Adding to Palma’s steadily growing list of luxury boutique hotels, Can Bordoy is instantly one of its most impressive. It occupies a former Catholic-run pre-school for girls, which now boasts beautifully realised interiors throughout, five-star dining and relaxation facilities, and a huge, leafy garden that all add to an atmosphere of secluded exclusivity.
Guided by the Japanese art of kintsugi, local design studio Ohlab have enhanced the building’s flaws and foibles to dramatic effect. This combines with an aesthetic of understated opulence that creates a genuinely unique environment that feels very much a private world of its own.
The hotel is tucked away deep in Palma’s most historic of neighbourhoods, La Lonja and just around the corner from the eponymous former maritime exchange. It’s also just steps away from Calle Apuntadores, one of the capital’s busiest pedestrian streets lined with restaurants and bars, from which you emerge onto the beautiful Paseo del Born boulevard.
Relax & enjoy
Featuring the largest private garden in Palma’s old town, this verdant space provides a genuinely tranquil spot in which to relax, have a bite to eat, or swim laps in the heated 16-metre pool under dappled shadows of mature plant life.
An impressive selection of massage and cosmetic treatment are on offer in the atmospheric, and beautifully scented, lower-level spa, which also features a private spa suite with jacuzzi bath, sauna, and novel horizontal shower. Alternatively, you can head upstairs to the hotel’s small rooftop plunge pool with surrounding terrace and glorious views over the city’s roof tops.
The Can Bordoy has 24 suites in all, each unique and individually styled and with proportions that are particularly generous by Palma standards. Decor is a sumptuous combination of period features, lavish drapery, and distressed detailing that conjure up a world of partially-revived glamour. Decadence of the Roaring Twenties is channelled through velvet headboards, Art Deco furnishings, and minibars that integrate vintage radios and cocktail-making kits.
Further in-room amenities impress with the likes of fully-adjustable electronic mattresses, tablets with digital concierge service, and deep soaking tubs. Every guest can expect fresh flowers, handmade chocolate, and strawberries on arrival, while a dedicated butler service means any needs are swiftly answered.
Eat & drink
With the opening of the hotel, another top dining experience was also added to Palma’s collection. Botànic offers diners an outstanding menu of gourmet healthy eating, starting with one of the most extensive a la carte breakfast offerings you’ll find on the island. Head chef Andrés Benítez’s interest in combining nutritious ingredients with quality fine dining is explored to the full, with an all-day menu that includes Mallorcan products and inventive twists. It is popular with guests and non-guests alike, who can choose between a choice of dining rooms, or the garden terrace.
Close to the hotel
As well as the many restaurants and bars on Calle Apuntadors, the bustling Paseo del Borne and Jaime III offer further dining options together with some of Palma’s finest shopping. Most of the capital’s main attractions – such as the cathedral and the Almudaina – can also be reached easily foot. For more eating, drinking and shopping opportunities, the buzzing neighbourhood of Santa Catalina is also a short stroll from the hotel.
Good to know
The Can Bordoy is one of the most eco-friendly hotels on the island, with a strict no-plastic policy, renewable energy, and even uses ecological cleaning products.
Why you should stay here
Top-notch relaxation facilities combined with impressive gourmet dining, beautiful suites and urban oasis garden.