Southern Europe is full of destinations that promise beautiful stretches of sand and bright turquoise waters, but few can compare to the laid-back bohemian charms of Mallorca (Majorca). The jewel of the Balearic Islands, Miró was once drawn to its "pure Mediterranean light" and today artists, hikers, and dreamers can catch a legendary sunset from Serra de Tramuntana's limestone bluffs or a gold-tinged dawn from the steps of a stone-carved hilltop monastery. From Palma de Mallorca to Pollensa, Majorca is an ideal destination for a honeymoon (or second, or third…) explore Mallorca’s legendary coves before sitting down to a feast of Mediterranean nouvelle cuisine, paired with locally grown wine. After, you can then enjoy one of the island’s many festivals, concerts, literary events, or simply soak in the culture that has made this a favourite haunt of creatives ranging from Chopin to The Rolling Stones.

Luxury design retreat Son Bull Hotel Rural Sanctuary Pollença, Mallorca's best kept secrets
Pollença, Mallorca

Son Brull Rural Sanctuary

A monastic designer den of rural appeal set in a 30-hectare estate, this rural sanctuary has clubhouse flair, a sleek modernist touch and loads of sun-kissed sophistication. Altogether, a chilled off-radar adaption of indulgent luxury.

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Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca

Palacio Can Marqués

A former 18th-century Mallorcan palace built for a wealthy marqués merchant in 1760, is now one of Palma’s most noble Palacio's of style, renovated into a seductively glamorous grand hotel of casual luxe.

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Santorini overlooking the Aegean at sunset | Caldera | Cyclades | Aenaon Villas, Greece | infinity pool in blue

Where to book this summer in the Mediterranean

Time to grab those Miu Miu shades amigos, a summer escape to the Mediterranean is just a must for you cool cats - see here our favourite hand-picked escapes and lush retreats.

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Created back in 2001 in Barcelona, this is a Spanish fashion house that has already attracted international recognition. In the hot seat is the talented designer Rosa Esteva, who having left her native Mallorca, graduated in Barcelona and started her own distinctive label, CORTANA.

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Port Adriano, Philippe Starck, Mallorca

Philippe Starck’s gateway to Mallorca

French designer Philippe Starck, himself an avid fan of sail and designer of super yachts, turned his hand to creating a new Port Adriano Marina in Mallorca – an architectural masterstroke and ‘Starck’ beautiful with not a parking lot in sight.

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