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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Local food

    Gorgeous countryside

    Independent apartments

  • Kids will love

    Gardens to play in

    Swimming pool

    The resident dog

  • Don’t expect

    A kids club

    A beach nearby

    Hi-tech frills


Sa Rota d’en Palerm, a family-run finca in colourful rural Sineu, is a quiet and peaceful proposition: days here are spent idling by the pool, exploring the area or packing up towels and swimwear for the beaches half an hour away. There’s a laidback restaurant for breakfast and dinner, rustic rooms, and simple, unfussy apartments for adults and children to spread out and relax in.


Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Sa Rota d'en Palerm with us:

A jar of home-made jam and a sweet basket for the kids


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Sa Rota d'en Palerm – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Sa Rota den Palerm – Mallorca – Spain

Need To Know


One double rooms; five one-bedroom apartments; one two-bedroom apartment.


11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 1pm.


Double rooms from £139.76 (€157), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

If you’re staying in the double room, breakfast (€14 daily for adults; €7 for under-12s) is usually included; if you’ve booked an apartment, it’s charged. Children stay in cots (free); extra beds for under-12s are €31 a night, €44 for ages 12 and up.


The owners have a very friendly dog which little ones (and soft-hearted adults) will enjoy befriending.


At the hotel

Swimming pool, gardens, restaurant, boutique, DVD library, free WiFi throughout.


In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, Ida bath products.


Our favourite rooms

All five apartments are set in a rustic building opposite the main house, facing the gorgeous countryside. The apartments have a living room with space for a cot or extra bed, and a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and hob. Of the one-bedroom apartments, we love number 4 best: it’s located on the corner of the building, with a huge wraparound terrace overlooking the fields. If you’ve got a bigger brood, book the two-bedroom apartment, which also has two bathrooms and a terrace.



The quiet, serene (unheated) pool is set just off from the main house, with sun loungers and parasols dotted around its cement-and-stone patio. Ask for floats or pool toys if you want them. Roman steps lead down into the water. There’s also a little grassy area just behind the pool, where Smith Junior and crew can roam around. The pool isn’t supervised, so parents should keep an eye on tentative swimmers.  


You can pick up home-made jams, breads, olives, cooking ingredients, wines and – at certain times of the year – Mallorca’s typical sobrasada sausage from the little shop in the cellar by the lounge.


Book ahead

Organise babysitting two days ahead. Book transfers from the airport or station at least five days in advance.

Food and drink

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Sa Rota den Palerm – Mallorca – Spain


Rather than having a formal restaurant, the hotel has a very relaxed set-up: lunch isn’t served here and if you want dinner, you need to order it from the menu the day before (staff will work out what you like and devise a set menu with four courses). Previous dishes include: peppers stuffed with prawns, mushroom tarts, pork loin with wine sauce and Mallorcan almond cake. Breakfast is a feast: home-made jams, breads and sausages, fresh fruit, yoghurts and eggs cooked the way you like. The food is traditional to the area, and paella is the specialty; other dishes include courguette and peppers filled with prawns, gazpacho, meat-stuffed aubergines and pork loins with cabbage and raisins. When it’s warm (it usually is), food is served outside. The dining room has dark wooden beams and terracotta walls hung with antique paintings and china plates.  

Family fare

Highchairs are available and there’s an adapted menu for little ones, with options including pasta, chicken nuggets, fish and chips and potato croquettes (parents will be consulted in advance to make sure they’re happy with the selection – healthier options can be added).  

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar as such, but if you ask for a drink, staff will serve it to you in the dining room, lounge, on the patio or in your room. You can also browse the hotel’s selection of Majorcan and Spanish wines and buy a bottle for your room or apartment.  

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 9am and 10.30am. Meals aren't served on Saturdays, but there are a several eateries within a ten minute drive of the hotel. Can Joan Capó (+34 971 8550750) offers a Mediterranean menu in a traditional stone-walled dining room.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The dining room only has four or five tables to choose from, but there’s more seating outside. For a romantic meal when the kids have gone to sleep, have food cooked and brought to your apartment, so you can dine out on the terrace and watch the sun set.

  • Room service

    None, but the minibars are stocked with beers, cava, white and red wine, bottled water and soft drinks. If you want anything else left in your fridge pre-arrival, just let staff know in advance.  


    There's a pharmacy and supermarket seven kilometres away, if parents need to pick up provisions for children. 


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Sa Rota den Palerm – Mallorca – Spain

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Sa Rota d'en Palerm – has been selected and approved by parents.


Babysitters are available for €11 an hour (minimum three hours) but don't expect them to speak English. Book two days in advance.


The hotel doesn’t have any baby-listening equipment, so remember to bring your own to use in your apartment.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Soft toys • Puzzles • Crayons • Board books • Floats

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Puzzles • Crayons • Board books • U-rated DVDs • Floats • Pool toys

For older children

• DVD library • Board games • Floats • Pool toys


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Sa Rota den Palerm – Mallorca – Spain

Things to do

Here, the pleasures are simple: you’ve got the outdoor pool for sunny days, DVDs for (rare) rainy days and a host of things to see nearby: pretty towns and gorgeous beaches. 

