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Hotel Highlights

  • Impressive art collection and minimalist yet cosy decor
  • Explore the island’s beautiful southern beaches
  • Plunge pool and sunloungers in a low-key town-centre setting

Overview

Serene, secluded S’Hotelet de Santanyi in Mallorca is a masterstroke of dream combinations: minimalist yet cosy, neutral but not boring. Tucked away in an enchanting village to the island’s south, this centuries-old family home has had its soothing white palette brought to life with exotic artworks gathered from across the globe.

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Facilities

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S'Hotelet de Santantyi – Mallorca – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

Six suites.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $295.86 (€224), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast and tax.

Also

Behind the hotel, a separate casita (little house) has space to sleep four over three levels with a private terrace at the top.

Hotel closed

Between 15 December 2013 and 15 January 2014.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, library, courtyard and art collection. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Bulgari bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We were won over by the pine beams on the ceiling in Lavanda, a room that lets you really feel part of the family with its cluster of canvases on the wall printed with old photos of the owner’s mother and father. The best bed can be found in Bruc, where it’s hidden behind elegant white drapes that contrast with the terracotta tiles on the floor.

Poolside

There’s a plunge pool in the courtyard, secreted away behind four stone walls, with decking, a water feature and two sunloungers. Doves are known to frequent this part of the hotel. More sunbathing opportunities await on roof, where there’s a small terrace with a couple of sunloungers and a great view over Santanyi.

Packing tips

Prepare to spend a lot of time in Lycra, either cooling off in the plunge pool or bathing at the beach, so bring your smartest swimwear. Sensible shoes will work wonders on the cobbled streets of the village. Art and design enthusiasts will do well to pack a sketchbook to scribble down inspiration from things they stumble across.

Also

The hotel has designated smoking areas.

Children

Welcome: extra beds (€68 a night) and cots (€12) can be added to rooms. Families can take over the two rooms at the top of house and enjoy their own lounge area and private terrace.

Food & Drink

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S'Hotelet de Santantyi – Mallorca – Spain

Hotel Restaurant

The breakfast room was historically where horses used to drink: the original trough lines the back wall. Other elements still in place include traditional Mallorcan stone walls and wooden beams. Enjoy a breakfast of local-only produce (home-made jams, meats, cheese and pastries) in a calm neutral-coloured setting, with white tablecloths, antique crockery on show in a cabinet and linen chairs.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar at this B&B, but you won’t have to journey far: there are plenty of tapas spots and cafés to pick from out on the square.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am–9.30am.

Room service

No room service.

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Dress code

Add a splash of colour to brighten up the background; you'll get lost if you wear white.

Top table

Earmark a pitch on the patio to catch some early-morning sun in summer, or grab a book and settle into one of the inviting beanbags.

Local Guide

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S'Hotelet de Santantyi – Mallorca – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Do your souvenir shop at the craft market that the village hosts on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Local produce and clothing is also on sale. Scan the skies for a white crane at the Cala Mondrago beach, a 15-minute drive away, or head to the natural park of the same name for a picnic in a picturesque setting. Cala Santanyi, just 10 minutes from the hotel by car, is a sweeping cove perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon. Alternatively play a few rounds on the Vall d'Or golf course (+34 971 837 001, www.valldorgolfclub.com), just a ten-minute drive away in S'Horta, where guests receive 10 per cent off. Or if the hotel’s extensive art collection has caught your eye, pop in to Gemma Leys’ gallery on Calle Mayoral – open between 10am and 2pm on a Wednesday or Saturday (+34 971 653391; www.gemmaleys.com).

Local restaurants

Head to Es Cantonet (+33 971 163407), a 100-year-old townhouse on Placa Bernareggi, where guests can dine on Mediterranean cuisine served by the German owners out on the courtyard.

Local bars

Meet the locals over a café con leche or glass of wine at one of the little cafés on the hotel’s square. Try Sa Cova (+33 971 163146) on Placa Mayor, a popular tapas spot with alfresco seats and live music in the evening.

Local cafés

Pick up a sweet or savoury snack at Creperia Sa Font (+34 971 163492) on the same square as the hotel.

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Steps from the village square

S'Hotelet de Santanyi

23 Plaça Major, Santanyi, Mallorca, 07650

The hotel is in the quiet village of Santanyi in the south-east of Mallorca.

Planes

The island’s main air hub is the airport in Palma, Son Sant Joan Airport, around 56km from the hotel. Allow 45 minutes for the drive. You can pick up a hire car at the airport.

Automobiles

From the airport, take the MA-19 for 22km, following signs for ‘La autopista de Levante’. At the fourth roundabout you come to, take the second exit, going straight over to Placa Porta Murada, then turning right at Carrer Bisbe Verger. At Carrer d’Es Rafelet, turn left, then take the second left until you hit Carrer Sebastia Vila, where you’re turn right onto Placa Major. There’s free parking a five-minute walk from reception.

