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The backstory: The coastal town of Santa Ponsa, part of the Calvià region in Mallorca, Spain, is filled with history, and resorts abound for enjoying the beach and local culture. One of the latest arrivals on the tiny island is the new Kimpton Aysla Mallorca, positioned as a year-round luxury wellness retreat, which opened in October. Both “active leisure” and R&R are the focus here, making it ideal for travellers who appreciate a sweaty workout as much as lazing at the spa or under the sultry Mediterranean sun.
The space: There are 79 guest rooms, starting from 355 square feet, all with a calm, coastal design sensibility. Rooms feature neutral tones and traditional patterns and textures, and some have bright blue and green accents mirroring the nearby beach. Select upgraded rooms also have access to a private garden, brimming with native flora.
The dining: Saba Restaurant is the resort’s main option, serving up Japanese and Korean dishes made with Spanish ingredients. The kimchi dumplings, bulgogi kimbap and mackerel tempura are all great for sharing, or you can opt for the omakase set menu for five chef-selected courses. There’s also the Zayt Pool Restaurant & Bar (open seasonally), offering Mallorcan small bites and cocktails. The indoor-outdoor Saba Bar serves coffee and sweet treats for breakfast, but come back at night for tapas and a nightcap.
The extra amenities: For the active leisure part of the resort’s ethos, there’s a full slate of activities, including yoga classes, morning workouts and road cycling, plus two outdoor pools. For relaxation, there are guided meditation classes, and a spa by the French beauty brand Maison Codage, where you’ll find an indoor pool, a sauna and a salt cave, alongside seven treatment rooms for services like the custom Haute Couture Experience for face and body.
The nearby sights: Leisure clubs close by include the prestigious Golf Santa Ponsa with two 18-hole PGA European Tour courses, and the Mallorca Country Club, where top tennis players practice their swings. To take in the history of the town, visit the Puig de sa Morisca Archaeological Park, a 30-minute trek away, where you can find hiking trails, archeological digs, and a stunning view from the hilltop. Palma, the capital of Mallorca, is also just a 20-kilometre drive away.
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