Just a short half an hour drive from Palma airport with beautiful scenic views of forest ridden mountains, the Jumeirah hotel is most definitely worth a visit.
Built on a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller and surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range, this intimate five star hotel houses a selection of 120 sea or mountain facing rooms and suites, spread across 11 buildings.
View of the hotel from the sea
Upon arrival I was greeted by one of the helpful staff who escorted me to reception and took my bags up to my room. The first thing I noticed as I walked through the door was the subtle smell of lavender. Each month the hotel has a theme running throughout it. Last month was lemon and this month, lavender. This ranges from dishes in the restaurant to spa treatments and lavender in the communal areas – a lovely touch.
At the front desk I was provided with a refreshing glass of fresh orange juice and a cool flannel that I enjoyed on the small terrace next to reception and took in my first views of the spectacular landscape.
Port de Soller
Breakfast can be eaten on the terrace taking in the first rays of sunshine outside the main restaurant – Cap Roig and is served 7 am – 11 am with a wonderful selection of fresh fruits, pastries or waffles. I can recommend the pancakes which were delicious!
After setting myself up for the day I made my way down to the stunning infinity pool which has incredible views of the ocean. Try and get down early to reserve a cabana to snooze away the day in the sun. Complimentary drinks are served every hour, a fantastic touch and well received whilst basking in the heat
Then head up to the ‘360 Terrace’ with the best views of Port de Soller (all 360 degrees of it!). There isn’t a pool but a refreshing shower for when the sun gets too much.
If you are bringing your children along, the Jumeirah will make for a wonderful family vacation. There is a children’s swimming pool which is heated to 28 degrees. It has shallow little steps leading into it and the pool is supervised 10 am – 6 pm.
If you were wanting to escape for a while, perhaps to enjoy a treatment at the fantastic 3 storey spa on site, why not make good use of the hotel’s children’s club. It is open 10 am – 6 pm with the first 2 hours being complimentary and caters for children 3-12 years.
Alternatively if you would prefer a day at the beach the hotel provides a shuttle service down to the port. It only takes around 15 minutes to walk down but I would recommend the shuttle back as it is a rather steep walk! The shuttle runs until 9.30 pm depending on the season.
Port de Soller is so charming with little shops down cobbled streets and plenty of restaurants to choose from as an alternative to the hotel.
The sandy beach is perfect for children to make sand castles and paddle in the crystal clear water.
The beach at Port de Soller
You can take a day trip to the country’s capital of Palma and travel in style on the historic Tram and Train. The tram will take you out of the port, along the waters edge to a small station above the main square of Soller. Then you change to the train for the 1 hour journey through stunning mountain scenery. The vehicles are ex-San Francisco rolling stock from the 1930’s so don’t expect any speeding! They operate at a snail’s pace but this makes for a wonderful journey and you can take everything in.
The historic Soller Tram
After a long day of walking round the Port and basking in the beautiful sunshine, I decided to head to the ‘Sunset Lounge Bar’ before dinner.
It most certainly lives up to its name. I sat and watched the sun go down over the horizon with the most stunning array of colors reflecting onto the sea and the mountainous landscape.
I asked the bar man for a Gin and Tonic and he brought me their local Mallorcan gin which was mixed with Mediterranean fever tree tonic – very tasty and refreshing. A perfect way to end my day.
View from the Sunset Lounge