics set in a more relaxed vibe. This has done nothing to alter the quality of the restaurant though, and for anyone looking for a delicious meal of high quality, as well as a relaxed, elegant setting, then Tristan’s is not to be missed.  Tristans Puerto Portals

Yet another place on the “must visit” list is the famous Wellies. Owned by the larger than life actor Geoff Kenion, Wellies is an upmarket pub that offers excellent British classics including a full English breakfast in an all day dining setting. Wellies is an instant favourite to most who visit and the story on the menu is highly recommended reading, as it will explain the pubs logo and tug at the heartstrings.

If a totally casual atmosphere is what you’re after, then Diablito is the perfect option, with its fun, relaxed vibe and excellent food. Diablito is a pizza restaurant serving thin, crusty dough with a variety of delicious, fresh toppings. It also serves salads and tasty nibbles such as the fantastic nachos served with spicy chili and cool guacamole. The combination of great food and a relaxed, funky atmosphere makes this restaurant a favorite and one that definitely needs a visit.

Looking for something completely different? Then Victory is a great Shanghai restaurant on the second line of the port. With very reasonable prices and first class service, this is an excellent choice for those fancy some outstanding Chinese food. The classic crispy Peking duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce is a must have and won’t fail to satisfy.

And finally, no review of Portals would be complete without mentioning the unmissable Cappuccino, a Portals classic since the early days of the port. As you might guess from the name, Cappuccino serves truly excellent coffee, as well as a varied selection of wines, spirits and cocktails. Cappuccino is also a cafe/restaurant and serves wonderful salads, burgers, sandwiches and much more. The main selling point however, is the atmosphere. Relaxed and classy with first class service, Cappuccino will never fail to impress.

Puerto Portals BoatsIt is hard to imagine but this is only a fraction of the delights that Puerto Portals has to offer and this is really somewhere you have to experience for yourself. When it comes to accommodation there are numerous options with fine hotels and some fantastic apartments to rent.  For those who demand more then there are a selection of Luxury Villas To Rent In Portals Nous and so I feel it is safe to say that Portals has something for everyone.

Nightlife in Mallorca

Along with beautiful beaches and great history, one of Mallorca’s other most well known attractions is its nightlife. Ranging from the classy and sophisticated to the wild and reckless, the island certainly has no shortage of great places to spend a night out.

Probably one of Mallorca’s most famous nightclubs is Tito’s. Set in Palma just on the edge of the marina and established in 1950’s, this place has seen the likes of Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra, as well as many other Hollywood greats. But alas, the days of these glamorous stars have passed, but it still sports amazing views of Palma’s bay and features famous DJ’s, dancers and even circus acts, as well as a fun glass elevator. Open until 6am, this bouncing club makes for a unique and exciting night out.Titos Palma

Many people stay in hotels when they visit the Island and often take advantage of the in house entertainment however if have chosen a Luxury Villa To Rent In Bendinat then Tito’s or indeed this next venue would be perfect for a visit.

Set in Son Caliu in Palma Nova, Pacha is three floors of VIP areas, terraces, restaurants and rooms of funk, house and chill-out music. Open every day until late and with a calendar scattered by a variety of parties, this club always has something to do and provides a great spot for dancing till dawn.

Barracuda is a long established club in Port d’Andratx, right by the harbour. This cool and classy club features a mix of national and international DJ’s who entertain the masses who congregate there. Whilst it focuses more on classic music from the 80’s and 90’s as opposed to brand new releases, this doesn’t stop people dancing the night away. It also hosts theme nights so those wishing to visit should always check their calendar. It opens every Friday and Saturday night from 11.00pm till 6.00am.

The Sunset Club is a brand new and exciting club in Palma, with originality, top service and fantastic premises. This new sensation isn’t just a club though, it is also a restaurant, both of which make it the newest hit meeting place. With amazing terraces that overlook the sea and a wide variety of music, this has a fresh, modern feel to it and those visiting should take the chance to dress to the nines. Open from Thursday to Saturday, 7.00pm to 6.00am, the décor, music and atmosphere make this an all round amazing experience.

It is utterly impossible to talk about Mallorca’s nightlife without thinking of Magaluf, the unrivalled party central of the island. This area of Mallorca is packed with clubs, bars and pubs, but the biggest name is undoubtedly BCM Planet Dance. With the ability to hold over seven thousand people over its two floors, the magnitude of this nightclub is not to be understated and you get to experience the ultimate clubbing atmosphere. To enter you are required to pay a one of fee that grants you access to the club and fifteen all-inclusive bars all night, as well as some free BCM gifts. In the main dance arena you will find Europe’s largest and most impressive 3D Tarm laser show with FX and sexy dancers on podiums, which coupled with the pounding music, creates an unbelievable and euphoric clubbing atmosphere. They also hold a huge variety of these nights such as the famous Foam Party, Water Party, UV party and the crazy Washing Machine Party. With all of this and more, BCM Planet Dance is a night of clubbing you will never forget.

