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Hotel Maricel, Calvià, Mallorca 

11 Carretera d'Andtatx
Cas Català
Calvià , Mallorca
Spain 07181
Tel: 34 971 707 744
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Reopened in summer 2002 after architect Xavier Claramunt's rethink, this once-famous resort is a good compromise for those who can't quite decide whether they're club-haunting party dogs or pool-hugging chill-meisters—in other words, it's close enough to the burgeoning Palma scene for evening access, yet far enough away for escape. The neoclassical pillars and arcades, rows of wicker armchairs, travertine terraces, and stylish navy-blue infinity pool are all very grown-up—especially since children aren't allowed during the summer. Interiors of polished marble with high-beamed ceilings give a vague Renaissance-palace air that fades from memory once you reach the 29 beige-on-white rooms, with their Anglepoise bedside lamps, perforated wood headboards, and chrome-edged furniture. Pretty bathrooms pair claw-foot tubs and marble floors with steel shelving, but they suffer from Design Syndrome: space and utility sacrificed to good looks. This year the hotel will close from December 1 until February 1, while they add 24 additional rooms designed in a Mallorcan country-house style, with exposed stone walls. Each room will have a private terrace and pool.

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