The real Mallorca has enchanting hideaways and rural retreats set in rolling countryside, some with World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains as their backdrop and others a cycle ride away from the coast.
A love of food is synonymous with Mallorca and with an incredible variety of local produce these hotels showcase the island’s cuisine perfectly.
Perched high on a hillside just outside the hill-top town of Artá and commanding panoramic vistas of the Bay of Alcudia is the sumptuous five-star Carrossa Hotel and Spa.
The original manor house of this magnificent estate now acts as the centre piece of this 300 acre resort, that has been beautifully renovated offering a five-star hideaway. Enjoy fine dining from an innovative Mediterranean menu with Asian influences. The in-house sommelier is available to guide you through the wine list to complement your menu choices.
Finca Serena, one of the island’s oldest estates, situated atop a small hill with jaw- dropping views of the countryside, is one of Mallorca’s über luxury retreats.
Set in over 40 hectares of pristine Mallorcan countryside with signature olive groves, lavender, citrus and pine trees, and 10 hectares of newly planted vineyard which in time will deliver a Finca Serena house wine. The property exudes a feeling of tranquility and space.
Dine at Jacaranda Restaurant where chef Óscar Velasco and his team offer a daily changing menu, fed by ingredients from local suppliers of land and sea, the estate’s kitchen gardens, fruit trees and olive groves with dishes that combine traditional recipes passed down through generations with contemporary flair. The dining room overlooks the gardens or in fine weather dine on the terrace by the pool.
On Thursdays, there is a “barbecue under the stars” offering a magical evening in the heart of the Mallorcan countryside.
Zoetry Mallorca occupies buildings once owned by the landed gentry dating back to the 14th century, has a 15th-century windmill and a mesmerising 19th-century chapel, built by a previous owner for his wife. In this tranquil location, it’s hard to believe you are just 20 minutes from the centre of Palma. Nearby attractions include Son Antem Golf Club, Bordoy Bodega, popular cycling routes and the famous beaches of Es Trenc and Ses Covetes are just 20 minutes away.
The facilities at Zoëtry Mallorca are endless, all are linked by meandering pathways adorned with trees and bursting with overhanging bougainvillea.
Let’s talk about the food. Es Mercat the main restaurant serves authentic gourmet Mediterranean cuisine expertly prepared using local and organic ingredients. There is a second dining option, Ses Bovedas Gastro Bar which offers authentic tapas accompanied by an excellent selection of local wines. Both restaurants have seating inside and outside for warm evenings.
Set deep in the countryside yet just minutes from the historic village of Calvia this luxury 5 star hotel is centred around a renovated 14th-century sandstone castellated farmhouse, offering a truly romantic escape.
The hotel’s kitchen is headed up by talented new Chef Jordi Cantó and his team. Restaurant Sa Clastra offers a memorable gastronomic experience in the magical setting of the courtyard of the hotel where the tables are laid in the warmer months. Jordi immerses himself in the gastronomic richness and bounty of the Balearic Islands and builds a culinary menu inspired by his surroundings.
Beautifully restored rural medieval estate in the foothills of the Sierra de Tramuntana, Finca Can Beneït is a special place to appreciate the island´s heritage dating back to the 13th century.
Restaurant Mirabona is open daily for residents and non-residents serving lunch and dinner offering a taste of the island’s appreciation for flavour and simplicity. The farm-to-table menu showcases local organic produce and delicacies. Lunch and dinner is a relaxed affair, taken inside in the cosy dining room or out on the terrace allowing you to take in those stunning views.
So when the time comes to choosing a Luxury Countryside Hotel for your visit to Mallorca head to one of these countryside retreats and let the island’s chefs look after you appetite !