Hotelchain: St. Regis – Marriott
Location: Mallorca – Spain
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: http://www.stregismardavall.com
The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is rated as one of the best hotels of Mallorca and I couldn’t wait to explore this luxurious five star resort. What is so unique about the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is the personal touch. Every single element seems like it has been curated and vetted to the extent that every experience there seems like you are in a pillow of comfort, midst of tranquility, and bathed in luxury.
The resort is beautifully located on the southwest coast of Mallorca. Make sure to check out the bay area just behind the resort. It is just stunning!
As soon as you walk into the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, you are welcomed with wonderful smiles. Staff made us feel home in just seconds and gave us all the information we needed to know about the hotel. I just couldn’t wait to explore and experience this place. The grand lobby area itself is spacious and very appealing. I love the fact that they do take their time to check-in their guests. There is no large check-in desk here, but separate desks where guests are welcomed in a very personal way. This definitely is the highlight at the St. Regis Mardavall – the high level of personalized service! Each room comes with a personal butler service.
Let’s start with the rooms.
The St. Regis Mardavall has very spacious rooms. Our junior suite was superbly comfortable, very clean and filled with all the right amenities for a relaxing holiday. All rooms are of a very high standard and offer views of the beach or garden. The king sized bed is among the best I experienced. It is all in the details here, of example: I contacted the hotel upfront to request of soft bed. Upon arrival they took care of the request. Each guest is treated as an individual and every single request was suited. Just amazing! Another thing I really appreciated was the sitting area with two good sized couches and electronically controlled drapes. The rooms have been renovated over the last years and all look stunning. They all come with a Nespresso coffee machine, fully stocked minibar and an oversized desk. The view from our balcony was breathtaking!
The bathroom was beautifully tiled and contained many amenities, including a separate large walk in shower for two and a wonderful bath tub. Fancy Remède toiletries are offered, I am in love with those products. Did you forget your tooth brush or shaving products? No problem, each room provides them in case you forgot to bring yours.
Again, do note that a booking at the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort comes with a butler service that will make sure you will have a great time. Really nothing is asked for too much! We needed some extra hangers for our clothes – for example – and they brought some in just minutes and helped us unpacking. Great! The service level truly is out of this world!
Every space of this hotel is clean, engaging and inspires you to focus on your wellbeing. Speaking of wellbeing, Arabella spa is quite large and is located on the ground floor of the hotel. The place is designed to relax and forget about your worries. There’s an indoor/outdoor pool with plenty of loungers. I particularly liked the salt water pool with adjoining saunas (Finnish + salt) and steam room. If you are into working out, the hotel offers a large fitness facility.
Make sure to book a treatment here. I thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing full body spa treatment. For me the experience was like returning to balance… it was like an escape from the everyday and physical wellbeing while being in the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca’s tranquil and welcoming surroundings.
The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort has several pools and the most stunning gardens. It does look like paradise here! We enjoyed the pools and the surrounding areas. This resort is huge and there’s a lot of privacy for the guests. No party music here, no yelling or screaming. It is very peaceful. Do note that kids are very welcome at this hotel. They have their own place where they can be kids and play and fool around. There’s even a kids club that will make sure children have a wonderful time.
Regarding the food and drinks, choices here are endless!
The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort offers a wide variety of bar settings from casual at the pools to more formal for the evenings. I loved the Aqua Restaurant. This Mediterranean restaurant has a cool vibe. The food here is outstanding and did not disappoint. We started with a wonderful selection of tapas. The grilled turbot was served perfectly as requested. As always, I saved some space for dessert and luckily I did because the cheese case was to die for. All in all, a wonderful restaurant with again (this is a St. Regis property after all) the best service!
Es Fum is the signature dining option. This Michelin (*) rated restaurant only offers the best. Unfortunately I could not experience this restaurant as it was closed due to Covid19, but that gives me a reason to come back! Based on the pictures of the dishes I saw, it must be quite an experience to have lunch or dinner here.
Breakfast is served at the Aqua Restaurant. It offers a large selection of bread, pastries and yoghurts. The large buffet has something to offer for anyone! The thing I appreciate in particular are the amount of healthy options. I saw a lot of fruit, nuts and vegetables.
I am in love with the St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort! The biggest factor for me are the people who work at the resort. Most of the staff even remembered our names. How cool is that? The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is on par with some of the best hotels in the world which I have been fortunate enough to stay at. My senses were completely satisfied beyond anything I could imagine. We were treated like royalty here and cannot wait to return one day. A perfect place indeed!
Location: Palma de Mallorca – Spain
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: https://www.esprincep.com/en
Rated as Palma’s number one hotel, Es Princep is a top notch five star boutique hotel located near the center of Palma de Mallorca. You can’t beat the location. All the main attractions of this beautiful city are within walking distance. The surrounding areas are just gorgeous: small authentic streets, palm trees, etc. Making part of the Leading Hotels of the World, I immediately fell in love with Es Princep as soon as I entered.
