Son Jaumell

near Capdepera, Eastern Mallorca, Spain Book from Book from £220 per night

A dreamily romantic hotel in a gorgeous country setting, with big views, gourmet food and a heated pool
Upon check-out, a recent guest told Son Jaumell's manager that he'd stayed for a weekend but felt as relaxed as if he'd stayed for 2 weeks. A very high accolade for any hotel, yet as soon as we arrived, we could see why. Set just outside pretty Capdepera on the unspoilt northeast tip of Mallorca, Son Jaumell is a total winner. Once a country estate dating back to the 17th century - the old stomping ground remains and is now a protected heritage site - the original finca has been sensitively restored and updated. Its design is immaculate: clean and fresh with white linens, blue-green shutters, plump taupe sofas and an amazing modern art collection throughout, all by Mallorquín artists. There are handblown green glass lamps, beautiful sculptures, earthy pots of lavender, and everyone who works here smiles.

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.

Highs

  • 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 rooms: some have terraces, others loads of indoor space but all have robes, hydro-massage tubs and Aveda toiletries
  • The utter peace - all you really hear is the tinkling of goats' bells from nearby fields
  • Kind staff create a relaxed atmosphere

Lows

  • 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)

Best time to go

March-June and September-November are the best months for sunny weather without it being too hot. In winter, the countryside is lush and green and with an average temperature of 60-65F it's perfect for walking and visiting cultural sights. Mallorca is famous for February’s spectacular display of almond blossom. The hotel is open all year.

Our top tips

The walls of the hotel display a fabulous modern art collection by Mallorquín artists. In the lovely communal lounge, there are coffee table books, detailing each of their lives and works. We also loved hearing about the finca's history: admiring the enormous old wine cellar, the beautiful old chapel, the Bronze Age caves and the ancient stomping ground out front. Afterwards, refresh at the bijou poolside honesty bar, perfect for a cheeky glass of blanco in the midday sun.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 24
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 11 Dec 2018 - 4 Apr 2019
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Jacuzzi
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Grand Suite

Rooms

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 bathrooms 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, Junior Suite Gardens 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 separate living rooms. 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 Junior Suite Garden, 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Jacuzzi
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Pool towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Families are welcome, though in truth it feels more like an adult retreat. Extra beds (supplementary cost) and baby cots (free) are available.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Junior Suites and Junior Suite Gardens can each fit 1 baby cot or rollaway bed; the Grand Suites can fit 2 cots or beds subject to availability.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Son Jaumell is located on the eastern tip of the island, just outside Capdepera and close to the ancient town of Arta.

By Air:
Fly to Palma (77km). Son Jaumell is an 85-minute drive from here. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving Palma airport.

From the Airport
You can take a taxi here - see Rates - but if you plan to explore the island, we'd recommend that you hire a car (see below).

By Car:
See our car rental recommendations. There's a free car park at the hotel.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Mallorca and getting around

Airports:

  • Palma 77.0 km PMI

Other:

  • Beach 2.5 km
  • Shops 3.0 km
  • Restaurant 4.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
7/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Generally, really excellent in all areas! Some minor improvements would make it even better. We found the service to be occasionally slow (at busy times) and the coffee a little bit poor. Otherwise we had a great stay!

8/10,

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