While it has, naturally, grown a little over the years, Portocolom has still managed to retain an authentic charm, laid back atmosphere and gentle pace of life redolent of the traditional, sleepy fishing village it once was. Tucked away in a select, uncrowded neighbourhood on a virtually hidden headland (Sa Punta) towards the far side of the sweeping bay we found Ses Crestes. And what a find it is. Bright, modern and welcoming this substantial, semi-detached house makes a more than comfortable holiday base and at the same time enjoys the great privilege of being just a 125m walk from two little sandy coves and a simple beach bar/restaurant.
Being in the same family as the ever popular La Tierra Buena is surely one of the highest recommendations this lovely home can have. Looked after with equal care and pride to its sister properties, all rooms are spacious, airy and well furnished with parquet flooring upstairs, a contemporary fitted kitchen and fashionable bathrooms. From the balconies off the living room and principal bedroom there are lovely sea views over the bay towards Portocolom centre, out to the village of S’Horta and all the way across to the imposing hilltop landmarks of Santueri and Sant Salvador.
Parents will be interested to note that the private swimming pool can be fenced off from inquisitive youngsters if desired (please ask us about this at time of booking) and inside, the thoughtful owners of Ses Crestes have also fitted retractable gates at both top and bottom of the house staircase to prevent little ones gaining direct access.
Immediately across the street an unmade path, opposite the house, leads down through scrubland to the little coves of S’Arenal Petit and S’Arenal Gran where the sandy shoreline shelves gently into the sea. To one side, rock pools provide an interesting diversion for young explorers while on the other a beach bar conveniently opens every day until late over the main summer months. Serving simple lunches, dinners, ice creams and cold drinks the bar also hosts occasional evening entertainment including live appearances by local musicians.
There is a pizzeria and a minimarket within 1.2km while the main harbour (2km) is home to a good selection of amenities including shops, banks, a chemist, supermarkets and some of the most highly regarded seafood restaurants found anywhere on the island. Vall d’Or golf course is 6.5km, there are tennis courts in Portocolom and Cala’d’Or (14km) and some very popular boat trips leave from the local harbour cruising along the coastline to remote coves for lunch and a swim.
Please note: While there are beds for 6 guests (see details above) the sleeping accommodation is suitable only for a maximum of 5 adults. In any group of 6 at least one guest must be a child under 10yrs of age. Air conditioning in the double bedroom is on a timer with usage paid directly to the house owner (€35 per week in 2012 and €45 per week in 2013).
Sleeps 5 - 6
Ground floor: Entrance hall. Open plan living/dining room (TV, DVD, CD) with balcony. Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave) with doors to rear terrace. Utility room (washing machine) with door to rear terrace. Shower room. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
First floor: Double bedroom (AC) with balcony and en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom (with pull-out single bed suitable for a child). Shower room. The twin and single bedrooms share a balcony overlooking the pool.
Outside: Open and shaded terraces. Shower. Barbecue. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) which can be fenced on request.