Mallorca, Spain

Font Santa Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$315.61

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR310.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

All-natural spa sanctuary

Setting

Salty Salobrar seascape

Romans first soaked in the thermal waters at today’s Font Santa Hotel in Mallorca, a soothing spa retreat near the island’s beautiful beaches. Neutral-toned minimal décor lends a serene feel to the rooms, many with sunny terraces. Beyond the natural waters, there’s an outdoor pool and sauna too.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

25, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $315.61 (€282), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR310.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

Thermal spa (with three treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym), gardens, free WiFi throughout, bikes to hire. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bottled water and Bulgari bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For its natural light, privacy-affording terrace and views of Es Salobrar, we like Room 14. We’re fans of Room 22 too, for its wooden beams, space and secluded terrace. It also mixes up the hotel’s neutral colour palette with artworks in bold shades of burnt orange (painted by one of the owners’ daughters).

Poolside

Two: the thermal pool in the atmospheric old spa, and an unheated outdoor pool with Jacuzzis and day-beds.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your spa gear to try out waters that have been soothing people since the Romans; save room for some tins of local sea salt – way better than a souvenir thimble.

Also

Font Santa’s spa makes much of the thermal waters that spring from underground aquifers at a balmy 38ºC. They’re a mineral-rich cocktail of sodium and chlorine salts magnesium, calcium, sulphur, potassium and more.

Children

This is one for the grown-ups; no under-16s allowed.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The wooden-beamed restaurant is in a separate building, with stone arches, beige walls and linen, and its own terrace facing out to Es Salobrar. Expect hearty Mediterranean and Mallorcan flavours, with sea salt (flor de sal) from the saline ponds down the road used in dishes such as lobster ravioli and steak with peppers, Cabrales cheese and rosemary. Don’t miss the pancakes with melted dark chocolate at breakfast.

At the bar

Settle in at sundown for a cocktail - the bar has an impressive list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic combinations, using ingredients plucked straight from the gardens. If you're peckish, nibble on local delicacies such as Iberian ham and Menorcan cheese, or produce from further afield – such as Kobe burgers – served all afternoon and until 10.30pm.

Last orders

Head down for breakfast on the terrace from 8am until 11am. The restaurant serves lunch from 1pm until 3pm; dinner starts at 7.30pm and stops at 10.30pm.

Room service

A selection of salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches can be ordered up any time between noon and 10.30pm.

Location

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Address
Font Santa Hotel
Carretera Campos, Colonia de San Jordi Km 8.2
07630
Campos
Spain

Planes

The nearest airport is in Palma, served by British Airways (www.ba.com) and EasyJet (www.easyjet.com). It’s a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

The drive to the centre of Palma should take around 45 minutes. There’s free parking at the hotel. From the airport, follow the motorway towards Santanyi for roughly 20 kilometres. When you reach the first roundabout, follow the signs for Campos. Once there, continue straight towards Colonia Sant Jordi until you reach Font Santa on the right.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel might be modern, but the spa and its thermal waters have been around for a while – soak in original baths from the mid-19th century. The region is famed for its salt, fresh from the mounds at Es Salobrar – there’s a shop and factory nearby where cooks can stock up and try before they buy. Take a boat over to rocky national park Cabrera, the main island of the namesake archipelago, to see the 14th-century castle, spot seabirds and lizards, and scuba-dive submarine archaeological sites. Boats depart from Colonia Sant Jordi and Portopetro in summer. Walk from Colonia Sant Jordi to Es Carbo beach to escape the crowds, or see why Es Trenc is considered one of the island’s best beaches – white sands, turquoise seas and its own nudist zone. The hotel can also arrange bike hire and horse rides.

Local restaurants

In Campos, for good-value local cuisine in a cheerful setting, try Can Calent (+34 971 651445; www.cancalent.com) on Ronda Estacio, or for something international, with a German slant, head to Moli de Vent (+34 971 160441; www.moli-de-vent.com) on Calle Norte. Club Nautico (+34 971 640413; www.cnrapita.com) in Sa Rapita is known for its views, but the seafood isn’t bad, either. In Ses Salines, Casa Manolo (+34 971 649130; www. www.bodegabarahona.com/casamanolo) is your place for authentic tapas and other specialities, such as salt-baked fish.

