Manor house-turned boutique hotel Posada Terra Santa is well camouflaged amid a hotchpotch of alleys and saffron-hued buildings in Palma’s Old Town. In fact, this 16th-century home to Boixador barons and monied Palmesanos is a little hard to find, but the pay off for map fumbling is a serene, leafy courtyard leading to an intimate stay. It’s modernised with eye-catching art and curios (we like the plaster stag heads in the lounge), a dinky spa and rooftop pool, but there’s plenty of weathered stone and wooden beams for history buffs to coo over.
Hidden historic spot
Fine fusion fare
Small but swish spa
A bottle of wine per room
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Common areas are wheelchair accessible, and one of the ground-floor Preference Rooms has been specially adapted with a roll-in shower.Pilates and yoga classes are held in the gym on request (€40 an hour), and personal trainers can be arranged. The hotel has a fleet of bikes for hire (€20 a day) for exploring the cobbled surroundings.
Bring several engrossing tomes to flip through while sprawled over the Stately Lounge’s inviting sofas or the roof terrace’s loungers. The library has a stash of art books if you forget. Bring your wits, too: there’s a chessboard in the English Salon.
Breezy Balearic with a touch of tailoring. Throw a blazer over a sundress or a linen shirt and you’re good to go.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic Old Town hotel in Palma and unpacked their tapas trappings from the Mercat de l’Olivar and a bottle of limited-edition Sa Vall Selección Privada wine, a full account of their restful city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick history lesson on boutique hotel Posada Terra Santa in Mallorca…
If you somehow missed the root of the family tree connected to a branch of Spanish nobility, you probably haven’t inherited a refined Mallorcan townhouse. Dry your tears: Posada Terra Santa in Palma’s Old Town is a heritage holiday home that’s been renovated and styled into the 21st-century, respectfully incorporating Gothic arches, and aesthetically pleasing bits of 16th-century wall. Its rooftop plunge pool is teeny but terrific, a spa and sauna has been squeezed into the former grain store, and a chef with an atlas’ worth of culinary influences has been installed in the kitchen. If the Boixador barons who built the place could see it now, they’d probably wonder why they didn’t think of that… Better late than never.
Posada Terra Santa, 5, Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, 07001
Palma de Mallorca
0.2 mi / 0.3 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Valet parking
- Exercise gym
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Room service
Guests dine under the original Gothic arches in the hotel’s cellar at La Despensa del Barón Restaurant. An open kitchen and black-and-white prints are decorous nods to the modern-fusion fare, which borrows inspiration from Asia and the Med. Tapas plates are served by day and come evening, chef Matias’ team prepare freshly caught, sesame-crusted tuna tataki with wakame seaweed, and Iberian pork loin cooked with plump figs and other continent-straddling delicacies. The breakfast buffet is laid out here each morning and tapas plates are served throughout the day.
The elevated table by the open kitchen lets you watch the chefs work their magic. A few cushioned banquettes are sequestered away under arches in the courtyard, offering a little privacy for couple-y drinks.
Breakfast is served 8am–11am, dinner in La Despensa from 7pm–10.30pm.
Salads, sandwiches and cakes can be enjoyed in your room from noon to midnight.
Pick from the selection of wines, beers and spirits in the honesty bar by reception to drink in the lounge or salon. The pool has a hotline to reception so you can summon drinks to the roof terrace if you don’t fancy schlepping downstairs.