12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My wife and I have just returned from 2 fantastic weeks at Son Palou.
A truly beautiful small hotel in lovely Tramuntana mountains of Majorca .
The day starts with the bird song and everything that could be done to ensure a happy stay is done with a smile and obvious pleasure by Marc and their staff. At the end of a stress free day by the pool, dinner is served by candlelight on the terrace.
Sitting on the terrace outside our room in the night, listening to the distant clanking of sheep bells, watching stars, this is full-on heaven. No traffic, no anoying anything, whatsoever.
We simply cannot praise this hotel enough and would definitely return in the very near future.
- Travel date: Fri 20th of November 2009
"I can honestly say (as a fussy, well travelled, ex Travel Agent!) that this is one of the nicest places I have EVER stayed in. It was gorgeous. The whole place was pristine. The food was fabulous. The views were unbelievable and we had a fantastic room with a romantic four poster bed with it's very own private terrace with table and chairs and sun loungers.
This really is a little gem of a place. We would definately recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit special and something off the beaten track. This really is a different side to Mallorca that you don't find in your typical package holiday brochure
Thank you so much to all the staff makoing a memorable stay"
- Travel date: Sat 17th of October 2009
For total relaxation this is the place to go!
"This finca is beautiful.
Fantastic staff and wonderful food.
We enjoyed our stay here so much.
The views are amazing and the rooms are spectacular."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of July 2008
"We had a ten day holiday at this hotel and alhough the weather was overcast we had a good holiday in the most friendly of surroundings. The staff were excellent, the food most appetising and all in all we had a fine time. Well done Marc and his staff.
Brian & Pat Midgley, Sheffield Engand"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of July 2008
A Very Special Place
"We've stayed at this hotel before and I'm happy to say that not much has changed at Son Palou since I wrote a review in June 2006.
It's sprouted a couple more nice rooms which are in keeping with their surroundings, and a new regime in the kitchen has added a touch of flair to the food. It's still extremely peaceful, there were still cherries from the finca amongst the array of fruits at breakfast, but perhaps the most impressive thing was the number of repeat visitors of several nationalities, several of whom said to me that thay returned "because it is a very special place""
- Travel date: Sun 6th of July 2008
Gem of a hotel
"We have recently returned from a weeks holiday at this lovely hotel which enjoys a beautiful and tranquil setting in the mountains of Majorca. Our room (we were upgraded to a suite when we arrived) was enormous, and had the most amazing views. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful and the service was suberb. The first couple of days we were there were a little chilly, and the logs fires in the lounge and dining room were very welcome. All in all we had a lovely restful holiday thanks to Marc and the rest of the staff at the Son Palou"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of March 2008
"We have just come back from a memorable 10 day stay at this delightful hotel. Its location high in the Tramuntana mountains is stunning and perfect for a quiet relaxing holiday away from the crowds. The hotel accommodation is traditional and simple but stylish. The grounds / gardens are extensive, well maintained and the mountains provide a perfect backdrop for the pool. We found the staff were relaxed yet efficient and keen to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The superior rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable and benefited from air conditioning. Breakfast was an extensive buffet which set you up for the day. The evening meals were also of a very good quality but a little more expensive than anticipated. A car is essential for visiting this location although the roads are at times not for the faint hearted. In addition to being a destination in itself, this hotel can also be used as a base for touring the island. The closest town is Alaro which is approximately 8 kilometres away. From the outskirts of this town you can get a train into Palma or pick up the motorway to the north of the island. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone seeking peace and tranquility."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of August 2007
Mallorcas Best Kept Secret (!!!)
"We stayed at this superb Spanish 'FInca' for 4 nights following a mediterranean cruise - In celebration of my 40th birthday. We specifically wanted something off the beaten track (as we've visited Mallorca a few times in the past by doing the typical package holiday) and something a bit 'special' - I can honestly say (as a fussy, well travelled, ex Travel Agent!) that this is one of the nicest places I have EVER stayed in. It was gorgeous. The whole place was pristine. The food was fabulous. The views were unbelievable and we had a fantastic room with a romantic four poster bed with it's very own private terrace with table and chairs and sun loungers.
