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Hotel Highlights

  • Only thermal spa in the Balearics
  • Adults-only peace and quiet
  • Fresh, minimalist design with views of the salt flats

Overview

Romans first soaked in the thermal waters at today’s Font Santa Hotel in Mallorca, a soothing spa retreat near the island’s beautiful beaches. Neutral-toned minimal décor lends a serene feel to the rooms, many with sunny terraces. Beyond the natural waters, there’s an outdoor pool and sauna too.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Font Santa Hotel with us:

A private Jacuzzi session for two

Facilities

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Font Santa Hotel, Thermal Spa & Wellness – Mallorca – Spain

Need To Know

Rooms

25, including five suites.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $224.28 (€182), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

Thermal spa (with three treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym), gardens, free WiFi throughout, bikes to hire. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bottled water and Bulgari bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For its natural light, privacy-affording terrace and views of Es Salobrar, we like Room 14. We’re fans of Room 22 too, for its wooden beams, space and secluded terrace. It also mixes up the hotel’s neutral colour palette with artworks in bold shades of burnt orange (painted by one of the owners’ daughters).

Poolside

Two: the thermal pool in the atmospheric old spa, and an unheated outdoor pool with Jacuzzis and day-beds.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your spa gear to try out waters that have been soothing people since the Romans; save room for some tins of local sea salt – way better than a souvenir thimble.

Also

Font Santa’s spa makes much of the thermal waters that spring from underground aquifers at a balmy 38ºC. They’re a mineral-rich cocktail of sodium and chlorine salts magnesium, calcium, sulphur, potassium and more.

Children

This is one for the grown-ups; no under-16s allowed.

Food & Drink

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Font Santa Hotel, Thermal Spa & Wellness – Mallorca – Spain

Hotel Restaurant

The wooden-beamed restaurant is in a separate building, with stone arches, beige walls and linen, and its own terrace facing out to Es Salobrar. Expect hearty Mediterranean and Mallorcan flavours, with sea salt (flor de sal) from the saline ponds down the road used in dishes such as lobster ravioli and steak with peppers, Cabrales cheese and rosemary. Don’t miss the pancakes with melted dark chocolate at breakfast.

Hotel Bar

Settle in at sundown for a cocktail - the bar has an impressive list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic combinations, using ingredients plucked straight from the gardens. If you're peckish, nibble on local delicacies such as Iberian ham and Menorcan cheese, or produce from further afield – such as Kobe burgers – served all afternoon and until 10.30pm.

Last orders

Head down for breakfast on the terrace from 8am until 11am. The restaurant serves lunch from 1pm until 3pm; dinner starts at 7.30pm and stops at 10.30pm.

Room service

A selection of salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches can be ordered up any time between noon and 10.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Stick to muted tones of oatmeal, white and grey if you fancy fitting in with your surroundings… or, don something bright if you'd rather stand out.

Top table

Ask for a table near the glass-fronted kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work.

Local Guide

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Font Santa Hotel, Thermal Spa & Wellness – Mallorca – Spain
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel might be modern, but the spa and its thermal waters have been around for a while – soak in original baths from the mid-19th century. The region is famed for its salt, fresh from the mounds at Es Salobrar – there’s a shop and factory nearby where cooks can stock up and try before they buy. Take a boat over to rocky national park Cabrera, the main island of the namesake archipelago, to see the 14th-century castle, spot seabirds and lizards, and scuba-dive submarine archaeological sites. Boats depart from Colonia Sant Jordi and Portopetro in summer. Walk from Colonia Sant Jordi to Es Carbo beach to escape the crowds, or see why Es Trenc is considered one of the island’s best beaches – white sands, turquoise seas and its own nudist zone. The hotel can also arrange bike hire and horse rides.

