Temples of Bliss: 9 Swanky Spas in the Balearics

The islands of Majorca and Ibiza have left their package holiday reputation behind them, going seriously upscale with a series of ultra-luxe spa hotels.

On Majorca, the best of these are largely clustered along the northern coast under the staggering backdrop of the UNESCO-listed Serra de Tramantura Island range, while Ibiza’s stunning wellness spas are found both dotted along the rocky coastline and among sunny orange groves in the countryside.

As for quiet Menorca, its reputation for serene days by the sea is complemented by a couple of beautiful spas centred around the healing properties of water.

A Balearics luxury yacht charter allows you to float gently from isle to isle, dropping anchor in gin-clear bays and tendering ashore to gorgeous beaches and dramatic clifftop spa hotels.

On a superyacht charter in the Balearic Islands, enjoy long happy days of sea and sunshine, and long nights of dining and partying under the Spanish stars. Why not ramp up the indulgence even further with a visit to one (or several) of these glamorous day spas?


Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

Jumeirah Majorca

This hotel is a true highlight of the luxury spa hotel experience in Majorca. Set on a clifftop with dizzying views of the Mediterranean and the surrounding Serra de Tramuntana mountains, the hotel’s true gem is its award-winning Talise Spa.

Spilling over two levels, the spa is set among the gardens and features ten treatment rooms, two hammams, a salt steam bath, an ice fountain (for the brave) and a glass-walled sauna.

The alfresco heated hydro-pool is a show-stopper, and its panoramic mountain view isn’t half bad either. Talise Spa uses the healing and soothing properties of natural Mediterranean ingredients, including citrus, almonds, and olive oil.

Son Brull, Pollensa, Majorca

A converted 18th-century Jesuit monastery, this glamorous rural sanctuary is tucked in the foothills of the mighty Tramuntana mountains. It features an award-winning restaurant and infinity pool surrounded by olive groves and sweet-smelling jasmine.

The newly renovated spa is a triumph of cool stone, warm wood, and creamy stucco, and offers stunning countryside views of the surrounding hills from its floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The spa has a thermal circuit, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam bath, and a decadent seasonal treatment menu using all-natural products sourced from Majorcan plants like the prickly pear. There’s also a serene yoga studio and a gym in the spa complex.

Belmond La Residencia, Deia, Majorca

The hilltop village of Deia is a must-visit on any Palma yacht charter itinerary. This fairy-tale village is set above the coast, where the rugged Tramantura range shears down to meet the Mediterranean.

Known as the erstwhile home of Robert Graves and featuring a famous roll call of visitors including the Beatles, Princess Diana, Jimi Hendrix, and Leonardo di Caprio, Deia is a beguiling mix of quiet celebrity getaway, artist’s colony, and rustic medieval village.

The Belmond La Residencia hotel is the Grand Dame of Deia, and its ultra-luxe spa is an absolute beauty. The serene indoor pool is surrounded by white columns and soaring ceilings, while the tranquil treatment rooms overlook their own private terraces.

The spa also has a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and gym, and has a range of exclusive pampering treatments including caviar facials and signature massages on a flowery hilltop terrace.

After your treatment, take a wander in the sculpture garden among the olive and citrus trees, and browse the hotel’s wonderful art gallery.

Cap Rocat, Cala Plava, Majorca

The only spa on this list not located along the Tramuntara coastline, the former military fortress of Cap Rocat sits on eight gorgeous kilometres of a quiet section of the Bay of Palma.

The dramatic setting of this castle has been superbly converted into a luxury five star hotel, and it’s hard not to gasp as you walk through its imposing gates and beneath the towering date palms.

The sumptuous spa has yet more star-power, with exposed limestone walls, natural tones, and a Moroccan palace feel.

The pièce de résistance, however, is the astonishing saltwater swimming pool, which is sunk 12 metres below the ground and surrounded by sheer limestone walls, but flooded with sunlight (or starlight) from above.


Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, San Miguel

Where better to recover after a big night out in Ibiza, than at one of the island’s stunning wellness spas?

At Hotel Hacienda’s La Posidina Spa, you’ll want to start your spa experience with a soak in the stunning cascading pools suspended on the cliff-side, where eight thalassotherapy lagoons are heated to different temperatures and bubble away your stress with hydroponic jets.

After soaking in the pools, enter the spa’s sanctuary for a treatment, where you’ll find 15 treatment rooms, a sauna, a pediluvium, a hammam-shower, and jet showers.

Atzaro Agrotourismo

Atzaro Agrotourismo

Away from the coast now, this blissful hotel retreat is set among orange groves on ten hectares of rolling Ibizan countryside, and its magnificent Balinese-style spa is one of the island’s best.

Enter the wellness temple to be scrubbed, massaged, and beautified with Western and Oriental techniques, and relax in the hammam, sauna, or outside or on a luxurious white daybed by the long sapphire-blue pool.

If you were in the mood for some zen, Atzaro spa is the place to find it, helped along by the yoga classes and retreats held onsite as well as the deliciously healthy menu at Veranda Restaurant.

Open Spa, Ibiza Grand Hotel

This vast 1300sqm spa complex is actually four spa zones in one. In the Open Aqua zone, you’ll discover a tranquil water zone with a hydrotherapy pool, counter-current swimming pool, ice pool, Kneipp contrast path, hammam and sauna.

After you’ve soaked, head to Open Experience for a massage treatment in one of their private cabanas with terrace, or get your hair and nails done at Open Beauty. If you feel like you need a workout beforehand to justify all this pampering, there’s also a gym in the spa.

This luxury spa is a popular destination for the partying jet-set, who come here to recover with one of the famous ‘After Party Detox’ treatments: a combination of mineral mud wraps and a massage using restorative orange and mimosa oil.


Blue Spa, Artiem Audax

Set overlooking the beautiful bay of Cala Galdana, the Blue Spa is all about water. At Menorca’s largest thermal circuit, glimmering swimming pools seamlessly connect inside and outside spaces, while heated whirlpools, bubble beds and massage jets pummel and soothe tired muscles.

Get your circulation pumping with four different contrast showers, or soak tired feet in the Compostela footbath.

If you’d prefer to sweat out the toxins than soak, there’s also a Roman bath, Turkish steam bath, and Swedish sauna waiting for you.

PortBlue La Quinta Menorca Hotel & Spa

PortBlue La Quinta Menorca Hotel & Spa

This elegant colonial-style hotel has a spa that’s well worth a lazy afternoon of pampering while on charter on Menorca. The Tranqvil spa offers an indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, as well as nine treatment rooms including a Scottish shower, Vichy shower, and jet bath.

You can also enjoy yoga, Pilates and aqua classes here. While not as swanky as some of the spas in neighbouring islands, there’s a serene charm to this spa hotel that befits Menorca’s lower-key vibe.

A personally-tailored Balearics yacht charter itinerary can offer you the very best of the islands, whether your tastes run to relaxation in nature, wild parties, or refined indulgence. (Or all of the above.) Find your Spanish bliss with a Balearics yacht charter through Bespoke Yacht Charter.

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