Why luxury boutique hotels are the perfect way to explore a city?

Whenever you are visiting an interesting city it has become more and more popular the choose smart boutique city hotels over large complexes. At BO Hotel we would love to tell you why a luxury boutique hotel like BO Hotel is just the perfect place to discover and enjoy the city in the most authentic way possible!

 

When visiting BO Hotel you need to know that we are city-lovers. We do want you to have a luxury vacation where you will be pampered from sunrise to sunset, but we also think that luxury also is getting to know the city you are visiting from the inside, from its heart. So the first thing to take into account when choosing to visit a city is the location of the hotel you’re staying at.

 

 

BO Hotel is located in the lively neighbourhood of La Lonja, in Palma’s old town, offering you a unique insider view and position when it comes down to unveiling the secrets of the beautiful town. But not only does location play a fundamental role when choosing your holiday destination, but also the philosophy behind the concept of the hotel you chose. At BO Hotel we put our clients first. YOU deserve to be taken care of, to relax, to focus on yourself and to recharge while on a vacation, which is why even being a boutique hotel, we do offer all services, facilities and items you would hope for when booking a luxury holiday.

 

 

One thing is for sure: you will be extremely confortable at BO Hotel and we will make sure you have everything you were wishing for.

 

Last, but not least, at BO Hotel we put all our insider knowledge at your disposal and you will get a real sense of what Palma is like, what it has to offer and how to make the most of it no matter if you’re here for a weekend or more than a week. We are ready to have you at our luxury boutique hotel in Palma’s old town!

Not to miss in Palma: dine at a local market

At BO Hotel, as you already know, we love to give you our tips of what to do in this beautiful city called Palma. Last month we inaugurated our new section ‘Not to miss in Palma’ and now we are continuing with it by giving you another lovely insider tip of what not to miss when visiting the capital city of the Balearic Islands and staying at our luxury boutique hotel in Palma’s old town.

 

Today we would love to recommend you to visit and dine at a local market in Palma. All over the island there are local farmer markets taking place once or twice a week. But in Palma’s capital city there are also another version of markets which are great to be visited by foodies looking to have an authentic Majorcan dining experience.

 

There are two of Palma’s markets to dine at that we would recommend to you for your Palma visit: Mercat 1930 and Mercado Gastronómico de San Juan.

Gourmet markets in Palma de Mallorca

 

Mercat 1930 in Palma: The newest addition to Palma’s gastronomic scene, Mercat 1930, is located on Palma’s ‘Paseo Marítimo’ (promenade) and opens every day starting at 12:00. Inside you will find thirteen stalls specialized in different type of foods.

 

Mercat 1930
Foto: http://mallorca-crocodiles.com

 

Roasted meat, oysters & sea-food, Italian specials, burgers, omelettes & eggs, sushi, Andalusian specialties, croquettes & battered, Iberian sausages and cheeses, pintxos & tapas, Thai innovative, healthy food & drinks, worldwide beer, long drinks & cocktails and vermut & delicatessen canned food are able to win over every visitor, who can combine the different specialties of the market sitting at one of the high tables inside or on the big terrace in warm Summer nights.

 

Mercat 1930

 

Mercado Gastronómico de San Juan in Palma: located in a modernist building protected from the cultural and commercial center of S’Escorxador, the San Juan Gastronomic Market combines different spaces that can be enjoyed from Monday to Sunday, from noon to 12 at night and until 4 am on weekends. 16 different stalls offer all kinds of specialties such as meat, Japanese cuisine, croquettes and batterings, ‘fideuá’, fried food and fish, burgers, eggs, ham & cold cuts, Majorcan cuisine, Oysters and seafood, pintxos and tapas, pasta & pizza, Thai, Vermuts + Spanigh omelettes, Vietnamese food or beer. In addition to the spectacular food, at San Juan they also host cooking courses and organize lovely events which you can attend to when staying tuned on their Facebook page.