Local cafés

Enjoy a café con leche at Cassai (+34 971 649721; www.cassai.es) on Calle Sitjar in Ses Salines, and stick around for supper if you’re still in the area at nightfall.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Alastair Humphreys, Adventurer and inspirer

In the early days of knowing Mrs Smith, courtship typically involved a few rounds of Sambuca and the chivalrous offer of sharing a taxi home. These days it involves a boutique trip to Mallorca, gourmet dinner, a fluffy mountain of white dressing gowns, and any number of elaborate therapeutic spa treatments. But hey, she loved it; it worked for me; everyone is happy.

If you like the pared-down luxe of sister property Can Simoneta, you’ll love Font Santa Hotel’s similar stylings: artworks aside, the brightest colour is white, with beige, grey and taupe taking supporting roles. Everything is both natural and Mallorcan, and the calm, clutter-free design means an air of stillness pervades – and it’s adults-only, so noise levels are capped at reasonable limits. 

So content on our anniversary weekend was Mrs Smith that when the maître d’ of at the Font Santa Hotel shook our hands on our first evening, she introduced herself by name and, for a moment, I thought she was going to invite the poor man to join us for dinner. Maintaining his cool, he enquired whether we might like a drink. A fine idea. Now, these are the kind of decisions I like. Gone, for a blissful few days, were the mundane decisions of home life, and whose turn it is to change a nappy. Instead we luxuriated in choosing between mojito or caipirinha, Pimm’s No 1 or gin fizz. This was more like it. The dining at Font Santa is formal, amid a pale modern decor, central fireplace, high arches and a smart wooden-beamed ceiling – there is no piped pop music, table conversation is quiet and the waiters are attentive but discreet. The pick of our excellent tapas? The prawns baked in oil and garlic and the enjoyable roulette of Pimientos de Padrón, fried sweet chilli peppers.

Outside, the grounds are just as peaceful, where hammocks swing in the sweet-scented gardens and plump daybeds line the pool. I opened the windows to our room to only the sound of fountains and the warm scent of lavender and pine drifted in from the gardens. The night was still and dark. On the walls was a triumvirate of large paintings depicting a grey sky with stars peeping through scudding clouds. This was not a room where you lay in bed thinking, ‘Goodness, that needs a clean. I would definitely change the curtains. Maybe I should move that bit of furniture over there to help the feng shui.’ Such thoughts are never mine, but from experience I know that this is where Mrs Smith’s mind can drift. With nothing to clean, move or redecorate, Mrs Smith could give me her full and undivided attention.

During one of the weekend’s many moments of idle reflection, I thought of the famously elaborate courting ritual of the male bird of paradise. Mrs Smith does not like to be outdone, not even by a tropical bird. It seemed I had yet to prove myself further, for in the morning she announced that we would be tackling the spa circuit… ‘together’. This filled me with a degree of horror. However, I donned my dressing gown and strode boldly into the new world of vaporiums.

I must confess that I enjoyed the spa far more than I envisaged. The saline pools and subterranean thermal waters of the area have been popular for their healing properties for hundreds of years. Though the Font Santa Hotel was refurbished in 2012, its modern veneer sits comfortably with the atmosphere and style of the 1869 sandstone villa and old stone chambers. The restorative waters will ease any creaks; if they’re not enough, the indulgent treatments should do the trick. Those Romans were no fools: if they believed these waters to be beneficial, they’ve probably got a point.

Suitably relaxed, we ventured on a few short outings. We borrowed pleasingly old-fashioned bicycles – curved handlebars, shiny metal bell – and sallied forth, dinging our bells happily together. The pretty beach at Es Trenc is a gentle 15-minute ride away down a quiet lane, meandering past great mounds of salt and the shallow pools that the famous local salt is extracted from. As it was November, there was no dilemma for us as whether to partake in the nudist section of the beach or not.

We explored the village of Port d’Andratx, whose glamorous villas pile up the hillsides of the curved bay. I even dragged Mrs Smith on a cross-country hike to the clear-blue waters of the Mondrago Natural Park; Mrs Smith seemed more taken with the agreeable Saturday market in the old streets of Santanyi. Mallorca is compact and even the capital Palma is an easy drive away. In winter it is quiet but the climate is pleasant and it proved perfect for an off-season break.

Truthfully, perhaps some of the hotel’s more exquisite, expensive touches were lost on me, but with her eye for detail, they were savoured by Mrs Smith. She purred with pleasure at the lavender gardens and the thermal baths, Bulgari bath products, the glass-topped tree-trunk coffee tables and the chilled bottle of Cava at breakfast. And, if it gets Mrs Smith in the mood, well it sure as hell works for me.
 