Abraxas PalmaAbraxas is one of those places where the setting and design of it really make it a privilege to visit. Set at the end of the Paseo Maritimo and overlooking Palma’s bay, this super glamorous nightclub seems to blend in with the rock it’s set against, stone steps leading to labyrinths of outdoor space. This beautiful club features waterfront terraces for chilling out, a VIP garden with Balinese beds and the main room, where light shows, go-go dancers and podiums can be found, set to a mix of trance, techno, house and funk music. The whole club as a whole is amazing, but if worth checking out simply for it’s setting and design.

These are just a few of the amazing clubs that are available and if anyone has chosen a Luxury Villa To Rent In Mallorca then it is important to venture out and try some of these great venues.

Best Golf Courses In Mallorca

One of the favourite past times on the island has got to be golfing. It allows players a chance to relax and unwind in beautiful settings, and allowing for players with all levels of experience to have a great time.

If you are looking for a Luxury Villa To Rent in Sol De Mallorca and are a keen golfer then you may be interested in the course at Andratx.  Andratx Golf Course, opened in 2000 and designed by the famous Gleneagles, is one of Mallorca’s most difficult and challenging championship courses, with its eighteen holes that take you through the hills of South West Mallorca. The course has sixty bunkers full of the finest quality sand, seven lakes and fairly narrow fairways, making for a very interesting game. The marvellous location of the course allows for excellent views of the landscape and sea as you play and is well maintained. Buggies are included in the green fee and the clubhouse features a highly rated and recommended Italian restaurant. Andratx Golf Course

Canyamel Golf course in the North East of Mallorca is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful courses on the island. Designed by Jose Cancedo, this eighteen hole course caters for all levels of player and both the stunning views and exceptional green makes this course a real delight.

Two eighteen hole courses make up the Son Antem Golf Club and are the masterpieces of one of Spain’s leading course designers, Francisco Lopez Segales. Son Antem has earned itself rave reviews from both professional golfers and those who play for fun. The par 72 layout of the East Course is set over an old hunting estate and is better suited to beginner and intermediate players. The par 72 West Course however, is much more of an exciting challenge for golfers of all levels, with tight fairways, three lakes and woodlands. Several major European golf tournaments have also been held here, including the Mallorca Cup and the Audi Quattro Cup and whichever course you play on, they will not disappoint.

10km North of Palma lies the Son Termens Golf Course, designed by Harris Group and Jose Rodriguez and opened in 1998. Very popular with the locals, this eighteen hole course has hilly fairways and small greens, as well as being noted as one of Mallorca’s more challenging courses. It also tends to be a bit quieter than some of the others on the island, so is the perfect place to play in peace whilst surrounded by beautiful scenery.

If you are looking for a Luxury Villa To Rent in Puerto Portals then another of Mallorca’s most beautiful courses has got to be the Son Vida Golf Club. Situated a few miles North West of Palma, this eighteen hole course offers breath taking views. It was also one of the first courses to be created in Mallorca by F.W. Hawtree in 1964 and renovated in 2001 by Kurt Rossknecht. With tight fairways, two water hazards, small round greens with bunkers on either side and doglegs that create a challenge for the more experienced player, this course is highly enjoyable.

Golf Mallorca

Luxury Spa’s In Mallorca

When looking for a touch of luxury, there isn’t much that beats a trip to a spa. Mallorca is home to many, all of which will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.

La Residencia Spa in Deia was voted one of the four best spas in the Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Spa 2010 Awards in the Europe, Asia Minor and Russian Federation category. This alone should speak of its merits and as it features an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a sauna and steam room, six treatment rooms, three of which have outdoor massage areas with amazing views, and a gym. The resident beauty therapists are always on hand to discuss a personal treatment plan and there are a huge range of treatments that will relax, pamper and invigorate.

Mardavall Spa Costa D'en BlanesThe stunning Arabella Spa at the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort truly is a taste of heaven, allowing you to soak in tranquillity and relaxation. The surroundings are unrivalled and the spa itself is award wining and combines the very best of traditional and modern therapies from the Far East and the West. As one of Europe’s biggest spas, there is much to enjoy here whether it be in one of their 13 treatment rooms, outdoor and indoor pools, Egyptian Brine Bath, saunas, ice cave and state of the art gym. This spa really is stunning and offers an all round luxury experience. Anyone lucky enough to be staying at the hotel can obviously take advantage of this amazing facility however anyone who is looking for Luxury Villas To Rent in Costa D’en Blanes then this to is the perfect venue to unwind and relax.

