Son Viscos

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Reviewed by Lyndon Ashmore
Coolly stylish B&B with hidden terraced gardens folding into a green valley, near stunning Valldemossa
On an island awash with pomp, Son Viscos is refreshingly honest, but no less chic for it. Just a 5-minute jasmine-scented drive from the terracotta hues of Valldemossa, and bang in the middle of the dramatic Tramuntana mountains, the house (a former 18th-century inn) sits above idyllic grass terraces cleaved from the valley. Take a cold beer to the sunloungers and refresh with a paddle in the ancient water channels or outdoor showers. It won’t be long before the views entice you to explore the mountains and surrounding villages.

Up at the house, the honeyed façade is unassuming but the gnarled wooden doors conceal an ode to great design and impeccable hospitality. Five bedrooms capture a near monastic serenity, then bright prints and woven rugs lift the reclaimed wooden furniture with a simplicity that is both elegant and cosy. On departure, a fellow guest reveals he had already booked in for the end of the year, at the same time as another arrives on a return visit. It must be something in the water, because after a paddle in the stream tumbling down the terraces, we vow to return, too.


  • A wonderful spot for enjoying the Tramuntana mountains, with awesome views and enchanting gardens
  • Spacious and beautifully furnished rooms; not your typical B&B and well priced for what you get
  • A veritable feast at breakfast and numerous pretty spots to enjoy it in
  • Friendly managers Michael and Isabel make a stay supremely relaxing
  • Great hiking and biking nearby, and easy day trips to Soller, Deia and Palma


  • Valldemossa's restaurants are a drive away (or a 10-15 minute walk, which you probably won't fancy in the dark)
  • No kids under 12; this is a romantic retreat
  • The house is sandwiched in-between 2 roads and you need to cross over one to reach the gardens
  • No pool, but there are ancient water channels to dip in
  • Some sound travels through floors between rooms

Best time to go

Mallorca is a great destination at any time of year. Most people visit between April and September. Spring and autumn are ideal for walking or cycling as it's not too hot. July and August are the hottest and driest months. Rain is most likely between October and March, when everything becomes greener. Winter is beautiful at Son Viscos when the fires are lit and the crowds disappear.

Our top tips

Chopin stayed in Valldemossa with lover George Sand over the winter of 1838. The Palacio del Rey Sancho, next to Real Cartuja de Valldemossa in the main square, hosts daily performances of his music in season.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 5
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Romero


Spread over 3 floors, the spacious, bright bedrooms are individually designed and coolly stylish (Michael also owns a furniture store). In our room (Menta), a huge oak four-poster stood alongside comfy leather armchairs and large reclaimed cupboards, while textures were broken up by frames of bamboo around tall leaning mirrors and pops of bright colour in woven rugs and throws. We loved our big terrace and wanted to take the quirky one-off pieces (a pretty rocking horse and wire chairs) home with us.

Laurel and Aloe are on the ground floor but the bright and clean design stops them from feeling dark (we loved how the mountain-face is incorporated into Laurel's design). At the top of the house, resplendent Lavanda and Romero are tucked under the eaves with exposed beams and Velux windows. Only Romero and Aloe have baths, though the rest have rainfall showers, a couple of which are in-room.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Mornings at Son Viscos must be among the best on the island. In the warmer months, bursts of birdsong prelude a breezy alfresco meal, while in winter, the cosy lounge has a long dining table for communal feasts.

Whatever the weather, breakfast is a delight: expect all the mainstays of a Mallorcan morning - a superb spread of meats and cheeses, little homemade pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice - as well as eggs, nuts, fresh fruit and yoghurt laid out on the large kitchen table for you to take where you please.

For other meals, you can bring in picnic food or drive out to restaurants (Valldemossa is walkable in 10-15 mins, but you might not want to in the dark). Michael has an excellent knowledge of nearby eateries, which is good, as you’re spoilt for choice.

There’s a nicely stocked honesty bar (and fridge) to allow you to enjoy an aperitif or nightcap on the terrace.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Strike out from the B&B for a mountain walk or ask Michael for his recommendations - he knows a route for every rambler
  • Or stay put to soak up the silence and views on Son Viscos’ terraces - all have sunloungers and many have outside showers, as well as ancient waterways running beside them
  • You’re bang in the middle of the Tramuntana mountain range, famous for its pretty villages and dramatic scenery. Valldemossa, Deia and Soller are all close by
  • Day trip to Palma for a wander around its atmospheric Old Town
  • Sandy beaches are a rarity on the mountainous northwest of the island, but rocky (and picturesque) Cala Deia is an easy drive away
  • Mallorca - and this part of the island in particular - is famous among cyclists. Rent bikes and power along the (severely hilly) mountain roads
  • Book a massage; Michael can arrange a session in the garden or your room

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being


Over 12s only. Aloe, Laurel and Romero can all fit a rollaway bed.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

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