What’s New at Café Miró for 2022

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La Residencia in Deià is one of my three favourite hotels in Mallorca; I even included it in my novel Daughter of Deià – enjoying the hotel vicariously as I wrote the story. (My heroine was paying the bill!).

If your budget doesn’t stretch to overnight stays in this iconic property, you can still visit and take advantage of the gorgeous views over the village and out towards the Mediterranean, and enjoy the lush gardens.

The village of Deià is a hub of activity once holidaymakers start arriving in any number, but you’ll feel serenity wash over you within the perimeter of La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel.

New Opening Hours at Café Miró

This year, La Residencia has decided to keep Café Miró open all day from 12:30h until 23:00h. It’s a great development because now you can make the most of exploring Deià without watching the clock to make sure you don’t miss lunch service.

L-R Toni Torres, chef of Café Miró; Hanna Bornebusch, PR manager; Guillermo Méndez, executive chef La Resi.

The terrace offers gorgeous views and a relaxed ambience in which to enjoy dishes from Café Miró’s new menu. But if it’s your first visit to La Residencia, don’t miss the opportunity to check out the interior too, where you’ll find 33 original works by the Barcelona-born painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Miró on display. And, as an aside, if you’ve never visited the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Palma, it’s well worth going – for the chance to see the late artist’s studio on his adopted island. You can almost imagine him strolling in to take up his brushes.

The New Menu

My previous lunch at Café Miró was quite a while pre-pandemic; what we ate with friends was international fare. But this year’s menu feels much more Mediterranean and is more family-style; this means dishes in the middle of the table to share (although you don’t have to!). It’s a style of eating that, for me, epitomises the Mediterranean way of life. I love the idea that you can share several dishes, because it can be difficult to choose when faced with a menu of so many temptations.

Six of us sat down to lunch at Café Miró, sharing dishes placed in the centre of the table. Here are pictures of just some of what we enjoyed. I’m assured the octopus was delicious, although I cannot bring myself to eat it these days, after watching My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. Each to their own. We also had the most delicious cheesecake I’ve ever eaten – with fig jam. Sadly I wasn’t quick enough to take a photo before it was demolished.

Good to Know

Prices are of a level you’d expect in a 5-star hotel of high repute. Eating at Café Miró is a real treat though, and when you take into account the quality of the cuisine, the excellent service, and heavenly setting, it’s worth the splurge. What a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or just being in one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

Afternoon tea perhaps?

The choice of spirits on the drinks menu is extensive and includes Mallorcan labels. If, like me, you have to drive from Deià, you’ll appreciate the good choice of non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks. I highly recommend the fresh lemon mint juice (12€). Who needs alcohol when you can sip this?

You can also come to Café Miró for a very civilized afternoon tea (15-18h).

Café Miró has live music every evening from 19:30h.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Discover and Taste Mallorca’s Traditional Cuisine

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Statue outside Mercat de l'Olivar
This statue sits outside Mercat de l’Olivar, Palma

Food markets have become a tourist attraction in their own right. Mallorca’s capital – Palma – is home to a market (with two adjoining halls) that few foodie visitors to the city will miss. The abundance of glossy, colourful and high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables at Mercado del Olivar, in the heart of Palma, puts typical Northern European supermarket produce to shame. And then there are the charcuterie, cheeses, meat, and amazing seafood stalls to ogle over. I’m sure that many visitors wander around wishing they could shop here on a daily basis.

The Stories Behind the Produce

However, Mallorca’s Mercado del Olivar (opened mid-20th century) is so much more than a feast for your eyes and Instagram feed. Like all produce markets, it’s a window into the local culture of food, history, and society. But how do you open that window and see beyond the tempting produce on display at Palma’s vibrant market?

My recommendation is to book a place on the Palma Market Tour & Traditional Cooking workshop with Deborah Piña, whose small business in the city is called Deborah’s Culinary Island. Deborah was born in Palma to a French mother, and speaks excellent English. She’s also delightful and her passion for, and knowledge of her island’s culinary identity make her the perfect guide and teacher.

The Palma Market Tour

Our knowledgeable guide, Deborah

My instructions were to meet Deborah and the other participants at 10:30h at the designated meeting point outside the Mercat del Olivar. Four of us were doing the tour and cooking workshop last Thursday (the maximum number of participants is six, to keep it an intimate experience). The other ladies were German (one of whom lives in Ireland).

Deborah gave us a brief background to the market before leading us in. We visited stalls run by vendors she uses for her own shopping and, as we went from stall to stall, she gave us an informative commentary on what we were seeing, and its place in Mallorcan culinary culture. Along the way, she shopped for some of the ingredients for the cooking workshop we’d be doing afterwards.

