Son Brull

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Address: Ctra. Palma-Pollensa, km 50, Pollensa, 07460, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.9

Five-star eco-retreat in a converted monastery.

Driving up to Son Brull it’s all rather imposing: a great pile of a place (formerly a monastery dating back to the 12th century) standing tall and proud among the ancient olive groves. Push through the heavy wooden doors and it is a bit of an Alice in Wonderland moment. The austerity falls away, to become a shrine to minimalist design dripping in 21st-century glamour.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4.8
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.9
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

Once you get here you probably won't want to leave, but if you do want to venture out to pastures new, Pollensa town is a 5-minute drive, and the pretty beach of Cala Sant Vicenç about 20 minutes.

Bedrooms

Twenty three sumptuously decadent boudoirs just screaming for you to come and have a wildly romantic time in them. Unsurprisingly it’s very popular with honeymooners and take it from one who knows, if you go it alone, it does seem like a terrible waste. With acres of space, massive beds, soothing natural colours of stone, slate and sand and all natural materials you feel pretty Zen from the second you arrive. Bathrooms have walk-in showers, deep tubs and luxury toiletries. The double deluxe room has a huge roof terrace and hot tub for two.

Public areas

You’ll find most of the action centred around the pool (run on solar power, as is much of the hotel), but you can be sociable or not. There are plenty of daybeds to go round, with discreet drapes to pull shut if you want to be alone. The grounds are fairly formal, exuding a Monkish air. Elsewhere there are plenty of places for curling up with a book, taking a siesta in the open air, or just chilling.

Eating and drinking

I was impressed with the range of eating experiences here. The modern Majorcan 365 restaurant takes its lead from the likes of El Bulli - Catalan chef Ferran Adrià's legendary fantasy restaurant, voted best in the world several times over - serving plates of food that look like art. Flavour combinations and textures are designed to surprise and delight such as the fish of the day on fennel sauerkraut or chocolate-praline mousse with snap, crackle, pop rice crispies. The U-bar is a bit more casual, food round the pool, cocktails and lunch served until a very civilised 6.30pm. If you don’t want to leave your room – and you may well not – you’ve also got the option of 24-hour room service.

Leisure facilities

Son Brull has one of the best spas on the island, with a good-sized pool and wet rooms, outdoor treatment areas and handmade products using local ingredients like aloe vera, honey and fleur de sel. The hotel also offers cooking classes and wine tastings, as well as organising local green fees, bicycle and hiking trips.

Service

It’s all about you. No request too big or too small. Arriving in a helicopter? No problem. Got a couple of ankle-biters in tow? The hotel will take care of the babysitter.

Who stays there

Mainly canoodling couples, but if that’s not you, you’ll be welcome too.

Price advice

Worth keeping an eye out for package deals especially out of season. The tasting menu at the restaurant is good value for the standard, €65 not including wine.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Eco-luxe
  • Faultless service
  • Can seem a bit austere
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