Today is one of those days where all I am thinking about is my next opportunity to travel somewhere warm, preferably with a beach. It’s finally March but the warm weather still feels like a distant thing. I would much rather be elsewhere, tanning, exploring and soaking up some happy vibes. However, since I can’t just leave on a whim (sadly), I have settled on writing up a post for you from my holiday in Mallorca. Back in August, Dave and I chose this beautiful island for eleven days of relaxing in the sun. For the first leg of our trip, we wanted that typical holiday feel of just sitting by the pool with a cocktail in hand, and Puerto Pollensa seemed like the perfect option for this! This small resort town in northern Mallorca is full of tiny cove beaches, colourful souvenir shops and the clearest sea water.
We stayed at the chic Mar Senses Puerto Pollensa, all white and neutral with touches of turquoise and natural wood. The rooms here were incredibly romantic with an open bathroom and sleek furniture, providing a little haven to return to after a long day by the pool. Since it was brand new, everything was immaculate and fresh, with well thought-out details and the loveliest design. The best thing about it was that it was adults-only, meaning we had nothing but peace and quiet! Situated only a block away from the beach, it was perfectly positioned and still managed to feel secluded from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Pollensa.
Exploring and being tourists
I love love love the first full day on holiday, when you wake up feeling refreshed and excited to go out exploring. Puerto Pollensa is quite little so there wasn’t a great deal to see in terms of culture. However, we knew that that was coming up in the second part of our holiday so we didn’t really mind. It was lovely to walk around the seafront past all the little tourist shops selling cute jewellery, sun hats and flip-flops, and just enjoy being on holiday. The beach and promenade here reminded us a lot of the one in Budva from our first holiday together so it was really nice to have those little memories. The weather was perfect as it wasn’t too hot (for me, anyway – not quite the same for Dave… haha) and the air felt really fresh thanks to all the water around us.
To the left, as you approach the seafront, is the beautiful Pine Walk, with trees cascading onto tiny cove beaches, small enough to fit just one or two people – very romantic. The water here is warm, clear and shallow, making it perfect for paddling without worrying about leaving your belongings too far. Depending on the time of day, the trees provide much-appreciated shade to take a break from the scorching sun. We loved coming here in the mornings before the tourists were up and just enjoying the peaceful, serene surroundings. Around midday, we’d dash back to our hotel to chill by the pool and escape the swarm of families descending!
Relaxing by the pool
Our days were mostly spent chilling by the pool, a book in hand, enjoying the peaceful surroundings in our hotel. The pool here was great, with a curved design and a separate jacuzzi, all enveloped by palm trees and rocks. We’d pop over to the local shop just across the road for some savoury snacks and bottled water, and enjoy something more substantial from the pool bar for lunch. My book for the holiday was Mrs Hemingway, one I’d been saving for the perfect occasion, focusing on the four wives of Ernest Hemingway, one of my favourite writers. It was really blissful to not have to think about anything other than sunbathing, occasionally dipping in the pool to cool down and spending time with each other. The skies turquoise blue, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze and afternoon music created the perfect holiday vibe.
Come six o’clock and we were ready for a pina colada to start off our evenings. The bar area was smart and sleek, with a beautiful bar and the friendliest staff who were ready to make any cocktail we fancied. There was a live pianist on some nights, and we could sit outside by the pool, listening to his melodies while reflecting back on our day, a tasty cocktail in hand. On our first night, we had our cocktails at the pool bar, tucked away around the corner from everyone else, with scattered cushions and a view of the turquoise pool as the sun began to disappear behind the hotel.
Chilling in the spa
Our hotel had the most wonderful serene spa with breathtaking views of the mountains, making it look like something out of a James Bond film! It was lovely to come here for some peace and quiet as well as a break from the sun. We didn’t actually try any of the treatments but the lady running the spa was incredibly friendly and welcoming so I’m sure that the massages and facials would have been absolutely lovely.
Further along the coast in the opposite direction, past the port and away from the British families with small children, there is a whole different Puerto Pollensa. This side of the resort has a more downtown vibe, with cheaper cafes and languages overheard other than English. The beach here is much, much wider and resembles something in California, making it the ying to Pine Walk’s yang. We stopped at a cute corner cafe on the seafront, tucked away in the shade, specialising in organic, vegan snacks, where I had a delicious avocado and almond wrap.
Just looking back at this holiday makes me want to return to Mallorca again one day, but probably outside of the school holidays when it is a little quieter. If there is one way to describe Puerto Pollensa it would be picturesque: everywhere you look, there is beautiful scenery surrounding you. Apologies for the quality of some of the photos – they were taken on my phone but I still wanted to share them with you! I hope that you enjoyed this travel diary and I’m hoping to do more soon for some travel inspiration now that it’s getting closer to the season of summer holidays!
Have you been to Puerto Pollensa before? What’s your holiday destination for this year?