Mallorca Day Trips: How to Spend the Perfect Day in Cala d’Or

Mallorca has a crazy amount of fascinating places and experiences to offer for holidaymakers from all generations and all backgrounds. There is really something for everyone! One thing that everyone probably likes is a beautiful bay, good food, a wonderful sunset and a boat trip. Have you heard anyone ever say no to that!? Me neither….

So, today we’re exploring the East side of Mallorca. Whereas last time we visited Santanyi (see my other blog post) and the picturesque Cala Santanyi, today we’re visiting Cala Figuera and Cala d’Or. I want to show you how you can spend a perfect day in this part of the island, so that you are 100% holiday proof for your next trip!

In this post you will find out:

  • The top spots to visit near Cala d’Or
  • The best place to eat and have a drink in Cala d’Or
  • Why you should not miss out on Cala Figuera
  • Which is the best sunset boat trip in the area
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The 10 Best Hotels in Mallorca For Gypsy Souls

It is no longer a secret that I am a Gypsy Soul, I love to travel and I developed my nomadic soul definitely while living here on Mallorca. The past few months on this beautiful island have been a blessing and I have had the opportunity to visit many of its beautiful villages, beaches, restaurants and hotels. Today I want to share with you the hotels that I enjoyed most, based on the price, atmosphere, location, view, service, … you name it!

Time to explore some of the best hotels on Mallorca for Gypsy Souls!

This is my Top 10*:

  1. Cook’s Club, Palma Beach
  2. Hotel Mama, Palma de Mallorca
  3. Hotel Bella Colina, Paguera
  4. Hotel Sa Baronia, Banyalbufar
  5. Bikini Island & Mountain Resort, Port de Soller
  6. Hotel Dalt Muntanya, Orient
  7. Pension Bellavista, Port de Pollenca
  8. Boutique Hotel Jardi d’Arta, Arta
  9. Som Suret Cool Hotel, Portopetro
  10. Cal Reiet Holistic Retreats, Santanyi

*The hotels are not listed in order of preference.

1: Cook’s Club Palma Beach, Playa de Palma

OKAY, I work for Thomas Cook. That is no longer a secret. But… It is not because I work for Thomas Cook that I am going to list all Thomas Cook hotels here. No. I have carefully tested some of their branded hotels and resorts (such as this Cook’s Club Palma Beach), and this came out as my favorite one for gypsy souls (& digital nomads too, because it offers a co-working space!).

Cook’s Club is a new hotel chain with hotels opening all around the world for the new Millenial generation. It focuses on good music, street food on demand, great cocktails at the pool bar and chilled-out vibes. It also has a much more trendy and comfy vibes than any other typical holiday hotels that you will find in Playa de Palma (or tourist resorts), so if you’re looking for a beach holiday spot to crash, this is it! 

PS: Palma is only 1 bus ride of €1,50 away (so it’s also great for a city trip & beach getaway)!

2: Hotel Mama, Palma de Mallorca

If you want to stay in the city of Palma de Mallorca where the buzz is really going, then I completely understand. I am in LOVE with this city (ever since I started living here since March 2019). Although I do not need to sleep in hotels here (because I have a place to live), I do like to go check out other hotels, such as Hotel Mama, and particularly their rooftop terraces and pools. Yes, I am addicted to living a high-society life… 😉

One of the most chilled-out, highly From Julie With Love – styled design hotels in the city is Hotel Mama. That is: Artisan tiles, collector furniture, natural light and inspired by styles ranging from Art Deco to oriental influences! YES, make yourself at home here! Mama will take care of you, whether it is in one of the 6 different kind of prestigious room types, at the tapas bar or in the Grand Café, Hotel Mama is a pearl in the city (with great views over the cathedral and historic town)!

One more reason to visit Hotel Mama for me is the unique cinema experience that it offers with Cappucine: the hotel offers you to enjoy both vintage and contemporary films in a magical cinema inspired by some famous paintings that will brings you back to 1920s Paris. This is an extremely exclusive and comfortable movie theatre, that has screenings Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5PM with only 30 seats. Original version with subtitles in Spanish. Bookings through the reception. 

3: Hotel Bella Colina, Paguera

A bit more to the West side of Mallorca, not particularly my favorite part of the island with party places for English and German tourists, there are some exceptions to the rule. Luckily! The reopened Bella Colina Vintage Hotel est. 1953 is one of those places that magically sets new standards and belongs to the most beautiful houses in the region.

