Some years ago it might have been a surprise to find a well-established French-run hotel such as Hotel ses Rotges in the middle of this village on Mallorca's east coast. Today, it would come as no surprise at all - Cala Rajada is now a lively, cosmopolitan holiday town. The Tetards have kept pace with the local development, cleverly extending their pink-stone hotel in the same style as the original buildings, with arched windows and wrought-iron balconies.
The hotel, on the corner of two quiet streets near the beach, overlooks a quiet internal courtyard - a wonderful place in which to relax among trailing plants, overhanging bougainvilaea and a profusion of colourful flowers. The popular restaurant adjoins the courtyard.The oldest part of the building, around the original chimney, is now a cosy sitting room. The bedrooms are spacious and airy; they are supposed to be 'individually furnished', but the ones we saw all had the same tiled floors, wooden furniture and bedheads, star-shaped mirrors and modern bathrooms.
Food is a highlight, earning one of the island's few Michelin stars.