Calvia, formerly a modest village in the south-west of Mallorca, has become one of the wealthiest districts of Spain, thanks to the rise of towns along the coast from Ilettes to Peguera. Local government is investing a large part of its income upgrading resorts developed for the most part in the 1960s and 1970s. Nonetheless, Calvia still offers its visitors a glimpse of peaceful, everyday Mallorcan life as it used to be.
Gabriel Clar has been running Son Malero since 1995 as a charming country-style hotel, decorated with wonderful old objects. The rooms have rustic charm, and all modern conveniences. The swimming pool is large. A barbecue, and the old wine cellar, are at guests disposal: should you want to organize your own barbecue with friends, the owners will be only too pleased.
The hotel stands next to Calvia's town hall, a triumphant modern sandstone building, and a symbol of spiralling tax revenues.