Son Jaumell

near Capdepera, Eastern Mallorca, Spain
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Son Jaumell

near Capdepera, Eastern Mallorca, Spain

A dreamily serene, laid-back hotel in a gorgeous country setting, with big views, fab food and a heated pool

A dreamily serene, laid-back hotel in a gorgeous country setting, with big views, fab food and a heated pool

If you want to get away from Mallorca's crowds, this is where to go. Set just outside pretty Capdepera on the island's northeast tip, Son Jaumell lies in a rugged spot among almond groves, vineyards (they produce their own wine), ancient oak trees and rolling hills. Once a country estate dating back to the 14th 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.

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 the gorgeous 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 in a pretty setting at the Bistro Senzill
  • Just 24 unique rooms: some have terraces, others loads of indoor space, but all have robes and hydro-massage tubs
  • The utter peace - all you really hear is the tinkling of goats' bells from nearby fields
  • Kind staff create a relaxed atmosphere that suits couples or families with well-behaved kids

Lows

  • 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 restaurant 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)
  • The local resort town of Cala Ratjada has a bit of a party vibe, and the beach can get noisy (but it's a stunner)

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 15-18C it's perfect for walking and visiting cultural sights. Mallorca is famous for February’s spectacular display of almond blossom.

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 and admiring the beautiful old chapel (where massages can be arranged). Afterwards, refresh at the poolside bar, perfect for a cheeky glass of blanco in the midday sun.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Foodie
Romantic
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 24 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 3 Nov 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Son Jaumell's 24 rooms are cool, calm and beautiful. 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. You get a free beach and toiletry bag too, and free chocolates at turndown.

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, Rerum Natura toiletries, fluffy robes and the funky tree-trunk table and bamboo towel ladder.

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, interconnecting rooms) 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 slouched 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
  • Cots available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Pool towels
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The food at Son Jaumell's Bistro Senzill is sublime, masterminded by Mallorquin chef Andreu Genestra. The leafy, parasol-shaded terrace is a pretty spot to dine in, while the indoor area is more simple and understated. Food has an emphasis on local produce and beautiful presentation. We were amazed by all the bespoke crockery used to present dishes: papier-mache-style bowls to serve beef tartare or pumpkin ravioli, and a misshapen granite rock topped with complimentary truffles to end the meal. Service is quietly terrific; the wine lists are excellent and affordable.

Lunch is served at the pergola-shaded bar area by the pool, with lots of light Mediterranean options like fish tacos on the menu. Breakfast was less inventive but an absolute treat nonetheless. A buffet of salamis, local cheeses, cakes and wonderful yoghurts sits alongside a juicer for DIY orange juice, and even Cava for that celebratory holiday mood! Eggs any way are cooked to order, other hot options cost extra. One morning, our breakfast was accompanied by live acoustic guitar music - a lovely touch!

If you want a change of scene, there's Noah’s (pizza, pasta and live music) and a bunch of seafood restaurants in Cala Ratjada, but we'd recommend heading to Arta as it's more attractive and less crowded. Staff have plenty of recommendations in the area.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee maker
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian options
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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
  • For further relaxation, there are regular yoga classes, and massages can be arranged in the old chapel
  • 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 Ratjada's marina

Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

Despite the sophisticated vibe, Son Jaumell is popular with families. It's one of few upmarket rural hotels that accepts children, and the flexible, laid-back approach works well when you've got kids in tow. Some rooms can interconnect, the pool is fairly shallow, and a kids menu is available on request. Just be aware that it's a serene place, so not one for noisy kids.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Some Junior Suites and Junior Suite Gardens can interconnect. Most rooms can fit 1 baby cot or rollaway bed; the Grand Suites can fit 2 cots or beds, subject to availability.

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

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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.

From the Airport:
You can take a taxi here, 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.

Airports:

  • Palma 77.0 km PMI

Other:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
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10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
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