Sometimes, it’s not just simply about getting away from it all, appreciating guaranteed sunshine, and feeling the sand between our toes. It’s also about the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful food, and sampling local produce and perhaps some freshly caught seafood.
One of the names associated with good food and restaurants is, of course, Michelin. We have done the hard work for you and set out below restaurants located in luxury hotels in Mallorca that feature in the Michelin Guide. From modern cuisine to top restaurants, and from seafood to those attaining the coveted Michelin Stars, there are plenty to choose from.
Many restaurants are rated with a ‘Michelin Plate’. When a restaurant is rated with this, it signifies very good food. A few are also awarded with a coveted Michelin Star.
You do not necessarily have to travel outside your hotel in order to experience some fine dining. Your luxury hotel may well have a superb restaurant within its own grounds, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the facilities and surrounding to which you have become accustomed. Alternatively, you can venture further afield and enjoy many of the restaurants resorts have to offer. The choice is yours!
1. 365 at the Son Brull Hotel & Spa
Located in the town of Pollensa to the north of the island, the 5-star Son Brull Hotel & Spa enjoys a rural setting at the foot of the Sierra de Tramuntana. The hotel certainly has an ambience of peace and serenity, making it an ideal getaway from a busy lifestyle. Occupying an historical, 18th century monastery, the hotel retains old-world charm, successfully combined with luxury and contemporary elements. The hotel has just 23 rooms and suites and 4 two-bedroom villa suites.
The chef at 365, sources traditional Mallorcan ingredients to create a la carte dishes. Many of the ingredient are from the hotel’s own gardens and groves. Dishes also include locally caught fish. The restaurant is open in the evenings from February through to November. You can be seated in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the countryside.
According to the Guide: “An interesting dining option due to its setting, high level cuisine and attentive service. The menu is creative in character with a focus on top quality ingredients, which can be enjoyed in an avant-garde atmosphere”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
2. Oleum at the Gran Hotel Son Net
The hotel and restaurant are located within the village of Puigpunyent in the western part of the island of Mallorca. Surrounded by countryside, mountains, groves and woodland, yet only 20 minutes’ drive to Palma, the island’s capital. This charming hotel building dates back to the 17th century and has just 31 rooms and suites.
The elegant Oleum is the hotel’s main restaurant. Serving Mallorcan cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant offers diners an intimate atmosphere. Some ingredients will be from the hotel’s own garden, and others from local farmers. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Oleum.
The Guide says: “Named after the Latin word for oil, this restaurant is housed in a former oil mill decorated with the millstones from the original building. The contemporary a la carte menu is varied and extensive.” It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
3. El Patio de Glòria at the Hotel Glòria de Sant Jaume
Located in the heart of the island’s capital, Palma, the Glòria de Sant Jaume is a 5-star hotel. Located in the old town part of the city, the hotel has just 14 rooms – all individually styled.
The restaurant – El Patio de Glòria – is both elegant and cosy with a relaxed atmosphere. There is an open courtyard with a water fountain, as well as an interior section. Serving local ingredients, the restaurant combines Mediterranean and classic cuisine. The Patio de Glòria is open for breakfast, morning coffee, a lunchtime drink, and evening dinner.
The Guide says: “An elegant dining option with a stylish cocktail bar and its own personality vis-à-vis the Hotel Glòria de San Jaume in which it is located. Eclectic Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a modern touch and a nod to other cultures”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
4. Marc Fosh at the Convent de la Missio
A 5-star hotel located in Palma’s old town. Surrounded by small street, the hotel was built during the 17th century for the purpose of educating missionaries. Today, it has become an exclusive hotel.
Restaurant Marc Fosh has been awarded a One Michelin Star, and serves tasting menus highlighting the best local produce from around the Balearics. The restaurant is located on the lower level of the hotel and is modern and relaxed.
The Guide says: “Occupies a 17th century seminar now revamped in an avant-garde style with open spaces, designer details and minimalist decor”. It has been awarded a One Michelin Star for high quality cooking.
5. Quadrat at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
The Sant Francesc Hotel is a luxury 5-star hotel in the centre of Palma. A former mansion, it has been transformed with ultra-modern design, but retaining its elegance and comfort. Rooms are spacious and range from a superior room through to the Sant Francesc Suite with original frescoes and two French balconies.
The Quadrat restaurant is divided into three areas. Open for breakfast daily, lunch on Sunday, and dinner from Thursday to Sunday inclusive and dishes are based on local and Mediterranean produce.
The Guide says: “Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch in a restaurant occupying the former stables of a mansion in the centre of Palma. At lunchtime, the only option is the ‘executive’ menu, while a rice-based menu is also available at the weekend”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
6. Bala Roja at the Hotel Es Princep
This sophisticated 5-star hotel in Palma was built in 2017 and is just 900m from the centre. The hotel is easily accessible on foot to a host of places of interest including the cathedral, chic boutiques, galleries, and the marina. Enjoy the spectacular views from the rooftop bar – Almaq. This is open until late and features live music. During the day, guests can relax on the sun terrace and even cool off in the small rooftop pool.
