At the highest point of the tiny hamlet of Orient (about 30 minutes' drive from Sóller).
It's a bit like staying at a friend’s rather fabby country home, but better because you don’t have to make the beds. Terracotta-tiled floors are warmed with brightly woven kilims, beds are sturdy and old fashioned, but topped with velvet-soft, local linen eiderdowns and the kind of pillows you sink into. Bathrooms by contrast are sleek and modern, done up in oatmeal marble. It's worth requesting a room with a tub if you come in the winter. Superior rooms have their own terraces, but I'm happy enough just being able to throw open my window in the morning and smell nothing but sweet country air.
The house has a muddle of lounges, games rooms and an old olive press that doubles as a place for drinks, private events and a game of pool. The gardens are so big you can actually get lost in them, and it seems you’ll discover a new terrace, or perfectly placed sun lounger beneath a tree at every turn. Special shout out to the infinity pool here with its fragrant flower borders.
Eating and drinking
Much of the food is grown or reared on the estate and it is excellent. Worth making a trip for in fact, even if you aren't staying here. The menu changes daily and might include anything from sea bream on a bed of fennel and potatoes to whole roast suckling pig. Orient, despite it’s diminutive size, also has several other good places to eat.
No doubt it's primarily a place for walkers and outdoorsy types. But after all that physical activity it’s good to know you can also get a massage to help you relax.
These people really know what they are doing, especially if the onus has fallen on you to plan something exciting and unforgettable for group. Individual travellers will find the service just as attentive.
Who stays there
Quite an unusual mix really, but it seems to work: groups of business men and women, lots of walkers, and people just looking to get away from it all.
Half board costs €33.50 in high season, €32.50 in low season.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Home-style atmosphere