Booking a points holiday in Mallorca – which is usually exceptional value given how expensive hotels get in July and August – is now easier.
Hilton has opened Hilton Mallorca Galatzo. The website is here.
Whilst I don’t know the area where it is based, it is described as a five-minute drive from the popular beaches of Paguera, on the Costa de la Calma.
This is a reflag of the Galatzo Hotel Mallorca. The hotel previously operated as a Maritim – see the picture below – but luckily it has had “substantial refurbishments to elevate the property’s interiors and facilities” since then.
“Picturesque pathways meander through 50,000 square metres of tropical gardens, connecting traditional Mallorcan round tower buildings, four diverse bars and restaurants and extensive leisure facilities which make it a destination in its own right. With a fusion of island architecture and contemporary design, each of the 208 rooms feature private balconies to take in the fresh sea air and embrace the Balearic climate. The resort will also soon be home to Cotton Club Mallorca, Cotton Lifestyle’s latest destination following its acclaimed Cotton Beach Club Ibiza and Cotton Club Zakynthos.
Tantalise tastebuds at one of the four dining areas, serving up the best of Mediterranean cuisine, with gourmet dishes inspired by the island’s historic fishing villages and local flavours. Start the day with breakfast and sweeping sunrise views from La Cocina, then head to Alma Restaurant & Bar for lunch or dinner to discover locally-inspired dining by well-known chef Eduardo Gandia, whilst enjoying lively entertainment. Here you can indulge in local specialities such as Mallorcan squid ‘a la bruta’, or sip on a Herbal Mediterranean digestive cocktail with Gin Mare, olive tonic, an old rosemary infusion and thyme to finish.
Those catching sun rays by the pool can enjoy Paradis Pool & Bar, where an extensive wine and cocktail offering includes a Mallorcan Prensal Blanc from the KM.1 eco wine range, and cocktails are prepared with local spirits and seasonal fruits. The accompanying menu of casual bites includes the delicious Santa Pinza, a crusty layered pizza-style dish with Stracciatella cheese, smoked salmon & capers.
The latest Cotton Lifestyle destination, Cotton Club Mallorca will seat 180 guests in a stylish signature designed restaurant and bar area with a 70 sunbed pool deck surrounding a first-class grand pool. It will be designed and run to the standards of its clubs in Ibiza and Zakynthos, where the brand’s success has been closely tied with its ability to create laid-back luxury living with a stunning style scheme, and provide outstanding service, great food, wine, and music.
Adventure-seekers will feel right at home at Hilton Mallorca Galatzo, with the property offering a range of sports and activities. From five clay tennis courts to a full-equipped gym, sauna and steam room as well as a spa with a tailored wellness program, guests will feel rejuvenated in no time. A kids club is also on offer for young travellers – guaranteed to keep children entertained for hours, giving parents the chance to explore the resort. For those wishing to venture further afield, resort team members are on hand to help curate guests’ perfect personalised Balearic adventure.“
Prices are surprisingly low, possibly because it is opening so late in the season. Rooms are available in August for as low as €214 per night, and you’d receive free breakfast and a potential upgrade (probably a good chance if occupancy is low) if you had Hilton Honors Gold or Diamond status.
With cash rates low, redemptions using Hilton Honors points are not a bargain. However, remember that you get ‘five redemption nights for the points of four’ if you have Silver status or higher in Hilton Honors, and this is the sort of place where you are likely to spend five nights.
You can find our more on the Hilton Mallorca Galatzo website here.
PS. The other – potentially more anticipated – redemption option on Mallorca has been delayed. IHG’s Kimpton Mallorca is not showing availability until 24th August and of course may slip further. It may be worth considering for an early Autumn break if you are not tied to the school holidays. Cash rates start at €570 with redemptions starting at around 100,000 IHG One Rewards points. The website is here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
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