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    Europe,  Hotels

    Review of 4-star Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca

    Written by Yasmin

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

    When I (Yasmin) found out that we were going to Palma and Hotel Saratoga, I started looking up the hotel on Instagram and other social media platforms. First thing spotted; a rooftop! #winning. Also, since I’m a member of the Swedish Facebook group Vi som gillar att resa (an awesome way to get some great travel tips btw!), I noticed that several of the members spoke very highly of the hotel, so I was very excited to check it out upon arrival.

    Pros

    • The location. The hotel is perfectly situated in central Palma, with walking distance to the old town and city center. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel which was around 20-25 euros.
    • The  rooftop – do I need to say more? Perfectly suited for both sunbathing and evening drinks, we took every chance we got to hang out here – it’s just impossible to get enough of the magical view over Palma. The pool closes at 10 PM, and from 7 PM and forward, you order drinks in the bar downstars (adjacent to their Jazz bar).
    • The “event lights” in the hotel rooms. I’ve written about my passion for coloured lightening before, but Hotel Saratoga took it to the next level (scroll down for photos). The rooms were overall a pleasure to stay in!
    • The friendly and service minded staff.

    Cons

    • Lack of bar food at the rooftop bar. Our solution for that necessary afternoon-snack was to buy some tapas from El Corte Inglés and enjoy it on the balcony instead.
    • No possiblity to create your own omelette at the breakfast. Since we’re true breakfast lovers, we like when hotels walk the extra mile, and omelettes or freshly made smoothies or juices could be a way to go. The fried eggs that were served were really good, though!
    • The area around the second pool (on ground floor) could be a bit more exciting. The second pool is partly in shade, and the area next to the pool (below the stairs) wasn’t really used for anything special. I see it as an area with great potential to create something as equally cool as the rooftop. Looking forward to seeing what Hotel Saratoga can make of it!
    • There should be more tables placed in the outdoor area during breakfast.

    Summary: I had a hard time coming up with some cons, since I was so pleased with our stay at the hotel. I give 4-star Hotel Saratoga 5 stars for a perfect hotel experience. Here’s a recap in photos of the rooftop, pool area, breakfast, hotel room. Enjoy!

    The rooftop

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    The rooms at Hotel Saratoga

    Thank you for the nice welcoming, Hotel Saratoga! It’s not everyday you are greeted with some nice olive oil 🙂  Since we tried embracing the Spanish dinner hours, a snack at the hotel room was much needed. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long “hard” day at the beach. There is a El Corte Ingles situated a short walk from the hotel, highly recommended if you want to pick up some tapas on your way back to the hotel.The view from our balcony. Here you can see the pool located on the main floor. 

    The breakfast

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    This was my favorite part of the breakfast! Spanish Churros with chocolate/nutella. It reminded my of my time in Madrid, we used to eat them all the time! I even had to send a snapshot of them to my friend Bess in NY, whom I got to know in Madrid 🙂

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    Many thanks for a wonderful stay, Hotel Saratoga!

    Adress: Passeig de Mallorca, 6, 07012 Palma
    Website: http://www.hotel-saratoga.com/

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

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    6 Places in Palma de Mallorca You Really Shouldn’t Miss

    We originally wrote this travel guide for Travellink Sweden, published 2016-07-11 on Travellink’s Travel Blog. 

    Barcelona’s little sister and a popular charter destination for Swedes. That was basically all we knew about Palma when we boarded the plane for a week of much-needed vacation. Instead of letting Google and TripAdvisor setting the itinerary for us we decided to try a new tactic; asking locals to share their best travel tips. So we asked. The cashier at Mango, the waiter at our daily breakfast spot in Plaza España, a trendy couple on the bus and of course; our Airbnb hostess. The result? Paradise beaches with white sand, turquoise water and exceptional beach clubs. We are Nodes have listed our top 6 things to do in Palma de Mallorca.

    Pool day at Puro Beach puro beach we are nodes

    Mallorca’s best beach club is (without a doubt) Puro Beach Palma. The beach club opened 2005 by the Swedish entrepreneur Mats Wahlström as a complement to the concept hotel Puro Hotel. With its excellent location on a secluded peninsula, 180°-view of the coast and a fantastic pool area, it is not difficult to understand why the beach club was a success from the moment the gates opened.

    If a full day at Puro Beach won’t get you in vacation mode nothing ever will! Park yourself on a sunbed by the pool, order a bottle of chilled rosé (We are Nodes recommends Puro’s own house wine for € 27/bottle) and take a refreshing dip in the Zen-like pool to the sound of relaxing lounge music. When it’s lunchtime, head over to the restaurant area to enjoy a delightful meal from Puro’s “M3-inspired” menu with influences from Miami, Marrakech and Melbourne.
     puro beach palma we are nodesbild 2 bild 3Today’s lunch: Salmon and avocado Tiradito with fresh coriander and yellow aji-sauce that is best enjoyed with a bottle of Puro Rosé.

    No room for dessert? Take a siesta in the shade and order a Gino for dessert a few hours later. Fresh fruits gratinated with white chocolate and vanilla ice cream does wonders during hot summer days and is the perfect ending to a relaxing pool day!

