“Mallorca is a very enchanting and elite Island,” says Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty’s Managing Director Stephen Dight, “Its physical beauty and Mediterranean climate have attracted a stream of royalty, celebrity, wealthy expats and artists since the nineteenth century. Today, despite the mammoth number of visitors passing through the Airport - almost 23 million in 2011, quality still prevails over quantity and Jumeirah will be joining an already impressive line-up of five star hotels and services.”
Whilst perhaps the vibrant capital, Palma, or the chic southwest region home to such jewels such Puerto Portals and Port Andratx, may have been more obvious settings, Stephen believes that Port Soller is a serious contender for a luxury location. “Port Soller surrounds a very handsome horseshoe-shape bay with a long fishing tradition and attracts a well-heeled clientele ideally suited to Jumeirah. It is also the final destination for one of Mallorca’s most popular attractions, the 1912-inaugurated timber-panelled train which still operates a daily service in and out of Palma. Taking just over an hour with a 20 minute tram connecting the Soller town and the Port, this is an incredible way to view the stunning Mallorcan countryside. Port Soller is a more than justified setting for Jumeirah.”
Reported to have cost 120 to 150 million euros, working out at one million euros per room, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is set atop a cliff overlooking the bay. More than half the 120 rooms and suites decked out in local and Spanish art have a breathtaking Mediterranean view whilst the rest look across the craggy Serra de Tramuntana mountains which were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in June of last year. Rooms and speciality suites will embrace the latest technology including plasma screen TVs and guests can choose from a range of oils to fragrance the room alongside locally sourced fruit and wine.
Spead across 11 white cube-shaped buildings and surrounded by perfumed pines, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa will include a 2,200m² Talise Spa with ten treatment suites making use of local olive oil, lemons, oranges and almonds, a state-of-the-
The local area is a paradise for artists, photographers, mountain bikers and keen walkers who can tackle 120km of coastal tracks through pines, orange and olive groves. This northwestern coastline is also ideal for canyoning and more leisurely cruising by private yacht charter dropping anchor in secluded coves characterised by snorkel-friendly intense turquoise waters. Plenty of Mallorca’s 22 immaculate golf courses are also within easy reach for hotel guests with a penchant for swinging a club on holiday. Nearby Soller town retains its authenticity and traditions with a wide selection of artisan shops, bars, restaurants and a must-visit fresh produce and arts and crafts market on Saturday.
The Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa forms part of a wider expansion plan by the hotelier which hopes to almost double the number of hotels under management for Jumeirah in a 14 month period. Mallorca aside, new destinations for the group include Bali, Frankfurt, the Maldives, Shanghai, Kuwait and Azerbaijan.
On the Market in or near Port Soller:
Ref 5484: Villa, Soller, Mallorca
Originally built in the 18th century, this south facing stone built house is situated on an unusually large plot with lovely mountains views just five minutes walk to the centre of Soller town. Sympathetically renovated just four years ago, the property retains much of its original character and sits in beautifully designed gardens with attractive features such as an ornamental fish pond, fountain and pergola. Spanning three floors the home has five bedrooms, a gymnasium, double garage and large swimming pool. The original stable block has been converted into a charming guest house with its own entrance.
Bedrooms – five
Bathrooms – seven
Plot size – 2,600m²
Built area – 565m²
Price – 3.5 million euros (approx 2.9 million pounds)
Ref 5150: Villa, Puerto Soller, Mallorca
Contemporary semi-detached villa of 190m² set high above Puerto Soller with fantastic views of the marina. The home has three en suite bedrooms, a double aspect lounge with patio doors leading out to the barbecue area and terraces, a large kitchen / dining room with patio doors and a guest cloakroom and laundry room. Extras include hot and cold air-conditioning, an internal lift, full alarm system, car port and a stunning infinity swimming pool set on a 980m² plot.
Bedrooms – three
Bathrooms – three
Plot size – 980m²
Built area – 180m²
Price - 875,000 euros (approx 728,000 pounds)
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