Mallorca, Spain

Sa Rota d'en Palerm

Rates from (inc tax)$155.28

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR156.75), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Fuss-free finca


Rural heart of the island

Sa Rota d’en Palerm in rural Mallorca is set amid almond, olive and fig trees, with a peaceful outdoor pool and spacious family-friendly apartments. Relaxed breakfasts and simple dinners are cooked up by the unassuming chef and, half an hour away, some of the island’s best beaches await.

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Need to know


One double room; five one-bedroom apartments; one two-bedroom apartment.


11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 1pm.


Double rooms from $155.28 (€143), 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 (EUR156.75), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

If you’re staying in the double room, breakfast (€14 daily for adults; €7 for under-12s) is usually included; if you’ve booked an apartment, it’s charged.


Book transfers from the airport or station at least five days in advance. You can pick up home-made jams, breads, olives, cooking ingredients, wines and – at certain times of the year – Mallorca’s typical sobrasada sausage from the little shop in the cellar by the lounge. There's a pharmacy and supermarket seven kilometres away, if you need to pick up everyday provisions.

At the hotel

Gardens, boutique, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In your room: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Ida bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All five apartments are set in a rustic building opposite the main house, facing the gorgeous countryside. The apartments have a spacious living room, and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and hob. Of the one-bedroom apartments, we love number 4 best: it’s located on the corner of the building, with a huge wraparound terrace overlooking the fields. If you’ve got a bigger party, book the two-bedroom apartment, which also has two bathrooms and a terrace.


The quiet, serene (unheated) pool is set just off from the main house, with sunloungers and parasols are dotted around its cement-and-stone patio. Roman steps lead down into the water. There’s also a little grassy area just behind the pool.


The owners have a very friendly dog which everyone will enjoy befriending.


Sa Rota is extremely family friendly; there's lots for little Smiths to get up to.


Frazzled parents whose holiday dreams feature a sun-kissed pool and gardens for their children to play in will lose their hearts (and summers) to this relaxed, rustic hotel in the heart of Mallorca. This is the most sociable of set-ups: a family-run finca where guests can spread themselves across their own private apartment (with little kitchenettes for rustling up independent meals) and enjoy casual dinners in the hotel dining room, without an army of staff on hand to dent the home-from-home feel. There’s no kids club and there aren’t organised activities on offer – but that’s the beauty of it. Here you’ll spend the whole holiday pottering around together, rather than losing one kid to a crèche, another to a kids club, another to a babysitter. You can borrow bikes, go for walks and do some laps in the glittering pool. And that’s as taxing as it gets.

Best for

Families with children of all ages.

Recommended rooms

Children stay in cots (free); extra beds for under-12s are €31 a night, €44 for ages 12 and up.


Seek out the resident dog to befriend and play hide and seek in the gardens; chill out by the pool (borrow floats and pool toys) and explore the grounds. On rainy days, stay in and play one of the board games (just ask staff for the selection), or snuggle up and watch a DVD together (the hotel has a few cartoons and other child-friendly options). Or, go for a bike ride on one of the hotel's bicycles.

Take animal lovers to the children’s zoo (the Natura Park) at Cami de Son Mateu in Santa Eugenia (+34 971 144078) to admire the menagerie of birds, mammals and reptiles. The zoo emphasises the importance of education, conservation and research, offering interactive workshops and edifying exhibitions. 

Swimming pool

Ask for floats or pool toys if you want them.


Highchairs are available, and there’s an adapted menu for little ones, with options including pasta, chicken nuggets, fish and chips and potato croquettes (parents will be consulted in advance to make sure they’re happy with the selection – healthier options can be added).


Babysitters are available for €11 an hour (minimum three hours) but don't expect them to speak English. Book two days in advance.

No need to pack

The hotel already has highchairs, soft toys, puzzles, crayons, board books, floats, and a DVD library.


The hotel doesn’t have any baby-listening equipment, so remember to bring your own to use in your apartment. Don’t worry about hiking luggage any distance: the hotel’s parking spaces are right by the entrance.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The dining room only has four or five tables to choose from, but there’s more seating outside. For a romantic meal, have food cooked and brought to your apartment, so you can dine out on the terrace and watch the sun set.

Dress Code

The hotel dining room is relaxed, but not so informal you could go in a sarong: bring smart-casual gear.

