Can Bordoy was once a grand, 16th-century family residence, then a convent, but slowly descended into ruin. To the rescue came a Swedish developer with a penchant for Scandinavian design finesse, who turned this property tucked away in a quiet part of Palma’s Old Town into one of the city’s most lauded places to stay.
Our design notes leant heavily towards contemporary sophistication with a nod to old-world grandeur (you can’t escape the bricks and mortar) and they seemed spot on – from the inviting saltwater plunge pool in the walled garden and the Nordic-chic furnishings in the courtyard, to the large mirrors that bounce light all over the house and offer a glimpse of the vintage collectibles dotted here and there.
We’d describe our suite as theatrical – with lashings of modern white, and blue and grey accenting the otherwise period features. Sumptuous drapes hid an enormous bowl bathtub and our Art Deco-style bed had a mattress that was one of the most comfortable we’ve ever encountered.
Back downstairs, we enjoyed long breakfasts and delicious Balearic cuisine prepared by chef Andrés Benitez, who uses local seasonal produce. We found the service inviting and what was especially nice was that we could laze with a clear conscience – Can Bordoy is a proudly no-plastic, renewable-energy-powered hotel.
Carrer del Forn de la Glòria 14, 07012 Palma
Photography courtesy of Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden