Nicola Trup tries the signature massage at this luxurious address in Port de Sóller, Mallorca
The Jumeirah is about as labyrinthine a hotel as you’re likely to find. It’s not that it’s a huge resort; rather, it was based around a previous hotel that stood on this site and expanded to create a collection of low-rise buildings sprawled across different levels, connected by a series of staircases, lifts and walkways.
One reason for the higgledy-piggledy set-up is the location, on a rugged, sloping clifftop on Majorca’s northwest coast. From elsewhere in the smart little town of Port de Sóller, you can see the white boxes of the Jumeirah sitting atop the rock, while from the hotel you get wonderful views over the town and out to sea.
The hotel has 121 rooms and suites. The terrace of my suite offered front-row tickets to the sunset over the Med, while inside it was a white-and-cream dream. Chic and modern, without being harshly minimalist, it was incredibly spacious, and even the standalone bathtub had a view.
The hotel has three outdoor pools, but the showstopper among them is the infinity pool on the cliff edge. You could easily spend a whole day lounging here, but it’s worth peeling yourself off the sunbed for the 15-minute stroll to Port de Sóller’s pretty marina and beach, or at least to try one of the Jumeirah’s three restaurants and two bars.
The spa and treatment
On the inland side of the resort, the Talise Spa has 10 treatment rooms, including a hamman suite overlooking the Tramuntana mountains. There’s also a sizeable thermal area and an outdoor hydropool.
Treatments, meanwhile, make the most of local ingredients such as olive oil, lemons, almonds and – in the case of my signature massage – oranges. The therapist stretched and kneaded me using essential oils, focusing on pressure points to relieve tension. I left feeling thoroughly loosened up and smelling like a jar of high-quality marmalade (no bad thing).
As the hotel’s highest point, Es Fanals restaurant naturally serves up fabulous panoramas alongside tapas and local dishes. It also hosts occasional guest chefs, and during my visit this meant a tasting menu from Marga Coll of Majorca’s Miceli restaurant. It was full of surprises, including something akin to Heston Blumenthal’s ‘meat fruit’, an orange that, on closer inspection, was made of a wonderfully smooth pate. Delicious.
Classic luxury with a reverence for local tradition.
Double rooms from £267 a night, B&B.
One-hour Talise Spa Signature Massage €150 (£131).