Here, the pleasures are simple: you’ve got the outdoor pool and gardens (look for the pretty almond tree, which blossoms in winter) for sunny days, gorgeous inside spaces for (rare) rainy days and a host of things to see nearby: pretty towns and sandy beaches. The hotel can help to arrange bike hire (€10–€13 a day, including helmet hire) with an external company. Sa Rota sits at the start of one of the island’s most popular cycling trails, including the trail from Algaida to Sencelles, Ruberts and Pina. Any of the beaches by the coastal resort of Colonia de Sant Jordi are worth exploring. The hotel also sends sun-worshippers to Playa de Muro, between Alcudia and C'an Picafort. Play golf on one of the local courses or go bird-watching at S'Albufera Nature Park. Ask staff nicely, and they'll help to arrange boat hire so you can take to the seas. They'll also let you know when the colourful local markets and traditional village festivals are held. Visit the Els Calderers (+34 971 526069), a traditional manor with stables and farm animals, including the area’s famous black pigs. Get a sense of what Mallorcan rural life might have been like with a visit to the smithy (stocked with historic tools), the bakery and the laundry. The manor dates back to the 13th century and is situated in the village of Sant Joan.