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Hotel Highlights

  • Spectacular converted monastery
  • Fabulous food and drink
  • Spa treatments using local products

Overview

Historic architectural details are honoured at Son Brull hotel, a former 12th-century monastery in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca. Blending sleek and urban with the Mediterranean's slow pace, this is the kind of design-focused luxury retreat where you want to throw on big sunglasses and designer sandals just to wander from through the ancient stone hallways en route to the stylish outdoor pool.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Son Brull with us:

Smith members receive the classical CD Insula Poetica by Joan Valent upon arrival.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Son Brull

5 nights for the price of 4

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

23.

Check–out

Midday.

Rates

Double rooms from $508.19 (€385), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Spa with sauna and massage room (book treatments in advance), tennis court, B&O audiovisuals, CD and DVD library, gastronomic events in low season, including wine/olive oil tastings. The hotel can arrange boat, yacht and bicycle rental.

Our favourite rooms

A room with a view on the pool side of the house, as high up as possible.

Poolside

Connected indoor and outdoor pools with massage hydrojets, an indoor relaxation area and outdoor sun terrace. There's also a snack menu and tables by the pool.

Children

Babysitting and baby-listening services, cribs and extra beds provided at an extra charge.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

365 is the chic, formal-ish fine-dining restaurant, with black banquettes, white-clothed tables and gold-leaf ceiling. It’s modern Mallorquin, nouvelle-ish food: don’t expect large portions. The menu has an emphasis on local ingredients.

Hotel Bar

Drinks available until midnight in the former oil-pressing room, where old beams and a well make an attractive centrepiece. In summertime, Thursday is jazz night, Saturday is more relaxed.

Last orders

Food: 10.30pm.

Room service

24 hours: extensive menu available until 11pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Spanish chic, especially for dinner.

Top table

Outside is best in summer.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Son Brull residents get between 15–20 per cent off at the local golf course. Before a visit to the beautiful bay of Cala Sant Vicent, which is about a ten-minute car drive, and you may book sun-loungers through reception. There’s a market in Pollença old town on Sundays.

Son Brull sits at the bottom of a hill called Puig de Maria: a walk to the top gives you stunning views of the countryside from the ruins of an old monastery.

Cala Sant Vicenç offers different beaches (sandy and rocky), Puerto Pollença and Puerto Alcudia offer long sandy beaches.

Local restaurants

Clivia on Avenida Pollença (+34 971 533 635) in Pollença old town is great for dinner. It is very traditional and brightly lit, serving fresh produce and succulent fish. Cavall Bernat in Hotel Cala Sant Vicent (+34 971 530 250), also owned by Son Brull, is a fine-dining room. Puro Beach (www.purobeach.com) in Palma is great for lunch or cocktails. Book early (+34 971 744 744) if you’d like a table or lounger during the day.

Local cafés

To idle away an afternoon, sit outside one of the many cafés on the central square in Pollença old town and watch the world go by.

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Upscale Pollença

Son Brull

Careterra Palma-Pollença, MA 2200 - KM 50C, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07460

Planes

Son Brull is less than an hour’s drive from Palma de Mallorca (or Son Sant Joan) Airport; fly there with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or British Airways (www.ba.com). You can take a taxi or pick up a hire a car.

Trains

The nearest train station is in Inca, 25km from the hotel, with good connections to Palma and Sa Pobla. Fast trains leave hourly and take 35 minutes to reach the island’s capital. For a more scenic experience, take a ride on the antique steam train that links Palma to Port de Sóller through the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains.

Automobiles

You’ll need a car to explore the spectacular Mallorcan countryside and coastline. Hire one from the airport, and park in the hotel’s free guest carpark. Son Brull is a short drive from the main Pollensa road (the MA-2200).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jo Craven , She's in fashion

Foolishly, our hearts sank as we approached the austere-looking walls of Son Brull – it just seemed so far from our mental picture of design-hotel comfort. Little did we realise: the monks who once inhabited this converted 12th-century monastery/farm would be amazed at the heights of relaxation achieved by the sybarites occupying their old home. The vast wooden olive-oil presses on which th…
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Son Brull

Anonymous review by Jo Craven, She's in fashion

Foolishly, our hearts sank as we approached the austere-looking walls of Son Brull – it just seemed so far from our mental picture of design-hotel comfort. Little did we realise: the monks who once inhabited this converted 12th-century monastery/farm would be amazed at the heights of relaxation achieved by the sybarites occupying their old home.

The vast wooden olive-oil presses on which the monks once toiled line the walls of a candlelit bar scattered with low-lying Scandinavian chairs. Beyond the courtyard where horses were once kept, an infinity pool gently overflows. Further inside, down stone-cut steps, nestles the quiet haven of the spa and the greenish waters of a connected indoor and outdoor pool. A religious experience, perhaps, but not the kind that the brotherhood had in mind. After the hour-long trip from Palma airport on the twisty roads of Mallorca, Son Brull proved itself to be exactly the oasis we’d dreamed of.