Reviews

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S'Hotelet de Santantyi – Mallorca – Spain

Anonymous review

by Dan Rookwood , Trendspotting man-about-town

Chances are you won’t be able to find S’Hotelet de Santanyi. Nor will your SatNav. Nor will the toothless crone you ask in the street. So accept that now and save yourself a lot of grief. It’s worth it when you get there, but once you’re as close as electronic devices will allow, ring the hotel for help. The owner, Francisca, is used to such calls. ‘What can you see a…
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S'Hotelet de Santanyi

Anonymous review by Dan Rookwood, Trendspotting man-about-town

Chances are you won’t be able to find S’Hotelet de Santanyi. Nor will your SatNav. Nor will the toothless crone you ask in the street. So accept that now and save yourself a lot of grief. It’s worth it when you get there, but once you’re as close as electronic devices will allow, ring the hotel for help. The owner, Francisca, is used to such calls. ‘What can you see around you?’ she asks. ‘OK, I know. I’m coming to get you.’ When you realise how close the place is to the town’s main square – 50 yards down a tiny lane that’s inaccessible by car – you feel a bit of a simpleton.

Those feelings evaporate the moment you cross the threshold into the contemporary art gallery that serves as the hotel’s hallway. Check-in consists of being handed keys to the front door and a well-edited list of best restaurants and beaches, and being asked what time you want breakfast. Then Francisca leaves you to it, saying only, ‘The house is yours.’ And what a house.

S’Hotelet de Santanyi is a characterful 300-year-old townhouse with scarcely a straight wall. It has been converted into a five-suite boutique bolthole by people with taste and a sensitive eye for maintaining the building’s natural charm. The dining room is in the place horses were fed in days gone by. The owners have kept the original trough, turning it into an arty light feature. They’re big on arty light features.

Suites are spacious, airy, high ceilinged and decorated in a warm combination of white modern minimalism and ancient Mallorcan stone. Quirky knickknacks such as a collection of jars or pieces of driftwood are positioned hither and yon, and strident works of original art dominate the walls – the kind that are either worth a small fortune or seemingly created by an experimental three-year-old.

It’s early evening when we arrive, and these Smiths pop the cork on their weekend break (figuratively and actually) to segue to holiday mode. We clink glasses of chilled fizz thanks to a complimentary minibar, and we savour the last of the evening sun on our private terrace overlooking the plunge pool and shaded courtyard amid the scent of honeysuckle. In the distance we can hear the gentle hubbub from the town square and the chime of ancient church bells.

The hotel does not yet serve lunch or dinner – a shame since the courtyard with dappled sunlight glinting off whitewashed, wild-flowered walls would be a cracking spot for a romantic meal. It encourages you to hit town at least – or else you might never leave. At Francisca’s recommendation, we set off for one of Santanyi’s buzziest and busiest restaurants, Es Moli, a high-end tapas spot that serves up the best of Mallorca on lots of little plates. The walk there and back takes us on a meander through higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets of the atmospheric old town (i.e. we’re lost again). It’s thirsty work. Fortunately there are plenty of little hole-in-the-wall bars lining the circuitous route.

We sleep so soundly in the king-size bed that it is a struggle to get out of it. (Last night’s bar crawl probably didn’t help.) The steam shower – big enough for two and stocked with Bulgari products – soon revives us, and breakfast is worth getting up for. A sumptuous spread of fruits, breads, pastries, eggs and cold cuts is laid out on our table in individual little vintage dishes. A still-life work of foodie-magazine art, it begs to be Instagrammed.

You’ll want a car to explore the surrounding area. You won’t want the one we hired. A massive 4x4 + narrow mediaeval streets = a lot of wincing + swearing. We were the first people ever to drive that vehicle, and almost the last. Once you have been to Santanyi’s Saturday market and bought jars of local produce that will sit in your fridge door for the next six months, it’ll be beach o’clock.

There are half a dozen unspoiled, picturesque beaches within a 30-minute radius of Santanyi – a million miles, at least that’s how it feels, from the douf-douf of Magaluf on the other side of the island. The prettiest ones are S’Amarador, Cala Llombards and Cala Mondrago. Get to the latter by walking 10 minutes through a stunning national park called Parc Natural de Mondrago – especially lovely to explore if you crave shade. We head for the sun, grateful we have proper shoes to negotiate the rocky outcrops: flip-flops are for rank amateurs.

Open-air restaurants fringe the harbour in the nearby fishing village of Portopetro, and we enjoy a late lunch of lemon-drenched calamari and cold melon with parma ham. With some colour and smiles on our faces, we head back to S’Hotelet de Santanyi to make the most of our terrace: dozing a bit, reading a bit. Our second evening then turns out even more fun than the first – an unplanned tapas tour of the town, cross-pollinating little bars with a glass of rosé and a plate of dates wrapped in bacon here, a copa of cava and some jamón Ibérico there. Some sort of booze + some sort of pig = happy Mr Smith.

We loved S’Hotelet de Santanyi. In fact, we loved the whole town. Lit up at night, it feels like a film set – albeit one that has a disproportionate number of banks and estate agents. We don’t have enough money in the former to be bothering with the latter but by the end of the night and another bottle of wine we are deciding which villa-with-pool we’re going to buy. Because Santanyi is really very do-able for weekends from the UK. We could be door-to-door in five hours? The same amount of time it has taken us to crawl from London to a country hotel on a Friday night. But then, we do tend to get a bit lost…

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in S'Hotelet de Santanyi 's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is peaceful and beautifully decorated. Breakfast was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Don’t expect

It would be nice if a light lunch or snacks were available if choosing to spend the day around the pool. That said it is only minutes from the local area and cafes. Parking is awkward especially on market days.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Communal areas were nicely decorated, and breakfast was fantastic. Great location.

Don’t expect

Rooms were pretty basic and seemed expensive for the price.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

There's a wonderful and cozy townhouse feel to the place with personalized attention, sumptuous and fresh breakfasts and great location!

Rating: 10/10 stars