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Jewel of the Balearic Islands: Mallorca

Our final destination on our spring adventure to Spain was Mallorca.

Having been once before as a stop on a cruise ship moons ago, I always knew I wanted to return and experience more of this beautiful island. This stunning Mediterranean paradise boasts breathtaking landscapes, from pristine beaches and azure waters to charming villages and rugged mountains. Just a short 30-minute flight from Barcelona and less than a two-hour trip from Seville, Mallorca is an easily accessible destination when you're already in Spain.

I was eager to explore multiple spots within Mallorca, as the landscape transforms dramatically from beaches to villages and mountains. With several properties saved on my wish list, we decided on three different locations for our six-night stay. After visiting in April, I would recommend planning your trip to Mallorca between May and early June or in September. During these times, you'll avoid the peak crowds and enjoy slightly warmer weather. While we did have a few warm days by the pool, we also experienced some rainy and cool days.

Personally, I find the most joy in the heat and sunshine!

It definitely did not stop us though from having fun and we really leaned into relaxing.


Our first stop was 20 minutes outside of Palma, the capital of Mallorca, at the incomparable Cap Rocat.

One of the most secluded properties I have ever stayed at, truly a special spot.

An incredible restored 30 room military fortress that lies in a natural protected area that blends perfectly into the landscape. We were welcomed with a fragrant orange cinnamon herbal tea and of course were served on nothing but Vista Alegre porcelain, exquisite!






From the moment we arrived, a sense of tranquility filled the air.

At times it felt like we were the only ones there even though the hotel was almost fully booked and the staff was so personable.  Our room was a beautiful suite with a small infinity pool and an ocean view, it was all blue as far as the eye could see. We thoroughly enjoyed our terrace, using it for leisurely lunches and breakfasts (delivered in the most amazing wicker baskets- there was no limit here to what you could order), as well as for lounging and reading.

The views from every corner of the property were breathtaking, with the water shimmering in hues ranging from deep blue to vibrant turquoise. The property also featured a small private beach and several entry points to the sea.

Although I dipped my toes in, I wasn't quite brave enough for a full swim—it was still a bit too early in the season for that! The pool was another fantastic spot, and it seemed like Cap Rocat didn't have a single bad angle.






The food was definitely a highlight of our stay!

Cap Rocat has two restaurants, Sea Club and La Fortaleza, their fine dining experience. Anytime there is an opportunity to watch a sunset, that is where you will find me, so Sea Club was my choice, as you can imagine it is located by the water cliffside with a view of one of the most amazing sunsets we have experienced.

We enjoyed the salt baked sea bass and the vegetable paella, definitely one of the best meals of the whole trip.

It was all served table side too.







If you cherish peaceful, serene views of the water and exquisite fine dining experiences, Cap Rocat is unparalleled. Nestled along the coastline, this luxury retreat offers a tranquil atmosphere where you can unwind and soak in breathtaking ocean vistas.


The next two nights of our stay were planned at Grand Hotel Son Net.

I discovered this palace on social media, recently renovated last year, and instantly knew it had to be added to the itinerary. The decor was simply magnificent!



Upon our arrival Sergio was stunned, he turned to me and said, "how did you find this place?"

It definitely felt like we just stepped into a movie.

I am sure all you garden enthusiasts and art historians will also find much to admire.

Located in Puigpunyent, the building is a classic Mallorcan finca, dating back to 1672, in vine wrapped pinky coral terracotta, with classical Mediterranean gardens around the terrace and pool overlooking the village, a sleepy little stone town cradled by the dramatic peaks of the Tramuntana mountains.

It remains relatively undiscovered.

It’s barely half an hour to drive to the centre of Palma and my guess will gain huge popularity soon being a great alternative to staying in the touristy centre, yet close enough to enjoy.






As Grand Hotel Son Net transitions into a Cortesin hotel, owner López Granados entrusted the creative vision to Lorenzo Castillo, a Madrid-based art historian, antiques collector, and interior designer renowned for his distinctive heirloom maximalism.

Castillo brings his unique touch to Son Net describing it as "the sort of project a designer only gets once in a lifetime," Castillo has adorned the space with genuine antiques sourced bespoke or from his personal collection.







Inside, it's a vibrant showcase of antiquarian charm: a rich tapestry of textures and influences, all balanced by a refreshing brightness. This zest offsets the Baroque portraits and mother-of-pearl chests, which could easily belong in a museum. With only 31 rooms, some lean towards Imperial China, Renaissance Italy, or colonial Spain, and are all richly textured, many featuring bespoke fabrics and spacious marble bathrooms adorned with upholstered chairs.

Pattern play at its finest!

As the days were slightly cooler, we explored the property, wandering through the gardens and even catching a glimpse of some of the larger suites. It was a time of relaxation, immersing ourselves in the beauty that enveloped us—

a true visual delight.

I shared a little reel here with even more details around the property.


The main Mar & Duix restaurant extends seamlessly from the cavernous triple-height former olive press onto the picturesque terrace, is a blend of classical dishes with a true Mallorcan infusion, all farm to table.

Breakfasts were enjoyed in the same space, anything you desired really could be brought to your table, while lunches were al fresco at the Gazebo. The staff was warm and friendly, making us really feel at home.

The Green Bar, one of my favourite spaces of the hotel, does all the classics exceptionally well with fun twists like the Basilicus. A fragrant cocktail of basil, bergamot and grapefruit- just know a new cocktail is coming your way soon!




While some may find the abundance of history overwhelming—the myriad marble types, the array of rugs, and the presence of revolutionaries —for those who appreciate authentic antiques and heirlooms, Son Net offers a captivating grand tour of the imagination.



Our last three nights were spent at La Residencia, a Belmond Hotel.

Having visited and stayed at other Belmond properties previously I knew it was going to be exceptional.

La Residencia is definitely remarkable, even more beautiful in person than photos can capture.

Nestled in the heart of Deià, the hotel sits within a picturesque village that instantly evoked memories of Provence, making me feel right at home. Its central location offers easy access to local shops and restaurants, drawing a crowd with its magical ambiance, terrace views, and enchanting surroundings of olive and citrus trees, and roses galore.



I could not help buy notice upon our arrival that the property was in full bloom, jasmine, every rose variety you could imagine and lavender lined the property.

The scent was intoxicating!

Bathed in sunlight, we were joined by our dear friends for the stay, commencing our journey with afternoon tea, Mallorca style.









Our room was spacious and light, decorated in Mallorcan antiques and local works of art with a view over the pool with the village as the backdrop.

Something to note is although there are lifts throughout the property there is a number of flights of stairs that are somewhat unavoidable.

This was the beautiful view out our window.





The spa was a cozy environment on our first rainy morning where we enjoyed some time lounging and swimming in the indoor pool.

All of the olive trees on the property are sponsored by families and all olive oil used is produced from these trees.






We savoured the majority of our meals on the property, indulging in poolside lunches at Tramuntana Grill and exquisite dinners at El Olivo and Restaurante Miro. Each dish was expertly crafted, showcasing Spanish flair and catering to a variety of tastes. El Olivo treated us to a delightful tasting menu filled with delightful surprises at every turn!

One evening we ventured into town for dinner at local spot thats been there for 30 years, Sebastian.

And of course, we couldn't resist indulging in our fair share of sobrasada and local cheeses.











The property is a short distance to Cala Deià, a small local beach, along with other nearby towns Valldemossa and Port de Sóller which we spent afternoons exploring.


Valldemossa

Just a short 20-minute drive from the hotel, we hopped into a taxi to reach Valldemossa, eager to wander its enchanting streets adorned with colourful flowers. Perched atop a hill and surrounded by terraced landscapes, Valldemossa draws crowds on sunny days and appeals to hikers alike. Puig des Teix, one of the most popular peaks in the Tramuntana mountain range, beckons adventure seekers.

For a more leisurely experience, simply meander along the cobbled streets, lined with charming shops, boutiques, and numerous dining spots.

We savoured coffee and dessert at Cappuccino, soaking in the town's relaxed ambiance.









Port de Sóller

A little over a 20 minute drive from the hotel, we also took a taxi to Port de Sóller.

Port de Sóller beckons with its stunning natural beauty and laid-back charm.

Surrounded by lush mountains and crystal-clear waters, this picturesque fishing village is adorned with bustling boats.

The historic tram runs through the port with trips from Palma to Sóller town.

We enjoyed the scenic harbour, reminiscent of the Amalfi coast, and relished a seafood lunch along the vibrant waterfront promenade. And who could resist indulging in orange helado, a local specialty! Be sure to stock up on Mallorcan almonds, orange jams and olive oils.






*Keep in mind that the hotel can easily set up a taxi to take you to these locations, however they cannot schedule one to pick you up to come back due to taxi rules in each village.

In both instances we had to have a local restaurant call us a taxi to pick us up.

Renting a car may be a great solution if you plan to explore around the island, however the roads are tight and windy with no lights at night, definitely something to note.



We bid farewell to Spain with cherished memories, departing with artisan tea brewed on the property, infused with notes of rose, lavender, and olive leaves, accompanied by a slice of the renowned almond cake beloved in Mallorca.

Without a doubt, the allure of this scenic island has left an indelible mark on my heart.

 I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to create more unforgettable moments on its sun-kissed shores.







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