In the former king’s seat of Sineu, boutique hotel Ten Mallorca is a Balearic bolthole in the heart of the island’s wine (and cycling) country. The traditional townhouse has been reimagined with Matthew Williamson wallpaper, deco details and star-shaped light fixtures, but don’t fret: original tiles and the carved bannister of the period staircase have been preserved. The sun shines down favourably on this nine-room hideaway, where the courtyard pool is perfectly positioned to catch the most rays. Other convivial corners include an outdoor kitchen and barbecue-ready dining terrace, an upper terrace with a plunge pool and views out across the rooftops, plus a sunken chill-out space.
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A free bottle of local wine on arrival; Smiths staying four nights or more get an additional gin tasting
11am, but flexible until 2pm for a €10 fee, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Check-in after 11pm will also be subject to a €10 charge.
Double rooms from £144.20 (€169), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from €15 a person).
Calling all minibar mainliners: the hotel can tailor yours to contain the miniature items of your dreams if you let them know before arrival.
The hotel is closed every year between 21 January and 13 February.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, a gym, yoga classes, games room. In rooms: free bottled water, tea and coffee, air-conditioning, a minibar, smart TV and Argan Source bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the nine rooms was designed individually, but we especially love Room 8, for its Biba-inspired wallpaper, velvet headboard, private access to the upper terrace and ensuite bathroom with white subway-style tiles and black fixtures and fittings.
There’s a tile-lined saltwater infinity pool in the central courtyard, with several sunloungers and almost as many parasols; as well as a plunge pool on the top terrace. Pool hours are 8am to 11pm.
A massage therapist can be booked for treatments either in your room or by the pool. A full spa is being added in 2020.
Wannabe DJs, don’t forget your vinyl: the games room has a twin set of turntables ready for you to get spinning.
The easily navigable communal areas are on the ground floor and Room 1 has been specially adapted room for wheelchair users.
This one’s for adult Smiths only.
The hotel tries to source as much produce as it can from the island, including organic meat and eggs. It’s also part of Mallorca’s Cleanwave movement, and only uses refillable glass bottles.
Under a fringed parasol out on the terrace, obviously.
Art deco details to match your surroundings: scallops, seashells and go for gold with some sparkly edges.
There’s no formal restaurant, but lunch and dinner can be ordered daily, with midday meals mostly served around the pool (straight to your sunlounger if that’s what you want), and three-course seasonal suppers each evening. Breakfast is a bountiful buffet of pastries from the local bakery, homemade jams and granola, pa amb oli and fruit platters, with eggs and avocado on toast cooked to order. On summer Sundays, the hotel opens its doors to non-guests for Dip and Sip swim-and-lunch events by the pool – make sure to reserve a spot if you’re keen.
There’s a bar just off the lobby, with Rosa Blanca rum cocktails on tap, craft Balearic beers, an excellent selection of local wine and no fewer than 19 gins to work your way through. Be inspired by the art deco bar, with its octagonal mirrors, black and gold backdrop, and parquet counter. Make ours a Gin Rickey.
Breakfast is served between 9am and 10.30am, but can be earlier on request. The bar calls time at midnight.
You’ll find Ten Mallorca in the island’s inland town of Sineu, slap-bang in the centre of the Balearic beauty.
Palma’s airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The concierge can pre-book taxis, which will cost around €50 each way.
Sineu has its own station, a few minutes away by car. From here, you’ll be able to catch trains to other towns on the island, including Palma, Inca and Manacor. Trains to Palma run every hour and take just over 40 minutes.
You’re in the centre of Sineu, but the next town along is Inca, a 15-minute drive away. To Palma, it’s about 40 minutes behind the wheel. There’s a free car park at the hotel, but it only has a handful of spaces; if it’s full, pull up at the free public car park that’s less than a minute away on foot. It’s definitely worth hiring a car to get around the island.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s a whole lot of pa amb oli to get through on this island, so you can feel better about it by hitting up the hotel gym first. Or head to the games room, where a 74-inch TV, PlayStation, Hornby train set, vintage football table, darts board, board games and a virtual-reality headset await.
Sineu is fit for a king, literally – this town is where Mallorcan monarch King Jaume II used to live, so you can be assured of a royal seal of approval. The weekly market (every Wednesday) is one of the biggest on the island; get there early (5am) if you want to watch the locals trading livestock. The town is right in the middle of the island, so you’re perfectly placed to head off in various directions and arrive at something of note within an hour. There are lots of cycling and hiking routes that start in Sineu. The hotel owner is a Lycra enthusiast, so will gladly impart his two-wheeler tips. For seaside strolls or to hire a boat, make your way to C’an Picafort, the closest beach, 12 miles away. You can’t miss the seven-level bell tower of the Santa Maria church in Sineu, which also has a miniature museum of mediaeval pottery attached. If you want to purchase nun-made pastries, arrive at the torno of the Convent de la Concepció: this small revolving door doubles as a really quite blessed bakery. Pack your swimming trunks and head to Son Serra de Marina, a dune-flanked beach with views out across the Bay of Alcudia, but don’t be surprised if others haven’t bothered. Or tour the waterways and wetlands of beloved-by-birdwatchers Albufera Natural Park.
The hotel is in the heart of the island’s wine country – hit up some bodegas on a Mallorca Wine Tour, or head uphill to Finca Son Bordils for amazing vineyard views and even better wine.
Nab a table on the terrace for a convivial morning coffee with some locals at Café Mara in Sineu. If you’ve ever wanted to eat in an old flour mill, book a table at Molí den Pau, a traditional restaurant set in a stone structure that dates back to 1870. For the best pizzas this side of Sardinia, try Santapí just off the main square in Sineu, which also has a trio of criminally calorific fried variations on offer. It’s a tough choice, but someone’s got to make it: sit out on the fairy-light-draped terrace? Or indoors under the chandelier by the picture windows? Wherever you’re placed at Jacaranda, the creative restaurant at Finca Serena, the food is superb.
Cocktail prizes await for anyone able to track down speakeasy-style Door 13 in Palma’s old town (clue: it’s on Carrer de les Caputxines).
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Spain and unpacked their cycling helmets and homegrown wines, a full account of their Balearic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Ten Mallorca in Sineu…
Oenophiles, cyclists and art deco enthusiasts: this one’s for you. This nine-room townhouse in central Mallorca has all the scalloped edges, octagonal mirrors and black and gold accoutrements to make Jay Gatsby proud. Pedal-pushers especially, rejoice: if you’re coming to Mallorca to don Lycra, you’re in good hands – the owner moved here because the cycling is just so good. He’ll be able to point you in the right direction for the best trails, with inside info on the most challenging – and scenic – tracks. Sineu used to be the seat of 13th-century monarch King Jaume II, and it won’t take you long to see why. Not only is this traditional town pretty much in the middle of Mallorca – making it a great base for setting off in any direction and finding something of note – it’s still very authentic, so you’re more likely to be seated alongside some Mallorquíns for that day’s 12th serving of pa amb oli than you are sunburnt Brits. The hotel hosts regular events, including ‘Dip and Sip’ summer Sundays, where non-residents sign up to come swim and feast at the pool, wine-tastings (the area is the island’s wine-making centre) and barbecues. The king clearly wasn’t messing around when he selected Sineu for his seat. If it’s good enough for royalty…