New York born David Stein started his property development career in California at the age of 27, specializing in resort communication. He developed Monarch Beach, comprising 18-hole golf courses, beach & tennis clubs, some 3,000 residential properties, the Ritz Carlton and the St Regis Resort Hotels. Although his California home was “the most beautiful place in the world”, he wanted a second home in Europe as he realized that the USA was heading into a real estate crisis. On his discovery tour of Europe, he traveled through Spain which reminded him of California as it had been 50 years before. So he came to Mallorca, saw Son Net and fell immediately in love with that beautiful mansion dating back to the 17th Century: 57,000 square meters of landscaped land 4,600 square meters of internal floor area, classical architecture, tree-lined drive, citrus and olive groves, pool and tennis court. His developer instinct told him to start a new project, although the inside of the house needed more than a simple renovation. After awakening this historic estate from its slumber, Son Net became a family home for seven years. David’s son married a Mallorquina and his grand children were born here. In 1998, during his presidency of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, David Stein was often in America. As he wanted to retain his connection to Mallorca and his family, he turned Son Net into an exquisite and luxurious retreat with extensive landscaped gardens, citrus orchards and breathtaking views over Puigpunyent and the surrounding mountains.
In 2002 Stein Hotels & Resorts was born. It was rebranded Franklyn Hotels & Resorts in 2009, which was planned to become a global brand. Due to the economic crisis, they were unable to move forward. The American dream failed. David took Son Net and Chateau Eze (Cote d’Azur) out of the portfolio, sold the other hotels and the Franklyn name, so as to “make these two hotels a reference for what small luxury hotels can be.” Son Net attracted a long list of royal, political and celebrity guests, who were often surprised by David Stein’s private art collection, including works from Hockney, Stella or Chagall. For over 20 years, he has been setting – and continues to set – high quality standards in Mallorca and the French Riviera.
Discover another Mallorca
Just a 20 minute drive from Palma in the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains, lies Gran Hotel Son Net, a stylishly understated, art-filled hideaway with two restaurants, on a private estate dating back to the 17th Century. The outdoors are breathtaking: Spa & Wellness Center, gym and a 30 meter pool, flanked by 25 private shaded cabanas and sun beds giving way to the ecological vegetable garden and private vineyard. The indoor areas are inimitably elegant, romantic and authentic with comfortable sofas, oversized fireplaces, cozy piano bar, an original 17th Century interior courtyard and a private chapel. All 20 spacious rooms and 11 vast suites are individually and uniquely designed with their own character and personality – some with private terraces and Jacuzzis.
The Oleum restaurant is defined by its elegance offering a unique cultural setting, stylish and intimate atmosphere and offering locally sourced products and fresh seafood from the island as well as a large, open wine cellar with a large selection of fine wines and ports. The centerpiece of the restaurant is an ancient olive press, with an extension on to a beautiful outdoor terrace. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or scenic al fresco dining in the evening. For an aperitivo or a digestivo, the piano bar and different lounge areas offer a sophisticated atmosphere, decorated with a careful selection of unique pieces of art and antique furniture.
Poolside restaurant “El Gazebo”
The informal poolside restaurant, “El Gazebo”, is open only during the summer months, “El Mirador”, the pool bar, lies under the shade of a five hundred year-old Cyprus tree, offering panoramic views across the Puigpunyent valley. An exclusive experience, which no other hotel in Mallorca offers, is the Tree House. This is without question a unique space available for private breakfasts, intimate social, corporate and executive board meetings or events, as well as lunch or dinner for non-hotel guests all year round!