The hotel nestles in a tiny village which sits in the Orient valley so you are completely surrounded by hills. The views are out of this world. It was SO relaxing. All we could hear were the birds and the distant sound of the jangling bells around the necks of the mountain goats.
You MUST have a car. We found it easy to get to Puerto Soller, Puerto Pollensa, Valldemosa (in fact we covered most of the top half of the island from the West, right over to the East).
This would be recommended to couples (or families with older children) as it's very quiet. I personally would not have liked small children to have been present as it would have spoilt the serenity of the place.
I would not say this is a particularly cheap hotel but as we all know - We get what we pay for.
Marc and his team were very hospitable and the service we received was excellent.
This really is a little gem of a place. We would definately recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit special and something off the beaten track. This really is a different side to Mallorca that you don't find in your typical package holiday brochure.
We have very special and very fond memories of our extra special holiday to Son Palou, Mallorca.
We know if you so choose this place for your holiday - You will too!"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of July 2007
"Very peaceful and in a beautiful setting. One room , however was almost in basement and very damp and smelly. The other room we were asked to (told to) vacate so they could give it to a larger party (more spend on food and drink). We were offered an evening meal as compensation for moving from our booked superior room to a standard room, wasnt really adequate for having our holiday spoiled."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of October 2006
Tranquility with breathtaking views.
"Stumbled across this on the net and what a find. Set in a tiny village in the middle of the breathtakingly beautiful hills of Mallorca, this is a great place to relax and unwind. The room - a suite - was very spacious; separate lounge/tv room, huge bathroom with very big shower and separate bath, not to mention a large bedroom with big bed. A small private patio outside as well as a further private terrace with loungers overlooking the staggering beauty of the surrounding olive groves and orchards was bliss. The staff are very friendly with good english. Evening meal available, but a little limiting for more than a few nights. The restaurant next door - Mandela - was brilliant, open Mon-Sat for lunch and fri/sat for dinner.
Ideally situated just a short drive from Soller, Alaro and Valdemossa; but once you've settled in, you wo't want to go far!
- Travel date: Sun 1st of October 2006
Beautiful, peaceful place
"We booked this hotel for a relaxing mini-break over Easter based on good reviews from tripadvisor and a recommendation from i-escape and we were not disappointed!
Far from the tourist crowds, this 'agroturismo' hotel (converted from former farm buildings) is a hidden gem. It took less than 30 minutes to get there from the airport, but when we sat on the loungers on our private patio all we could hear were the goat bells tinkling across the valley.
The house and the gardens are beautfully restored and maintained and the infinity pool was superb although we didn't actually swim as it was still early in the year and a little chilly. Definitely not a good place for children, it was so peaceful that most people talked in hushed voices so as not to disturb that peace. Nor probably a good place for living it up. But if you want somewhere you can go and relax, read a book, play scrabble with your partner, have a massage in your room and totally chill out I cannot recommend it highly enough!
The manager/owner is fluent in at least three languages and it was most entertaining to hear him go around the dining room in the evening checking everyone was having a pleasant stay and didn't want for anything switching from Spanish to English to German as appropriate.
The satellite TV provided is (I think) analogue - certainly there were many German, French and Spanish channels but we failed to find any English ones. Which was ok though, as we hadn't gone to watch TV.
The food was superb, and they were happy to accomodate and preferences outside of the daily menu.
We will definitely be returning!"
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
Great little finca!
"Came across this place by accident - the manager of the Dalt Murada Hotel (another fabulous hotel) in Palma recommended it. The Son Palou is quiet, out of the way, in fabuous countryside, and utterly relaxing. It has a wonderful outdoor pool and excellent cooking; they do dinner, but you have to book for it. The food is unpretentious but superbly done, I and all the other guests actually looked forward to the evening meal as the food was of such a high restaurant standard (and you can't say that for many hotels!). When we were there, there were no children present; I don't know if 'no kids' was a hotel policy but it isn't the kind of place for children anyway as it's very quiet.
Orient itself is a tiny village (more of a hamlet) but surprisingly it does have two island-renowned restaurants. The walks from Orient are many and superb. If you have a car the whole Muntanya mountain range is before you to explore. Highly reccommended."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of October 2005