It is located on a privileged hill-site in Paguera and therefore has a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. I am absolutely amazed by the happy and colorful vintage design of the lounge and the restaurant. Hotel Bella Colina So colorful that I cannot resist… Who would not love to spend some time there?! This is a place that will make you happy!

All rooms have airconditioning and there is also a swimming pool, a lounge and a pool bar with cocktails, snacks and relaxed music. Hammock spotted as well! Gosh, what a place!

4: Pension Sa Baronia, Banyalbufar

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island, in my opinion, there is no better place than Pension Sa Baronia. For a really affordable price (I paid only 90 euros for a double room for 2 persons including breakfast in high season), you get to unwind completely and forget about all your sorrows.

My friends called me crazy when I said I was going to Banyalbufar – a really small village in the Sierra de Tramuntana – but I turned out to be right: it is an ideal place to relax after hiking or cycling, and there are some places to visit nearby, such as Torre del Verger (one of my Top 10 Instagram Spots on the island).

An absolutely gorgeous swimming pool located on the hill-side edge offers stunning views over the rural terraces and Mediterranean Sea whereas the hotel Sa Baronia itself is located in a 17thcentury old stately home.

5: Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel, Port de Soller

LIFE IS BETTER IN BIKINI, they say at Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel. Okay, this might not be the cheapest option of this hotel list, but it is on my ultimate Mallorca Bucket List ever since I got to the island and discovered the happy rainbow staircase of this hotel in Port de Soller.

One obligation: “If you’re going to Bikini, be sure to wear flowers in your hair.You’re going to meet some gentle people there!” it reads on the ground before entering the staircase. So, don’t break the rule and go 100% for your GIPSY SOUL outfit and mindset. Well yeah, after all… There are nice places, great places and there’s the Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Sóller

PS: Make sure to eat at the incredible NENI Mallorca restaurant and enjoy the views over the port of Port de Soller. And oh yeah… of course, they also organize yoga retreats here!

6: Hotel Dalt Muntanya, Orient

Sometimes all you have to do is get away from it all. Go OFF THE BEATEN TRACK and head into the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. to discover Hotel Dalt Muntanya. It is the home of tranquillity itself in perfect harmony with nature. Few hotels will feel so cosy and personal as this one. 

Relax at the beautiful pool and enjoy some of the best hidden restaurants of the island, such as Restaurant Mandala, or go for a degustation menu in the neighboring hotel Son Palau. Jummie! And romantic (even if you don’t have a boyfriend, but just bring a friend, like I did).

7: Pension Bellvista, Port de Pollenca

Pension Bellavista is an oasis for budget-lovers on Mallorca, located in the heart of Puerto Pollensa. I challenge you to propose a better hotel than this one for this price-quality on the island. This place is the best of the best deal! It has no swimming pool, but it has an on-site vegan and vegetarian restaurant (and that is unique for Spanish meatlovers) with tested and approved meals by From Julie with Love. 

Pension Bella Vista is a family-run pension and the owners has a big heart for animals. They are active in animal shelters on the island and therefore only accept animal-loving-guests. Yes, one cat accidentally jumped into my room from the balcony and decided to sleep next to me. I just enjoyed my one-night stand! 😀 

PS: As it is located right by the bus stop, it is a perfect base to explore the North of Mallorca with beautiful beaches like Playa de Muro, the famous Cap de Formentor, the historic city of Alcudia, and a direct connection to the airport… all by bus! 

8: Hotel Jardi d’Arta, Arta

Voltaire once said: “The paradise on earth is where I am”. Well, maybe he was at Hotel Jardi d’Arta, a hotel with a stunning Arabic garden and still enough Mallorcan soul to feed your hunger for Mediterranean flavours. This is one of the most charming town hotels on the island, and conveniently located in the heart of the town of Arta but also a short ride away from many beaches in the North East.

There are only 9 lovingly designed rooms and 3 suites in this boutique hotel, so each of them have their own unique character. I can’t help but dream away when looking at its pool by sunset. Isn’t this a piece of heaven on earth? Yes, sometimes dreams come true.

9: Som Suret Cool Hotel, Portopetro

On the east side of the island of Mallorca, you will find tons of hotel resorts that are packed with tourists on crowded beaches. The Som Suret Cool Hotel, also known as the former Varadero Hotel is a break of that trend on the east coast. It is Adults Only (yes, sorry, but if you’re on a holiday without children, you most likely prefer also not to be surrounded by children, especially at the pool). 

