Son Brull Hotel & Spa
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Spanish Oasis
"What an amazing place... Nestled in the Mallorcan hillside away from the crowds of the beach, the Son Brull is an oasis for a relaxing Spanish getaway. The hotel itself is a old monastery converted into a boutique luxury hotel - only 23 rooms. The contrast of the traditional architecture with the modern fishish out is quite striking. And it is comfortable modern, not stark and cold.
Upon arrival, we found the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Within five minutes of walking in the door, we were checked in, had dinner reservations for that evening and were off for a tour of the property. The place is simply beautiful... The biggest surprise came when we arrive at our room (number 1). It has two-stories, with a sitting area on the ground floor and bedroom and bath upstairs. All with a spectacular view of the front garden and hills beyond. Simply perfect.
We ate at the 3Â¦65 restaurant at the hotel two nights of our stay. It was delicious, beatifully presented and the service was good. As was to be expected, the wine list is loaded with a selection of Spanish wines. The only oddity was that several other of the guests had small children with them. It did not seem to fit with the atmosphere, but was not much of a distraction. Breakfast was the standard European selection, but on steriods. The selection of cheeses and sausages was impressive, and the choice of fresh fruits and breads never left us wanting.
The infinity pool was perfect for relaxing under the sun. Perhaps the best element was the sun beds surrounding the upper terrace. It was pure heaven to have something so comfortable at your disposal.
The spa is nicely appointed with a wide range of services. For massages, they use oils that are made nearby with local ingredients. A nice touch.
All in all, the Son Brull is a perfect Mallorcan destination. The hotel is striking, the service is exceptional, the food delicious and the setting peaceful. However, if you want the activity of the beach, this is not the place for you. That said, it is only a 10 minute drive to the water."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of July 2006
Luxury and peace
"We stayed on the 5 day package deal that the hotel offer directly which included 3 dinners in and a car. The hotel is as beautiful as all the photos suggest and it is an incredibly calm and peaceful hotel. The noise from the road is minimal and only noticeable as there are no other noises to hear other than goat bells! The best part of the hotel is definitely the staff. They are extremely friendly and bend over backwards to help out on all requests. The beds by the pool are great and the curtains help keep the sun off as on the loungers the umbrellas are fixed to the ground and so you have to keep moving to keep in the shade. The pool was lovely and cold enough to be refreshing. Small downpoints were no fridges in the room only an ice bucket a night. The lunchtime food was fabulous but the dinners disappointing as they were a bit too clever sometimes e.g lamb fillet with rice pudding and raspberries! The menu did not alter all week although there was a additional set menu a night which often had a nice starter on it.
If you want total peace, quiet and relaxation we would definitely recommend it and we do intend to return. The tennis court was great and far enough away from the pool to not disturb the peace with our McEnroe style outbursts!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of June 2006
Second time around disappointing
"My husband & I first came to Son Brull in june 2004 & believed that we had finally found a place that we would return to for many years to come. The hotel has been beautifully refurbished & was just the right size to avoid falling prey to the mass market which inevitably seems to destroy the ideal of a tranquil escape. The staff were wonderful, quietly attentive but never intrusive & we were immensely impressed with Santi from reception & Juanita in the restaurant. The pool area was idyllic; small but perfectly formed with wonderful beds to relax on as the staff brought cold towels & fresh juices. The silence was wonderful as befitting a restored monastery with the only sounds being from the birds or cicadas. Other guests respected the tranquility & we spent a wonderful week relaxing in peace.
Imagine then our horror when we returned in september 2005 to celebrate our wedding anniversary & found that the hotel had obviously changed it's 2004 policy of discouraging children under 12. Whilst I am sure many people praise it for being child friendly the hotels tranquil profile cannot be maintained if small children & infants are encouraged. The furnishings, pool area & 360 restaurant do not lend themselves well to such an idea & it is too small to allow families & those guests wishing to escape noise to enjoy themselves side by side. Son Brull charges appropriately for it's luxury accomodation but part of the premiun is based on exclusivity & I'm afraid it will have to decide who its greater audience is. Hard working adults do not wish to spend a great deal of money to then have to listen to small children squawking because they are bored (there is very little for children to do here... no coco the clown kiddy club perish the thought).
