Check out the best of Mallorca’s countryside hotels
Mallorca Rural Retreats
Formerly dilapidated country houses across the island are converted into beautiful Mallorca rural retreats. Here you can experience ‘the real Mallorca’ away from mass tourism of coastal resorts. This article gives options whether you are wanting an adults only retreat or something for all the family.
What is Agritourism
Many Mallorca rural retreats have the word ‘Agritourism’ in their name or title. (‘Agroturismo’ means the same in Spanish.) The whole agritourism concept literally means ‘farming meeting tourism’. Demand for Mallorca rural retreats has increased in recent years. Farmers are renting out part of their country estates as a means of supplementing their income. A true agrItourism business does everything it can to reduce it’s carbon footprint. This includes recycling and growing home produce on site to protect the environment. Employing local people is helping Mallorca’s economy and reducing the staff’s carbon footprint also!
Facilities at Mallorca Rural Properties
You do not forgo quality and luxury when you stay inland! Many rural accommodations have high spec facilities and services such as saltwater pools, spas, plus quality organised excursions. And you can have just as much fun staying rural as if you were to stay coastal. Staying and exploring Mallorca inland includes options to visit bodegas for wine tasting. Botanical gardens, ancient churches and monasteries and rural hikes and cycle routes are never to far away. If you want water based activities, options are given below to stay within 5 kilometres of the coast.
Features at Mallorca Rural Properties
The rustic living areas and bedrooms in rural properties are often examples of where classical meets contemporary in style. Common features are typically beams and exposed brickwork and sometimes vaulted ceilings. Original features are often preserved or lovingly restored to give a sense of authenticity.
Decide whether you want to be within a few kilometres of a village, town or beach. Or do you want something more isolated? What activities are you planning to do, or is total relaxation the purpose of your vacation? Whatever your holiday objectives, make sure your accommodation location fulfils your needs. You don’t have to be completely cut off though. Bikes are available at many Mallorca rural retreats, suitable for exploring the local area. Some are free to use. You simply pick them up from and return to the hotel grounds.
Considerations when Staying Rural
Most of Mallorca’s rural retreats are a few kilometres from transport links; car hire is therefore necessary. At least for part of your trip if you want to make the most of the beautiful surrounding areas. Winding, narrow country lanes and hairpin bends are all part of Mallorca’s countryside. Some rural properties have dirt tracks as access to their grounds. Do you feel comfortable with this if you are arriving at your accommodation after dark? Are you Ok about shops, cashpoints, bars and restaurants not being just at the end of the road?
The best bits of staying Rural
Sounds of wildlife and eating locally grown fresh food are simple pleasures of life at a Mallorca rural retreat.
And you can have country side views to die for, especially in the spring and autumn.
Leave behind the madness of the outside world to return to your sanctuary at the end of the day! And you’ll have all your mod-cons to hand! Most Mallorca rural retreats have wi-fi, air-con, TV. Options of yoga classes, massages and beauty treatments plus on-site gyms are often available too. Bear in mind also, you don’t have to hire a car for the total time of your stay. You can always get an airport transfer to and from the property and hire a car as and when needed. If you are fit you can hike and bike to get around for the majority of your stay. So what are you waiting for! Here are some great examples of Mallorca rural retreats for you.
Fontsanta Thermal Spa Hotel
Mallorca’s only hot-spring thermal spa offers a choice of medicinal and therapeutic treatments.
This 5 star, 19 room adults only hotel has 2 large swimming pools and 4 jacuzzis. All are served by the Fontsanta subterranean thermal spring, helpful for arthritis and rheumatism.
Location of Fontsanta spa Hotel
Address: Carretera Campos-Colonia de Sant Jordi kilometre 8.2
The Southern salt plains of Colonia de Sant Jordi are visible from the beautifully peaceful and relaxing hotel grounds. There is free use of bicycles for exploring the flat terrain surrounding salt plains. If you want to venture further afield you can hire more specialised bikes through the hotel. Both the bay of Colonia de Sant Jordi and Es Trenc beach are under 4 miles away. Fontsanta is also well placed to take a trip to the protected island of Cabrera, Mallorca’s only dedicated national park. Colonia Sant Jordi port (otherwise known as Campos port) is where you board boat up for this trip.
Facilites at Fontsanta hotel
There’s an a la carte restaurant serving Mediterranean food at Font santa. You can use the fitness room, take yoga classes and get a massage. Available also is free wi-fi and free parking
Need to knows about Fontsanta Spa
Despite being one of the only Mallorca rural retreats to stay open all year round, there are restrictions.
Between 10th November and 23rd February many of the facilities are shut even though the hotel remains open. The restaurant, outdoor pool, hot tubs and jacuzzi, spa and wellness are all closed between this time.
Agroturismo Son Capellot
Son Capellot provides family friendly rural accommodation for a great holiday. You can even hear sheep bleating from outside in these hotel grounds. A daily Mediterranean breakfast is included in the price. Son Caellot is within 10 miles of Mallorca’s popular East coast that incorporates Cala d’or with it’s child-friendly beaches.
