Although growing up and through high school I was fairly proficient in the Spanish language, I had never actually traveled to Spain. Most of my Spanish was practiced in the classroom, of course, but also my frequent travels to Latin America. It was definitely on my list, but so was the beautiful island of Mallorca An opening in my schedule this summer came up and I jumped on it and planned a last minute trip to Barcelona with a few days in Mallorca.
August is brutally hot in most areas of Europe, and Barcelona was no exception. A full day city tour by a graduate-level guide was a highlight, as I did not previously know a lot of Barcelona’s history. The Gothic Quarter’s alleyways were beautiful, and discussions about the political nature of the city were fascinating. A major highlight was an evening tapas tour that let us sample local cuisine as well as local spirits. It was a great way to wrap up our stay in Barcelona and take a short flight to Mallorca the next morning.
I knew I would like Mallorca and our selected hotel, but I wasn’t prepared for the magical mountain hideaway that awaited us. La Residencia, a Belmond property, is five star exclusivity personified. The architecture is true to the island’s style, and the property and rooms are unique and interesting. The atmosphere is refined but relaxed elegance complimented by exceptional cuisine and an enviable wine list and beverage offerings. Although I am such an explorer, the ambiance of La Residencia enveloped us and except for a short walk into the lovely town of Deia for the shops and restaurants, we barely ventured off the property during our stay. Cocktail hour on the terrace overlooking the mountainside with live music echoing throughout coupled with wonderful cocktails was an absolute highlight. I can’t wait to visit Mallorca again and this time will attempt to peel myself away from this special spot to see more of what this island has to offer.