A former 13th-century ranch in the hills of Mallorca is now an intimate new five-star hotel. Finca Serena is a retreat of calm occupying 40 hectares of secluded land 30 minutes drive from Palma, offering panoramic views around the island.
Mallorcan architect Sergi Bastidas remodelled the site, converting the various stone buildings of the finca into 25 bedrooms, which start from £264 per night and feature grey and white polished cement on the walls and floors.
Historic structures have been preserved – like the original medieval kitchen, which is now used to present the breakfast buffet. Guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace, overlooking the open-air swimming pool and its mountainous backdrop.
Interior designer Pilar Garcia-Nieto has created an earthy quality inside, from the wicker chairs and ceramic lamps to the rugs made from esparto – a material with a strong craft tradition in Mallorca.
In the lounge area, linen sofas, wooden tables and earthenware ornaments are placed around an open fireplace. An abstract bamboo sculpture by Catalan contemporary artist Laurent Martin hangs overhead.
Oil from the olive groves and fresh produce from the vegetable patches are served in the restaurant while wine from the vineyards is expected to to be bottled in the next year or two.