I remember the first time I set foot on the Balearic island really well. I immediately felt at home there. Then when I saw the capital of Palma de Mallorca with its historical old town and port I knew that I would come back again. The view of the La Seu gothic cathedral that towers over everything and Castell de Bellver, a medieval fortress that rises in the background, is impressive time and time again.
On a walk through the old town of Palma and on a trip along the coast I got to know some wonderfully situated Lifestylehotels, great bars and original restaurants. I park my car in one of the underground garages just before Palau de la Almudaina and the La Seu cathedral. After my first coffee in the stylish Mar de Nudos I start my stroll around town. I walk over the Placa Weyler, past the Grand Hotel and Palma's oldest Art Deco bakery Forn des Teatre, uphill to the Hotel Convent de la Missió an its excellent restaurant "Simply Fosh" in the rather mousy Carrer de la Missió.
Hotel Convent de la Missió: Living in a cloister
The Convent de la Missió hotel originates from the 17th century and was formerly a cloister. Whether you‘re in the salon, bar, restaurant or on the sun terrace or in the sauna, it is pleasantly peaceful everywhere. At every turn you can see the love of the owners, a long-established Majorcan family, for local and international art. The Simply Fosh restaurant with its first Michelin star is also an attraction.
Can Simoneta: A Finca "above" the sea
The 5-star Can Simoneta hotel is situated in the north east of Mallorca on a high plateau with breathtaking view over the sea. Vast gardens surround the finca hotel‘s buildings, including the Beach House right on Canyamel beach. Besides tranquillity and harmony, Can Simoneta also offers its guests lots of sporting opportunities, there are several golf courses in the near vicinity. The restaurant with exquisite cooking and even some home-grown products also has a magical view over the Bay of Canyamel.
Font Santa Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness
The Font Santa Hotel in the south of Mallorca has the only thermal spring in the Balearics. What is special is that this underground spring supplies the swimming pool, the Jacuzzis and the Vichy showers with water rich in minerals. A harmony of the traditional and modern influence the 36 rooms in the idyllic surroundings of the Es Trenc natural beach and the salt marshes of Campos.
I now quickly nip up a little lane with steps and I can already see the market halls of the Mercat de l‘Olivar on Placa Mercat. After a few treats and lovely glass of white wine I make my way back. I stroll through the Carrer de la Miguel pedestrian area, cross the Placa Mayor and follow the Jaume II as far as Placa Cort with an age-old huge olive tree. From here it’s just a few steps downhill back to the parking garage.
Now I have to decide. I can either go on a long walk along the beachfront promenade towards Portixol and eat at Can Punta, the restaurant owned by the famous actress Sonja Kirchberger. Or I can get in the car and drive to Porto Portals to Beach Alm.
Sonja Kirchberger's hotspot Can Punta
Sonja Kirchberger took over the Can Punta in a little fishing port between Portixol and Molinar in 2014. The petite, attractive actress arrives for our meeting at her cosy restaurant with a suitcase as she has to fly off to Germany for rehearsals for Shakespeare performances with the director Dieter Wedel straight afterwards.
"I can do every job in my restaurant, I can cook every dish and mix every cocktail", proudly explains actress Sonja Kirchberger.
She sewed the denim upholstery herself. Denim curtains and covers for the menus, where I even find a genuine Wienerschnitzel, are just being made, Sonja reveals to me before she is already on her way out with a final wave.
Cap Falco Beach
Guests really enjoy simply sitting their feet in the sand, relaxing and eating what the chef bought fresh from the market in the morning. Many of the regular guests don‘t even want the menu, they would much rather we surprise them. Chilled out in stylish seats, lounges and sun loungers with a stunning view of the sea.
Text: Hedi Grager