“A dreamily romantic hotel in a gorgeous country setting, with big views, gourmet food and a heated pool”
Surrounded by almond groves, the utter peacefulness of the place is its main attraction, but close behind are the exceptional food, the beautiful bedrooms and a sparkling pool lined with double daybeds. It's hard to tear yourself away, but do so for an afternoon; borrow a bike, cycle down country lanes to a hidden beach then swim in turquoise seas or bask on the golden sand with a cold beer. Heaven.
- Lazy days that fall into an easy rhythm of reading, strolling, siestas and delicious meals. We already dream of returning for longer
- Stunning food at the 2 restaurants: an inventive Michelin-starred hotspot and a casual bistro, both headed by the illustrious Andreu Genestra
- Just 24 unique bedrooms: some have terraces, others loads of indoor space but all have robes, hydro-massage tubs, Aveda toiletries and a huge bed
- The utter peace - all you really hear is the tinkling of goats' bells from nearby fields
- Kind staff create a relaxed atmosphere
- Expensive, and for this price some would expect a cooked breakfast and turndown service
- There are only a handful of loungers and bikes to borrow, so during high season you need get there early
- You need to book your table in the restaurants in advance, and there are no other eateries within walking distance
- Some rooms have open-plan bedroom-bathroom layouts (although toilets are always in a little cubicle)
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurants and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
Son Jaumell's 24 rooms are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen. Each is unique in design, but the general trends are Mallorquín rustic: whitest of white linens on enormous beds, banks of plump pillows, striped or dotted cushions, taupe armchairs, parquet flooring, billowing white curtains and locally handwoven baskets.
Many rooms have their bathroom incorporated into the room in an open-plan design, though your toilet and walk-in shower are in little cubicles. We loved our deep hydro-massage bathtub, Aveda toiletries, fluffy robes and the funky tree trunk table and bamboo towel ladder.
We've been asked not to recommend specific rooms, but we can't resist mentioning the so-called Honeymoon room, which has a stunning exposed brick wall, and a private terrace leading onto woodland out the back, which gets lit up at night. In general, Junior Suites are spacious, Garden Suites are the same as a Junior inside, but with a terrace or garden with loungers and a table, and Grand Suites are simply enormous with a separate living room. If there's something specific you prefer (a view, a ground-floor room) just ask, and they'll do their best to give you what you want.
We had a gorgeous first-floor Garden Suite, and loved our massive terrace with its big views out to the mountains and over the pool. We lounged on the loungers, lolled on a double beanbag, and sat at the table to play cards. Though we did experience some noise from the communal areas in the morning, we slept like logs, ridiculously comfortable in our enormous bed.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Pool towels
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
The food at Son Jaumell’s two restaurants is sublime; both are masterminded by Mallorquin chef Andreu Genestra. The first is a Michelin-starred restaurant; the second is pergola-shaded bistro Senzill. As you'd expect from a former El Bulli chef, both restaurants have an emphasis on local produce and beautiful presentation. Service is quietly terrific; the wine lists are excellent and affordable.
For dinner at Andreu Genestra, we recommend the tasting menu. We began with an acai berry cocktail, then lingered through a selection of amazing, unusual combinations: seared tuna with beetroot and cauliflower purée; hake with raisins, apricot ice cream with shortbread biscuits. Understandably, booking your table well in advance is advised.
Smart-casual bistro Senzill is very reasonably priced and has a suitably colourful and fresh menu. We loved the stir-fried squid with creamed pumpkin, as well as the grilled avocado and burrata salad - perfect with a couple of Aperol spritzes.
Breakfast was less inventive, but an absolute treat nonetheless. An enormous buffet of salamis, local cheeses and wonderful yoghurts sits alongside slices of melon and pineapple, kiwi jam, fresh peach juice, and Cava for that celebratory holiday mood!
If you want a change of scene, try Noah’s (pizza, pasta and live music) and Restaurante C'an Maya (fine dining), both at at Cala Ratjada.
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Organic produce
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Laze on a cushioned double daybed by the heated pool, which is lined with microcement so the colour changes throughout the day, mirroring the weather. There are also hammocks and single 1850s beds, rescued from a local monastery and re-upholstered as loungers
- Borrow a bike and cycle down the country lanes to a little beach (Cala Agulla, 2.5km) with golden sands and blue, blue seas. If you fancy a longer ride, ask reception to give you a map of local routes
- Or borrow Nordic walking sticks from the hotel and hike through Llevant Natural Park, or to unspoilt beaches, harbours, chapels or ruins of a prehistoric house; reception can give you maps
- Head into Capdepera and visit its 14th-century walled castle, Wednesday market and little eateries. The area outside the town is dotted with caves and archaeological sites, the earliest settlements to be discovered on Mallorca
- The ancient hilltown of Arta is close, with its hilltop cathedral, dramatic caves and panoramics of the Serres de Llevant mountains
- There are award-winning wineries with ecological wines nearby
- Play golf or tennis, or go fishing, diving and sailing from Cala Rajada's marina
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Families are welcome, though in truth it feels more like an adult retreat. Extra beds (supplementary cost) and baby cots (free) are available.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Junior Suites and Garden Suites can each fit 1 baby cot or rollaway bed; the Grand Suites can fit 2 cots or beds subject to availability.