Mallorca may be known for its sandy beaches, but it’s also a great spot for a short city break. Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands, has got everything you would want in a trip – a beach, lots of culture, plenty of bars and restaurants, and a fun nighttime scene. We recently took a pit-stop there before exploring the rest of the island and checked in to the Melia Palma Marina. 

The Melia Palma Marina is located right on the waterfront of the port and is a short walk into the centre. Palma’s known for its nightlife and the Melia Palma Marina is surrounded by bars and clubs. If you’re visiting Palma for the first time and looking to do some sightseeing, must-visits include the gothic-style cathedral, Arabic baths and Castell de Bellver, or if you’ve got a bit more time, take a train out of the city to the picturesque mountain town Soller. 

After exploring what Palma has to offer you can chill out at one of the hotel’s two pools. Their outdoor pool overlooks the port and has plenty of loungers to soak up the Spanish sun, an outdoor bar to keep refreshed, and a large pool to cool off in. There’s also the Yhi Spa, which has an indoor pool and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and seven treatment cabins you can book in for a little bit of R&R. Access to the Yhi spa is dependent on the room you book, but can also be purchased for an add on.

During our stay at the Melia, we set up camp in one of the Level Premium Rooms with Sea View. The sea view was definitely a highlight, with the balcony providing endless views of Palma’s Marina and Cathedral, and the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee from the in-room coffee machine. Other amenities in the room include a massive king-size bed, a walk-in rainfall shower and decent air conditioning to keep you cool (a necessity to survive Palma’s hot summer). 

A select number of rooms at the Melia are part of the ‘Level’, including ours, which gets you access to a private lounge within the hotel. You can access the Level throughout the day and help yourself to drinks, snacks, TV and books to read. You can also enjoy breakfast in the Level, one hour access to the spa during your trip and a daily cocktail hour – something which we certainly made the most of before hitting the streets.

Given the hotel’s location on the outskirts of Palma and spa facilities, we’d say the Melia Palma Marina is a great spot to stay in if you’re visiting the city and looking to do a mix of sightseeing and relaxing. 

Paseo Ingeniero Gabriel Roca, 2907014 Majorca – Palma