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The Best Villas In Mallorca: 10 Houses For An Island Getaway

From ochre sandstone villages to vast hilltops surrounded by rolling greenery, Mallorca seduces travellers with the diversity of its landscape. The largest of the Balearic Islands, the climate can vary from one area to another, from the cloudy cliffs of Deià to the sun-kissed beaches of the south coast. Whether century-old farmhouses, relics of colonial architecture or stylish villas, some remarkable homestays are found across the isle, offering characterful ways to settle into the offgrid rhythms of Balearic life. Many are testament to Mallorca’s strong design heritage, embracing local materials, smart aesthetics and innovative approaches to sustainable building.

  • 1. Pollença Town House

    Ulrike and her husband – both architects – bought and re-built this home in northern Mallorca in 2014, drawn to the authentic, down-to-earth character of this tip of the island. Now a stylishly designed modern townhouse, the property is an ideal stop to explore Pollença’s historic centre, from the Santo Domingo convent to the Calvari Steps (there are 365 of them) that lead up to a tiny 18th-century chapel. The home’s next-door neighbour owns the nearby textiles workshop Teixits Vicens, where visitors can explore various traditional handicrafts, like the island’s strikingly recognisable roba de llengües fabrics. On the Plaza Mayor, mallorquí families and friends gather alfresco, giving a flavour of local life. 

    Price: from £235 per night (sleeps six)

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    2. Casa Mana

    Cameras at the ready: this property, owned by photographers Ana Lui and Matias Alexandro, is an artful jumble of beautiful angles and slick interiors. Sitting in the Binissalem Wineland, the apricot-hued home is strikingly modern but still natural, earthy. With the help of some great interior designers, the couple restored the original stonework, beams, cobbles and floors at the century-old farmhouse, adding fresh life with artworks by contemporary Balearic artists. You’ll notice thoughtful, homely touches in the crockery, textiles and decoration thanks to the owners’ keen eye for design. The hemp umbrellas providing shade by the pool add a rustic touch, while the solar power, natural insulation, rainwater irrigation system reflects an innovative approach to sustainability.

    Price: From £5,000 per week (sleeps eight)

  • 3. Can Vista Roqueta 

    Mallorca is famed for its rural fincas (ranches), many of which have been converted into hotels and homestays – like this sprawling, hilltop property, where charming stonework and wooden beams complete the countryside vibe. The convivial owner, Joan, will tell you about the several generations of his family that have run this pastoral paradise, where livestock was once farmed on the surrounding 300,000 square metres of rolling green fields. In what was once the main farmhouse, former stables, grain stores and workers’ quarters are now cosy bedrooms and elegant lounge areas. Tennis enthusiasts may want to head to the Rafael Nadal Academy in nearby Manacor, either to enrol in courses or just enjoy its spa and fitness centre. 

    Price: from £5,832 per week (sleeps 12)

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