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    Price:
    A regular sunbed costs 40 € for a full day and includes (N.b: during low season, until the end of June) a bottle of water, a small fruit platter, a little after-sun lotion and a smoothie in the afternoon.

    Address: Carrer de Pagell, 1, 07610 Can Pastilla
    Tel: +34 971 74 47 44
    Website: http://www.purobeach.com/purobeach/purobeach-palma/

    Eat the best icecream in Palma at Amorinoamorino we are nodes

    Making a well-deserved stop at the ice cream-parlour Amorino on Plaça de Weyler is an absolute must when your feet gets tired from all the walking. Not only will the ice cream at Amorino make your taste buds jump of joy – they are also a treat for your eyes! With a large selection of ice cream flavours, the staff creates beautiful (and photo friendly) ‘ice cream roses’ in rainbow colors, and the best part is that you are not limited to a specific number of flavours. Regardless of what size of cone or cup you choose; you are allowed to pick as many flavours as you want! It is safe to say that Amorino is any ice cream lover’s dream come true, us included.

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    Price:
    One medium cone/cup (note: the portions are in general very big) costs €4.60 and is worth every cent!
    Address: Plaça de Weyler, 11, 07001 Palma
    Website: http://www.amorino.com/

    Playa IlletasIlletas beach Palma Mallorca we are nodes

    One advice we got from several locals was to skip the beach in central Palma (which wasn’t very pleasant) and take bus number 3 from Plaza España to Illetas instead. Just 30 minutes from Palma’s city centre, you will find a small but magical beach with turquoise water that quickly became one of our favorite places in Mallorca. Here you can reserve sunbeds with charming straw parasols for only € 6.50/person (our favorite spot was on the cliff) and swim until the sun goes down.

    The nearby beach restaurant has a great view and is well suited for ice cream or coffee, but we wouldn’t recommend the food there. Bring fresh fruits, a lunch box and plenty of water with you, and you will get a beach day to remember. And come early, the sunbeds run out quickly!

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    Address: Passeig Illetes, 54B, 07181 Illetes.
    How to get there: Take bus number 3 from Palma, and get off at the final destination. Once there, you can choose between two different beaches – our favorite is the small beach located on the far right.

    Visit the paradise beaches of Sa Rápitasa rapita mallorca we are nodes

    Making a day trip to the village Sa Rápita on Mallorca’s south coast and visiting the beaches S’Arenal de Sa Rápita and Es Trenc was well worth the 1.5 hour long bus drive from Palma. When we arrived at the beach and saw the white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, it was hard to believe that we were still in Mallorca and not on a tropical beach somewhere in the Caribbean. Who knew there were beaches like this in Europe?

    We have our Airbnb hostess to thank for discovering Sa Rápita. When we asked her which her favorite beach in Mallorca was, the answer came quickly: S’Arenal de Sa Rápita. Said and done. We set the alarm early and jumped on the 8 a.m. bus. Curious as we were, we wanted to see both beaches, so we started our day with a walk along the kilometre-long beach of S’Arenal all the way to Es Trenc (which is said to be one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches). Later, we “beach hopped” our way back to S’Arenal (and the bus station). In this way we managed to see everything and didn’t get too tired from walking in the heat.

    It is easy to be deceived by the cooling breeze here, so don’t forget to put on a lot of sunscreen!

    sa rapita mallorca we are nodes bild 16 bild 17How to get there: Bus 515 or 530 from Palma bus station. A single journey costs 5€. 

    Harbour Dinner at Port BlancPort Blanc palma we are nodes

    Just like the name suggests, Port Blanc is a luxurious port restaurant with white interior and a stunning view over the luminous yachts. You come here to eat seafood, fish and drink champagne – an excellent dinner option before a big night out.

    Port Blanc, like most other restaurants, closes at 1:00, which really is a shame; we would have liked to stay there longer! If there is something Palma should learn from its “big sister” Barcelona, it definitely is the night life. There are only two clubs in Palma; Pacha and Tito’s. The clientele consists mostly of young students, and thus it is the bar streets in Santa Catalina (with the Swedish-owned Havana Bar in the lead) and Paseo Marítimo that has become popular for the older crowd. We would have loved a real nightclub close to the port. But who knows, maybe that’s something for the future?

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    Address: Marina Moll Vell, Local N ° 2, 07012 Palma.
    Tel: +34 971 25 54 22
    Website: http://portblancmallorca.com/

    Watch the sunset at Nassau Beachnassau beach palma we are nodes

    Nassau Beach’s slogan is “sea, sand and sunset”, and yes, we’d say that sums up the vibe at Nassau pretty well. The restaurant/bar is located a roughly ten-minute walk from the beach in Palma, and is well suited for a chilled-out sunset dinner or cocktail. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and when the sun starts to go down, the staff lights up torches that burn nicely in the sunset.

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    Address: Passeig Portitxol, s/n, 07004 Palma
    Phone: +34664 44 90 53
    Website: http://nassaubeach-palma.com/

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    We are Nodes super travel tip:
    Download the free app Maps.me and have access to maps in offline mode. This app saved us many times, for example on bus rides without names on the bus stops.

    Do you have any questions or have you been in Palma and want to share your favorite places? Please comment or email us at info@wearenodes.com!