A VISIT TO SÓLLER, MALLORCA
Though just across the Balearic Sea from Ibiza, and a 45-minute drive from the bustling city of Palma de Mallorca, the citrus-lined town of Sóller feels a world away from the European party scene. The latest opening there is the stylish six-bedroom Hotel 1902 (hotel1902soller.com), a traditional Spanish townhouse renovated by two former Londoners, who now live onsite with their two cats. While it’s endearingly cosy – it features an “honesty bar”, tiny dining space for each morning’s breakfast and a quiet, wisteriacovered terrace – it’s also immaculately furnished, mixing tasteful art and four-poster beds with patterned floor tiles and local market wares. If you can bear to drag yourself away from your new home away from home, the area is surrounded by the UNESCO world heritage Serra de Tramuntana mountains, fantastic walking trails and is only a 10-minute drive from the sea.
Balance beach time with relaxation at Mallorca’s Hotel 1902 (below)