Hotel Som Suret is situated just a few meters from a traditional maritime port and offers a bit of a different and exclusive holiday experience for a short escape or a holiday with its incredible rooftop Ibiza-style white lounge, beautiful views and comfortable beds. And all of this at very affordable prices, which is probably one of my main reasons to choose for this hotel: price according to quality!

10: Cal Reiet Holistic Retreats, Santanyi 

If it can be a little bit more, and if you are looking for a holistic wellbeing retreat instead of a ‘normal’ holiday as a gypsy soul, then Cal Reiet is maybe something for you! I would actually not really call this a hotel, as the idea is to come here to restore yourself in a special environment with treatments, massages and special body, mind and spirit offerings on the menu. 

For Cal Reiet, holistic living is all about the lifestyle, and the property breaths that ideology. Whether you come as an individual or in a group retreat, you will be pampered for sure here. Cal Reiet is an oasis away from everyday life where you can rejuvenate, grow and reconnect with your true-self. Its aim is to create a magical place, where guests can find inspiration, joy and harmony within.

Reservations

If you book through this link via Booking.com, you get 15 euros discount (after your stay) and me too! So please, use it wisely… and let me know how your trip to Mallorca was. Or if you have another hotel tip to share.

Have a nice time in Mallorca, you gypsy soul!

x x x From Julie with Love x x x

The 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Mallorca

Mallorca is filled with the most beautiful Instagram places and photographic opportunities. Just take a look at my Instagram profile and you’ll immediately see that I can continue to take photos FOREVER on this amazing island. From small villages to rocky bays and fancy restaurants…. Mallorca has it all!

This blog post is all about the best places to Instagram in Mallorca. I will show you my favorite shot spots on the island: some are popular places, others are off the beaten track. Up to you to discover them yourself now. And Psssss….. let me know what your Top 10 looks like (in a comment below)!

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Mallorca Day Trips: How to Spend the Perfect Day in Santanyí

The good thing about working abroad is that you can spend your days off as a tourist: you can make day trips from where you live to discover the most beautiful and fun places around you.

This week I decided to visit Santanyi. It is a small but authentic and interesting historic place in the South East of Mallorca. A bit further eastwards from the village lies Cala Santanyi, the beach resort town near the ‘cala’ (or the bay). The perfect combination for a day trip, I would say!

Santanyi: Mallorca’s Most Quiet & Charming Town

This time I went with my colleague Annick, who promoted herself for the occasion to my photography assistant 😉 , on a day trip in Mallorca. As she is an early bird, she suggested to leave early. I did not mind, because the earlier you wake up, the more you can enjoy the day.

‘One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.’

– Robert Brault

The funny thing was that by the time we arrived at 9.30h to Santanyi, the village was still sleeping. I guess that Mallorca does not have the same mindset as we do. Anyway… Out of a not-so-bad-idea-anyway necessity we decided to go for breakfast first.

In the middle of town, right by the church, we found Sa Botiga, a restaurant and street cafe with a lovely patio in a beautifully decorated Mediterranean styled setting. Of course, I decided to sit down in the patio, where Annick and I had a delicious croissant and fruit bowl. I also had a giant iced coffee. Perfect to wake up!

By the time we finished Santanyi was finally awake! The shops started to open and the villagers started to walk around. We found out that Santanyi is full of beautiful shops selling clothes and other fashion items in a typical Ibiza-bohemian style and also more traditional shops selling artisanal products and handicrafts.

Just behind the corner of the church we found this beautiful patio in the town hall. It was absolutely the most beautiful place in the whole city. Go and look for it yourself! (Tip: it’s somewhere near the church).

You won’t be surprised if I tell you that this village in the South East part of the island is called ‘the golden-stone village‘. Just take a look around and you’ll see why…

The unexpected thing about Santanyí is that it is not only pretty, rural and authentically Mallorcan, it is also home to many art galleries and handicraft shops, of which most of them are owned by foreigners (read: Germans).

One of my favorite discoveries of the day was Galery Beate Angela Pohl . From the outside it looks like a combination of a hippie fashion store and an art gallery but once you enter it is an oasis of tranquility, especially in the zen-themed garden. Make sure to pass it on the way to the bus stop!

