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:
There are lots of loungers situated around the pool as well as on the grassy areas:
The second pool is a kids pool, tucked away in a corner of the resort:
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.
Depending on what you count as a pool there is potentially a much smaller, heated salt water pool in the spa itself:
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:
The grounds themselves are beautifully landscaped. Here are some of my highlights:
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.
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.
…. although you’ll probably want to sit outside:
Dinner always starts with an aperitivo:
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:
We decided to share the Chateaubriand for dinner, which was sublime. Perfectly cooked and very tender:
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:
Here are some of the pastries:
…. as well as hot items. Eggs are cooked to order:
Freixenet Barroco Brut Cava is available, as are a number of different juices including fresh orange juice and peach juice.
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:
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.
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.
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