Hotel restaurant

Rather than having a formal restaurant, the hotel has a very relaxed set-up: lunch isn’t served here and if you want dinner, you need to order it from the menu the day before (staff will work out what you like and devise a set menu with four courses). Previous dishes include: peppers stuffed with prawns, mushroom tarts, pork loin with wine sauce and Mallorcan almond cake. Breakfast is a feast: home-made jams, breads and sausages, fresh fruit, yoghurts and eggs cooked the way you like. The food is traditional to the area, and paella is the specialty; other dishes include courguette and peppers filled with prawns, gazpacho, meat-stuffed aubergines and pork loins with cabbage and raisins. When it’s warm (it usually is), food is served outside. The dining room has dark wooden beams and terracotta walls hung with antique paintings and china plates.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar as such, but if you ask for a drink, staff will serve it to you in the dining room, lounge, on the patio or in your room. You can also browse the hotel’s selection of Majorcan and Spanish wines and buy a bottle for your room or apartment.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 9am and 10.30am. Meals aren't served on Saturdays.

Room service

None, but the minibars are stocked with beers, cava, white and red wine, bottled water and soft drinks. If you want anything else left in your fridge pre-arrival, just let staff know in advance.


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Sa Rota d'en Palerm
Lloret de Vistalegre


Palma de Mallorca Airport ( is 32km away – a 20-minute drive. Fly with British Airways (, EasyJet ( or Monarch (


Sineu’s station is a 10-minute drive; services are run by Tib ( and connect Sineu to Palma, Inca and Mallorcan villages.


Staff strongly advise guests to bring a car. The closest town to the hotel is Sineu. From the airport, follow signs for Santany, come off at exit 10, keep going in the direction of Manacor (Ma-15) for around 17km, take exit 22, turn left at the roundabout in the direction of Pina for 4km, follow signs for Lloret for about 5km, pass Lloret de Vistalgre and continue driving towards Sineu. Turn off to the right into Montuiri (follow the ‘Sa Rota’ sign), after about a kilometre take the small road on the left and follow it until the end: you’ve arrived.

Worth getting out of bed for

Here, the pleasures are simple: you’ve got the outdoor pool and gardens (look for the pretty almond tree, which blossoms in winter) for sunny days, gorgeous inside spaces for (rare) rainy days and a host of things to see nearby: pretty towns and sandy beaches. The hotel can arrange bike hire (€10–€13 a day, including helmet hire) with an external company, which delivers them to guests at the property. Sa Rota sits at the start of one of the island’s most popular cycling trails, including the trail from Algaida to Sencelles, Ruberts and Pina. Any of the beaches by the coastal resort of Colonia de Sant Jordi are worth exploring. The hotel also sends sun-worshippers to Playa de Muro, between Alcudia and C'an Picafort. Play golf on one of the local courses or go bird-watching at S'Albufera Nature Park

Ask staff nicely, and they'll help to arrange boat hire so you can take to the seas. They'll also let you know when the colourful local markets and traditional village festivals are held. Visit the Els Calderers (+34 971 526069), a traditional manor with stables and farm animals, including the area’s famous black pigs. Get a sense of what Mallorcan rural life might have been like with a visit to the smithy (stocked with historic tools), the bakery and the laundry. The manor dates back to the 13th century and is situated in the village of Sant Joan.

Local restaurants

There are a several eateries within a 10-minute drive of the hotel. Can Joan Capó (+34 971 8550750) offers a Mediterranean menu in a traditional stone-walled dining room.


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Anonymous review

You can generally judge a hotel by the quality of its marmalade. This was my conclusion as we drove out of the gates of Sa Rota. We’d arrived four days earlier, driving up to the hillside property through the hot dry countryside and ever-narrowing lanes. We were welcomed by a dog and the owner’s mother (it’s a family affair) who checked us in and gave us a quick tour. There were three stops. The old storeroom which housed their exceptional homemade preserves, a room full of games and stuff for the nippers, and the wonderful pool. Not on the tour is the plastic dog – which is in a flowerbed, half buried, digging for a bone it will never find. We spoke to two families, with similarly aged children, who were leaving the next day. They didn’t want to go, and within 24 hours we understood why; Sa Rota charmingly reconciles two holiday propositions that shouldn’t in theory live together – peace (it’s in an idyllic, rustic part of the island) and it being perfect for children (they are not only welcomed but fully catered for). And we plan to go back – not just because of the marmalade. The question is: do we go on our own or with the children? Cold beer or wine? Tough Mallorcan decisions.

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 Sa Rota d'en Palerm’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The views, the setting and the family that owned the Finca are so lovely. We went away with our 4 and 7 year old children and they loved the pool, the apartment, the setting and the dogs. A really calm and peaceful place for a getaway holiday. Recommend train ride to Soller, a trip to Palma and Aqualand.

Don’t expect

Room service or meals delivered to your door.


Stayed on 7 Aug 2016

We loved

Simple, relaxed, stylish apartment in stunning rural setting with views. Gorgeous pool, friendly people. Felt like home and we wished we'd stayed longer. Great for kids - ride-on toys and plastic buckets etc in garage, board games and toys and DVDs inside (just ask).

Don’t expect

Restaurant, swings. Pool isn't fenced.


Stayed on 26 Aug 2015

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