Most people spend their Mallorca holidays in beach resorts, few prefer the rural flair of a finca hotel in Mallorca and only some stay in one of the impressive palaces at Palma Old Town which have been reformed into the best boutique hotels in Mallorca.
And how do you spend your holidays in Mallorca? Vacations abroad should be a stay in another culture, getting in touch with the locals, feel, smell and taste the country you are in. If you are exact that kind of traveller looking for the unspoiled Mallorca you need to stay in one of the small villages in Mallorca. Get inspired! Follow me!
Santanyi - Sand stone, artists, a popular farmers´market and a charming hotel
Santanyi is one of those unique, small and beautiful villages, set in the south east of Mallorca and known by its sand stone of which the cathedrale in Palma is made of. Insiders love Santanyi because its stunning Saturday farmers´ market hold in the well maintained center of the village. And Santanyi is the place where artists live and get inspired, the village of international citizens and the home of heart warming locals. All in short driving distance to lovely bays and beaches with crystal clear water.
Not surprising that Silke & Martin Berdan had choose Santanyi as home away from. Both Germans, they opened a cosy and welcoming decorated hotel in a typical townhouse in the center of Santanyi, 6 years ago. Hotel Santanyi is a very special guest house. With only 7 rooms, named after Spanish cities and featuring all modern comfort, a restaurant open for lunch and dinner and an inviting patio for breakfast, Family Berdan want their guests to live the real Spanish life! Their aim is to offer an incomparable hotel service in the center of a small village with unspoiled charm. At Hotel Santanyi, no guests will wake up from pool noises and shutting doors but by farmers preparing their stalls on Saturday morning or the smell of fresh coffee coming up the hall of the townhouse.
It´s not only the lovely decoration you will find all over the hotel but also the delicious breakfast buffet with local and freshly prepared food you get served in the basement or in the patio. By the way, the restaurant is open in the morning for external guests, too. Locals seem to know about the good breakfast especially on Saturday morning when friends and families meet at Hotel Santanyi. Indeed, no better start into the weekend with a great breakfast buffet!
Short-Break for Mallorca locals
I´m a local, I know Mallorca very well and just pampered myself with an overnight stay at Hotel Santanyi, located at the other side of the island (coming from Andratx). My purpose was to stay at a lovely charming hotel in order to visit the market on Saturday, spend a day at the beaches and eat well at the hotel´s restaurant „Nr. 7“.
What I received at Hotel Santanyi was much more than expected. A cosy room overlooking the church of Santanyi, a professional service team always available for your questions and a host couple that loves their profession.
It was Saturday morning when I woke up by the farmers preparing their market stalls. Open the window, look at the sun and you know this is the unspoiled Mallorca, Mallorca visitors should explore. No comparison to beach resorts! Take a step into the hall and the smell of breakfast will lead you to the restaurant. What a buffet! Shell I start with cheese with dried tomatoes, or homemade jam or better the freshly baked cakes? Don´t miss the smoothies, really good bread and olives from the market. Both, Silke & Martin Berdan by themself great you in the morning, asking the way you want your egg to be prepared and serving freshly squeezed orange juice. Feels like home!
Just step in front of the door and the market advantage starts. When old ladies already finished their shopping and go home for preparing the lunch the farmers market at Santanyi reached its peak. Locals, residents and tourists stroll along the streets looking for fresh fruits, cheese, flowers and photo memory for taking home. Don´t miss the artists´houses which open their doors for a visit and getting inspired.
Once you are hungry again, you will be lucky to get a seat at Restaurante Nr. 7, the cuisine of Hotel Santanyi. Remember, it´s markt day! Each chair between house wall and stall is more than requested for lunch. If you are not lucky just come back in the evening or another day. Restaurant Nr. 7 is open for lunch and dinner.
Hotel Santanyi - a hotel for friends of Mallorca!
Living Houses – Private living with hotel service
Those looking for even more privacy in holidays will rather rent an own townhouse.
„Living Houses“ is a another collaboration project of Silke & Martin Berdan. Both friends of a German couple, Maren and Hans-Peter Oehm, they combined the passion of architecture with tourism. Maren & Hans-Peter Oehm are architects and interior designer, constructing the most beautiful country homes around Santanyi since more than 18 years. Their aim is to rescue Santanyi´s townhouses, reform them into a holiday home of highest standard and offer visitors the luxury of privacy. The only thing missing in the project was the hotel and restaurant service some guests might ask for. This was the moment when both couples sit together for a coffee and established this unique vacation concept. Guests of „Living houses“ can order the chef and service team of Restaurante Nr. 7 for private cooking, order food only and take breakfast at Hotel Santanyi. Luxury holidays in your own house with hotel service.
At the moment, there are 2 townhouses available for holiday rental in the center of Santanyi, one with private pool. More houses will follow soon.
Living Houses – Discover Mallorca by yourself!
If you decide for the charming small hotel in Santanyi or your own townhouse - this is the way you should spend your holidays! Or just a weekend short break at the other side of the island.
I very much liked Hotel Santanyi and the warm welcome of the hosts. Be sure, I will come back for the Saturday market!
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Text: Nicole Rose