Married to the historic fabric of old-town Palma de Mallorca, the luxuriously cool Sant Francesc Hotel Singular Mallorca (Majorca) is a contemporary design den housed within a bijou, wonderfully restored, Neoclassical mansion that can trace its roots back to 1860. Behind this Mallorquin honeyed-stone façade, which blends seamlessly into the Plaza de Sant Francesc, is a seductive combo of noble residence and urban clubhouse – it is grandeur: suitably chilled.
Oversized thick wooden doors, stone archways, vaulted ceilings, patio garden, watchtower with dovecote (now one of the best suites in Palma) and original frescos cleverly chronicle the ornate heritage of the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular.
Every centimetre has been stripped back and respectfully restored from the former stables, which now houses the gourmet restaurant and gardens, right through to the spectacular rooftop pool and terrace affording views across the terracotta tiles towards Palma’s Cathedral and the Mediterranean.
The interior design shifts style gear into a smooth coherence of beauty, urban elegance and stillness, with design pieces from icons Antonio Citterio, Jaime Hayón, Philippe Starck, Gordon Guillaumier, Stephen Burks, Piero Lissoni, Inma Bermúdez, Davide Groppi and Bernard Schottlander. Subtlety is added by the owner’s personal touches and those ‘fell in love pieces found on our travels’ which dot the sharpness in design.
A muted canvas of plaster whites, tanned sandstone and henna deck the walls which, akin to that of a private mansion house, are decked in large bold canvases of commissioned artworks which punctuate the historic flourishes – a private gallery of ‘head-turning’ paintings from the likes of Guillem Nadal, Riera i Aragó, Dominica Sánchez, Jordi Alcaráz, Bruno Olle, Miguel Macaya, M.A. Campano, J.M. Broto, A. Alzamora and E. Arbós.
Old and new are fused with aplomb, opulence is muted, luxury is casual and polished design firmly rooted into the provenance of the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular: confidentially cool with utter poise.
42 elegant rooms and airy signature suites, many of which have private terraces and balconies with views of the old town, come with luxury as standard.
Fine linens, private paintings, designer furnishings and soft textiles pair with the Mediterranean style of a period elegant residence in Palma de Mallorca.
Paying homage to the bounty of Mallorca – from both land and sea, food at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular fuses those tasty Mallorquín & Catalan Spanish favourites of the Mediterranean with clever hints sourced from Asia and the Middle East: home here on the island for centuries.
Alfonso Lillo, aka "Fonsi", is the young maverick chef at the kitchen helm, overseeing the gourmet Quadrat Restaurant & Garden, Rooftop Terrace - and seasonal Sushi Bar and the Lobby Bar & Patio Mallorquín. His from ‘dawn-to-dusk’ food concept in the three eateries delivers original plates of taste from the familiar to the unchartered and this from breakfast to dinner.
Chef Fonsi's past career include being the private chef to the Qatar Royal family, rubbing culinary shoulders with foodie legends Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey with spells with the world-famous Roca Brothers.
“There’s something really honest about food here on the island, even the most basic of ingredients such as the local sea-salt plays a pivotal role in the flavour heritage found only here. From the local wines, fresh seafood and organic reared cattle to the vegetables, ingredients are packed with sunshine goodness – food is innately distinctive cast by the climate, terrain and preserving methods used on this island – this is what inspires me every day and keeps me mindful of my Spanish roots” says Chef Fonsi.
Conceived as a luxury urban spa, at hand there is intimate workout zone with the essentials Technogym™, private PT & Yoga are avaialble upon demand and for you beauty junkies, the skin-care pioneers Anne Semonin have created specialist treatments to bring back the radiant you.
Besides that, hit the promenade of Palma for the morning run around the marina or take a dip in the Mediterranean.
Courtesy of chance, it was a completely random encounter with the then crumbling mansion that the Soldevila’s stumbled upon during a family visit to the island of Mallorca, and it sparked the idea of creating a small luxury hotel in the heart of old-town Palma - this was the beginning of the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular.
“We were immediately drawn to this house, a romantic notion perhaps, a hunch that said this would make a perfect hotel. You could say we fell in love.”
Creating the next legacy for the family, Andrés Soldevila Ferrer together with his father, Andrés Soldevila Casals - both seasoned hoteliers and industry entrepreneurs and owners of the illustrious Majestic Hotel Group – set about the long process of renovation.
“We realised from the offset, that, in order to visualise our concept of keeping the integrity of the building we would quite literally have to strip the building back to its bare architectural bones - and then, layer by layer, restore the historic splendour keeping it Mallorquin, creating our unique vision of luxury, our Sant Francesc Hotel Singular.”
With the pedigree of London’s Claridge’s, The Connaught and a pit-stop with Soho House Group, Miguel Garcia Feliz is the suave host at the Sant Francesc – a director who navigates old-school luxury and fresh urban thinking.
“Luxury should not feel rigid: it is a culture - that adapts to the guest, it thinks, it anticipates and is continually edited to suit.”
Miguel is the perfect host for this outpost of modern luxury, just because he is just that - a thoroughly dapper General Manager who can be as formal as he is cool and as someone who gets excited about vintage red wines as much as a healthy poolside smoothie.
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is located in the heartland of old-town Palma de Mallorca, opposite the medieval Sant Francesc Square - a hushed local corner flanked by its pictorial church and Franciscan cloister. Stride out of the hotel and be instantly in tune with Palma of times past: a walkable treasure trove of heritage & culture right on your doorstep.
Follow a warren of narrow meandering Moorish streets that lead through to Palma’s Le Seu Cathedral, Plaza Major Town Hall and on to the marina and quay. Pass through leafy Arabic garden patios, bohemian shopping districts, art galleries, foodie haunts and literally get wonderfully lost in the fascination of archaic Palma de Mallorca.
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