 

Mercado Gastronómico de San Juan

 

If you would need information about how to get to one of these markets from BO Hotel, please stop by our front desk and our team will be happy to provide the easiest route or call a taxi for you to take you!

Jewellery made in Mallorca

Mallorca is known all over Europe for being a breath-taking Mediterranean island with a spectacular natural scenery including kilometre long white beaches, a stunning mountain range, lovely little towns and villages and a lively capital city.

 

But, as usual, there is more to it than meets the eye and there are a lot of things about Mallorca that you probably didn’t know.

 

One of the best-kept secrets on the island is the fact that you can buy luxurious jewellery made right here, in Mallorca. For years many talented designers have been honouring the tradition and history of Mallorca by creating unique pieces of jewellery.

Jewellery made in Mallorca

 

One of the very first designers to get Mallorca on the actual radar was and continues to be Isabel Guarch. For this jewellery designer, the spirit and history of the Mediterranean is an essential and continuous source of inspiration. Her yearly collections and line of fine jewellery reveal a sense of Majorcan culture and lifestyle that is rooted in the beauty of the Balearics and its surroundings, such as the energy and warmth of the sun which is reflected in the gold used in many of their pieces.

 

Isabel Guarch

 

Jouells is one of the newest Majorcan jewellery brands. It’s not only the spectacular design of their jewels winning over hearts all over the island, but also the fact that María José Castellví, the designer behind the brand, has decided to recover the antique ‘botón mallorquín’ only to create tow spectacular collections ‘antique’ and ‘new antique’ and to reconnect the public with this vintage-looking kind of jewellery pieces.

 

Jouells

 

Last, but not least, in our list of Majorcan authentic jewellery we would love for you to discover ‘La Morenita’. La Morenita’s proposal is to create high jewellery collections that are both timeless and include permanent pieces, as well as an avant-garde line. These collections feature styles ranging from the urban to the romantic and elegant. Unique accessories and add-ons are sometimes worked into the designs; maybe using found pieces that she came across at antiques fairs, flea markets or inside an old trunk. The creations are one-of-a-kind, and the designer, Alma López, personally oversees every item.

 

La Morenita

Not to miss in Palma: have a llonguet

The beautiful capital city of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, also happens to be our home. At BO Hotel we are lucky enough to have a great staff working hard every day to offer our clients the most comprehensive overview of everything Palma has to offer. The existence of our blog ‘city-lovers’ has always been the extra-way we have to show our clients and the world the cosmopolitan city Palma is.

 

This is why we have thought of a new way to present all kinds of activities, sightseeing and pretty much just special things to do when in Palma. Today we inaugurate our new section ‘not to miss in Palma’. And to start our list of musts in this city, we want to make sure you will not leave Palma without having a ‘llonguet’.

Not to miss in Palma

 

A ‘llonguet’ is an artisan Majorcan bread that has been produced in local bakeries for centuries. Even though the ingredients are the same as always (flour, water, olive oil, salt and yeast), the great secret is in the way they are handled and mixed.

 

 

 

The ‘llonguet’ is an oval-shaped type of bread roll, with a unique texture. Traditionally, llonguets were the first to go in the oven; bakers tested the temperature with them and they also released moisture into the oven.

 

Llonguets are particularly good with tomato, olive oil and Majorcan cheese. You will find ‘llonguets’ at every traditional Majorcan bakery. But even though you’ll find llonguets at every bakery, we strongly recommend for you to visit some of the traditional Palmesan cafés and bars where you’ll get warm and cold variations of this delicious bread roll. Some of our favourite spots to try a llonguet are Bar Bosch, Bar Tony (Plaza Sta. Eulalia) , Bar Isleño (Santa Catalina) or Es Vaixell (Portitxol).

 

 

 

 

If you need some information about the city, where to find these bakeries and bars or any additional insider knowledge of Palma, please don’t hesitate to approach our team at the front desk, as we will be delighted to share some of our best tips with all of you!

Why Palma is the perfect winter get-away?

