A breath of fresh air in the Balearics
With the return of travel tantalizingly close for many of us, it is very clear that fresh air and ventilation is an important factor when it comes to reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission. With this in mind, we understand that travellers will be seeking luxury hotels with attractive outdoor spaces to enjoy. Hopefully, we’ve done the hard work for you by looking at the 5-star hotels on the Spanish Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca where you can be certain to enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Below is a brief overview of the outdoor facilities for drinks and dining at just 25 hotels around these islands.
The island of Ibiza
Grand Palladium White Island Resort and Spa in Playa d’en Bossa
Feeling peckish between meals? Head to Sa Figuera located at this 5-star hotel. Here you will be able to enjoy some lovely snacks and drinks, as well as benefit from the outdoor space. If, on the odd occasion there is some rain, or to escape the sun, you can also sit under the canopied area. However, this is still open to the fresh air.
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in Playa d’en Bossa
For panoramic views of the adjacent beach and over the Mediterranean, you can’t beat The Ninth. This is a chic rooftop sky-lounge at the hotel. You’ll be able to take in both sunrise and sunsets from here – the highest leisure location on the island where you can enjoy the open air.
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa
If you’re after a clubbing atmosphere, but are also looking for a hotel with some great outdoor space, then this hotel will be ideal. The Beach by Ushuaia Ibiza offers guests fresh, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. Being beachside, there is a great outdoor experience with nothing between you and the Mediterranean sea.
The island of Menorca
La Quinta Menorca by Portblue in Cala’n Bosch
This luxury boutique hotel is located between the beaches of Cala’n Bosch and Son Xoriguer. You can enjoy a very comfortable area for a drink and bite to eat overlooking the swimming pool, and it’s even a delightful location to just sit for while with a good book and a glass of whatever you fancy. The hotel will never be crowded as there are just 82 rooms and it’s also for adults-only.
Can Faustino in Ciutadella
Stay at this 5-star hotel, and the evenings come to life at the Can Faustino Restaurant. As the hotel says, it will turn into an enchanted garden offering Mediterranean cuisine. Soft lighting adds to the romantic feel, whilst still enjoying the benefits of being outdoors. You can also enjoy your breakfast outside on the patio.
Insotel Punta Prima Prestige Suites and Spa in Punta Prima
This luxury hotel on Punta Prima beach (with just 62 suites) has an inviting terrace with lovely views over the Mediterranean. The Sa Sivina Restaurant is open air and offers dinner to guests, although prior reservation would be required. There is also the Lobby Bar Sa Sivina which gives the same quality views, is open air and offers guests a selection of drinks, cocktails as well as coffee and tea.
The island of Mallorca
Hotel Santos Nixe Palace in Cala Major
located on the outskirts of the city of Palma, this 5-star hotel’s A Popa Sea Club available to guests. Located beachside, you will be able to enjoy tapas as well as fresh fish and seafood from early afternoon through to late evening during the summer season. A true outdoor dining experience with the benefit of being able to be covered should a drizzle occur, or to shelter from the sun.
Be Live Collection Son Antem in Llucmajor
This 5-star golf and spa hotel in the countryside located of Llucmajor offers guests numerous outdoor spaces to sit for a drink and dine. There is Es Trenc Pool Bar with lounge seating, or table dining at The Grill Restaurant. There is also the courtyard space where you can relax with a drink.
Fergus Style Tobago in Palmanova
Of course, Palmanova is known for its busy nightlife scene as well as its lovely beach area. Possibly the best viewpoint in the resort is from the Sky Bar at this 5-star hotel. Located on the roof of the hotel, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the sea and the beach all whilst in the open air.
Pure Salt Garonda in Playa de Palma
The boutique adults-only hotel is located right on the beachfront, and close to the island’s city of Palma. You can enjoy a couple of the hotel’s restaurants benefitting from being outside. Mikel and Pintxo offers tapas and Spanish cuisine on the promenade facing the beach. Here you can enjoy something to eat as well as juices, cocktails, beer, and wines. L’A Trattoria Pizzeria has and outdoor terrace facing the palm tree lined promenade.
Pure Salt Port Adriano in El Toro
This lovely 5-star hotel is located by a small marina, so you can sit and watch boats arrive and leave whilst enjoying a drink and something to seat at the Adriana Restaurant. You can select to sit outside on the terrace for breakfast, lunch, tapas, and dinner. What could be better?
Sa Creu Nova Petit Palais Art and Spa in Es Trenc
This 17-suite, adults-only luxury hotel is built within an 18th century stately home just 10 minutes from the nature park of Es Trenc. The garden terrace offers guests an outside dining experience with partial shading from the sun. It is surrounded by Mediterranean plants, and is a tranquil place to enjoy a drink and something to eat.
Gran Hotel Soller in Soller
This luxury hotel is in the heart of the Tramuntana Mountains area and is an architectural delight. For outdoor space, you can enjoy both the Rooftop Bar with views of the picturesque town of Soller, and the Lobby Bar offering a snacks menu. Pictured here is the Lobby Bar that is open just after midday through to early evening. The Rooftop Bar is located beside the small pool and provides a snack menu for lunch from around midday to mid-afternoon. However, you can still enjoy a drink here until early evening.
