We had never gone to Mallorca and were very nervous about landing in a touristic center, but in Formentor you are guaranteed away from the crowed, which is exactly what we wanted. You land in a beautiful location, can walk to the beach with pristinely clean water, with the right amount of watersports. The Hotel itself oozes old worldly charm and sets you back into a time that the poets would write about. You get a sense for the history that this hotel has and when you walk through the gardens, you can imagine Grace Kelly or Peter Ustinov having done the same before you. Granted that when they came to Formentor, the trees where far less impressive and smaller than they are today. The garden is overflowing with colours and immaculately kept. We are also in general very critical towards Hotel food, but at Formentor, we could not wait to do the buffet (a first for us). Every night you got different food choices, everything was fresh and well presented and deserts where delicious. Breakfast had the same variety as dinner. But the facilities are great, even though the Gym is very small and can get full, you can swim in the pool or in the sea before breakfast, do watersports or play tennis, we always managed to get a court. Barceló Formentor had mixed reviews and we knew that it was going to be a hotel with slightly older rooms. However, we did not mind that, as the service was excellent and the rooms had a charm that no modern hotel can possibly recreate, it did feel like home from home. Staff was friendly but professional, everything was relaxed and easy and just what you need when you want to get away from the work stress for a week. We stay in many 5 star hotels throughout the year, this was, albeit with slightly dated rooms, the best experience by far.