Totally unique in Mallorca, this former 17th-century convent shares its space with a church and local monks. The history of the building has been fully embraced in its transition to a hotel and is disarmingly chic throughout and its prime location in Palma’s Old Town means it is within easy reach of the main sights of Palma.
Set back from the Ramblas in central Palma and away from the noise of the passing traffic, this hotel is easy to miss as it blends so seamlessly with its neighbouring buildings and church. A few minutes’ walk in one direction brings you to the busy high-street shopping area of Calle Sant Miguel and Plaza de España and a few minutes in the other direction brings you to the heart of the old town of Palma.
Relax & enjoy
Feel all of the stress of day-to-day life dissipate as soon as you enter the dimly lit reception area with impressive glass art pieces hanging from the ceiling and calming background music that delicately escapes the hidden speakers.
Soak up the sun on one of the uber-comfortable sun loungers on the bright roof terrace which links the two sides of the hotel and cool off in the small pool. Once you are suitably relaxed, descend in the lift to the subterranean, catacomb-like spa complete with a stunning plunge pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. It is easy to forget where you are down here and lose track of time – be sure to book your slot with reception and have the place to yourself.
There are 27 rooms over two parts of the hotel. The older side of the hotel has long open corridors with the original doors from its time as a convent leading into bright, airy and comfortable rooms. All rooms have Nespresso machines, a mini bar and huge beds. The décor is wholly in keeping with the hotel’s age and style with neutral colours and natural materials and plenty of artwork. The rooms on the other side of the hotel are similar in style and size although some of the rooms on this side have bathrooms that are straight off of the bedroom which is fine for a couple but may not suit friends travelling together.
The ‘Luxury Suite’ is a huge open space with a luxury bathroom and its own Turkish bath and walk-in shower. The main room has a huge king-size bed and sitting area. There is also a private sun terrace with Jacuzzi and a Bali bed to spread out on
Eat & drink
There are seven Michelin-star restaurants on Mallorca and one has chosen to lay down its roots in this hotel. Marc Fosh, the only British chef to have a Michelin-star in Spain, opened his restaurant in Convent de la Missió in 2015 and serves fresh, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Try the ‘Menu Marc’ for a gastronomic ride through the extensive menu and dine in either the intimately-lit dining room or in the inviting internal courtyard during the warmer months.
Breakfast is also served in the restaurant and is a rather simple but ample buffet spread of pastries, fruits and local cured meats and cheeses.
Close to the hotel
The major sights of Palma including the churches and historic buildings are a short walk away, the flower-scented Ramblas is directly behind the hotel, with a multitude of cafes, bars and restaurants, which leads to the main shopping street of Paseo del Borne.
Good to know
The meeting room and business suite in this hotel is impressive. It will not feel like work when you enter the impressive ante-room with art hanging from the ceiling, comfortable sofas and coffee-making facilities. Move into the monks’ huge former dining room for a meeting or presentation itself with a projector and perfect acoustics – you won’t need a microphone!
Why stay here
Impossible to replicate, this hotel has everything from spa to business facilities, tied up in a perfect, elegant and stylish package.