Son Palou

Orient, Soller & Mountains, Spain Book from Book from £116 per night

Small, stylish agroturismo hotel and villa for 2-4 set amongst lush grounds in Orient, a tiny village surrounded by gorgeous scenery
Mallorca has dozens of agroturismo properties - old farmhouses that have been converted into small rural hotels. We've checked out many of them, but Son Palou stands out from the crowd. Hidden away in the unspoilt Orient Valley in the northwest, this 14th-century finca is still owned by the Coloms, the same Mallorquin family who have farmed the land for generations. There are just 14 bedrooms featuring antique wooden beds, sleek bathrooms (some with Jacuzzis) and superb views, and a villa for 2-4 with its own pool.

This is an ideal place to recharge your batteries: laze in the garden by the main infinity pool admiring the vistas, dine on fresh organic produce (the hotel is surrounded by apple and cherry orchards), have a massage or go hiking, riding or biking in the surrounding Tramuntana Mountains. Inside there are cosy sitting rooms, an honesty bar and billiard and card tables. Couples will hardly be able to tear themselves away to explore the nearest beaches (Soller), which are all within 30 minutes' driving.

Highs

  • Fabulous mountain and valley views
  • Relaxing, peaceful and tranquil atmosphere with lots of pretty nooks for hiding away
  • A good-sized swimming pool set grounds, plus 150 hectare estate of orchards, trails and its own waterfall
  • The charming Colom family are incredibly welcoming
  • Dinner, a daily-changing menu of Mediterranean dishes, is exceptional

Lows

  • Off-the-beaten-track location (a high for some); hiring a car is a must
  • Don't expect a hectic nightlife - Orient is tiny but it does have a couple of other restaurants and a bar
  • It gets booked up months in advance by returning guests
  • The valley has its own microclimate: it can be cloudier in winter compared to the rest of the island, but thankfully slightly cooler in mid-summer
  • You’ll struggle to return to reality!

Best time to go

Any time - April/May and September/October are best for hiking. June is usually warm but not too hot. July and August are the hottest months (though this valley is cooler than the rest of the island) when you will be able to laze by the pool. The hotel is closed in winter from end November to beginning February.

Our top tips

The hotel makes a wonderful contrast to a couple of nights in Palma. Stay long enough to allow for R&R and some time exploring the beautiful scenery - as well as suggesting walking routes, staff can provide mountain bikes and arrange horse-riding trips, so there are plenty of ways to get out and about.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 14 rooms + 1 villa for 2-4
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages accepted
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Snooker Table
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The hotel bedrooms are fresh and elegant, mixing traditional Mallorquin antiques and furnishings (beamed ceilings, terracotta-tiled floors, and wooden beds) with contemporary details (cream fabrics, crisp bed linen and up-to-the-minute bathrooms decked out in travertine marble and polished stucco walls). Rooms come in a range of sizes - some have balconies, others whirlpool tubs - but all are gorgeous and comfortable.

Our favourite rooms are the ones with terraces in particular Superior Double #2 in the main house, which has a sweeping vista of the valley, and the Junior Suites #9-15 which are set in the garden, each with their own patio. For families, Superior Double #8, with its adjoining single room, is a good choice, though it's a bit dark.

There's also a self-catering 2-bedroom villa set 800m from the main finca. We're yet to see it for ourselves, but it looks to be more modern in decor and has the added advantage of a full kitchen and private swimming pool.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace

Eating

Breakfast and dinner are served in a lovely dining room with high beamed ceilings, stone arches and white-washed walls or outside in a very pretty flower-filled courtyard. A simple morning buffet of cereal, fruit, yoghurt, bread, cold cuts, cheese, home-made cake and delicious freshly-squeezed orange juice is laid out for guests. Sandwiches, salads and drinks are offered during the day.

In the evening, a simple 3-course dinner menu (2 choices for each course and changed daily), offers typical Mallorquin home-cooking based on fresh local produce. Perhaps a Fish Soup or Goat's Cheese Salad followed by Hake with Aubergine and Tomatoes or Roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Vegetables, and Pears Belle Helene or Orange Sorbet for desert. You must order dinner in the morning as they buy the ingredients fresh from the market each day. Villa guests are welcome to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main hotel, or delivered to their villa (all extra cost).

Guests can relax before or after dinner with a drink from the honesty bar in one of the comfortable sitting rooms (one still houses the huge original olive press).

Orient has a couple of simple restaurants and bars, less than a 5-minute walk away. Alternatively, there are two smart hotel restaurants - L'Hermitage and S'Olivaret which serve good modern Mediterranean cuisine and are both less than a 10-minute drive away.

