This charming 18th-century manor is set in spacious grounds where stone paths lead from the swimming pool through a sea of oleander or olive groves and a duo of palm trees look magical silhouetted against the sunset. Enormous rocks surround a Japanese zen garden and vegetables grown on site are yours for the picking.
The farmhouse kitchen is kitted out with all you need to cook, or speak to housekeeper Edith, who lives in the annexe next door with her husband. She can rustle up fabulous local fare using produce from the island and fish direct from the sea; the island’s native pig, the Negre Mallorquí, produces a fabulous range of cured specialities too.
The laid-back little town of Santanyí, a 15-minute drive away, has two big supermarkets, a delicatessen and a butcher, and a place to rent bikes or motorbikes. Hire a boat at Portoperto or visit the lovely beach, Cala Mon Drago, set in a nature reserve.