Stayed as a couple for 7 nights in September, in a superior room.
L'Hermitage was everything that we were looking for in a late summer week away, which is a pre-cursor for why the below is dripping with praise. I really cannot recommend this hotel enough.
The hotel is small (c.20 rooms), but the grounds are extensive, frequently giving you a feeling of complete isolation and tranquility. The reviews below are correct - often, all you can hear is silence and goat bells.
The buildings are beautiful. In my mind, a top hotel either needs to be ultra modern, or purposely and tastefully dishevelled, or it runs the risk of looking tired. While in flawless condition, this was the latter - stunning 17th century architecture with weathered stone, connected by naturally cracked paths. The apples in the large orchard lay where they fell, and the atmosphere hung thick with relaxation.
The bedrooms and spa, while clearly housed in reproduction buildings, had been built in a classic style that complimented the main, former monastery building. Inside they were large, spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The bathroom in our room was fantastic - long and wide, with a double sink, whirlpool bath, and walk-in rainwater shower. Outside, all rooms had their own patio area with table, chairs and sun loungers. Moreover the room entrances were arranged such that no-one could walk through your terrace space, even at ground floor level. An additional nice touch was the very reasonable minibar, which was the same price as the hotel bar - a 330ml San Miguel was €2.50.
Outside of the room, the spa was very impressive. A c.15m pool, with buttons on all side to activate the various (many!) hydro-therapy jets and water sprays. In the same building, there was small gym, a sauna and a steam room, and loungers on a raised area to get some relaxing done away from the sun. In addition, there was an outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and hammocks, and a double tennis court with rackets and balls to borrow (for free) from reception.
The restaurant was lovely, and 99% of guests ate outside each night. The food was extremely good - excellent local ingredients, well cooked, well presented, (very) plentiful, and reasonably priced. Most mains were €12-20. The wine list matched the food for range and price, and the service was charming but unintrusive. This was the running theme throughout L'Hermitage - a good example was when we came out of the sauna to find there was no water machine in the spa. We put a call through from the poolside phone to reception, and the manager turned up with an ice cold bottle and glasses within 5 minutes.
In the name of some constructive feedback, there were a couple of small negatives. The pool temperature was a bit chilly. We were informed that this was due to national restrictions in the spa (which was fair enough), but the outdoor pool was too cold (at 20-22C) to dip in... for a Brit anyway, most of the Germans seemed happy enough! Also the small restaurant did not have a "light bites" offering - while the food was lovely, we didn't really want a big meal every night, and certainly not at lunchtime (where we tended to just have a starter if eating in). This was compounded by the lack of alternatives in the area. Orient is the only place within walking distance (c.1km) and had only 3 restaurants - 2 serving local cuisine, and a fairly upmarket Indian restaurant. Unfortunately these were similarly priced, so the point was moot. There was also nowhere just to get an ice cream cone or a snack.
However these caveats are small points, and certainly did not detract from a wonderful week away. L'Hermitage is a wonderfully relaxing spot for a break, and I would recommend it highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the valley of Orient prevailing calm and tranquility that nature creates: olive, oak forests, herbs and a variety of vegetation characterize this valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Hermitage Hotel Orient
- L'Hermitage Orient, Majorca