Here we bring you the latest news happening around the island – from New Openings to Top Events whether you live here all year or just visit from time-to-time – stay in the know with what’s going on!
Foreign population of Balearics doubles in 15 years
Recent figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) show that the foreign population of the Balearic Island has more than doubled in the last 15 years. Since the publication of the first abcMallorca magazine a decade and a half ago, the number of non-native residents who have made their home in the Balearics has risen from almost 110,986 in 2003 to 239,901 last year – an increase of 116% and well above the 20% growth in the number of Spanish inhabitants over the same time period.
While the INE data does not detail all the countries of origin, in recent years it does show there has been a significant decline in residents coming from countries within the European Union, especially German and English, with more immigration attributed to those arrivals from South America and Morocco. The total population of the Balearic Islands is about 1.16 million, with foreigners accounting for roughly 20%.
There is no better time to discover the beauty & charm of Mallorca, the largest Balearic Island in Spain including its rich history, culture, & outdoor life […] Mallorca at a glance
Flights to Palma surge
Figures released by Enaire, the state air navigation company, show that flights in and out of Palma airport were up by over 20% over the winter period. This follows a general trend around the Balearics, with the main reasons cited as the increase in residents flight discount coupled with efforts to attract more off-season visitors to the islands. Seat capacity scheduled for flights to Palma Airport had also gone up by 26% over the winter.
Start your holiday right with an easy arrival to the Palma de Mallorca airport with its many car hire agencies, easy public transport & access to the island […] Mallorca airport guide
Luxury boutique opening
The Mallorcan capital has another new top-end boutique hotel to add to its impressive collection, with the opening of the Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden. Located in historic La Lonja, the five-star property features 24 lavish suites, gourmet dining restaurant, deluxe spa, and one of Palma’s largest privately-owned gardens – complete with heated pool.
With gourmet dining, lavish suites, and a beautifully secluded garden, Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden is one of Palma’s standout luxury boutique hotels. […] Glamorous Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden
Palma hotel on top list
Palma’s Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume has been judged as one of the best new luxury hotels in the world for 2018 by LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence. Hotel experts from LTI, a membership-based high-end travel company, visited 42 new hotels last year and deemed 15 particularly exceptional, including the Hotel Gloria de Sant Jaume. “We are filled with pride that all our efforts to create a very unique hotel have been recognised by LTI,” they responded.
To get the insider experience of Mallorca, the Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume offers a chic and old-world stay by way of converted noble palace in central Palma. […] Mediterranean Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume in Palma
New Banni store for Palma
Already with six outlets in mainland Spain, the high-end interior design and furnishings specialists Banni Elegant Interiors have now opened their seventh showroom in the centre of Palma. Working with hundreds of top international brands to ensure high-quality materials and products in every aspect of their projects, they cover a wide range of inside and outside spaces for home, hotels, real estate developments, offices, retail outlets and yachts.
BANNI Elegant Interiors open a new store in the centre of Palma showcasing all of their interior design solutions and furniture. […] BANNI Elegant Interiors Store in Palma
Palma’s first sake bar
The space previously occupied on Palma’s Avenida Argentina by the Celoso Tasca restaurant has reopened as Sake Bar. It was opened by the Arume Restaurant & Sushi Bar, who has acclaimed Mallorcan chef Tomeu Martí at the helm, and is the first bar of its kind in Palma. As well as a wide selection of sake, they also offer a selection Asian dishes from Arume’s classic menu.
This is perhaps the best Japanese restaurant on Mallorca. The majority of diners are regulars with a love of Asian cuisine. […] Arume Restaurant & Sushi Bar Palma
Nuru opens gallery and lifestyle store
The siblings behind successful Santa Catalina fusion restaurant Nuru have opened a new gallery and lifestyle store in the upmarket marina of Puerto Portals. Their first exhibition features bold and colourful works by the multi-talented Spanish star, Jordi Mollà, who is also known for his movie work in Hollywood
New hotel for Capdepera
The latest hotel to open its doors in the picturesque mountain-top town of Capdepera is the Hotel Creu de Tau Art & Spa. The sister property of Canyamel’s Melbeach Hotel, this new opening occupies a beautifully restored convent building that combines period features with contemporary styling. The adults-only, four-star hotel also features an indoor pool with vaulted ceiling and stunning views over the scenic surrounds.
Neptune opens experience showroom
Sleeping solutions specialists for yachts and villas, Neptune Interiors, have opened their new experience space in the centre of Palma. Here visitors can test a range of mattresses in a 150-square-metre space, to feel the different thickness, qualities and finish of each mattress, as well as other bedding, first-hand.
Find a furniture store that specialises in the style of furniture and decorative items you want – and it’s job done! […] Furniture stores on Mallorca
New space for EHDG
The established Espacio Home Design Group has added a new space to their impressive interior design and furnishings portfolio. Their latest Living space has opened next door to their first ever Palma store, Cocinart, and is their most exclusive showroom showcasing the latest trends in the world of interiors.
The Espacio Home Design has added a new Living space to their six showrooms to complete their impressive designer home interiors experience. […] Espacio Home Design
First Bulgari store on Mallorca
Deluxe Italian brand Bulgari open their first store on Mallorca this spring, located on the capital’s so-called ‘Golden Mile’ of Passeig del Born. Selling jewellery, watches, and other luxury accessories, the retail boutique of this high-end company occupies a newly renovated space in an elegant 1930s building next to other top fashion brand, Escada.