We are afraid that the search continues for our idyllic retreat."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of March 2006
"We stayed at the Son Brull for one week with our one year old daughter. Our room was beautiful, the staff couldn't have been nicer and the breakfasts were fantastic. The local village was relaxed and offered a good choice of restaurants. No request was too much trouble and the hotel was extremely child friendly. We will be back."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of February 2006
Beautiful and Relaxing
"Lovely hotel - very relaxing, lovely restaurant and beautiful setting. The pool was amazing. Only downside were the small windows in the rooms and no balcony - but i guess monastaries weren't built to be a hotel! This just added to character.
The bathroom was AMAZING - enourmous shower, jacuzzi bath, gorgeous toiletries. Fresh fruit in room and a welcome bottle of champagne.
Take some CDs or DVDs as there's a great B&O TV/DVD player.
We hired bicycles from the hotel and went to Pollenca and Puerto Pollenca. Lovely scenery along the way of golden fields and olive groves."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of October 2005
"This small hotel is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Delightful design, superb staff and a cute little spa. Peaceful surroundings. Great weekend retreat. Loved it!"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of June 2005
A place to relax
"This is an excellent hotel. To start with.., the location is fairly remote and is approx. 3km from Pollensa town (30-40 minute walk). A car really is essential to get about, unless you love walking.
On the plus side, the scenery, farmland, trees, hills and wildlife, the occasional bleating from sheep! Apart from the sound of sheer peacefulness, what more could one ask for?
The hotel still remains much of the character of the old monastry, blending contemporary style with old.
The bedrooms are all the 3 C's (contemporary, clean & comfortable). You even get a pillow menu!
Breakfast is something definately to look forward too, with a buffet style continental and hot breakfast cooked to order.
On our first night we sampled the 3/65 restaurant which is rather special. Too good to indulge on a nightly basis.
The Spa is fairly small but never appeared to be busy.
There is an indoor/outdoor pool which is very much heated and a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room (max occupancy 4 persons) at one time.
The outside main pool, although rather cold but briefly refreshing is very welcoming and it is not necessary to wear anything designer. Basically, just relax and be yourself. There are sunloungers as well as large double beds complete with large square pillows. (But beware, don't fall asleep for too long otherwise you may think you are in your own bed).
The Staff are extremely helpful and will practically bend over backwards to satisfy your needs. We would often see one of the owners walking around and greeting people and always approach you to ask how you are.
This hotel is already of a high standard, given a little more time could well become the hotel of the real Mallorca."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of May 2005
Feed the mind, body and soul
"It is very hard to find fault with this hotel. It comes down to more hooks in the bathroom for costumes, towels and robes, better lit areas for reading, and a laundry basket for towels in the Spa. It is a beautiful old building with a mixture of the modern and spiritual. One way looks towards the mountains the other the sea, in the middle are orchards and farmland. If you want to explore Majorca it is much more convenient than Deia or Formentor and further away from the rush of other tourists than Palma - but unless you are a walker you need a car to get out and about. The staff cannot do enough for you, but are friendly and warm. They speak excellent German and English. The food is first class, although is so special you may not want to eat in the restaurant every night. The pool area and Spa are luxurious. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the audio visual equipment - enough of a toy for any boy!. Everything is done with style - from the Art books in the front hall, the 'features' in the garden, the picnic rucksack, to the gold envelopes for the restaurant menu. A feast for mind, body and soul. There is even a lost path up to the convent on the nearby hill for you to find - the hotel cannot, but know it is there!!"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of March 2005
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.....
"I haven't actually stayed at this hotel however, I did go there for a day in October 2004 to use the spa. The spa itself is very nice, well equipped, although the indoor pool was a little chilly. The treatments were excellent and very relaxing. My husband and I had lunch on the beautiful terrace overlooking the wonderful pool with its day beds and the food was delicious. We also had a look at a couple of the rooms which were extremely luxurious. The setting of Son Brull is great, very peaceful and the owners have done an amazing restoration job. For a special occasion I think it would be worth splashing out and staying at Son Brull. Also the staff are very pleasant and helpful."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of January 2005
Heaven on Earth...Beyond any other 5 star in Europe
"Just returned from an absolutely wonderful 4 day stay at Son Brull. Nowhere in our journeys across Europe, have we experienced service and luxury at the level provided at Son Brull. The staff-guest ratio of what seemed to be 4:1 assured that even our smallest requests were immediately satisfied...all expectations exceeded. The peaceful, serene main building overlooks a landscape far more beautiful than even the most picturesque Tuscan imagery. The restaurant, 3/65, amazes with fresh Mallorcan spices straight from the garden just steps away. Truly, all senses are catered to by the staff and facilities of Son Brull. Suffice to say, we will be back again and again to our new little piece of heaven."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of October 2004