“Adorable, homely little hotel with fabulous mountain views in Mallorca's prettiest village - perfect for walkers”
There are 9 simple but lovely rustic bedrooms, each differently decorated and named after one of the nearby mountains. All have original tiled floors, antique furniture and good-quality linen bedding with mosquito nets draped above. The rooms are characterful and comfortable, but don't expect mod cons such as TVs or minibars. Ensuite bathrooms are simple and clean with baths, overhead showers and fluffy towels. Two rooms on the garden and ground floor are slightly larger and more contemporary in style.
The junior suite, named after Mallorca's highest mountain, Puig Major, has a lovely antique wooden bed and a sitting area with a view of the mountains. While we peeked in to see it, Tomeu was filling it with sweet-smelling roses and lillies for a honeymoon couple. The other 2 rooms on this floor overlook the lane at the front of the hotel - it's so narrow you can almost touch the houses on the opposite side! Both Sa Rateta and Almallutx have beamed ceilings and are decorated in traditional style with antique beds and dressing tables. Both are available as a double or twin.
L'Ofre and Alfabia are at the top of the house and offer the best mountain views. Attic wooden beams slope down to large windows looking across the valley to the rugged Serra de Tramuntana. Both rooms are available as a double or twin. Also on the top floor is Tomir, a twin or double, and another delightful room, Massanella which has a gorgeous old Mallorquin carved wooden bed (not suitable for basketball players!). Both overlook the narrow lane to the front which is reflected in the cheaper price.
Garden and Ground Floor:
Sa Paisa, is located on the garden level. Its stylish mix of modern and old and wonderful mountain views make it our favourite room. French doors lead onto the garden and pool, ideal for an early morning dip, though it can lack privacy during the day if other guests are sitting in the garden. The bathroom (separated only by a linen curtain) is spacious with an oversized bathtub, overhead shower and double ceramic basins imaginatively held in what was once the animals' feeding trough.
Ca Ses Jaies is an artistically decorated large double room with small sitting area and French doors leading up to the hotel's main terrace (it's on the lower ground floor). There is space for an extra bed, making it ideal for those with a child. The drawbacks: a small shower room (no bath), no view and darker than the other rooms.
For breakfast, expect a feast of delicious, freshly baked cakes, savoury tarts, pastries, hams, cheeses, local sausages, eggs, fruit, coffee and the sweetest orange juice squeezed from the fruits in the valley. In summer you'll eat on the terrace overlooking the mountains and in the cooler months, at a long wooden table with other guests in the inviting yellow dining room.
For evening meals (on request), expect Mallorquin specialities such as jamon serrano or homemade, chilled soups for a starter. For a main course, there will be a choice of meat or fish dishes, then local goat´s cheese and seasonal fruit or ice creams or sorbets to complete the meal.
They can make up picnic lunches on request, or Fornalutx has a handful of cafes around its tiny main square. On the edge of the village going towards Lluc, there are a couple of restaurants with vine-covered terraces serving simple but good Mallorquin dishes. The neighbouring town of Soller and Porto Soller offer a range of more sophisticated restaurants (the hotel can make suggestions).
Children under 1 and over 6 are welcome and the hotel has extra beds to borrow. If you are coming with a baby, you will need to bring a travel cot.
Parents with small babies are advised to stay in Sa Paisa and Ca ses Jaies; these rooms are furthest away from the other bedrooms so it doesn't matter if your baby cries. Older children can sleep on an extra bed in Puig Major, Sa Paisa and Almallutx or have their own room for a reduced rate; enquire when booking.