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Peaceful Son Palou
My wife and I generally spend our holiday time in Majorca on the coast but fancied a short break away from the hussle and bustle of the beach areas. The area around Orient seemed a good spot and after reading other reviews on the Son Palou we booked up for a couple of evenings. We were not disappointed, the location is superb, the hotel facilities all one could ask for and Marc and his staff made us most welcome. We'd have liked better weather but enjoyed walks around the property and had a thoroughly relaxing break that we'd readily recommend to our friends.
relax at finca son palou
A really beautiful small hotel in wonderful countryside. We had a very relaxing holiday. Our room was very individual and spotless. The food was lovely . It was never busy and some days we had the pool to ourselves. Highly recommend it for a leisurely break, although the more active could participate in the hiking all around the finca.
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This was a perfect Majorca stay! We (my department - 20 people) visited Son Palou in late January 08, and everything was just perfect. The hotel, the rooms, the spot, food and drinks - we loved this place. Many thanks again to the entire staff.
In summary: a perfect place for an off-site meeting, but a perfect place for an individual off-time as well. Probably the best hideaway on Majorca.
Don't forget your hiking boots or bikes!
"PPP"...Perfect, Peaceful, Paradise...
We arrived at Son Palou after 11pm at night, after a very dark drive we were relieved to arrive and we were greeted wonderfully by Toni who took our bags and showed us to our beautiful junior suite....what a delight the next morning when we opened the doors to be greeted by the most wonderful views.......
We cannot praise this finca, Marc and the other staff enough - they serve a lovely breakfast in the mornings which you can eat inside or in the courtyard - at breakfast you can choose your evening meal and tell them what time you wish to eat it. The evening meal is wonderful, we didn't expect such cuisine, the flavours are fresh and the presentation is superb. We ate there every night of our stay and each meal was wonderful.
The village is very small and quiet, we tended to stay within the grounds of the hotel by the pool or under the shady trees. There are lots of quiet areas to sit - all you hear are the birds, the sheep and the tinkle of goats bells!!
I wish that I was still there............look at the hotels own website - it gives a very accurate view of the hotel.
Finca Son Paulo is a stunning property set in the lovely little village of Orient, about 20 km from the main road that connects Palma and Soller. My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the suites which was amazing. We had a huge room with a four poster bed, a large bathroom, a living room and a terrace where we could sit and have a drink in the evening and enjoy the excellent views.
The finca is very relaxing, with the sound of the crickets and the goats' bells drifting around the place as you relax and enjoy the great food and wines.
We did some wine tasting with Marc on the first evening, which was fun and educational and allowed us the opportunity to meet some of the other guests. We then dined on the terrace of the main house, looking out over the valley while enjoying the wonderfully prepared food, which was accompanied by more of the wine we had tasted earlier!
Breakfast the following day was superb and ticked all the boxes - fruit, breads and pastries, cereals, hams and cheese and eggs if you wished.
In terms of things to do, the owners have outlined some great hikes for guests so they can take in the awesome scenery that surrounds the finca. If that sounds too energetic, then you can relax by the pool and burn off breakfast with a few lazy lengths as you stare up at the surrounding mountains.
This is a great place and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is travelling around Mallorca.
Without doubt one of the best hotels that I have stayed in. Service very personal, hotel set in stunning location, rooms first class, food excellent. The hotel's web site is truly representative of what it's like. Can't recommend highly enough.
A peaceful and relaxing stay
This is a delightfully tranquil hotel that is at the bottom of the Orient valley and surrounded by mountains. It is not too hard to get to from Palma airport (40 mins by taxi) but once there you feel very secluded and tucked away in the mountains. This is not the place for a lively night scene and variety of attractions, but the village does have an excellent restaurant (the Mandala). It is the perfect place for a quiet stay, the rooms are laid out so you feel you are alone with most having a private veranda. The pool never seems busy and the hotel's own restaurant, which serves very good food and wine, is very discreet and calm. The hotel is family run and everyone is very friendly. There is also great walking with a range of easy 2 hour walks and longer day treks that can be made from the hotel.
A totally relaxing rural gem!
We spent a week in Mallorca in the middle of September, for a special anniversary and birthday celebration. We spent 3 days here in Orient, and the rest of the time in Soller.
