You may not know it but Mallorca has 262 beaches, so in theory you could book a luxury villa anywhere on the island and be within a short distance of a beach and the shimmering azure waters of the Mediterranean. But get real for a minute, why would you not want a pool with your villa? A morning dip before breakfast? A cool-off, mid sunbathe, when you’re starting to melt? The inclusion of a pool is a no brainer really. The beach can wait, you’ve got a week or maybe more to explore, they aren’t going anywhere. Here are five simply beautiful Mallorcan villas that have pools.
Mansion Dux, arguably one of Mallorca’s most desirable villas. This stylish property, located in perfect balance between town and coast, is packed with history and luxury facilities to give you the ideal base for your holiday.
This colonial style property is nestled in a quiet part of Palma (Son Roqueta), and is within easy reach of the island’s nightlife and beaches, meaning that everything is at your fingertips during your stay. It may be close to amenities, with a 10 minute drive to downtown Palma and the beach, and just a five minute drive away from 3 golf courses, but the mansion still enjoys privacy and serenity.
Sitting proudly on a hillside, this manor house was once the residence of noted General Jaime Garau de Montaner. Completed in 1922, the building was modelled in the Cuban Art Deco style, and boasts an ornate central tower and stately balcony. Mansion Dux was refurbished in 2018 but still retains all of its history and charm in features such as the marble entrance stairs, majestic ceilings and patterned tiling.
The true heart of the house is the large kitchen. With a sense of ’20s-era style, this perfectly equipped kitchen with high-end appliances is a culinary-lovers’ dream, and is the perfect place for rustling up local delicacies for your loved ones. In the evenings, gather your family together outside at the alfresco dining table and enjoy a leisurely meal as the stars come out and the crickets softly buzz in the lush foliage. The garden also features an outdoor kitchen, charcoal BBQ, sun loungers and hammocks, outdoor shower and a heated lap-pool with underwater music (should you fancy a late-night dip!).
Hanging over the sun-baked hillside, with stunning sea views, Villa Luxe oozes charm. It’s a cool and modern luxury villa. The multiple terraces mean it’s no stranger to the most show-stopping sunsets in Mallorca. Conveniently located in Port Andratx, you can frolic on Cala Llamp’s sands or hang at Gran Folies beach club.
From the moment you arrive and cast your eyes on Villa Luxe’s palatial spaces, you know this will be an unforgettable week. There’s something about the way clean, white lines perfectly juxtapose the craggy cliff-face, impressing even those who think they’ve seen it all when it comes to luxury.
Stepping through the front door, you’re greeted by modern and neutral furnishings. The first thing you appreciate is the glorious natural light beaming through picture windows into the open-plan setting. A number of living areas allows for plenty of room for communal and solo chill-out spaces.
The splendid array of six large suites, each with their own raindrop shower and double bed, ensure everyone is satisfied. Your master room just has the edge, however, with its private terrace that overlooks the grounds and Mediterranean Sea beyond. The ensuite with its gigantic bathtub is tucked away into its own nook with window-walls along three sides that bring in the brilliant blue. By the time you head back downstairs, some of your friends are already marvelling at the gym. Who needs machines when there’s a large pool to swim in and, better yet, a sauna?
Why not throw a pool party and take advantage of the villa’s impeccable sound system. When you need a break from the noise, you can sneak away to the sauna for a well-deserved pampering session and, by the time you emerge, the barbeque is fired up for a late lunch.
You’re about to make the hardest decision of the day. Flicking a switch in the exposed-brick wine cellar, rows upon rows of exquisite wines are spot-lit beneath a golden glow.
Villa Els Comellars
Looking for a villa with a difference? Mallorca’s Villa Els Comellars is the fruit of a collaboration between two masters of minimalist design, John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin, who have since created the Design Museum in London. A fortress, contrasting magnificently with the brilliant blue sky and vibrant green almond groves – it’s a splendid colour show of spectacular proportions.
The group forms a long procession, walking in single file down the slender stepped path to the villa. Its towering wall of dusty-pink clay rises up abruptly from the ground, announcing the entrance through a narrow gap. As far as entrances go, you’ll be more than a little intrigued – and it only gets better once you step inside.
An elegant sweep of simplicity, the design of the interior takes centre stage. Walls are white, with magnificent displays of light and shadow presented at each turn.
Although Els Comellars seems like a piece of art, with its lofty exteriors and precise lines, this is still very much a home. Plush white sofas and sunbeds are dotted both inside and outside and there’s something for all the family here.
