From quaint mountain villages that boast sweeping Mediterranean views on the North side of the island, to the vibrant city life in Palma, to golf, tennis, surfing and sandy beaches on the East side of the Island, Mallorca offers something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights from our trip…enjoy!
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Chapter 1: Head to Hotel Can Simoneta on the east end of the island. The family owned property feels more like a friend’s estate on the sea as opposed to a hotel; views are to die for, service is five star, and there are numerous nooks throughout the grounds to kick back and relax. It is adults only, so if you are looking to chill out, this place is as zen as it gets.
Chapter 2: Reserve Can Simoneta’s Chris Craft for a boat ride to one of the many local swimming spots along the coast – swim, relax, and have lunch on the boat picnic style – simple but perfect. Spend the day on the water under the sun and head back for a late afternoon drink or nap poolside at the beach house infinity pool (few minute walk from the main house). Have dinner at the hotel…no need to leave the property today. Relax and enjoy the sunset!
Chapter 3: Head to the local beach, or drive to one of the few surrounding towns to explore; we went to Arta, which is a small artist village, just about 10 minutes away. Shops are generally closed from 2-5 for siesta, so plan accordingly. Get back in time for an evening cocktail Can Simoneta’s sister property, Hotel Pleta de Mar, which is just next door. It’s only a 5 minute walk but a totally different vibe, so you will feel like you are in an entirely different place. The restaurant is delicious, featuring fish and meats from the grill.
Chapter 4: Say goodbye to Can Simoneta and drive an hour into the mountains to the village of Deia. The roads heading into the mountains are a little tight and windy, so if you are not comfortable behind the wheel, it’s probably better to get a transfer. If you do like mountain driving, rent a classic Austin Healy, Jag or Porsche and cruise in style for a few hours in and around Deia and the charming nearby villages of Fornalutx and Valldemossa. The roads are scenic and the driving is fun. We stayed at the Belmond La Residencia which can feel a little “busy” (particularly if there is a wedding when you are there), but is a beautiful property and right in town; the mountain views are stunning and service is impeccable, so would recommend the hotel.
Chapter 5: If you prefer something more boutique, and don’t mind being further outside of town, try Sa Pedrissa. The hotel is quaint (only 11 rooms), with some of the rooms detached, and the Med views are inspiring. Even if you decide not to stay, definitely stop by for drinks and dinner – the food is delicious and the views are stunning.
Chapter 6: Drive to Port Soller in your classic ride (scooter also an option!) where you can trade the car for a boat (there are a number of options on the beach.) Rent for a half day and cruise down the coast to Ca’s Patro March (in Cala Deia) where you can anchor the boat and swim in for lunch. After lunch, meander your way back to Port Soller, stopping at any one of many swimming spots along the way before returning the boat. If you aren’t comfortable behind the wheel of your own boat, the Belmond also has a day trip option on the hotel’s boat if that’s more your speed.
Design Tip: If you have extra time, plan to make the trip to Palma de Mallorca (a 45 minute drive from Deia). Stop by the stunning Hotel San Fransesc – grab a drink in the courtyard or have lunch al fresco in the garden and enjoy the gorgeous interior design. Rialto Living is a must for unique home goods and beautiful textiles.