Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous hotel - Mallorca, Spain
As much of continental Europe roasts in an unaccustomed heat-wave, it’s timely that the Iberostar group launches a new property, this time on sun-kissed Mallorca. A brisk 11km drive from Palma with convenient access to the nearby Puerto Portals marina, the 66-room hotel is the work of Marcel Wanders.
Given what looks like carte blanche, the Dutch designer has swathed the hotel with what he airily describes as ‘symbols and constant allusions to life’. This translates to all-white bedrooms lined with futuristic moulded wall panels, a forest of white arches, bulbous tree-like installations in public spaces, rugs of radiating shades of warm oranges, and eye-catching pool lined with enormous white mosaic flowers.
And just to prove that one can never have too much fun, even in a self-styled adults-only hotel, the themed suites – Naughty, Stargazer, Spa, Heritage, and Games – deliver on their monikers. The Games Suite, in particular featuring a pinball machine, video games, putting green, and, this being soccer-mad Spain, table football.
More sybaritic activities include a 650 sq m spa that incorporates sauna, biosauna, Turkish bath and six different types of showers; and a menu anchored by ribeyes and sirloin from León-based El Capricho alongside cod and turbot and elderflower cannelloni – all best paired, we think, with views of the Mediterranean from the outdoor terrace.