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Rolling hills and picture perfect views of the Mediterranean await

Unforgettable fiesta at Richard Branson’s favourite Mallorcan retreat

To fully experience the coastal city’s dramatic hillsides and vistas of the glittering Mediterranean, head to the Son Bunyola Estate, one of Richard Branson’s favourite Spanish retreats

Mediterranean’s Mallorca and its hidden gems

The Spanish Riviera is a well-known summertime haven, but to fully experience the coastal city’s dramatic hillsides and vistas of the glittering Mediterranean, head to the Son Bunyola Estate, one of Richard Branson’s favourite Spanish retreats.

Located in a World Heritage site, the Son Bunyola Estate features three luxurious villas for guests to rent, providing a great base for large families or groups to explore all the island has to offer.

A view of the Son Balagueret by night
A view of the Son Balagueret by night

The intimate estate is tucked far away from the tourist crowds and perched between the picturesque towns of Banyabalfur and Valldemossa, which make for great day-trips and a way to while away a lazy afternoon in the Mediterranean sunshine. Hundreds of olive and almond trees surround the grandiose estate’s warm brick walls, creating a sanctuary away from prying eyes and providing the ideal setting for a summertime celebration.

Along with a private pool, each villa also comes complete with its own dedicated chef, concierge and daily housekeeping service, making parties and big events a breeze to host. You’ll spend less time on stressing over what to cook and how to decorate the area, and more time on savouring the company of your closest friends and family members.

Each villa comes with its own pool and stunning view
Each villa comes with its own pool and stunning view

Private terraces provide the perfect relaxation spot
Private terraces provide the perfect relaxation spot

If you’re planning a celebration, the team behind the Estate are more than ready to be your personal event planners for the occasion. Plan a treasure hunt that winds through the estate’s vineyards and the rocky private beach, or discover hidden coves and turquoise waters on a boat trip with the family – the personal concierges are more than happy to tailor-make an unforgettable experience for guests of any disposition.

There are plenty of social spaces to host a gathering here
There are plenty of social spaces to host a gathering here

Alternatively, one of the best ways to savour the balmy air and refreshing sunshine is to organise a picnic on one of the Estate’s many private terraces. With plush outdoor chairs and picture-perfect views of the Mediterranean, all you need is a sumptuous glass of Mallorca wine – one of the island’s best kept secrets – and the company of those nearest and dearest.

As part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection – which also includes the ultra-exclusive Necker Island in the Caribbean and the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, guests are guaranteed an extraordinary experience to remember at the Son Bunyola Estate. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.
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