A rising number of boutique hotels on the Spanish island of Mallorca testify to the island's enduring appeal. Take the Portixol, for example. The hotel and restaurant has been here since 1956, but recently had a major facelift, with clean Scandinavian lines and Mediterranean colors.
The emphasis at the hotel is on space and light – generously-sized beds, brightly-lit bathrooms, panoramic views of the sea and harbor, and all the gadgetry you'll need to stay in touch with the 21st century.
There's also a restaurant, a popular meeting place for locals since the Fifties – which is always a good sign. The current menu includes scallops ceviche with citrus fruits, fresh cod with wild mushrooms, and chocolate truffle tart.
The lounge bar offers a combination of cocktails, burgers, newspapers and backgammon by the seafront. Old school Mallorca, with a modern twist. RM