“Relaxed harbourside hotel, spa and restaurant on the edge of Palma: Scandinavian simplicity meets Mediterranean deco style”
Views are everything here and room types are defined by where they point - Sea View, Port View or No View (which actually means you can still look out but with no chance of seeing the sea). There are also terraced options on offer.
Whilst the Atico rooftop room (with its outdoor shower, huge terrace and panoramic views) is clearly at the top of the pecking order, our favourite remains the Mediterranean View with Terrace rooms. These are decent sized and you can watch the setting sun and changing colours of the sea from loungers on your terrace.
Regardless of views, all rooms have simple unclutttered styling - even your TV/DVD is discreetly tucked away in a white portholed cabinet. Expect solid Scandinavian comfort - lots of white and blue, sometimes one panel wallpapered with intriguing leafy wallpaper (spot the little men), soft bedlinen, waffle bathrobes, powerful showers and local eco toiletries. The Dux beds are superb and duvets will keep you warm in cooler months, air-conditioning will keep you chilled in summer.
If you want more independence book the Port House Suite, a duplex building adjacent to the main hotel. It is set on 2 floors with a spiral staircase leading to the roof terrace where you can lounge and jump in your Jacuzzi. There's a sofabed in the lounge for kids.
Breakfast is a leisurely affair served until 11.30am and is included in your room rate. Large tables with white tableclothes and aqua glasses are well spaced, allowing you to relax. You get fresh juices (squeeze your own if you like), cheeses, salamis, pastries, fresh fruit, compotes, yogurts and the widest selection of cereals and dried fruits and nuts we've seen in Mallorca. There's also a menu of cooked fare. Take your time: order another coffee, gaze out the window to the pool and sea beyond and linger over the newspapers.
People travel from near and far to dine in the restaurant here as the food is good and the atmosphere relaxed. Typical dishes from the a la carte lunch and dinner menu include red mullet with green risotto and foam of saffron, or ribs with apple and sobrasada tatin. The wine list (mostly local or Spanish) will serve you well without baffling you with endless choices and staff are extremely knowledgeable should you need guidance. If you prefer something lighter there's a spot-on snack menu served beside the bar or alfresco. Many a delicious burger and chips or club sandwich have helped us through a New Year's Day (washed down with hearty Bloody Marys).
If you want to eat out, there's a growing number of local waterside restaurants - ask staff for recommendations.
Every time we've visited there have been a handful of children (well behaved - including our own). The hotel's calm ambiance never seems to be spoilt and children seem to like the pool and lounge area. The long promenade is ideal for pushing a pram or pushchair and there is a small sandy beach nearby.
The best for families of 3-4 are Big Port View, Mediterranean View, Mediterranean View Terrace and Port House Suite, which have a double bed and a comfortable double sofabed (for 1 adult or 2 children). Ask on booking if you want a bath rather than shower. Baby cots are available too and can fit in most rooms
Babysitting in all languages by arrangement. Book at least 24 hours in advance; see rates.
Baby listening/monitors available on request. They work from the bedrooms to the restaurant area so you can enjoy a baby-free dinner.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Food is available all day from the restaurant and there are child-friendly eateries and food shops nearby. The restaurant serves a kids' menu, smaller portions and an early dinner. There is also room service
The swimming pool doesn't have a shallow end (access is via ladders) so it's not great for little ones. There are no stairgates in the duplex Port House Suite. A doctor can visit the hotel if necessary.