Hidden down a long country lane just off the main road to Pollensa, you’ll first reach the Monnáber manor house (also a hotel). Keep going and you’ll come to this isolated little nook, one of my all time favourite rural getaways.
There are 15 rooms here, split into doubles and junior suites. All are spacious, have bathtubs, WiFi (included in the price) and satellite TV. I like the fact they are so homey-feeling despite the modern makeover, and make the most of features like exposed sandstone walls and polished beams. Leather chesterfields and reconditioned antique sofas for curling up in (no fireplaces alas, but there is central heating) are a welcome touch, especially given the main living areas aren’t particularly cosy.
If you’re not one for long country walks and days spent in the open air, this probably isn’t ideal for you. After all, you are right in the middle of the countryside. That said, there’s a long infinity pool that seems to drop right off into the valley. I find the lounge areas a bit museum-like, so while it’s interesting to get a feel for the house as it was, they do seem rather staid and gloomy compared to the rest of the place. Fine for a drink once the candles are lit before dinner, but perhaps not somewhere you’d want to hole up for the day in the rain.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant here is excellent and manned by the talented Antonia Martín, who serves a varied breakfast buffet, traditional farmers' lunches of pa amb oli (the ubiquitous bread with garlic mayo), salads, cheese and charcuterie. Dinner is a more formal affair with a choice of two three-course menus (make it clear if you’re vegetarian early on so you can be catered for) featuring island classics like suckling pig and slow roast lamb. Through the summer there are barbecues every week, there’s a private dining room for more intimate celebrations, and local wine tastings can also be organised.
Tours of the house aside, Monnáber have created three hiking trails leading directly from the house at differing levels, mountain bikes are offered for free, and they can also help to organise football and golf excursions, and water sports activities.
Veers more to the professional than personal, but it’s a tightly-run ship and everything runs smoothly.
Who stays there
Very much a family place, though it has enough space not to feel crowded out if you’re a couple.
Good value for what you get. Dinner is particularly keenly priced at 24.50 euros for adults, and 12.50 euros for kids under 12.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Brilliant for active families
- Too formal living spaces