With Winter comes cold, which means we are up to long and warm evenings by the chimney, reading interesting books, having a glass of wine or enjoying a lovely hot chocolate while catching up on our favourite series. But today we are here to tell you why Palma could be the perfect winter get-away and why you will want to leave your comfy sofa behind to enjoy a perfect winter break!

Palma de Mallorca in Winter

 

We cannot say that it doesn’t get cold on the Balearic Islands, but what we have to say about Palma comes really close. If there is one thing that can win you over once you’ve been in Palma in winter is that the sun is always shining. We don’t know why, we don’t know how, but winter in Palma offers you some of the most beautiful days of the year. The temperatures do drop, but even after a rainy day or a storm, Palma manages to get the sun shining only a couple hours after.

 

 

But there is more to Palma than just a sunny promise. Over the past decade Palma has become a highly entertaining city. When the summer-season is over and the beaches are more of a spectacular scenario to take a walk than a large pool, Palma continues to be a lively city with tons of musical, cultural and gastronomic events taking place.

 

 

In winter, Palma hosts some of the most stunning classical musical festivals, new art exhibitions in its museums and countless art galleries and becomes the favourite spot for foodies all over Europe with cool tapas festivals, competitions and more. One thing is for sure: there will never be a dull moment when visiting Palma in the winter months.

 

In addition to cold, but sunny days and a comprehensive cultural agenda, during the holidays, Palma also transforms into a festive city, hosting beautiful Christmas markets and covering the streets with lights. All over the city you will be able to enjoy the traditional markets, where the Majorcan culture and tradition play a fundamental role.

 

 

Last, but not least, Palma is the perfect winter get-away because all of us at BO Hotel will be pleased to have you staying at our luxury boutique hotel in the city centre. With highly comfortable beds, beautiful views of the cathedral, a new and spectacular signature breakfast, high-end Italian gastronomy at Ritzi Palma and a friendly service waiting for you, we can assure you will have a spectacular winter break!

Christmas in Palma and in BO Hotel

Christmas is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. At BO Hotel we are fond of the festivities in general and Christmas is definitely our favourite festivity. It’s not only the lovely atmosphere at our hotel that makes us feel the unique Christmas-feeling, but also the beautiful city of Palma, which never seizes to surprise us during these dates.

Christmas in Palma

 

At the end of November the traditional ‘turn-on of the Christmas lights’ takes place 2 minutes away from BO Hotel, at Plaza de la Reina and that magical moment the whole city lights up with beautiful Christmas lights that make us remember all the lovely things Christmas is actually about.

 

 

Once the lights are on all over Palma, the city keeps getting more and more festive. In the centre traditional Christmas markets take over the most important streets, such as ‘Ramblas’ and ‘Plaza Mayor’. A big amount of little stalls filled with not only Christmas decoration, but also Majorcan pastries and artisan products. In addition to Christmas markets, fairs filled with attractions for children also take the streets adding the laughter of the little ones to the festive ambiance.

 

During the holidays, many important concerts take place in the capital city of the Balearic Islands too, such as the Christmas concert in Teatre Principal, located a 7-minute walk away from BO Hotel.

 

 

At BO Hotel we haver our very own Christmas celebration prepared for guests and visitors who are searching for a place to have a lovely Christmas lunch or dinner. On the 24th, 25th and 26th of December Ritzi Palma, the authentic Italian restaurant located in the ground floor of BO Hotel in the lively neighborhood of La Lonja, offers a superb Christmas menu elaborated with ingredients of the highest quality. At our restaurant we offer you a warm welcome, as we are looking forward to spending Christmas together.

 

 

And if you’re around Palma on Christmas, there is a highlight you shouldn’t miss: the ‘Gallo’ mass at the cathedral. Taking place on the 24th at midnight, this mass is the most important Christian celebration of the year and is as fascinating for Christians as for non-Christians.

