Situated in the middle of Majorca’s Llevante Natural Park, as you might expect, it is rather quiet. Great for strolling out the back door and going on afternoon rambles, not so good if you’re looking for any semblance of a nightlife. The nearest beach is at Capdepera, about 5 kms away, but its worth making the effort to get to the more secluded beach of Cala Torta (about 15 kms).
All 10 superior rooms and two suites combine the rustic appeal of traditional island stone, wooden beams and natural fibre rugs in muted, olive-hued tones. Nearly all have direct access to a sprawling terrace that connects the various houses. Add to this a few 21st-century touches like atmospheric lighting, plump feather pillows and rich, sensuous fabrics, flat-screen TV and a well-stocked mini-bar, and you have a place that is supremely comfortable for holing up in.
Son Barbassa does not lack space, and the plush terraces and uber-cool pool area carefully integrated into a landscape of carob and olive trees. It’s worth having a poke around as the property does have some ancient ruins scattered through it. Mainly though, it is just a lovely place to sit and soak up the view, or relax beneath the stars with a glass of wine.
Eating and drinking
The property grows many of its own fruit and vegetables, rears its own meat, and make their own olive oil. For me it represents some of the best organic home-cooking on the island. I could be persuaded to check in for the breakfast alone.
A big shout out for the pool at this hotel, which is surrounded by plush four-poster day beds, gauzy drapes fluttering attractively in the wind.
Nothing is too much trouble. Cheerful and personable.
Who stays there
A mix of fashionable families and couples. Children are made very welcome here, and there’s enough space for them to run around without disturbing anyone else.
Rack rates here in low season are a bargain. It’s well worth considering a weekend when the weather is less reliable (remember the inglenook fireplace?) to take advantage of it.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Dazzling pool
- Home-grown food
- Personal service
- Car recommended