Anna, one of our travel advisors, recently visited Mallorca as part of an educational trip with Prestige Holidays. On her return, Anna wrote this article to share, first-hand, what she thought of this beautiful island.
The ‘Other’ Mallorca
Whilst my initial thoughts of the island were automatically of the infamous package holiday resorts I have since learnt that these are confined to a small area and the rest of Mallorca remains remarkably diverse and untouched. Known as the ‘other’ Mallorca, it’s a place of breath-taking landscapes and culture ready to be explored and enjoyed. I only touched on a small part of the ‘other’ Mallorca but would like to share some of my favourite places and recommendations for those looking to discover something a little bit different.
The capital, Palma was my first stop. A resort city where you can enjoy bustling life, a café culture as well as the opportunity to explore some very impressive architecture. The largest being the landmark cathedral La Seu.
The 5* hotel Castillo Son Vida, where I stayed is located high above Palma in the exclusive villa district of Son Vida. Built in the 13th century, surrounded by lush gardens and superb views of the Bay of Palma this hotel really is an enchanting castle – grand but with a unique boutique feel and still within easy reach of the city (as well as many golf courses!).
Travelling north of Palma the village of Deia sits nestling between the sea and the dramatic Tramuntana mountain range. There is something magical about this village and it has long been an inspiration for artists, writers and rock gods. As Richard Branson recently said “one of the most beautiful villages in the world, Deia in Mallorca.” This must be true as he once owned the luxurious Belmond La Residencia hotel, which is still a favoured spot for the rich and famous as well as being my personal favourite hotel that I was lucky enough to visit during my stay. With understated 5* luxury and attentive yet discreet service, this is truly an outstanding boutique rural retreat surrounded by such beautiful scenery. The hotel is set in the heart of Deia and with an eclectic array of fabulous restaurants, the village is a hit with foodies! If you prefer a more active break then pull on your walking boots and head into the stunning scenery itself. There are many signposted walks to follow as well as some invigorating hiking to be done nearby. Cycling is also very popular in this area, especially outside of the peak holiday season.
Still north-west of the island, Port Soller has remained a traditional fishing village full of charm and sophistication. It is one of the few places that can claim both magnificent mountain scenery and breath-taking sea views. Being on the west coast, it also affords some of the best sunsets in Mallorca. The Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa (part of the world-renowned Jumeirah Group) has recently opened on the hills above Port Soller and offers exquisite luxury and views – taking a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean as the sun sets is sensational!
This is just a taster of my fabulous trip – Mallorca is filled with hidden gems to visit, some exquisite boutique luxury hotels not to mention top-notch cuisine that really is outstanding. With the flight time to Mallorca around 2 hours and regular services from both Bournemouth & Southampton Airport most of the places I visited would be ideal for a short break or to combine as part of a twin-centre holiday.