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Bars & Restaurants in Pollensa, Majorca Where to eat and drink. For great reviews and comments on bars, cafes and restaurants. Do give locations if possible.

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Old 09-11-2005, 02:46
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We're coming out for a birthday celebration early next year (Big one - don't ask!) There are going to be 16 of us and we want to do something special. Has anyone tried Reads in Santa Maria? Looks great on the website, but worried it might be a bit 'soul-less' any views would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2005, 20:34
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Hi Graham

A few years back there was an article about Reads Hotel in the Easyjet magazine. It was bought by a gentleman .. Mr Read! who had spotted the beautiful building many times when he passed it driving from the airport to his holiday home.When it was put up for sale he bought it and spent years renovating it to its present glory.I believe it used to be an olive farm

On one of our mystery tours of the island, where we just set off for the day and drive, we came across it and decided to go in for a drink. It is indeed beautiful and we were very kindly taken on a guided tour of one of the suites , the restaurant and gardens by one of the predominantly German PR staff...very good marketing skills! The residents, and this was purely an observation ,were also mainly German.

Soul-less? The setting was lovely although fairly isolated and quite a long drive from PP if that is where you will be staying .Apart from that ie food and atmosphere at night I can't comment although perhaps more suitable for a romantic break for two than a big Birthday bash!

Have you thought about Son Brull (lots of comments re this hotel from forumites!) which is fantastic, and only a short drive from PP if you want to continue the party after the meal at one of the many bars? Or a pre-dinner drink in the square in Pollensa and then a stroll to C'an Costa...

Hope this helps a bit!

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Old 10-11-2005, 03:04
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Thanks Debz,

Fantastic feedback. (Never ceases to amze me just how good this forum is, thanks to people like you).

Son Brull was right there on our list. We went in July for drinks. So I'll take your advice.

Thanks again.

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Old 10-11-2005, 03:28
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You're very welcome!

Hope you have a great party

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Old 11-11-2005, 06:43
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We have eaten a few times at Reads, stayed once at Reads and eaten at Son Brull once.

The food at Reads is exceptional, the rooms are lovely as is the setting, but it is in my view a place for a couple for a short break ie one or two nights. Not sure that I could have a longer stay there.

The food at Son Brull was great also, but I wouldnt stay there, again, for more than 1/2 nights at most. It is so close to PP that you can stay in the Port and get a taxi there for the food and then go back to the Port, thus getting the best of both worlds.

PP to Reads is maybe 45mins by taxi, it is out in the country, at Santa Maria so make sure any taxi driver knows where to go or you may be in for a longer journey. It is signposted from Santa Maria
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Old 13-11-2005, 01:13
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Have to agree with general opinion. Reads is absolutely lovely for a meal out - even the drive to it is part of the evening - the ambience of the whole place is lovely - very romantic , but do feel it is better for small intimate parties, cant be beat for that, but not for a larger group of people. Havnt tried son brull yet, but think I would like to try as I believe it is a spa hotel as well? A one night say and a days pampering sounds just right after or before bringing the apartment up to scratch!!
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Old 13-11-2005, 22:50
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I'd second that belladonna, see my earlier posts on Son Brull.
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Old 14-11-2005, 03:36
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We first got to know of Reads from a mailshot from the Travel Club of Upminster and tantalising it was what with test drive of a Porsche for a day.

However in this week's Majorca daily Bulletin Reads have an advert. One night special offer of Room , dinner and presumably breakfast for two persons E250.

And also their Spa Day use of all facilities. One hour full body massage and a Facial with Shiatsu Facial Massage again one hour and three course Bistro 33 lunch. E130 +vat. Offer till 30.11.05.


And if that is not your taste, Valldemosa Hotel has a special till 15 Dec. Dinner, room and breakfast for two, E300, drinks and Vat not included.

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Old 14-11-2005, 03:42
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Bowbelle would be interested in that news hope she reads this and your post.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:37
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Smile Romantic 5 night break

Part One
Arriving at the airport and not having to worry about sorting out the hire car was a treat in itself straight away.

