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Can Bordoy

Palma, Spain

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

In Palma’s historic La Lonja quarter, restored mansion Can Bordoy is a triumph of decadent design. Standing for centuries, this noble house and nunnery has been artfully refurbished to marry house and garden in inspired style. On the inside, original features were either restored or recreated by local design studio Ohlab, then paired with art deco and mid-century designs – the Thirties-style headboards and custom-made drinks cabinets are a particular feast for the eye. Outside, the centrepiece courtyard garden and pool is a sanctuary in the heart of the city, screened by fruit-laden orange trees and perfumed by shrubs and flowers. Unwilling to be tamed, the greenery has also crept inside, inspiring the organic menu at restaurant Botànic and running wild in the fairytale lounges, where the ceilings are crossed with creepers and ferns.

Can Bordoy

Forn de la Glòria 14 Palma, Spain

Library

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A cocktail each and a gift in the room; for stays of four nights or more, each guest gets a 35-minute back, neck and shoulder massage

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates include à la carte breakfast.

FACILITIES

Private gardens; rooftop terrace; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; bespoke cocktail cabinet; Bluetooth sound system; free bottled water; Swiss Perfection bath products.

PACKING TIPS

Bring a romantic, fairytale-esque novel to read in the gardens.

CHILDREN

All ages are welcome, but the ambience makes it best suited to adults. Babysitting can be arranged from €30 an hour; a day’s notice is needed when booking.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Very - the hotel has a no-plastic policy, is powered by renewable energy, uses eco-friendly cleaning products and even had eco-friendly tissues made. All the hotel's green credentials can be found on your in-room tablet.

SPA

The hotel’s subterranean spa has two treatment cabins, a steam bath, a plunge pool with whirlpool jets and a horizontal shower, in which you lie on a smooth stone surface as water showers down from multiple jets. A range of massages and cosmetic treatments are on offer, the latter using products by luxury skincare brand Swiss Perfection. Fancy a massage in the fresh air? There's also an alfresco treatment area by the pool, framed by billowing curtains that'll (mostly) protect your modesty.

POOL

The long, slim pool is in the gardens, and is unusually large for a house in the centre of Palma. There’s a whirlpool off to the the side and sunloungers arranged along a sun deck, some of them shaded by low-hanging branches from the garden’s many trees. The pool water is treated with salt electrolysis, a bit of chemical wizardry that means no extra chlorine needs to be added to the water.

ALSO

All of the public areas – including the rooftop terrace – are wheelchair accessible, and all of the ground floor rooms have specially-adapted bathrooms.
Each room has a tablet loaded with a list of local recommendations, including the best nearby beaches, cultural landmarks and boutiques.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Please note the EUR 4.40 additional nightly tax is only for guests over 15 years old. It is EUR 2.20 per night for guests aged 12-15 and free of charge for those under 12 years old. \nIf booking the hotel's half board rate guests will enjoy a three-course menu for dinner excluding drinks.

Rooms 

Each suite was lavished with attention, ensuring the furnishings highlight the character and quirks of the historic rooms. Some have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the courtyard, others have wooden beam ceilings or restored cornicing. If we had to pick, we’d go for one of the impressive Premium Suites. In each, the art deco-style bed can be encircled with a thick velvet curtain, separating the bedroom from an inch-perfect living area and freestanding oval bath tub.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Restaurant Botànic is inspired by the hotel’s verdant garden, which chef Andres Benitez pays tribute to with his preference for organic produce, much of it sourced from local farms. You can sample his creative take on Mallorcan cuisine in three locations – on a terrace in the garden, in the cosy, book-lined library or in the jumanji room, where the ceiling is overrun with creepers and ferns.

Liquid Bliss 

The bar is part of Botànic, and serves herbal cocktails, fine Spanish wines and a range of bite-size snacks adapted from the restaurant menu.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

The hotel’s shaded gardens are uncommonly large for a Palma townhouse and are as much of a triumph as any of the rooms. With trees screening the surrounding buildings from view, the pool area feels like a wild sanctuary from the outside world. You couldn’t ask for a better place to sip cocktails or sample organic tapas from Botànic restaurant, itself inspired by the fragrant greenery. In the evening, climb to the roof terrace for panoramic views of the city at sundown, then descend to the spa next morning for a restorative massage or Swiss-inspired facial. Housed in a 14th-century fort overlooking the bay, Es Baluard is home to the city’s largest modern and contemporary art collection, including many works by Balearic artists. The exhibitions include paintings, sculptures and ceramics dating from the late 19th century to present day, and works by Picasso, Giacometti and Gauguin. If you find the walk between the rooms works up an appetite, try the Mercat de l'Olivar, a sprawling indoor market with stalls selling everything from Iberian cold cuts to vegan cereal bars. If you're more hungry for history, go for a wander around the Arab Quarter, where you’ll come face to face with Moorish relics like the Almudaina Palace and the Arab baths. If you’ve got time to go further afield, consider chartering a boat at the harbour and sailing to one of the island’s remoter coasts, or hop on the wood-panelled train to Sóller, which takes a spectacular route through the Sierra de Alfabia mountains. First timers shouldn’t miss the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (also known as Le Seu), one of the highest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Begun in the 13th century and modified by Antoni Gaudí in the 20th, this honey-coloured edifice has long been an emblem of the city, visible to anyone who arrived by sea.

Transportation 

Can Bordoy is tucked down a quiet backstreet in the heart of Palma’s old quarter.

Planes 

Palma de Mallorca Airport is a 15-minute drive away. The hotel can organise transfers in a Mercedes S-Class or Range Rover for €65 each way (€110 return).

Automobiles 

You’re unlikely to need your own car if you plan on staying in town, but having one would make trips to other coastal towns a breeze.

Location

Forn de la Glòria 14 Palma, Spain

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