It’s such a pleasure, after all these years exploring and getting to know Mallorca, that I can still discover some gems, and sparkling destinations that surprise and impress. El Coto Boutique Hotel & Spa is one such jewel. I was recently invited to the inauguration of the property’s new Silentia Spa, and over the short visit, I really fell for the place.
This is a special hotel, and understandably so, as it has been created with love and care by Miriam and Pepe Navarrete who over the past 30 years have continually enhanced and improved El Coto to its present 5-star status while still maintaining the personal, family style that is so loved by guests that return year after year.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by their sons, Patric and Cristian who as the next generation are continuing the tradition of personalised hospitality.
El Coto is a charming Mediterranean hideaway, with a classic Riviera vibe and a timeless elegance. It is found in the sleepy hamlet of Colonia de Sant Jordi, a little off the tourist trail, yet popular with islanders for their summer holidays and weekend escapades. Those in the known come back year after year to enjoy the clear waters of the bays and coves and the unspoilt coastline and pine forests.
Rooms look out to the Salines de S’Avall salt lakes and flats, partial sea views and the garden pool. The roof terrace, a favourite for sunbathing or sundowner cocktails, offers striking views of the local area and the emblematic beach, Es Trenc.
To the east and west the coastline and countryside is protected, providing a haven for wildlife and a wonderful area to explore. This is the Mallorca of a bygone age, where you feel connected to the destination and the environment.
With this peaceful, natural, and calming environment, it makes perfect sense to come here for a wellness retreat or pampering spa holiday. The sparkling Silentia spa, opened in autumn 2023, marks a new era for El Coto, redefining this gourmet hideaway into a wellness destination with innovative treatments and exceptional facilities.
Constructed with a strong emphasis on sustainability, Silentia is a dreamy well-being centre. These top-notch purpose-built facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy circuit, a gym, and treatment rooms that open to private gardens. There is also an authentic hammam with various classic and contemporary treatments.
Amongst the spacious treatment rooms is a double treatment space that includes a private sauna, hydro-massage spa bath, and private garden.
This is probably the best-equipped doubles treatment room I have seen, a perfect retreat for couples therapies like the ‘Isla de Los Dioses’ ritual. This bespoke well-being journey includes a sauna, silk & gold skin exfoliation, a herbal spa bath, massage and facial followed by a healthy lunch.
The spa treatment menu is extensive, created and curated by Silentia Spa Director Antoniya Stoycheva Atanasova.
I chose the Himalayan salt treatment, a first for me. This therapy includes a calming, healing massage with warm, solid salt spheres and paddles. It’s super relaxing, with the salt and oil leaving your skin radiant. It feels appropriate to choose a treatment with salt, as the Salines de S’Avall salt pans are nearby, said to be amongst the oldest in the world, dating back to Roman times.
Guests of El Coto Boutique Hotel have preferential access to the Silentia spa, including complimentary access to the pool and hydrotherapy circuit. If you are visiting Mallorca, you can also enjoy the facilities of El Coto Hotel with a Day Pass, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the gardens, pool, spa, and gastronomy.
Each element of a stay at El Coto Boutique Hotel & Spa is refined, curated and thoughtful. This is more than evident with the culinary experience at the property.
The hotel’s wine cellar is a delight to visit, for a private wine tasting or tour, taking in the extraordinary collection of Spanish wines, Mallorca wines and fine French Champagnes.
Restaurant Bistro is the relaxed eatery on the sun-drenched terrace overlooking the salt pans, perfect for a refreshing spritz and local seafood or maybe an open brioche sandwich, citrus and spice marinated salmon, avocado cream, and cucumber.
Restaurant Salma, with tables set around the pool, makes each evening feel like an occasion. Dinner is a 5-course, gourmet adventure. Guests can choose from a selection of culinary dishes for each course, as well as seasonal creations from the daily suggestions, such as ‘Soller’ red prawn carpaccio with sturgeon caviar, or sea bass in salt crust or a vegetarian roasted cauliflower marinated in curry and coconut milk with toasted nuts and roasted peppers.
Service is polished natural and friendly, led by Cristian Navarrete. The ambiance is elegant and relaxed with regular evenings of live music.
Choose from 50 rooms and suites, decorated in a classic style with some bold details, pops of colour and pieces of art. There are all the 5-star amenities you would expect, from a mini bar to bathroom amenities as well as an excellent Illy coffee machine and tea-making facilities.
El Coto Boutique Hotel & Spa has peaceful grounds of palms, cactus, and flowering shrubs. A charming, secluded garden, shaded by Mediterranean pines is the perfect place to relax and disconnect.
El Coto is an impressive boutique, with beautiful attention to detail and now a spectacular spa. Yet it was the warmth of welcome that really made an impact on me. The whole team feel like a family, which I guess is understandable, as many have worked here for years, and some decades.
In short, El Coto offers that rare and invaluable quality, genuine hospitality.
Address: Av. Primavera, 8, 07638 Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca, Spain