Calatrava & Can Cera, two Majorcan luxury getaways

The founder of IT Mallorca unique spaces, Miguel Conde, and his architect wife, Cristina Marti, have created five special places on the island that reflect and preserve the Majorcan charm of a luxury holiday.
The luxurious five-star Can Cera , a renovated 17th-century palace with grand Renaissance flourishes, is a boutique retreat tucked away in the labyrinthine streets of Palma’s Gothic Quarter. It is close to the main historic sites, Palma Cathedral and a short walk to the beach, where you will find Calatrava – the Mediterranean Sea House with stunning views over Palma Bay.

The magnificent view from the balcony of room 12 at Calatrava and a sketchbook that every guest finds in their room.

The 19th century sea-front hotel has been completely renovated and transformed into a stylish urban retreat, with spectacular contemporary artworks by leading Mallorcan artists such as Guillem Nadal and Carolina Amigó. The spacious lobby and lounge are bright and inviting, especially with the friendly staff who are full of ideas on how to spend your day on the island of Mallorca.

At Calatrava you breathe and feel the sea. The hotel is designed so that most of your life takes place outside. Sitting on your balcony overlooking the sea, or in the nearby cathedral park, where in the afternoons a lively atmosphere is bathed in golden light.

The rooftop terrace is the place to spend the day. Calatrava is all about being by the sea and I suggest you go out of season, start your day with a board walk before breakfast and explore the island from there.

At Can Cera, there is a surprising detail to be discovered in every corner. A mix of Mallorcan art, contemporary furniture and fine textures are the red thread that runs through it all.

Can Cera is more of a feast for the eyes if you are interested in art and architecture. Many pieces are sourced from artists living on the island and both houses make you feel at home.

With a passion for art, detail and historic architecture, Miguel Conde and his architect wife, Cristina Marti, restore and reinvent the places they transform into luxury hotels. It is all about composition, mix and the feeling they want to create with their visual language.

Can Cera plays with theatrical proportions. Walking through the rooms on the first floors is like being on stage.

The other three hotels we did not visit are Can Alomar and Sant Jaume, in the best locations in the centre of Palma, and Can Aulí, away from the hustle and bustle in the centre of Pollença.

A mix of daylight and artificial light creates a harmonious atmosphere that almost lets you escape into the past, another time, living in a palazzo in the middle of Palma.
In Can Cera’s private kitchen, you can cook or simply enjoy a drink from the hotel’s mixologist every night from six to nine.


Wherever you stay on the island, you will be drawn to the beautiful sea. The concierge will be happy to suggest the best places for a swim.