Even if you haven’t heard of the late 19th-century English writer Guy Beringer, you’ve probably eaten the hybrid meal he wrote about and is said to have invented: brunch. Today, going out for brunch – sometime between the traditional hours of breakfast and lunch – is a leisure pursuit in its own right. For a particularly memorable brunch on Mallorca, we recommend the idyllic Son Boronat, not far from Calvià.
You don’t have to be staying at this rural 7-bedroom hotel to enjoy one of Danish owner Johnnie Kobbelgaard’s fine brunches; you just need to book 24 hours in advance. Because of its mid-morning timing, brunch in many places is offered only at weekends, but Johnnie creates a memorable brunch any day except Monday.
Although Son Boronat is only 30 minutes’ drive from the airport, it feels blissfully remote – being located along a country track amidst bucolic beauty. Spending time enjoying the setting’s serenity and the sound of birdsong is a treat in itself; however, it’s taken to a whole new level when Johnnie serves brunch.
It’s a taste and visual treat, with more than a touch of the Danish concept known as hygge. The table setting includes fine blue-and-white Royal Copenhagen tableware and other accents of blue. Candles and flowers add to the charm. During cooler months, a log-burning stove glows cheeringly in the atmospheric dining room of the main house (which dates back to 1820) but, for the ultimate brunch experience, eat al fresco in the pretty flower-decked courtyard.
Wherever you sit, you’ll note Johnnie’s eye for design – and his respect for the heritage of this property (which has a tower dating back to 1483). Against the traditional Mallorcan backdrop there are Scandinavian and Thai decorative influences.
Johnnie’s flair for décor is also matched by his talents in the kitchen. Our brunch included fresh melon and strawberries; boiled egg with ham and cheese; toast (he makes his own bread); croissants, and a stack of yummy home-made American-style pancakes. The crowning glory of this brunch was Johnnie’s stupendous chocolate cake, topped with strawberries and blueberries. We had champagne, freshly squeezed juice (from the estate’s oranges), coffee and tea. This is brunch ‘par excellence’ and a highly recommended experience for a celebratory treat – or just because you deserve it.
Dining is also possible for those not staying in the hotel – if booked 24 hours in advance: Johnnie offers a three-course dinner each evening (except Monday), and wines that are mainly from the island.
Since abcMallorca last visited Son Boronat in 2011, two new rooms have been added to the property – one of which (named Ibiza) has a large private covered terrace with comfortable lounge seating and is accessed by stone steps from the corner of the courtyard. The old chapel has become a peaceful (and, in summer, cool) place to sit and read, or meditate on the good fortune of being there.
At the time of our visit, new lighting was being installed along the path to the swimming pool area – which boasts glorious views. The old ‘tafona’ with its 19th-century olive press has become an informal art gallery for guests to enjoy: this year the works of Danish artist Flemming Stensballe are on display. And the atmospheric courtyard has new tables, chairs, and outdoor heaters.
Writing in 1895 about his brunch concept, Guy Beringer said “It puts you in a good temper; it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings.” Brunch at Son Boronat will make all of your senses more than satisfied.