Amazing island adventures in Capri & Mallorca
Discover two of Europe’s finest islands
Discover two of Europe’s finest islands
Capri, with its wild limestone crags plunging into a turquoise sea and its picturesque, cobbled streets, has long been known for attracting glamorous jet-setters and has been a resort town since Roman times. But just as striking is the island of Mallorca, where you’ll find the beautiful Tramuntana mountains and pristine sandy beaches waiting to be discovered. While you are in Europe, maximise your time and explore two of its finest islands.
The perfect retreat, Capri Palace Jumeirah is an idyllic sanctuary with Michelin-starred dining, a medical spa and a cliffside beach club, offering both relaxation and opportunities for adventure. Perched on the cliffs of the hotel, Il Riccio Beach Club sits above the electric waters of the famous Blue Grotto, and can be accessed by a stone staircase that zigzags down to the water. The resort’s world-class spa is set in the state-of-the-art Capri Medical Spa, against the backdrop of an eighteenth-century Neapolitan palazzo, and offers treatments ranging from sea-salt scrubs to a range of body wraps and LED light therapies. The Capri Medical Spa is also the birthplace of the renowned Leg School®, a special therapeutic program dealing with cellulite and vascular problems of the lower limbs. Created and patented by Professor Francesco Canonaco, the program involves the application of medicated mud and bandages and a Kneipp Hydro-Therapy, all enriched by vasoactive elements which increase skin elasticity and prevent the formation of stretch marks.
The food in Capri is centred around fresh produce and seafood, alongside high-quality olive oil, and it is both nutritious and delicious. The restaurants are extraordinary. Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club features out-of-this-world seafood (both raw and cooked), which is paired with fine Italian wines. Two Michelin-starred restaurant L'Olivo serves Caprese and Mediterranean cuisine, which is given a modern twist by head chef Andrea Migliaccio, whose focus on fresh, seasonal produce creates a wonderfully unique menu. And, finally, Bistrot Ragú overlooking the glittering Gulf of Naples is perfect for relaxed, long summer lunches on the shaded terrace.
Capri has plenty of wild trails to explore, with the most spectacular being the Sentieri dei Fortini (‘Path of Forts’) on the western side of Capri, crossing the western coast from the Blue Grotto to the Punta Carena. You can also take a delightful boat trip to see the Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, a sea cave where an ethereal blue light slips in through a narrow, low opening, providing a truly magical experience. Alternatively hike up to the dramatic Belvedere del Tuono viewpoint for panoramic views over the sea and the Punta Carena lighthouse.
Seemingly floating above the port, nestled on the edge of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, lies Jumeirah Port Sóller, with its panoramic views and world-class spa. Its rooms and suites feature stylish contemporary décor and views over either the mountains or the glistening ocean. At Talise Spa, you can choose from a superb selection of treatments including the Contouring Marine Body Wrap, the Exfoliating Massage with Salts or Jojoba and the Samadara Ultimate Age-Defying Facial. If you’re feeling indulgent, the spa also has a splendid open-air heated hydropool, a hammam, a salt steam bath and an ice fountain.
Mallorca’s culinary scene has been thriving in recent years, with local chefs infusing traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. There is so much on offer, whether you are after quirky bars or Michelin-starred establishments. At Cap Roig Brasserie, expect exquisite Mediterranean food made using only local produce, alongside stunning cliff top views. Es Fanals features seasonal Spanish tapas dishes and an atmospheric open kitchen, and at Sa Talaia Pool Bar you can combine a dip in the pool with light snacks inspired by locally sourced ingredients.
Lapped by the gentle waters of the Mediterranean, Mallorca’s beaches range from secluded rocky coves to endless stretches of white sand. Swim in turquoise waters amid pine-covered cliffs in the secluded Cala Deià, or take a 30-minute walk to Es Caragol, located 2km from Faro de Ses Salines, for mesmerising views that stretch out to the Cabrera archipelago. There are also the Tramuntana mountains to explore, with pretty towns and stunning cliff top viewing points. Don’t miss the old town of Sóller where the Can Prunera Museum showcases works by Joan Miró, Kandinsky, Picasso, Warhol, Barceló and the architect Santiago Calatrava. Then you can take a ride on the historic Sóller tram and unwind as you journey through citrus-scented lemon and orange groves.