Usually when your job requires you spend the night in…
Balearic-based concierge service, Deliciously Sorted, arranges private chefs, jet and boat charter and VIP entry to Ibiza and now also Mallorca’s best destinations. Who better then, to give Mr & Mrs Smith the inside scoop on the island’s hotspots than Deliciously Sorted’s on-isle red-carpet roller-outers, Tor Cooper-Evans and Claire Gauvain from TLC? (right, at Can Duquesa)
Know Palma like the inside of your hand… From the tiny village bars where local romances and rivalries are played out, to the straw-hut chiringuitos that stud the golden sand and the glossy-glam Palma bars and clubs, Mallorca’s nightlife is more caffeinated than a coffee-laced cocktail. To get a dose of this vibrant scene, head for the capital’s pretty cobbled streets, aiming for the buzzy centre of the beautiful Old Town, La Lonja. Neo Cultural (+34 971 728 994) is a tucked-away treasure, perfect for tapas feasts and mingling with stylish locals.
Stay at… Hotel Tres and enjoy unbeatable rooftop views (and tasty tipples) at this Scandinavian-styled pared-down former palace in Palma’s Gothic quarter. Rates €170–€495, including buffet breakfast; excludes tax at seven per cent.
Love cocktails? Visit Abaco Bar on Carre Sant Joan (+34 971 714 939), set in a beautiful historic manor house in La Lonja. Sit on the gorgeous terrace and sip a freshly squeezed, fruity concoction with a potent kick. To dance until dawn, go to nearby Puro where DJs spin the decks until 3am to an appreciative, eye-pleasing audience in the bar.
Stay at… If you get foot-sore, you can book a room at Puro Hotel, this 14th-century palace in the fabulous Old Town and when you wake up, wander around and admire the hotel’s blend of Arabian allure and Balearic beauty. Rates €165–€495 plus seven per cent tax, (this usually includes breakfast, but check when booking). If you go Thursday, Friday or Saturday, a minimum three-night stay is required.
If architecture (and sleep) is the last thing on your mind, head out late and stroll westwards to the Paseo Maritimo. The grand opening of the summer, El Divino Mallorca, has settled in at the Paseo Maritimo, Palma – TLC can sort guest lists and VIP tables.
Stay at… Retreat from the buzz and sleep at Convent de la Missió. This contemporary converted convent offers a slice of privacy in the hip heart of Palma – look out for the font, the milky candles and the scattering of minimalist art. Rates €230–€345, breakfast and taxes included; €265–€395 at weekends.
Been there, done all that? Wow. Head to Santa Catalina and Calle Sant Magi. You’ll be stumbling over bars left, right and centre but if you’re hot on the heels of the local hip crowd, seek out Eden and Funky Buddha (+34 971 456 675). Want beach views rather than beach babes? Head further west to the lovely inlet harbour and Garito (+34 971 736 912). This café and bar, which celebrates its 11th anniversary this year, is renowned for world-class DJs, a cool crowd and a perma-packed dance floor.
Stay at… Bed down at the luxury self-catering farmhouse Can Phuket and wake up to the flower-filled gardens’ birds, blossoms and bees. Rates until 5 September, €8,750; then until 19 September, €6,600; then until 11 October €4,375.
For an alternative breakfast scene, hit the nearby Why Not Cocktail Bar (+34 871 946 454)? Why not indeed; their exclusive after-hour parties will keep you boogying from 5am–11am.
Stay at… When your feet begin to protest, bed down at Mirabó de Valldemossa, a scenic 16th-century olive farm just 20 minutes away from Palma, in the mountains. Rates €140–€360, including buffet breakfast and tax.
COMING UP: Tor and Claire take it down a few gears and steer you to the best places in Mallorca to tune in, turn off and chill out…