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Review: Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel

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This is our review of the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel in Spain.

It is the second review in our ‘HfP in the Balearics’ series in partnership with Marriott Bonvoy, which kindly provided the stay. We paid for all other expenses, including flights. We also reviewed the Castillo Hotel Son Vida (Mallorca) as well as the W Ibiza (review here).

After a luxurious stay at St Regis Mardavall (review here) we moved on to the Sheraton Mallorca which is nestled in the valleys of Son Vida, just outside Palma. The hotel website is here.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella sign

The Sheraton was one of the first luxury hotels on the island and opened in 1992 – back when, I am told, Mallorca had more of a reputation for being cheap and cheerful than it did as a luxury travel destination. These days, the island also boasts a Belmond, Jumeirah and a soon-to-open Four Seasons.

(As a side note, all four of the Marriott Bonvoy hotels on the island are owned by the same German group that owns the Paulaner Brewery.)

Sheraton Mallorca was the first golf resort on the island and boasts access to three 18-hole courses, one of which is within putting distance of the hotel.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella

The hotel and golf courses are about 20 minutes from both Palma Airport and St Regis Mardavall, although they feel slightly off the beaten track and are a little further from the nearest town centre – nowhere is walkable from the hotel.

The hotel has just 93 rooms which makes it a fairly small by Sheraton standards. There is free parking outside as well as a very small underground car park.

Checking in

As a Sheraton, the hotel naturally makes a less grand impression than the St Regis, with the lobby connecting a small bar, terrace, main restaurant and reception:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella lobby

and

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella terrace

Check-in was quick and easy and my Marriott Bonvoy elite status was recognised.

I was given a Junior Suite on the top (3rd) floor, with views across the resort. The room opens onto the living space:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella suite lounge

A sideboard is on your right, with tea and coffee making facilities and mini bar:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella desk mini fridge

Whilst you get a Nespresso machine, the coffee pods are not Nespresso branded.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella coffee machine

A swivelling TV means you can watch from bed or the living room:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella living room

There is no partition between the living area and the bedroom:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella bed

The Sheraton bed is a little firmer than other Marriott brands I have recently stayed in. USB sockets are only on the right hand side:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella connectivity

On the other side you have a wardrobe. There is another wardrobe on the living room side too, so you have plenty of storage space:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella wardrobe

A balcony runs the entire length of the room and has lovely views over the resort and towards the next hillside. You can see Castillo Hotel Son Vida, the more luxurious sister hotel which I will cover in a day or so, from the Sheraton.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella suite view

The bathroom was large with a copious amount of counter top, plus a bath tub:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella bathroom 2

To be honest, given the space, I’m not sure why they didn’t just put in a second sink. Interestingly, the toilet is in the main area of the bathroom rather than in a separate cubicle, although you can of course close the door to the room.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella bathroom

The shower is to the left of the toilet and features a rainfall head as well as standard head. I found the pressure to be a little lacklustre in the rainfall head but fine in the other one – potentially due to fewer nozzles.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella shower

Toiletries are by ‘le grand bain’. You get all the usual bits including robes as well, although I found one robe to be significantly more raggedy than the other and probably due for retirement!

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella toiletries

Whilst many Sheraton properties have a reputation for being a little run down (Marriott unveiled a renovation program earlier this year) the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella feels like it has been refurbished in the last few years, and is in very good condition.

The hotel provides a turndown service which means you get some extra bottles of water, a little square of Lindt milk chocolate plus your slippers are laid out by the bed.

Pools, gyms and spa at the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel

There is just one main pool outdoors, surrounded by a decent number of sunbeds. Hotel occupancy was high whilst I was there and it never felt overcrowded, which was good. With a lot of guests making use of the golf courses I imagine it can be fairly quiet.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella pool

and

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella pool loungers

There is also another small indoor pool in the spa:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella indoor pool

The spa is small – I’m not sure if there are any treatment rooms or sauna or steam room. I believe what you see above is what you get.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella spa

In addition to the main pool there are also two pools for kids of varying ages, plus a small kids club:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella kids pool 2

and

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella kids pool

Plus two tennis courts:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella tennis

…. and a beach volleyball court which has become a little overgrown during Covid:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella volleyball

The gym is brand new with a focus on cardio equipment and has a lovely view of the resort:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella gym

In terms of golfing, the Arabella Golf Club is a stone’s throw away from the hotel, as is the 18th hole of the Son Vida course. There is a complementary shuttle bus for golfers that runs between the three courses, the Sheraton and the Castillo Son Vida hotel.

Dining at Sheraton Mallorca Arabella

There are two options when it comes to restaurants at the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella. La Bodega is on the ground floor, next to the pool, and is currently serving lunch with a focus on tapas:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella La Bodega

You can get all the usual tapas bits, including Padron peppers, croquettes, garlic prawns and possibly the best Jamon Iberico on Cristal bread – definitely the best I had during my trip:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella La Bodega tapas

For dinner, Es Carbo on the first floor has a terrace with great views across the Son Vida golf course. This is also where breakfast is served.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Es Carbo terrace

For dinner, a more conventional menu is in place with a variety of steak, fish and pasta options.

We shared the beef carpaccio and tuna salad:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella starters

For the main course I went for the Lobster cannelloni, which was super creamy:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Lobster canneloni

Finally, for dessert, I had the cheese board with local Mallorcan cheeses:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella cheese board

Breakfast at the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella

The breakfast buffet is fairly small, although it manages to pack a lot of choice in. You have the usual breads and pastries:

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella breakfast buffet

As well as cold meats, smoked salmon, Iberian ham etc. A small selection of cooked items such as sausages, bacon and freshly made omelettes is also available.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella cooked breakfast

There are also fruits, yoghurts, juices etc – everything you can reasonably expect from a decent hotel buffet.

Sheraton Mallorca Arabella breakfast fruit

Conclusion

The Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel (to give it its full name) is a good choice if your focus is on golfing and other activities. Whilst Son Vida is a little out of the way (you can’t just walk to local shops, for example) you’ll probably want a car to explore the island anyway.

Whilst the Sheraton brand has, in recent years, received a bit of stick for its very hit-and-miss portfolio, the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella is definitely a hit. The rooms are good and the property has lots of amenities, especially for families. If you are not travelling with children, the sister Castillo Hotel close by is adults only and also offers access to the golf courses.

The Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel is a Category 5 hotel, which means you will need between 30,000 and 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night. Cash prices start at €280 for a night in September. You can book on the hotel website here.


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