En route to Puerto Pollensa, few drivers notice the country road signposted to Cala Sant Vicenç. Follow it, and you will come upon a small, enchanted bay that has remained unspoiled by mass tourism. The road leads past a complex of holiday and weekend homes with lovely gardens, owned mainly by Mallorquins, to this fabulous spot.
There is no problem finding the hotel among the palm trees, as it is painted a strong terracotta colour, and has an elevated position. As soon as you arrive, you will notice the friendly, attentive mood radiated by the staff. You get views to the bay, with its surrounding cliffs, from the terraces, the rooms and the outdoor swimming pool; and it's a 200-m walk to the sea. Decoration is simple and traditional: mahogany furniture, heavy fabrics and vividly coloured bedspreads are smart and acceptable, if not very imaginative. British companies such as Hogg Robinson Travel have singled it out as a 'Best Small Hotel'. As well as pool side lunches, guests can enjoy the Restaurante Trattoria Cavall Bernat, where the food reaches a high standard.