Treat yourself to a luxury stay in Palma
City centre Palma is home to a vast amount of architecturally magnificent old palaces and grand houses. Over the last few years, with the help and encouragement of the council there, and increasing number of these buildings have been converted into small, intimate and rather luxurious five star hotels where comfort, style and service are king.
Obviously they're not cheap to stay in, but then, they're not that expensive if you pick the time of year to go and they make an ideal treat for what can be an affordable value for money short break. I'm not rich but I can afford 3 nights at €180 a night to celebrate my birthday in Palma each December – it may be classed as low season, but apart from going to the beach there's nothing I can't do that I could if I went in August.
New to the ranks of these fabulous Palma boutique establishments is the Summum Prime Boutique Hotel which sits within a beautiful 16th century palace in the Calle Concepcion behind the city's 'Golden Mile' shopping area Jaime III. Startling from the outside and so elegant within, The Summum has only 18 rooms where comfort and style are top priority, as you'd expect when one of Spain's top interior designers Elvira Blanco was brought in from Pamplona to give her expert touch.
Small but perfectly formed, The Summum makes the best use of space with a bijou wellness centre, heated pool, therapy room for treatments and massages , and a rooftop solarium with plunge pool for refreshing dips with views of the cityscape beyond. Add a stylish bar for an indoor or alfresco pre-prandial tipple or afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and rosé cava, and top it all with a superb restaurant – Equus – enough to satisfy any gourmet and you have the accommodation of your dreams.
Rooms start at €180 in low season (breakfast is €22) and prices obviously rise throughout the year and are most expensive for the luxury suite which comes with its own Porsche car and ceiling frescoes of Venus and cherubs, painted by Majorcan artist Francesc Parietti in 1875.
It's in a great area, close to everything the city has to offer, so I just might be tempted to change my normal birthday abode of Can Alomar, for the Summum . If you fancy treating yourself to a fabulous stay here, take a look on our accommodation section by clicking the link - Summum Prime Boutique Hotel – for information and booking online.