This year we’re very excited to have our first guests in our three new, handpicked properties in Mallorca – La Font, Can Queneilles and Can Coloma. We are pleased to say the weather there is much warmer than here, the pools are sparkling and the terraces ready for a lot of al fresco dining. The chefs have got to know the local markets and where to source the best fresh food and the hosts are putting together the final touches. Lucie Scott, our resort manager in Mallorca has a few tips on what’s hot on the island.
What’s so special about Mallorca?
I absolutely love Mallorca – maybe that’s why this is my third summer here with Scott Dunn. For such a small island, Mallorca’s diversity means that there’s something to suit all tastes. History lovers will get their fix in Palma, Alcudía, Pollença, Valldemossa and Deia. Bird watchers can head to the Parque National de S’Albufera. You can indulge in a spot of retail therapy in Palma or at one of the weekly markets (Pollença’s is one of the best and takes place every Sunday morning). As far as I’m concerned, I love the rugged mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana that lead down to some beautiful coves and amazing turquoise waters.
The amazing turquoise waters
Do you have any tips for guests coming this summer?
If you’re feeling adventurous, try exploring some of the island on a bike. Mallorca is becoming an increasingly popular destination for cyclists with its relatively quiet roads and stunning scenery. There are lots of hills around if you want to test your fitness! If it’s not too hot, then a day in Palma is a real must. The city is steeped in history and there are a number of impressive sites to visit, including La Seu, the large cathedral on the water’s edge that took 15 generations of architects to complete. For a spot of retail therapy, there are designer boutiques on the Avinguida Jaume III whilst the area around the Passeig des Born is filled with little boutiques, art galleries and cafés.
Where would you choose to spend your time on the island?
The Sunday market in Pollença is a must. Lovely fresh local produce and stalls with jewelry and art fill up the main square and the surrounding narrow side streets. For eating, 365 at the Hotel Son Brull, just outside Pollença is a really magical setting for drinks or dinner or both. It’s a former monastery that apparently had 365 windows. I love spending the day at the beautiful beaches at Formentor. The drive there is worthy of a day out in itself, although the road gets very busy in the height of the summer. The main beach is superb but there are other smaller coves in the area that are real gems and tend to be pretty quiet even in peak season, as access is only on foot or by sea.
One of the pretty Mallorcan streets
Do you have any favorite features in any of the villas?
Definitely. The views from La Font down to the bays of Pollença and Alcudía are breathtaking. I love watching a ferocious game of tennis early morning whilst having breakfast at Can Totxa. And the brilliant playroom at Can Queneilles – I think it’s going to be hard to keep adults out of there!
Have you got a favorite dish?
All the chefs have been working really hard on practicing their dishes for the summer – and we get to eat them. It’s great! I think it’s going to be hard to find anywhere on the island that can top the tapas that are served in our villas. And as for Sergio in Can Toxta, his suckling pig is amazing.
Are there any festivals or events this summer that are worth seeing?
The Fiesta de Patrona in Pollença at the beginning of August is unmissable. The highlight of the festival is the re-enactment of the battle between the Moors and the Christians. The story goes that the local Christians were almost caught unawares until their trusty lookout spotted the Moors approach in the dark of night. He roused the townspeople who ran out to defend themselves in their nightwear, be prepared to see a lot of people in their pyjamas!