Holidays in Majorca combine lush valleys with long stretches of sandy beach, alongside rustic hilltop villages. English is widely spoken here as the Brits have been calling it their home-from-home for decades, and you’ll always feel welcome when you’re on the island, which is in Spain’s Balearics. But what sets it apart from the other choices for hen weekend holidays or honeymoons?
The capital city, Palma, is very cosmopolitan and is widely chosen for short breaks, boasting an ancient castle, La Seu Cathedral and several museums and art galleries such as the iconic Es Baluard modern art collection. You can find plenty of sophisticated activities for a stylish hen weekend in Palma, from browsing the boutiques and vintage shops in the Old Town to having cocktails at the marina as you watch yachts and sailing boats glide past. The 19th Century Arab Baths make for a unique afternoon, putting you in touch with the island’s past. Once day turns to night you will have a stunning selection of bars and clubs to try out with the hen party, including the famous Tito’s nightclub which has been graced by Marlene Dietrich and Ray Charles over the years.
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Treat yourself to 5 Star luxury accommodation in Palma such as the Palau ca sa Galesa, which is housed in a 16th Century building but has very modern facilities including a spa and wellness centre and a roof terrace with views of the Cathedral. The hotel is ideal for groups or couples wishing to make the most of being in the city centre. If you’re thinking of spending your honeymoon here then Palma is also perfect for a romantic holiday, with horse and carriage rides available from outside La Seu, or you could explore the medieval Bellver Castle which is set within a forest in true fairy-tale style.
For a real honeymoon getaway, it’s wise to head north and visit the beautiful village of Deia which is set within the Tramuntana Mountain range. Princess Diana visited here in the 1990s and chose La Residencia as the perfect place to escape, and it’s easy to see why – this gorgeous retreat offers private yoga lessons, massages, freshwater and indoor pools, sprawling gardens and balloon rides for its guests to enjoy. If you really want a memorable couples’ holiday then ask for the donkey picnic trail, which involves a local donkey carrying your lunch to the top of a hill, with stunning views over the valley.
If you want to explore the area then take advantage of Deia’s creative heritage with a trip to the Robert Graves Museum, converted from the home of the poet and author. Afterwards you can head down to the town and experience its winding streets and picturesque buildings, finishing off at Cala Deia beach to watch the sunset.
If you’re looking for the perfect hen weekend with a touch of class, or a romantic honeymoon where you can really focus on getting away from it all, Majorca should be at the top of your list.