Resort in Islands

Enjoyed the hour drive to the Park Hyatt Mallorca from the international airport in Palma because it gave me time to enjoy the island’s landscape. On the two-lane blacktop we sailed past smalls towns and isolated houses surrounded by neat fencing. Goats and sheep grazed in open fields and there were orange groves, almond orchards and miles of olive trees planted in precise rows tracing the contour of the rolling hills
In 2016 the Park Hyatt opened the 5-Star resort on the northeastern coast of the island. Set against the dark red Cap Vermell mountains, the hotel looks like a miniature village organized around a courtyard called Plaza de Torre.

Three story villa-style buildings line the terraced hill above the courtyard. One hundred and forty-two rooms and suites are grouped into neighborhoods, each named for the trees planted around the buildings—Lemon, Olive, Pomegranate, Pear, Orange, Almond, Cherry and Fig. When the trees bloom, the fragrance of their blossoms perfumes the hillside.
To reflect Mallorcan traditions, local materials were used in the construction of the hotel. The hotel’s pastel sandstone facade was quarried from nearby Santanyi. The landscaping utilized 70,000 native plants, some edible like the lavender and rosemary that line the walkways between the residential buildings.
Even though they are newly planted, the trees, flowers and perennial aromatics are thriving. I visited several months after the opening. The Spanish jasmine was already entwined on the metal fencing bordering the pathways. Colorful, vibrant flowers were in full bloom. Fruit was ripening on the olive, lemon and orange trees.

In a few years the grounds of the hotel will become a lush garden, delighting guests and supplying fruit and herbs to the restaurant kitchens.
My sunny room in the Limonero or Lemon complex was on the second floor. Like the other rooms on upper floors, mine had a large private terrace overlooking the grounds. Rooms on the ground level have an outdoor patio with a garden.
I had work to do, so I appreciated the Wi-Fi, an efficient desk and wall outlets that accepted many types of electrical plugs.
For the complimentary coffee and tea service, there was a set of Narumi Bone China. The Nespresso machine produced coffee with perfectly formed crema. My bathroom had a shower and a bathtub, a Duravit high-tech toilet, Grohe fixtures, marble tile and an imbedded television in the mirror.

The Serenitas Spa

Taking relaxation to the next level, the hotel offers amenities and treatments in the Serenitas Spa. The large complex has a sauna, relaxation room, outdoor cold water vitality pool, hairdresser, manicure and pedicure salons and seven treatment rooms, two of which are set up for couples with private steam rooms.
Creating a total experience, each treatment room has a bathroom, shower, free-standing Barcelona bathtub and a private patio.
Promoting wellness, the therapies include exfoliating scrubs using local herbs and oils, heated basalt stones, a crystal quartz sand bed, seaweed and clay wraps, facials and deep muscle massages. What I really needed was to relax and get a good night’s sleep, so I chose the aroma therapy massage.
Lying on my stomach, my face was positioned over an aromatic cupping of hot water, lavender and clove buds oil, rosemary sprigs and pine bark. The aromas enveloped me as the massage therapist, Valentina, worked on my arms, legs, shoulders and back. Very quickly I found myself in that wonderful massage-dream state. Half awake. Half asleep.
When the massage was over, Valentina led me to the beautifully appointed relaxation room with airy shears hung from the ceiling. For refreshment, she placed a porcelain tea pot and cup next to the daybed and offered me a snack of walnuts, black raisins and a deliciously tart green apple.