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Tucked down one of Palma´s charming little streets in the heart of the historic centre, you will find Convent de la Missió, a stunning boutique hotel.
An 18th century Convent for missionaries has been merged with 21st century luxury to create a chic hotel which is a real gem.
One of the first boutique hotels in Palma, Convent de la Missió (opened in 2002), this privately owned hotel is currently getting an amazing makeover, although some would argue this was hardly necessary.
Demand for this hotel has meant that what was a 14 room hotel has just become a 27 room hotel including 6 suites. It now has the largest hotel roof terrace in Palma, with accompanying splash pool, all recently completed and ready for you to enjoy.
From the moment you arrive, you receive a warm welcome from the staff who will remain a constant source of assistance throughout your stay and pride themselves on receiving you as a ´member of the family.´
On arrival into the lobby area, you immediately feel a sense of calmness and tranquilitiy.
The reception area looks directly into the Art Bar where you can enjoy one of the regular exhibitions of contemporary artists, from multiple disciplines, photographers, painters, sculptors and ceramists. There is even a mixologist every evening, who will put his magic mixing skills into a glass for you to savour.
All the bedrooms are different, all are generous in size and all offer the clean lines of minimalist design combined with a touch of history in the form of classic fabrics and antique furniture.
As a savvy off-seasoner you may even consider treating yourself to the new Convent Suite, with private terrace complete with jacuzzi spa bath and your very own ´in room´ sauna.
Below stairs you will find the old crypt, where great care has been taken to convert the space into a mini spa.
There is a small heated pool as well as a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam.
You may even book the whole area once during your stay for your exclusive use.
Founded in 1736, the small mission church next door is still well visited and supported by the local community.
It is a very special church, inextricably linked as it would have been with the religious history of Palma and its missions to convert the New World to Christianity.
The most famous of these missionaries was Junipero Serra. Born in Petra and baptised as Miguel Jose in 1713, he was educated by Franciscan monks and at 15 decided to move to Palma to join the priesthood, taking the name “Junipero” Serra.
In 1749 Serra, along with many others who studied at the Mission, decided to bring his faith to the New World, initially Mexico and then moving further north, he founded another mission in San Diego, the first of nine missions he founded in what is present-day California.
Its unlikely that you will experience a religious conversion but linked inextricably as this hotel is with the missionary house next door the sense of close historic connection is really something quite unique.
The tasteful conversion of the mission to a hotel has succeeded in changing this historic space from a religious college to a stunning boutique hotel, whilst still maintaining original inspiring architectural elements like vaulted ceilings and arches giving a nod to its rich history.
Its not every day you get to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant and literally climb the stairs to bed. But here you can. Hotel Convent de la Missió houses the restaurant Marc Fosh.
The renowned British chef Marc Fosh honed his skills here on the island where he has earned the coveted Michelin star.
Using fresh and healthy Mediterranean ingredients, the menu is often inspired by a visit to the local Mercat Olivar. There is a good value ´Menu Mediodia´ (weekly-changing lunch menu) for 25 euros and in the evening you can choose one of three tasting menus that have all received local acclaim.
The quality of the food and the open sky, the cascading waterfall and palm trees in this internal courtyard space all make for an unforgettable evening.
Breakfast, served in El Refectori, is from 8am - 11.00 am and the hotel prides itself on its offering of its breads and pastries which are specially delivered in from one of the best bakeries in Palma.
For lunch and dinner, the space is given over to Simply Fosh. Serving a 3 course set-lunch menu and for a real dinner treat, do not miss out on their famous menú degustación.