Gran Hotel Son Net History
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The history and legend of Son Net
Legend has it that in the 17th century, the land surrounding Son Net was granted to a pirate turned nobleman by his King as a reward for his valiant service in fending off foreign marauders.
The prestigious estate extended from the mountains just outside of Palma, Mallorca's capital, to the far side of the island's North Coast. The knight, Don Francisco de Net, searched his vast estate for the optimum location upon which to build his family mansion. He chose a site atop the crest of a prominent hill with commanding views over a tranquil, hidden valley surrounded by majestic mountains, yet close to Palma and the sea.
Net built his mansion to take advantage of the shelter provided by the mountains, the site's extraordinary views, and the soft Mediterranean breezes that cooled this sundrenched elevated site.
The small medieval village of Puigpunyent at the base of the hill began to thrive while serving the expansive Net estate. And thus, Son Net's history began.
Over the following centuries, the manorial estate passed through the hands of several prominent families as it evolved into one of the most prestigious residential properties on the island. Then, in the final days of the last century, the mansion and estate were painstakingly transformed into a luxury hotel; Gran Hotel Son Net.
Thus, a new legend was born, and every guest who passes through Son Net's doors becomes a part of our story.
A historic mansion becomes a luxury hotel
Architectural Digest: "With a project like Son Net, the architect has to listen to what the past has to say. Each of the Gran Hotel Son Net's rooms follows an individual theme, with distinct color combinations and period furnishings. Several suites are unusually spacious, with vaulted ceilings and private terraces as well as what must be the most luxurious baths in Europe."
At the end of the 20th century, Son Net, with its rich history as a gran residential estate, was transformed and has evolved into an internationally renowned five-star boutique hotel.
The imposing yet elegant exterior facade of the mansion was restored, and the magnificent interior of the building was renovated to assure that an intimate balance between classical Mallorcan tradition and modern contemporary comfort and elegance.
Throughout the renovation and conversion process, while Son Net was seamlessly being retrofitted with the latest features of modern comfort and technology, the mansion's historic architectural features were restored, and its character preserved.
Original details such as rustic beams, carved wood ceilings, stone archways, antique tile and stone floors, original fireplaces, arched stone ceilings, a family chapel, a centuries-old olive press and a 17th-century interior courtyard with a spring-fed became treasured features of the hotel. Son Net's classic architecture and elegant beauty combined seamlessly with its contemporary comforts and services it offers its guests.
A new start
Soon after its opening, Gran Hotel Son Net was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 21 best international hotels for the 21st century. Many prestigious awards followed as did guests from all over the world, including a long list of celebrities as European royalty and Heads of State and icons from the world of music, literature, fashion, business, and sport. They were joined by Academy Award-winning actresses, actors, producers, and directors, all of whom mixed naturally with other guests who came from a multitude of cultures. All came to Son Net to share the same warm hospitality, comfort, and ambiance of a grand family estate.
The suites and rooms were restored by Mallorcan craftsman using traditional techniques and materials. Each unique room has been individually designed and decorated in a style and color. Every room has its own character and personality while maintaining its link to the traditional method of the building.
Son Net also houses an extensive private art collection that includes artists such as Marc Chagall, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Robert Longo, and Christo. These contemporary artists provide a lively contrast to Son Net's collection of classical Mallorcan art and antiques.
As a five-star full-service hotel offering warm, friendly, and discreet service, Son Net also has all the amenities needed to make your stay memorable. Oleum, a gourmet restaurant housed in its ancient olive mill or El Gazebo's alfresco restaurants deliver unpretentious yet sophisticated cuisine that is passionately curated from the best local products--many from Son Net's own kitchen garden and orchards.
The food is meant to be enjoyed with a selection of wine and spirits that range from wine elaborated from our own vineyard to an extensive international selection. Whether in Son Net's bar with a vaulted stone ceiling and a massive wood-burning fireplace or outside on one of our terraces or at the pool bar, you will find drinks and tapas to please all taste.
A full gym, wellness center, several swimming pools including the main 30-meter, fountains and cabanas, numerous outdoor Jacuzzis, an expanse of formal and informal gardens provide a luxurious way to enjoy the year-round sunshine and outdoor lifestyle of Mallorca.
Conde Nast Traveler: "Applause please, for Gran Hotel Son Net, hidden away in a highland valley of Mallorca. The building is a sensitively restored country estate dating from 1672. Dinner is on a grand scale. Cavernous with a haute medieval theme, Oleum is in the 17th-century estate's olive pressing room; the huge press is still there, and it sets the scale for everything else. Dinner is elaborate and draws heavily from local sources."
The Estate and the picturesque village below
The New York Times: "For a feel for the countryside, consider the majestic Gran Hotel Son Net in the village of Puigpunyent, just Northwest of Palma, which is set in a 17th-century estate. With its stone walls, its Hockneys and Chagalls, and its velvet accouterments, it is luxurious."
Son Net is located within the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, just a short drive from Mallorca's capital city of Palma.
It is positioned on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of Puigpunyent, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and down the valley towards Palma. Access to Son Net is by a long, private, palm tree-lined drive that starts at the base of the hill in the village and rises to the grand circular entry of the hotel.
As in days past, Son Net's privileged and protected position provides security, exclusivity, and privacy to those within its walls and grounds.
The quaint village below, built around a historic 13th-century church, is surrounded by vintage farms and vineyards. While only 20 minutes from Palma, the town offers its own amenities such as supermarkets, bakeries, bars, restaurants, and cafes. On Saturday there is a traditional open-air market in the village square.
Also within the village there is an extensive Nature Reserve with waterfalls, wild birds of prey, such as eagles and hawks. There you can enjoy a leisurely walk through wooded trails or the challenge of Mallorca's longest zip line.
Amenities on and around the estate
The Independent: "You have uninterrupted views of the Tramuntana Mountains from the forest green cabañas. Once a grand country mansion dating from the 17th century, the hotel perches above the tiny village of Puigpunyent. The 25 cabañas cluster around the pool and along the jacuzzi-lined terrace below."
Son Net is within an easy 20-minute or less drive of Palma's city center with its bounty of excellent restaurants, shops, cafes, theaters, museums as well as a multitude of historical and cultural monuments.
Within the same 20 minutes' drive you can reach marinas offering all kinds of watersports nautical activities, golf courses, tennis centers, and other sporting venues as well as Palma's International Airport. The mountains and valley surrounding Son Net offer some of Mallorca's most renowned hiking and biking experiences.
Son Net's treehouse, a first for Mallorca, is built around an ancient tree adjacent to Oleum restaurant's terrace. The treehouse offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a private "birdseye view" of the village and countryside below and the mountains beyond. It is available for exclusive use for up to ten guests for any number of purposes, from full dining experiences to champagne and caviar celebrations.
In 2012 Son Net planted a vineyard of Malvasia, a traditional Mallorcan grape. The vineyard produces excellent ecological wine. Also, using ecological farming methods, the hotel's kitchen garden and orchard produce fresh products for the kitchen. Farm animals have also been re-introduced. Sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, ponies, and white Mallorcan donkeys now roam the land below the hotel's formal gardens.