The exclusive resort of Illetas is part of the municipal district of Calvia on the south west coast of Majorca, six miles west of the capital Palma. The resort has often been described as the Monte Carlo of Mallorca owing to its high-end hotels, yacht-filled harbour and the common sight of expensive cars.
A number of the hotels have their own private beaches and there are also excellent restaurants offering international cuisine. Whilst it is limited in its attractions and activities, Illetas is an excellent base from which to explore other parts of the island, including the cultural treasures of nearby Palma.
As an island, Mallorca is primarily accessible by air and while some limited ferry services from the Spanish mainland are on offer, flying is a much quicker and more convenient option. Ferry travel may appeal to those wishing to take their own vehicles with them.
Illetas is just 10km to the west of Palma and its busy international airport, Son Sant Joan International. It is Spain’s fourth busiest airport and is well connected to the rest of the island by an efficient road network, public bus services and hotel shuttles.
The holiday season in Illetas begins in April and ends in late October. The resort, like the rest of the island, enjoys a typically Mediterranean weather with warm summers and mild winters. In total, Mallorca receives around 300 days of sunshine a year on average.
Illetas is fairly limited in terms of its own attractions, though there are plenty of things to do and see if you venture a little out of the resort.
The journey back into the vibrant capital of Palma for shopping or sightseeing is simple by public transport. Throughout the year the local bus operator, the Transport de les Illes Balears, runs a regular service along most of the south west coast.
A little further west along the coast from Illetas are the residential areas of Bendinat and Portals Nous, which both share Illetas’s exclusive reputation. A major feature of Portals Nous is the Puerto Portals marina, where expensive yachts are often moored.
Also in Portals Nous is Marineland, one of the most popular family attractions on the island. Here you will find performing dolphins, sealions, and parrot shows.
Illetas has a small public beach beneath the low cliffs, which can become very busy during the summer months. Also in keeping with the exclusivity of the town, a number of the hotels here have their own private beaches.
For those of an active or sporting persuasion, Illetas has both diving and golf facilities nearby. Hippocampes Divers is a PADI approved dive centre that is located on la solana beach in Illetas. Meanwhile the area around the resort is well served with golf courses, the nearest being either Bendinat or Son Vida.
Illetas nightlife is mainly restricted to entertainment provided by hotels. However, there is one night club in the resort, the Virtual Club, which can be found in an unusual setting in the caves of Illetas. This nightspot is a combination of club, cocktail bar and restaurant, and is open until two in the morning.