Want to hang out with your brood in total island luxury yet don't want to fly for 10 hours? We hear you. And so does Mallorca - the biggest of the Balearic sisters and perhaps the most misunderstood. Because away from the shouty, Brits abroad south-west coast is a haven of beautiful cobbled streets, quiet beaches and even a Unesco World Heritage Site: the Serra de Tramuntana.

Villa Cabanellas is a three-bedroom traditional stone house with sleek, contemporary interiors and mod cons - phew, no need to take a week's worth of dirty laundry home then. In a semi-rural location, you can enjoy privacy (let those children run wild!) while being a short drive from the pretty town of Pollença - with its water-side promenade, and restaurants serving Mallorcan fare - should you need a dose of civilisation.

But what this villa is really all about is the outdoors: the private nine- metre-long pool with decadent lounge area worthy of a luxe Marbella beach club, the landscaped gardens and the family-oriented golden beach at Puerto Pollença.


WOW FACTOR: Dining al fresco in the property's outdoor kitchen. Throw some fresh fish on the barbecue and open a  bottle of Mallorcan wine - try the Moll, Tempranillo or Manto Negro grape varieties from the Binissalem region - while the kids seek out the singing cicadas.

GO: Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com) offers seven nights from £601 per person (based on four people sharing). Includes flights and car hire.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours, 25 minutes