Richard Branson’s Latest Vacation Villa Is Just the Thing for a Last-Minute Fall Getaway to the Balearics

The newly opened three-bedroom Son Balagueret is the latest luxe addition to the sprawling Son Bunyola Estate.

Nestled on Mallorca’s dramatic northwestern coast is the sprawling Son Bunyola, a collection of spacious vacation villas from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition. The first two villas—the four-bedroom Sa Terra Rotja and the five-bedroom Sa Punta de S’Aguila—welcomed guests to the 680-acre estate last summer, giving large groups unparalleled private access to the island’s stunning terrain. The property’s third, slightly smaller villa, Son Balagueret, opened its doors earlier this year and is the perfect home base for a last-minute fall getaway before the increasingly popular Balearic Islands quiets down during its late-fall off-season.

The three-level Son Balagueret is built around a 13th-century turret that most likely would have served as a lookout point during the conquest of the island by Spain’s kingdom of Aragon. Today, the turret is home to the most private of the villa’s three luxuriously outfitted bedrooms, complete with its own lower-level sitting room separated from the sleeping area by a dramatic curved staircase. The other two spacious bedrooms boast equally stunning views of the estate and feature airy décor reminiscent of the island’s Moorish history.

As with Son Bunyola’s two other villas, Son Balagueret was designed with communal experiences and socializing in mind. The central courtyard is perfect for enjoying a morning cappuccino, indulging in three-course meals prepared by dedicated private chefs in spacious outdoor dining areas, and relaxing in the villa’s private heated pool boasting some of the best views on the property. If guests would like to venture outside of the confines of their own villa, they can also enjoy full access to the estate’s tennis courts and miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Tee times at Mallorca’s 20-plus golf courses and tours of nearby villages Banyalbufar and Esporles can also be arranged by the estate’s concierges.

Seven-night, all-inclusive stays at Son Balagueret start from $15,600 and can be booked until the end of October, when the estate will close for the low season.


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