“A dreamily romantic hotel in a gorgeous country setting, with big views, gourmet food and a heated pool”
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.
The food at Son Jaumell is sublime; the restaurant is not actually owned by the hotel, but it is housed within it. As you'd expect from a former El Bulli chef, it's gastronomic with an emphasis on local produce and beautiful presentation. Meals are served in the L-shaped dining room, with its original arched stove ceilings and lovely modern lighting, or out on the terrace when it's warm. Service is quietly terrific.
For dinner we tried the tasting menu, and cannot recommend it highly enough (if you're on a budget, the daily changing set menu is excellent value). 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, pine nuts and a pumpkin foam; paprika beef with a potato stack; a dreamy cheesecake; then apricot ice cream with shortbread biscuits. If you'd prefer à la carte, expect the likes of turbot tiradito with pistachio, praline and pear, or seabream stew with a potato and hazelnut fondant. The wine list (which comes on an iPad) is great, offering lots of local wines at very affordable prices. Do note that the restaurant is often full so advance booking is advised.
Breakfast the next morning 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.
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)
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.