 

If you would like to book your Christmas lunch or dinner at Ritzi Palma, please contact us at ritzipalma@bohotel.com or call us at +34 971 712 738. We will be delighted to host a spectacular Christmas lunch or dinner in Palma’s old town for you!

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Art galleries in Palma de Mallorca

If there is one thing the island of Mallorca can be very proud of, is that it has all the ingredients to become an idyllic place to spend a holiday: nice weather all year around, a beautiful mountain range, stunning sea, exquisite gastronomy, authentic towns and villages and a wide range of activities to enjoy. But there’s more: the capital city of the Balearic Islands has also become one of the most a-vanguard cosmopolitan cities when it comes down to style, fashion, art and home décor. And today we would like to offer you a cultural itinerary to discover the most interesting art galleries in Palma, only meters away from the neighborhood of La Lonja, home to our smart city boutique hotel.

 

We will start this tour with the ‘Horrach Moya’ gallery, located at Plaça Drassana, only a couple steps away from La Lonja and BO Hotel. This well-known gallery has over 500 sqm and is a leading gallery offering international contemporary art.

 

 

Next stop: ‘Pelaires’. This gallery is one of the most famous galleries on Mallorca, as it actually is the gallery with the longest tradition in contemporary art in Spain. Without a doubt, a must-visit if you’re in Palma.

 

 

Another one of the art galleries in Palma we like to recommend our guests is the ‘Gerhardt Braun Gallery’, located in Calle Sant Feliu, also just a couple minutes away from BO Hotel. This gallery is focused on international well-known artists and also many rising talented painters from all over the world.

 

 

The paintings decorating Ritzi Palma’s and BO Hotel’s walls have been chosen from this gallery and are also on sale, in case you want to take a look at them while staying with us.

 

Finally, if you want to discover young local artists, you should go visit a gallery called ABA ART LAB, which you will find at Plaza Porta de Santa Catalina.

 

 

And just 2 minutes away from this cool gallery, you’ll find another small gallery called ‘Galería Maior’, which focuses on the promotion of contemporary art.

 

 

If you have the occasion to visit Palma during September, you cannot miss out on the opportunity to enjoy one of the most magical nights of the year: ‘Nit de l’Art’. On this very special evenings gallery, museums and art exhibitions play the leading role not only in actual galleries, but also in shops and all over Palma’s streets. Restaurants and bars play along with this wonderful initiative and open its doors until late to celebrate art in every possible way. Every Palma citizen and visitor takes over the streets to enjoy the most artistic night of the year.

Mallorca’s most exclusive marinas

The Island of Mallorca is known all over the world for the wide range of activities you can experience while visiting it. Here in Mallorca you will be able to enjoy a lovely hike in middle of beautiful natural scenery, practice sports like golfing or cycling, shopping in Palma’s old town or enjoying the Majorcan gastronomy in first-class restaurants.

 

But today we would like to highlight two of the most exclusive and luxurious marinas there are in Mallorca for you to go visit.

 

We’ll start with Puerto Portals, probably the most famous marina in Mallorca due to the high-level of glamour and over 30 years of history. Located in an exclusive location at the bay of Portals Nous, this marina is located 10 kilometres away from Palma’s city centre. When it comes down to nautical services, it has 679 moorings from 8 to 60 meters in length, a nautical school, supermarket, gas station and all necessary nautical services for yachts and boats.

 

 

But Puerto Portals is also famous for its chic stores, excellent restaurants with all kind of gastronomic treats and for its sophisticated night life. This marina remains open the whole year and is also very famous for its first-class events, such as the Classic Oris Rally, the Sunset Market and the lovely Christmas market.

 

 

 

At BO Hotel we recommend for you to visit Puerto Portals, one of the most famous and important marinas of the Mediterranean and once you’re there, enjoy a lovely meal at the Ritzi Puerto Portals where you’ll find Italian-Mediterranean fusion cuisine, incredible sea views and a professional service.