Let’s Cook!

A ten-minute stroll from the market took us to the Pane Nostro bakery (a stop for organic bread for the pa amb oli aperitif later), then moments later we arrived at Deborah’s atelier. Her workshop is an original 18th-century bakery, known as Forn de sa Llotgeta; you can still see the ancient ovens used to bake the bread. In this atmospheric setting, we prepared a menu of three traditional Mallorcan dishes that we would eat together for lunch.

The dishes cooked always use seasonal produce, so vary throughout the year. We made a starter of coca – a flat bread that’s the nearest equivalent of a pizza (but much healthier, as it doesn’t feature cheese); a delicious soupy rice dish containing artichokes, sobrasada, and butifarra; then a greixonera de brossat (a traditional Mallorcan dessert made from fresh cottage cheese) served with sweet, juicy strawberries which are already in season in Mallorca.

Preparing the dishes was a fun as well as educational experience, with Deborah giving us helpful kitchen tips as we worked.

Once the coca was in the oven baking, it was time for our aperitif. Deborah had laid out the Mallorcan bread, ramallet tomatoes (to rub on the bread) extra virgin olive oil, green and black olives, pickled sea fennel, botifarro, Menorca cheeses, and an organic sobrasada (from Son Cànaves of Llucmajor). The latter was a delicious revelation and I shall be seeking out this product for use in my own kitchen. Deborah poured us each a glass of Ribas Rosado, made from the Mantonegro grape, which paired beautifully with the sobrasada.

We learnt how to make a sofrito – the flavourful foundation of many traditional Mallorcan savoury dishes. This was the start of the rice dish we would be eating. And finally, we learnt to make the Mallorcan dessert.

Lunch is Served

We sat together for lunch at a long wooden table in a cosy, open room at the back of the atelier. Our dishes were served with an organic red wine from Son Vell in Son Macìa, near Manacor. By the end of lunch, we four participants had shared phone numbers and said we’d keep in touch. We’d all thoroughly enjoyed the Palma Market Tour & Traditional Cooking workshop and bonded through our love of Mallorca and its gastronomy.

My Verdict

A highly recommended experience for anyone who wants to find out more about Mallorcan culinary culture and produce. Although I’ve lived in Mallorca for 18 years now, I learnt a few things I hadn’t known – so this experience is worth doing whether you’re a visitor or foreign resident.

Good to Know

The Palma Market Tour & Traditional Cooking workshop takes place every Wednesday and Thursday morning and must be booked in advance. The cost (including lunch and wines) is 95€ per person. All ingredients are included, and aprons are provided.

Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be walking or standing for a large part of the day.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Dinner at Marc Fosh in Palma de Mallorca 2022

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On the day we moved to Mallorca, in April 2004, we ate lunch out at a Manacor restaurant (which no longer exists). Some people we knew on the island had recommended the place, which we discovered on arrival was astonishingly cheap. That was a ‘red flag’ moment for me.

After eating our lunch, the expression ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’ came to mind. We certainly weren’t poisoned, but that first-day lunch made me wonder if we’d ever eat the standard of food in Mallorca that we’d been able to enjoy back in Oxfordshire.

And then there was Marc Fosh

We needn’t have worried: we soon discovered the cuisine of British chef Marc Fosh. Back then, he was working in a rural hotel, at the helm of a restaurant that had gained its Michelin star in 2003. We stayed several times at this rural hotel for special occasions and it was only because we knew Marc would be cooking our dinner.

Marc has gained a great reputation in the years since he left the countryside to start his own business. He’s also been responsible for developing some of the young chefs in Mallorca who have since opened their own successful restaurants. Now a gastronomic destination, Mallorca has no shortage of great restaurants these days.

Dinner in Palma

Contemporary and stylish exterior

Marc’s eponymous restaurant in Palma has had one Michelin star since 2014. It’s located in the Hotel Convent de la Missió – a 17th-century building with a distinctly contemporary interior.

We dined there recently, courtesy of very dear friends in Oxfordshire who generously sent us a Marc Fosh gift voucher at Christmas for use when the restaurant reopened for the 2022 season.

To enable us to enjoy the restaurant’s excellent wines with our dinner, we booked a night’s stay at the 4-star Art Hotel Palma – which was more suitable for our budget than the 5-star Convent de la Missió (in which we have yet to stay).

Art Hotel Palma (which is a small, friendly hotel in a convenient location) doesn’t serve lunch or dinner, so we didn’t feel guilty about going out to eat. The walk from the hotel to the restaurant is just a few minutes, and was easily doable even wearing high heels (my first time in those for a long while).

