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Hotel Highlights

  • Dramatic clifftop setting
  • Fabulous pool overlooking the Med
  • Modern look, traditional warmth

Overview

Clinging to a clifftop near Capdepera in Mallorca, the historic Can Simoneta hotel strikes the perfect balance between traditional Mediterranean hospitality and contemporary island getaway. In addition to close proximity to both the island’s beaches and golf courses, this secluded farmhouse offers massages under pine trees and a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean below.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Can Simoneta with us:

A bottle of Mallorquin wine and a basket of fruit, as well as traditional Mallorquin jam and liqueurs on departure

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

18, including five suites.

Check–out

Midday, but flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $424.46 (€322), excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Restaurant, massage area, internet access. Direct access to the sea by a curved stairway carved into the cliff.

Our favourite rooms

Most importantly, ask for a sea view. Two of the suites and two of the doubles have terraces. Otherwise, our favourite rooms are 4, 7, 21 and 22.

Poolside

There’s a large pool and clifftop Jacuzzi.

Also

The hotel has private access to a secluded cove where there is a bathing pool cut out of the rock. Hotel guests get 10 per cent discount at three local golf courses.

Children

Under-18s are not allowed.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The restaurant has views over the bay of Canyamel, and specialises in Mediterranean dishes with a twist. If the weather is good, get a table outside on the terrace.

Hotel Bar

Snuggle up with drinks under the awning on the sofas, or struggle down the steps to the monk’s pool with your drinks.

Last orders

Food: 10.30pm. You can order drinks until you go to bed.

Room service

24 hours, but limited after hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Relaxed, but dress for dinner.

Top table

Both indoors and outside, the corner tables are best. The hotel can arrange a secluded dinner for two perched on the cliff.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Golf (there are four courses in the area); Smith members get 10 per cent off at three of them. Water sports include waterskiing, fishing, kite boarding, wake boarding and wind surfing. Hiking or mountain biking are popular, especially outside high season. There is a tennis club nearby, and also stables. Canyamel beach is a short walk across the finca’s land and across the rocks. Not too far is the legendary Cala Torta beach, which is unspoilt though the chiringuito there is expensive simply because it’s so well known. Cala Agulla beach is not far away by car and is relatively untouched. 

 

Local restaurants

Ses Rotges on Cala Ratjada (+34 971 563 108) is Michelin-starred, with a dining area out in the garden during summer. Renaissance in Capdepera (+34 971 563 713) is a romantic restaurant serving great French cuisine. Enjoy fresh fish at Can Maya in Cala Ratjada (+34 971 564 035). Make sure you get a table on the terrace looking over the small harbour. The best beach restaurant, or chiringuito, for lunch is at Cala Torta but the one in Canyamel is also great. Restaurante Porxada de Sa Torre, located beneath an old defence tower of the 13th century is very rustically decorated with ancient farmer tools as well as an antique oil and wine press. Order their speciality; lechona (roast suckling pig) and roasted chicken. Es Moli Den Bou on Calle Sol in Sant Llorenç (971 569 663) is a great Michelin-starred option for Mallorquin cuisine.

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Verdant clifftop

Can Simoneta

Carretera Artà-Canyamel Km 8, Finca Torre Canyamel, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07580

Planes

Fly with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or British Airways (www.ba.com) to Palma de Mallorca (also known as Son Sant Joan), which is 70km away.

Trains

Take the scenic route to Palma on the vintage steam train from Sóller’s beautifully restored train station. The journey takes around an hour, and a return ticket will cost €11 or so.

Automobiles

It’ll be worth having a car to reach this secluded clifftop hotel, and for exploring the Mallorcan countryside and coastline. The hotel has free parking and bicycle hire. The nearest bus station is 800m away.

Other

Take the ferry from Port de Sóller to visit Sa Calobra, one of Mallorca’s most spectacular natural attractions.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Alison Chow , Boutique buyer

We found out before we set off for Spain that our clifftop hotel, Can Simoneta, was originally built well over a century ago, as a house for a monk whose doctor had prescribed a course of seawater treatments for some unspecified medical condition. We realised a couple of things immediately: 19th-century monks would not be impressed by the NHS, and our weekend in Mallorca was going to be a profound…
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Can Simoneta

Anonymous review by Alison Chow, Boutique buyer

We found out before we set off for Spain that our clifftop hotel, Can Simoneta, was originally built well over a century ago, as a house for a monk whose doctor had prescribed a course of seawater treatments for some unspecified medical condition. We realised a couple of things immediately: 19th-century monks would not be impressed by the NHS, and our weekend in Mallorca was going to be a profoundly peaceful affair. After all, a poorly monk is likely to live in a nice tranquil spot, rather than heading for the noisy, bustling charms of somewhere like Magaluf.