The Bala Roja restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Run by Michelin-star chef Andreu Genestra, the restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, all prepared with fresh local produce. There are two menus for dinner and an executive menu for lunch, all served in a relaxed atmosphere in a stylish restaurant with wooden beams, white-washed walls, and plenty of natural light.
The Guide says: “Its name refers to the incandescent ‘red cannonballs’ that were once fired from the Baluard del Princep bastion. Traditional Spanish cuisine based around local products that has been given a pleasant contemporary twist”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
7. Es Fum at the St Regis Mardavall Hotel
The 5-star St Regis Mardavall is in the up-market resort of Portals Nous, to the west of Palma city. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it’s just 1km from the beach and a few minutes’ walk from the exclusive marina of Puerto Portals. The hotel has 16 single rooms, 28 doubles, and 4 suites.
Guests can enjoy fine dining at the hotel’s Es Fum restaurant. Awarded with the prestigious one Michelin Star since November 2011, you can enjoy your meal either inside the restaurant, or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and sea beyond. Open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive from 19:30 to 22:30 and offering a Petit Menu comprising 6 courses, and a Tasting Menu with 10 courses.
The Guide says: “This superb restaurant is considered to be one of the jewels of the St Regis Mardavall hotel, with its elegant, classic – contemporary décor and magnificent Mediterranean-style covered terrace. Modern creative dishes with a clever combination of textures, all made from the best locally sourced ingredients”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
8. La Fortaleza at the Hotel Cap Rocat
This luxury hotel is located in the bay of Cala Blava in a privileged area of Palma. It’s only 20 minutes from the centre of Palma. The hotel has just 30 rooms housed in an old military fortress that was resorted in 2010. The old building of the fort has been transformed into seating areas. The old windows for the cannons, located on the cliff overlooking the Bay of Palma, have been converted into spectacular suites and private patios and terraces.
La Fortaleza restaurant is an impressive area, only intended for 30 diners. You can start your dining experience outside with an aperitif and then moved to the more formal setting for dinner. Enjoy the music from the piano, or a Spanish guitar playing in the background. The restaurant was one the troops’ mess hall, but is now a cosy and intimate area with soft lighting. Open from 19:00 – 21:30 Tuesday to Saturday.
The Guide says: “An elegant, unique and very special restaurant offering menus which showcase contemporary cuisine with an innovative touch, one featuring typical Mallorcan dishes, the other seasonal products”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
9. Kairiku and Tess de Mar at the Sa Creu Nova Art Hotel and Spa
A 5-star luxury hotel in the Campos area of Mallorca. Located between the countryside and beaches makes this a hotel for those wanting to escape the busier resorts of the island. This historic house has been completed restored but retains much of its traditional Mallorca architecture.
The idyllic beach of Es Trenc is just 10 minutes from the hotel where you can enjoy white sands and crystal-clear sea. Within the hotel are two restaurants featured in the Michelin guide – namely …
Kairiku is a new Japanese restaurant concept in Mallorca. This is an Omakase restaurant located within the Sa Creu Nova hotel. Omakase cuisine means trusting the chef’s selection and is described in more detail below. The chef executes a menu which he chooses and creates for guests. Located in the old winery of the hotel, it has a single table where diners interact with the chef. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open for lunch Wednesday – Sunday.
The Guide says: “A unique and intimate restaurant with just a single large table for 10 guests. Here, Kairiku’s chef recreates the Japanese ‘omakase’ concept that fully respects tradition but which is not restricted to a set menu”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
Tess de Mar is also located at the Sa Creu Nova Hotel, this restaurant serves Mediterranean and Mallorca cuisine with fresh local produce. The restaurant has a wine cellar with 50 types of pre-selected wines including Mallorcan, national and international.
The Guide says: “A restaurant with a contemporary feel occupying a former coach house. This renowned restaurant in the local area serves modern zero-miles cuisine overlooking an attractive garden”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
10. Fontsanta at the Fontsanta Thermal Spa Hotel
The 5-star Fontsanta Hotel is an exclusive adults-only hotel next to the natural area of the beach of Es Trenc and Es Salobrar in the south of the island. The architecture of the hotel is typically Mallorcan and boasts the only thermal water spa in the Balearics. The waters emerge from underground and as they rise, they acquire mineral elements. This is a hotel for guests wanting the most from their relaxation time.
The Fontsanta restaurant located within the hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil interior space of the restaurant, private rooms, and terraces. Open for both lunch and dinner.
The Guide says: “Occupying old stables and embellished with an open fireplace, the dining room provides the backdrop for traditional Mediterranean cuisine along with the occasional local dish”. It has been rated with the Michelin Plate for good cooking.
You may also be interested in reading more about some of the above hotels in other articles we have written. In ‘A breath of fresh air in the Balearics’, we bring to your attention those luxury hotels throughout the Balearic Islands that have attractive outdoor space allowing you to make the most of the fresh air which has become an important factor in reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
Also in ‘5 of our favourite villas within luxury hotels in Mallorca’, you can read a little more about 2 of the hotels featured above – ie Cap Rocat and Gran Hotel Son Net – as we introduce some luxury villas with private pools available within the hotel.
Gail Hewitt is Owner and Director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays are specialists in tailor-made holidays to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, and European city breaks.
Source: A Luxury Travel Blog