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Villas in Mallorca

Mark and David's verdict:

Mallorca leads a double life. Parts of the island are overwhelmed by cheap package tourism but vast swathes remain untouched, from the mountains of the west to the “secret” sandy coves in the east. Throw in outstanding cuisine and some of Europe’s most elegant villas with private pools and you’re in paradise.

Recommended tour operator: Simpson Travel

Can-Jaume-BarretePorto PollensaC'an AntunaSa Teulada

Simpson Travel says

It is difficult to know where to start in Mallorca, but knowing the island as well as we do, we have found the very best accommodation, whether you are looking for a traditional romantic hideaway, a family villa, a seaside apartment or a boutique hotel.

  • Great for families
  • Private pools
  • Superb beaches

The characterful Ca’n Antuna is a pretty farmhouse which is in walking distance of the many excellent restaurants in charming Fornalutx. The pool sits atop the hill with commanding views of the countryside, the gardens are a delight and the stylish three-bedroomed house is packed with quirky features. A week costs from £403 per person including flights and car hire, based on five sharing.

For a romantic retreat, Sa Teulada is an unbeatable choice. The villa is set in extensive grounds tucked away in the countryside yet just a 15 minute drive from the beach of Playa de Muro. The Mallorquín décor is charming, the free-form swimming pool is set within the flower-filled garden and the shady terrace is perfect for long lazy lunches. Prices start from £628 per person including flights and car hire based on two people travelling.

Ca’n Jaume Barretes is ideal for a family villa holiday. Set in a beautifully landscaped garden with a covered veranda and built-in barbecue, it is perfect for the alfresco family dining experience. This four bedroom villa enjoys glorious views towards the Tramuntana Mountains and the bay of Pollença. Prices start from £320 per person including flights and car hire based on eight people travelling.

Simpson Travel offers villa, apartment, cottage and boutique hotel holidays off-the-beaten-track throughout Mallorca, Greece, Corsica and Turkey.

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