We met the driver from Reads at the meeting point in the hall, a very smartly dressed driver who immediately took my case and after a few words of greeting headed us to the far end of the airport where we had never ventured out of before! The pick up was advertised as being a Limo, but as we came out into the private car park, all we could see was the very nice people carriers. Hubby and I smiled at each other knowingly, a limo in Mallorca is anythinig that is polished!
But we had a wonderful surprise as we walked to the end of the line, and there, hiding behind a large people carrier was a beautiul, black, polished Mayback! I have to say we were suitably impressed. As soon as we were seated we were given two small bottles of ice cold water which was greatly appreciated I can tell you. The inside of the limo was sumptuous tan leather, with all the gadgets you could imagin.
I was amazed that you can actually travel away from the airport on the motorway and not hear a single thing!! No car noises or motorway noises! A great start to our arrival on the day of our 30th wedding anniversary.

We drove into Santa Maria, and the driver paused at the railway, even though the barriers were up and the lights said clear. A tip here, even the locals dont trust the railway to be clear when it says so, as we saw a couple of times, so treat it as a motorway rather than a railway!

We drove into Reads, past the hotel carpark, through the lush greenery of the gardens with tall well tended trees, and straight up to the front of the hotel, where the driver took our cases and showed us into reception.
First impressions were of an airy, interestingly furnished entrance area. Glass cabinets held many interesting objects, from tiny trinkets to mantle clocks, all kept spotlessly clean and polished. Plenty of wood and wrought iron, and stone flooring with interesting rugs.

We were shown into the bar for a welcom drink of Cava or anything else that we wished. The bar is a covered area which was once an outside courtyard, with a tall, beamed ceiling, lovely glass lights and glass and wicker tables. One end leads into the Bacchus restaurant, and the other opens out through glass doors which leads to further courtyards and staircases, yet to be explored! There is a well put together folder which shows the building and development of Reads over the years from 1997. A fully developed, planned and designed family hotel, and still run by Mr and Mrs Read, their son and their daughter.

We were then shown up to our room, No. 9, The Princess Suite. A wonderful suite, quite contemporary in its design, but still with a spanish touch. Two large white sofas, glass sinks, jacuzzi bath, huge bed with mottled glass headboard. Beautiul. However, the windows do have a constricted view over some of the hotel's roof tops, and it does not have a terrace, which we were expecting and hoping for. After a little thought, we decided to change rooms in order to get a terrace. Probably not one of the best ideas we had to be honest! However, they did have a room available and our cases, flowers, cava and strawberries were transferred to room No. 1, a first floor suite.

This room is a lot darker, far more "old" Spanish, with dark wood wardrobes, writing desk, table and four poster bed. The windows overlooked a small courtyard one way, with the large doors opening out to the private terrace. A small tiny window was in the bathroom, (dont you just love the tiny ones!), which also overlooked the terrace. All had the obligatory shutters, with the glass and wood inner windows too.

This was to be the cause of a disaster later on in the stay.

After unpacking, we then went down the outside staircase, through the courtyard and into the main building to start exploring.
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Old 02-09-2009, 13:38
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Part two

They truely had vision when this was first converted from a ramshackle, rundown farm and olive press which had been left overgrown and open to the elements for many years before Mr Read finally bought it. They have managed to make it look and feel as if it has been this way forever, and only by looking at the building history can you truely appreciate the enormity of what they took on.

Cleanliness everywhere is amazing for such a large, full building. Dark wood furniture, glass and porcelain ornaments, silver, pictures, lights - all spotlessly kept. Even the old doll in her crib looks carefully tended just left in the hall next to the old wooden door leading to Bistro 33. A long, dark room with dark red painted walls, hidden alcoves, and the huge olive press stone and beams lit by a green light. Candles on the table at night and candles up by the high windows with the breeze blowing through the iron shutters made a wondeful place to eat.

The Bacchus restaurant is the one which is famous world over, with its many murals and trompe d'oeils, one of which is the huge pegasus in one corner. This room is used for breakfast, and also the main dining room during the winter months or cooler summer evenings. During the summer, most meals are taken out on the patio areas surrounding the outdoor swimming pool. Wonderfully romantic with candles and oil lamps and soft jazz playing as you see the sun setting behind the trees and the birds making their final lights into bushes for the night.

Food is top class - as you would expect rom Michelin starred restaurant - even though Fosh has now left Reads for pastures new in Palma.
Wine selection is exemplary, and they even have their own vinyard on site and have their own red wine which is only available at Reads itself. The Bacchus menu is the a la carte, whilst the Bistro 33 is used for lunch menu or lighter evening meals. Both are excellent, and the Bistro did an amazing Mohito Granite dessert!!

