A taste of the real Majorca

TEXT: HANNAH JANE THOMPSON | PHOTOS © RURAL HOTEL PREDI SON JAUMELL

To stay at the Rural Hotel Predi Son Jaumell is to stay in the real Majorca.

Located on the far-east coast of the Balearic island – just over an hour’s drive from the airport – it is a deliberate world away from the bustle of the capital city of Palma, and prides itself on offering a peaceful, rural escape, without requiring guests to sacrifice comfort, luxury, modernity, or style.

Set within a 17th-century farmhouse on 3,000 square metres of rustic countryside near the tiny village of Capdepera, each of the 24 rooms features understated but highend decor sourced from local craftspeople, highlighting the region’s creative heritage (including the traditional technique of ‘llata’ palm leaf weaving) in natural colours of white, yellow and blue.

“Our guests want to discover the real Majorca,” explains hotel director Susanne Turowski. “We want them to feel surrounded by authenticity.” Everything is designed to be easy: the hotel can arrange trips to the village museum, market, and tapas bars; bike hire; Nordic walking sticks and hiking maps; and entry to nearby golf courses. Alternatively, guests can lounge by the pool or wander the on-site vineyard, fig tree orchards, olive groves and vegetable patch.

Food is also a star attraction and there are two restaurants, one of which has held a Michelin star since 2014. Overseen by celebrated young head chef Andreu Genestra, it is currently offering the ‘Mediterrani Extrem: a gastronomic experience along the Mediterranean coast’, and aims to champion local produce, including freshly-caught fish and gambas rojas (red prawns).

The restaurant prides itself on using the hotel’s own olive oil, wine, gin, Vermouth, vegetables and herbs – giving guests a real insight into the unique taste of this quiet island retreat.

“We give guests the real essence of Majorca, with high standards,” explains Turowski. “From the moment they arrive, guests feel authenticity and peace. They can switch off from all outside obligations, and feel free.”

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