This lovely finca in extensive and well kept grounds is located in a beautiful spot with lovely views surrounded by mountains, but close to the small village of Orient. The whole area is tranquil and peaceful, with only the sound of birds and animal bells. There is a tempting infinity pool with seating here, and in other parts of the garden. With only 12 rooms, there is always an air of relaxation. There are lovely walks from the hotel, and the staff are happy to advise you. Sadly, the weather was not brilliant, being mainly quite dull and wet, so we didn't really see this lovely spot at it best.
Inside, the hotel is beautifully and tastefully furnished, with many personal touches and everywhere was spotlessly clean. We never felt as though we couldn't relax there: there was a very refined and intimate atmosphere, but it was also very comfortable and accessible. We had booked for 3 nights, and we were very pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a suite after the first night - this was a nice touch, and we appreciated it very much. Both rooms were very comfortable and well equipped. The smallish bedroom we had at first was very cosy and pleasant, but the suite was huge!
Breakfast was a superb buffet, with cooked food, fresh fruit, yoghurts, meats,cheese, breads, pastries etc., and excellent coffee, tea and fresh orange juice. In the evening, we ate in the hotel, dining on the pretty terrace. It was beautifully cooked and presented. It wasn't cheap, but competitively priced and of excellent quality. We were able to eat in the hotel at lunchtime too.
All the staff were always very friendly and unobtrusively helpful. This lovely place certainly lived up to other reviews, and in no way disappointed. We hope to come again - with the sun next time! - and stay longer.
Mallorca was not a high priority destination on my list, but this trip came about through a variety of factors, so we ended up going. I dislike touristy places, so I wanted to find something off the beaten track. I found Son Paolo and there we stayed. My husband and I were at Son Paolo at the beginning of September. The area is gorgeous, in that it is away from the hustle and bustle of crowds, and deep in the mountains. We liked that, and this Finca was well situated to appreciate the sunsets and sunrises. It is a very quiet place, and perfect for lounging at the pool. We also had a drive around to the other villages around, and were so happy to see no tourists. That is what I like. I speak Spanish so that helped a lot. The restaurant was very good, and had our meals there primarily. I had a very sound sleep, and the staff were all very helpful.
We booked this hotel based on all the glowing Tripadvisor reviews and were slightly disappointed when we arrived.
Perhaps this review would be most constructive if we list all the pros and cons and leave you to decide if it is helpful.
Beautiful scenery and absolute tranquility (with the idyllic sounds of sheepbells tinkling in the farm land below)
Rustic surroundings and far from the usual package or aparthotel type holiday that you associate with many spanish destinations
Lovely restaurant ambience, food and waiter.
Double Room: We booked a room with Expedia and chose a superior terrace double room (as advertised on expedia) as the rate there was more competitive than that quoted by the hotel website. We also chose this because there were no standard double rooms. When we arrived, we were given a superior room with twin beds and the manager suggested that we could push the beds together and rearrange the furniture if we liked.
We were not provided any assistance with our bags and had to run up the stairs with them in our haste to follow the hotel manager as he looked quite harassed and seemed in a hurry to get on with things as he mentioned that the hotel was fully booked when we arrived.
Airconditioning - This was advertised but there wasn't any available. We weren't sure if this was because the hotel was winding down and the AC gets switched off in October. It was about 23C and as there was only one main door to the terrace, the room was very stuffy. We had to leave the patio doors open most of the time and this caused us to spend the rest of our stay swatting flies whilst we were in the room.
Terrace: The views were stunning from the terrace but as our room was situated below (nearby) to the kitchens, you constantly had the odour of food and the sewage system invading your senses! The terrace lighting was also out of action.
Room Amenities: Please note that the rooms do not have any iron/ironing board facilities and it was not possible to locate an adaptor for a travel iron. The manager kindly provided me with his own iron that I was most grateful for. However, when I returned it, the lady at reception wanted to know exactly how I had ironed my clothes (eg. if I had used a towel underneath to protect their furniture). Lastly, although we didn't go there to watch TV, we had a 15' TV in a huge room so you could not actually see the programmes.
Therefore, although we enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding countryside, we did feel that this hotel did not provide value for money. Having visited many hotels around the world, this was extremely disappointing.