In the middle of the Mallorcan countryside, Finca Serena is a boutique bolthole on its own rambling, romantic estate. The former farmhouse has been modernised with a whole lot of taupe to complement the original stonework, with assorted outbuildings and standalone suites tucked down various pathways. Even the treadmills have some serious pastoral panoramas. Farm-to-table fare is the dish of the day (it won’t have travelled far) at Jacaranda, but take a seat at the long wooden tables set up on the plateau by the vineyard for weekly stargazing suppers.
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A welcome drink each on arrival and, subject to availability, late check-out
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible on request.
Double rooms from $424.39 (€383), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast.
If you prefer to not let the pounds pile on while on holiday, this is the finca for you: there are Technogym machines at the gym, yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes are held daily in the gardens or on a terrace, and various running and hiking trails are ready to be conquered.
1 November to 28 February.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, valet parking. In rooms: air-conditioning, minibar, tea and coffee kit, free bottled water and Finca Serena bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The rooms are scattered across the main house and standalone suites around the grounds. SAD sufferers should go for a light-flooded Junior Suite; number 8 in this category has sloping ceilings and bucolic views delivered straight to your bed. The Garden Suites have private, estate-showcasing terraces. We also love secluded Deluxe Garden Room 18, which is reached through a woodland-flanked path, for its vineyard-facing terrace; and the roomy, sundowner-ready terrace in Room 22. For those who like to swing cats, be warned that Room 25 is the smallest.
There are two: a heated one at the spa, and one in front of the main building, perfectly positioned for admiring the countryside mid-front crawl. Shade-seekers can hide out in the pergola; sunloungers are there for the sun-worshippers. Both pools are open between 9am and 9pm.
The cows have been moved along to make room for the spa in their spacious former shed, which is surrounded by palm trees. From the indoor pool or a hammock on the veranda, you can enjoy post- or pre-treatment views of the island’s central plains and the monastery-topped Puig de Randa mountain. Natura Bissé treatments, a fireplace, sauna and hammam await.
Bring trail-ready trainers and/or sensible shoes for hermitage-hunting hikes.
One of the Deluxe Garden Rooms is suitable for wheelchair users; the spa and outdoor pool are also accessible.
This one’s for fully grown Smiths only.
The finca has a kitchen garden and orchards supplying much of the produce; the rest is sourced locally. Solar power is used to heat water, and local building materials were used in the design.
Request a table on the fairy-light-adorned terrace to gaze out across the Mallorcan plains and their neighbouring mountain and monastery for peak romance levels.
Breezy and Balearic.
Jacaranda is named for the trees that line the driveway leading to the hotel (though on that basis it could easily have been called Olive, Cypress, Palm, Lemon or Orange). You’ll find it right by the garden, with panoramic picture windows framing the countryside for when it’s too cool to be out on the pool-facing terrace. At night, the terraces and trees are strewn with fairy lights. The chef sources produce from three different organic vegetable gardens, and changes the menu daily based on what’s available. Once a week, special suppers are held in the vineyard. Breakfast is served in the old farm kitchen.
There’s no definitive bar, but drinks are served throughout the estate, including in the chimney room. Be sure to try one of the award-winning local gins – and watch this space for estate-made wine, coming out of a vineyard near you soon.
Breakfast is served from 8am until 11am; lunch hours are 1pm to 4pm; and dinner service is between 7.30pm and 10pm.
Salads, sandwiches and a selection of ‘boards’ (cheese, charcuterie, smoked seafood) can be served in-room.
The hotel is smack-bang in the middle of Mallorca, right on the (beautiful, bucolic) bull’s eye.
Palma’s airport is a 20-minute (25-kilometre) drive from the property. Hotel transfers cost €85 each way.
The station at Sineu is closest, a 15-minute drive away, from where you can catch a train to Palma. This is some photogenic island, so you’re own set of wheels will come in handy. Transfers are €85 each way.
It’s a 25-minute drive into Palma. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Once you’ve participated in one of the daily classes (yoga, Pilates, tai chi), walked, jogged or cycled the trail that circles the estate (or further afield), you can check out the weekly markets in the neighbouring villages of Sineu, Montuiri and Porreres, head out on horseback or tour the finca’s vineyards. There are lots of lovely sandy spots on Mallorca, but Son Serra de Marina is dune-flanked and especially unspoilt. Charter a helicopter for a dream day-trip, whether you want to fly over the island’s coastline with regular champagne breaks or drop in at a country hotel for lunch.Ascend the Puig de Randa, the island’s second-most famous mountain (after the Serra de Tramuntana), at the top of which you’ll be rewarded with a visit to the Santuari de Cura, a lofty monastery that has been hanging out up there since 1275.
Almost every restaurant in Mallorca serves pa amb oli (literally ‘bread with olive oil’), but few do it better than the local-favoured, low-frill Restaurant Hostal at 58 Carrer de Palma, where it comes with thinly sliced Iberico ham, cheese and piquant peppers. It’s a 30-minute drive to Smith stablemate Cap Rocat’s Sea Club, but worth it for the leisurely lunches feasting on dishes from the traditional firewood grill. In an old warehouse on Gran Via Colom, Sa Fàbrica offers seasonal food, slick service and a Top Chef Spain-winning cook, who mans the flames from an open kitchen so you can watch. For fine-dining fare from a Buenos Aires by way of Paris, London and Moscow chef, book in at Adrián Quetglas in Palma, where the flower-adorned food is almost too pretty to eat.
Brassclubon Passeig de Mallorca in Palma claims the prize for the most creative cocktails on the island – especially if you like your muddles to be inspired by foodstuffs, from burritos to baklava (yes, really).
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Spain and unpacked their oranges and olive oil, a full account of their Balearic island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Finca Serena in Mallorca…
Right in the middle of Mallorca, Finca Serena is a former farmhouse perfect for those who can’t decide which direction they want life to take them. From its centre-of-the-island setting, you can get just about anywhere, including the airport in 20 minutes (handy). The beach is in reach, as is the buzzy Balearic capital of Palma, with its cocktail bars, cathedrals and paella pit stops. The sprawling stone finca consists of a main house, with eight of the bedrooms, and various outbuildings and suites dotted amid the 800-plus cypress, palm and fruit trees around the estate. The decor is a lesson in stylish understatement, with the gold star pupil going to the natural fabrics and warm palette; the modern makeover also lovingly restored traditional features, including wooden shutters and sundials. And back outside, the pool has an endless pastoral panorama as a backdrop, 40 hectares of which are the finca’s own grounds. It’s a perfect patch for getting just about anywhere on the island – but you probably won’t want to go very far.
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