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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)

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  • Chris Heyes says:

    Rhys excellent plus only one mistake, I think, lol, delete my post when you find it
    he closest beach ?

    • N says:

      The missing T is actually floating above it as it has been center aligned with the photo above!

      • Rob says:

        My fault. Rhys wrote that line as a photo caption but I cut and pasted it as a paragraph.

    • 1ATL says:

      You’d have had a field day with the brochure the tour operator I used to work for used to produce. They spent thousands on proof reading every year and there’d invariably be at least 20+ typos in roughly 150 pages of text.

  • Brighton Belle says:

    I’d love it but my rate of Bonvoy points accumulation via the Amex card is so slow I’ll need zimmer access to this hotel. 100,000 points per night via Amex is serious spending. What am I doing wrong?

    • Chris Heyes says:

      Brighton Belle, You know what your doing wrong, without anyone telling you !
      Not enough referrals, not enough swapping and changing Cards
      It’s nothing to do with everyday spend, more careful planning and thought
      Unless of course there’s only you ? That makes it harder

      • Memesweeper says:

        Even swapping and changing needs a fairly high turnover to hit the targets. 4 for 5 in Marriott’s makes this a tad more achievable on points, but fundamentally it’s an expensive place, points or not.

    • Sam G says:

      hotel points are better when you’ve got a job that you travel with a bit IMO so you’re earning them anyway for “free”. I used to stay in decent $$ Marriotts for work in Asia & enrolled in all the bonuses + some leisure cash stays and soon racked up a good chunk of points. But 100k pn is a lot, was more realistic when it was 60k points for the top hotels for sure. 66666 Amex MRs (that you need for a peak night here) could get you 66666 Avios which in theory you can trade for £533.32 worth of Nectar points. Very rare I couldn’t find a hotel for less than that I’d be perfectly happy in. Appreciate that when cash rates are running at £1k a night it’s still a good “deal” but only if you’d be playing that ball park anyway

      Avios for flights is different as I do usually try to only fly business class

  • Nick says:

    Wow, seriously impressive hotel if the only area for improvement is that the colour of shampoo looks artificial.

    • Rob says:

      It is a bit weird ….. a deep turquoise. It also has bits in it for exfoliation. I always worry I will fail to rinse it all off and I will spend the day with little green stones stuck to me ….

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    It just looks like a character less hotel plonked down in Mallorca, no character or local colour nor anywhere to promenade or eat/drink anywhere else? May as well stay in an AI resort not go out but at least get VFM in my view, horses for courses and all that

    • Rhys says:

      I disagree on the character – when you are there it doesn’t feel out of place.

      Loads of places to eat and drink within a very short taxi ride. We drove to Port d’Andratx one evening, lovely marina and seafront there for dinner.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        And if someone plonked a large chain hotel on top of the promenade then one would arguably be miffed that it spoiled the character anyway, so perhaps best that a resort like this is tucked away and you take it upon yourself to find civilisation. Somewhere walkable would be nicer but a short drive or taxi is not the end of the world.

        Remember there are people that fly to the ME for a holiday sat in western chain hotels, private beaches and indoor malls – so this is significantly less culturally insulated than that

      • Mummy55 says:

        Why drive all that way when Puerto Portals Marina is far better and only 3mins drive or a ten min stroll away! Some of the best restaurants ,shops and boats on the island and they have just built a new extension with underground parking.
        I also often see the hotels drivers dropping people off so they must offer this service.!

  • MisterE says:

    Rhys – Sounds really lovely, so thanks for a great briefing. Any insights into how St Regis treats Titanium Bonvoy members? I’m guessing no lounge, but hopefully a full breakfast? And what about Upgrades?

    TIA

    • Rhys says:

      Not entirely sure – for starters, I’m not Titanium but it’s always slightly different on trips like this anyway as it’s been arranged by Marriott & they often book me into a particular room. I’d imagine it’s quite good here, though.

  • Richie says:

    I don’t like the bathroom and the pool, so it’s a no from me. Great review, lots of very interesting content.

  • Ls says:

    Was it particularly empty? Or were You using promo photos?

    • Rhys says:

      It wasn’t empty – I think the occupancy rate was somewhere around 60%+ the week I was there, and increasing the following week.

      But it never felt full or overly busy – all my photos except the aerial view. However, I do try and get photos with fewer strangers in – ie. photographing the pools in the morning when nobody is swimming yet.

    • Rob says:

      Readers normally get grumpy when we run photos with people in them!

  • Harry T says:

    I think you’ve played a blinder, Rhys – base rooms were over a grand for these dates when I was looking. Glad you had a great time. Thank you for the review, I think I’d enjoy staying here a bit out of season when the rates are more terrestrial.

    • Rhys says:

      We were told the hotel was pretty much running at capacity from mid/late July so I’m not surprised!

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