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Hotel Highlights

  • Affordable chic
  • A very slick pool
  • Secluded secret hideaway

Overview

A historic boutique hotel in Mallorca with modern interiors, Cases de Son Barbassa is a series of 16th-century houses and watchtowers in the storied village of Capdepera. With all the contemporary comforts – flatscreen TVs, stocked minibar, a big pool flanked by shady cabanas – this stone retreat is equal parts luxury and authentic Spanish finca.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Cases de Son Barbassa with us:

A bottle of Mallorcan wine on arrival

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

12, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $254.20 (€196), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

Hotel closed

November 15 until February.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, restaurant, bar.

Our favourite rooms

Room 15 has a huge terrace and the best vistas in the house. 21 and 22 are the suites with views, which can also fit an extra bed. Whatever size room you go for, ask for a countryside view rather than one of the swimming pool.

Also

The grounds boast some prehistoric ruins dating back 3,000 years.

Children

Welcome: extra beds can be arranged. Children between two and 12 are charged 50 per cent of the adult rate.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

White tablecloths, stone walls – it’s smart yet relaxed, with amazing views across country. All the food comes from the farm itself, even the meat.

Hotel Bar

Have a drink on a lounger, or an armchair in the cosy lobby.

Last orders

Food: 10.30pm.

Room service

There’s none as such, but the minibar is reasonably priced.

Smith Insider

Dress code

As casual as you wish.

Top table

Ask for the table near the window; when it's warm, go for one on the terrace.

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 of the high season. There is a tennis club nearby and also a 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

Part of a hotel, the garden dining area at Ses Rotges on Cala Ratjada (+34 971 563 108) is is a romantic setting for a Michelin-starred restaurant. Renaisansce in Capdepera (+34 971 563 713) serves great French cuisine. C'an Maya in Cala Ratjada (+34 971 564 035) has a terrace looking over the small harbour and is great for fish. L'Orient on Placa de l'Orient (+34 971 563 098) is a lively tapas bar and great for watching life in the square of Capdepera. The best beach restaurant, or chiringuito, for lunch is at Cala Torta but the one in Canyamel is also great.

 

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Rugged and rural

Cases de Son Barbassa

Ctra. Cala Mesquida, Camí de Son Barbassa, Capdepera, Mallorca Balearic Islands, 07580

Planes

The nearest airport is Palma de Mallorca (also known as Son Sant Joan), which is served by EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) and British Airways (www.ba.com). It’s about an hour’s drive from the hotel; hire a car at the airport, or take a taxi (the hotel owners are happy to help find a reliable service).

Trains

It’s most common to travel by car (or taxi) in this area, but if you happen to visit Palma, don’t miss the antique steam train that winds its way through mountains and orange groves the city and the Port de Sóller.

Automobiles

A car will be useful in reaching this secluded hillside hotel, and for seeking out the best coves and beaches along the coastline. Hire one at the airport and park up at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

After two nights livin’ la vida loca in the cocktail bars lining the back alleys of Palma’s Old Town, this Mr and Mrs Smith were ready for a change of scene – one that involved a strong dose of relaxation. Cases de Son Barbassa was just what the tired revellers ordered. Set on a secluded hillside above the ancient village of Capdepera in the north-east of the island, the hotel h…
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Cases de Son Barbassa

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

After two nights livin’ la vida loca in the cocktail bars lining the back alleys of Palma’s Old Town, this Mr and Mrs Smith were ready for a change of scene – one that involved a strong dose of relaxation. Cases de Son Barbassa was just what the tired revellers ordered.

Set on a secluded hillside above the ancient village of Capdepera in the north-east of the island, the hotel has panoramic countryside views. It sits just inland from some of Mallorca’s least-known but loveliest coastline, and many virgin coves and beaches. Its remoteness really warrants a car, although we survived on a string of cabs.

Cases de Son Barbassa is tucked between olive trees, an immaculately restored finca with an interior of clean whites and neutrals set against original stone features, wooden beams and polished floors, offering cool sanctuary from the blazing midday heat that greeted us. A warm, Spanish-speaking welcome finally gave Mrs Smith the chance to try out the language she had been studiously learning for the past month. Her hesitant explanation that we were vegetarians must have made sense; the unfazed manager kindly assured us that we wouldn’t go hungry.

The compact size of our room - named S’Arc after its arched entrance - was more than made up for by its outdoor terrace, which gave us beautiful views of the verdant landscape. Though the terrace was not technically private in terms of the path that runs round the hotel, nobody and nothing disturbed the all-encompassing tranquility of the location.

Our room had everything we needed: flat-screen TV, minibar, and big, supremely comfortable bed. The stone-floored bathroom, like the rest of the hotel, was modern and ergonomically considered, containing a shower big enough for two, with full-body massage jets.

As regular visitors to Miami’s South Beach, we both felt at home lazing on the infinity pool’s cushioned loungers, as the soft white canopies billowed in the merciful breeze. After taking a plunge, we helped ourselves to the honesty bar before taking the short stroll back to our terrace, where we were visited by a couple of laidback local cats.

We only stopped at reception to ask for advice about where to eat in Capdepera, but the owner made it his business to drive us into town himself while enquiring about what sort of restaurant we were interested in. Opting for cheap and cheerful rather than haute cuisine and Michelin stars, we were guided to L’Orient in the village’s picturesque main square. The welcoming staff may have joked about our strange vegetarianism, but they made us feel like old friends.

The only thing that could drive Mrs Smith out of bed the next morning was the buffet breakfast spread. During another blissful day doing exactly what we wanted, ie next to nothing, we were paid a visit by the chef, who was keen to make sure our dietary desires were taken care of at that evening’s barbecue. The hotel’s dedication to decent local produce was more than evident, and left us wanting nothing but a night cap, which we enjoyed in one of the two very cosy fireplace snugs on either side of the bar.

Our final day was spent, once again, horizontal on those decadent sunbeds, before we headed over to the pretty town of Artà, dominated by the towering Moorish architecture of Santuari de Sant Salvador d’Artà. As we slothfully made our way down the central ramblas, we were intrigued to witness one long-distance runner after another zooming past. We sat and had a cold beer, watching the world race by and trying to relate to the concept of being in a hurry, as the town’s women and children stood out cheering the men dashing past.

We experienced nothing but warmth during our whole idle stay. As we ate in the lively, arty surroundings of Café Parisien, we congratulated ourselves on choosing such a wonderful and welcoming corner of Mallorca. Cases de Son Barbassa was the perfect place to hide out for a few days, and we were sad to say goodbye to our rustic, self-contained haven.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Cases de Son Barbassa 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 a fantastic setting on a hillside with a very peaceful and secluded feel.

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee making facilities, either in the rooms or in a central area throughout the day, would be nice.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the great views and very comfortable rooms, as well as the stunning sun terrace around the pool.

Don’t expect

Although there are quite a few beds for sunbathing, the covered ones tend to get booked, even when not being used!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is an absolute find. Beautiful buildings and very peaceful. The best massage ever in the midst of the gardens. Amazing breakfasts. Excellent hiking on the island. And, weirdly, gin and tonics you can dive into – I'm not complaining! And perfect staff, friendly without being over familiar. And we liked having to try to speak Spanish.

Don’t expect

Lunch and dinner were advertised as gourmet. We would describe them as good home cooking. I would recommend menus are simplified and ingredients limited to what's freshest from the hotel's farm but really I'm nitpicking.

Rating: 10/10 stars