 

On the other hand, we would like to highlight the luxurious Port Adriano, a contemporary design and art work by the architect Philippe Stark. It is located in Mallorca’s Southeast, in the municipality of El Toro. It has 492 moorings, many nautical Service offices, nautical school, offers sailing school, diving lessons and even an artificial beach.

 

 

But this marina has built up a name in the international scene by the luxurious Experience surrounding the moorings on the 4.000 sqm of leisure complex. With 52 luxury shops, high-class restaurants, sophisticated bars and an underground parking of 240 places, Port Adriano has become another ‘it place’ on the Island.

 

When visiting Port Adriano, we would like to recommend for you to visit some of the special and cool events taking place all over the year at this marina: gastronomic fairs such as ‘Food Passion’, Christmas ice rink, concerts, etc. You can check out the program by visiting their web.

Visiting the terraces at La Seu

Palma’s cathedral La Seu is not only one of the most beautiful cathedrals of European cities, but also famous for owning the largest rose window in the world, known as “the Gothic eye”. The construction of this cathedral began in the 13th century during the reign of James II (1276-1311).

 

At the start of the 20th century, the architect Antoni Gaudí adapted the Cathedral to meet new liturgical and pastoral requirements. The Cathedral brings together the last eight centuries of Majorca’s history, and continues to be a living and constantly evolving building.

 

 

Regarding the latest evolution of the building, we are pleased to say that the visits to the cathedral terrace’s have been reinstated a couple years ago. The Levantine Gothic-style cathedral (characterised by using a German-style hall layout) actually has one of Palma’s most spectacular rooftops, offering a wide and open view of Palma’s bay from Mallorca’s most emblematic building.

 

 

When enjoying one of these visits you will have a complete different perspective of the Cathedral and its surrounding area. You have to consider that it is 215 steps that separate us from the highest point of the temple.

 

 

On this tour you will not only be able to enjoy the views, but also some secret spots of the cathedral itself, such as the belfry, the terraces of the buttresses or the passage between the two towers of the main facade. One of the highlights, of course, is being able to appreciate the colours and design of Europe’s largest rose window from very short distance.

 

 

La Seu, Palma’s beautiful cathedral, is only a 5-minute walk away from BO Hotel, which is why we would very highly recommend this tour when staying at our luxury boutique hotel in Palma. If you would also like to visit the cathedral itself, please don’t hesitate to ask our team about visiting hours and days. We will be happy to help!

 

Visits to La Seu terrace can only be made in Summer / early Autumn until the 31st of October.

Visit the Marivent gardens in Palma

Palma offers a large amount of activities to enjoy the city and discover every one of the corners the capital city of the Balearic Islands hides. In addition to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, Mallorca offers all kind of cultural activities, contemporary art exhibitions, gastronomic routes, open-air concerts and exclusive shopping, among others.

 

From BO Hotel we would like to recommend a different kind of activity while staying in Palma: spend a lovely afternoon getting to know the Marivent gardens. These are located inside the palace with the same name, Marivent Palace, which has a total surface of 9.155 square meters.

 

 

The Marivent Palace is the summer residency of the Royal Spanish Family and since the 2nd of May of 2016 its gardens have been open to the public, except the 15 days during Easter and from the 15th of July until the 15th of September. Its opening hours are from 9.00h to 20.hh from the 1st of May until the 30th of September and from 9.00h to 16.30h from October the 1st until April the 30th.

 

Visiting the royal family’s garden is free and has an approximate duration of 30 minutes. During your visit you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the garden, which you will find of high botanical interest, as there are over 40 different species, most of them native species which are all identifies with name shields below. In addition to several benches from where to soak up the beauty of the garden, the most impressive part of it are the 12 bronze sculptures donated by the family of Majorcan artist Joan Miró, adding special cultural value to everyone visiting the gardens of Marivent.

 

 

If you would like to get more information about visiting the Marivent gardens or about how to get from BO Hotel to the Marivent Palace, don’t hesitate to ask our front desk team, we will be pleased to help you.