When your hotel has the look and feel of Majorcan hilltop village – albeit with a few more upscale amenities – the notion of what a luxury holiday in the Balearics can be begins to change. Enter Park Hyatt Mallorca. Resisting the urge to go for a beachside location, the famous hotelier instead chose to position their island outpost in the cradle of the Canyamel mountains, making for a suitably epic backdrop. But fear not beach babes; it’s only five minutes via complimentary shuttle to Playa de Canyamel’s soft white sands.
And the short ride down to the beach is certainly worth it; the east of the island is Mallorca’s best coastline for turquoise water and picture-perfect sandy coves. Playa de Canyamel is no exception. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and shallow swimming, and although the beach is popular with locals, overcrowding is never an issue due to its ample size. Canyamel lies about an hour’s drive east from Palma city. As such the charm of this lesser-explored side of the island reveals itself, rewarding the traveller prepared to venture away from the tourist traps of Magaluf and Palmanova with stunning scenery and a secluded atmosphere. This is how to holiday in Majorca if you’re looking for an authentic island experience.
Wow, roomy. Even the entry-level room category measures 50 square metres (plus a 10 square-metre private terrace); reportedly the largest of their kind in Europe. And you can triple this for the presidential suite. Generously sized accommodation is the norm at Park Hyatt Mallorca, with lots of natural light flooding in too thanks to wide French windows. Ours was a One King Bed room, upgraded to Resort View which grants a sweeping perspective of the picturesque hotel grounds below, and leads the eye through the Canyamel valley to the glistening blue ocean in the distance.
On entering the large, coolly tiled main room (lounge area with plush sofa, snazzy work space and inviting kingsize bed, tied together with darkwood furnishings, white-beamed ceiling and a minimalist colour palette of soft greens, creams, rose golds and whites), a walk-through wardrobe flanked on one side by an enormous floor-to-ceiling mirror leads to the chic bathroom. Double vanity marble sinks are on-trend with their square shape, while frosted glass doors separate the wet room & bath and WC.
Amenities common to this room type include: 42inch recessed flatscreen; individually controlled heat and aircon; cosy slippers and robes; luxury cosmetics by Bottega Veneta; built-in TV in bathroom mirror; Nespresso coffee machine and tea setup; minibar; in-room tablet; iron & ironing board; and safety box.
One of sushi’s global restaurant stars is Miyako, and its summer season pop-up at Park Hyatt Mallorca’s Asia Restaurant meant we’d timed our stay to perfection. Tobiko & quail egg, hamachi & avocado and the salmon sashimi with ikura were highlights on our visit. Classic Spanish cooking at Tapas Bar, farm-sourced local & international fair at Balearic, and fresh pastries and coffee at Cafe sa Placa make up the other superb dining options. Breakfast, served at Balearic and complimentary on all bookings, is a culinary world of choice. Go buffet with self-serve fry-up style hot plates alongside fresh fruit, cold cuts, cereals, salads and more. Or settle in and browse the brunch menu for everything from waffle stacks and omelettes to avo toast and eggs royal.
Have your phones ready too, because the food and the venues themselves – all statement artwork, low-slung Emerson bulbs and pretty al fresco terraces – are Instagram gold.
Despite being a family resort – an onsite kids club lets parents retreat to the Serenitas Spa while their little islanders play and learn – Park Hyatt Mallorca has at its heart an effortless sophistication. But while it is grown up, it’s anything but stuffy. A daily programme of events sets the pace and makes it easy to experience all the hotel has to offer.
From sunrise yoga and buffet barbecues with tandoor ovens, to swing trio dances and club nights with resident DJ T-Mark, the events during the week we spent at Park Hyatt Mallorca were eclectic. The two-tiered pool set up near the resort’s main square accommodates adults only on the top level, and invites you to put your feet up after your dip with waiter service via call buttons on your sun lounger. Guests may also make use of steam rooms, saunas and more at Cap Vermell Country Club just down the road, and the resort also lays on a free shuttle service to the region’s golf courses. Horse riding tours and ‘salidas en barro’ yacht cruises can be organised by your concierge too.