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by some of themost efficient and friendliest bar staff youwill find anywhere. For those preferring sea water to fresh the hotels small private beach is but a few steps away where the golden sand and crystal clear waters await.


Bedrooms at Bon Sol are offered in four categories, double room, junior suite, suite and family suite. All are furnished to a very high standard, large comfortable beds, flat screen tv, bathrobe, slippers, bath, shower, toiletries, balcony or terrace. Occupying room116, a junior suitewas a delightwith panoramic views of Palma Bay from one of the largest patios I have ever encountered complete with sun loungers, umbrella, table and chairs. Standing here each morning watching the sun rise over yonder hills engulfing Palma in an orange glow across the bay is a memory that stays with you for life, but I digress. The bathroomwith large glass shower cubicle, bath,wash basin, high quality toiletries and magnifying mirror made visits a joy instead of a chore.


Food is an important element of any holiday and the Bon Solwill not disappoint but before this, time for a pre-dinner drink with friends in the main bar where a pianist quietly entertains, or, sit out on the comfortable terrace in the warm evening air. Try the barman’s excellent Margaritas or one of the many spirits which are not measured, just poured. Enter the main dining room where a violinist is serenading guests, bewelcomed by theMaître D attired in formal 3 piece suit, often a member of the Xamena family and be shown to your table. Choose from two menu’s, one a ‘Gourmet’ menu, select wine from a list of excellent vintages. Excellent food, waiter service and amongst good company, it doesn’t get much better than that.


For that special occasion dine at the beach restaurant, select a table overlooking the sandy beach, the sound of waves gently lapping on the shore as a guitarist serenades, the warm air scented by the pines creates memories that last forever.


Each evening the main bar becomes the entertainment hub, Flamenco dancers, music, singers and one that stood out, Paul Martin. A singer that is not a tribute act to Dean Martin but someone who actually sounded like Dean Martin when he sang the songs, brilliant.


Relax in the lounge


Alan’s room


Breakfast is taken in a separate restaurant, light, airy, overlooking one of the three swimming pools. The selection is vast. Eggs, however you like them done, there is a separate egg station where a chef will cook them to your order. Omelet, what filling would you like, select the fresh ingredients to have it made to your liking. Fresh fruit, cheeses, meats, sausages, bacon, mushrooms the list is endless. Fresh orange juice, certainly, there is an orange squeezer to give you the freshest orange juice ever.


All too soon I am watching the sun rise for the last time and it’s time to reflect on my last few days and ask, who would enjoy this hotel. The answer is simple, anyone who is looking for quality, good service, good food and relaxation at a wonderful location with like-minded people.


Was there anything I didn’t like, actually there was, saying goodbye toMartin and LorraineXamena and leaving the Bon Sol, but in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back”.


Alan Fairfax The terrace overlooking the pool


More Information Holidays at the Bon Sol are available for 2019 through: Classic Collection Holidays: www.classic-collection.co.uk/hotels/spain/mallorca/illetas/bon-sol


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