Convent de la Missio
Built from a 17th century monastery in Palma’s old town next to the church of the same name, Convent de la Missio is a sleek boutique hotel where statement-making minimalism creates an airy and sophisticated place to stay.
With its virgin-white walls, modern art pieces and a mixture of Mallorcan antiques and cutting-edge interiors, architect Toni Esteva has converted the cloistered spaces of this one-time Gothic convent into a shrine to design and a cool oasis in the maze of Palma’s narrow back streets.
All 14 bedrooms at Convent de la Missio have been individually-designed. Room 7 is the most charming thanks to its original Gothic ceilings, but architecture fans may plump for number 4 with its innovative duplex layout. Bags of goodies from local chocolatiers the Chocolate Factory make a welcome change from the usual ‘goodnight kiss’ at turndown and Bulgari toiletries in the bathrooms are another indulgence in this hymn to restrained luxury.
The basement spa has a sauna, steam room, massage rooms and a whirlpool housed in the monastery’s original crypt and the Zen-like roof terrace is the perfect spot for enjoying the scorching Mallorcan sun.
The second floor living room is the chill-out space of choice, with triple-height, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace-cum-art installation taking up one wall, floor lights that could pass as sculptures and a scattering of glossy design books.
Award-winning restaurant Simply Fosh and its tiny black bar are a magnet for some of Mallorca’s big hitters and next door an art gallery showcases the work of local artists, architects and photographers.
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Convent de la Missio was reviewed by Room for Romance