I will say at this point that this is possibly one of the most expensive restaurants you will come accross on the island, with a bottle of water costing 5.50 euros, and no option of tap water, you can gather the general price. Service is top class by the waiters and staff, although individual customer complaints were not always dealt with how people would like. The owners would never deal with complaints themselves, preferring to be seen as the happy smiling face of the hotel, not customer problem solvers. I am not sure if this strategy is a good one, but it is certainly an obvious one.

The grounds are wonderully designed, with treelined and planted pathways between buildings which hold various individually designed bedrooms and suites. You can come across small courtyards with fountains in and fish glittering in the pools, large pieces of old farm equipment, and enourmous pots and statues. Everything kept tidy and clean, but still maintaing the air of a rustic mansion.

The owners would always stop and talk to you and ask how you were - but I'm not too sure that they listened to the answers, as I will tell you later! However, it is a lovely touch and we were given a couple of drinks as a celebration for our anniversary too.

One of our lunch time meals had just been served outside when the clouds just suddenly appeared looking black and menacing. A breeze quickly picked up and began to lift the table cloths. Then loud rumbles of thunder could be heard getting closer and closer. Mr Read appeared with his lovely little brown dog - Mr Brown - and said " I believe we should decant to the Bacchus restaurant ladies and gentlemen."
The waiters then scurried round picking up plates, drinks, bread etc etc and we all walked down the staircase from the patio into the restaurant! A two centre meal! The rain didnt actually start until about 2 hours later when we had gone back out again to sunbathe!! Stick to the day job Mr Read! LOL!

(The next day was a trip out to Sant Elm, which I will post in the releveant section.)

We had previously booked a couple of treatments in the spa which had been a little bit stressful by them cancelling and rebooking by email, forcing us to rearrange car hire days, but we were still looking forward to something spectacular. So we both walked through the arched double doors, into the calming Spa foyer.
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Old 02-09-2009, 14:56
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Oh Bella, How wonderful! You described so well - I felt I was there with you! What a wonderful way to spend your 30th. Many congratulations. I will ensure my husband reads this - I spent my 30th in Asda!! lol.

Look forward to hearing more.
Thanks again for a wonderful read! ( pun!!)
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Old 02-09-2009, 16:13
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Thanks eleanor - here goes!

Part three

The spa itself still manages to combine the old with the new, a tall dark wood and glass hat and umbrella stand combines effortlessly with smart display cupboards. After taking off our shoes we push through the the glass doors into the indoor pool area, with side jets along one side which can be started individually. The ceiling again is like a high barn beam effect. The walls are painted, as is found in most of the main building, with lovely frescos and arches. Soft music drifted throughout all the spa and as we were the only ones there, it was a magically quiet time. There is also a whirlpool in the same area. Through adjacent glass doors you can find the ice room, steam room, foot spa and a couple of other rooms. Unfortunately for us, they were not working at the time, we should have complained I know, its the only thing that you dont pay for and they were not working!!
Anyway, we didn't so that's our fault.
There is also a couple of lovely rest rooms, one dark with candles and couches, and one bright with a fantastic coloured glass chandalier and huge full length glass windows overlooking the outside pool and area.

Our therapist was one of the best I have come across. I had a hot stone massage treatment which lasted nearly 2 hours and was absolutely amazing. I felt better than I have in ages - whilst I was still in the room!
I came out and was given a cold fruit drink and relaxed looking out to the pool outside. When I finally started actually taking things in, I noticed that hubby was outside. This is not right, as he was supposed to be starting his massage treatment half an hour after mine so we finished at almost the same time, and was supposed to be meeting up in this room!
The therapist went out to get him and I followed with a nagging feeling that something was not quite how it should be. As I got there, I could hear him saying " Im not happy, I have been waiting for two hours with no therapist in sight!" He had had an argument with reception about it, who had not been very sympathetic saying that we hadnt booked so had to take it as it was!

As we had booked these treatments by email before we came out, and had them confirmed, then asked to change as they were "over booked", which we did, although it meant changing our car hire days, hubby was naturally rather annoyed. He made them check back on their emails and they agreed that we had made the bookings, but only one therapist was on so one treatment had to follow the other, which was not what we had expected. Anyway, we calmed him down and he did decide to go ahead with his treatment, whilst I wandered back to the room and relaxed on the terrace.

