Are you planning a holiday abroad this year? After two years when many of us stayed at home or took staycations, it’s not surprising that the biggest travel trend this year – according to an article last month on the CNBC website – is to ‘go big, spend big’.
For some, that will mean a dream holiday on distant ocean shores. But not everyone wants the rigours of long-haul travel or has that type of budget. ‘Going big, spending big’ may instead mean upgrading the holiday experience in a destination that’s familiar, a favourite, or simply not too far to travel.
The island of Mallorca offers plenty of opportunities to increase the luxury quotient of a holiday. For example, nine restaurants around the island have Michelin stars. There are more golf courses than you shake a club at, and plenty of sleek yachts and motor yachts to charter for a day on the Mediterranean.
When it comes to accommodation, ‘going big, spending big’ could mean an upgrade to a higher-star-rated hotel, or a higher category of room. Does a suite sound like a sweet treat to you? It does to me.
Suites at Can Beneït
In this post I’m writing about the two different types of suite available at Can Beneït in the tiny hamlet of Binibona. The name Can Beneït means ‘house of the blessed’ and it’s easy to understand why, as you explore the nooks and crannies of this historical farmhouse. Set in more than 200 acres, its features include an old chapel and olive press (tafona), outdoor pool with loungers and Balinese beds, and also a modern sauna.
Can Beneït’s Junior Suites
We first stayed at Can Beneït last April, shortly after it opened under its current ownership, and spent a night in one of the two junior suites. These offer accommodation of 30 sqm, with a large bed, sitting area, and spacious bathroom – which has both a shower cubicle and a whirlpool bath. There’s also a private terrace with dreamy views that make one sigh with contentment and never want to check out.
With a special occasion to celebrate, we returned last week to Can Beneït and this time stayed in one of the four suites. Yes, a grown-up suite, as opposed to a junior one.
The difference between junior and its big brother? More space: the suites are 40 sqm and have a separate sitting room with sofa (which can convert to a bed). Bedroom and sitting room both have Samsung Smart TVs. There’s a lot to be said for having a separate sitting room with its own door, especially if the person you are staying with has insomniac tendencies or snores – or one of you is a lark and the other an owl.
Like the junior suite we stayed in last year, this suite also has a staircase in the bedroom leading up to a roof terrace that’s totally private. It has a small bistro table and two chairs and two deckchairs. We spent some time lolling in the deckchairs after breakfast, soaking up the tranquillity, the surprising warmth of the mid-February sunshine, and gazing out over the surrounding landscape. We did, indeed, feel very blessed.
Luxury in All Rooms
Luxury doesn’t have to be ostentatious. The luxury touches in every room at Can Beneït are all designed for the comfort and convenience of guests. The beds are all Mallorcan antique, but the modern mattresses are blissfully comfortable. Swedish company Spirit of the Nomad is the source of the luxurious, high-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedlinen, towels, bathrobes, and slippers. A discreet wooden box contains a selection of device chargers, should you forget to pack your own. Deliciously scented organic L’Occitane toiletries are provided in the bathrooms.
A coffee machine and kettle are provided with free coffee capsules (compostable) and a choice of tea bags, replenished daily. Guests have access to a free minibar and water (in glass bottles).
If you value tranquillity, gorgeous panoramic views, seclusion, and the authenticity of the Mallorcan countryside in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Can Beneït ticks all those boxes and more. It has only ten rooms and suites, so the ambience is intimate and the service personal.
And you won’t have to spend too big on a suite holiday at this rural gem of a hotel in Mallorca. Which could make it possible to have a longer stay – or a return holiday later in the year.
©Jan Edwards 2022