Features include:

  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Go hiking to Son Palou's own waterfall, or to the hilltop ruins, where charcoal was produced centuries ago. The hotel has a list of walking excursions starting from the hotel and ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours
  • Soothe tired muscles with an aromatherapy massage or pamper yourself with a one of the visiting therapist's beauty treatments - from a manicure to a full body peeling with sea salt and almond oil.
  • Visit the ruins of the Moorish Castell de Alaró a 10 minute drive, followed by a 1 hr steep uphill hike and back down for a fine lunch of slow-cooked lamb at Es Verger
  • Scenic drives - the stretch of road from Buñola to Orient is quiet and very beautiful; the Soller-Deia-Valldemossa route along the coast makes a wonderful excursion
  • Take a trip to Palma to check out its magnificent Gothic cathedral, stylish boutiques and outdoor cafes, or head to the pretty town of Soller and its nearby beach. Both are only 20 minutes away
  • There’s lots more to do in this incredibly diverse and beautiful region, see a few of our favourites in our destination guide

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are allowed but as the emphasis here is on peace and quiet, the other guests probably won't appreciate noisy kids! There are no babysitting or baby listening facilities but cots and extra beds can be provided in the fina rooms (for an extra cost) and Superior Double #8 has an adjoining room with an extra bed. Families may prefer the private villa, which has 2 super-kingsize or twin bedrooms, a full kitchen for easy self-catering, and a private swimming pool.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

The location was wonderful, beautiful countryside and the buildings were authentic lovely limestone. Interiors were quirky and historic. The service was excellent and the overall ambience was relaxed and friendly. Good directions, however we did not appreciate how close to the village the entrance to the hotel was, and completely missed it and ended up in Bunyola! It did however give us good practice driving on the winding roads!

9/10,

We hadn't quite factored how remote Son Palou is, at the top of a mountain range along a winding narrow road. As we went early November the one bar and two restaurants in the town were shut or only open for limited hours. However, the hotel does offer fantastic food and it is great quality but in a formal setting and quite a drawn out affair. The hotel setting is fantastic and we were upgraded to a beautiful room with a terrace but plan things to do, as once you are in the hotel, it is quite isolated.

9/10,

We loved the location and the hotel. The staff at Son Palou are very helpful at all times. The pool area is wonderful with the most tranquil of views. We also liked the fact the hotel appeals mainly to couples so the peace and tranquility is preserved! The food and cuisine was superb - the almond soufflé was one of the best desserts I've ever experienced! The only criticism was the room we were in for the first 3 nights (room 5) it was very dark and dingy and the twin beds and pillows were very uncomfortable. We moved to Room 1 for the final 3 nights which was far better but the beds were still uncomfortable so we were sleep deprived by the end of the 6 nights. The mountain walks are fantastic and day trips to Soller and Deia very worthwhile.

8/10,

Superb setting and very good amenities. Excellent breakfast. Too bad we didn't have time to go for a hike.

10/10,

Genuinely friendly, helpful and kind. Spotless Rooms. Very comfortable beds.
A real haven of peace and tranquility.

10/10,

Son Palou is such a hidden gem. The location is stunning and convenient for a long weekend without a car as you can easily get a taxi from Palma airport. The views are stunning, the pool is lovely place to while away your time. There is a trail which passes through the hotel grounds which is perfect for walking/jogging. The rooms are very spacious and quiet and we had a couple of loungers outside. The only issue was that the beds were a bit hard. The breakfast is delicious. Lunch and dinners were lovely too. The staff are so friendly. What was a totally unexpected surprise to us was the village of Orient on the other side of the breakfast courtyard area gates. During the day you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but step through the gates and you have the small village of Orient right there - complete with 3 restaurants (but only about 10 houses!) We tried Mandala which was beautiful - definitely recommend it but you must book as it is only small. Son Palou ticks all my boxes for a lovely weekend/week away. We will definitely return - the whole place just oozes calm and tranquillity. Thank you to all the staff for such a lovely few days. PS Loved the honesty bar by the pool for a cheeky lunchtime beer.

9/10,

Amazing location, excellent service, wonderful staff, delicious breakfast, better than the pictures!

9/10,

it's a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. The staff are really welcoming and we enjoyed our stay a lot. The breakfast was great too. We ate two evening meals in the restaurant and while the food is perfectly ok, it's nothing
overly special and rather expensive. Overall I'd certainly stay again but with the caveat that it is quite pricey.

8/10,

Son Palou is a beautiful, peaceful retreat with breath-taking views from every angle. Furthermore, the food is excellent - I had probably the best paella I have ever eaten in Mallorca in 20 years of visiting the island.

10/10,

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