Travel Spotlight: Belmond’s La Residencia, Mallorca

Nestled in amongst Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountain range, Belmond’s La Residencia is one of Spain’s finest luxury hotels. Surrounded by lush green citrus groves and the ancient artist’s village of Deià, the twin manor houses that make up the property provide a tranquil haven, full of Mediterranean charm and where hospitality knows no bounds.


If a little late summer, early autumn sun is on the cards, La Residencia boasts two outdoor swimming pools and secluded suites complete with private plunge pools. There are terraces a plenty to while away the hours over a Aperol Spritz, or two tennis courts overlooking the sea for those looking to stretch their muscles.

La Residencia’s award-winning spa offers open-air treatments, so as to enjoy the exquisite view while being pampered. Monthly workshops with wellbeing experts feature in the hotel’s roster of unique experiences, also including walking tours of the local area and classes to learn something a little cultural during your stay.


Being surrounded by rolling hills, you can explore the local area via the hotel’s retro Vespas or take a hike. The hotel will even pack you a gourmet picnic and supply one of their resident donkeys to help you carry the load. In addition, a boat trip around the rugged Mallorcan coastline is a must, with stops to swim in crystal clear waters, which can be organised on arrival.


As you meander around the property, discover bespoke works of art in the vast sculpture garden; the hotel counts the acclaimed Sa Tafona art gallery as one of its many amenities, which also hosts art classes. Through September guests can enjoy an exhibition of Miró works, the infamous Catalan surrealist who adopted Mallorca as his home.

Gastronomy is another staple, with four on-site eateries. We took lunch at the pretty Café Miró, a bistro specialising in Mediterranean tapas and Italian classics, set on a leafy terrace. Come 7pm, your supper is accompanied by live music. There’s also El Olivo to try, overseen by Executive Chef Guillermo Méndez, whose extensive wine list receives a yearly Award of Excellence from the prestigious Wine Spectator.

So if the Balearics are top on your vacation wish list, we can’t recommend a stop in Mallorca and Deià highly enough. Plus, it’s just a short hop by sea or air from Ibiza and Formentera – we might just go and plan our next trip now…

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