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What are the best hotel points redemptions in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca)?

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HfP in the Balearics

Two weeks ago I headed down to Spain as the guest of Marriott Bonvoy to take a look at some of their properties across the islands. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

In this introductory article, I wanted to briefly look at the points options across ALL of the major hotels chains across Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca. It is a weirdly thin list, once you get beyond Marriott and Melia, but there are some gems.

Palma Cathedral Mallorca

With Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera officially on the Green List, I will also take a look at what the current entry requirements. If you are not fully vaccinated, the Balearics are one of the few places you can visit this Summer without having to quarantine on your return.

Mallorca is quickly shedding its reputation as a cheap and cheerful holiday destination from the 70s and 80s. In recent years a number of five star hotels have opened across the island, including St Regis (review to follow), Belmond, Jumeirah and a soon-to-open Four Seasons.

Ibiza, on the other hand, is not the party island you think it is. The White Isle also has a reputation its laid-back hippy lifestyle, especially in its northern parts. Outside of Ibiza Town the island offers beautiful sandy beaches, great food and, yes, some excellent nightlife! (Currently closed/restricted, of course ….)

If you are heading to Ibiza I can also highly recommend taking at least a day trip to Formentera, the smallest of the four main Balearic islands. It’s a short ferry from Ibiza Town and has some absolutely stunning white sand beaches with crystal clear water. You’ll think you’re in the Caribbean. The Platja de Llevant is particularly stunning:

Platja de Llevant 2

What are the current entry requirements for UK citizens?

Whilst for a few Halcyon days anyone from the UK could travel to Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera test-free, the islands introduced a new set of regulations on 7th July.

Anyone travelling from the UK now has to have a certificate or document validating a full vaccination against Covid-19 with a period of at least 14 days since the final dose.

If you are not double vaccinated, you can still travel to the Balearics but must take a Covid-19 test up to 48 hours before your arrival. Whilst Europeans are allowed to use a lateral flow test, anyone arriving from the UK MUST take a PCR test.

All travellers must also complete a health check form for the Spanish authorities, which you can find here.

Where can you use your hotel points in the Balearics?

Later in this series we will be reviewing a number of Marriott hotels across the Balearics, including the St Regis in Mallorca and the W Ibiza.

Before that, we thought we would take a look at all the possibly hotels you can redeem points at across the major hotel groups.

W Ibiza
W Ibiza

Marriott Bonvoy

Hilton Honors

There are no Hilton hotels in the Balearics (!). Hilton Sa Torre is no longer part of the Hilton family – with terrible timing it defected to Thomas Cook just before it went bankrupt.

The Curio Collection hotel in Ibiza, Gran Hotel Montesol which Anika reviewed here, has also left the chain.

IHG Rewards

  • Six Senses Ibiza (opening in August)

There is also a Kimpton hotel under development in Mallorca, due to open in 2022.

IHG also has access to a large number of Mr & Mrs Smith properties across all four Balearic islands.

ME Ibiza

MeliáRewards

Meliá is Spanish-based hotel group and is understandably the best represented in the Balearics.

Melia is currently running a 25% off sale if you take a look at its website here – bookings must be made by 31st July and are fully cancellable.

In Mallorca you have:

  • Meliá Calvia Beach (Mallorca)
  • Meliá Palma Marina (Mallorca)
  • Hotel del Mar Gran Meliá (Mallorca)
  • Sol Cala d’Or Apartamentos (Mallorca)
  • Hotel Palma Bellver Affiliated by Meliá (Mallorca)
  • Hotel Victoria Gran Meliá (Mallorca)
  • Meliá Palma Bay
  • INNSIDE Alcudia
  • Sol Katmandu Park & Resort
  • Meliá South Beach
  • INNSIDE Palma Bosque
  • Sol Barbados (Which is in Magaluf, bizarrely!)
  • INNSIDE Palma Center
  • Sol Palmanova All Inclusive
  • INNSIDE Calviá Beach
  • Sol Wave House All Suites
  • Sol Lunamar Apartamentos
  • INNSIDE Cala Blanca
  • Playa Esperanza Resort Affiliated by Meliá
  • Meliá Cala d’Or Boutique Hotel
  • Sol House The Studio – Calvia Beach
  • Sol Guadalupe

In Ibiza:

  • INNSiDE IBIZA
  • ME Ibiza (pictured above)
  • Sol Beach House Ibiza

In Menorca:

  • Sol Milanos Pingüinos
  • Meliá Cala Galdana
  • Sol Falcó All Inclusive
  • Sol Beach House Menorca
7Pines Resort Ibiza

World of Hyatt

7Pines is a very exciting addition to World of Hyatt this year, as this HfP article explains. It is exceptional value for points on peak dates.

It is a good replacement for Park Hyatt Mallorca which was deflagged last year.

There are also some Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties which are bookable via the Hyatt website, for cash or points.

Accor Live Limitless

There are no Accor hotels in the Balearics, oddly.

Next steps

Tomorrow we kick off our Balearics reviews with a look at the hugely impressive St Regis Mardavall in Mallorca.


