The fabulous Mallorcan locations and hotels used in the BBC series
What a power of good the recent BBC (photo) spy thriller series The Night Manager was for Mallorca. Seen by millions of people it showed Mallorca in its best light with stunning locations, beautiful scenery and magnificent buildings and highlighted just how sophisticated the island is.
It was such a pleasant change to see the best side of the island take centre stage in the many articles the series generated in the press rather than the rather tawdry image of a couple of small areas in a couple of resorts that the papers like to concentrate on.
Viewers got the chance to see one of Mallorca's most opulent residences, La Fortaleza near Puerto Pollenca, some historic buildings in Palma, Palau March and Sadrassana restaurant, and the seafront at Puerto Soller. Indeed, some newspapers have even suggested that these scenes have contributed to a surge in bookings to Mallorca and whilst I'm unclear how they know that I can well believe it.
Another couple of locations used in the series were two of the island's excellent hotels; The Hospes Maricel in Calvia, just on the outskirts of Palma, and the Son Julia Country House Hotel in Llucmayor,
The Hospes Maricel and Spa is housed in a magnificent building overlooking the sea whose architecture harks back to some of the palaces of Palma itself. However rather than being hundreds of years old, it dates back to 1950 when it was opened as a hotel. Even then the rich and famous frequented it with the likes of Errol Flynn and Montgomery Clift amongst the guests.
Now brought thoroughly up to date by the Hospes group it's an ultramodern, cool hideaway for the 21st century. The décor, a mix of modern and traditional just works so well to provide a calming atmosphere – as does the spa – whilst its location is minutes away from the bright lights of Palma. I can see myself sipping a cocktail twixt the giant columns of the terrace whilst gazing out to the sunset.
Over the other side of Palma in the countryside, the Son Julia really was a country house – built in 1400!! - and has wonderful landscaped rambling gardens in which to relax and escape the worries of the outside world. It's the perfect getaway for couples and families who want to kick back, relax and soak up the atmosphere and excellent service.
With a gourmet restaurant overlooking orange groves and the hotel's own vineyard – you can try the wine there too – and ideally positioned for sports (golf etc) activities, it's a great base for a holiday with rooms starting at a not unreasonable €220 per night.
Click on the links for more information, photos and to book online. You might be lucky and get to stay there during filming!