Photography courtesy of Puro Hotel Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Puro Hotel Palma
Mallorca, Spain

This elegant 18th-century townhouse positions itself as a ‘well-being oasis’ and the narrow, pedestrianised street it sits on certainly offered us some welcome peace and quiet. despite being seconds from the bustling and cosmopolitan main drag, we found the property itself to be remarkably serene and calming.

We would describe our room as earthy, yet with contemporary Balearic touches. We liked the texture and use of natural materials – oak, wicker and linen throughout, giving it a rustic luxe feel.

We also enjoyed the cool and quirky Opio roof bar and restaurant, which came complete with an overview of the ramshackle neighbouring buildings, plus a number of quiet corners hiding Balinese daybeds, where we were often to be found soaking up the rays. in the evening, the space transforms and becomes a popular, buzzy night-spot for locals and visitors alike.

The hotel boasts its own beach club, just a short drive from the hotel. here we relaxed by the sea while a procession of drinks and nibbles were ferried to us by the attentive staff. The music – from the hotel’s own label, no less – is subtle, and the atmosphere relaxed; unlike many of these spots which try desperately to convince you that you’re in Ibiza.

The property’s biggest win is having the Old Town of Palma (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) literally footsteps away. Romans, Moors and Christians have all left their mark here, from the Arab baths to the spectacular, sand coloured royal Palace of Almudaina, which dominates the port. The winding streets that lie in its (much appreciated) shade made for perfect for daytime ambling during our visit.

Carrer de Montenegro, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain