venue – Son Ametler

Son Emetler front

Son Ametler (Almond) is an award-winning traditional 18th century Mallorquin Finca surrounded by almond, fig and other fruit trees and countryside.  It has a large swimming pool.  Nestling in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Son Ametler has been lovingly and impeccably restored to a very high specification by the current owners, who also ran the nearby Es Castell boutique hotel, recently voted “Spain’s Best Hotel” (ReviewPro).

Inside it is very spacious and makes the most of wonderful local stonework. Son Ametler is beautifully decorated with clean classic lines and all modern comforts.  All rooms are ensuite, with air conditioning. Some have private terraces.  One of the bedrooms has wheelchair access with wide doors and a drive in shower.

Outside are spacious grounds with mature gardens, a number of terraced areas to chill out on or share a meal, lawns and a decked area near the pool.  Stunning views of the mountains. A vegetable garden also offers the ultimate in fresh herbs and greens. You’ll find plenty of space to find a quiet spot in the shade with a book, or to soak up the sun by the pool.

There is ample car parking.

Son Ametler is just off the Campanet to Selva road to the West of the village of Moscari. It’s only 20-30 minutes on foot to several local villages, including Caimari, Moscari, Selva and Campanet, and 30 minutes by car to the nearest beaches at Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia.

Son Emetler is just 40 minutes from Palma Airport.  Car hire is very reasonable at this time of year.  Taxis to/from the airport are approximately €50 one way.

For read more about Son Ametler click here.

To find out more about nearby attractions and Mallorcan culture click here to access the relevant Es Castell website page.

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Tai chi – keeps body and brain on the go!

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Brain training games may not provide the benefits to brain health they claim to, according to experts.

Instead, a report from the Global Council on Brain Health recommends that people engage in stimulating activities such as learning a musical instrument, taking up tai chi, designing a quilt or gardening.

It said the younger a person started these activities, the better their brain function would be as they aged.

Age UK said it was never too late to learn something new.

The council – which is a collaboration of international scientists, health professionals and policy experts – has produced a report on the best ways to stimulate the brain and reduce cognitive decline.

It said that although many people thought playing online games, such as puzzles and mind games, designed to improve brain health was important, the evidence regarding the benefits was “weak to non-existent”.

“If people play a ‘brain game’, they may get better at that game, but improvements in game performance have not yet been shown to convincingly result in improvements in people’s daily cognitive abilities,” the report said.

For example, there was no evidence that playing sudoku would help you manage your finances any better, it added.

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The report recommends seeking out new activities that challenge the way you think and are socially engaging, while leading a healthy lifestyle.

Examples include:

  • practising tai chi
  • researching your family tree
  • photography classes
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • learning new technologies
  • creative writing
  • art projects
  • volunteering

James Goodwin, chief scientist at Age UK, which helped set up the Global Council on Brain Health, said brain decline was not inevitable.

He said: “There are plenty of activities that we can start today that can provide benefits for brain health, if they are new to you and require your concentrated attention.

“They may even be activities that you do regularly in your life, such as playing with grandchildren, gardening or playing cards.

“Even though it’s never too late to learn something new, the overwhelming message from this report is that you shouldn’t wait until later life to try to maintain your brain health.”

(BBC News 02/08/17)

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