Hotel offers update – June 2022:

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Want to buy hotel points? There is:

  • a 80% to 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 19th July 2022 (buy here)
  • a mystery 40% to 55% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points by 15th July (buy here)
  • a 30% bonus when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points by 1st August (buy here)

Comments (47)

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  • Harry T says:

    Anyone stayed at Castillo Hotel Son Vida? Weighing up a stay there soon.

    • Rhys says:

      Got a mini review coming up soon 🙂 Was able to get a tour of the hotel and eat at the restaurant.

      • Harry T says:

        What did you think, Rhys? When I say soon, I’ve got a booking for next week that I will need to cancel soon if plans change 😂

        • Rhys says:

          Fantastic views across the city, great restaurant too. It’s pretty much adults-only too, which is nice. The pools are overlooked by the restaurant/cafes so it can feel a little voyeuristic during the day…

          Hard product is good. Half the property was refurbished a few years ago and features a more modern style. The remaining rooms, due for refurbishment in the next few years, have a slightly more historical style but still in good shape.

    • Haydn says:

      I stayed there a couple years ago. It’s got spectacular views and is pretty unique (although pretty costly during the summer!).

      • Harry T says:

        Thank you! How was the service and the quality of the hard product?

        • Haydn says:

          The service and offering were very much as you’d expect from a luxury hotel. I would describe the whole thing as classy and traditional, with amazing views.

          The outside pool does close after a certain time in the year (think Oct/Nov) – so worth checking before you go.

        • Mouse says:

          And how was the kettle?

  • ParkourPete says:

    Hi, does anyone know whether the NHS PCR Test would be acceptable? If not, could somebody kindly provide links to alternatives?

    Would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    P

    • Rob says:

      No, NHS tests are not acceptable because the results do not come in the prescribed format. You need to pay.

      • fivebobbill says:

        well actually… 😜

        • ParkourPete says:

          @FiveBobBill, haha would be keen to hear your thoughts on this. Although I have already booked a paid test.

  • Nick Burch says:

    We had a week in the AC Palma last autumn, and really liked it, though we’re not “laying about on the beach” types so it may not suit all! Lots of good places to eat around the hotel, and you’re a short stroll from the cathedral and the old town. Walkable up to the castle for stunning views back on the city. Because it’s outside the old town, you can find free parking within a few roads of the hotel, and it’s pretty quick out to the ringroad.

    For a weekend break something like the INNSiDE Palma Center is probably better, as it’s a bit more central, but if you plan on having a car to go explore the island then being on the edge at the AC wins

  • Jan M says:

    Infection rates are going up rapidly in Spain, so I would not count on the Balearics remaining on the green list and expect further restrictions on the islands. There is already a clampdown in the Canaries. No alcohol to be sold after 10pm, etc.

    • Anna says:

      As long as the Canaries don’t go on the red list this will actually really suit us! Not that we were planning on hanging out in Playa de las Americas but the more peace and quiet the better these days 🤣

  • Clubx says:

    Don’t forget the Mr Mrs Smith redemption opportunities for IHG. Also Six Senses is at 150k per night redemption rate flat.

    • Rob says:

      Not sure that SS will be 150k flat. Duoro Valley was 90k when it was briefly available.

      • Clubx2 says:

        Trust me I was shocked when checking the rates for future stays!

  • Richie says:

    Is Port de Soller a good place for a 3 night do nothing weekend break?

    • Simon says:

      Yes. Jumeirah hotel superb. Esplendido hotel kinder on the pocket. Nice few restaurants to go to in the evening around the bay. It is a slight shlapp from the airport though.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    “Whilst Europeans are allowed to use a lateral flow test, anyone arriving from the UK MUST take a PCR test”

    I went from Bologna to Madrid last week and didn’t have to take a test, just complete their online form where the QR code was scanned upon entry.

    On the way back to Italy you’re supposed to have a test but nobody checked.

    When I see PCR I still think Priority Club Rewards, the original name for IHG Rewards!

    • Rhys says:

      You weren’t arriving from the UK!

      • Jan M says:

        I flew from Germany to Spain and theoretically didn’t need a test but Lufthansa hadn’t updated guidance for its staff and still asked for one. (Luckily I got one anyway because they are free in Germany.) But it really depends on the airline in my experience. Ryanair seems to be the strictest.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        I was referring to the “Whilst Europeans are allowed to use a lateral flow test” bit which implied I would need a test coming from Italy

  • JP-MCO says:

    I think it’s really sad about PH Mallorca. I stayed there with my family in September 2016 in one of their suites and it was a really great hotel. I think part of the problem with that hotel was location which really wasn’t ideal but also the fact that when they opened the Country Club aspect was nowhere near finished. This means they went through the first winter season with only outdoor unheated pools and no indoor pool. The pools even in September in 30C heat were freezing and so we could barely use them. It was a beautiful hotel but even after one or two seasons you could see that various outlets that were there at launch – such as the informal cafe / grab and go in the resort hadn’t worked and were closed down. Also, the tapas restaurant was awful. Due to its location if you stayed there you needed to have a car and I know that put a lot of people off. It could have been a great hotel but there were some very questionable decisions by the developer / Hyatt that really stunted its success.

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