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Hospes Maricel

Spain   Mallorca   Illetas, near Palma   Why Mallorca?
Palma de Mallorca 12km
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Reviewed by Michael Soffe


POSH immediately comes to mind as you enter from the street into the light and airy reception and entrance of the Hospes Maricel. You immediately get the feeling of being on a luxury cruise liner as the Mediterranean Sea (which laps the front walls of the hotel) appears in all its shimmering glory through the large windows in front of you. This is yet another “gem” from our favourite chain of boutique Hotels in Spain, Hospes. It is also the smallest with 47 bedrooms. The charming reception staff (another trademark of the chain) welcome you with a smile and you can immediately tell that customer service is paramount. Strikingly contemporary whites, creams, marble and dark woods put you at ease and there are numerous sofas in the reception/salon area from which to gaze at the waves.

The Med beckons, of course, and from the reception one is enticed forward through the enormous glass doors out onto the sea-side terrace with plumped up white cushioned rattan sofas. A place to dream.........

The infinity pool is gorgeous and with the sea beyond the view is uninterrupted except by the occasional passing yacht or ship. The “coup de teatre” of this Hotel (although it is hard to choose as all of it is so lovely!!) is the “Bodyna Spa” area situated on the level below the Hotel. Most spas play ambient chillout music, but the open air massage rooms are situated in the arches where small boats could be moored and the sound of the waves lulls you to complete relaxation – beats chillout music any day in my opinion!. All sorts of massages and treatments are available. If you fancy a swim in the sea, the old stone steps lead down into it.

The 47 bedrooms are all in true glorious Hospes style of fabulous contemporary design and excellent bathrooms. They have all the luxuries you would expect of this category of hotel, satellite TV, Air-Con, Heating, Safes, Wi-Fi, Min-bars (complete with power drinks and smoothies!) Bathrooms are gleaming with lots of glass and my favourite toiletries of any Hotel created especially for Hospes that include the delights of “citrus body milk” and “achillea hair conditioner”. Bathrobes and loads of fluffy white towels add to the sense of luxury. In the main building 23 of the bedrooms have sea views, and a further 6 have views over Illetas to the hills. The Presidential Suite and Suites are ideally suited for honeymooners (they all have their own terraces) and a further four Doubles have a shared terrace. In the newer building the rooms have the same glorious style and some have Zen plunge pools.

Breakfasts (and what a breakfast) are served at your leisure in the dining room which spills out onto the terrace when weather permits so that you can eat “alfresco”. Light lunches and dinner are also served and the restaurant has a truly excellent reputation and is open to the public. In peak months reservations are recommended as tourists and Spaniard alike partake of the fine cuisine (international with a Mallorquin twist)

An ideal Hotel for those who want a taste of luxury on an intimate scale. Those sea views will make you want to stay forever. Its location 10 minutes from the fascinating city of Palma is an added bonus.

"Bodyna Spa"


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Please Note - these prices are base prices and should be used as a rough guide only. The Hotel operates a policy similar to that of low-cost airlines with prices fluctuating according to occupancy levels of the Hotel. The earlier you book the better deal you will get. We can guarantee that we will get the best deal available at the time of booking. Late deals may also be available so please contact us and we will do our best!
Minimum stay of 4 nights is required in high season, except between 18th July and 10th August when a minimum stay of 7 nights is required).

Please note: Children between the ages of 2 and 12 are only permitted in the months of May and June.

Deposit: For reservations of 1 to 5 nights, a deposit equivalent to the total cost of one nights accommodation is required by the Hotel in order to guarantee the booking.

For reservations of 6 nights or more, a 25% deposit is required by the Hotel in order to guarantee a booking.

Cancellations: Cancellations received more than 30 days before the arrival date: the deposit is refunded.

Cancellations received more than 48 hours and less than 30 days before the arrival date: the deposit is forfeited.

Cancellations received 48 hours or less before the arrival date: the deposit is forfeited and 50% of the remaining cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

No-Show: For reservations of 1 to 6 nights, 100% of the total reservation cost will be charged by the Hotel.

For reservations of 7 nights or more: 50% of the total reservation cost will be charged by the Hotel.

Early departures: 75% of the remaining cost of the reservation will be charged by the Hotel.

For all cancellations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.