February 20, 2024

The BYRD Guide to Mallorca

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With its crystalline waters, old-town architecture, and sun all year round, it’s little wonder that Mallorca has remained a haven for holiday makers around the world. But this Spanish island is as much a golfing destination as it is a summer hotspot. Boasting 22 golf courses, players of all levels can experience the Mediterranean lifestyle in full swing whilst teeing off on some of the moststunning landscapes in the world.

It would be remiss not to mention Mallorca’s enviable climate. Indeed, its famed Mediterranean weather makes it ideal for players looking to golf under sunnier skies. That said, it’s best to steer clear of the courses here over the summer, when temperatures can seriously rise. Instead, hop on a flight during the spring and fall.

Here, we explore Mallorca’s must-visit fairways and our favorite spots to nourish, inspire, and replenish yourself after a day on the course.

Club de Golf Alcanada

Located on the island’s northern most tip, Alcanada Golf Club is a course that is not to be missed. With 18 holes of varying difficulties, the golfing experience here is one of the best in the country. Alcanada Golf Club is where our team shot BYRD’s launch campaign – with its unbeatable views that stretch out into the Mediterranean, it was a no-brainer choice for our team.


Golf Son Gual

With 156 meters of manicured greens, Son Gual is one of the islands – and Spain’s – most picturesque fairways. This course, nestled in the heart of Mallorca, offers plenty of tee options, and each of their 18 holes poses a new challenge that can exhilarate players of all handicaps.


T-Golf Club

A short, 10 kilometer drive from Palma, T-Golf stands out for its unique layout that tests theprecision and skill of even the most intrepid golfers. The entire course is embedded in nature, with pine and olive trees that line the fairway and breathtaking views that make an incredibly pleasant experience for players of all levels.


Golf Club Son Vida

Located alongside the sparkling mansions of the Son Vida housing estate, Son Vida was designed to impress. As you approach the course, you'll be greeted with spectacular views over the sun-kissedbay of Palma. Son Vida is the oldest course on the island, and although it may not be the longest one, small greens and narrow fairways add a welcome challenge to your play.


Capdepera Golf

Capdepera sits by a small, medieval walled city from which it takes its name – a city described as one of the most beautiful places in Spain. This course lures the most avid players with its rustic and charming feel, and has some of the most peaceful atmospheres for teeing off. Capdepera is also apractical choice for those who prefer to play shorter rounds as it offers players loops of six, nine, andtwelve holes.


And while you’re here...  


Pleta de Mar

Spread across a lush pine forest, Pleta de Mar is the kind of place you’d visit and rather not leave. This is a stayyou can rely upon to disconnect through the simple luxury of nature, perfectly integrated with the hotel’srustic-chic architecture. Revitalize yourself after a day of golf with laps around their pools overlooking thepristine Balearic Sea.

6.8KM distance to Canyamel Golf (9mins)

10.7KM distance to Capdepera Golf (12mins)

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Can Bordoy

Set in the Old Quarter of Palma de Mallorca, Can Bordoy is a breath of fresh air that brings new life into a historical building. Architects of this 24-room boutique hotel were careful to keep many details as is so that its interiors could speak about the building’s storied past. Take a breather in its lush private garden (an oasis within Mallorca’s stone walls), or stroll through the narrow streets surrounding the area.

5.6KM distance to Golf de Son Quint (16 mins)

6.5KM distance to Golf Son Vida (17 mins)

5.2KM distance to Golf Son Muntaner (15 mins)

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La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel

It would be remiss not to mention the Belmond Hotel group’s Mallorcan addition, located in the town of Deia. Perched a top a hillside, guests can wake up to breathtaking views of the Spanish countryside flanked with olive trees as far as the eye can see. Exceptionally chic and serene, it’s a stay that everyone must experienceat least once.

20.2KM distance to Golf de Son Termes (27mins)

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La Paloma, Palma City Centre

La Paloma transforms a historic, 500-year old building into one of the most bustling diningdestinations on the island. Located in the vibrant La Lonja area in the heart of the Old Town, itserves modern tapas, vegetarian-friendly dishes, fish, and grilled takes on their famed red meat. Theirhead chef, Carlos Abad Landeras, cut his teeth at several Michelin-star restaurants around Europebefore leading La Paloma to fame today.

Carrer dels Apuntadors, 16, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

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Ca na Toneta

Located in an old house in Caimari Village, Ca na Toneta is one of those dining experiences you’re sure to never forget. Run by two sisters, this Michelin-Guide restaurant takes from the ‘Slow Food’ concept, which places emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients – many of which were grown in their own garden. Guests delight in a unique six-course tasting menu that changes weekly, including a soup starter, coca flatbread, fish, meat, and dessert.

Carrer de s'Horitzó, 21, 07314 Caimari, Illes Balears, Spain

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Restaurant Botanic

Whether you’re a guest at Can Bordoy or simply looking for the experience, pop into Botanic, a plant-forward restaurant where the region’s fresh produce are masterfully elevated, reshaping perceptions of healthy food’s boundaries. Don’t discount your meat-eating friends and family: this restaurant offers plenty of meat and fish dishes that are sure to delight and satisfy.

Carrer del Forn de la Glòria, 14, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

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Patiki Beach

For those who crave an ocean-side dining experience, Patiki is your best choice. But don’t be fooled: this is not your everyday Chiringuito. Described as ‘farm to table, on the beach’, Patiki sources ingredients from local suppliers, letting the freshness of their selection speak for itself. Feast on their many sharing plates – which include fresh burrata, tomato salad, and octopus – whilst enjoying the unbeatable views of the Port de Soller.

Camí del Far, 2, 07108 Sóller, Illes Balears, Spain

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Sa Pleta by Marc Fosh

Few things can make the 5-star hotel of Pleta del Mar more exceptional than it already is – that is, until Chef Marc Fosh stepped in to head their new gastronomic concept, Sa Pleta. His secret ingredient? Fire. Fosh elevates local produce by harnessing open-fire techniques, resulting in dishes bursting with flavors ‘that only smoke and flame can impart’.

Via de les Cales, 23, 07589 Capdepera

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El Olivo, La Residencia

Housed in the famed La Residencia by the Belmont Hotel, El Olivois a fine dining restaurant that blends Mallorcan heritage with five-star luxury. Guests dine on a romantic stone balcony that overlooks Deia’s honey-colored houses, and are enveloped by the crisp air of the countryside. But the views come only second to their dishes. Executive Chef Guillermo Mendez and his team design seasonal menus rife with bright, Mediterranean flavors. El Olivo offers a la carte, tasting, and vegetarian options, so there is something to delight everyone here.

Hotel La Residencia, Son Canals s/n, 07179 Deià, Mallorca, Spain

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