Mallorca, Spain

Predi Son Jaumell

Rates from (inc tax)$257.81

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 (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Poised and polished possessió

Setting

Castle-facing Capdepera countryside

On a 400-year-old estate in Mallorca, Predi Son Jaumell hotel combines the pleasures of a remote rural retreat with modern cuisine and minimal design. Original details set the rugged island scene – a neutral-toned stone exterior, historic sundial and pig hooks still hanging – but an outdoor pool, swaying hammocks and creative El Bulli-alum chef all add contemporary touches.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

24 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $257.81 (€229), 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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR252.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.

Also

Keep an eye out for hidden relics from the estate’s 400-year past, including the three protected Bronze Age caves in the grounds, and a chapel with original doors and floors.

At the hotel

Sun terrace, chapel, bikes to borrow, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Aveda bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Wonder at the hooks and their possible uses in Room 3, a Junior Suite, which has a freestanding bath tub in the main bedroom and an arched stone ceiling. Spoiler: the room is the old pig sty, and the hooks were for weighing the inhabitants. The design of Grand Suite Room 2 gave new life to some old crockery by arranging broken bits of plates on a wall behind the bed; it also has easy access to the pool thanks to a set of French doors. The panorama prize has to go to Room 9 (a Junior Suite with Terrace) for its prime view of the castle, but if you want a private hammock-enhanced garden as well, go for Junior Suite 25.

Poolside

Cabanas and white loungers surround the deep-green infinity pool, heated from March to May and October to November. There's a direct path that leads from Son Jaumell to the pretty beach at Cala Agulla – it's about 20 minutes by foot.

Packing tips

Keen walkers don’t need to pack their walking poles – the hotel has a supply to loan to happy hikers.

Also

Massages are available on request. One room has been adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

The hotel welcomes kids; extra beds for children aged two to 12 are available for €45–€77 a night, depending on season and room type.

Eco‐friendly

The sun-blessed island’s rainwater is in short supply, so the hotel collects and re-uses all that does fall. It also uses biomass to generate heat.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

The ex-El Bulli chef at the restaurant, Andreu Genestra, has skills worthy of where he honed them. The food is fresh and creative: dishes include monkfish with fennel and roasted plums, and beef with raisins and al dente vegetables, with a more casual menu of grilled meats, fish of the day and pasta at lunch. Please note, if you want a romantic evening meal of Michelin-star-holding quality it's essential to book ahead. The traditional Mallorcan decor is simple: stone walls, wooden beams and linen-covered chairs, and hooks on the walls leftover from when the building was the estate’s farmhouse. The neutral palette is broken up by the row of blow-glass green lamps hanging by the terrace.

At the bar

There’s no separate bar, but drinks can be served wherever you’d like them. The hotel’s own wine is our tipple of choice.

Last orders

You don’t have to worry about keeping time here: the restaurant opens at 7.30am and stays that way until 11pm.

Room service

You can order up anything from the restaurant while the kitchen's open.

Location

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Address
Predi Son Jaumell
Carretera Cala Mesquida Km 1, Desvío Camino Son Moltó
07580
Capdepera
Spain

Planes

The hotel is roughly an hour and a quarter by car from the island’s main airport in Palma, served by British Airways (www.ba.com) and EasyJet (www.easyjet.com).

Trains

The nearest train station is Manacor, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. From here, you can get to or from Inca, Sa Pobla and Palma; see www.caib.es for more details.

Automobiles

It’s a five-minute car journey to the centre of Capdepera. There’s free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Jump on one of the hotel’s free bikes and cycle down to the beach or explore the countryside on two wheels. There are also scenic walking routes close by – such as the trail from Sa Creu Vella to Es Telégrafo, which passes dunes along the coast and offers a glimpse of the Son Jaumell Tower – or set off on horseback from Rancho Cala Mesquida (+34 678 548742). Golfers, bring your clubs and tee off on one of the island’s many pristine courses – the closest is Capdepera Golf, or try Canyamel, 11km away.

