Spend time in nature on the largest of the Balearic Islands. Swim in a pool surrounded by olive trees and tuck into Mediterranean produce, fresh off the estate, at one of these top countryside hotels in Mallorca, all bookable with Culture Trip.
While Mallorca certainly has its fair share of gorgeous coastline, increasing numbers of visitors are coming to the island to enjoy its more peaceful, rural interior. Catering to this demand, country estates have been converted into lovely hotels across Mallorca, showcasing the surrounding countryside to make for a wonderfully rustic experience.
Olive trees and a herb garden surround this 15-room boutique hotel at the foot of the Tramuntana mountains. Once a 13th-century farm, this remote resort now sits in a stone-and-wood Mallorcan manor house, built in the 17th century. Soak up the scenery from the outdoor pool or hire an e-bike from reception to explore the surrounding cultivated land. Make sure you try the olive oil, pressed from the hotel’s own grove.
This complex of traditional 18th-century Mallorcan farmhouses is situated in the southwest of Mallorca, just a 15-minute drive of its finest beaches. Suites wear a light, contemporary style and have their own terraces overlooking the countryside or island of Cabrera. Highlights include the outdoor infinity pool and onsite restaurant serving classic Spanish dishes – make sure you try the mango mojito.
Just 30-minutes inland from Palma, this 17th-century farmstead has its own wine cellar, eco-allotment and extensive groves of lemon and orange trees. All rooms and suites have mountain views and showcase original features such as stone-flagged floors, antique furniture and wooden beams. Travelling as a group? Book the luxury villa – formerly a sheep house – with its own pool, surrounded by almond trees. Staff can arrange visits to the all region’s best wineries.
Olive oil and art headline at this designer boutique in the centre of the island. Wander the groves that produce some of the world’s finest extra-virgin oils and learn more on the Olive Oil Tour. Stylish rooms and suites are themed after major Spanish artists, featuring reproductions of their works alongside jazzy contemporary paintings. Also found throughout the property are pieces by the sculptor Sebastian Miranda, the current owner’s uncle.
LJ’s Ratxo provides a masterclass in sustainable luxury, offering the comforts of a five-star hotel without making a deep environmental footprint. Everything from the bathroom and spa products to the kitchen ingredients is locally grown or produced, plus over 70 percent of the employees are from the surrounding towns and villages. Start your day with a yoga class and locally sourced breakfast, take a long hike in the mountains and wind up with a cocktail by the forest view pool. There’s also a spa with a sauna and treatment rooms.
Located in the centre of the island in vast grounds surrounded by farmland, Son Tomaset is a haven of tranquility. It’s one of the less polished hotels on Mallorca, with the sounds of farmyard animals accompanying otherwise peaceful relaxation around the pool. Accommodation is modern and comfortable, however, and there is a lovely secluded courtyard where you can dine by candlelight. Clean air and a lack of light pollution also make the property a great spot for clear sky stargazing.
Perched on a hill overlooking the picturesque valley of Puigpunyent, this former 17th-century country estate also scores high on stunning surrounds. A large pool lined with canopied cabanas makes the most of these scenic vistas, while palatial guest rooms feature charming period features such as exposed beams and stone arches. Art fans will be delighted to find works by the likes of Chagall, Hockney and Andy Warhol gracing the walls. There are two restaurants serving outstanding Mallorcan-inspired dishes; wine is produced by the hotel’s vineyards, while the vegetables come from its own gardens.
At just 24 suites, this boutique property fits into the small-but-perfectly-formed category of rustic luxury hotels. The interiors are achingly tasteful, seamlessly integrating chic minimalist styling into this four-centuries-old stone finca. A swimming pool is surrounded by canopied Bali-beds and the restaurant is presided over by a Michelin-starred chef. A WhatsApp concierge is also on call around the clock to help organise anything from hiking to horse riding around the countryside surrounding the hotel.
This rustic five-star property dates from the 19th century and its standout feature is the deluxe spa fed from the Font Santa thermal spring – the only one of its kind in the Balearic Islands. Breezy contemporary minimalism combines with rustic chic in the rooms, suites and villas, some of which feature stunning views over the neighbouring Es Trenc nature park. Couples can also explore the grounds and take a dip in a choice of two large swimming pools or four jacuzzis dotted around the property.
Family-owned Finca Son Palou combines the charm of a 14th-century country estate with gorgeous rural surroundings and high-end hotel comforts. Just 15 rooms and suites are distributed around the finca and its pretty gardens, which are surrounded by organic orchards and olive groves. There are also stunning views over the neighbouring forests and Tramuntana mountains. Surrounded by numerous hiking and biking paths cutting through some of the island’s most scenic landscapes, it’s heaven for walkers and cyclists.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on September 23, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.