Can Ferrereta – Mallorca
Hotel Type: A beautifully restored historic 17th century building turned boutique retreat.
Location: In the south east of Mallorca, in the traditional market town of Santanyi, just 40 minutes from Palma. Santanyí is wonderfully located slightly inland from more than 48km of spectacular coastline and close to the second-largest nature park in the Balearics, Mondragó Natural Park.
Style: Designer farmhouse.
Rooms: 32 elegant and individually designed rooms & suites.
Favourite Room: Vicky loves the Junior Suites and recommends requesting one with the oriental freestanding bath.
Ideal For: Secret breaks and romantic stays.
Swimming: A 25m outdoor swimming pool
Dining: Dine at OCRE for seasonal and locally sourced Mediterranean fare, much of which will come from Santanyí’s much-loved food market. For more casual drinking and dining, you can enjoy the poolside bar and restaurant LA FRESCA, the perfect spot to relax amidst the garden, with fresh meat, fish and salads alongside an extensive wine and cocktails menu.
Children: Over 14s are welcome.
Activities: Head to one of Mallorca’s unspoilt beaches or explore the coast, go hiking in the natural park, head to Santnyi lively market on Wednesday or Saturday, go to a local vineyard for wine tasing, browse the local art galleries and feast on fresh seafood.
Spa: A tranquil space where guests can unwind in the lounge area, indoor heated pool, hammam and sauna. Guests can book in for signature and beauty treatments as well as yoga and meditation classes. They will also have access to the 24/7 gym.
Accessibility: Both the buildings are accessible on the ground floor and have elevators.. The best room for those with disabilities is the lovely Junior Suite on the 2nd floor in the building from the 17th century.
Low Season Price From: €217 per night in a Deluxe Room and includes breakfast
High Season Price From: €531 per night in a Deluxe Room and includes breakfast
Open From: March – November
Can Ferrereta is an oasis. Tucked away in the historic market town of Santanyi, its cool courtyards and gardens, muted earthy colours and seamless service couldn’t be more seductive. Formerly a 17th century farmhouse, it has been artfully restored, mixing contemporary architecture with traditional materials, with the local “golden” stone being its crowning glory. The family owners are avid art collectors, and this is evident all around – in each room and in the gardens. Mallorcan life and traditions are celebrated, from the exceptional food served, to the work of local artisans dotted around. Can Ferrereta and its bucolic surroundings touch every sense – this is most definitely a place worth escaping to.
Agrarian colours and style meet European designer chic in the rooms and suites here. Split between the old building and the contemporary extensions, with many having a private terrace, they are cool, refined and exceptionally comfortable. The Nest Room, features a high ceiling, and is cosy and quiet. The beds are made with bespoke Egyptian cotton and the bathrooms are luxurious with large walk in showers. Looking out over the church or the village roofs or the Mallorquin Patio, the Deluxe Rooms are chic and sophisticated, oozing charm and calm. The Privilege Rooms have views of the gardens or over the town, some stand out due to their double height ceilings and some because of their spaciousness. We love the sophisticated Junior Suites – especially the two with open plan bathrooms and a free-standing bathtub. Elements of the original building are everywhere, from the vaulted ceilings to the stone framed arches dividing up the spaces. Even more spacious are the split level Duplex Suites, which have their own terrace and views of the courtyard. Looking out over the Can Ferrereta gardens, the Santanyi Suite has two balconies and a cosy living area – making it a quiet hideaway. The slightly larger Can Ferrereta Suites are elegant and akin to staying in your own private art gallery. The Terrace Suites make it hard to choose inside or out, with their quiet gardens or patio, equipped with loungers and an outdoor shower. And then there’s the Pool Suite. Complete with its own pool and large private garden and sundeck, it really is Balearic luxury.
Once a wine cellar, with evidence of previous occupants graffitied in the beams and walls, the artfully designed Ocre Restaurant produces gastronomic and exceptionally pretty dishes. Mallorcan cuisine is some of Spain’s finest, and you will definitely be treated to it here. For more informal dining, a light lunch or an aperitif before dinner, relax by the emerald tiled pool on the terrace of La Fresca, where food is served all day.
This is a retreat for children over the age of 14 only. Some of the suites can accommodate an extra bed.
This unspoilt part of Mallorca has some of the island’s most beautiful coastline – long sandy beaches and secluded little coves with the clearest water you can imagine. The Mondrago Natural Park, Mallorca’s second largest, is a stone’s throw away, with endless trails and long ranging vistas. It’s not hard to spend many an hour sitting in one of the many restaurants in Santanyi’s main square, or browsing the boutiques. The town is a popular home for artists and artisans, with galleries at every turn. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, where the stalls are piled high with fresh local produce – nothing beats a Mediterranean market. And in the surrounding area, there are vineyards producing very delicious wines and you’ re spoilt for choice for tours and tasting. Take the opportunity to spend a day in Palma – it’s a buzzing capital and you can walk around the centre in a couple of hours. When you return to Can Ferrereta, take a rest by the pool or have a treatment in the very elegant Spa, with its hammam.
Ingredients are sourced with sustainability in mind. Taking advantage of Santanyi’s wonderful farming and fishing, meals at both their restaurants are deliciously crafting from local produce.