Where to stay: Iberostar Grand Portals Nous, Mallorca

A Marcel Wanders-designed boutique hotel just outside Palma de Mallorca

Stepping out of the glaring Mediterranean sun into the cool, tranquil lobby of the Iberostar Grand Portals Nous, I could feel the tiredness from the long and uncomfortable journey lift from my shoulders. With its authentic Mallorcan blue tiled floors and calm white walls, the hotel’s interior is the vision of the renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders; inside, each of the 66 rooms showcases his unique aesthetic.

After a restorative drink at the champagne bar, we are led up to our room, where we are immediately transported into a modern work of art. On opening the door, I am confronted by an oversize bright yellow floor lamp that dominates one corner, a colourful rug on the floor and, most captivatingly of all, a giant (and extremely lifelike) round blue eye that surveys the room in a Big Brother-esque way from its perch on the back of the bathroom mirror.

This eye-catching visual design is combined with traditional comforts. A pillow menu, in-room Nespresso machines and handmade soaps are all on offer, ready to be delivered by the hotel’s very own British-trained ‘butlers’, who are on hand 24 hours a day to cater for guests’ every whim. The more adventurous travellers can try one of the hotel’s themed suites, such as the ‘Stargazer’, where guests can admire the constellations from their terrace through a state-of-the-art telescope and sleep under a Swarovski-studded star ceiling, or the ‘Games’ suite, with its very own pinball machine and putting green.

We spend a blissful afternoon enjoying lobster club sandwiches at the poolside Wellness Bar, followed by a dip in the rooftop pool. While it is tempting never to leave the comfort of our sun loungers, we can’t resist a trip to the adjoining beach to swim in the sparkling blue water of the Mediterranean, followed by a gentle stroll up the hill to watch the sun set over Puerto Portal’s harbour.  

Relaxation and health are very much at the forefront of the hotel’s offerings, with cutting-edge treatments available at the Physica Spa (a deep-tissue massage at the hands of the superb therapist cleared the last of the flight-induced cramps from my back), the well-equipped fitness centre and the nearby golf course, not to mention the in-house juice bar. 

Having fully explored, we head to Astir, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, for a delicious dinner of local Mallorcan dishes, including gazpacho with grilled prawns, loin of Iberican pork and homemade gelato. Each course comes paired with different wines recommended by the extremely knowledgeable staff.

After two days of wonderful pampering and culinary delights, we head home reluctantly, feeling fully restored in both body and soul, and with the memory of the warm Spanish sun to see us through the chilly London autumn.

Rooms at Iberostar Grand Portals Nous start from €220 per person on a room-only basis.

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