Font Santa Hotel

Campos, Eastern Mallorca, Spain Book from Book from £167 per night

A delightful adults-only hotel near beautiful Es Trenc beach, with a gourmet restaurant and a thermal spa
Es Trenc is Mallorca's most famous beach, a glittering long curve of white-silver sand and turquoise water, backed by a peaceful nature reserve with 1,700 species of birds and the dramatic Es Salobrar salt flats. The unspoilt natural beauty of the area is breathtaking, but until recently there wasn't anywhere decent to stay. Happily, this all changed when Font Santa opened its doors. There are hotels and there are uber-hotels, and this one falls firmly into the latter camp - which is why it's been practically full every night since opening, and received rave reviews from its guests.

Calm, clean and serene, its manicured good looks instantly relax you: lavender-lined flowerbeds, white-wicker sitting areas, trickling fountains and hammocks swinging from palm trees. There's a glamorous pool where staff bring you complimentary granitas as you lounge, private jacuzzi areas with double daybeds, and the most amazing thermal spa imaginable. Drawn from Mallorca's only natural hot springs, the 38-degree water powers a circuit with individual bath rooms, an indoor pool, jacuzzi and vaporium, and is said to be theraputic thanks to its mineral-rich content. It was once a pilgrimage site for locals; today it's a more refined set-up but people flock here nonetheless. And when you've cycled to the beach (10 mins) and basked, steamed and scrubbed, there can be no better place to spend your evenings than the gourmet restaurant. We're still in awe.

Highs

  • The 36 pared-back rooms, with their light and white décor, hugely comfy beds and lovely bathrooms. All have private outdoor space with loungers
  • The food is superb - imaginative, delicious and well priced. Dinner was one of the best meals we've ever had
  • Service is friendly and efficient; there's always someone around but it never feels intrusive
  • Entry to the spa's thermal circuit is included in your room rate (excludes individual thermal baths and hand/feet baths)
  • Adults only, so perfect for a romantic holiday

Lows

  • Not cheap, but everything is top quality
  • Some traffic noise from the nearby road
  • The hotel was still in its infancy when we stayed so a few areas need refining, eg our terrace, which was a concrete space with loungers; some potted plants would've hidden the ugly air con
  • The water in our tea tasted salty

Best time to go

The hotel is open from March-mid November every year. Most people visit between April and September, but we went in October and it was glorious.

Our top tips

  • Take a guided tour of the local salt mounds, learn about their history and do tastings in the Flor de Sal factory (free for Font Santa guests)
  • Take a boat trip through Mondrago National Park to amazing unspoilt coves, including the secret beach of S'Amador, which has transparent waters and pine trees
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Foodie
    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    Spa
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 36
    • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
    • Adults only
    • Open all year
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    • Bicycles Available
    Room:

    Rooms

    The 36 rooms are all similar in style, spread between the main building and a separate wing in the garden. If you want more space indoors and out, book a more expensive room, but the smaller rooms are just as nice if you're OK with compact living. See the Rates page for detailed information on each room type.

    Décor is mainly white, with accents of taupe and beige but very few bright or dark colours, so each room feels like a mini sanctuary - our first impression of our Junior Suite was a sun-filled, peaceful space, ideal for relaxing in. We loved the floor-to-ceiling windows and the original beamed wooden ceilings (the building was once a finca). And it was great to have a sunny terrace with loungers, though it felt a little concrete and urban and would have benefitted from some potted plants.

    Beds are vast, piled high with pillows and light duvets. Some have four-posters and draped curtains - super romantic. Bathrooms are shower only, but we're talking a big walk-in rain shower with lovely extras: Bulgari toiletries, thick robes, flipflops, hairbrushes.

    This level of thoughtful detail continues in the rooms - you get little reading spotlights, complimentary water, daily weather reports and a turndown service while you're out at dinner. A vast (perhaps too big) plasma TV covers one wall, and while there's only 1 English satellite channel, there's a hard drive of 10 English-language movies to watch.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Fruit bowl
    • Hairdryer
    • Loungers
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Movie library
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi

    Eating

    Font Santa's food is superb, a reason in itself for staying here. The restaurant is an intimate space, with an original arched brick ceiling, well-spaced tables dressed in smart linens and lit with candles, and chilled music playing. Service is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed.

    We kicked off our meal with delicious cocktails - a Hibiscus Royal for me, flavoured with hibiscus-scented salt from the nearby flats. My husband loved the Horse's Neck (bourbon and ginger ale), and there's an interesting range of non-alcoholic options if you're here on a babymoon.

    We started dinner with warm olive bread, Pollensan olive oil and local salt flavoured with herbs; simple but fantastic. For starters I had reindeer carpaccio with caramelised onion, mustard and capers vinagarette; melt-in-the-mouth stuff, though my husband's smoked salmon salad with warm Balearic citrus vinagarette and apple was possibly even better. For mains I loved the monkfish with herbaceous rice and shellfish sauce, and the traditional suckling pig was delicious, served with pears in balsamic on garlic puree with rosemary and thyme. Both were perfectly complemented by the wine suggested to us by the sommelier: a Fillboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 88 - smooth with a real depth of flavour.

    Dessert was a foamy passion-fruit custard with chocolate and biscuit ice cream - an exquisite puff of air and coconut, incredibly light. My husband adored his white-chocolate mousse with figs, and our recommended pudding wine was wonderful. As we left, we were presented with a plate of incredible petits fours, which we took back to our room and devoured. All in all, one of the best meals we've ever had.