Local restaurants

In Campos, for good-value local cuisine in a cheerful setting, try Can Calent (+34 971 651445; www.cancalent.com) on Ronda Estacio, or for something international, with a German slant, head to Moli de Vent (+34 971 160441; www.moli-de-vent.com) on Calle Norte. Club Nautico (+34 971 640413; www.cnrapita.com) in Sa Rapita is known for its views, but the seafood isn’t bad, either. In Ses Salines, Casa Manolo (+34 971 649130; www. www.bodegabarahona.com/casamanolo) is your place for authentic tapas and other specialities, such as salt-baked fish.

Local cafés

Enjoy a café con leche at Cassai (+34 971 649721; www.cassai.es) on Calle Sitjar in Ses Salines, and stick around for supper if you’re still in the area at nightfall.

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Salty Salobrar seascape

Font Santa Hotel

Carretera Campos, Colonia de San Jordi Km 8.2, Campos, Mallorca, 07630

Font Santa Hotel is in Campos in southern Mallorca, overlooking the salt flats of Es Salobrar and close to the nature-reserve beach of Es Trenc…

Planes

The nearest airport is in Palma, served by British Airways (www.ba.com) and EasyJet (www.easyjet.com). It’s a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Automobiles

The drive to the centre of Palma should take around 45 minutes. There’s free parking at the hotel. From the airport, follow the motorway towards Santanyi for roughly 20 kilometres. When you reach the first roundabout, follow the signs for Campos. Once there, continue straight towards Colonia Sant Jordi until you reach Font Santa on the right.

Reviews

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Font Santa Hotel, Thermal Spa & Wellness – Mallorca – Spain

Anonymous review

by Alastair Humphreys , Adventurer and inspirer

In the early days of knowing Mrs Smith, courtship typically involved a few rounds of Sambuca and the chivalrous offer of sharing a taxi home. These days it involves a boutique trip to Mallorca, gourmet dinner, a fluffy mountain of white dressing gowns, and any number of elaborate therapeutic spa treatments. But hey, she loved it; it worked for me; everyone is happy. If you like the pared-down lux…
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Font Santa Hotel

Anonymous review by Alastair Humphreys, Adventurer and inspirer

In the early days of knowing Mrs Smith, courtship typically involved a few rounds of Sambuca and the chivalrous offer of sharing a taxi home. These days it involves a boutique trip to Mallorca, gourmet dinner, a fluffy mountain of white dressing gowns, and any number of elaborate therapeutic spa treatments. But hey, she loved it; it worked for me; everyone is happy.

If you like the pared-down luxe of sister property Can Simoneta, you’ll love Font Santa Hotel’s similar stylings: artworks aside, the brightest colour is white, with beige, grey and taupe taking supporting roles. Everything is both natural and Mallorcan, and the calm, clutter-free design means an air of stillness pervades – and it’s adults-only, so noise levels are capped at reasonable limits. 

So content on our anniversary weekend was Mrs Smith that when the maître d’ of at the Font Santa Hotel shook our hands on our first evening, she introduced herself by name and, for a moment, I thought she was going to invite the poor man to join us for dinner. Maintaining his cool, he enquired whether we might like a drink. A fine idea. Now, these are the kind of decisions I like. Gone, for a blissful few days, were the mundane decisions of home life, and whose turn it is to change a nappy. Instead we luxuriated in choosing between mojito or caipirinha, Pimm’s No 1 or gin fizz. This was more like it. The dining at Font Santa is formal, amid a pale modern decor, central fireplace, high arches and a smart wooden-beamed ceiling – there is no piped pop music, table conversation is quiet and the waiters are attentive but discreet. The pick of our excellent tapas? The prawns baked in oil and garlic and the enjoyable roulette of Pimientos de Padrón, fried sweet chilli peppers.

Outside, the grounds are just as peaceful, where hammocks swing in the sweet-scented gardens and plump daybeds line the pool. I opened the windows to our room to only the sound of fountains and the warm scent of lavender and pine drifted in from the gardens. The night was still and dark. On the walls was a triumvirate of large paintings depicting a grey sky with stars peeping through scudding clouds. This was not a room where you lay in bed thinking, ‘Goodness, that needs a clean. I would definitely change the curtains. Maybe I should move that bit of furniture over there to help the feng shui.’ Such thoughts are never mine, but from experience I know that this is where Mrs Smith’s mind can drift. With nothing to clean, move or redecorate, Mrs Smith could give me her full and undivided attention.