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 Font Santa Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel grounds and interiors are stunning, the cleanliness superb and the surroundings were beautifully manicured. The room fantastic - recommend room 12 with own private terrace. All the staff whether reception, restaurant, spa etc were genuinely welcoming and considerate to our needs (I was 6 months pregnant). Pool areas were very quiet and private throughout the day. Food in the restaurant was of a high quality. Es trenc is a beautiful beach only 10 minutes drive away - but get there early (930-1000am) for the full effect of the white sands and crystal clear water - it gets extremely busy by midday. Es Carbo beach is a 30 minute trek from Colonia Sant Jordi (not reachable by car)... But this means it is relatively quiet and tourist free, meaning you can enjoy the clear waters undisturbed. Best restaurant around is the hotel restaurant - eateries in local towns are more touristy.

Don’t expect

Loud entertainment or amenities outside the hotel within walking distance.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jul 2016

We loved

The laid back and low key sophistication. Jump in a cab and head to Cala d'Or harbour approx 40 mins away. 10/10

Don’t expect

noise

Rating

Stayed on 19 May 2016

We loved

The setting including gorgeous (but not overly manicured) gardens, the staff, the breakfasts, the decor and sound of wild birds. Great cafe, bar restaurant "Cassai", to sip your Aperol Spritz or Gin Tonic in nearby Ses Salines

Don’t expect

Night Life!

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything...10/10

Don’t expect

Nightlife or noise!

Rating

Stayed on 25 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything about it but especially the staff who were outstanding.

Don’t expect

Wild nights. Tranquility is the order of the day.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Sep 2015

We loved

Beautiful hotel and gardens. Friendly staff. Fantastic treatments and spa. Good healthy food.

Don’t expect

Entertainment. Local beach beautiful but packed.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jun 2015

We loved

Everything, the spa, the room, the food, the pool, the staff, the terrace with the wicker seats.

Don’t expect

It is not a party place, so after 11 there is not much to do on the resort.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jun 2015

We loved

The whole place is just so relaxing and tranquil and the fact that its an adult only hotel just adds to that. We were in room 16 which is a large, quiet room with four poster bed, and a private courtyard terrace area. There was a lot of choice for breakfast and for the lunchtime snacks and evening meals. I did not think the prices were particularly high for a five star hotel. We enjoyed the spa and jacuzzi but did not pay for any treatments.

Don’t expect

The gardens could do with everyday maintenance to bring them up to five star standard. We visited the beach Es Trenc but it was incredibly busy and we did not stay. We also visited Campos and Sant Jordi, which is quite quaint.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Oct 2014

We loved

Time stands still with the peace and serenity in this hotel and we thought the sunsets were lovely. Both pools were wonderful and it was nice to be able to use the hot pools at the spa. We loved our room (43) for it's location away from the main building and our little outside sitting area. There was a beautiful setting for dinner with a good menu and wine list. We loved breakfast too. Everyone was very warm and accomodating during our stay.

Don’t expect

While dinner options were great, it is a little pricey. The lunch menu by the pool was minimal and pricey as well.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Sep 2014

We loved

Virtually everything - the setting, gardens, bedroom, bathroom and all the other facilities were perfect. The staff were professional, friendly and very efficient.The little town of Colonia de San Jordi - 4 or 5 kilometres down the main road - was lovely. The beach was easily accessible and there were plenty of bars/restaurants if a change was required from the hotel pools and gardens. We went on a boat trip around the islands of Cabrera which was really enjoyable...and the colour of the sea - wow!

Don’t expect

Free water was enjoyed in the room but perhaps this could be extended to the poolside restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Sep 2014

We loved

The rooms were clean and crisp, the service was impeccable, the spa was relaxing and very well run and the food was fantastic. The selection of pools and sun terraces were great and the hotel was able to make recommendations for daily excursions. The breakfast was amazing unless you are trying to watch your weight, as the patisserie and bread selection were far too tempting. We can't wait to go back. Also, an adult only hotel during the school holiday was a welcome retreat!

Don’t expect

There was a little bit of noise from the road and the beds were on the 'firm' side. Also, check beforehand if you want a bath tub in your room as only some rooms have them (although there is so much water elsewhere to try!)

Rating

Stayed on 30 Aug 2014