Things to do
Arriving at lush enclave Son Net, you’ll want to explore around the atmospheric palacio and its beautifully landscaped gardens, discovering the turquoise pool, edged by loungers, the vegetable plot replete with bounty, the citrus orchards and the gnarled vineyards which provide the wine at the restaurant. All around, the lofty peaks of the UNESCO-protected Sierra de Tramuntana provide endless gazing and if you need further relaxation you can drop into the spa and wellness centre to enjoy the indoor saltwater pool, five treatment rooms and thermal circuit.
Just outside of Son Net is the quaint, lost-in-time village of Puigpunyent, made up of old stone houses, perfect for strolling and those that like a challenge, the nearby Puig de Galatzó a 1027-metre-high peak which rewards climbers with a stunning view of the countryside and the sea. Hikers and bikers are well catered for here with a variety of routes to follow, some straight from the hotel, plus the famous Cap Formentor lighthouse ride. Mallorca’s plentiful, picturesque beaches make a lovely day out, accompanied by a beachside restaurant for a fish lunch. A day’s sailing will allow you to access secluded beaches, pretty coves and snorkelling spots.
Within the palacio are an assortment of rooms and suites, all opulently decorated with draped curtains, four-poster beds, antique furniture, wooden beamed ceilings, stone floors and fireplaces. Elegant and grand, these spacious abodes are comfort personified, each with their own character – some come with terraces and fountains, others with shady pergola patios. Junior Suites can be connected for families. In the garden, the Pool Cottage Suites are secluded and feel slightly more modern and have the added benefit of semi-private shared pools, marble bathrooms and lush Mediterranean gardens.
Food & Drink
Staying at Son Net means enjoying a wealth of fine Mallorcan fare, whether that’s an expertly crafted cocktail at the bar, Mallorcan style tapas by the pool or home grown food cooked in the open kitchen for dinner at Mar & Duix, which also showcases the best of Mallorcan seafood, freshly caught fish, air-dried ham and sobrasada (sausage). The hotel has a strict zero kilometres food mileage policy and you’ll be surprised how varied and delicious the dishes are. Also, not to be missed is the opportunity to inspect the malvasia vines, with an in-house resident, then enjoy a wine tasting afterwards.
What Stands Out
This heritage property built in 1672, restored to its original splendour is an atmospheric and special place to stay, coupled with excellent service and the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful rural part of Mallorca.
If you like a hotel that can do it all, but you’re not a fan of a big resort, then Son Net will suit you. With extensive facilities, heritage decor and rambling gardens, the hotel retains an intimate feel, whilst delivering a high quality of service.