Gardens, boutique, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In your room: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Ida bath products.
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.
Families with children of all ages.
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.
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.