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A paradise very close to home

Sometimes we forget how wonderful the place where we live can be. Sometimes and, mostly if it is a so touristic destination as Majorca, we even forget to enjoy it and keep on travelling thousands of miles away… As if we could find peace only in the Caribbean. Well, I testify that it is not necessary going so far and that, just a few minutes by car from Palma, you can find a perfect space for you to get away, rest and get ready for the authentic luxury summer.

The recommendation came to me by another, one of those who, instead of the so widespread habit of keeping the Majorca charms secret, is pleased to see the rest of people enjoying their native land. That was a couple of years ago, but the truth is that the advice fell on deaf ears got lost in the worldly noise of my life. Meanwhile, some weeks ago, because of the work, the place name resounded in my head: Son Antem.

¿Son Antem? Yes, Son Antem, a small natural area in Llucmajor, very close to Palma but in the most faraway Majorcan countryside. It seems that, in this area, distant from all curious looks, we can find one of the most exclusives golf resorts and spa in Majorca. It has special prices for residents, allows to book hotel and golf in Majorca during short escapes, or even long stays, and it is considered one of the best spa and wellness centres of Palma.

Formerly known as Marriot Son Antem Hoteland now inherited by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts with the name Iberostar Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa. It is a five-star hotel resort that breaks the stereotypes: it is not close to the sea, it is in an area where there is practically anymore than the country peace, it is connected by the street towards Llucmajor and then we can enter through a simple track between country houses… That is, it is designed for everyone who wants to stop the time, escape from everything and recover the corporal and mental equilibrium in the heart of nature(but without renouncing luxury service, of course).

The golf course of this hotel in Majorca surrounds the entire complex and offers several circuits of various levels. It has a school, sport store and Pitch &Putt zones. Personally, I did not try it (I am not a follower of golf but I’m beginning to consider itJ) but I can testify all about the hotel and spa centre.

Spa weekend in Son Antem

I was alone a weekend and one of those days I stayed almost all the time in the spa. It has a free access zone for all the hotel guests, where there is a big central pool with T shape. It is a heated pool and one of the areas has an exterior zone offering the possibility of swimming in hot water in broad daylight and surrounded by gardens … on January! The pool has also waterfalls, water jet beds and current circuits.

In the same area, for public use, there are two Jacuzzis and a cold water waterfall(frozen!) designed to stimulate the circulation and relax the back and legs muscles, in the surroundings, to have a break, reading a book or take a look to the newspaper, there is a complete area of deck chairs next to the exterior windows . A perfect plan for spending the Saturday morning in heaven.

But this is not more than an aperitif if you bear in mind that the true spa centre is reserved behind doors that lead to the big central pool. You can get only the access to the spa (without booking the hotel) and it is about 35-40 Euros for a day: from 9 am to 9 pm.

Inside that reserved area there is the authentic luxury well-being centre that has made of this hotel in Majorca one of the most recommended and best valued by the residents in the island: relax zone with a meditation room, footbaths, 8 essence showers, Scottish shower, ice fountain, Turkish bath, Roman bath, Finnish sauna, hydro-massage bath… and so on ad infinitum.

The advantage is that it is not usually swamped (in these tourist season months is even possible that there be only a couple of people more) and that the professional equipment that manage it is about ten people. Now, the massages and special treatments are paid separately and you can choose when and how you want.

According with the establishment management, the rooms of this luxury hotel in Majorca have been completely renewed in 2012. It has an elegant and classic design, with meticulous details (bathroom is marvellous). One of the objections that I must mention is that the Wi-Fi connection must be paid, but the advantage is that is not very expensive and, if you will stay several days, you can be connected from the room with high speed. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a relax escapade, internet is not the most recommendable.