Son Palou

Orient, Soller & Mountains, Spain Book from Eur150

Reviewed by Nikki Tinto
Small, stylishly renovated agroturismo hotel with a pool and 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. After extensive restoration work, they opened Son Palou in 2002 and now have 14 bedrooms featuring antique wooden beds, sleek bathrooms (some with Jacuzzis) and superb views.

This is an ideal place to recharge your batteries: laze in the garden by the 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

  • Slightly 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...

Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 14
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages accepted
  • Closed: 3 Nov 2016 - 26 Jan 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Snooker Table
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The 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.

All rooms have mod cons, including AC, a Satellite TV, a minibar, a safe, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Internet access
  • 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.

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 (at an extra cost) and Superior Double #8 has an adjoining room with an extra bed.

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...

9/
Rooms
8/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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