We had also seen that they actually had not been over booked, rather the opposite, they had only had us booked, so decided to move us to this day, which only added to the annoyance actually. Still, the treatments were lovely and we were very impressed with what we had, and the professional way there were given.

That night, we decided to try the 7 course taster menu with matching wines. We were lucky that the evening was still lovely and we were able to have our meal outside again. The breeze rustled through the trees and we could see the hotel cat and dog stalking through the grass.
Each course was described to us, and the somelier also described the wines he had chosen for us to accompany each course. We didnt actually have 7 different wines, I think there were actually 4.
We had a wonderful evening, and Iris - Mrs Read - came over and chatted to us, sending the waiter with two complimentary digestive drinks at the end. This was to be my undoing!
I had felt fine with the wines - virtually less than a glass of most - but this drink obviously did not mix and went straight to my head!
I managed to elegantly leave the table - I hope - and we walked round the grounds to clear our heads.
We wandered up to a couple of open terraces and took in the night time views over the countryside and then returned to our room.

This is where things go a bit wrong with the holiday!

I awoke at about 5am, feeling a little light headed, but not too bad. However, one of the shutters had obviously not been locked properly, and the breeze was making it bang.
I asked if hubby was awake - as you do - twice!! He then grumbled what I wanted, and I asked him to please get up and close the shutter as I didnt feel too well.
He got up, looking a little unsteay, but that would be natural at 5am in the morning. He wandered round out of sight and I heard the terrace shutter being locked.

He came back into view.

Staggered - then just collapsed, smashing into the wardrobe then out like a light straight down onto the stone floor!
I rushed round to him and after a couple of seconds he turned his head and in the dark I could make out that there was a dark gap where his front teeth should be!
He then passed out again, giving me the fright of my life.
He does have low blood pressure, and occassionaly this happens, usually at the doctors, dentist or when children come into the world, but he can usually tell just beforehand. This time he had had no idea.
Needless to say the rest of the night was not a comfortable one, with me being a very nervous Florence Nightingale and asking every time he moved if he was ok.
He decided he did not want to see a local dentist as they would be bound to give him injections for something and then we wouldnt be able to fly home for 48 hours. So pain killer tablets were the only option.

We had to cancel our next day arrangements, which included the hire car for another day out, and a long looked forward to meal at a restaurant in Santa Maria, C'an Calet.
When we went to reception, the car actually hadnt arrived anyway, so we just told them not to bother about it.
Marcus, the son, was there are the time, and as usual stopped to talk to us. I explained what had happened, and his response was - Well at least you weren't hurt, thats the main thing. Have a lovely day. See what I meant about them not really listening!! I found this a couple of times actually, They dont seem to remember guests as well as the owners of the PP restaurants do!!

We decided to give our complimentary bottle of Cava to the therapist as we hadnt had an opportunity to drink it, and didnt want to risk taking it home. She was thrilled to get it and I think she deserved it.
All the staff work so hard, and we often heard them being told off about something or other by the owners, but we had no complaints about them ourselves.
After sorting out the bill - which needed redoing, as did about 3 o the departing guests that we saw over the days we were there - we went back to our room where we found a parting gift of a bottle of wine, a bottle of oil and some hibiscus salt.
It took a lot of convincing for my husband to agree to find a way to pack the bottles in order to take the risk of taking them back home!

We had a lovely driver taking us back to the airport, where we heard a bit of inside gossip that they are planning a new terminal to accept planes direct
from America!

I loved this hotel. It mixes so much with such grace and interest, both old and new. It has an amazing development history, and the foresight Mr Read had is incredible.
It is however, extremely expensive and that would be the reason for thinking twice about returning, although there were many there who were previous guests and return again and again. Lucky them!
I would definately recommend it for a special break, or even a special meal in either of their restaurants.

Hubby has since been to the dentist and has to have 4 teeth dealt with. I think our Pearl anniversary has been pretty expensive with having to deal with his Pearly Whites too!!
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Old 02-09-2009, 17:48
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Bella - that must have been a very frightening experience for you both, although the vision of hubby disappearing from sight did raise a smile I'm afraid. I hope that all goes well with the dentistry, I have been there many times!

Sounds like you had a wonderful time despite the unwelcome events

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Old 02-09-2009, 19:21
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I aim to please!! LOL! Am now planning our 35th - Son Net looks a favourite!
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