The Spanish’s Canaries and the Balearic Islands are rumoured to be added to the green list and if so they will quickly become hot destinations for UK tourists to escape to. For this edition of Travel Tuesday, we have a hit list of where to go and stay. Are you ready for a little vacation this summer?
Island escapes to destinations with smaller populations are high on the priority list for holidaymakers this summer. Whether you’re looking for something a little more secluded, beachside style, a child-free zone, or a boat ride away from one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, has an array of fantastic European hotels and resorts for your next island getaway.
Ibiza, Santa Eulalia
Oozing traditional Balearic Island charm, Santa Eulalia offers a calm haven with its spotless white-sand beaches and laid-back nightlife. The charming town has earned a reputation of being the island’s gastronomic centre, complete with traditional Mediterranean buildings and a 16th-century church overlooking a yacht-filled marina.
W Ibiza will reopen its doors on the 3rd of June with the launch of a new adults-only rooftop bar, Glow, and the hotel’s fifth culinary venue, La Llama. This seasonal escape embraces the relaxed pace and cosmopolitan attitude of Santa Eulalia, an unbeatable location within walking distance of local art galleries, trendy boutiques and amazing dining venues alongside the island’s gorgeous beaches and dive-deep sea. Glow, which is situated on the hotel’s rooftop, offers stunning sea views and allows guests and locals to unwind poolside with yoga and meditation classes with some of the island’s best practitioners by day. By night, the open-air bar transforms into an event space hosting a myriad of the coolest DJs from around the globe sound-tracking the night with chilled Balearic vibes to funky electronic beats. La Llama takes centre stage with its innovative menu filled with authentic flavours and locally produced seafood and meat cooked using old and new fire cooking techniques, as well as being home to one of the most extensive wine cellars on the White Isle. W Ibiza is the perfect hotspot to enjoy Ibiza’s playful charm off the beaten track.
Hotel Riomar, Ibiza, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Tribute Portfolio will make its debut in Ibiza this July. Located on the shores of Santa Eulalia Bay, and featuring a hidden garden oasis, Hotel Riomar, Ibiza, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel brings balance and serenity to this lesser-known part of the island through a harmonious connection with nature. The property is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes with the White Isle’s crystal-clear waters on one side, and idyllic rolling landscapes on the other. A balance of mind and body can be achieved either by relaxing poolside or joining a private morning yoga session on the beach. Hotel Riomar, Ibiza, is the perfect Ibizan escape to recharge and unwind.
Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Situated in Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca prides itself on golden sandy beaches and turquoise waters. With a thriving nightlife scene, Spanish architecture and Mediterranean cuisine, it has something to offer every traveller’s needs.
The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
Discover your Mediterranean sanctuary at The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, located at the finest address on the southwest coast. The resort invites guests to relax in a sophisticated setting offering prime views of its surrounding nature and the Mediterranean Sea. Each of the 125 guestrooms and suites showcases a warm design inspired by the timeless essence of the island with a nod to the local olive trees and crystal blue waters. Each guestroom features its private terrace for the utmost in luxury coastal living. For those looking for an unforgettable stay, the expansive Mardavall Diamond Suite comes complete with an extended living area, an intimate dining space with a kitchenette and bar seating up to six guests, a walk-in closet, a private sauna and steam room and a private wrap-around terrace with sun loungers and jacuzzi. Renowned for its holistic philosophy and visionary Chinese medical centre, the innovative Arabella Spa is the resort’s premier sensory destination. Connoisseurs can also enjoy some of the island’s most distinctive flavours at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Es Fum, headed by Chef Miguel Navarro, where the exquisitely-crafted epicurean tasting menu showcases 10 courses of seasonal and locally sourced produce, complemented by wines chosen by the in-house sommelier.
Castillo Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca
Castillo Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca has re-opened its doors having transformed into an adult’s only hotel. Nestled within sub-tropical gardens overlooking Palma de Mallorca, and the greens of one of the Island’s finest golf courses, Arabella Golf Son Vida, the hotel features 164 guestrooms and suites offerings stunning views of the Bay of Palma. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle hotel captivates global travellers with its historical architecture, exquisite antiques and impressive artwork by leading Spanish portraitists of the late 16th century. Castillo Son Vida occupies six dining venues serviced by some of the best Spanish cuisine cooks on the island; including Es Vi and Es Castell which encapsulate the highest culinary expectations and wine tasting experiences. The hotel’s wine cellar, believed to be the best in the Balearics, has over 400 varieties of international appellations and vintages, 50 of which are by the glass. Guests can unwind and rejuvenate in a peaceful and enchanting setting of the Castillo Hotel Son Vida spa offers tailored treatments to meet guests’ individual needs and preferences.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is the perfect destination for those looking to mix cultural experiences with relaxation. Whether you are seeking coastline hikes, star-gazing nights, water sport activities, Michelin-starred dining or vibrant nightlife, Tenerife’s warm climate allows travellers to unwind and explore all year round.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
Located on the south coast of Tenerife, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is nestled within a secluded, sub-tropical garden, offering a delightful blend of exclusivity, space and bespoke service. The resort recently unveiled its semi-private Villa Club offering a ‘hotel within a hotel’ feel, where guests can enjoy additional benefits such as poolside refreshments, assistance from the Villa Ambassador Team, complimentary wellness experience passes, as well as full access to the hotel facilities. The resort offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes; from sun-drenched beach lunches and poolside snacks to the exceptional Michelin-starred restaurants, Abama Kabuki and M.B, showcasing interpretations of Basque cuisine and Japanese-Western fusion culinary techniques. The Ritz-Carlton’s Spas Wellness Experience takes inspiration from the classical traditions of Roman bathing using a mixture of hot and cold temperatures and water treatments designed to improve circulation, stimulate the body’s senses, eliminate toxins and boost the immune system. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre that offers an array of cardiovascular exercise equipment and access to a golf course and tennis court. Those travelling with children have a variety of family activities from making a splash at one of the resort’s seven pools, exploring the Ritz-Kids programme or making the most out of The Zone Fun and Entertainment area.
Do you dare run away to Spain this summer?