“One of Mallorca's best hotels: a stylishly-restored 17th century mansion where original Chagalls and Hockneys blend with authentic local interiors”
Son Net's 31 rooms and suites are all individually decorated with exquisite taste. The most memorable are the Grand Suites - larger than most London apartments - and certainly ranking among the best if not the best rooms on the island.
Our Grand Suite, Maria de Napoles, with its original blue-and-white frescoes, huge shuttered windows, four-poster bed and bright red-and-white striped sofas, was thoroughly decadent and the black marble bathroom with its freestanding bath large enough to satisfy the most demanding celebrity. But if your credit limit won't stretch to a suite, other rooms do not disappoint. All are elegantly equipped with comfortable beds, traditional furniture, spacious wardrobes and gleaming marble bathrooms with underfloor heating, powerful showers, L'Occitane toiletries and big mirrors.
Classic Rooms are on the ground floor with views to the garden. These are the smallest and least expensive rooms, but furnishings are still of the highest quality and bathrooms are spacious and beautiful. Two of these rooms can be connected (useful for families), but there is no room for extra beds.
Superior Rooms are more spacious and mostly on the 1st floor overlooking the pretty courtyard or the countryside. Three are on the ground floor, though, with independent entrance from the garden and a private terrace with wonderful views over the valley and surrounding mountains. These would be our recommendation in this category.
Deluxe Rooms offer the most bang for your buck. Set on the 2nd floor at the top of the building, they are large yet cosy due to their attic-beamed ceilings. They have excellent south-facing views of the pool, village and verdant valley beyond. The best ones are on the corners, including No 35.
Formerly known as 'Grand Suite Villas', the Deluxe Pool Rooms have their own entrance and French doors lead out from the extensive lounge area to a private Jacuzzi (all but one villa) and shared swimming pool. Large marble bathrooms include walk-in shower and oversized bath. Views are of the surrounding mountains and gardens. One room can accommodate an additional bed.
Grand Suites occupy the best locations in the finca, and have large windows and huge living rooms with superb views over the countryside, or private terraces. One even has an antique telescope for star-spotting. Number 22, Jaime III, where Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have stayed, has 2 salons (one with dining table) and stunning blue-and-white floor tiles that were uncovered during the restoration. Room 20, Sancho Primero has 2 queen-sized 4-posters and a magnificent arched terrace overlooking the pool, village and valley.
By special agreement, the Oleum restaurant takes its name from the same internationally acclaimed restaurant in LA. Oleum sets out to reflect the best of local cuisine - in this case a fusion of Mediterranean and Mallorcan. Its setting within the huge centuries-old original olive press, flanked by giant steel fork and knife installations, manages to achieve a clever sense of originality combined with authenticity.
Haute cuisine is on offer in the evening. Dishes are derived largely from fresh local ingredients - such as loin of Mallorcan lamb served with mashed potatoes, glazed pumpkin and licorice and tarragon jus; suckling pig with grilled vegetables scented with lemon, or hake with artichokes, followed by fresh fruit with Cava Sabayon - and accompanied by an impressive wine list, including some of Son Net's own organic Malvasia harvest. There was no obvious veggie option so it would be worth letting the hotel know dietary requirements in advance. Some of the dishes can be rich so choose carefully.
The service can at times be somewhat elaborate but is unquestionably focused. If staying in one of the suites, we would be tempted to spend one evening holed up in your private salon with a good film and room service!
In summer, El Gazebo, an informal outdoor restaurant, is open for lunches of freshly grilled fish and seafood, pasta, and a salad buffet with stunning views of the valley of Puigpunyent.
We enjoyed breakfast the most out of all our meals: the spread, including a sumptuous array of fruits, local hams and cheeses, is beautifully presented and your own chef will be on hand to conjure up a cooked breakfast should you wish.
In winter, afternoon tea accompanied by scones, muffins, plum cakes, fruit cakes and finger sandwiches, is served by a crackling fire.
The Bar Son Net offers cocktails in a cosy setting inside and in summer there is a pool bar, El Mirador which serves tropical milkshakes, cocktails and ice creams.
Children of all ages are welcome. There are no organised activities for kids, but babysitting can be arranged and all except the Classic and Superior rooms have space for an extra bed for a supplement. Superior rooms can fit a baby cot
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
2 of the Classic Rooms can be interconnected for a family (and made up as twins or doubles). One Deluxe Pool room has a private pool and garden, and interconnects with a Superior room. The Suites are all huge and can fit up to 3 rollaway beds + 1 baby cot (or have sofabeds)
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking