“At last, a hip hotel in picturesque Puerto Soller on Mallorca's mountainous northwest coast, with amazing views, pools, restaurant and lounge-bar”
Most of the bright and airy rooms look out to sea and, best of all, most have terraces with stunning views across the horseshoe bay. In fact you're so close to the sea that you can hear the waves lapping below. With a spa, a colourful bistro-restaurant, a stylish lounge-bar that would not look out of place in any hip city hotel, and a swanky pool area that literally tops it all, we can see why the only thing the successful Swedish husband and wife team didn't change was the name. Because it's all rather splendid indeed.
- The 2 wonderful outdoor pools (the main one is heated), almost floating above the hotel; a full refurb has added new loungers and, when we last visited in 2013, it was looking as fabulous as ever
- Rooms are packed with little extras (complimentary minibar drinks, Nespresso machines, flip-flops, beach bags) and most have outdoor space - watching the sunset from your terrace as the 2 lighthouses start their nightly vigil is hard to beat
- The hearty breakfast in the light-filled breakfast room or out on the sunny terrace
- The scenic harbour of Puerto Soller, with its fish restaurants, sandy beach and friendly atmosphere - and it's only a short tram ride to the mountain-ringed old town of Soller
- The road outside is pedestrianised, so there's little or no traffic between you and the sea
- Bear in mind that it's popular with families, and the pool area can teem with kids in midsummer
- With 74 rooms, it's larger than most i-escape hotels, but retains an intimate air and excellent service
- Food in the restaurant is rather pricey
- Parking can be difficult
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
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 and awning, 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.
- Air conditioning
- Beach bag and flip-flops
- Cd player
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- Dvd player
- Safe box
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.
- Children meals
- Coffee maker
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
This is the best place on Mallorca for combining mountains and sea, and for relaxing in style afterwards...
- Swim from Puerto Soller's narrow sandy beach, or take to one of the hotel's 2 outdoor pools (one reserved for adults only, the other heated with a kids' area)
- Take some time out in the indulgent spa, complete with an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, waterbeds and thermal showers. Treatments range from Swedish massage to pedicures; there are options for kids, too. You can also pre-book yoga or Pilates sessions (private or group)
- Take a stroll along the harbourside - most of the seafront has been pedestrianised, and there are plenty of cafés for pitstops
- Stand-up paddle board, with a local company just 30 metres away on Espléndido beach
- Take a boat trip from the harbour: there are daily summer cruises along the spectacular coast, including some to the cliff-ringed cove and river gorge of Cala Tuent (though the beach here gets crowded in summer). If you're a bit of a landlubbber, check water conditions beforehand - the sea can be rougher than it looks!
- Don't overlook the pretty old town of Soller, with its neo-Gothic churches, modernista architecture and fragrant citrus groves; the tram linking it with the port stops outside the hotel every 30 minutes and takes about 10 minutes
- Hike into the dramatic mountains behind Soller: popular routes include the pilgrims' path through the Barranc de Biniaraix, the 1000m ascent of L'Ofre, and strolls around the lakes of Cuber and Gorg Blau. Hiking poles are available to borrow from reception
- Or wander to one of the lighthouses on the headland for views back to town - and onwards towards Deia
- Don your lycra, hire a bike from the shop next-door to the hotel and pedal off to explore the local area; the hotel has a large bicycle storage space
- Take the scenic wooden train to Palma for a day among the shops, galleries and tapas bars of the island's capital
- Back at the hotel, relax on your terrace, or play some 45s on the old record player in the lounge-bar as you chill out over a cocktail
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
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 heated swimming pool with shallow section for children, 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!
Family friendly accommodation:
Book a Large room (28m2) which has a king bed and queen sofa bed plus space for a baby cot. The Esplendido Suite and the two Garden Terrace Family Suites are also suitable for families as they have separate bedrooms. There are 10 pairs of interconnecting double rooms (among Garden View, Garden Terrace, Sea View and Sea View Terrace categories). There are no twin rooms, so children may have to share the sofabed. 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
- Baby cots
- Baby bedding
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. Kettle in all Large (Family) rooms or upon request for remaining rooms.
Kids Activities on site:
- Heated main pool with kids' shallow section
- Children's spa treatments
- In-room CD-DVD players (1,000 movies available at Reception)
- Beach and pool toys
Kids Activities nearby:
- Safe shallow beach with no current or tide within walking distance
- Boat trips
- Tram rides to Soller
- Hang out with other kids in the central plaza
- Train rides to Palma
- Picnics in the mountains
- Aqualand or Marineland waterparks (both 40 minutes' drive)
Families Should Know:
There are steps around the pool area and some rooms have balconies/terraces that will need a careful eye. Children are not permitted in the infinity pool or the spa pool
- Airport: 35 minutes
- Doctor: 10 minutes
- Supermarket: 400m