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Seven Balearic breaks with a real difference.

MAJORCA, Menorca and Ibiza are famous for mass-market packages but here are seven different Balearic holidays. HIGH-END HIDEAWAYS One of Majorca's best hotels is Cap Rocat, which opened last year in a cliff-top fortress with views across Palma Bay.

The scenery is equally stunning at Gran Hotel Son Net, a luxurious manor house in the Tramuntana Mountains. See Mallorca Farmhouses' Exclusive Collection. SEDUCTIVE SPAS Two fantastic spas opened in Ibiza last year. Can Curreu is a rural retreat and Aguas de Ibiza a fivestar "eco-luxury" hotel near Ibiza Town. Majorca, Menorca and Formentera also have spas ranging from holistic retreats to bikini bootcamps. BEST FOOT FORWARD The Balearics are a walker's paradise.

Last spring saw the restoration of Menorca's Cami de Cavalls, a coastal path that encircles the island. More established is Majorca's Dry Stone Way, a trail running the length of the Tramuntana Mountains. PEDAL POWER The Balearics are ideal for a holiday on two wheels. Cycling specialists feature fantastic itineraries to Majorca and Menorca. OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Hiking and biking not challenging enough? How about kayaking across a turquoise bay? Or a canyoning expedition into a mighty gorge.

If you stay at the peaceful resort of Port de Soller, tucked beneath Majorca's Tramuntana Mountains, you can experience both.

BEACH CHIC Clubbers will appreciate Ibiza's new breed of designer hotel. The legendary Pikes Hotel reopened recently as Ibiza Rocks House, a 25-room boutique hotel. Also new is the five-star Ushuaia Beach Hotel, with spa facilities and a funky beach club.

CITY SLICKERS Have you been to Barcelona, visited Valencia and seen Seville? Then try the Balearics for your next city break.

The capital, Palma de Majorca, offers all the elements of a Spanish city break but with laid-back island ambiance.

Ibiza Town goes one better in the history stakes. Its fortified historic district, Dalt Vila, is a World Heritage Site.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 25, 2011
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