Why Go: For travelers seeking repose, it is typical for a vacation to the Balearic Islands oasis of Mallorca to entirely omit its bustling capital. Less than an hour’s flight from Barcelona, the destination attracts weary weekenders to tranquil seaside resorts, quaint fishing villages, and idyllic sandy beaches. It is understandable how one could glimpse Palma’s tightly packed high-rises from the airplane and overlook its leisurely appeal. In March, refuge Sant Francesc Hotel Singular arrived with good-sized rooms, a rooftop pool, and quite a sophisticated aesthetic in the oldest part of the city.
What to Expect: This small 42-room hotel focuses on accommodations, artwork, and food. There are two true suites among its inventory, many junior suites, and spacious rooms (from about $200). The owning family has ties to Barcelona’s beloved Hotel Majestic and highbrow taste in contemporary art. Pieces displayed from Patio Mallorquin and Lobby Bar to Singular Rooftop Terrace bar and throughout guest rooms are thought-provoking yet subtle. Original ceiling frescoes throughout the 1880 building have been restored to magnificent color. Cuisine at Quadrat Restaurant & Garden is inspired by the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean and is served in the renovated former stables of the historic manor house.
How to Get There: A car ride from the Palma de Mallorca Airport to the hotel takes under 15 minutes. (hotelsantfrancesc.com)