Location of Son Capellot
Address: 3a Volta no. 112, Ernest Mestre 31a, 07200 Felanitx, Mallorca
Porto Petro Marina, 4 kilometres south of Cala d’or gives options for fish restaurants and boat trips. Son Capellot is also well placed for Felanitx town with it’s large Sunday market. And you can’t go home without a stop off at the handsome town of Santanyi with it’s luscious sandstone buildings!
Rooms at Agroturismo Son Capellot
There are six accommodation units, each with a built-in kitchenette. Each has a fridge, microwave and dishwasher. Kitchen utensils are all supplied. Only the deluxe bungalow unit has a washing machine. There is however a laundry service for accommodation units without one. All kitchens have stove tops but not full ovens. You’ll also find a safe for your valuables and a hairdryer in your room.
Facilites at Agroturismo Son Capellot
Free wi-fi in rooms and free parking is available. There are options to rent a bike and cycling and hiking tours are possible as extras. Children’s books and puzzles are free to use at this accommodation. Lidl supermarket is just 5 minutes down the road from the property so you will never feel too isolated!
Need to knows about Son Capellot
A no smoking property throughout. A car is essential to make the most of your stay here and the beautiful surrounding area. The room cleaning service is available on weekdays only.
A restored 17th century country house, just a 30 minute drive West of Palma. A well placed property if you enjoy time on the golf course. There are three golf courses within a 30 minute drive of the property. Just a handful of Mallorca rural retreats are adult only facilities; this happens to be one of them!
Location of Finca Gomera
Address: Camino de Cabo Blanco, 07620 Llucmajor, Mallorca
Within a 15 minute drive of Llucmajor town square with it’s plentiful cafes, bars and restaurants. The coast of Cala Pi is just a 10 minute drive away.
Rooms at Finca Gomera
A choice of a double rooms or a suite with a terrace, all are soundproofed. A bridal suite is available.
Facilities at Finca Gomera
Keeping fit is easy at Finca Gomera at the outdoor saltwater pool or yoga classes. Hiring a personal trainer is even possible through the hotel. Or why not cycle to the beach or to the archaeological remains. You can use one of Finca Gomera’s free bikes. Relax back at the hotel afterwards in the hot tub or by getting a massage. Mentally stimulating activities can be arranged for you such as cooking classes. Free wi-fi in all areas and free Parking available.
Need to Knows about Finca Gomera
Car hire is highly advised by the property since no public transport serves the property. If you don’t want to have a car for the whole duration of your stay, there are options. You could organise a return airport transfer to and from the property and arrange car hire as and when needed.
Finca Gomera closes from mid November to the beginning of April. There is a designated smoking area in the hotel grounds.
Casal Santa Eulalia
The property was built in the 13th century and was used as a convent in the 18th century. It’s surrounded by 50 hectares of farmland. You won’t feel cut off because everything you need is close by. This is the largest of the Mallorca rural retreats featured here with 49 different rooms.
Casal Santa Eulalia is family friendly accommodation; a baby sitting service is even available!
True agritourism values prevail here with the owners growing their own food and offering it on their menu dishes. Watermelons, courgettes, figs and grapes are just some of the products grown on their land.
Location of Casal Santa Eulalia
Address: Casal Santa Eulalia Hotel and Restaurant, Carretera Santa Margalida km 2, 07458, Port d’Alcudia, Mallorca.
Casal Santa Eulalia is in an excellent location also if you want to explore the rural towns and villages of Mallorca. The area borders Mallorca’s rural central plain ‘Es pla’ which is the main farming area on the island.
Close to Coast
Casal Santa Eulalia is a Mallorca rural retreat that is very close to the coast. Playa de Muro provides you with a long stretch of sandy beach right the way along to Alcudia Port. And if you want a promenade with lots of eateries and bars, Can Picafort is for you. As well as restaurants and bars in Can Picafort, there is a pharmacy and medical centre. During the summer months there are street stalls in the town to buy clothes and leather. Both these coastal areas are within a 10 minutes drive or a half hour cycle from the property.
Choice of modern or traditional rooms. Check out all room types at Casal Santa Eulalia
Aparthotel with a mixture of massive double rooms, studios, and suites. Specially adapted rooms suitable for wheelchairs are available. There’s also a bridal suite.
Bikes are for rental at the hotel. There are a few good cycle hire companies in the area as it is a fantastic location for cycling. Swimming pools, a hydra therapy pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre massage and beauty treatments are all available here. Wi-fi in all public areas and rooms.
A restaurant serving hearty dishes using the home grown produce is on-site. Packed lunches are available for days out and you can park your hired car in the free onsite car park.
Need to Knows about Casal Santa Eulalia
Seasonal opens only April to end of October. Designated smoking area. You will need to pay tourism tax at this property before your departure of approximately five euros per person per night.
So are you ready for a slice of ‘The Good Life’?! Live, breathe and feel Mallorca’s beautiful countryside air and experience a holiday with a difference. Although, one tip I shall suggest for the very hot summer months. There won’t be much of a breeze inland so find a property that has a pool and lots of shade! Enjoy, and please do come back for my next article!