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Review: St Regis Mardavall hotel in Mallorca, Spain – 2

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This is Part 2 of our review of the St Regis Mardavall resort in Mallorca, Spain. Part 1 of our St Regis Mardavall hotel review can be found here.

Pool, spa and gym at St Regis Mardavall

As you may have spotted from the aerial photo in Part 1 of this review there are three pools at St Regis Mardavall.

There is the main pool which is spread across three tiers and sits next to the Sa Badia pool bar:

St Regis Mardavall pool

There are lots of loungers situated around the pool as well as on the grassy areas:

St Regis Mardavall pool bar

The second pool is a kids pool, tucked away in a corner of the resort:

St Regis Mardavall kids pool

The third pool is much more private and adults-only, and can only be accessed via the Arabella Spa. This comprises an indoor-outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and cabanas. It was significantly quieter during my stay and therefore my pool of choice.

St Regis Mardavall Arabella Spa pool

and

St Regis Mardavall Arabella spa pool 2

Depending on what you count as a pool there is potentially a much smaller, heated salt water pool in the spa itself:

St Regis Mardavall spa salt pool

The Arabella spa complex is an excellent size. Off the heated saltwater pool you’ll find a steam room, Finnish sauna, ice cave, salt room as well as experience showers. It is one of the nicer resort spas I have enjoyed.

The gym is part of the spa complex. It is not the biggest but features a range of mostly cardio machines in a lovely light room with skylight:

St Regis Mardavall gym

The grounds themselves are beautifully landscaped. Here are some of my highlights:

St Regis Mardavall garden

and

St Regis Mardavall sea view

The beach

Whilst the St Regis Mardavall is perched on the cliffside it is a 1 minute walk out of the back of the resort to the small local beach.

St Regis Mardavall beach

The closest beach is to the right of the jetty whilst the nicer cove is where the last trees are.

There is also a much nicer small (10m wide) sandy cove 300m around the coast. Both beaches have public access, and there is no beach club (they’re too small) but you can still enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean. I can particularly recommend the 300m swim between the two which is a great way to start the day.

Dining at St Regis Mardavall

There are two main restaurants at the St Regis: Aqua, which is on the ground floor of the main building and looks out towards the pool and gardens and Es Fum, on the terrace above.

Es Fum is a Michelin starred restaurant, although it is only open Thursday to Sundays at present. Unfortunately we weren’t able to try it out.

Aqua is slightly more casual, although still impressive. This is also where breakfast is served each morning.

St Regis Mardavall Aqua indoors

…. although you’ll probably want to sit outside:

St Regis Mardavall Aqua outdoors

Dinner always starts with an aperitivo:

St Regis Mardavall aperetif

Aqua is semi-fusion and features a range of different cuisines including some Asian inspired dishes. To start, we went for the kimchi prawns and croquettes:

St Regis Mardavall kimchi prawns

and

St Regis Mardavall croquette

We decided to share the Chateaubriand for dinner, which was sublime. Perfectly cooked and very tender:

St Regis Mardavall chateaubriand

and

St Regis Mardavall chateaubriand plate

The service throughout was impeccable, and not stuffy at all. Kevin, our waiter, was exceptional.

The breakfast buffet is also impressive. This has returned to self-serve, which is a novelty after 18 months:

St Regis Mardavall breakfast buffet meats

Here are some of the pastries:

St Regis Mardavall pastries

…. as well as hot items. Eggs are cooked to order:

St Regis Mardavall cooked breakfast

Freixenet Barroco Brut Cava is available, as are a number of different juices including fresh orange juice and peach juice.

St Regis Mardavall breakfast cava

You’ll also find the largest spread of condiments I’ve ever seen, with about 20 different jams and marmalades individually decanted into little ceramic dishes:

St Regis Mardavall jam selection

Conclusion

This was my first stay at a St Regis and I was seriously impressed. The hotel and grounds are obviously finished to a high standard. I suspect rooms have been refurbished in the past few years judging by their smart features.

St Regis Mardavall lobby view

But by far the most impressive aspect of the St Regis Mardavall is the customer service. The staff are extremely attentive and responsive and are always ready to try and fulfil your requests. It is exceptional, and second only to my stay at the Four Seasons Langkawi in 2019.

The St Regis Mardavall Resort is a Category 8 hotel, which means you will need between 70,000 and 100,000 points per night, depending on the season. Cash prices start at €680 per night in September. Given our target valuation of 0.5p per Marriott Bonvoy point, you will get decent value here.

You can see more, and book, on the hotel website here.


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Comments (30)

  • Yuff says:

    I might have to start collecting Marriott points as there is not a decent choice in Palma on points.
    Did someone say the old park Hyatt was being taken over by a chain?

  • Mouse says:

    Great review Rhys, thank-you, hope I can stay in this hotel myself one day.

  • AJA says:

    Interesting hotel and great review however that beach doesn’t look marvellous to me. I like the fact that there is an adults only pool. The food looks lovely. How much did the starters cost and how much was the Chateaubriand?

    I think those rates you quote are on the low side, I’m not seeing anything below £854 per night in August which is very expensive although I have no Marriott Bonvoy status so not sure whether that has an impact. At those prices I think the car parking onsite should be free although if you can afford £854 a night an extra €20 per day car parking isn’t going to be an issue.

  • Jordan D says:

    Definitely a property I would like to go to, but a seriously high cash rate per night and a exceptionally high points per night are putting me off, to one extent or the other, alas.

  • TimM says:

    Not a good location.

  • jack charlton says:

    Be nice to know some indicative food prices. Is breakfast £20, £35 ? How much was the dinner £70, £300 ??

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