Local restaurants

In Cala Ratjada, try Pasta Pasta (+34 971 818744) on Avenida América for lively Sunday brunches in the picturesque promenade spot; it’s also good for its namesake Italian staple. On Calle Leonor Servera, head to historic Ca’n Maya, still standing after 74 years and famed for its fresh fish. It has its own winery with an impressive selection of bottles to choose from.

Local bars

Noah’s (+34 971 818125) on Avenida América is a laid-back tapas bar offering those after a view two options: the glittering sea from the white-wicker chairs by the water or the street scene from the terrace out front.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Like a clock whose hands are sweeping, past the minutes of its face,
And the world is like an apple, whirling silently in space,
Like the circles that you find, in the windmills of your mind.

Dusty Springfield’s bittersweet crooning is difficult to shake as Mr Smith and I set off from Palma airport to be greeted by what seemed like a million windmills. They are everywhere in Mallorca, dotting the landscape and providing a welcome reminder that, despite the popularity and bustle of many parts of this small island, Mallorca is still rural and sleepy. After an intense few weeks in our work lives, sleepy is exactly what Mr Smith and I wanted from a long weekend, so off to the Balearics we went to check in at Hotel Predi Son Jaumell, a countryside hotel in the eastern part of Mallorca which is attracting attention for its smart design and serious food.

Predi Son Jaumell is in the eastern part of the island, with slightly flatter and perhaps less dramatic scenery than that of the more tourist-friendly northern and western parts, but suitably restorative and ‘oh my!’ nonetheless. As well as the ever-present windmills, the drive to the east revealed rolling hills aplenty, rich green vegetation and another endearingly idiosyncratic feature of the Mallorcan topography: roundabouts decorated with sculptures, or in the case of the roundabout just before the Predi Son Jaumell, a ship. Go figure.

A sweet arrival it is: the short walk from the car park to the hotel opens up onto a handsome old farmhouse – a restored 17th-century possesió – which sits next to a couple of equally charming outhouses, with tables set up for lunch outside and more of that green vegetation providing a very pleasing backdrop. Check-in is inside the main farmhouse building which, like much of the hotel, has been modernised with a respectful interior that speaks the international language of contemporary, design-led hotels, but with plenty of original and local features to place it firmly within its rural Mallorcan context.

Our room features a cool, polished stone floor, contemporary furniture and fittings and wooden beams on a soaring ceiling. Rural-chic objets complete the look: a glass pot here, a hand-woven basket there, bringing nature inside in a way that seems intuitive rather than contrived. The rooms are called ‘suites’, and the quibblers among us might question that there is no separate sitting space in our room (a garden junior suite) and the bathroom is only separated from the bedroom by a partial wall. The loo and shower are enclosed, with glass doors that are half the height of the room itself, so there is a certain lack of privacy, if only of an audible nature. Luckily Mr Smith and I are a warts and all kind of couple. The Jacuzzi bathtub more than makes up for any shortcomings, and a pretty little outdoor seating area proved perfectly suitable later on for that all-important sunset glass of rioja, also a complimentary welcome gift.

With bags unpacked, Mr Smith’s very British type of paranoid hysteria about the weather suddenly kicks in, with a determined dash to the pool to ensure we not miss any minute of the Mallorcan sun which is feebly struggling to break free from the clouds. The pool area at the Predi Son Jaumell is a lovely affair: a simple, not too flash rectangle pool surrounded by smart, comfortable loungers and a few four-poster beds, with linen drapes for undercover snuggling. None for Mr and Mr Smith though – that would have been too great a waste of precious tanning time. Instead, the afternoon is passed reading the New Yorker on an iPad (the hotel has excellent free WiFi in all rooms and public spaces), catching the occasional ray and listening to the bells of the cows rattling about in the distance. Lovely.