Indoors, the lounge and its four white sofas create the perfect space to inspire decluttering of the mind. Rooms are as rooms should be here, with no additional flairs, simply obeying the function they were set out to do in modern style. Take your master bedroom, for example, in which a plush king-size bed and wooden desk are set upon honey-hued tiles. No art is needed, thanks to the mesmerising dance of light on the wall, that cuts shards across one side of the room. The bathroom is dotted with keyhole windows for the utmost privacy.
You head up to the rooftop lounge to study the dramatic views below that stretch throughout the grounds, dotted with almond, olive and fig trees and out to the Mediterranean Sea. The local offerings are shrouded in as much mystique, with Els Comellars located between the walled medieval town of Santanyí and the quaint village of s’Alqueria Blanca, both a mere 5-minute drive away. It really is in prime position, with the gorgeous beach of s’Amarador reachable on foot via a stony path that runs from the villa grounds all the way down to the coast.
Villa Son Balagueret
Imagine all the charm of a traditional Mallorcan finca containing a 13th-century turret as if plucked from your very own fairytale. Combine it with the comfort of a fully modern stay, including full service from a talented team of staff. Throw in awe-inspiring sea and mountain views and the peace that comes with being within the private Son Bunyola estate. And there you have it: the perfect recipe for your dream holiday. As soon as you arrive at Son Balagueret, you’ll be smitten with the 8-bed hideaway, showcasing a beautiful blend of classic and contemporary styles.
The exterior of Son Balagueret is like something out of an old romance. Stone walls and archways lead to courtyards, potted plants line walkways and rustic lanterns are positioned at every turn. You’ll likely be indulging in the lavish pool relaxation areas all week, but don’t ignore the landscape gardens.
The tiered grounds have plenty to offer. The saltwater pool is a magnet, its brilliant aquamarine blue matching the midday sky. Beyond it, a row of trees part to reveal ocean views, a tranquil backdrop to be gazed at from the sofa-bedecked terrace. Conveniently, the poolside houses a kitchen which is ideal for long days spent sipping cocktails by the water.
The interiors are a joy to behold, from wooden beams running along the ceiling and terracotta-tiled floors, to quirky statement pieces such as the giant paddle decorating the dining room. A number of cosy lounges makes it feel like home, and everyone can find offerings to be excited about.
Once you’re all unpacked, your concierge gifts you with the first of many luxurious offerings – a bottle of champagne to be enjoyed by the pool. It is to be chased down with a platter of canapes.
Set in a mountainous valley near Sóller, rural farmhouse Finca Hermosa is full of rustic charm. 50 hectares of countryside stretch out as far as the eye can see, giving you free reign over this utter dreamscape.
It’s not always easy to find a place to please all, is it? Finca Hermosa has you covered though. With entertainment for all ages, you’ll be sure to have a full house of smiling faces. The pianist in the group will enjoy the baby grand piano, infusing the villa with classical notes befitting of its classy atmosphere. The sporty ones can while away hours on the tennis courts, with their very own casita for keeping refreshing drinks in the fridge. The gamers can challenge each other to pool tournaments and cinephiles can take full advantage of the cinema room. The master chefs can roam amongst mature trees and manicured lawns, handpicking lunch from the kitchen garden, packed with fruit and vegetables for a truly organic culinary treat. There really is something for everyone here.
You will appreciate the more relaxing elements of this exceptional finca, roaming the expansive grounds, camera in hand to snap those sweeping panoramic views of the mountains, set against the azure sky. You could lose yourself in its charming cobbled courtyard alone, bursting with colourful flowers, leafy plants and that natural spring full of drinking water to keep the group hydrated.
Indoors, low wooden-beamed ceilings and terracotta floors transport you back to a bygone era, not to mention those striking four-poster beds in the bedrooms. Although all eight bedrooms are utterly sublime, your master suite steals the show with its own fireplace, separate living room and dressing room. You deserve it, having discovered this gem of a villa.
Everyone will love the olive tree-flanked pool which is the pièce de rèsistance – a large saltwater treasure, lined with sunbeds and palm trees for shade. No doubt you’ll find it difficult to leave its side, despite having Port Sóller and Llucalcari beaches close to your estate. As an added bonus the beautiful Mallorcan town of Sóller, with its quaint markets and gourmet restaurants is close by.
Danny Frith is Director at SkiBoutique. SkiBoutique is a luxury ski chalet agency based in Switzerland.
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