The beaming receptionist, whose black outfit matched the carpeted stairs, took us to our room. A vision of discerning good taste, with little wooden shutters on the tiny windows, and views over the gardens, the room had tons of space for unpacking and general lounging on the Scandinavian oak chairs, as well as a Bang & Olufsen TV. A vast bed with silky cotton sheets, linen throws and white sofas kept the room feeling cool (teamed with top-notch air-conditioning). And in the bathroom with brushed-concrete floor, double sinks, shower room and ‘therapy’ bath with water jets, there were enough bottles of potions for us to have our own in-room spa experience (although there are massages and facials on offer in the sauna rooms here, too).

Just as folk back home would be contemplating crumpets and tea, we were assured that we’d arrived in time for lunch, which is served until 18h30 (don’t you love the Spanish timetable?). Some Spanish guests obviously needed all the time over lunch they could get, we thought, as we watched them neck-deep in glasses of Armagnac with their coffee. Beneath a reed screen that blocked out the overhead sun, we ate pa amb oli (local bread with Serrano ham and Mahón cheese) washed down with cold beers, enjoying the breeze and views of ancient olive trees. Shady areas beckoned for a siesta, scattered with sculptures and scented flower beds planted with giant blue agapanthus, roses and jasmine; it was time to let out a deep breath and ponder if there was any need to leave the hotel at all over the weekend.

There are several secluded spaces at Son Brull that allow you to get away from people, so you never feel crowded, and the walls of the rooms are of a solid mediaeval thickness that leaves you wondering if there’s anyone else staying in the hotel at all. With an all-important breeze and view of the landscape, the cerulean-blue mosaic tiled indoor/outdoor pool is the centre point of the hotel, right next door to the restaurant. In order that you never feel too scrutinised by other guests, there is a raised area with enough double beds covered in vast towels for everyone. White curtains can be drawn around your bed, to blow in the breeze in a tantalising Far Pavilions style, though they are, of course, intended in more of a Balearic, chill-out way. At night, candles are lit around the pool, and more cushions scattered around the decking.

Clearly, some of the guests summon the energy to make the trip to clubs like Abraxas, Virtual Club or Tito’s, and emerge the following afternoon for a bed by the pool. But the majority of residents are plugged into their iPods or novels, sipping cordials in a daze. We had a toddler (a bit of a challenge, with the infinity pool acting like a magnet), although, amazingly, no one batted an eyelid when she shouted at birds and laughed loudly into the quiet. The hotel is really an ideal place for romantic couples – of which there were many – and we grabbed the chance to join their ranks by hiring a babysitter for an entire afternoon.

Apart from seeing and being seen on one of Palma’s hippest of dancefloors, the other temptation to lure you away from the hotel are the beaches. Cala de Sant Vicenç is a short drive from the hotel and is one of the best beaches on the island. We swam in the bay and dozed on the sunloungers, but in such midsummer heat we only lasted a few hours before deciding that the hotel’s cool showers and on-tap waiters were much more appealing than feeling sticky, hot and in need of somewhere to eat.

The hotel’s restaurant is outdoors in good weather (which is most of the time), otherwise meals are served indoors among the huge old olive presses. The evening menu is modern, with plenty of fashionable froth flourishes and adventurous combinations, all very well presented. It is one of the most sought-after restaurants in Mallorca and attracts lots of Spaniards, guaranteeing, in turn, an effervescent atmosphere.

As I tucked into excellent marinated mackerel, chilled almond soup and cottage cheese mousse from the menu degustación, I had to raise a toast to all those abstemious monks who once toiled within these walls. Son Brull is a beautifully converted building, with every comfort refined far beyond the point of necessity: this was a discipline we could happily prescribe ourselves.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Son Brull 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 No and would not recommend them at this hotel.

We loved

The hotel, location, food, pool, staff and tranquility were great.

Don’t expect

There were a few wasps by the pool but they didn't cause too much of a nuisance.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a lovely hotel that has such a peaceful, tranquil feel to it: you feel totally relaxed as soon as you arrive. Loved the pool area, especially the huge double sun beds and the little touches like bringing you a free iced drink and cold face cloths just when you need them. The service was excellent, the staff were friendly but professional. The food was great and we looked forward to breakfast every morning. We were in a deluxe room, number 22, at the front of the hotel, and it was very quiet with wonderful views of the countryside and the bottle of Cava and fruit when we arrived was a nice touch. It's the perfect place for getting away from it all and we would definitely would go back.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful rooms, attentive staff, a great pool area with huge sunbeds, the best breakfast buffet I've ever had, a general air of understated but chic elegance.

Don’t expect

Didn't love dinner in the restaurant; menu was a bit too small and the mains were very meat-heavy with little else in them

Rating: 8/10 stars