“Urban chic meets rural idyll - a design hotel with gourmet restaurant, pool and spa set in a tranquil valley near Pollenca”
Forget any notion of kipping down in a monk's cell. All 23 rooms and suites are slick, designer luxe with silky sheets, kingsize beds, original artwork, Bang & Olufsen technology and groovy bathrooms.
Bedrooms are contemporary design: headrests with natural linen covers, unfussy bedside tables, Scandinavian chairs and dark concrete flooring softened by creamy-white rugs. Shuttered windows and exposed wooden beams hint at the past. They are spacious, well lit and most have views out to pool or countryside. If you opt for one of the suites with terrace you're in for a treat as these have even more space and the best views of the valley. We were lucky enough to stay in one of these in 2012 and loved it. The Junior Suite with Terrace has an outdoor Jacuzzi, too.
The spoiling touches are excellent. i-escape guests are greeted with a bottle of complimentary cava on arrival, you'll find a pillow menu, bowls of the estate's own cherries and almonds, even make-up wipes! For a little extra you can have 100% linen sheets.
It's easy to linger in the bathrooms. Step through and your sound system follows you in. Whip off your slippers and bathrobe and experience the large powerful walk-in shower. If you want to take it lying down, most of the larger rooms have a Jacuzzi bath with more jets than is decent. Beside the 'his 'n' her' sinks, you'll find an array of ginseng and macadamia lotions and potions: they smell wonderful and come in generous measures.
Rooms all have air con and individual heating, safe, B&O TV and DVD player (there's a list for you to borrow from), B&O sound system, 3 phones and WiFi. Oh, and a hairdryer for when you finally leave the bathroom.
Son Brull takes its food seriously, particularly at its restaurant 365. Classic Mallorcan cuisine is turned into delicately presented modern dishes, using cherries, almonds, citrus fruits and artichokes harvested on-site. Expect white linen tablecloths, black banquettes and sparkling glassware. When the evenings are warm, dine outside by the candlelit pool.
A couple of skillfully stirred Mojitos in the former oil-pressing room set us up nicely for a late dinner. You get olive oil and bread to start (they pick 2 types of their homemade oils each day). The menu changes frequently, and if you choose the degustacion menu, you'll be making a night of it. We did, and started with foie gras, liquorice bread, tuna vollatine, then spider crab ravioli, arugula and passion fruit. And that was just 2 of the 7 courses. Later, our sea bream with bouillabaisse mousse and spiced pigeon with orange sauce and Ceylon tea were near perfection.
During the day, or night for that matter, they have a snack menu ranging from mixed salads, club sandwiches, marinated salmon and guacamole to paella and catch of the day. They also have tapas on offer all day in the bar.
For breakfast a substantial buffet's laid out with fresh juices, muesli, yogurt, their own cherries, strawberries, melon, hams, cheeses and croissants; and they'll bring you cooked breakfast if you want it. Our large cafetiere of coffee was bang on.
If you want to eat out, try Clivia on Avenida Pollença (good traditional Iberian fish and pork dishes, closed Mondays) or La Font del Gall (more contemporary French-style cuisine) and La Fonda (excellent value Mallorquin food in low vaulted rooms); all are a 5-minute drive away in Pollença Old Town.
Children are welcome and cots, extra beds and babysitting can be arranged (extra cost). However, apart from the pool, there aren't any special facilities for kids. On the whole this is an adult retreat.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby listening/monitors available on request
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking