Pristine beaches, mysterious mountains, tryst with tradition and history, romancing with the quaint cobbled and honey-stone village charm, satiating cuisines … all under the magnificent Mediterranean sun. This wraps up what is in offer for the discerning traveller who makes the wise decision to choose the Mallorca in scintillating Spain. But, Luxurylaunches along with the concierge team at the luxurious Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca give you a more elaborate explanation to why this is a great holiday destination.
Top day trip: Take a helicopter ride from the Son Bonet aerodrome and fly to the neighbouring island of Menorca to visit the pretty cove ‘Cala Fornels’ famous for its lobster. Here you can have a lobster soup that will tantalise your taste buds while looking over the small cove and crystalline Mediterranean sea. Remember to have the mayonnaise -this is the island where it was invented!!! Then stroll around the small village, or ask the pilot to take you over the island, before heading back to Mallorca. It is a day trip to remember!
Must try dish: Fresh ‘ensaimada’ for breakfast with a coffee, or hot chocolate. Don’t be afraid to dip it into the liquid like the locals do! This sweet pastry in the form of a whirl is an ancient tradition and only found on Mallorca.
Best view : The sunset point at ‘Na Foradada’ on the Valldemossa-Deià road. This is such a fabulous view that many wedding couples marry here or some stop off just to have a photo taken here. On Sundays in summer there are chill out session on the terrace.
Best activity: Mallorca has as many diverse activities as it has beaches, but if you like to get the adrenalin pumping, go coastering (with a guide). You will not only see some of the most spectacular coastal scenery imaginable but can jump off cliffs into the sparkling waters below!
Best local secret: Spain is famous for its tapas and Palma has a wonderful choice of bars and restaurants. On Tuesday evenings the locals hit these for the ‘noche martiana’ when a drink and a tapa are offered at a special reduced rate and you follow a route from one bar to the next! A creative way of dining.
Best activity: The village of Deià is an artists’ paradise and to get a true feel for this you need to meet the artists in person. Belmond La Residencia offers guests a unique guided walk and talk taking you through the village with the hotel’s art curator and visiting a number of artists in their studios. This gives you a chance to not only meet the artists and discover their personal stories, but also to see the village itself with a local.
Best family activity: A visit to Palma’s awesome Aquarium which offers an amazing array of fish in absolutely stunning surroundings. This is a great day out.
Top architectural find: Palma Cathedral. Its gothic grandeur can is the first thing you see on the horizon when approaching the island by boat. At night, it is illuminated and is a landmark but entering it is breathtaking. The rose window is of a stunning beauty and now it also boasts a chapel that has been designed by the renowned modern artist Miquel Barceló. It is tiled and the scene represents the loaves and fishes parable.
Best restaurant for a celebration: Undoubtedly this is El Olivo restaurant. Located in an ancient olive press, the decor is simple and stunning. High-ceilings give it a diaphanous feel and enhance the large modern paintings on the stone walls. Flickering candlelight produces a warm, romantic feel and the white tablecloths are the ideal backdrop for beautiful bespoke coloured plates that highlight the Chef’s Mediterranean cuisine. Here is the ideal place for that special birthday, anniversary or wedding celebration.
Must see museum: Deià has a unique Archaeological Museum inside an ancient mill. Here are the remains of the Myotragus Balearicus, a mammal that was unique to the island and that went into extinction some 5.000 years ago.
Any other recommendation / suggestion: In high season, take the hotel boat trip that will take you along the dramatic northwest coast of the island and stop in a wonderful place for you to swim. If you are lucky you will spot the dolphins who also enjoy this route!