The largest of the Balearic islands is so much better than its reputation. For years, the archipelago has been working to reduce waste and has been a pioneer in the Mediterranean with its Plastic Free Balearics initiative, developed by Save the Med Foundation.
Single-use plastic was banned here even before the EU-wide law was introduced. Although mass tourism hotels still exist, it is much more impressive how many sustainable boutique hotels can be found in Mallorca. And when we write about sustainable hotels in Mallorca, we mean hotels that are completely free of single-use plastic, that treat seawater themselves, that offer vegan cuisine, grow their own vegetable garden, and are committed to helping the community. They are unique and located in very special places.
LJs Ratxo is a beautiful boutique hotel set in a nature reserve in the Tramuntana Mountains. Just 30 minutes from Palma, the resort offers the ideal retreat for a getaway as a couple or with friends. Two restaurants serve seasonal Mallorcan cuisine – Roots, newly opened this year, is worth experiencing both from a culinary and architectural perspective. The retreat even makes its own beer, wine, and osmotic water. An outdoor pool and sun terrace offer stunning views of the nature reserve, and a heated indoor pool is perfect for morning laps.
LJs Ratxo is open all year round, perfect for those who want to enjoy the mild winter temperatures on the island.
With arguably the most spectacular entrance on the island, even arriving at Cap Rocat is a unique experience. The hotel is located in a former fortress in the middle of a nature reserve not far from Palma. While the complex is not visible from a distance, its impressive nature is revealed inside. Cap Rocat has 29 rooms, from doubles to vaulted suites that open to private pools with unobstructed views of the sea. The limestone spa with indoor pool pampers guests with treatments using natural cosmetic products.
Cap Rocat opens its doors again for guests in mid-March 2022
The pretty mountain village of Soller is a perfect starting point for avid mountain bikers and hikers. In the middle of the old village center between narrow streets, you will find the townhouse Ecocirer, a vegan bed and breakfast. Owner Barbara has already published several vegan cookbooks and prepares breakfast daily. In addition to the townhouse with its 6 rooms and a small courtyard, there is also the Ecocirer Farmhouse, where yoga retreats and cooking classes, as well as painting classes for children take place.