All our Balearic Islands collections:
There are only four Balearics, and they all have their own characters. But between them they appeal to a very wide range of travellers and consequently offer a massive range of accommodation. Our selection of the best places to stay in the Balearic Islands range from off the beaten track farmhouse B&Bs to top notch five star luxury hotels.
⁃ Mallorca is the largest island and has a little of everything, from stunning natural beauty to elegant or bustling resorts, to traditional old manor houses done up as refined rural retreats. One of the main reasons Mallorca is a favoured Mediterranean destination is the coastline - it's breathtaking. And while resorts have colonised many a gorgeous cove, there are still plenty to be explored.
⁃ Menorca is the tranquil island, yet also the one with the most unique landscapes to explore - there are biosphere reserves, national parks and curious archaeological sites. Menorca is where you'll find untouched beaches and coves.
⁃ Ibiza: you only need the name to conjure up an image of clubbers raving all night. But if you go beyond the throbbing party scene, you'll find that Ibiza has a peaceful side too. A side of clean, sandy beaches perfect for relaxing or for watersports, dramatic cliffs, traditional whitewashed villages, hippies and World Heritage Listed sites.
⁃ Formentera is the smallest and most southerly - and there's no airport, so it's quieter. Formentera has unspoiled sandy beaches, and the island is pretty flat, so it's a nice place for families, but there's not much in the way of cultural attractions. Outside the busy season the small independent hotels offer some great deals and there's more of a back-to-nature feel.
As a holiday destination Mallorca has a lot of what's wonderful about the Med. A spectacular limestone-cliff-and-turquoise-sea coast. A lush, foodie friendly interior. And pretty villages. It also has the resorts, but for an alternative to resort life, opt for Palma, the island's capital. This architecturally attractive town is just the right size to get around easily, with the beautiful restored cathedral acting as a central beacon.. Mallorca is also probably the best place to stay on the Balearic Islands if you want somewhere to explore - either on foot or by bike.
Despite being only the second largest island, Menorca has more beaches than both Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The resorts here are also a lot smaller, so there are far fewer people to share your beach with. If you want a beach to yourself this is definitely the island for you.
Yes, if you want to dance 'til dawn, Ibiza is still the island to choose. But it's also a good destination to consider if you're looking for a rural agroturismi or a homely finca. Even the capital, Ibiza Town, has medieval mansions, a cathedral, a castle and the Heritage Listed old town.
If you're looking for a peaceful beach break out of season, then Formentera is the best place to stay on the Balearic Islands for you. Relax on uncrowded, unspoiled beaches, then stroll the boardwalks protecting the sand dunes. There's not too much to do, so there's no excuse not to relax.
Palma de Mallorca
A cute contemporary hotel overlooking the harbour. Modern, but in an understated way. Rooms and suite with sophisticated furnishings and private balconies. Good Mediterranean food, lovely roof top lounge area, and excellent value.
Port de Pollensa, Mallorca
A chic beach front hotel decorated in a contemporary style - bedrooms have cool blue interiors and many boast sea views. The hotel has an adults only policy and is very popular with touring cyclists - there is a repair shop and bike store on site. Relax at the rooftop pool overlooking the harbour.
Located in the centre of the charming marina in a small fishing village, this hotel offers guests a private garden and swimming pool just minutes from the beach. With lots of good restaurants nearby and lots of sporting activities on offer, this is a great value getaway for all the family.
Es Migjorn Gran, Menorca
A quaint country house dating back to the 1800s offering guests five homely bedrooms. Terracotta tiles, exposed beams and comfortable beds. The hotel has a popular restaurant with outdoor terrace dining and views of the S’Engolidor ravine. A charming spot with lots of character.
A chic all white hotel on the sea face. Funky Art Deco rooms and suites have private balconies and sea facing views. Restaurant serving excellent Mediterranean cuisine, roof top terrace, and an enormous pool. A lively spot for a beach holiday.
A secluded hotel in northern Ibiza offering plenty of privacy. Large rooms feature cream furniture, dark wood furniture and wooden beams. Huge outdoor pool, terrace, and gardens. Lovely public areas with plenty of spaces to relax. An ideal spot set back from the crowds.
The yang to Ibiza's yin, Formentera is a world away from its hedonistic big brother. Designed using colours and materials of a traditional finca, rooms are awash with white and sun bleached wood, yet in a much more modern style. The menu is mediterranean with lots of local fish. A haven of chic!