Barceló Hotel Formentor

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Address: Playa De Formentor 3, , Playa de Formentor, 07470, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.2

Majorca’s grand dame sits on one of the finest beaches on the island.

In the 1950s this hotel attracted a star-studded guest list. Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn have all sipped champagne on these terraces. Since the Barceló got their hands on it however, it’s taken on a rather more formulaic air and reminds me of the big chains that tie up huge swathes of beachfront in the Caribbean. That said, for an all-inclusive, no-thought-required package on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Balearics, this place still has it going on.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
3.9
90%

Location

On the edge of a vast swathe of virgin pine forest, fringed by luminescent white sand and gin-clear water.

Bedrooms

Rooms are categorized by view (sea or mountain), junior suites (with separate lounge), deluxe suites (with terraces onto the sea), and are uniformly decorated in honey, champagne and cream hues. They won’t score any points for imaginative décor, but are comfortable and spacious.

Public areas

The hotel is well-geared for business travellers (it does a lot of conferences) so you’ll find acres of space dedicated to gala events, but very few intimate corners for taking time out. There is a pleasant enough lounge (space for 140) to chill out in though it isn't what you'd call cosy, as well as a small gym, kids' play areas, gardens, terraces and of course the pool.

Eating and drinking

With six restaurants and bars, you’re bound to find something you like, which is just as well because there isn’t much anywhere nearby. Italian, Mediterranean, poolside, on the beach, in the garden, with music, without - it all adds up to a place that you don’t need to leave if you don’t want to.

Leisure facilities

I’m always surprised there’s no spa here, although they do offer a range of beauty treatments (diamond facial anyone?) through the beauty centre or in bedrooms. There's a good choice for active travellers too, with a whole gamut of sporting activities including watersports, tennis, horse riding, and bike tours all within the confines of the estate. See what I mean? No need to leave.

Service

Smooth and professional, though not particularly personal.

Who stays there

Huge congresses of businessmen, well-heeled couples and families on easy, luxury breaks.

Price advice

You can get more bang for your buck here if you think ahead. Ask about late check-out, airport transfers and treatment deals through the beauty salon.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Easy luxury
  • Stunning natural park
  • Formulaic
  • Corporate
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