Europe's best new boutique hotels according to CNN
CNN the prestigious US based world news organisation has highlighted a couple of Mallorca's many excellent hotels in a recent article on its travel section. Under the banner 'Europe's best new boutique hotels,' it takes a look at breaking free from the homogeneity of 'chain' hotels and staying, well, somewhere a bit funkier.
Basically, they say (and I paraphrase) that there's a world of individual style and panache away from the familiarity of chain hotels with a trouser press in every room. Europe's new breed of boutique hotels exude style whilst 'bridging historical architecture with cutting-edge design to create destinations that are as much an attraction as the surrounding landmarks.'
In Mallorca they point to two great, but very different choices of boutique hotel, so without further ado, here they are with CNN's opinion;
OD Port Portals (Mallorca, Spain)
Whitewashed rooms, a 1960s glam ambiance and an inviting pool area welcome guests at OD Port Portals, a 77-room hotel opened in April in Puerto Portals, western Mallorca.
Junior suite guests receive either a Smart Cabriolet car (for use during their stay) or a driver, making it easy to trail the jet-set crowd in this affluent port town.
Food in the restaurant is eclectic and health conscious.
Hotel Son Ametler (Mallorca, Spain)
Another new venture on the Balearic island of Mallorca, this hotel is located away from the main tourist towns, in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
Surrounded by olive, fig and lemon trees, there's a farmhouse feel to Son Ametler, but accommodation in the eight-room restored manor is far from rustic.
There's an outdoor pool with sweeping views of the countryside, Mallorquin stone in the rooms and Italian stucco walls in the bathrooms.
Dinner is served al fresco three nights each week.
Fancy a stay at either? (This is me writing again,) then just click the links for lots more photos, prices, availability and booking.