Posh Palma palaces & exclusive estates down south
King Felipe VI spends summers at the royal residence, The Marivent Palace, in Cala Major overlooking the bay, Shakespeare in Love heartthrob, Joseph Fiennes, reportedly owns a cool city pad plus a house in Pollença, while Star Wars actor, Mads Mikkelsen’s rumoured to own a trendy Santa Catalina apartment.
To pen novels undisturbed by paparazzi, Jeffrey Archer built a sea front contemporary villa in a quiet coastal area just south of the city, while Steve McManaman’s hideout is in the ‘Beverley Hills’ of Mallorca, the Son Vida golf estate.
Top property hotspot: The prestigious postcode of Puerto Portals
Peter Stringfellow Villa
Julio Iglesias previously owned an apartment in celeb magnet, Puerto Portals, where Clare Sweeney and Richard Keys are homeowners.
Peter Stringfellow owned his jaw-dropping villa on an exclusive estate atop a hill in Bendinat.
Along the coast from the millionaire’s playground, Three Degrees star, Sheila Ferguson, is selling her sprawling hilltop villa in Palma Nova, while recently-split Jamie and Louise Redknapp have just sold their Bendinat cliffside villa. The footie star is said to be staying put and househunting in Port Adriano.
Southwest is best!
Suzi Quatro’s home at Sa Vinya, Bendinat Courtesy of Andrew Spence
Jonny Wilkinson scored an address in Sol de Mallorca, Roy McFarland reportedly resides in Las Fuentes, Nova Santa Ponsa, while Jess Conrad rents out his villa in a gated community in Santa Ponsa, where Robert Winsor owns a sun-soaked sanctuary where Leapy Lee lives, too. Having sold his luxury villa here and headed Down Under, Nigel Benn is back and rebuilding on the island.
Jasper Carrott’s luxury villa overlooks Camp de Mar bay, alongside Grahame Whateley’s prime frontline property.
Sa Vinya’s luxury estate is just the ticket for rocker Suzi Quatro, who tells me “the island’s natural beauty, tranquillity and low crime rate” are among the reasons for buying her contemporary holiday hideaway here.
Tom Cruise is said to own an Andratx abode and, while she once told me that “Mallorca is the most beautiful place”, Claudia Schiffer sold both her Cap Andritxol finca and the “paparazzi-proof” luxurious hilltop estate she built on a headland in Camp de Mar – she’d bought the entire mountain!
Sleepy days up North
Diandra Douglas’ S’Estaca estate
For stars seeking total tranquility, like elusive inhabitant Annie Lennox, whose house is hidden high up in the mountains near Sóller, and Selina Scott, who favours her faraway finca in the foothills, sleepy villages nestled in verdant valleys make the perfect property plot.
Even “Bond” has been licenced to set up home here… 007-star, Pierce Brosnan enjoys a secluded Serra de Tramuntana mountain retreat.
Model, Anja Rubik, lives close to Sóller and northern and western areas prove particularly popular with world-renowned residents seeking solitude along rocky shorelines dotted with isolated coves and beaches accessible only by sea.
Sir Richard Branson’s bought back his spectacular Son Bunyola estate in Banyalbufar, which he’d sold after being refused planning permission to create a luxury hotel. Overlooking 5 km of breathtaking coastline, the property comprises an historic Mallorquín manor house and three country houses, recently transformed into ultra-luxury villas with pools available for exclusive hire.
Michael Douglas (and ex-wife Diandra Douglas) who owns the historic S’Estaca estate at Puerto Valldemossa, tells me he loves the “breathtaking landscapes” and that “Mallorca has always been a magical place” for him. Formerly owned by Habsburg Archduke Ludwig Salvator, the 247-acre country estate boasts a beautiful 19th-century Moorish-style palace with spectacular sea views.
Desirable Deià is no stranger to high-profile names… the Balearic bolthole’s home to Anna Friel, while fashion/interior designer, Matthew Williamson is amongst the most recent arrivals. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s coastal finca here hits the right note for musical inspiration, Caroline Corr was married in the village and reportedly has a home nearby, while PR guru, Lynne Franks, runs wellbeing and creative leadership retreats for women at her historic home.
The Northeast rocks!
The Night Manager
Cycling champ, Bradley Wiggins’ two-wheeled adventures here prompted his Port de Pollença property purchase and Brendon Cole recently danced his way into a charming country house nearby. Rumours are rife that Robbie Williams has a hideaway here, and Pollença clearly struck the right chord for musician, Peter Maffay, who snapped up fincas Can Sureda and Can Llompart.
Lord Lupton is the lucky owner of Spain’s most expensive property, 17th-century fortress, La Fortaleza, overlooking the Port de Pollença. Made famous by The Night Manager, it reportedly sold for around a whopping €40m! Born and bred in Manacor, Rafael Nadal is said to have invested in Cala Millor.
Inland investments in areas with A-list appeal
Hanna Soukupova & Drew Aaron
James Blunt married the granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington on Mallorca and regularly visits the in-laws’ finca in Campanet. Boris Becker owns Son Coll estate in Artà and tells me he adores “the country life in a quiet, rural location.” Model, Hana Soukupova, and her famous art collector husband, Drew Arron, recently invested in Alaró, while Irish actor, Colm Meany settled in Santa Maria.
Other renowned residents living the highlife
Richard Branson’s Son Bunyola
As a playground for the rich’n’famous, this idyllic island is also home to Kenny Lynch and Robert Powell, while whispers suggest Shane Ritchie, Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz and Antonio Banderas all have holiday homes here, adding more big-name showbiz glamour to the long list of famous faces living a life of luxury on this glittering isle!