When casting my eye over family holiday options for 2013 one cold February day I stumbled across The Sea Club in Cala Rajada, north east Mallorca. With a teenage daughter and a nine year old son we usually opt for a beach club style resort, with lots on offer, in Greece or Turkey. We forgo authenticity and personality for convenience and all bases covered. So it was with some trepidation that my husband and I decided to go with somewhere so much smaller that really appealed to US for a change.
After not much more than an hours drive from Palma we found The Sea Club, shimmering in the heat, beside a turquoise sea. I felt blessed immediately to have found somewhere even prettier than the online photos. Literally on the rocky seafront, separated only by a pedestrian pathway, sits The Sea Club. A low, white colonial style house, terracotta roof, sea blue shutters, white floaty curtains drifting at open windows, all semi shaded by the twisted shadows of Mediterranean pines framing the whole setting so picturesquely.
No painful reception procedure here! No golf cart to deliver you to a room too far to walk to! My son ran around in raptures, literally! My daughter delighted by the abundance of flowers tumbling from walls, roofs and pots to frame a lovely pool. And here began our experience. This is the Sea Club! Home to Luis, Jenny, Nick, Dan and Luke plus Molly and Biba (the dachunds!) and Milo and Milly ( the Siamese cats). Luis has lived here since the sixties. His family history
is evident all around. This is not so much a hotel as a Mediterranean home from home. For the duration of your stay you are welcomed with warmth, trust and friendliness and with the opportunity to become a part of daily life here. The more willing you are, the better your time will be!
Indeed jenny jumped up, from her lounger around the pool, to greet us and lovely Fred, sea club lover and this years sous chef, immediately helped with our luggage. I had gone for two rooms, top studio and family room, sharing a large, furnished terrace. It worked brilliantly for us as we had space and a little privacy plus kitchen facilities for very late breakfasts or snacks should we so choose. Though no need really as breakfast is a long lazy treat taken wherever you wish to take it, and there are many perfect spots, long shady communal tables or quiet, personal terraces. It really is up to you. Like any holiday home, The Sea Club awakens quietly and dreamily over a couple of hours!
Rooms are quirky, different, full of a certain homely, casual elegance. Almost English country style with a Mediterranean twist. Each is different and has a different aspect or view onto pool or sea. Ensuites of course are made to fit and some are really lovely yet without the one size fits all approach that makes most hotel rooms so unmemorable. This is a family home, grown and tweaked over the years to meet the needs of those who live there and the growing body of family, friends and guests so eager to return.
The courtyard bar is the hub of daily life and operates an honesty policy if no one is around at that moment to fix you a drink. Help yourself! Yes really!! Just jot it down. (A great thrill for the kids) but hang around a while and Nick will serve you a really perfectly made cocktail of choice. Pablo too knows how make any drink better than most London bars whilst chatting with the children and fitting in a quick game of table tennis! The guys are generous with their time and their measures!
Lunch? Served up by the lovely Sophie, Fred and Zoe consists of daily salads and club sandwiches etc are fresh and tasty. You can eat it over looking the sea then swing in a hammock, or retreat to the sofas in the shade of the bar, play board games or a little guitar. What's not to love?
Cala Rajada is a seaside town for sure and obviously very popular. The Sea Club is an oasis that can be hard to leave, but a five minute stroll to the port reveals a huge choice of restaurants, ( we had good food on the whole) shops to meet most needs and a working fishing port, so great fresh fish everywhere. A ten minute trip inland by car or taxi takes you to more interesting Mallorcan restaurants in the little historical towns of Capdepera and Arta, which is upmarket and stylish with a great market.
However in high season supper is available in the Sea Club. It's a fun and convivial affair starting with cocktails and tapas in the bar followed by fresh, colourful, simple meals shared all together at the huge blue table on the front terrace overlooking the sea. The wine flows as does the conversation with all your new friends and acquaintances. Of course the family join in, children actively welcomed and included.. It's how life should be and often ends up riotously in the bar until late. You really never know who you might meet. We shared our time with fellow Brits, a Norwegian family, Danes, honeymooners (the lovely Dom and Lee Ann) plus a host of Sea Club veterans and their children who have enjoyed returning for years. It really is lovely to be a part of it all.
The weather was perfect in July and we ended up lounging around the Sea Club instead of exploring the beaches around that bit of coast. There is a beach 5 minutes away but many more beautiful ones a little further afield. There is a lot to offer in the area. Luis offers boat trips around the coast that sound fantastic. We didn't indulge this year, but maybe next?
The collection of characters that make up The Sea Club lend this place a unique and chilled out atmosphere free of all the usual expectations and nonsense that goes with large hotels and resorts. It really is very bohemian,relaxing and great fun. Jenny, Luis and family couldn't have been more inclusive and helpful which leads guests to be the same way. It's a magic recipe.
Many thanks one and all.
See you soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Sea Club, a beautifully maintained old colonial residence that has been owned and run by the Cumberlege family for the last 50 years. We invite you to our relaxed way of life on the north-eastern coast of Mallorca. The Sea Club, overlooking the Mediterranean, consists of 17 individually designed en suite rooms within a hacienda style garden, with it's own private terrace, private bar and large swimming pool. Within the grounds, individual casitas and sunny patios lend Mallorcan charm to this uniquely private place. If you are looking for a different experience rather a regular hotel, The Sea Club is the right place for you. The Sea Club flows with the seasons. During low season it's a quiet, relaxing place whilst also being great for sporting activities and visiting our fabulous island. Towards the end of June and throughout the summer months it becomes a very social place with many return guests giving The Sea Club a house party vibe. The Sea Club has been mentioned in different travel guides including: “Lonely Planet, The Rough Guide & Petit Futé”. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, TripOnline SA and Odigeo so you can book your The Sea Club reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Sea Club Hotel Cala Ratjada
- The Sea Club Majorca/Cala Ratjada