Lago Garden Hotel and Spa in Cala Ratjada
Enjoy both the relaxing resort of Cala Ratjada and this 5-star hotel sheltered by palm trees and gardens. The canopied restaurant offers guests Mediterranean dishes, locally sourced ingredients and is open from breakfast and dinner. The restaurant overlooks the gardens and has an open terrace. If you’re looking for just a daytime snack, then located next to the pool’s sun terrace is the Snack Bar providing shade with its sail canopy whilst still enabling the air free circulation.
CM Mallorca Palace in Sa Coma
This 5-star hotel is on the east coast of the island and enjoys a quiet beach atmosphere. The hotel’s Blue Bar is open for drink and offers guests comfortable seating on a covered terrace, but still open to the air whilst providing a welcome break from the sun.
Summum Prime Boutique in Palma
This delightful luxury hotel is in the heart of the city and is located in a 5-storey 15th century Mallorcan Palace with just 18 suites. Guests can enjoy the Bar and Lounge for breakfast, and then for a soft drink, cocktail, or coffee on the outdoor terrace. As the hotel is limited by its rooms, you know you will be able to enjoy the outside space without crowds.
Boutique Hotel Can Auli in Pollensa
Located in a renovated 17th century building, this luxury hotel has some lovely outside space to enjoy. Whether you want to just sit and read that novel you’ve been keeping for your holiday, or sit with a drink, this space is modern in design and is located adjacent to the small pool area.
El Llorenc Parc de Mar in Palma
Located next to Palma Cathedral, this 5-star adults-only hotel enjoys an enviable position. For the best views, go to The Rooftop where you will find the hotel’s pool terrace and an area to relax with a cocktail and snacks. The cocktail bar is under cover, and has comfortable, welcoming seating.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular in Palma
This beautiful 5-star hotel in Palma’s old town has just 32 rooms and 10 suites, all located in a renovated mid-19th century mansion. The Singular Rooftop Terrace offers panoramic views of the city, and provides a shaded area in which to relax and sip your favourite cocktail and delicious food.
Boutique Hotel Can Alomar in Palma
Housed in a former 19th century mansion (which, in itself, was built on the site of a 15th century gothic palace), this luxury hotel is located in Palma’s best luxury shopping district. However, although it is in the centre of the city, it still provides guests with some welcome outdoor space. De Tokio a Lima Restaurant specialises in Japanese, Peruvian and Mediterranean cuisine that you can enjoy on either of the two outdoor terraces overlooking the Paseo del Borne below.
Hotel de Mar Gran Melia in Illetas
This is an adults-only 5-star hotel where you can enjoy a few outdoor spaces for drinks and something to eat. The Amaro Lobby Bar and Lounge is ideal for summer nights and includes an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool area and sea beyond. The Perseo (pictured here) comprises a large outdoor terrace with stunning sea views. Here you can enjoy a breakfast buffet as well as a la carte dinners. If it’s something more romantic you’re looking for, then the hotel will arrange a table for dinner on the beach, or an exclusive corner of the Bardot Garden.
Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel in Son Vida
This is a 5-star hotel located on the outskirts of the city of Palma. There are 92 rooms located over just 3 floors and La Bodeda del Green tapas restaurant offers guests open-air facilities for lunch and dinner. Located by the golf course, the terrace itself is also surrounded by greenery including sub-tropical plants and trees.
Hotel Pleta de Mar in Can Simoneta
The new luxury hotel is surrounded by pine trees, wild olive trees, and overlooks the sea. We love the look of the Sa Pleta bar area where you can enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace during the day and evening before dinner in the restaurant.
La Residencia in Deia
This luxury Belmond hotel is located between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. There are many pretty outdoor spaces to enjoy including El Olivo (pictured here), and Café Miro. Enjoy eating a la carte with accompanying wine on the terraces overlooking the countryside and mountains beyond. Café Miro offers tapas, fresh fish dishes, and spectacular views. There is also Son Fony where you can enjoy breakfast overlooking the main pool and mountains in the distance. Perfect!
Cap Rocat in Cala’n Blanes
Located in a renovated fortress built to guard the Bay of Palma, the luxury Cap Rocat Hotel is certain a spectacular place to stay. Guests can not only enjoy the open air at the hotel’s Sea Club for an informal meal such as baked or grilled meat and fish, but also a drink whilst overlooking the sea. The Cap Rocat can even organise a special moonlit dinner for you at their beach where you can enjoy the night breeze and a private dining experience. During the summer months the patios and terrace attached to the restaurant are open allowing you to enjoy the atmosphere of this unusual luxury hotel and the sea breeze.
We would have included the luxury hotel located in Formentor in Mallorca. However, this hotel is currently undergoing extensive renovations. Its planned opening will not be until 2023 and will be under the Four Seasons brand.
Most hotels do have outdoor space around their swimming pools, and the majority of hotels are also running at reduced capacity to minimise the number of guests. Hotels in the Balearic Islands are tending to open their doors to guests during the month of May and will close for the winter season around the month of October. However, hotels in the city of Palma do open longer as they attract the city break traveller.
Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks.