Caja de Palma 18, Soller, Mallorca, Spain, 07100
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, History, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Salvia Hotel
It’s a cliché I know, but the great quality of this little hotel is the way that people arrive as strangers and leave as friends. It’s smart, elegant and supremely comfortable, yet exudes the atmosphere of home, so that everyone seems immediately at ease. Children under 12 however are not allowed.
A short stroll from the various shops and restaurants of Sóller, and a quick train ride to the beach, but sufficiently removed from it all to get a proper rest.
This place has only six rooms, which add to the homey feel of the place. All of them have garden or mountain views, WiFi and fluffy bathrobes, and are decorated in plush, period style. I also love that you can brew up a cup of tea and sit quietly admiring it all. My favourite is the Garden Suite for its chintzy appeal, flowery fabrics and a roll-top bathtub. Reminds me of staying with my grandmother as a little girl. The Tramuntana Suite is a little more sedate. The Sol Suite is all blue stripes and a bit more lively feeling, while the grand Salvia Suite occupies an entire wing of the house, and has dramatic black and white tiles and a formal drawing room. The least interesting are the Sóller Suite (pink) and the Orange Suite (orange). There’s also a large penthouse apartment, which sleeps 4 for luxe-level self-caterers.
A scented garden of honeysuckle, jasmin and roses that spirals out around a large pool, with the peaks of the Tramuntana sprouting up behind. Wicker armchairs and sofas provide a blissful place for an afternoon snooze.
Full marks for the sumptuous breakfast: fresh fruit, yogurt, cakes and pastries, eggs and bacon, served until a civilised 11am. Lunch is bistro-style and the Monday night summer barbecues are a must-do. The best thing though is the basement ‘den’ where an honesty bar and comfy sofas draw guests together for a bit of post-dinner chat.
Qualified massage therapists come to the house to pummel out those stresses and strains. Hiking, golf and boat trips can also be organised.
I’m always fascinated by places that seem to know what you need before you do, and then produce it. Excellent.
Mature couples, people looking for real character rather than boutique thrills, a more or less even mix of British, Scandinavians and Germans.
Seven nights for the price of six out of season.
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- Caja de Palma 18, Soller, Mallorca, Spain, 07100
- High-Speed Internet, Swimming Pool