La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel – Mallorca
Hotel Type: Two medieval manor houses turned into a mountain retreat located on the edge of a village.
Location: In the rugged Tramuntana mountains, on the edge of the artistic village of Deià in western Mallorca, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean. It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport.
Style: Ballearic old style chic.
Rooms: 71 rooms and suites. As well as a three bedroom self-catered villa.
Ideal For: Bohemian long weekends and pampered weeks.
Swimming: Indoor and two outdoor swimming pools (one is adult only).
Dining: Breakfast is taken in the Son Fony where tables overlook the main pool and offer tranquil views of the Tramuntana Mountains. Café Miró is open during the day and is a scenic spot with a seductive selection of tasty tapas. Head to fine-dining restaurant El Olivo for enchanting Mediterranean cuisine. There is also a pool bar to pick up refreshing drink or cocktail.
Children: Treated like kings and queens.
Activities: Try an art or sculpture class, head out on the donkey trails, go on a Vespa tour, go cycling or hiking, play tennis, head to the gym, walk to the beach, go on the complementary boat tour that takes you along the scenic coastline.
Spa: An award winning spa with six treatment rooms, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym.
Low season price from: €586 per night B&B in a classic double
High season price from : €834 per night B&B in a classic double
Opening dates: April – November
It’s impossible not to use superlatives when talking about La Residencia. This is where to stay if you love old school luxury and service, the relaxed Mallorcan lifestyle and achingly beautiful panoramic views. This western part of the island, where the dramatic Tramuntana mountains drop steeply into the sea, and little coves hide secret beaches and restaurants, is Mallorca at its most beautiful and unspoilt. The hotel, converted from 16th century manor houses, is recognised as being one of the best in the world. Finca style charm and décor blend effortlessly with artwork and sculptures – an extension of the artists’ haven of Deia, above which it is perched. The gardens are filled with olive trees and Mediterranean flowers and herbs and you feel transported back to a more glamorous time. Everything you could want is here, or just a stone’s throw away.
Spread across the grounds in four different buildings, no room or suite is the same. With terracotta floors and luxuriously large bathrooms, each one is furnished with Mallorcan antiques and colourful artwork, giving them a sophisticated and thoroughly individual charm. Many of them interconnect, making them ideal for families. The Double Classic rooms, with their queen size beds, look out over Deia and the Tramuntana Mountains. The slightly more spacious Double Superior rooms also have queen size beds, and are furnished with a little sitting area. Ask for one with a terrace. The Double Deluxe rooms are bigger still, and some of them come with a king size bed and bathtub in the room. A few of them have a terrace – perfect for soaking up the extraordinary views over Deia. We love the luxuriousness of the Junior Suites, a few of which have their own private garden. With separate living rooms, they can easily be made into a family room. For eye popping views of the mountains, the Junior Suites Deluxe are splendid, with each one having its own terrace with sun loungers. The Junior Suites Executive are the largest at La Residencia with no stone unturned when it comes to luxury. With a tiled garden terrace, plunge pool and panoramic views of Deia and the mountains, you’ll be hard pressed to venture very far. The Suites Deluxe have superking size beds and are exceptionally spacious with private terraces, whilst the Suites Exclusive have a plunge pool and terrace, where you can relax looking out across the Tramuntana range. The Presidential Suites, with their penthouse locations are truly sumptuous. With a private garden and swimming pool, they have pergola covered dining areas offering no better place for an evening cocktail. One of the most imaginative suites we’ve ever seen is the Designer Suite by Matthew Williamson. Richly coloured wallpaper and gorgeous fabrics make it luxuriously whimsical. For families after a bit more self-sufficiency, the private villa, sleeping up to six, has everything you could possibly need, including a private pool and breakfast each day in the hotel (which is magnificent by the way).
Mallorcan cuisine is right up there with some of the best in the world, and the island has long been a favourite destination for gastronomes. Dining at La Residencia does not disappoint, with skilful and delicious dishes served at El Olivo – converted from an ancient olive mill. Impeccable service, beautifully set tables and seasonal menus, make it almost theatrical. For more informal, tapas style dining, Café Miro is open all day, and has a lovely wide terrace for enjoying the views. And if you can’t tear yourself away from your lounger, the Pool Restaurant serves tasty snacks and tapas.
La Residencia welcomes families with open arms. There’s a kids’ club for children from the age of four up to 12; a wonderful array of classes from cookery to tennis and sculpture; family Spa treatments and a donkey trail through the grounds, which children love. Parents can book a babysitter and there’s an excellent children’s menu. Many of the rooms interconnect and some can accommodate an extra bed.
Within the hotel and its grounds, you’ll find plenty to occupy yourself. A fully equipped Spa with a solarium, pool and gym, tennis courts, two outdoor pools and immaculate grounds with its own art gallery, it’s not hard to spend several days without setting foot beyond the gates. From La Residencia, you can walk down to the Cala Deia (or take the shuttle service) with its restaurants and small pebbled beach. Slightly further along the coast is the marvelous Sa Foradada restaurant, which can only be reached by foot or by boat – make sure you reserve a table. Port de Soller has a long sandy beach and is a buzzing place to spend a day. And a morning can easily be wiled away browsing the galleries and boutiques of Deia. Keen cyclists will know that this part of Mallorca is famous for its grueling training routes, so if you’re after a herculean challenge, hire two wheels.
Photography Credits to – Tyson Sadlo, James Taylor, Helen Cathcart