German design meets Moroccan riad in a charming Mallorcan market town: 2 lovely houses (sleeping 6 & 8), with beaches nearby”
By happy coincidence, it's also home to 2 beautifully restored and lovingly decorated townhouses, owned by German-born (but locally resident) architect-designer duo Maren and Peter Oehm. They poured their heart and soul into the project, and it shows. Moon House has gorgeous bespoke bathtubs made of smooth marmolina; Sea House has huge pastel artworks by Maren herself; both have airy beamed ceilings and witty chandeliers and box-sprung mattresses. Whichever you choose, you get 3 bedrooms, a high-spec kitchen, a cool indoor living-dining space, and - jewel in the crown - a secluded internal courtyard shaded by a palm or quince tree, with a gurgling plunge pool and plenty of outdoor furniture for lazy lounging. Chic, bohemian village life at its Mallorcan best.
- We loved the stylish interiors of Moon House: linen-dressed beds and gorgeous Moroccan lamps under lime-washed beams
- Sea House is more homely - perfect for a family with younger kids, plus a separate granny flat if you want to bring the grandparents
- Both have lovely terraces for sunbathing, a plunge pool for cooling off in, and alfresco dining
- Kitchens are, as you might expect, very high quality; and there are great restaurants along the road if you're feeling lazy
- You're 5km from the family-friendly sands of Cala Santanyi, and the cliff-ringed turquoise waters of Cala s'Almunia
- These are typical Mallorcan townhouses: quite dark, with no real garden, set on a (quiet) lane
- The plunge pools are small: for dipping rather than swimming
- If you're coming with friends, be aware that most bedrooms are doubles (not twins)
- The nearby beaches can get extremely busy in summer; plans are afoot to restrict car access
- There's a minimum 4-night stay (but arrival and departure days are flexible); and be aware that cleaning is charged separately
Best time to go
Our top tips
To avoid traffic restrictions, ask Maren about the hourly shuttle bus from Santanyi to Cala d'Es Moro. Or follow the small coastal trail from the end of Cami de Cala Llombards.”
- Boutique rentals
- 2 houses (1 sleeps 6, 1 sleeps 6-8)
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Plunge Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
The beautiful boutique townhouses are similar in size (3 bedrooms) and layout (living spaces downstairs, bedrooms upstairs). Both have a rear-facing courtyard with plunge pool and outdoor seating, and are located a few blocks from Santanyi's pedestrianised centre.
Moon House (sleeps up to 6) - the more recent conversion - is sleeker and chicer, with a palette of creams, honeyed stone and lime-washed beams. Its gorgeous bespoke basins and tubs are made of smooth marmolina (poured marble and alabaster dust). Punched pewter lamps and latticed cupboard doors lend a hint of nearby Morocco. One bedroom has 3 windows over the street, a second has a private sunbathing terrace, while the third lies up its own (quite steep) staircase. All 3 are doubles, with ensuite bathrooms. Downstairs, the lovely living spaces flow into one another: kitchen - dining - sitting room (dark but cool). But you'll probably spend more time outside, lazing on the cushioned bench seats around the semi-recessed plunge pool. We think it's perfect for 2-3 couples or a family with older kids.
Sea House (sleeps up to 8) is slightly more bohemian and less 'designer', suited to a family with younger children or with grandparents in tow (there's a separate 'granny flat' across the courtyard). The open-plan living-dining room is bigger and brighter, with orange accents, well-stocked book shelves and a spidery wrought-iron lamp. French windows open onto a slightly larger courtyard, shaded by a palm tree. One bedroom (the only twin) is also downstairs, with a huge seascape canvas, and a shower room next door. Upstairs, under sloping eaves, are 2 pretty double bedrooms with cream walls, a glimpse of stone, sun-shaped gold mirrors and loads of storage space. These share a bathroom (tub and separate wetroom) and a lovely, spacious terrace with yin-and-yang sun loungers. This is where we spent our evenings, catching the sun's last rays and smiling at roof-level neighbours as they hung up their washing.
- Beach towels
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Plunge pool
- Satellite TV
- Washing machine
Both houses have a well-equipped kitchen: hob, oven, large fridge, toaster, coffee machine, plenty of pans and plates, sharp knives and (my litmus tests) egg cups and ice trays. Everything worked like a charm, and the ornate chandeliers (one with blown-glass red peppers dangling among the beads) add warmth.
Caretaker Barbara provides some bottled water (tap water is brackish), coffee, tea and wine to start you off; for your main shop, it's a 3-5 minute drive to Santanyi's 2 supermarkets. Top up at delightful bakeries and Mallorcan delis nearby, or the vibrant market (Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Also on your doorstep are several great little restaurants, including trendy Goli, and the chilled-out Llum de Sal, where we enjoyed homemade lemonade mocktails, superb sushi and Bossa Nova soundtracks. Maren also anticipates great things from the re-invented Sa Cova on the Placa Major: top tapas, buzzy vibes, live music.
- Chef on request
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Shopping service
- You've 3 gorgeous coves within 5km: sandy, family-friendly Cala Santanyi has watersports, beach bars and volleyball; fjord-like Cala Figuera draws crowds for its azure, pine-fringed waters and traditional wooden boats; idyllic, cliff-ringed Cala s'Almunia has the most sparkling seas, but barely enough space to lay your towel
- Near yachty Cala d'Or are a golf course and more tiny white-sand beaches, popular with Germans
- To escape the crowds, follow the coastal path southwest from Cala s'Almonia towards the lighthouse of Ses Salines: rugged cliffs and turquoise waters of almost Maldivian luminescence
- Or head inland to Moorish Santueri Castle (you can drive almost all the way), sitting atop a 400m peak with eagle-eye views over a tapestry of almond groves, pine woods and glistening villas
- Leave time to browse the arty boutiques of Santanyi, and the church of Sant Andreu; we liked of D-Tres (fashion, handbags, jewellery), Cult (boho clothing and shoes), and the ubiquitous colourfully glazed pottery
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Both houses are well suited to a family of 4-6, with 3 bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a courtyard garden with plunge pool. Sea House has an additional 'tower' bedroom across the courtyard if you want to bring the parents or in-laws, but preserve a bit of space. You'll need to bring toys, books and children's equipment, though.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Moon House has 3 double bedrooms; Sea House has 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom (plus the additional room)
- High chair
- Baby cot
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Families Should Know:
Parents of toddlers should be aware that there are no guards on the stairs or around the plunge pool. Mallorca can get extremely hot in summer.
- Airport: 45 mins (Palma)
- Supermarket: 3 mins' drive
- Health Clinic (German-run): 3 mins' drive
The houses are located in the town of Santanyí, in southeast Mallorca, 5km from the coast.
Fly into Palma (50km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport:
You'll probably want a car, in order to explore the area. Hire cars are very cheap - but see our car rental recommendations. You can normally park for free on the street near the houses. Some of Santanyí's lanes are quite narrow; you might struggle in a large 4x4.
Detailed directions are provided when the booking is confirmed through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Mallorca and getting around
- Palma de Mallorca 50.0 km PMI
- Beach 5.0 km
- Shops 0.3 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km