View from the top
The clifftop location of Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca is matched by the exquisite service and unforgettable dining
Perched atop the dramatic Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca and overlooking the perfect deep blue of the Mediterranean, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa offers an unforgettable stay in a unique location. The five-star luxury hotel and spa is set on a clifftop in a UNESCO World Heritage site, where guests can relax by the pool, enjoy fresh fish straight off the fishermen’s boats, or engage in local crafts such as basket-weaving and ceramics.
“Our main attraction is the location,” says Paloma Espinosa, Marketing Communications Manager of the hotel. “We are built on the cliffs and that allows us to have a combined view of the mountains and the sea, which is very rare on the island. We are just above the village of Port Soller, which has a lovely ambience and lots of boutiques and restaurants. We pride ourselves in delivering levels of service beyond our guests’ expectations. Our team will contact everyone before their stay to ask what we can arrange for them, if there is anything they particularly want to see or do, and discuss what is new for the season.”
This brings us to another essential pillar of the Jumeirah Port Soller’s hospitality – the gastronomic experience. The hotel’s new executive chef has improved, updated and refined what was already a memorable gourmet menu. As well as the poolside bar, the hotel has three main restaurants: the Cap Roig Brasserie, which serves the freshest seafood on Mallorca; the Sunset Lounge, which presents cocktails and an exciting Peruvian-Japanese menu in a lively setting; and the Es Fanals tapas restaurant. Each one offers something unique, collectively providing guests with yet another excuse to return to Port Soller.
“At the brasserie, we have the best-quality seafood direct from the port,” says Paloma. “Very early every morning, our chef speaks directly to the fishermen to find out what was the best catch from the previous night, and this is presented in a seafood display so that guests can choose for themselves. We are able to serve the fish and seafood in different ways, but we keep things simple so our focus is on the very premium fresh produce.”
At the Sunset Lounge, the food is prepared by a Peruvian chef whose previous roles included being chef to Peru’s national football team, while at Es Fanals, the tapas menu combines traditional Spanish dishes with innovative contemporary creations inspired by fine dining. “We want to create a dining experience so memorable that guests come back to the hotel simply because they love the food so much,” says Paloma.
The Jumeirah Port Soller’s 121 rooms include 40 suites, three of which are “signature suites” – one with a private entrance – that embody the luxury experience. Meanwhile, the Talise Spa has been nominated Best Hotel Spa in Spain at the World Spa Awards for five consecutive years and has won that prestigious title for three years in a row. It is little wonder that the spa is a key attraction of the hotel, with organic and vegan ingredients used wherever possible.
One recent innovation has been to bring local craftspeople to the hotel to celebrate traditional skills such as ceramics, glass-blowing and basket-weaving. “We are trying to offer visitors an insight into the work of these amazing local artisans,” says Paloma. “We have developed a weekly programme of two or three workshops. Guests can also visit the villages if they prefer, but we wanted to bring these artisans to the hotel so that everybody can see the island’s rich traditions at first hand.”