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A luxurious hideaway based in the North East of Mallorca, Barceló Formentor is a gorgeous five star hotel emulating old-school charm and star-studded history. A favoured getaway for the likes of everyone from Sir Winston Churchill to the iconic Audrey Hepburn herself, if you’re seeking a classical holiday filled with seductive sunsets and movie star glamour, then look no further than the elegance of this piece of Spanish paradise.

The resort
Put simply, Barceló is secluded, suave and utterly sensational. The only hotel on the entire peninsula, winding roads boasting endless ocean and cliff views lead guests towards an almost entirely private part of the island – where panoramic glittering ocean views await. Arrive at the hotel’s entrance and prepare to leave the outside world and daily stresses behind – from the moment you step over its gilded threshold, you’ll find yourself almost instantly transported back to a time of pure vintage glamour.

Its rooms are vast, from the hallways and plush lounge areas to the guest rooms themselves – and with 122 bedrooms in total, there’s plenty to choose from. Each guest room boasts a mountain, garden or sea-facing view – and each comes equipped with everything possibly needed to relax and enjoy the Spanish surroundings, from a mini bar, iPad radio base and satellite TV to the little details – such as a pillowy bathrobe and slippers, welcome macaroons and even cosy slippers.

Upon arrival, I discover my room possesses its own personal terrace with an outstanding ocean view that stretches across the blue waters – the prime spot for a day of secluded sun lounging or book reading.

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It’s clear that Barceló Formentor is undeniably classic – yet anything but boringly traditional and old hat. Think old Hollywood charm meets contemporary luxury. For foodies, it’s nothing short of a dream come true – the hotel offers a vast array seven delicious restaurants.

Each offers something slightly different for a guest’s palate – from El Pi, the hotel’s signature a la carte restaurant filled with creative Mediterranean cuisine, to the Italian La Veranda, which provides hungry visitors with a chic al fresco terrace to enjoy an evening of delectable dining. From seafood and sushi to fresh fruit and sumptuous steak, the hotel offers something to suit every tastebud – and it doesn’t disappoint.

What to do
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Should you tire of your room’s beautiful surroundings, the resort offers an abundance of activities to try – from adventurous boat trips to rejuvenating pilates sessions. Guests can take advantage of the ocean surroundings and try their hand at a range of water sports (such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking or parasailing) or for a more relaxing water experience, private boats are available for hire (complete with thirst-quenching Cava and chocolate delights for onboard accompaniments).

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The surrounding island headland is also renowned for its mountain biking and trekking with its rolling hills and flat terrain, making the Formentor an ideal hotel for any sporting enthusiasts. Plus, with two shimmering swimming pools located in its grounds, as well as a private tennis court, fitness centre and even a horse riding centre, there’s something for absolutely everyone to enjoy during their stay.

For those seeking simple relaxation, the resort’s grounds are enough in themselves – with beautiful rows of flowers, elegantly placed trees and winding paths, it’s easy to spend hours wandering through its landscaped Eden.

The Formentor Sunset Classic series
Not only for the sporty, the glamorous hotel is also hosting its open air annual music festival this summer and early autumn. Now in its 4th year of running, three outstanding acclaimed musicians and emerging stars will continue to perform at the resort on various dates, from 30 July until the final performance on 7 October. One of the most renowned classical musical festivals in the Mediterranean, the Formentor Sunset Classics Programme is nothing short of extraordinary. For the full line up and performance programme, click here.

Book your stay
Rates at Barceló Formentor start from €204 (£161) per room per night, based on two sharing on a B&B basis and including taxes. For more information or to book click here or call +3 4 971 899 100. Monarch operates year round flights to Mallorca from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton, Leeds Bradford and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £39 one way (£70 return). Click here for additional information.

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