In need of a holiday? Thought so… read on. The Dapper Chapper were invited by Meliá hotels to experience their Red Level service at one of their 5* resorts – I know, lucky us eh!
The location of choice was Gran Meliá de Mar in the heart of the premium end of Majorca. Now it didn’t occur to me until we were at the airport that Majorca, for lots of Brits perhaps, is best known for the er, well, what word should I use to describe Maguluf? Let’s go with ‘lively’ and hope you get my drift. Anyway, Gran Meliá de Mar isn’t that.
Instead it hangs onto Palma which is more of the traditional Spain you might be hoping to see. It’s in a privileged location of Illetas, which has a beautiful natural setting bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. It’s five minutes from Puerto Portals and has easy access to the historic heart of Palma, its shops and boutiques. The popular and fashionable Paseo Marítimo and the shopping area of Jaime III are only 10 minutes from the hotel. So read on if you are interested in capturing an authentic and luxurious Spanish experience and perhaps leave us here if you’re after mixing-it on an 18-30’w over fish-bowls for five euros.
Travelling from London the flight was under two hours and the luxurious airport transfer took twenty minutes – but that’s enough on logistics.
Our visit was fleeting, three days and two nights meant that sight-seeing and mixing it with the locals was kept to a minimum because there was really too much to experience at the hotel. The time we had there, however, was more than enough to get an understanding of what the resort had to offer.
So let’s get one thing clear, this resort is absolute luxury from start-to-finish. From walking into the hotel it’s made quite clear they are deserved of the 5*’s proudly displayed at the entrance. Upon arrival, we were immediately whisked up the top level for Red Level guests which the resorts premium is offering. Along with other benefits like premium check-in area, a luxurious 24hr lounge, titled the Red Lounge, with free flowing cava, the Red Level means you are guaranteed a room with absolutely spectacular views. All of the 144 rooms and suites are finished with 5* star detail and boast terraces with spectacular sea views, but the extra height of the Red Level really gives you a treat to wake up to each morning. See for yourself:
144 rooms gives the hotel a boutique feel and although it has a number of ‘wow-factors’ I think the reason it is such an impressive view is that everything, from your room, to the restaurant and the sunbeds, overlook a beautiful private cove and the beautiful blue palette of the Mediterranean sea. The rooms stocked with a flat screen plasma, luxury coffee machine, rainfall shower and luxurious balcony.
If you like your luxury pool-sides, a la Nikki Beach, there are two outdoor pools, with Bali beds if you want to ball a little for the day. It’s an adults-only resort which is unique to the island, inspired by a hedonistic culture of relaxation. The venue finds the balance to create spaces, particularly those attached to their pool that are so cool you want gravitate to them but a calmness is instilled throughout. This is a place for indulgence and to properly chill out. Laying pool-side or turned out to face the sea you’ll be caressed by a gentle sea breeze as you take in the sparkles of the Mediterranean sea.
There is a range of fine dining on offer with surprising and authentic Majorcan gourmet cuisine ranging from fresh fish and seafood to Kobe Burgers. The food is premium and delicious. On the first night we were welcome to their hero restaurant Arrels by Marga Coll which offers guests and visitors an exquisite selection of the finest and freshest Majorcan produce, serving only a varied tasting menu with 5 or 7 courses every day. We went for seven courses, of course, and each was delicious and paired by a knowledgeable and hugely interesting sommelier.
Hours passed by as we worked our way through the seven dishes, sipping on fines wines a stone throw from the sea – I’m not sure there’s many nicer ways to spend a Saturday night.
The beach is nice and the water is completely clear. The warmth of the crystal-clear water in its pretty private cove and the fine sand of the nearby beaches creates peace and tranquillity. We didn’t partake in any excursions but there were available, everything from trips to the local towns to stand-up paddle boarding.
On day two we visited the luxury Spa by Clarins which offers the latest beauty, wellbeing and health treatments. Red Level guests can use the facilities as much as they want and there are the standard beauty and massage extras if you want another layer of indulgence. The gym is compact but well stocked and boasts views of the sea to keep you motivated.
I know being on holiday, especially in a place like this is all about switching off and un-winding but if you need a few days to ease yourself or you can’t avoid work, then rest assured the WIFI is strong. We were connected in the rooms, the lounge and pool-side all perfectly – handy when you’re blogging.
I went out with Joe who is the man behind all of our pictures and video for this trip, and although we had a splendid time, the resort is geared up for couples or someone who wants to get away. Serenity, silence, nature, privacy, romance combine to make this the ultimate couples retreat.
The building which was designed in the 1960s by the prestigious architect José Antonio Coderch. The building actually is listed as one of the most charismatic hotels in Mallorca and one of the best examples of modern architecture in Spain. It was designed with practical benefits in mind, meaning guests can enjoy fantastic panoramic views from any of the rooms without being seen, maintaining privacy and comfort.
If feel I’ve got to be objective but we really did struggle to pick any holes. In fact the only painful part was sitting on a Monarch plane, which I think is now competing with RyanAir for worst the worst airline award.
If you’re looking for ultimate luxury, combined with charm and character on a two hour flight from the U.K, this is a hotel to consider.
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Photos and Video by Dapper Snapper Joe Burns