Long weekends in Mallorca usually mean flying in to Palma and never venturing past the city walls. The shopping is fantastic, the restaurants plentiful and the maze of cobbled streets intoxicating — so after all, why not? But just a few minutes’ drive east lie undiscovered treasures. Traditional hotels, hidden coves and some of the best eating in the Mediterranean.
Just five miles down the road sits the stylish resort of Illetas, home to one of the island’s stand-out places to stay, the Hotel Bon Sol. It’s been in the same
SEVEN nights at Bon Sol costs from £898 per person in May with Classic Collection Holidays, based on two adults sharing, half-board including flights. A sea view junior suite costs £33 per person per night extra. classic-collection.co.uk
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When other hotels are busy chasing the latest new-fangled travel trend, the Bon Sol, thankfully, knows that some things never go out of fashion. Martin Xamena and his family are an utterly charming and very visible presence, and they’ve created the sort of hotel where grandparents, their children and grandchildren are all catered for through a myriad of facilities. It’s little wonder that many of his staff have worked here for decades.
Nestled on a clifftop amid pine trees, this elegant 142-room hotel has its own beach, two swimming pools, a tennis court, gym and yoga classes, steam rooms and a spa, plus facilities for families during school holidays.
Restaurants and bars overlook the sea, as well as some within the grand interior of a building which is Tardislike — it may look small on the outside but once you’ve got used to the layout, turns out to be vast. Rooms are spacious and many overlook the sea.