Hotel activities

Seek out the resident dog to befriend and play hide and seek in the gardens, or go looking for the pretty almond tree, which blossoms in winter.   

Sunny days

Chill out by the pool (borrow floats and pool toys) and explore the grounds. The hotel can arrange bike hire (€10–€13 a day, including helmet hire) with an external company, which delivers them to guests at the property. Sa Rota sits at the start of one of the island’s most popular cycling trails, including the trail from Algaida to Sencelles, Ruberts and Pina. Any of the beaches by the coastal resort of Colonia de Sant Jordi are worth exploring. The hotel also sends sun-worshippers to Playa de Muro, between Alcudia and C'an Picafort. Play golf on one of the local courses or go bird-watching at S'Albufera Nature Park.   

Rainy days

Stay in and play one of the board games (just ask staff for the selection), or snuggle up and watch a DVD together (the hotel has a few cartoons and other child-friendly options).  

Local Guide

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Sa Rota den Palerm – Mallorca – Spain

What with Mallorca's beautiful beaches, and the chance to go hiking or cycling on the Tramuntana hilltops, there’s plenty of family-friendly things to do on your doorstep.

Take animal lovers to the children’s zoo (the Natura Park) at Cami de Son Mateu in Santa Eugenia (+34 971 144078) to admire the menagerie of birds, mammals and reptiles. The zoo emphasises the importance of education, conservation and research, offering interactive workshops and edifying exhibitions. Visit the Els Calderers (+34 971 526069), a traditional manor with stables and farm animals, including the area’s famous black pigs. Get a sense of what Mallorcan rural life might have been like with a visit to the smithy (stocked with historic tools), the bakery and the laundry. The manor dates back to the 13th century and is situated in the village of Sant Joan.

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Sa Rota d'en Palerm
Lloret de Vistalegre, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 07518
Hotel setting

Rural heart of the island


Palma de Mallorca Airport ( is 32km away – a 20-minute drive. Fly with British Airways (, EasyJet ( or Monarch (


Sineu’s station is a 10-minute drive; services are run by Tib ( and connect Sineu to Palma, Inca and Mallorcan villages.


Staff strongly advise guests to bring a car. The closest town to the hotel is Sineu. From the airport, follow signs for Santany, come off at exit 10, keep going in the direction of Manacor (Ma-15) for around 17km, take exit 22, turn left at the roundabout in the direction of Pina for 4km, follow signs for Lloret for about 5km, pass Lloret de Vistalgre and continue driving towards Sineu. Turn off to the right into Montuiri (follow the ‘Sa Rota’ sign), after about a kilometre take the small road on the left and follow it until the end: you’ve arrived.

Parent travel tip

Don’t worry about hiking luggage any distance: the hotel’s parking spaces are right by the entrance.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Sa Rota d'en Palerm – has been selected and approved by parents.

Frazzled parents whose holiday dreams feature a sun-kissed pool and gardens for their children to play in will lose their hearts (and summers) to this relaxed, rustic hotel in the heart of Mallorca. This is the most sociable of set-ups: a family-run finca where guests can spread themselves across their own private apartment (with little kitchenettes for rustling up independent meals) and enjoy casual dinners in the hotel dining room, without an army of staff on hand to dent the home-from-home feel. There’s no kids club and there aren’t organized activities on offer – but that’s the beauty of it. Here you’ll spend the whole holiday pottering around together, rather than losing one kid to a crèche, another to a kids club, another to a babysitter. You can borrow bikes, go for walks and do some laps in the glittering pool. And that’s as taxing as it gets.

Smith & Family

You can generally judge a hotel by the quality of its marmalade. This was my conclusion as we drove out of the gates of Sa Rota. We’d arrived four days earlier, driving up to the hillside property through the hot dry countryside and ever-narrowing lanes. We were welcomed by a dog and the owner’s mother (it’s a family affair) who checked us in and gave us a quick tour. There were three stops. The old storeroom which housed their exceptional homemade preserves, a room full of games and stuff for the nippers, and the wonderful pool. Not on the tour is the plastic dog – which is in a flowerbed, half buried, digging for a bone it will never find. We spoke to two families, with similarly aged children, who were leaving the next day. They didn’t want to go, and within 24 hours we understood why; Sa Rota charmingly reconciles two holiday propositions that shouldn’t in theory live together – peace (it’s in an idyllic, rustic part of the island) and it being perfect for children (they are not only welcomed but fully catered for). And we plan to go back – not just because of the marmalade. The question is: do we go on our own or with the children? Cold beer or wine? Tough Mallorcan decisions.

Anonymously reviewed by Nick Dutton, author and ad man

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Sa Rota d'en Palerm in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The fact that this was the Spanish part of Majorca and it was amazing scenery and quiet. The hotel is a fantastically welcoming place and we all loved it. You need a car but they will provide breakfast and evening meals should you require it. The local towns have pplenty of good restaurants but you geneerally have to drive. A beautful place where the most you are away from anything on the island is 40 minutes. I would recommend to young families wanting a different break from the typical type holiday in Majorca.

Don’t expect

Restaurants and bars within walking distance.

Rating: 9/10 stars