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Close to Portals Nous (the best address in Majorca) you’ll come across the small and exclusive resort of Illetas.

In fact it is so exclusive you may not find it! The directions to this resort are quite poor...so a taxi on arrival might be best.

Mainly frequented by independent travellers, part of its charm lies in the fact that it is largely undiscovered by package tourists. Mainly populated by 4* hotels, holidays are not a cheap option here and will appeal in the main to professional couples or families who discover a resort that has been compared by travel writers to Monte Carlo.

Illetas has all the advantages of being close to the city – so ideal for a shopping trip, sightseeing or a night, and staying there you will feel you’re a world away from fun-in-the-sun resorts such as Magaluf or Palma Nova. A few years ago the beach here won a mention on the Sunday Times travel sections ‘best beaches’. Although there are much better beaches elsewhere, if that’s your thing, the coast here has its own charm and is a mixture of small sandy coves and rocky headlands...great for snorkellers.

Being close to Palma is perhaps the main reason why the shopping opportunities are limited in Illetas, however the few that are in the resort have better than average products for sale. Restaurants tend to be quite upmarket and many are attached to the 4* hotels. There’s still a good choice to be had though and a few offer views to die for whilst you dine; overlooking the bay of Palma.

Evening entertainment is limited; although the large hotels do have regular programmes of shows if that’s your thing. One place that is always mentioned, due to its unusual and scenic position is the Virtual Club. Set into the hillside it is everything to everyone; exclusive chill out during the day where you can eat breakfast and sunbathe on a private terrace or a rocking nightclub staying open until 2pm (late for this resort!).

So if you want an upmarket feel to your holiday but have close proximity to the nightlife, shops and culture of Palma – consider Illetas.

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Illetas accommodation

Apartamentos Montenova Playa

Montenova Playa Apartments offer direct private access to Mallorca’s Magaluf Beach, where it has an...

Ave. price / night 104 €
Bellevue Vistanova

Bellevue Vistanova is located in the lively Mallorcan resort Palmanova, just 120 metres from Son...

Ave. price / night 97 €
Intertur Aparthotel Hawaii Torrenova

The apart-hotel was refurbished in 2005 and is very comfortable equipped. It is situated on the...

Ave. price / night 99 €
Playas del Rey

Hotel Playas del Rey is just 200 metres from Santa Ponça Beach, in southern Majorca. Each air-...

Ave. price / night 101 €
Hi! Honolulu

Situated between Palma Nova and Magaluf, the Hi! Honolulu Hotel offers spectacular sea views. Open...

Ave. price / night 122 €
Hesperia Playas de Mallorca

Just a stone's throw from the historic and buzzing city of Palma, this magnificent hotel located on...

Ave. price / night 105 €
Mallorca Rocks Hotel - Adults Only

These 12 buildings are set around an 85-metre lagoon pool in central Magaluf. The Mallorca Rocks...

Ave. price / night 107 €
Playas Ca's Saboners

Set around large lagoon swimming pools, Playa Ca’s Saboners is set just 200 metres from the beach...

Ave. price / night 99 €
Globales Verdemar

Verdemar Apartments Santa Ponsa in Majorca offers accommodation with private balconies set by the...

Ave. price / night 109 €
Bahia del Sol

Bahia del Sol is 100 metres from Santa Ponsa Beach, Mallorca, and offers panoramic views of the...

Ave. price / night 113 €
Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites

Fergus Style Cala Blanca Suites lies in a small bay in Santa Ponsa, on the Costa de la Calma. It...

Ave. price / night 144 €
Aparthotel Rosa del Mar

This modern aparthotel is just 150 metres from San Matías Beach, in Palma Nova. Aparthotel Rosa del...

Ave. price / night 117 €
HSM Don Juan

Don Juan is in a quiet part of Magaluf, 5 minutes’ walk from the beach and bars. There is a...

Ave. price / night 116 €

Casablanca Hotel is set in gardens, just 300 metres from Mallorca’s Santa Ponsa Beach. It offers a...

Ave. price / night 122 €
TRH Jardín Del Mar

Overlooking Santa Ponsa Bay in south-western Mallorca, Jardín del Mar offers air-conditioned...

Ave. price / night 116 €