That evening is the main event: dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, which is overseen by Andreu Genestra, a handsome young chef who grew up in the local town of Inca and trained at El Bulli. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve read or been told that the chef at the restaurant I’m eating at used to work at El Bulli, but either way, this guy knows what he’s doing. Dinner is a set menu of four dishes, beef with pureed potato, local fish with strawberries, melt-in-the-mouth lamb and a home-made vanilla ice-cream. All is fantastic, with strong, robust Spanish wines to accompany and at €40 a head, fantastic value. This is the kind of hotel where you definitely want to eat in and where guests at other hotels nearby and also a number of well-dressed Spaniards come to eat too.

The following days are spent indulging Mr Smith’s sun-chasing routine, and with a couple of local walking trips. The hotel provides complimentary bikes, walking sticks and itineraries: chief of these is a walk to the beautiful Cala Agulla cove – utterly quiet and serene – and a short hop and skip to the nearest town, Capdepera, with its impressive castle dating back to the 14th century. Golf, tennis, fishing and diving are also on offer in the immediate area, and can be arranged through the hotel.

Restored and re-energised after a few lazy days in the countryside, Mr Smith and I pack our bags to head back home, Predi Son Jaumell is quiet and low-key – this is not a place for scenesters or for those wanting the last word in luxury. The hotel and the area’s charms are subtle, its design and atmosphere calm, but if it’s an escape, excellent food and a restorative slumber you’re after, the Predi Son Jaumell would be hard to beat.

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 Predi Son Jaumell’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Service and food. Recommend taking a bike trip to beach, Cap Vermell restaurant right on the sea.

Don’t expect

too much buzz - all very relaxed

Rating

Stayed on 13 Sep 2016

We loved

The food here is outstanding, we didn't dine in the Michelin starred restaurant but the breakfast and the more relaxed bistro for dinner were excellent. The hotel itself is stylish, relaxed, modern and spacious and is run with great attention to detail. The staff were welcoming and helpful, when suggesting beaches for us we were even provided with a parasol. It is set an a pretty rural area and is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. They have their own veg garden which supplies the hotel.

Don’t expect

Lively nights

Rating

Stayed on 6 Sep 2016

We loved

The restaurant...... If you are lucky enough to get a booking. The area is outstanding and historical. Great beaches too.

Don’t expect

To eat at the restaurant if you didn't don't book weeks in advance

Rating

Stayed on 23 Aug 2016

We loved

The combination of fine dinning and relaxed atmosphere and bistro. A great chill out time around the pool with fabulous rooms and attentive but unassuming service.

Don’t expect

It was all perfect

Rating

Stayed on 8 Aug 2016

We loved

Our private garden in suite 25, just slightly away from the rest of the hotel, gave extra bit of privacy to what is a fantastically calm and relaxed place to stay. There is a chance to be a bit more active, there are bikes available to borrow so we cycled down to the beach.

Don’t expect

Don't expect total calm, families are welcome and there kids in the pool. Some families tried to keep their kids quiet unsurprisingly with no success.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Jul 2016

We loved

Total peace and quiet in a very unspoilt area. The hotel was very informal with great attention to detail. Check out the basket weaving shop and castle in Capdepera. Arta was very interesting. The beach at Cala Torta was wonderful. Fabulous walking along the cliff tops down to deserted coves.

Don’t expect

If your looking for wild night life then it's not for you.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jul 2016

We loved

The rooms, the pool, the ambiance and the staff. It is a long drive but the beach and facilities at the Hotel Formentor are lovely.

Don’t expect

Lively nights. Also other decent restaurants are a fair drive away.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2016

We loved

The spacious bedroom, the pool, the breakfasts, the setting. Excellent walking, Capdepera Castle is a must.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The food (in the main restaurant), relaxing places to sit inside and out. The friendly staff, the nearby beach. The large room. The nearby beach is beautiful and a short walk. 10/10

Don’t expect

Amazing food in the bistro (the non-Michelin-starred one)

Rating

Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

Our 'cave' room and the lovely staff. There are fabulous fish restaurants in the local town.