    We'd expected breakfast to be a bit of a comedown, but it was in a league of its own, an enormous buffet with 6 different meats, several cheeses, ripe tomatoes with flavoured salts (the Mediterranean was the best), and homemade jams for the pastries. There were jugs of fresh pineappple and peach juice, and although we couldn't manage one, the hot options including honey crepes or Iberian ham with scrambled eggs sounded delicious.

    There's an all-day snack menu and room service, plus tapas and live jazz on Sunday nights in the restaurant, but should you want a change of scene, there are beach bars and restaurants on Es Trenc, and reception can recommend eateries in Colonia de Sant Jordi (5km).

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Organic produce
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    • Snack menu
    • Vegetarian menu
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Head to the spa for a free thermal circuit in the mineral-rich, healing natural waters. It's a huge space with a vaporium, a jacuzzi, a hot-water pool, a relaxation room, sauna, steam room and toning zone with shower cube. You can also have individual thermal baths or hand and foot baths (extra cost). You'll be talked through your circuit and there are free juices and snacks should you need refreshment halfway through

    • Indulge in a treatment. There are various massages, including a 4-hand thermal rubdown, a hot-stone massage, and a couples' treatment. Or try exfoliation with sea salts then a regenerative mud wrap, a Mineromedicinal facial or a seaweed body wrap. There's an Ayurvedic doctor for health consultations, who can devise bespoke programmes

    • Borrow a bike and cycle to Es Trenc beach. You can do boat trips, walk along the white sand or just hire a lounger and marvel at the turquoise water

    • Hike to the lighthouse of Cap de Ses Salines past beautiful wild beaches (12km), horse-ride through the countryside, or cycle along the coastal path that links Ses Salines and the Cap Blanc

    • The Es Salobrar de Campos nature reserve that backs Es Trenc is an extraordinary wildlife habitat, with seawater pools and over 1,700 species of bird; bring binoculars

    • Visit the archipelago of Cabrera, a national park with mountains for walking and sea meadows for scuba diving

    • There are weekly markets in Campos and Santanyi, where you can buy handicrafts (we got some great hand puppets for babies), local produce and clothes

    • The old fishing village of Colonia de Sant Jordi (5km away) is popular with Mallorquín families and has some good restaurants

    • Play golf on the nearby course (15km away), windsurf or charter a yacht; reception can arrange

    • Laze by the pool or by a private jacuzzi with a double daybed

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Horse-riding
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Windsurfing

    Kids

    No children are allowed.

    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    9/10
    Food
    9/10
    Service
    9/10
    Value
    9/10
    Overall

    Fontsanta is a wonderful place - a haven of peace and tranquility, with wonderful staff and superb facilities. The restaurant is excellent, and the thermal spa is a great treat. Lots of beautiful bird species in the surrounding salt flats - take binoculars! It's pricey, though - I need to find a special occasion to justify a return visit.

    10/10,

    Excellent in every way

    10/10,

    Staff so helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Amazing grounds and pool. Best loungers ever. Great breakfasts lovely comfortable beds and huge rooms. Loved the showers.
    Air con not efficient enough in hottest months. Had to ask for a fan in the end. Only negative point during whole stay.

    9/10,

    Wonderful food, charming staff, excellent facilities.

    10/10,

    Wonderful place in beautiful setting. Very quiet and relaxing which is just what we wanted. Pool attendants and some of the waiting staff could perhaps do with more training...

    9/10,

    Our stay was fantastic, staff very polite and professional. We stayed in room 53 and I would say it's a good room to choose if you get a choice, on the first floor of a separate building with 6 junior suites with balconies facing towards the sunset so you can enjoy the sunset from your own private sun lounger!
    Service at the hotel & restaurant is immaculate and I would recommend anyone to stay there and although it's on the pricier side they make it feel worth it. Free water, fresh fruit anytime and chocolate for turndown service is a nice touch.
    Breakfast was great quality and variety. We had dinner at the restaurant 3x and although the food quality is excellent they tend to overlook the meat and fish a little. Once we requested to have it cooked a little less (to medium rather than well done) it was fabulous!
    The restaurant across the road is really brilliant. Serving simple but excellent food in a rustic style with a lot of grilled meats and fresh local fish. They have a huge outdoor open fire grill but it was rather quiet when we went so they cooked inside.

    10/10,

    A little disappointing - this is not a 5 star hotel and not for a lone traveller! My room was excellent - although expensive. Food was good but restaurant lacked ambiance. This is a hotel for couples...the only lively evening was jazz and tapas on the Sunday. The beach is more than 10 minutes by bicycle and also road/lane there v. busy - so not safe to cycle with bags - you have to take everything with you. I had to get taxi at 14 euros each way - beach v. crowded for October - and another 13 euros for sun lounger - then lunch at v. busy but friendly restaurant! Hotel has 2 pools and plenty of sun loungers but no staff to look after them. Mattresses left out overnight when it rained so that guests have to lie on damp sunbeds. Not ideal - they need to address this. Breakfast also a little disappointing - I don't know why they could not provide French baguettes each day instead of on only 2 mornings. I do not eat black rye bread! Very limited supply of croissants as well. Guests should not to have to ask for these. Hence my comments about not 5 star. However Spa was excellent and I couldn't fault the service there - also had 2 yoga sessions that were great. Staff on reception also v. helpful. Overall rating for this hotel is only 3 - sorry about this - I won't re-visit.

    8/10,

    Loved the chilled out relaxed vibe at the hotel. The design is minimalist but contemporary and warm. The reception desk could do with more staff at busy times.

    8/10,

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