Over winter, Marc Fosh Restaurant renovated its interior décor with some artistic touches. We sat in the atrium on this occasion and found the restaurant almost full when we arrived for our table at 8.30pm.

Menú Marc

Below I’ve pictured only one (mackerel and pea tartlet with summer savoury) of the four small dishes that constitute ‘Los Snacks’ – a tantalising start to dinner. The other seven plates from the menu are pictured, along with the cheese course – which was an optional extra. Three different petits fours were served afterwards.

Marc’s creative cuisine is contemporary Mediterranean, based on seasonal, local produce, and some less common ingredients – such as citrus albedo. The latter (I admit I had to google it) is the white part inside the skin of citrus fruit, which is nutritionally beneficial. Having read about it, I won’t be removing it painstakingly when peeling citrus fruit in the future.

The attractive presentation adds to the enjoyment of Marc’s food. Every dish was flavourful, interesting, and had the ‘wow’ factor.

If you’re curious, the four dishes of ‘Los Snacks’ were: Mackerel and pea tartlet with summer savory (pictured); Tomato and black olive Madeleine; Wild mushroom donut with truffle and macadamia snow, and Chicken skin crisp with liquid Caesar salad.

Wines at Marc Fosh

This restaurant is fortunate to have one of the Balearics’ best-known sommeliers. Head sommelier Giorgia Scaramella is Italian and was born in one of the country’s famous wine regions, Friuli Venezia Giulia. She likes to say, “wine is in my blood.”

Giorgia is charming as well as highly knowledgeable. As well as the wine we chose ourselves from the list, she suggested the perfect glass of wine to pair with the foie course and another to accompany the cheeses. Both were superb.

Service

We booked our table online and, if you want to eat at Marc Fosh Restaurant this summer, I recommend you book as soon as possible – even before you arrive on the island. This is a recommendation I’d make for any high-end restaurants this season, as Mallorca is expecting a busy tourist season.

The day before our dinner, we received an email with a copy of the menu asking us to confirm our booking was still required and also requesting details of any dietary issues. I once had a bad experience eating snails and asked that we didn’t have the snail jus with the lamb. After we’d settled ourselves at our table, one of the servers who attended to us confirmed that we wouldn’t have the snail jus – without us having to mention it first.

As you would expect in a Michelin-star restaurant, service is professional but friendly, and the servers explain each dish as they bring it to the table. Faultless service, in fact.

You can probably tell that we had a memorable dinner – thanks to the generosity of our wonderful friends Duncan and Kristina. You can’t go wrong if gifting a Marc Fosh voucher!

I mentioned Marc Fosh Restaurant twice in my novel Daughter of De– as a mark of my respect and liking for this chef/patron and his establishment. This novel – featuring a radio presenter’s mission to find her unknown father, and her saving of a cat refuge in peril in Mallorca – is available to purchase in e-book and paperback formats here.

@Jan Edwards 2022

Review of Es Torrent de Son Carrió Restaurant

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Find the church and the restaurant is across the street

Only a few small villages in Mallorca have a gourmet restaurant. One of these villages is Son Carrió, in the municipality of Sant Llorenç, which has fewer than 1,200 inhabitants.

Family-Run Restaurant

Es Torrent de Son Carrió is owned and run by chef Joan Galmés Miquel and his sommelier wife, Clara Ferrer, who runs front of house. Joan is from Manacor but trained and worked in Barcelona at El Túnel de’n Marc Palou, Lasarte, and Osmosis. In 2014 he came back to Mallorca with Barcelona-born Clara and opened Es Torrent de Son Carrió. The restaurant had a complete and attractive renovation in 2019, having been seriously damaged by the devastating terrible floods of October 2018.

Joan and his team use seasonal produce and contemporary culinary techniques to produce a standard of Mediterranean cuisine that surprises and delights.

What’s on the Menu?

The restaurant offers only weekly changing tasting menus – menús degustaciones:

Menu Torrentada – eight plates at 60€ (optional wine pairing for 25€)

Menu Torrent – five plates at 45€ (optional wine pairing for 25€). We had this menu, which also came with an appetiser and petits fours.

If you’re a cheese fan, there’s an optional cheese course for 12€ (we didn’t try it this time).

The selection from the wine cellar will please wine enthusiasts and includes a large choice of Spanish and international wines, as well as Mallorcan labels.

Need to Know

Es Torrent de Son Carrió is in the east of Mallorca, some nine kilometres from the well-known town of Manacor, and conveniently located for holidaymakers in resorts such as S’Illot, Sa Coma, and Cala Millor. I’d recommend travelling here by taxi or with a designated non-drinking driver so you can take advantage of the wines.

