Escape London: Carrossa Hotel Spa & Villas, Mallorca Review

Carrossa Hotel, Spa & Resort offers a moment of quiet, dreamy island sunsets and the opportunity to catch some rays surrounded in tranquil, rugged, beauty…

Photo: Carrossa

Atmosphere & Facilities
Luxurious yet unfussy and casual, Carrossa is well-suited to couples who want to treat themselves to a few of nights of quiet respite – relaxing is the main drawcard here.

Nestled in mountains, the road winding up to the hotel is flanked by centuries-old olive, fruit and nut groves, and Carrossa’s sprawling grounds overlook craggy Mallorcan scrub at every angle.

Carrossa- a restored and converted 16th century country estate – boasts an infinity pool, two restaurants, a bar, a wine cellar and wellness centre. It also has a tiny church and a charming traditional-style courtyard where the kitchen grow their herbs.

The hotel’s exteriors remain truthfully preserved, while the contemporary interiors tread the line rustic chic.

Accommodation-wise, there’s hotel rooms in the manor house and a short walk away, stables have been converted into series of suites.

Spacious, minimal and elegant, each suite has its own private porch where you can catch an island sunrise or sunset. If you’re travelling with family, there are private villas too.

Activities and things to do
Take in the scenery while lounging on a sunbed by the infinity pool and sip chilled wine.

The team can also organise bike riding jaunts, and the Alcanada golf course is nearby. I’m told, by golfers, it is world-class and stunning.

The hotel’s immaculate wellness centre has a sauna, indoor, natural-light flooded lap pool and gym, as well as a spa providing a range of treatments and massages.

Food & Drink
Carrossa’s namesake restaurant is fine-dining yet relaxed. It comes with a terrace boasting views across unspoilt nature and blankets for dining during the shoulder season.

The menu is short but considered and changes regularly, if not daily. Dishes are European with a Mediterranean twist and ingredients and produce are fresh.

While the menu may be short, the wine list is long. Take the pairing recommendations, or a punt at one of the many Mallorcan, Spanish, new and old world drops, or let the sommelier steer you through the extensive selection.

If you like your wines, Carrossa also offers wine tastings which are held in its stone-walled bodega.

The resort also makes their own white and red – a crisp, dry sauvignon blanc-style white and a slightly smokey red which are well worth giving a try.

For a more informal meal, Badia Bistro plates up burgers, pasta and seafood, as well as tapas and light bites for lunch.

The bistro is the best spot at the resort to catch a stunning Balearic sunset and views of Alcúdia Bay. Savour it over a cocktail  – go for a classic or try a Carrossa-invented concoction – or a glass of cold cava, and don’t forget to say hi to Keith while you’re there. He’ll set you up on the table with the best views.

Bar Oro is a cave-like bar with high-ceilings, stone walls, enviable statement pendant lighting and two private-ish enclaves should you want to take dinner there. As one of my party remarked: ‘It looks like a London bar where Russian models go and you know you can probably only afford one drink’.

Breakfast offerings are plenty, continental and come with a slight German twist. As it is taken on Carrossa’s main terrace, it too comes with an impressive view.

There’s also a pool-side bar for snacks or a cold Aperol spritz in the sun.

Location
Carrossa is in the north-eastern pocket of this Balearic island, apparently not too far from the Love Island house. By car, it’s about an hour away from Palma.

You’re about 10 minutes away from the quaint market town of Arta. Every Tuesday the town hosts a large market that sprawls across the main drag and square, and splinters off into Arta’s sides streets.

Catering to tourists and locals, it sells clothing, homeware, jewellery, tourist tat and a lot of other things in-between.

Be sure to go hungry – the market also has a street of food vendors selling cheeses, cured meats, German and Spanish baked goods, freshly cooked crisps and sweeties, and a string of restaurants and cafes line the main pedestrian thoroughfare.

Alcúdia Bay is within a 20-minute drive. Here you’ll find sandy shores of Playa de Muro, beach-side restaurants serving up tapas, seafood and sangria, and a nudist beach too should you fancy an even tan all over.

Pollensa is another charming coastal town not too far by car, and well worth a visit. The ancient old town is encircled by an fort wall which you can walk on for more island views.

Carrossa is part of the German hotel group Hamacher Hotel & Resorts. Rates include breakfast and for two people start at €190. For more information visit carrossa.com.