We were right, about the second thing anyway. This was one brother who knew how to choose his location. Just an hour’s drive from Palma airport, we find ourselves standing on the edge of a cliff, gazing and sighing at the spectacular views over the Mediterranean towards the island’s smaller sister, Menorca. It is the perfect place, if you’re so inclined, to contemplate the wonders of God’s creation – or, in my case, to get up to some thoroughly un-monkish frolics with my own Mr Smith.

That monk must have had a pretty good time here, too. The house is way up on the cliff, and a staircase was cut out of the rock so that he could saunter down and take the waters in an amazing, secluded bath – like a natural Jacuzzi – carved straight out of the rocks on the beach at the foot of the stairs.

The hotel itself consists of two imposing stone houses that were lovingly restored and refurbished in 2004. One of the houses is much closer to the clifftop than the other, and this is the one to ask for. Its suites are exceptional, with muslin-draped four-poster beds, large windows to let in the summer breeze and, of course, those views over the sea. There is great variety of rooms in the second building, including one which is smaller and darker, with a very small window (presumably as a defence against the heat). Ask for either a terrace or a high room with big windows if you’re in this house.

All the rooms have satellite TV and an Internet connection, although we wouldn’t have minded if they didn’t. Of course there are those who want to check emails or watch the news, but in a place as calm and secluded as Can Simoneta, modern communications can feel like an unnecessary addition. That said, our bathroom, always a good indicator of the quality of a hotel, is thoroughly modern and immaculate. And if we needed any help getting to sleep, the sound of running water from the fountain outside our window would prove more effective than Temazepam.

Not that we spend much time inside, anyway. In the morning, we prescribe some seawater therapy for ourselves, on a very nice beach a short walk away. Unusually for the Mediterranean in high season, and Mallorca in particular, the pale sands are blissfully uncrowded. Back at the hotel, we spend the afternoon beside the pool, lounging on the rattan chairs all decked with the whitest of white linen cushions, seeking refuge from the sun and drinking in the view (as well as a few cocktails).

The hardest decisions we have to face during our stay are whether to have a massage in the hotel or under the pine trees overlooking the sea, whether to clamber into the Jacuzzi at the top of the cliff or walk down the stairs to the ‘monk’s pool’ at the bottom, and whether to take advantage of the yoga classes or simply lounge about in one of the hammocks hanging in the hotel’s extensive and beautiful gardens.

There are plenty of other activities to do in the surrounding area, should we wish to venture away from our clifftop haven: farms and caves to explore, the mediaeval tower at Canyamel that looks so beautiful in the distance, churches and prehistoric settlements. After less than 24 hours in the hotel, though, we are so relaxed that just imagining doing these things seems far too strenuous. Of course, we end up doing nothing, and it’s absolutely lovely.

We do devote a little bit of mental energy to wondering why more of the hotel facilities are not closer to the edge of the cliff, rather than 50 metres inland. It seems odd. Are they worried about erosion? Did the sickly monk also suffer from vertigo? No – the answer lies in the hotel’s location on the margins of a nature reserve. Can Simoneta has a very special position on the coastline, and apparently it’s a miracle they even got planning permission for the pool.

Though it is the location that sets it apart from similar boutique hideaways, the interior of the hotel is superb, too: elegant and simple. The staff are all extremely professional and discreet, and the peaceful restaurant serves delicious, refined Mediterranean food (it has to be excellent, we decide, to match the view from the terrace). For anyone looking to escape the natter and nonsense of the everyday and unwind in a spectacular, peaceful and soul-soothing environment, Can Simoneta is a very fine retreat indeed. In fact, you could say it’s just what the monk’s doctor ordered.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Can Simoneta from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel has happy, young, attentive staff in a paradise setting on the clifftop; incredibly relaxing. I have recommended to friends who have already booked for September. There's a mouthwatering selection for breakfast with the daily papers and a wonderfully prepared innovative dinner and good wine list.

Don’t expect

I would advise not to book Room 11, it could be noisy from the entrance, at times.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We booked a room with a chill-out area which was great, but the real joy was that the whole hotel was a chill-out zone. The new pool down by the beach was brilliant and so quiet, as the other guests didn't seem to know it was there.

Don’t expect

No sign of the Mr & Mrs Smith "extra" which was a shame!!!

Rating: 10/10 stars