Concierge.com's insider take:
An 18th-century palace in the old town instantly became the center of Palma when it opened in spring 2004. Not only is there a vibe of Marrakech-meets-Goa-in-an-igloo (as in cool and white), but Puro has its own radio station and a beach club centered around an Art Deco building with chill-out music and yoga classes. Back in the hotel, the 51 rooms have parrot-feather lamps, doors of carved Burmese teak, leather ottomans, and Bose sound systems. Puro Oasis suites have vast brown slate bathrooms with sunken soaking tubs. Opio, the very, very white restaurant, does unapologetic fusion food (flash-fried foie gras with Japanese rice, avocado, poppy seeds, and honey-soy glaze), and its bar has a feathered ceiling. This much chill must surely burn out and melt. Or not. If you spot Jade Jagger over from Ibiza, the party's still on.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This 24-room all-white hotel in Palma's Old Town cops a Goa-inspired hippie-chic attitude, with Indian wood carvings and piles of vivid mirror-spangled pillows. Feather-covered bedside lamps, ivory raw-silk curtains, and oversized beds create a sexy, sumptuous atmosphereintensified by the dark-wood parquet that spills over into the bathrooms, which are dominated by slate-lined soaking tubs for two. A roof deck with a hot tub will satisfy sun worshippers, while the after-hours bar with a DJ is perfect for people-watching. A Swedish chef does excellent light eats at Opio, the hotel restaurant, and staff deserve an award for their sweetness, humor, and professionalism.2005 Hot List
When to go: Winter, when the weather is mild and the crowds are thin.
Which room to book: No. 14, a standard double, has a spacious bath and a mezzanine sitting area
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Pool, Wheelchair-accessibleSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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