The beautiful Majorcan village of Ses Salines, was the perfect setting for our week-long relaxing holiday this summer (fun fact: Love Island 2017 was filmed here!) Located in the south, Ses Salines is an authentic stone village dating back to the 13th century. Set inland and away from the crowded hot spots, it offers everything you need while being only a short drive from the town centre (Palma) as well as loads of different beaches and attractions.
Boutique hotel with pool
We stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Ca’n Bonico, in the heart of Ses Salines, a typical Majorcan stately home built in the 13th century, which has been carefully renovated into a luxury boutique hotel. By far the best thing about this hotel is the pool and chillout area – perfect for relaxing with a cocktail. The pool area is lined with flowers and lemon trees, and the famous church provides a stunning focal point. We never had to fight for a sunbed and the chill out zone, complete with hanging chairs, is ideal for taking a break from the sunshine.
Dine at both Cassai restaurants
Next door to the hotel, is the Cassai Cafe & Restaurant – we ate here almost every night because we loved it so much. The waitresses knew us by the end of our trip and gave us shots and cocktails on the house! It’s a really pretty little restaurant with hanging plants, flowers and fairy lights everywhere. The Spanish food is beautiful, definitely the best in Ses Salines, in particular the lobster paella. We also visited its sister restaurant, the Cassai Beach House, which offers the same great food, but with an amazing sea view.
Very private, idyllic beach of Es Carbó
After speaking to our hotel receptionist, he told us we had to visit Es Carbó beach, but getting to it was not exactly straight forward. Our taxi dropped us off at Colonia de Sant Jordi, a very crowded little beach and port, and told us to walk left for 30-40 minutes. At the beginning of the walk there is a footpath, but this very quickly disappears. You come across several small stretches of beach, becoming more and more wild the further you go, until you’re literally walking over rocks before arriving at Es Carbó. As long and as traitorous as the walk is, it’s definitely worth it as you’re rewarded with a long expanse of practically deserted white sand and crystal clear ocean.
Cycle to Botanicactus
Cycling to the nearby botanical gardens is a different and fun way to travel – no more than a 10 minute cycle on straight and quiet roads. The gardens are filled with tropical plants and a lake, but the most impressive section by far is the cacti garden with the biggest cacti I have ever seen. It made a nice change to spend the afternoon wondering around looking at all the weird and wonderful plants – I’d definitely recommend if you’re staying in Ses Salines and have some spare time on your hands.
Snorkelling at Es Caló des Moro
Snorkelling is a huge part of any beach holiday for me, it’s one of my all time favourite things to do. Es Caló des Moro is a gorgeous little cove, with plenty of rocks and coral reefs – ideal for snorkelling. You have to walk down lots of pretty steep steps, but once you reach the bottom, the view is to die for. The water is really clear and we saw plenty of fish including some very colourful ones!
Pedaloing at Mondragó National Park
I’d recommend going as early as possible to try and avoid the crowds, but despite how busy it gets, it’s still a wonderful day out and a must-do in order to experience its beauty. The park is famous for its fine white sand beaches and turquoise blue sea. There’s several walks to explore the park and wetlands, but the highlight for me was hiring a pedalow – it was fun to jump off the boat and go snorkelling surrounded by this beautiful nature reserve.
Majorca is known for its beach resorts, sheltered coves and nightlife – and Ses Salines offers a beautiful and blissful retreat from the capital. It’s the perfect spot to base yourself if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, surrounded by the natural beauty of its rugged coastline and forests. If you have any questions, please get in touch!