Es Princep is very stylish and cozy decorated. The intimate reception area just beautiful and gives an excellent first impression of the hotel: luxurious couches, high end furniture and most importantly: I was welcomed by the most friendly manager. The welcome drink is a nice touch. This is Spanish hospitality and I love it!
After I received my room key, I couldn’t wait to explore this unique boutique hotel. Walking around in the hotel felt great. The authentic atmosphere throughout the hotel is impressive and much appreciated. Es Princep has a total of 83 rooms. As a small hotel they can offer a very personal service. It feels like a home away from home where you are treated as a guest, not a number.
The executive room I stayed in was absolutely stunning! The design looking rooms are smart designed and I loved the lay out of the room. The wooden floors and open bathroom add extra coziness. The room had all the facilities I expect from a five star hotel such as the Nespresso coffee machine, a very comfortable bed and a cozy sitting area with the most comfortable blue couch.
The open bathroom has a great walk-in shower and separate toilet. Fluffy towels and high end Le Labo toiletries are available as well.
The absolute highlight of Es Princep is their rooftop! The large rooftop offers a restaurant, several lounge areas and a small pool. It was great hanging out here during the day. The full panoramic sea views are amazing. Restaurant Almaq offers delicious food with stunning views over the old town of Palma. We had a wonderful lunch here and the tapas and sea food main courses were to die for. Highly recommended to have lunch or dinner here, even if you’re not a guest of the hotel it is worth a visit!
Do note that there are other dining facilities as well. Bala Roja is another restaurant which offers degustation menus at night.
Another must visit when you stay at Es Princep is the Cocô Spa Oasis. Located on the lower floor, this space has been designed to relax and unwind. The indoor pool is wonderful and offers several jet experiences as well as a sauna and steam room. The Relax & Renew treatment was heavenly. I felt reborn afterwards as the therapist did an excellent job.
Breakfast at Es Princep is something to look forward to! We stayed at the hotel during the Covid19-pandemic and therefor there was no buffet but an à la carte breakfast instead. Each dish was of an excellent quality and again, service was top notch! Really nothing here is asked for too much. I also appreciated the botanical theme throughout the breakfast area.
Es Princep is definitely the place to stay when you are looking for an ultra stylish boutique hotel right near the center of Palma de Mallorca. Check it out yourself and feel the Es Princep vibe! Highly recommended for a romantic getaway!
Hotelchain: Hard Rock Hotels
Location: Amsterdam – Netherlands
Classification: 4 star superior hotel
Official website: https://www.hardrockhotels.com/amsterdam-american/
Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American recently opened and I was so happy to find out that Hard Rock has a hotel in Amsterdam! Of course, after staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in Penang, I needed to explore this Hard Rock Hotel as well and it didn’t disappoint!
This upscale four superior star hotel is located near the city center of Amsterdam, it is just a 5 minute walk to all the major attractions beautiful Amsterdam has to offer! Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American is located on Leidseplein Square near the beautiful Vondelpark. The Rijksmuseum (which is THE museum of the Netherlands) is only a short walk. The historic canal area is just 5 minutes away by foot. Entering this hotel is entering a contemporary art deco styled luxury hotel with all the comfort one could wish for. The lobby area is spacious and has several Hard Rock items which are all taking us back in time.
I actually would call their lobby area a living room wall since there are many cozy sitting areas. Again, there’s so much to see here: Elton John’s shoes, a custom-designed jacket of Prince, etc. It’s all there and each item definitely is an eye catcher. Check-in staff was very helpful and accommodating and after some useful information, they handed us the keys for our room.
All rooms at Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American are luxuriously appointed and have decent sizes compared to other hotels in Amsterdam. I love the design and lay-out of the Junior Suite we stayed in particularly the oversized desk and (ultra comfortable!) cozy couches. They integrated the whole Hard Rock theme throughout the entire hotel, even the wallpaper. Guests can even take advantage of booking the Sound Of Your Stay Program. You will receive a guitar in the room which is pretty cool and add an even more Hard Rock feel to the room!
The bathroom had one of the best walk-in showers I have experienced so far. I should definitely highlight the Hard Rock toiletries. They smell amazing! Our Junior Suite even featured a fabulous free standing bath tub. Awesome!
There is so much to do at Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American! Downstairs you will find a large fitness facility. Hungry or fancy a drink? The famous Bar Americain is a must visit! At night, we had dinner here and again, the food didn’t disappoint (at all!). The freshly prepared steak tartare was to die for. The steak that came afterwards was just delicious. I must highlight the dessert. The Crème Brûlée was the best I have ever had, hands down!
After a wonderful night (the beds are so big and soft) we were ready for breakfast. Since we were there during the Covid19 pandemic, we had breakfast in our room. Each item was fresh and tasted excellent! Thumbs up!
Hotel American was renovated and opened as a Hard Rock Hotel. It is a new top notch in the center of Amsterdam. I felt great here and can recommend this hotel for your next trip to Amsterdam! I was treated like a Rock Star and I recommend you to have the same experience! You won’t be disappointed. Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam Americain, you rock! I’ll be back for sure!