Looking for peace and tranquillity – head for the Orient – in Mallorca!

Tiny hamlet of Orient, Mallorca Not the Orient of the Far East, but nearer to home, Orient is a tiny hamlet in the Tramantuna Mountains, 25 miles from Palma, Mallorca.

With only a handful of honey coloured stone houses scattered along the cobbled streets nothing much has changed here over the years. The bell still tolls at the tiny church of Saint Jordi and now and again a wedding will take place and everyone turns out to watch. Orient lies in a fertile valley with its own micro climate, surrounded by the majestic Tramantuna Mountains. The area offers miles of footpaths and bike trails from gentle strolls around the village to more strenuous hikes into the mountains. A popular walk is to the town of Soller, a distance of 14 kms and passing through abundant fruit orchards with trees laden with oranges and lemons.

I escaped to this idyllic village to find some sun and relaxation during one of our disappointing British summers. There are regular flights from the UK to Palma and you will probably need to hire a car. You could take the Soller railway from Palma and get off at Bunyola and take a taxi, but a car will give you freedom to explore beyond the mountains.

Finca Son Palou, Mallorca The Finca Son Palou is a delightful hotel perfectly placed to take in the incredible scenery and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the area. Originally a fourteenth century manor house, this family run Finca has been renovated to high standards whilst keeping a rustic feel. Set in a private estate that provides the hotel with organically grown produce, there are miles of footpaths and bike trails to explore and an infinity swimming pool with views along the valley. The spacious guest rooms are all individually designed and create a cool and relaxing haven on a hot day and with central heating, cosy and welcoming during the winter months. Stone floors, whitewashed walls and exposed beams combined with tasteful furnishings give a sophisticated simplicity. Bathrooms are large and luxurious, all have bathrobes and Junior Suites have their own whirlpool baths.

View from the terrace - Tramantuna Mountains Breakfast is a leisurely affair and during the summer months is served on the terrace. Sip freshly squeezed orange juice from locally grown fruit, bite into a freshly baked flaky croissant and relish the strong coffee with just birdsong and the occasional sheep bell as accompaniment. For lunch and dinner the Finca prides itself on providing modern Mediterranean cuisine using locally grown ingredients and on a balmy summer evening dinner can be taken outdoors against a backdrop of mountains that dramatically change colour as the sun goes down.

When you have discovered Orient you will want to come back time and again.

For details of the Soller train visit www.trendesoller.com.

236 people found this helpful

Share Article:


Travel writer

Leave a comment


Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

Explore China with our guide tailored for travellers over 50. Discover ancient wonders, vibrant cities, culinary adventures, and landscapes…
Rich in exotic wildlife, tropical forests, white-sand beaches and lost civilisations, Belize really is a diverse pocket of overlooked beauty….

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.