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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.

Illetas Map

Illetas accommodation

Apartahotel Ponent Mar

Apartotel Ponent Mar is a 4-star aparthotel with free private parking, a spa and indoor and outdoor...

Ave. price / night 171 €
Ola Hotel Bermudas

Footsteps from Palmanovas beach, this hotel has a large garden with outdoor pool. Relax with the...

Ave. price / night 186 €
Hotel Petit Cala Fornells

Suites at this spacious hotel each have a private terrace with sea views. The Petit Cala Fornells...

Ave. price / night 222 €
Globales Playa Santa Ponsa

Set only 300 metres from the beach, Globales Playa Santa Ponsa enjoys a great location on the south...

Ave. price / night 161 €
Riu Bonanza Park

Set in extensive lush gardens and 800 metres from Illetes Beach, the Riu Bonanza Park offers sea...

Ave. price / night 272 €
Globales Santa Ponsa Park

Santa Ponsa Park Hotel is situated only 200 metres from Santa Ponsa Beach. It offers tennis courts...

Ave. price / night 170 €
Ola Club Panama

Located in the quiet area of Palmanova and just a short walk to the beach, the Ola Club Panama has...

Ave. price / night 180 €
Universal Hotel Florida Adults Only

Adults-only Hotel Florida Universal sits in Bay of Magaluf, Majorca, close to the nightlife and...

Ave. price / night 161 €
Sol Antillas Barbados

Offering impressive sea views from its setting a few metres from Magaluf Beach, Sol Antillas...

Ave. price / night 181 €
Sol Mirlos Tordos - All Inclusive

Located just 120 metres from the beach of Palma Nova, this Flintstones-themed hotel is ideal for a...

Ave. price / night 199 €
HM Martinique

Situated 150 metres from Magaluf beach, HM Martinique Hotel offers self-catering and well-equipped...

Ave. price / night 176 €
Aparthotel Aquasol

The Aparthotel Aquasol offers apartments set around a swimming pool, 200 metres from Palmanova...

Ave. price / night 182 €
Son Caliu Hotel Spa Oasis

Son Caliu Hotel Spa Oasis is surrounded by gardens, offering direct access to one of Palmanova’s...

Ave. price / night 212 €
Apartamentos Jutlandia

Apartamentos Jutlandia is located in Santa Ponsa, just 450 metres from Santa Ponsa Beach. It offers...

Ave. price / night 196 €
Riu Palace Bonanza Playa

Riu Palace Bonanza Playa is situated on the seafront in Illetas, just 7 km from Palma. It offers...

Ave. price / night 355 €