Vital Spa s’Aigua Blava is widely considered one of the best urban therapeutic spas on the island, with its plethora of massage and hydrotherapy that will help treat or prevent various ailments. Situated in Palma, this spa features extensive leisure facilities including a swimming pool, padel courts, a fully equipped gym and then of course, the amazing spa itself. There are treatments to suit anyone, such as hot stone massages, reflexology and aromatic massages, all of which will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered.

The Vespian Spa at Hotel Reads is the perfect place to relax, reduce stress and treat yourself, with all the facilities to do it and more. Anything from Nutritional Consultants, Life Coaches, Fitness trainers and professional spa therapists can be found here and it’s consider as being one of the finest health spas in Europe, working hard to ensure a personalised and luxurious visit. And in the summer months, treatments can be moved to the private terrace allowing for a breath taking view of the Tramuntana Mountains. Vespian Spa Mallorca

Many discerning visitors to the beautiful Island of Mallorca choose to stay in one of these outstanding spa hotels and whilst we have only mentioned a few of the top venues there are many more situated in every major town.  Some travellers however are looking for Luxury Villas To Rent In Mallorca and whilst many of these have pools few have the kind of facilities the top spa’s can provide and so they offer a perfect solution for people who demand more from their holidays.

Historical Mallorca

It’s easy to forget sometimes that Mallorca isn’t just a great holiday destination full of sandy beaches, azure sea, first-rate hotels and luxury villas to rent, with hundreds upon thousands of tourists visiting every year to enjoy them. Mallorca is also home to rich history and culture, with places such as Palma Cathedral, the Arab Baths, many beautiful Churches and Monasteries, a Royal Palace and many more.

Palma Cathedral, or La Seu as it is known, is arguably the most iconic of all Palma’s buildings, an emblem of the Islands history, art, and faith. This magnificent Gothic Cathedral was built on the sight of a pre-existing Arabic Mosque and sits in the old city between La Almudaina and the episcopal palace and has the most breathtaking views of Palma and the sea. Palma Cathedral

It was James II who began the construction of the cathedral in 1229, but it was only finished in 1601. In the day, the sun shines on the golden stone, illuminating it in a warm, welcoming glow and by night the spotlights highlight the architecture of it, creating a beacon that shines bright in the darkness.

The cathedral has seen many changes over the years, most recently being the astonishing ceramic murals from Felantix artist Miguel Barceló. Inspired by the feeding of the five thousand, this creation took six years and was very well received, covering an incredible 300 square metres in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Right next door to La Seu is the Arab Baths. There is very little visible architecture that remains of the Muslim period of Palma, but these Baths thankfully have and are exceptionally important. The construction of these baths dates back to the 10th century and is surrounded by a lush walled garden. As you enter the domed chamber, supported by 12 slim columns, you can see the various apertures that allowed steam to escape and the double floor through which the hot water travelled. There was also once a cold baths room, but that unfortunately no longer exists.

The baths are a place of peace and quiet in the bustling city and is like stepping back in time. With a little imagination, it is easy to see how these baths looked in their prime and is definitely worth the visit. Bellver Castle Mallorca

Three kilometres out of the centre of Palma, Bellver Castle stands proudly on a hill, over looking Palma and the cities beautiful bay. This castle is one of the most popular visitor attractions on the island, enticing thousands to come and discover it. The construction of this circular medieval fortress was ordered by James II in the early 1300’s and despite its age, has been very well maintained, allowing you to step into the past and explore the architecture and history of this circular Gothic castle.

The monastery of San Salvador is situated high up on the top of a mountain overlooking the vast and beautiful countryside below. On first glance, it’s very possible to think it impossible to get too, but on closer inspection, a thin road can be found which winds its way up the mountain. This journey is exhilarating leaning towards terrifying, as the thin road wraps around the mountain in sharp turns, a sheer drop on one side and only the barest of barriers in front of it if any at all. Needless to say it required extreme concentration. If you wind the window down and let the breeze stream into your face, it’s possible to believe you’re flying.

Once you’ve reached and parked at the top, the view is simply breath taking. The giant statue of Christ overlooks the countryside of Mallorca, looking like a patchwork quilt of green and terracotta spread out bellow. There are two walkways wrapping around the statue and either will yield beauty and awe.

