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Explore Mallorca's sea of riches

The waters of Mallorca are rich with dive sites. Experienced divers should seek out the island's southern tip for the Porto Pi Caves, Palma wrecks, and house reef Bonanza Playa. For first timers, the waters off Palma itself are great. West Coast Divers Mallorca (tel: +34 664 592 946; www.divinginmajorca.com) offers courses, equipment and excursions.

Find some air at Mallorca Wake Park

Blessed with miles of Mediterranean coastline and thousands of islands nearby, Mallorca offers plenty of aquatic activities. Thanks to its compact size, you can easily get from Palma to any part of the island to quench your thirst for adventure. Cable skiing at Mallorca Wake Park (tel: +34 633 66 44 39; http://mallorcawakepark.com) is worth the journey.

Jump aboard the Mallorca Wine Express

With an increase in the popularity of Mallorquin wine, wine-tasting tours are attracting quite a lot of attention these days. Several companies organize tours but the most novel is a tourist train heading into the vineyards around Es Raiguer. For the best local wine, board the Mallorca Wine Express (tel: +34 653 528 659; www.mallorcawinetours.com).

Seek out the thrill of canyoning

Canyoning is still relatively new in Mallorca but deep limestone cuts in the hillier parts of the island are attracting daredevils. The most daunting, Torrente Gorg Blau, is certainly one for the experienced, whilst Torrente Coanegra offers a good initiation. For both gear and guidance, take a tour with Tramuntana (tel: +34 97 163 2423; www.tramuntanatours.com/canyon.html).

Strap on your walking boots and hike the isle

With year-round sun, rolling hills and rocky terrain, it’s a mystery why Mallorca isn’t inundated with hikers. As it’s not, make the most of the quiet trails that criss-cross the island. Mallorca Hiking (tel: +34 699 906 009; www.mallorcahiking.com) can show you the way with rambles that range from three-hour trips to challenging seven-day adventures.

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Hostal Apuntadores

With good-value facilities for budget travellers, this guesthouse has long been one of the top economical accommodation choices in Palma. Set in the heart of La Lonja, amid a myriad of bars, cafes and museums, Hostal Apuntadores has an excellent location to boot. One of the biggest draws of the hotel is its roof terrace with arguably Palma's best view.

Palau Sa Font

Just off the sea front and two minutes away from the Cathedral, Palau Sa Font is a small, atmospheric hotel converted from a 16th-century episcopal palace. Rooms are on the small side, featuring minimalistic designs and soothing pastel colours, but the rooftop swimming pool is cosy and private.

Puro Hotel Palma

A product of contemporary style and chic architecture, this ultra-modern design hotel draws a trendy crowd to its funky interiors, hip bar and a small rooftop swimming pool. Originally an 18th-century town palace, Puro has been transformed into an oasis where new-age luxury meets Spanish history. The hotel's Opio Bar and Restaurant is also a popular nightspot for a stylish crowd.

Dalt Murada

Originally a property of Mallorquin nobles, this elegant, family-owned Renaissance townhouse near the cathedral contains 14 tastefully decorated rooms. Most of its sleeping quarters, featuring chandeliers, canopied beds and tapestries, are centred on a citrus-shaded courtyard. Check in to the penthouse suite, which has a terrace, a Jacuzzi and views of the cathedral.

Santa Clara Urban Hotel and Spa

Fusing stylish urban designs with rustic traditional architecture, this hotel is an excellent representation of modern-day Palma. As its name suggests, it is also a fully equipped spa, so be sure to check out its Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam bath too. There's also a rooftop terrace with sunbeds.

St Regis Mardavall Mallorca

Known as one of the leading hotel brands in the world, St Regis Mardavall lives up to its reputation by providing the finest service, facilities and setting in Palma. Set 9km (6 miles) away from Palma’s city centre, the hotel enjoys an exclusive spot overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As well as 24 hour butler service, the hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Es Fum, and a spa.