Nicola Trup checks into a new design hotel in Port de Sóller, Majorca
If you haven’t spent much time travelling the Teutonic nations, you’d be forgiven for never having heard of 25hours Hotels. Germany’s hippest hotel chain, which also has branches in Austria and Switzerland, has never ventured beyond the German-speaking world — until now. Enter Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel. The wordily named address, in the pretty Majorcan coastal town of Port de Sóller, is also the chain’s first opening outside a big city. With that in mind, the style is more hippy than hipster, full of florals, wicker, incense and peace signs — including a huge one on the bottom of the pool.
In keeping with the ‘1960s San Francisco’ vibe, the 114 bedrooms are colourful, but still stylish (the hotel is a member of Design Hotels, after all), with disguised mod-cons: plug sockets are tucked into open-sided cupboards, and the TV has a colourful curtain over it. All the rooms come with generous balconies overlooking the pool and the sea beyond, complete with curtains that can be drawn across for daytime snoozing on the daybed or hammock. The pool area itself is replete with loungers, cabanas and eating at the al fresco bar, while up on the roof there’s an open-air gym. Want to explore beyond the confines of the hotel? Lug one of the free paddleboards down to the beach or borrow (again, free) a car to explore more of the island.
The spa & treatment
The Santaverde Spa feels pleasantly detached from the rest of the hotel; the two treatment rooms and a sauna are in a separate, low-rise building. The menu is concise, but incorporates various tempting massages, facials, scrubs and the like. My Beauty Booster Lift & Protect facial, designed to improve the skin’s elasticity and texture, involved various delicious-smelling mixtures being applied and removed, including fresh pineapple and aloe vera (a key Majorcan ingredient), which left my skin feeling incredibly soft and refreshed. And for those who, like me, would usually choose a massage over a facial, this treatment includes face massage, which was as relaxing as any back rub I’ve had.
Like at many of its 25hours Hotels siblings, dining at Bikini Island means Neni, a Middle East-inspired restaurant specialising in sharing plates and platters — as well as an assortment of focaccias baked in the pizza oven. Don’t miss the hummus (which you’ll also find at the fabulous breakfast buffet, alongside olives and local cheeses) or the grilled sea bream.
The epitome of barefoot luxury; hippy but hip, with a fabulous coastal location.
Double rooms from €126 (£110) a night, room only.
One-hour Beauty Booster Lift & Protect facial €95 (£83).
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