Ok, so a honeymoon with a crown on top is unlikely to clog up our calendars any time soon, but the royals shouldn’t have all the fun – we want a romantic escape, too. With that thought in mind, here’s our latest hotel of the week: sun-kissed Son Brull, in merrymakers’ Mallorca…
Style Balearic spa resort
Setting Upscale Pollença
Why this week? Did someone just pop some champagne? Who cares – we’re more interested in Son Brull’s Wine Weekend offer on Friday 6 May–Sunday 8 May. To coincide with the Pollença Wine Fair, the hotel is offering Smith members a special package, which includes tickets to the Wine Fair, dinner at the hotel’s restaurant on one night, breakfast, car hire, and a bottle of Son Brull Cava and fresh fruit in-room on arrival (valid for two-night stays in a Deluxe Double).
Our favourite bits We love 365, the chic, formal-ish fine-dining restaurant, with black banquettes, white-clothed tables and gold-leaf ceiling. It’s modern Mallorquin, nouvelle-ish food: don’t expect large portions. The menu has an emphasis on local ingredients. Then there’s the former oil-pressing room, where old beams and a well make an attractive centerpiece, and tipples are served until midnight. The spa, with its sauna and massage room, has also won our heart.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Foolishly, our hearts sank as we approached the austere-looking walls of Son Brull – it just seemed so far from our mental picture of design-hotel comfort. Little did we realise: the monks who once inhabited this converted 12th-century monastery/farm would be amazed at the heights of relaxation achieved by the sybarites occupying their old home.
The vast wooden olive-oil presses on which the monks once toiled line the walls of a candlelit bar scattered with low-lying Scandinavian chairs. Beyond the courtyard where horses were once kept, an infinity pool gently overflows. Further inside, down stone-cut steps, nestles the quiet haven of the spa and the greenish waters of a connected indoor and outdoor pool. A religious experience, perhaps, but not the kind that the brotherhood had in mind. After the hour-long trip from Palma airport on the twisty roads of Mallorca, Son Brull proved itself to be exactly the oasis we’d dreamed of…’
Read the full anonymous review of Son Brull in Mallorca.