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Sunday,  July 14, 2024 2:51 AM 

Four Mallorca at Formentor restored & ready for August reservations

  • Hotels
  •   06-03-2024  12:15 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Four Mallorca at Formentor restored & ready for August reservations
(Four Seasons Resort Mallorca at Formentor)
Pax Global Media

The newly-restored and expanded Four Seasons Resort Mallorca at Formentor is now confirming reservations for arrivals beginning late August 2024.

Set amid 40 hectares (100 acres) of seaside woodlands on a crystalline shore at the heart of a vast private estate, the Spanish resort also has a working vineyard.

“Every so often we have the opportunity to revive a legendary hotel and bring it into the future as a Four Seasons experience, as we have done with the Grand-Hôtel du Cap Ferrat in the south of France, the San Domenico Palace in Sicily, and the Astir Palace Hotel in Athens,” said Adrian Messerli, president of hotel operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, of the company's growing portfolio of historically significant properties.

“What makes the rebirth of the Hotel Formentor even more exciting is that it marks our expansion in Spain, building on the success of our hotel in Madrid and giving luxury travellers an exceptional opportunity to discover another beloved Spanish destination with Four Seasons,” Messerli adds. “With Estreya leading our dedicated team, guests can anticipate a soulful experience like none other beginning later this year.”

The Resort experience begins at the moment of arrival from any of 160 destinations that fly direct to Palma de Mallorca Airport.

Car rentals can be arranged for the scenic one-hour drive to the peninsula of Formentor, although general manager Estreya Gosalbez suggests a way to make a truly grand entrance.

“Our limousine service will pick your party up at the airport and take you to Puerto Pollença,” she says. “There, you’ll transfer to a boat and sail across clear waters surrounded by green forests, sheer cliffs and inviting beaches on the way to our private dock, arriving as the glitterati once did before there were roads to the peninsula. We can also arrange for a tender to pick you up from your private yacht anchored nearby.”

Led by Elena Dueñas, project director and architect at Estudio Lamela, the project’s priorities included enhancing aesthetics, energy efficiency, thermal and acoustic insulation, and the restoration of the original facade, all while adapting to new spatial arrangements.

International engineering firm ARUP has been integral in working to achieve the first LEED Gold environmental certification in the Balearic Islands.

Key among upgrades to the property, which originally opened as the Hotel Formentor in 1929, was the addition of modern technologies throughout while adhering strictly to Four Seasons sustainability standards.

In the surrounding landscape, native plantings of fragrant flowers are now growing among towering pine groves, allowing for walking paths, exotic garden settings for weddings and other events, and quiet spaces for solitary reflection.

All 110 guest rooms and suites have terraces facing the sea and some also offer private plunge pools.

Dining experiences and menus will change with the seasons, and restaurants include  Mel, offering a farm-fresh menu of Mediterranean favourites from breakfast to late night.

Quiosc, a casual open kitchen and terrace is shaded by pines and cooled by sea breezes by one of the pools.

Opening onto a terrace at the heart of the hotel is Cercle (the Catalan word for circle), which also happens to be the shape of the bar — a gathering place for sharing stories over wines and cocktails.

Guests can lounge on beachside sunbeds while enjoying the services of Four Seasons staff.

A pop-up beach bar, Xiringuito, will offer refreshing drinks and light fare, with a new beach restaurant and bar opening next year.

Also coming soon will be Shima, a Nikkei-style restaurant that will add to the cosmopolitan ambiance of the Resort.

Wellness experiences include several pools, a tennis court, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, outdoor yoga spaces and numerous paths and hiking trails throughout the estate and surrounding peninsula.

A pop-up spa will offer treatments incorporating botanicals indigenous to the area, while a new full-service spa is expected to open next year.

Numerous adventures on and under water are also just off the beach, from snorkelling and other non-motorized watersports, to exploring the island’s magical caves and remote beaches by boat.

Families will love the fully supervised, complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, where younger guests can enjoy games, treasure hunts, beach activities and play with other children.

A dedicated teen centre will be added next year.

In celebration of its opening later this year, Four Seasons Resort Mallorca at Formentor is offering 15 per cent savings on the room rate when staying two nights or more through the end of the season, as well as additional offers.

Reservations can be made by calling +00 800 6488-6488 or by booking online.

Wedding couples and event planners looking ahead to 2025 will be able to choose from an all-new ballroom accommodating as many as 200 guests, plus two smaller function rooms, several outdoor garden terraces and the opportunity to book out Shima restaurant as well.

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