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A sophisticated hotel with character & history
After we photographed and filmed a wedding in the south-east of Mallorca, we arrived in an oasis of peace, where the air is filled with the sweet smell of flowers and oranges. In my opinion, the idyllic north-west of Mallorca has something magical about it! This five-star luxury boutique hotel that I chose for us, also has an exceptional atmosphere! I already found the pictures extremely beautiful, but my expectations were exceeded!
The Belmond La Residencia in Deia is one of the most intimate and luxurious hotels in Mallorca and one of the best hotels in the Balearic Islands. Even Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Hanks treasures this gem.
In a romantic Mediterranean setting, situated on the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains, between olive and citrus groves, you will find this retreat where you can relax and unwind! You can enjoy spectacular views of the picturesque mountain village of Deia, the winding roads and imposing mountains from almost everywhere. No wonder that so many artists have settled here in the past 50 years.
Apart from all kinds of fun activities, such as tennis, rock climbing, exploring the island by Vespa, hiking, painting and sculpture lessons or taking a boat trip or going on a picnic with one of the resident donkeys, above all else, you can unwind and take a break from everyday life while enjoying wonderful food!
There are 3 pools, a spa, a hair salon, a kids’ club, 4 restaurants and a bar.
This 16th century estate with its lush gardens and rooms distributed over several levels fits perfectly into the landscape and feels like a small village that you can get lost in. The former Richard Branson estate was converted into a luxury hotel in 1980 and has been part of the Belmond Collection since 2002.
Interview with Deputy Manager Jordi Vicens
Deputy Manager Jordi Vicens was kind enough to show us around and told us a bit more about the hotel.
The hotel has 2 outdoor pools, one that is for adults only, and an indoor pool in the spa.
We found the magnificent and huge pool to be a real highlight! A true oasis where you can spend the whole day – which is exactly what many of the guests did. The pool is always heated to a pleasant temperature.
Rooms & Suites
All 67 rooms and suites are decorated in the elegant and rustic Mallorcan style, but no two are the same. Almost all of them, have their own terrace.
We stayed in the beautiful Tramuntana suite on one of the higher levels. The view was simply breathtaking!
Wooden beam ceilings, terracotta floors, rough plastered walls with abstract regional art, fresh flowers, elegant table lamps, fine linen and a fireplace, everything radiates comfort and shows loving attention to detail.
Pool Restaurant (Lunch)
You simply have to try the best pizza ever at the Pool Restaurant. It is open from May to September every year and also serves freshly baked bread, the estate’s own olive oil and many other tasty dishes such as sea bream.
Café Miró (Lunch + Dinner)
This á la carte restaurant on the large terrace, with spectacular views of the mountains and the village, offers tapas, snacks, drinks and even afternoon tea. In the evening you can also enjoy a wonderful romantic dinner here with the ocean in the background. Booking is essential.
What is more beautiful than watching the sunset with a delicious glass of wine, while enjoying the finest food prepared with fresh ingredients?!
El Olivo (Dinner)
This is clearly the jewel of La Residencia – a fine dining and à la carte restaurant. The dress code is smart casual and booking is essential.
Son Fony (Breakfast)
Breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace by the pool and consists of a large variety of delicious dishes accompanied by champagne, of course.
In addition to the hair salon, where your hair can be done while you sip on a glass of champagne, there is also an on-site spa with pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Here you are spoiled with divine massages, spa rituals and many other therapeutic treatments. Just for couples, there is a special pamper program with cocktails in the evening.
In Juan Waelder’s studio, right next to the hotel entrance, guests can create their own sculptures and get a glimpse into this art form.
The British painter Alan Hydes also has a studio next to the hotel’s Café Miró. Art classes can also be arranged with many of the other resident artists in the village.
Honeymoon & Destination Wedding
The Belmond la Residencia, tucked away in this idyllic corner of Mallorca, is the perfect setting for that unusual wedding proposal, honeymoon or even luxurious wedding itself.
JUST THE TWO OF US (from 1,605 EUR) more info
• 2 nights in a Junior Suite Superior
• 1 bottle of champagne, fruit and flowers in the room
• 1 candlelight dinner for 2 in the hotel restaurant
• 1 lunch for 2 at the pool restaurant
• 1 couple’s treatment in the spa
WEDDING SPECIAL more info
• Upgrade to the Junior Suite for newlyweds
• Special group rate when booking 8 rooms or more
Tips for Trips
Cala de Deia
We went down to the Cala de Deia beach. The 3km takes about 30 minutes on foot. It is a very nice walk down to the water’s edge through narrow streets and past imposing olive trees, but you can also hop on the hotel’s shuttle service.
This little bay is not very suitable for bathing, as it is a bit difficult to get to the water over the pebbles and rocks and you also have to be careful of the jellyfish! The trip is still very worthwhile, especially for the picturesque setting and also to have a small bite to eat in one of the two restaurants.
To get back to the hotel, we then lazily decided to rather use the shuttle service that picked us up right at the beach.
This retreat is the perfect place to completely relax and unwind, enjoy nature and the pleasant surroundings and be pampered all day long. The service is really good! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! It is equally perfect for honeymooners and families. Throughout the village like estate there are quiet corners and plenty of space for everyone. For families, the kids’ club with painting classes and many other activities, certainly is very interesting. There also is plenty to see and do for the more adventurous. It is in a slightly higher price range, but well worth it for this ultimate luxurious oasis of privacy, ambiance, excellent gourmet food and personal service. It is the perfect setting for that special occasion, such as a wedding proposal, a short luxurious getaway, honeymoon or even a wedding!
Rooms: 67 Rooms and suites, 1 villa
Transfer: Situated 35 km from the airport
Parking: Private car park
Air Temperature: 4 to 32°C
Water Temperature: 14 to 22°C
Best time to go: It is mild all year round. The best time to go is from May onwards. In June there is the least hustle and bustle and in August the most. In January it is beautiful when the almond trees begin to blossom.
Time difference: None
Price: From 416 EUR per night in a double room including breakfast
Special features: Breathtaking views | great pool | super service | excellent food
Perfect for: Couples, families, gourmets, people seeking peace and quiet, nature lovers and honeymooners
Extras: 2-hour boat tour included (subject to availability), shuttle to and from Cala de Deià
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Note: During our stay we were partially supported by Belmond La Residencia. Thank you so much! The opinions expressed in this article are as always 100% our own!