The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

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-col­lec­

For more in­for­ma­tion visit hotel­bon­ fam­ily for two gen­er­a­tions and thus pro­vides a re­as­sur­ingly tra­di­tional air just as you might ex­pect from their de­scrip­tion as “an over­grown fam­ily home”.

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.

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