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Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden hotel review: a secret paradise in Palma, Mallorca

• Rating: 10/10
Rooms at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden start from 
$306 (£259) a night
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Unassuming from the outside, Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden hotel in Palma de Mallorca is a luxurious and magical place that once inside you'll never want to leave—they have everything to make a stay on the island total perfection. The hotel’s reception is reached by walking through a pretty terrace and up stone steps to a discreet, yet cozy bar, from where the hotel unfolds into stunningly beautiful rooms that are perfect for spending hours over a long breakfast or cocktail. That’s all before you even reach the stunning suites, rooftop glass-bottomed plunge pool, relaxing spa or largest private garden in Palma’s old quarter, hidden away at the back of the hotel.

rooftop plunge pool at can bordoy grand house and garden hotel in Palma
Rooftop plunge pool at Can Bordoy

What’s the vibe at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden?

So luxurious. Along with the Menorca Experimental and Israel's Pereh Hotel this is honestly one of the best places I’ve ever stayed, they have the perfect balance of sophistication, good food, pretty spaces to unwind and numerous pools. During my stay, the hotel seemed fairly busy but I still managed to get the spa to myself one evening and was the only person by the rooftop pool for the most stunning sunset. Staff are helpful and attentive and rooms are just gorgeous.

How are the rooms at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden?

I stayed in room one, one of the hotel's 24 suites and happily got my very own stand-alone bathtub too. Upon entering (it’s the first room on the left as you enter the hotel) I was met by a second secret door which swings open to reveal the most fabulous bathtub under a window in the middle of a huge, modern bathroom. Bathroom fittings are all flawless marble and gold and there are Diptyque products alongside handmade bath salts—a super nice touch. As well as the bathtub there’s a rainfall shower, Japanese style toilet complete with water jets and a hot air dryer, and a long mirrored wall with a double sink and vanity case containing everything you need for a few nights away—toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, razor, comb and mouthwash. 

bathtub and table in suite at can bordoy grand house room one
Bathtub in my room at Can Bordoy

Walking through thick ceiling-to-floor curtains I found the sumptuous bedroom which was spacious and decorated in tones of taupe and gold with accents of dark wood (not too dissimilar in style to the Nobu Shoreditch hotel in East London). Fresh flowers in a crystal vase sat on a low table, there’s a James Bond style TV hidden in a gilded mirror, retro drinks cabinet where drinks and snacks are complimentary and spirits for mixing in-room cocktails, as well as radio playing ambient tunes. The bed itself comes with remote controls on each side that are capable of changing the firmness of the mattress and there are under-bed spotlights controlled by a sensor to ensure I could find my way back to bed in the middle of the night without turning on the main lights. A large wardrobe ensured lots of hanging space and the room's fittings had a modern 70s vibe that I adored. I was also given a QR code that opened up WhatsApp for my very own room service—all in all, a very cool hotel room.

bedroom number one at can bordoy grand house
My bed in room one at Can Bordoy

What is there to eat and drink at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden?

The hotel serves breakfast all day(!) in any of its dining rooms, bar areas or on the terrace. I had breakfast on both mornings, the first in the bar area and the second in an ivy-wrapped dining room with a huge chandelier. I tried artisan yogurt made with Mallorcan milk with chia, fruit and granola, as well as the ricotta toast with smoked salmon. The second day I went for porridge oatmeal with buckwheat, apple compote and goji berries, followed by oatmeal and banana pancakes but there was also a range of egg dishes on offer and the hotel also serves really great coffee. 

breakfast dishes at can bordoy hotel
My breakfast of yogurt, smoked salmon and pastries 

One day I also sampled lunch from the in-suite dining menu served daily from 1pm until 11pm. Made up of cheese boards, burgers, salads and fish dishes with prices ranging from 18 ($18) to 38 ($39), I went for the free-range chicken breast sandwich with fried green pepper and miso mayonnaise. Dinner at Can Bordoy is served in yet another fabulous room where framed dried flowers hang from the walls and deep-green velvet sofas are so soft you'll never want to leave. Here the menu focuses on plant-based dishes, with most dishes revolving around a vegetable or fruit, some plates do contain fish or meat but many are solely vegetarian. I tried kale with parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and gomasio (Japanese sesame salt),  a dish of leeks with black truffle hollandaise and garam masala as well as carrot and lobster ceviche with orange and coriander, all were good, particularly the lobster ceviche.  

Any highlights?

Absolutely everything impressed me at Can Bordoy, from my room with its glorious bathtub to the beautiful pool area and lush secret garden, not forgetting the mini plunge pool on the roof where sunsets are unmissable.

pool and sun loungers at can bordoy grand house Mallorca
Secret garden pool at Can Bordoy

Food and drinks, especially the Pisco Sour cocktail were also very good and I enjoyed my dinner here more than the Michelin-starred feast I had at Zaranda the previous evening. The small but relaxing spa area is available to be booked out privately meaning you can enjoy water jets, herbal tea and the steam room at your own leisure. Should I return to Palma, Can Bordoy will be the only place I stay in the city. 

Anything they could improve on?

Nothing at all. 10/10.

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