Mallorca, Spain

Sa Rota d'en Palerm

Rates per night from$144.43

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR133.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fuss-free finca

Setting

Rural heart of the island

Sa Rota d’en Palerm, a family-run finca in colourful, rural Sineu, is a quiet and peaceful proposition: days here are spent idling by the pool, exploring the area or packing up towels and swimwear for the beaches half an hour away. There’s a laid-back dining room for breakfast, rustic rooms, and simple, unfussy, family-sized apartments to spread out and relax in.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

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

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from £122.77 (€146), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

If you’re staying in the double room, breakfast (€14 daily for adults; €7 for under-12s) is usually included; apartments are on a self-catering basis only.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Also

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

Children

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

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); dinners can be delivered to your apartment most nights. 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. Dinners aren't served on weekends or holidays, and dinner cannot be ordered in the double room.

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.

Location

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Address
Sa Rota d'en Palerm
Lloret de Vistalegre
Mallorca
07518
Spain

Planes

Palma de Mallorca Airport (www.mallorcaairport.co.uk) is 32km away – a 20-minute drive. Fly with British Airways (www.ba.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk).

Trains

Sineu’s station is a 10-minute drive; services are run by Tib (www.tib.org/en/web/ctm) and connect Sineu to Palma, Inca and Mallorcan villages.

Automobiles

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.

Reviews

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Nick Dutton

Anonymous review

By Nick Dutton, Ad man

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.

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