“At last, a hip hotel in picturesque Puerto Soller on Mallorca's mountainous northwest coast, with amazing views, pools, restaurant and lounge-bar”
There’s a wide selection of rooms spread over 4 floors, and none have the same configuration. Simple, Scandinavian chic is the order of the day, with touches of bold, patterned wallpaper, plump sofas, and white walls perfectly suited to that special light that you only get right by the sea. It's bright, fun and very retro-chic.
The main choice is between the front of the hotel for a sea view and the back of the hotel for a patio. We would definitely plump for the former. You can then opt for a standard Sea View (no terrace), a Sea View Large (a suite, but still no terrace), a Sea View Balcony Large (a suite with a small balcony, large enough for a couple of chairs), a Sea View Terrace (standard but with a great terrace) or a top-of-the-range Sea View Terrace Large (all the bells and whistles). The rates go up accordingly, and the "Large" rooms are suitable for small families. Third-floor terraces are larger than those on the second floor, and the only downside to the balcony rooms is that they aren't very private.
If you're worried by noise, have small children or simply want a bargain, you might prefer one of the Garden (non sea-facing) rooms, which are darker than 'Sea Views' but more peaceful. The Garden Family Suite has 2 bedrooms and a shared terrace.
In addition, there are 2 Atico suites and the Suite Esplendido, all occupying the penthouse position on the top floor. The Aticos share a large terrace facing the sea and garden (so it catches the sun all day), while the suite has a separate sitting room, a Jacuzzi and a private terrace.
All rooms are equipped with a TV, a DVD player, a CD player, good speakers, WiFi and air conditioning. There are some fantastic little extras, too - complimentary minibar drinks on arrival, Nespresso coffee makers, even beach bags and flip-flops. We also liked being able to dim the lights from the bed. Stylish bathrooms have slate floors, black walls and a funky take on pebbledash - which looks far better than it sounds! Most have a bathtub, and all come with good showers, Korres toiletries, and deep shelves for all your bits and bobs.
An excellent buffet breakfast is served in a smart sea-facing room and on the adjoining terrace from 8am until a very civilised 11am. There's a huge array of meats, cheeses and freshly baked pastries, as well as hot items and the usual cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit. A nice touch is a juicer, accompanied by large bowls of colourful oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits, so you can make your own fresh juice just the way you like it. It's very relaxed and informal, assisted by plenty of smiling young staff who make tea and coffee to order and keep things looking neat and tidy at all times.
For other meals, we can recommend the hotel's bistro-restaurant. Lunch can be taken inside, on a small terrace or by the pool, with a choice of simple salads, soups and sandwiches. Portions are large, and the food fresh and colourful, though the prices are a little steep. For dinner, there's a small but regularly changing menu of local ingredients cooked in a modern way, such as fresh octopus with asparagus and rice, as well as burgers and pasta.
If you prefer, you can take your meals in the stunningly styled lounge-bar on the ground floor, sitting on huge sofas beneath oversized lampshades, psychedelic wall hangings and classic album covers. Good-looking staff serve suitably complicated cocktails, or a good old cerveza if you prefer. It too has a small, sea-facing terrace - prime people-watching terrain.
If you want to head out, there are plenty of seafront restaurants in Puerto Soller. We enjoyed Es Canyis for fresh fish and Restaurant Agapanto for bolder contemporary fare; the latter is a short walk round the bay on the lefthand side - you'll see its fairy lights twinkling at night from the hotel. And for a treat after a mountain walk, try the fish restaurant Es Faro near the lighthouse on Punta Grossa: pricey but in a prime position.
This is the best place on Mallorca for combining mountains and sea, and for relaxing in style afterwards...
Esplendido is one of our most popular hotels in Spain for families, which means there will always be lots of other littl'uns to play with. Staff are very welcoming to all ages - our toddler was thoroughly pampered when we last visited in 2013 - and facilities include a kids' menu, a children's pool, baby equipment, beach and pool toys, even tailored spa treatments (manicures, pedicures etc). The proximity of the beach is a godsend, the town and port are both brilliantly child-friendly, and don't underestimate the excitement provided by the many local ice-cream shops and the tram to Soller!
Book a Large room, the Esplendido Suite or 2 connecting rooms (Standard Sea View/Terrace or Standard Garden View/Terrace). There are no twin rooms, so children may have to share or have the sofabed. The maximum you can sleep is 2 adults, 2 children and 1 baby. Garden rooms are darker and more peaceful for smaller kids, though all rooms have shutters and effective blinds.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Bring your own monitor. Depending on the make, they might not work everywhere so if this is important, request a room close to the restaurant for maximum signal.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Food is available at the hotel all day, and the bistro-restaurant has a kids' menu and will assist in helping prepare baby food if requested. There are child-friendly restaurants and a supermarket nearby, too.
There are steps around the pool area and some rooms have balconies/terraces that will need a careful eye.