Palma’s most elegant avenue unites the best in high street stores, luxury designers, gourmet restaurants and luxury boutique hotels. […] Palma’s Paseo del Borne
Rendezvous Yacht & Home move
The Mediterranean-inspired lifestyle store Rendezvous Yacht & Home has moved marinas, from Port Adriano to their new home in Puerto Portals. They offer a curated collection of decorative objects for your home or yacht, as well as select clothing lines for men, women and children from top fashion brands.
Browse Rendezvous Yacht & Home’s bespoke boutique in Puerto Portals for the perfect products and souvenirs for your yacht or home. […] Rendezvous Yacht & Home Store in Puerto Portals
Hawaiian trend hits Palma
The people behind Playa de Muro’s Royal Beach have brought the latest trend in gastronomy to the island’s capital. The KanePoké Healthy Bowls on Carrer d’Aragó offers a variation on the native Hawaiian dish of the poke, which typically mixes marinated fish with fresh vegetables on a bed of rice.
A little insider knowledge opens up a whole world of exciting and well-priced eating experiences in Palma. Get the urban gastro guide right here! […] Urban eateries in Palma
Innovative office concept in pipeline
Plans are in place to build what will be Mallorca’s most state-of-the-art office and coworking space. Dubbed ‘The Circle’, the super-modern office complex aims to attract exclusively trades and professions from the real estate industry. As well as enabling smaller companies a prestigious company headquarters, it will offer a range of business-related services, green outside spaces, and the latest in internet and networking technology. The property will be located in Son Bougadelles business park near Santa Ponça, the island’s top-selling region for the real estate.
A foreigners’ guide to setting up a business in Mallorca […] Setting up a Business in Mallorca
Mallorca Design Day announces winners
Chosen from 121 collections submitted from all over the world, the winners and finalists of the #mallorcadesignday 2019 were announced at a press conference held in Puerto Portals. Mallorcan Carla García Parrondo won the top spot in the National Curvy category, while the jury also picked six new designers from the Balearics as finalists. A fashion show with all the winners the finalists will be held on May 24th in Puerto Portals.
Two superyachts sold by Sanlorenzo Spain
Sanlorenzo Spain, the exclusive agents for Sanlorenzo in Spain and the Balearic Islands, have announced the sale of two brokerage yachts, the 34.1m Sanlorenzo SD112 ‘I’ and 31.7m Sanlorenzo SL104 ‘ZULU’. Director Alan Gulliver of Sanlorenzo Spain represented the seller and the buyer in both sales.
Sanlorenzo designs, manufactures and distributes mega and super yachts, on a custom built basis. Visit their brand representative office for the Balearic islands in Puerto Portals now! […] Sanlorenzo Yachts Mallorca
Repsol shines on Mallorcan restaurants
The latest Repsol gastronomy guide, similar to the Michelin guide but focused just on Spain and Portugal, has bestowed its ‘soles’ upon 16 restaurants across Mallorca. The criteria judges a range of factors including quality of cuisine, ingredients, and methods, respect for regional cooking, wine selection and standard of service. Between one and three ‘suns’ are awarded on behalf of Repsol by ‘La Asociación de amigos de la Real Academia de Gastronomía y la Cofradía de la Buena Mesa.’ Out of the 24 ‘soles’ awarded, only one restaurant received the top three-sun accolade, Maca de Castro in Port d’Alcúdia.
There are now seven Michelin-star restaurants on Mallorca, with a total of eight stars. Here’a an overview of the successful chefs. […] Michelin star restaurants on Mallorca
Engel & Völkers reports positive outlook
The latest ‘Real Estate Market Mallorca 2018/19’ report by Engel & Völkers highlighted their on-going confidence in the marketplace after a record volume of transactions and continued growth in sales last year. The much-anticipated annual report also points to an excess of demand leading to a lack of availability in many regions, further pushing up prices. Top prices of up to €30million were reached in premium locations.
Passion, competence and exclusivity: Engel & Völkers Mallorca is a class act, delivering excellence in premium real estate. Visit them in Mallorca! […] Engel & Völkers Mallorca
Alexandre Jaume house becomes hotel
The former home of journalist and politician Alexandre Jaume has been opened as a 4-star boutique hotel by his family. Set on the square of the same name in Palma, the Ca n’Alexandre has 23 guest rooms and a ground floor café open to the public.
Five-star finca opens doors
The Único Hotels group have opened a new luxury hotel, Finca Serena, located in the central Pla de Mallorca region. Set in 40 hectares of beautiful Mediterranean gardens and countryside, the adults-only property boasts gourmet dining, deluxe accommodation and a 250sqm wellness area.
La Lonja champagne bar
One of Palma’s finest boutique hotels, Palacio Can Marques in La Lonja, has upped their luxury credentials even further with the addition of a champagne bar. Situated in the hotel’s grand lobby, the chic bar offers an exclusive selection from the Lanson champagne house, and is open to both members of the public and guests.
Fraser yachts sold
Fraser is pleased to announce nine yachts sold within the past three weeks. The crowning sale was M/Y ARETI by Stuart Larsen. At 85m she is the 3rd largest yacht sold this year and was only on the market for just under nine months. Launched in 2017 by Lurssen with design by Winch, ARETI is the perfect combination of functionality, performance and comfort.
For more than 70 years, this world-recognised name in the luxury yacht world has been delivering outstanding service around the globe – including Mallorca. […] Fraser Yachts Mallorca