Cala Santanyi: the beach

In the afternoon we took a bus to Cala Santanyi, which is the beach side of Santanyi located in a beautiful bay. It only took us like 10 minutes to get there. What an easy ride!

Once in Cala Santanyi, the bus dropped off literally at the beach. Paradise… Check! This is such a pretty bay, unfortunately it is small and therefore easily crowded.

We ran up the hill on the left side of the bay to look for some food and good views. There we found Cafe Drac, a place that makes you believe that things can get better, even if you thought they were already at the top!

You know… There are these little moments in life that I feel so blessed with the life I am leading. A good cocktail, food, sun, an awesome view and an even more awesome colleague who makes you smile. What more do we need in life?!

Enjoy the little things in life for one day they will be the big things

Julie

If you make it one day to Cala Santanyi, you have to go to Cafe Drac, and order the White Sangria (with Cava!), Shrimp-Mango Salad, and White Tiramisu (yes, you’ve heard that right: with white chocolate). Hmmm! Make sure you get the best table for that view. ❤

Hidden Gem: Es Pontàs

If you still have some energy left after an amazing lunch, you can walk around. If not, you can lay down at the beach. This place has its attraction for everyone.

Guess what… Julie is always full of energy! I went first down to this idyllic green-door harbor side of the bay for some Instagrammable-pics, and then I hiked up the cliff, realizing it was leading to a dead end. LOL.

I walked all the way back and had to take the stairs, like normal people would do. For some reason, I thought I could walk around the bay to go to this special cliff…

Es Pontàs, is like a big natural rock rising from the ocean. It has the shape of a bridge, or an arch, depending on your angle. It takes about 10 minutes walking from the bay of Cala Santanyi to get there, and it is an oasis of peacefulness. Here is where you can sit down and literally meditate.

Be thankful for what you have. Be fearless for what you want.

Julie

At Es Pontas I met other Flemish people (from the Dutch speaking side of Belgium, where I am from). It was a couple on their honeymoon. The woman was sitting there filming her husband. He was swimming to the rock and climbed all the way to the top through a very difficult (and dangerous) parcours.

It’s called “DEEP WATER SOLOING“. I’ve learnt something new today. Apparently, this is a trend amongst the more adventurous amongst us. The Es Pontas rock is one of the more challenging climbs for those bouldering it. So, don’t try this just like this!

Enough adventure for today… For me, watching Es Pontas was satisfactory enough… and my friend and colleague, Annick, she got enough adrenaline pumped into her veins by taking me this optical illusion shot near the cliff. Haha, wish I recorded her voice when she said: “don’t go closer to the cliff, come back!”.

Okay, I am a good girl and sometimes I listen. We walked back to the beach where we had a last coffee before heading back to Palma de Mallorca. Read below how to get to Santanyi by public transportation.

More day trips in Mallorca coming soon!

Santanyi: How to get there

From Palma de Mallorca, it is very easy to get to Santanyi, even without a car! It takes about 1 hour with bus 501 (Palma – Cala d’Or). At the time of writing there was a bus leaving at 8.25 AM from Plaza de Espana (from where most buses leave in Palma) to Santanyi with arrival 9.25 AM. A bus later is also possible: 10.30 with arrival 11.30. 6.65 euro one way.

From Santanyi to Cala Santanyi you can take bus 503. It is like a fancy tourist bus. You will like it, and it is only 1,50 euro one way. I recommend to take it at 13.05 – 13.15. It is the perfect time to arrive for lunch in the bay. You can take the bus back at 17.20 and then you are back at 17.30 in Santanyi.

There you have a direct connection to Palma de Mallorca at 17.35 with arrival 19.00. Unless you want to stay longer at the beach: there are also buses at 19h00, 20h05, and even 21.40h. Check actual bus times at www.tib.org.

If you prefer to go by car, it’s 50 minutes and 50 kilometers from Palma.

Santanyi: When to visit

There is a market in Santanyi on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8.00h until 13.00h. I haven’t been on the market day, but it is supposed to be very nice. Unless you like it quiet, then you can go another day, and have the city for yourself. 😉

When are you visiting Santanyi? Feel free to comment below.

Disclaimer: This blog post has been created in collaboration with Sa Botiga (Santanyi) and Cafe Drac (Cala Santanyi). Special thanks go to them! ❤