T+L Reports: A Manor on Majorca
Published: June 2009
By Andrew Ferren
At the end of a lavender-and-cypresslined drive in Majorca's southeastern countryside, the
Gran Hotel Son Julià; presides over a landscape of orange and almond groves, with an
air of noblesse oblige. Once home to the aristocratic Julià family, the 15th-century
stone estate is flanked by stucco terraces, jasmine-filled gardens, and a keyhole-shaped pool.
The interiors are equally fit for a 21st-century prince or princess: abstract paintings by
local artist Miquel Mesquida Sansó hang beneath vaulted ceilings; radiant handmade
glass sconces light the terrazzo-floored hallways; and many of the 24 guest rooms are outfitted
with four-poster beds and flat-screen TV's. There's even a tiny Gothic chapel, and a Mudejar-style
salon inspired by the Alhambra. The island's famous beaches are just down the road, but with
such an idyllic setting, why would you want to leave?Gran Hotel Son Julià;, Crta. S'Arenal a Llucmajor, Llucmajor; 34/971-669-700; www.sonjulia.com;
doubles from $480.