The Majorca boutique hotel scene has a new addition. Stepping through billowing white curtains into the grounds of Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous felt like walking into a luxury fragrance ad. Everywhere is so pristinely white and stylishly radiant at this Majorca boutique hotel that I almost expected Charlize Theron to come wafting across the terrace in a cloud of mimosa. I didn’t have time to ponder this much before being welcomed into the Selini Bar where a glass of crisp Moet accompanied check-in. The attention to detail is impeccable.
New Majorca Boutique Hotel
This Majorca five-star hotel opened in July 2017 on the island’s south-west coast. It nestles on the Portals Nous sandy cove with sweeping views out to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. A short stroll away the yachting set hang out at the lively bars, restaurants and shops of Puerto Portals Marina. Top golf course, Real Golf de Bendinat, is also nearby.
The hotel is part of family-owned Iberostar’s luxury Grand Collection and is an adult only enclave. Inside I’m immersed in a sense of calm, cocooned and cosseted from the outside world. The feeling permeates throughout the hotel and it’s utterly captivating. Behind the cool cutting-edge design is renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders who’s created a perfect mix of art, design and sustainability. If I tell you the New York Times labelled him the ‘Lady Gaga’ of design you’ll get the idea.
My Room at Iberostar Grand Portals Nous
I make my way along scented corridors to my room. I’m in an executive sea view room with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the pretty Portals Nous cove. Glass doors in another wall open onto a small balcony with table and chairs. The white airy room is suffused with cool light. A vivacious pop of yellow from a large lamp and colourful rug break the expanse of white. A black desk, chair and 48” flat screen smart TV add depth.
Bottled water is provided daily and there’s a minibar and Nespresso machine. A USB charging port is built into the desk although I’d have preferred this to have been next to the bedside table. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.
A double wardrobe comes with attached hangers, a pet hate of mine, and momentarily disrupted my new-found equilibrium while I wrestled to hang up my clothes. A minor niggle. A nice touch was the typical Mallorcan woven beach bag with leather handles containing beach towels and flip flops. A further single robe housed an electronic safe and drawer storage. Air-conditioning is efficient and quiet.
The bathroom is beautifully spacious with wall to ceiling windows along one wall. A free-standing egg-shaped bath tub takes centre-stage. A glorious rain-forest shower is in one spacious cubicle and in the other is the WC. Both have mirrored doors for privacy. A range of luxurious Bulgari toiletries sit between the dual basins. There are, of course, soft fluffy bathrobes and no less than three large bath towels. A decent hairdryer is accompanied by straightening irons.
Complementing the 56 rooms are four double penthouses each with private roof terrace and Jacuzzi.
Wanders is partial to adding an element of surprise to his creations and nowhere is this more apparent than in the hotel’s selection of five distinctively themed suites. Designed to fulfil the senses through unique experiences there’s a suite for every taste.
The starry-eyed will have a stellar time in the Stargazer Suite checking out the heavens from a powerful telescope or gazing at the Swarovski studded ceiling.
Art and history lovers can wake up in the bohemian Heritage Suite. The Spa Suite comes with its own sauna, yoga instructor and fitness gear.
If you’re a player pick the Games Suite which comes complete with video games, football table, pinball machine and mini-golf on the balcony.
And then there’s the Naughty Suite…
The hotel signature logo is displayed everywhere from bedheads and lamps to coffee cups but nowhere is it more striking than at the pool. The mosaic floral design with tulips, to mark the Dutch connection, ripples beneath the swimming pool and again on the feature water wall. Take to the water in a floating sun bed or relax under the shade of a parasol.
If you want to explore the hotel’s darker side step out of the light and into the relaxed, muted atmosphere of the Spa. Before a massage or treatment enjoy the sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, salt bath or ice fountain. The Wellness Bar serves detox juices and a range of herbal tea. I thought I’d relaxed into the hotel vibe nicely until I had a custom massage – after that I really knew what relaxed felt like.
A gym and fitness centre is open 24hrs for the actively inclined. Yoga, Pilates and aerobics classes are also available.
Dining at Iberostar Grand Portals Nous
Astir, which means Star in Greek, is the hotel’s restaurant and gastronomic hub. After a selection of cocktails at the bar we dined under the stars on our first evening. The tasting menu brought a selection of flavours and experiences to enthral the taste buds. El Capricho meat ,said to be some of the best meat in the world, was on the menu for our second evening. Here’s a taster to whet your appetite…
Breakfast on the terrace with breath taking views of the bay was no less indulgent. More to come about the food in my next post.
All too soon my stay came to an end and it was time to leave the calm, cool world of Wander. I bid farewell to the light airy spaces, harmonious luxury and air of tranquillity with a sigh and stepped back through the billowing curtains into the real world.
Iberostar Grand Portals Nous, Calle Falconer, 19, Portals Nous, 07181 Calvià, Mallorca, Spain. Phone: +34 971 10 02 15
The hotel is a 20-minute taxi journey from Palma airport
My stay at Iberostar Grand Portals Nous was hosted, however, I have complete editorial control and, as always, bring you my own honest views and opinions of the hotel.