During one of the weekend’s many moments of idle reflection, I thought of the famously elaborate courting ritual of the male bird of paradise. Mrs Smith does not like to be outdone, not even by a tropical bird. It seemed I had yet to prove myself further, for in the morning she announced that we would be tackling the spa circuit… ‘together’. This filled me with a degree of horror. However, I donned my dressing gown and strode boldly into the new world of vaporiums.

I must confess that I enjoyed the spa far more than I envisaged. The saline pools and subterranean thermal waters of the area have been popular for their healing properties for hundreds of years. Though the Font Santa Hotel was refurbished in 2012, its modern veneer sits comfortably with the atmosphere and style of the 1869 sandstone villa and old stone chambers. The restorative waters will ease any creaks; if they’re not enough, the indulgent treatments should do the trick. Those Romans were no fools: if they believed these waters to be beneficial, they’ve probably got a point.

Suitably relaxed, we ventured on a few short outings. We borrowed pleasingly old-fashioned bicycles – curved handlebars, shiny metal bell – and sallied forth, dinging our bells happily together. The pretty beach at Es Trenc is a gentle 15-minute ride away down a quiet lane, meandering past great mounds of salt and the shallow pools that the famous local salt is extracted from. As it was November, there was no dilemma for us as whether to partake in the nudist section of the beach or not.

We explored the village of Port d’Andratx, whose glamorous villas pile up the hillsides of the curved bay. I even dragged Mrs Smith on a cross-country hike to the clear-blue waters of the Mondrago Natural Park; Mrs Smith seemed more taken with the agreeable Saturday market in the old streets of Santanyi. Mallorca is compact and even the capital Palma is an easy drive away. In winter it is quiet but the climate is pleasant and it proved perfect for an off-season break.

Truthfully, perhaps some of the hotel’s more exquisite, expensive touches were lost on me, but with her eye for detail, they were savoured by Mrs Smith. She purred with pleasure at the lavender gardens and the thermal baths, Bulgari bath products, the glass-topped tree-trunk coffee tables and the chilled bottle of Cava at breakfast. And, if it gets Mrs Smith in the mood, well it sure as hell works for me.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Font Santa Hotel 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 whole place is just so relaxing and tranquil and the fact that its an adult only hotel just adds to that. We were in room 16 which is a large, quiet room with four poster bed, and a private courtyard terrace area. There was a lot of choice for breakfast and for the lunchtime snacks and evening meals. I did not think the prices were particularly high for a five star hotel. We enjoyed the spa and jacuzzi but did not pay for any treatments.

Don’t expect

The gardens could do with everyday maintenance to bring them up to five star standard. We visited the beach Es Trenc but it was incredibly busy and we did not stay. We also visited Campos and Sant Jordi, which is quite quaint.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Time stands still with the peace and serenity in this hotel and we thought the sunsets were lovely. Both pools were wonderful and it was nice to be able to use the hot pools at the spa. We loved our room (43) for it's location away from the main building and our little outside sitting area. There was a beautiful setting for dinner with a good menu and wine list. We loved breakfast too. Everyone was very warm and accomodating during our stay.

Don’t expect

While dinner options were great, it is a little pricey. The lunch menu by the pool was minimal and pricey as well.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Virtually everything - the setting, gardens, bedroom, bathroom and all the other facilities were perfect. The staff were professional, friendly and very efficient.The little town of Colonia de San Jordi - 4 or 5 kilometres down the main road - was lovely. The beach was easily accessible and there were plenty of bars/restaurants if a change was required from the hotel pools and gardens. We went on a boat trip around the islands of Cabrera which was really enjoyable...and the colour of the sea - wow!

