Openings: Palma’s New Concepció by Nobis Brings Scandi Style to the Mediterranean
Although it often seemed during the pandemic that time was standing still, the progress of the last few months has signaled that better times are surely ahead. One encouraging bit of news is the long-awaited (almost) reopening of this big, beautiful world (after fifteen very ugly months) – which has obviously reignited our nomadic wanderlust. We’re now excitedly looking forward to checking into all those chic new boutique hotels we’ve been eyeing since the world went into lockdown last March.
So if we’re lucky enough, the most difficult decision we’ll have to make this summer will be whether to go for a culture fix in Paris, Milan or London, or to kick back on one of our fave sun-soaked Mediterranean islands. And a notable new hotel opening in Palma de Mallorca makes the latter seem most desirable.
Indeed, Stockholm based Nobis Hospitality Group – which owns some of the trendiest restaurants and nightspots in in the Swedish capital, and has hotel properties there and in Copenhagen characterized by the repurposing of historical structures into stylish, modern accommodations – will open the Concepció by Nobis (a member of the venerable Design Hotels collection) in Mallorca this June. Located specifically in Palma, the island’s cultural hub, on a corner where the Old Town meets the hip enclave of Santa Catalina and the sea, the hotel comes by way of the transformation of a 16th Century building that once housed both a hospital and soap factory, into a year round oasis that blends Scandinavian design with Balearic charm.
A collaboration between the Swedish architectural firm Wingårdhs and Spanish counterparts Jordi Herrero Arquitectos and Eduardo Garcia Acuna Arquitecto, the Concepció’s ties to both its history and locale are visible throughout the property. From the color scheme, which plays off the green from the Tramuntana mountains and the Mediterranean, to the custom made tiles from Mallorcan brand Huguet, and the restored pillars, room frames and beamed ceilings that date back to 1576, the hotel exudes a natural, low-key glamour.
The Scandi-Medi vibe carries on into the 31 guest rooms, where oak floors, woven textiles, and steel framed windows make for sleek but welcoming sleeping spaces. Lush terraces, a verdant garden surrounding the pool, and and on-site restaurant serving tapas and local Mallorcan fare complete the experience.
Mallorca itself is the Balearic Islands’ little darling. With a diverse topography – lush mountains, inviting hilltop towns, the gorgeously turquoise sea – and an allure tied to its rich history, artsy vibe, and stunning Spanish/Moorish architecture, it’s everything the overamped Ibiza is not. And if we’re being honest, after a year-plus of careful social distancing, we’re really not ready for the latter anyway.