Don’t expect

Exceptional food.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Sep 2015

We loved

Laid back evenings around pool and then casual dining at the bistro. It's a very relaxed place. The tasting menu at the main restaurant is fun for one night (and not expensive). House wine is fantastic.

Don’t expect

OTT glamour, music, young, hip crowd.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

Relaxing atmosphere. Nicely decorated.

Don’t expect

Fast food/drink service - Sadly I found the hotel was let down by this.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jul 2015

We loved

The friendly and helpful staff, the excellent interior design, the peaceful colours, the well equipped bathrooms.

Don’t expect

silence by the pool in the summer holidays.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jul 2015

We loved

The rooms and pool area are so relaxing, beautiful place.

Don’t expect

noise and lots of children!

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Stayed on 14 Jul 2015

We loved

Serenity, room, gardens, extremely friendly staff

Don’t expect

Evening entertainment and big nightlife

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Stayed on 4 Jul 2015

We loved

Everything was perfect; the staff were wonderfully helpful but not at all pushy, the room (we had a Gran Suite) was fabulous with its own terrace and separate living room and the biggest bed ever! It was wonderful around the pool with the double bed sized loungers. It's a very peaceful and serene place, perfect if you need to just get away from it all. We spent two nights, and had one dinner in the main Andreu Genestra restaurant and had the 7 course taster menu with the wine option. We've eaten in many Michelin star restaurants in the UK, and the food didn't disappoint. We loved that the restaurant wasn't overcrowded, which can happen in these places. The waiters and waitresses were kind and helpful and the wine was out of this world (and lots of local wine too). We've already recommended it to lots of friends, including some that live in Mallorca. We would absolutely go back. It's a fabulous place.

Don’t expect

We had a double height bedroom and the air conditioning didn't really keep the room cool enough in 36 degree temperatures. There was also only a duvet on the bed, and no sheets, which is obviously easily remedied by requesting them, but sometimes you don't want to keep bothering the staff! Even though the hotel does accept children, it's not somewhere I would take ours - the hotel is too peaceful and perfect to be introducing excitable kids!

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jun 2015

We loved

This was an excellent hotel, the service was fantastic. The hotel is quiet and calm and has everything you need for a relaxing break. The rooms are really big and beautifully decorated. The staff are also incredibly helpful.

Don’t expect

Wild nights, this is all about relaxation and a quiet setting with beautiful views.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 2015

We loved

The food, the staff, the venue, THE CHEESE. A perfect way to spend a long weekend.

Don’t expect

Noisey nights out! No children - there are the odd one or two.

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Stayed on 25 Jun 2015

We loved

Idyllic setting, warm and gracious but unobtrusive service, impeccable design and finishing touches, beautiful pool, proximity to beaches.

Don’t expect

A lively scene of any kind at the hotel, although the nearby beach is very popular and lively.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2015

We loved

This beautiful hotel delivered what it promised and more. We loved the rural location. The hotel was chic and luxurious but in an understated way, befitting the setting. Our room was bright and spacious and had everything we needed. We found the bed very comfy. The room was kept spotless by the unobtrusive cleaning staff. And we loved the chocolate treats left each night. The heated pool was a good size and had lovely loungers. The gourmet restaurant was great. We enjoyed the main courses and the deserts were divine! The flower chocolate pot was definitely inspired. The hotel offered bicycles so you could explore the local area. Finally, the service was impeccable. You really felt like you were important to the hotel and they took the time to have a conversation and get to know you. They really look after children too. Our son had an amazing time.

Don’t expect

The gourmet restaurant can get busy, so it is best to book in advance.

Rating

Stayed on 25 May 2015

We loved

Decor, cleanliness, food, general ambience and appearance of the buildings.

Don’t expect

Full length mirror in the bedroom or bathroom would be good.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Sep 2014