Once inside the Church, the coolness is often a welcome relief and the silence is contagious, inspiring reverence as you look around. San Salvador is also a ‘working’ monastery, accepting pilgrims from all over, so it’s always very important to be respectful, especially in regards to dress code. Anything skimpy or revealing is most certainly not appropriate. San Salvador Mallorca

Before leaving this stunning place, have a drink or something to eat in the café as you reflect on the experience and look out at the views across Southwest Mallorca.

These are only the tip of the iceberg in regards to Mallorca’s rich history, so it’s certainly a good idea to forgo the beach sometimes and soak up the history and culture, instead of the sun.

Valldemossa

Valldemossa is arguably one of the most stunning places on the Island. Located in the South West corner of Mallorca, nestled between the breathtaking Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range with views down to the ocean. No matter where you go in Valldemossa, there is always a photo opportunity, with its stone clad streets and sandstone buildings. Many artists, writers and musicians have found themselves here and been filled by its beauty, encouraging them to find inspiration. This is the place where Chopin discovered his melodies, George Sand found his words and where Saint Catalina Thomas uncovered peace.

When looking for luxury villas to rent in Mallorca, this is undoubtedly one of the first places you should look.Valldemossa View

When visiting Valldemossa, it is always a good idea to get there early in the morning, giving you plenty of time to look around before everything closes. One place well worth a visit is the beautiful Royal Carthusian Monastery in the square, with the visit ending with a piano concert. Whilst some would immediately think it not to their taste, it is certainly worth a listen, as the music is stunning and coupled with the setting and scenery, very moving.

This is also the setting for the luxurious Hotel Valldemossa. Set high up in rolling hills of Valldemossa, amidst olive and orange trees, the Hotel boasts some truly spectacular views that captivate the mind. The building itself formerly belonged to the Carthusian Monastery, so its beauty is not to be understated. By day, the sun beats off the weathered yellow stone, warm and inviting. By night, its lights illuminate the buildings like an array of torches high in the hills, drawing the eye to its overwhelming beauty.

With all this natural beauty, first class food, drink and service, the Hotel Valldemossa is truly one of a kind and will capture the hearts and minds of those who visit it forever. Back in the town itself, Valldemossa is home to some wonderful cafes and bakeries, the latter selling Mallorca’s famous Almond Cake. One café that should not be missed is the well known Cappuccino. You can find these in manyareas on the Island, but each one has its own unique style and charm. The beauty of Valldemossa’s Cappuccino is its view of the mountains on one side, and the town on the other. As always, the service, food and drink is all first class and together with the location, it makes for a very incredible experience.

You cannot speak to highly of Valldemossa and it is certainly a place that everyone should visit.

Valldemossa Property

Palma – Mallorca

Palma, the beautiful capital city of Mallorca. From the moment you set eyes on this bustling city you are enchanted, its golden sandstone practically glowing in the light of the sun. For tourists and locals alike, Palma holds innumerable surprises and delights that just beg to be discovered and enjoyed.

Palma is home to half of Mallorca’s population and with its rich history, abundance of shops, cafe’s, galleries and exciting nightlife; it’s easy to see why. There are many beautiful hotels in and around Palma’s center, but for those wishing to stay longer or prefer having their independence, there are many luxury villas to rent in Mallorca.

The city itself is undeniably stunning with the masterpiece that is Palma’s Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral, the old Arab quarter, the numerous exquisite courtyards and the beautiful tree lined promenades.

Palma was originally founded as a Roman camp, but history saw it fall into many different hands, most notably becoming an Islamic city between 902 and 1229. However, on December 31, 1220, the city was re-conquered by James I of Aragon after three months of siege and renamed Palma de Mallorca. It was his son, James II who began the construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, or more commonly referred to as La Seu, in 1229 but was only finished in 1601. Palma Cathedral

This breath-taking cathedral was built on the sight of a pre-existing Arab mosque and sits within the old city between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also has an unrivalled view of the sea.

In 1950, the mass tourism trade caused Palma and the whole of the island in general, to go through some drastic changes and it became a top destination for tourist and also for new workers coming over from mainland Spain. This huge wave of tourism changed the face of Palma and carried with it economic growth and high employment. However, it managed to retain all of its natural charm and culture, unlike many places when high tourism hits, so it always manages to feel authentic and you cannot help but soak up the beauty and atmosphere.

So why not take a stroll down the twisting maze of narrow cobbled streets and discover tranquil squares, art galleries, cafes and shops. Wander down the tree lined Passeig des Born and enjoy a coffee in the sunlight at one of the many cafes or maybe even some tapas and cocktails. Marvel at the rich history and breathtaking beauty of the Cathedral and Palua De L’Almudaina in the old town. Walk along the harbor front to gaze at the stunning Mediterranean Sea and the many boats moored there.

No matter what you do or where you go in this stunning city, you will not be disappointed.

Palma City