Don’t expect

Free water was enjoyed in the room but perhaps this could be extended to the poolside restaurant.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were clean and crisp, the service was impeccable, the spa was relaxing and very well run and the food was fantastic. The selection of pools and sun terraces were great and the hotel was able to make recommendations for daily excursions. The breakfast was amazing unless you are trying to watch your weight, as the patisserie and bread selection were far too tempting. We can't wait to go back. Also, an adult only hotel during the school holiday was a welcome retreat!

Don’t expect

There was a little bit of noise from the road and the beds were on the 'firm' side. Also, check beforehand if you want a bath tub in your room as only some rooms have them (although there is so much water elsewhere to try!)

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Service was fantastic; I loved the food and wine, facilities including the spa, and location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the relaxed, adult-only atmosphere, stylish interior, beautiful gardens and pools.

Don’t expect

The planting around the bedrooms could do with some TLC.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the 'adults only' policy which made all the spaces relaxing, calm and clean. Customer service is first class with very hard-working staff anxious to help in whatever way. Wonderful design throughout and perfectly manicured and scented garden walkways. Unusual breakfast ingredients including champagne on ice, smoothies, local meats and salts - very enticing in the mornings. Absolutely gorgeous stone-walled restaurant for dining indoors by candlelight. Great location between beach and town of Campo which offered everything, including a 7 clay-court tennis facility only a 5 minute drive away.

Don’t expect

Our room with a terrace (No 52) had little privacy from next door and no table for Room Service (which otherwise was excellent).There was way too little hanging space for two people and no drawers. Slightly odd pricing policy - water is free in rooms but costing an arm and a leg by the pool. In fact, all food very pricey, although delicious and made of fresh ingredients. Parking was awkward - we left our car outside the secure gates. Some bits of the Spa weren't working (in Thermal Pool) during our stay and there were no English-speaking channels on TV.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The beds were very comfy, staff were great and the spa was fabulous!

Don’t expect

I stayed in Room 3, Room 2's bathroom was next door to my bedroom, and I could hear every time they showered, used the sink and flushed the loo – soundproofing is definitely required.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Very quiet, calm atmosphere. Lovely touches (free glass of champers on arrival, flavoured iced water brought to you around the pool). Efficient (not sycophantic), discreet service and delicious food.

Don’t expect

There was a slight smell of drains in the spa area but that may have been because it was a natural spring!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the quiet and beautiful setting, stunning food, incredible spa, healing salt baths close to beach via a lovely bike ride, stunning beach and huge rooms that were so comfortable.

Don’t expect

If they added yoga or some other health classes this would be perfect.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The gardens, the pools and the restaurant were all fantastic. Indeed, the whole hotel is stunning, in shades of white and beige, with sculptural decor and art. A truly relaxing experience.

Don’t expect

The mattress wasn't as good as it should have been for a hotel such as this.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

If you're looking for the very best in service, food , pampering, room, hotel, quietness, location, wellness, cleanliness, water (by which I mean natural mineralised water) then this is the place. I can honestly say that Font Santa has to be one of the best hotels my wife and I have ever stayed in. Everything detailed above was par excellence and couldn't recommend it more highly. The food was so good that during our week long stay we only ventured out twice. The restaurant staff were warm, knowledgable, attentive and incredibly helpful. We're going back!

Don’t expect

From the hotel's perspective, nothing could be improved.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything! The staff are wonderfully helpful, kind, calm, patient and informed. The location is perfect and feels incredibly safe. Absolutely every nook and cranny, corner, surface and edge is spotless. The pools are wonderful. The sun loungers and all furniture are supremely comfortable. The food is brilliant, healthy and delicious. The service in the restaurant is fantastic. The spa is utterly indulgent and always very calm. The whole place feels very private. And the girls working in there have an excellent command of every major language and answer your every query. I can not sing the praises of Font Santa hotel highly enough. It was an absolute haven and just the holiday I had been desperate for.

Rating: 10/10 stars