To help you explore Mallorca and to celebrate her love for la isla de la calma, Maria Garde, Sales Director for Charles Marlow shares how she would spend three blissful dream days in her own bespoke luxury holiday experience in Mallorca.
One of the reasons I love Mallorca so much is that you can go from the sophisticated international luxury of Palma to the tranquility of the coast and the country in under an hour.
Although I live in Palma, and even though it’s tiny, I would never say I know everything it has to offer. That’s why I never tire of exploring the city.
I can turn a corner and discover a view of the mountains in the distance I’ve never seen before. A new hotel, restaurant, bar or intriguing shop might open on a street I’ve wandered down a thousand times.
So, day one of my bespoke luxury holiday experience in Mallorca would begin in Palma. Early morning, I would check into Can Bordoy, the luxury hotel in Palma’s Old Town that calls itself a ‘Grand house and garden’ and leave my luggage – I will have packed far too much – ready for it to be transported to the suite my partner and I will share that night.
This might be the Premium Suite or we might slum it and settle for the humble Sky Suite.
After we’ve checked in, we would linger over brunch in the hotel’s magical fairytale garden. Here, we will agree to have no plans other than to go where the fancy takes us.
We would meander through our city, calling into as many of the boutique shops as I can persuade my partner to visit, before stopping for gelat d’avellana y cuarto – natural ice cream and traditional Mallorcan cake – at Can Joan de s’Aigo. This would be the original café, tucked away down Carrer de Can Sanç in the Old Town. Stepping through the door is like going back in time. It’s also the perfect way to avoid the midday sun.
Possibly clutching a bag containing a new cocktail dress, as befits the occasion, we would stroll back to Can Bordoy, have a dip in the rooftop pool as the sun goes down over Palma and dress for dinner and drinks.
Suitably attired, we would enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at the impossibly atmospheric Palma Riad Hotel and sip our concoctions in the exotic glam of the hotel’s Morokko Bar.
Dinner would be at nearby El Camino, which combines pure simplicity with a certain degree of delicacy and flair and specialises in Mallorcan produce and reimagining Mediterranean favourites.
By then, Palma would be sparkling with nightlife. We would wander down to the seafront, pausing to admire the illuminated Cathedral which never fails to take my breath away, before wandering along the Paseo Maritimo to Santa Catalina where we would take a final cocktail in the chic, lively (to say the least) Bar Cuba rooftop Sky Bar.
I would say that adventures at sea are my most cherished memories of my last 10 years in Mallorca.
On day two of my bespoke luxury holiday experience in Mallorca, after a delicious breakfast, we would bid a not too early farewell to the luxury of Can Bordoy and head out of Palma, taking the highway and tunnel to Soller ready for a day’s sailing courtesy of our friends at Mezzo Magic in Port de Soller. The drive is around 40 minutes.
We would leave Port de Soller in the early afternoon and sail down the West Coast of Mallorca in the direction of Deià. Although I’ve done this a few times now, I never tire of seeing strange little calas I would never have known were there otherwise. The island truly is different seen from the sea.
I would ask the captain to drop anchor near Blue Lagoon so we could swim up an appetite for lunch. The Blue Lagoon is a cave that you swim into through a 3-metre long tunnel where the water is the most astonishing blue, as if it’s lit from below.
Lunch would be paella at the picturesque Restaurante Sa Foradada. Sa Foradada is the rock with the hole in it you see on the way to Deià. I
would say the paella here is as good as it gets on the island but, more than anything, it’s the view that I love.
After a long, delicious lunch, we would head back along the coast as the sun sets on the horizon. If we’re still feeling lively, there will be music and drinks. Otherwise, we might take a little siesta. For me, island life doesn’t get more magical than that.
Dinner would be at the beachside Patiki beach restaurant, described by Condé Nast Traveler as ‘a chiringuito with a difference’. Here I would suggest one of their healthy, satisfying sharing plates.
From Port de Soller, we would drive through the soft Mallorcan night to Finca Serena, set in seclusion in those rolling green island hills near the ancient town of Montuiri. Here, we might have one last swim for the day in the hotel pool and a glass of wine from its vineyard.
We would stay at Finca Serena for two nights to truly make the most of this adventure close to home.
After breakfast, we would stop at S’Hostal Montuiri for pa amb oli – Mallorcan brown bread, salt and olive oil with cheese or meat and delicious bitter Mallorcan olives and pickled seaweed. S’Hostal Montuiri makes probably the best pa amb oli on the island and it’s perfect for an island picnic.
From Montuiri, we would drive to the North-East coast of the island. The drive is one of the most spectacular in Mallorca. We would hike along the coastline from Cala Agulla towards Cala Torta, stopping off for a cooling dip at each cala along the way.
Suitably exhausted and sunkissed, we would meander back to Finca Serena for a private candlelit dinner with close friends in the hotel’s spacious conservatory nestled in the traditional charming gardens. We would listen to live music by one of my favourite island performers.
The next morning, before breakfast, I would practice yoga in the conservatory with one of Finca Serena’s fantastic teachers and swim before I roused my partner and we checked out.
We would be in no hurry to head back to Palma so we would stop off at the amazing Cap Rocat Hotel, one of my island dream hotels, for lunch at their Sea Club. Here is where I always feel I’m truly in the Mediterranean. It’s one of the most special ‘fancy’ places I’ve ever had lunch.