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CHEF/HOTEL PROFILE   .   .   .

Design Hotels™ NAKAR HOTEL OPENS IN MALLORCA

by Bonnie Carroll

Overlooking Palma’s sweeping bay, Nakar Hotel’s eighth-floor restaurant and bar CUIT is a love letter to “Urban Majorquine” cuisine and produce. Overseen by renowned Mallorcan chef, Miquel Calent, the varied menu celebrates locally sourced and organic ingredients, while breathing new life into traditional recipes sourced from all corners of the island. Dishes such as monk fish with Mallorcan almonds are complemented by a carefully curated collection of Spanish wines. A small tapas menu is also available at the bar and poolside. CUTT overlooks the historic center, Cathedral, Bellver Castel ad the bay of Palma. Guests can follow the church bells to the waterfront 13th-century Palma Cathedral, while the beaches of Ciudad Jardín and Can Pastilla are only a 15-minute walk away.

Taking things up a level, the rooftop sundeck and pool is exclusively for residents during the daytime hours. However, sundowners come with an open invitation to the neighborhood, transforming the terrace into one of the city’s hottest haunts for guests and locals alike. With panoramic views over the gargoyle-studded architecture of the city’s old town, the infinity pool provides the ideal setting in which to soak up the ambrosial musical stylings of renowned DJ Toni Jimenez at one of his weekly sets.

When indulging in the eternal cocktail hour of the Balearics becomes a little too much like hard work, the hotel’s spa is perfectly placed to ease away the strains of everyday life. The subterranean space includes an indoor pool, the only one in Palma’s Old Town, steam bath, sauna, and two massage rooms. Treatments using a holistic range of products by Comfort Zone include the “Aromasoul Mediterranea” and “Algae Facial”. Restaurant at Nakar Hotel: “CUIT Bar and Restaurant” run by the renowned Mallorcan chef, Miquel Calent. The restaurant serves locally sourced, organic Majorquine cuisine. The restaurant and bar are located on the 8th floor, with a view over the historic centre, Cathedral, Bellver Castel and the bay of Palma.

Nakar Hotel also has spa facilities including a heated pool, a relaxation area, sauna, Hammam, showers, 2 treatment cabins (1 double), changing rooms and lockers. The spa menu offers therapeutic treatments, sports massages and muscle contraction treatment. Beauty treatments such as facials, manicures and pedicures are also offered. This is the perfect respite following a shopping spree in the lovely boutiques, art galleries and shops near the hotel.

Ideally located on the chic shopping precinct of Jaime III Avenue, the Nacar building has been managed by Ramis’ family for three generations, and has undergone a renaissance with each generational change. The latest incarnation pays tribute to the spirit of the original Pension Nacar, while embodying the zeitgeist of modern day Palma. Together with acclaimed architect Magi Margués and designer Marga Rotger, Ramis has created a bold new lifestyle boutique hotel that blends sophisticated design with local flavor. Locally sourced oak and stone contrasts with industrial tones of black-lacquered iron and glass in the light and airy public spaces, while the aesthetics of the rooms and suites are defined by earth-tone fabrics and a neutral color palette.

Thoughtfully designed with the modern traveler in mind, guestrooms have been outfitted with state of the art media systems including screen-mirroring AppleTV, which are Netflix and Spotify enabled, Nespresso machines, and spacious bathrooms with luxurious Molton Brown amenities. In-room Jacuzzis and private terraces lend the Deluxe Rooms more than a little romance.

Mallorca is where lovely Mallorcan pearl jewelry abounds, as well as designer fashion, historic museums and the exquisite palace, where the King of Spain maintains quarters. Petra on Mallorca is the birthplace of Father Junipero Serra (recently sainted by Pope Francis) and is home to the museum honoring Father Serra and the California Missions he founded, along with memorabilia of his life on the island; Saint Junipero Serra's parents are burried in the chapel next to the Museum on Petra. For details on additional things to see around the new Nakar visit: designhotels.com/nakar.

NAKAR HOTEL

Avenida Jaime III, 21,
Palma de Mallorca 07012,
Spain


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