The restaurant is open for dinner only from 19:00h, Tuesday to Sunday. It’s busy at weekends, so be sure to book ahead if you want to eat here at the weekends.

Ample roadside free parking is available within sight of the restaurant.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Suite Treats Mallorca: Castell Son Claret

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My last post about Suite Treats Mallorca featured a finca hotel full of authentic traditional features, in a hamlet near the village of Selva. In this post, I feature the suites at Castell Son Claret in southwest Mallorca. The immaculate, modern 5-star hotel is a former 19th-century castle set in a verdant paradise at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, near Es Capdellà village.

Castell Son Claret reopened for the 2022 season on March 1st, with the news that during the winter months, the hotel converted four existing rooms into two more spacious and modern suites with private outdoor space. We haven’t seen these rooms yet, but last year stayed in two of the hotel’s other luxurious suites and can highly recommend them. Castell Son Claret’s website details the various types of suite and rooms available; these are the two suites we stayed in.

Privacy and your own pool (hotel photo)

Pool Suite at Castell Son Claret

A stylish suite with separate bedroom and lounge, and direct access to a fragrant and private garden with 10m2 swimming pool and sundeck and loungers from which to appreciate your good fortune. Like all the rooms we’ve stayed in at Castell Son Claret, this type of suite has a super-spacious and well-equipped bathroom.

This is the suite for you if you want privacy while you sunbathe or swim. Breakfast beside your own pool? Why not? A wonderful choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. Or for a novelist needing a peaceful writing sanctuary to meet a deadline.

Garden Suite

In 2020 Castell Son Claret added four new garden suites, in a newly constructed two-storey block within the grounds of the estate. It’s a pleasant short walk between these suites and the main hotel but you can be whisked there by buggy if you prefer. The two ground-floor suites have a private garden; we stayed in a first-floor suite, with a large, furnished balcony and the benefit of longer views of the glorious countryside from its elevated position.

News for Culture Fans

The traditional Castell Classics will return this summer, during June, July, and August. Among those performing during the 2022 season will be young singers from the Salzburg Festival, stars from the Zürich Opera House, and from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Florentino. Find details here.

©Jan Edwards 2022

All is Good at Mirabona Restaurant, Mallorca

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What a glorious setting for a spring lunch

Mirabona translates roughly as ‘look good’ and it could not be a more appropriate name for the restaurant within the peaceful, hideaway Finca Ca’n Beneït in the foothills of Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana.

From its elevated position in the cosy hamlet of Binibona, Mirabona’s pretty terrace has a panoramic view across Mallorca. But there’s more than gorgeous bucolic views at this rural farm-to-table restaurant: the cuisine also looks – and tastes – good.

Spring Menu

Organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs grow in the Finca Ca’n Beneït gardens, which means the chefs – led by Joan Ferragut – have some great produce to hand, including olive oil pressed from the estate’s olives in the hotel’s original tafona. The cuisine is unpretentious, honest, and a good reason to make the drive out to Binibona, which is in the area of Mallorca known as El Raiguer.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a small gathering trying some of the new spring menu dishes for 2022. We also had the melt-in-the-mouth lamb (from the finca) with carrot cream but rain made us relocate indoors from the terrace just before this course, and I forgot to take a photo of that dish. I should give a special mention for the delicious desserts which, like the cake available for afternoon tea, are homemade.

L-R Toni Duran, Olga Jiménez, and chef Joan Ferragut

The spring weather in Mallorca isn’t great at the moment (today has been constant drizzle where I live, near Manacor). But sunshine and blue skies will soon return, and with it the beautiful blooms of Finca Ca’n Beneït’s wisteria, draping over Mirabona’s terrace.

Look out for Mirabona’s wine-pairing dinners, with wines chosen by sommelier Amy Dunn.

Mirabona is open daily for lunch (13-16h), and for dinner (19-22h). Book a table by phoning +34 871 811 871 or book online – where you’ll also find the menu details.

Follow Finca Ca’n Beneït on Instagram here.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Protur Chef Returns to Mallorca, March 17-20

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The 4th edition of Protur Chef happens next weekend in Mallorca. It’s not only a national culinary competition for cookery school students but also a long weekend celebrating gastronomy, with plenty for locals and visitors to Mallorca to enjoy. It’s free to attend, although there is a small fee for workshops (tallers) and the tastings (catas), which need to be booked in advance.**

Protur Chef was first held in 2017 and successfully repeated in 2018 and 2019. The pandemic put the brakes temporarily on this event but it’s back with an enhanced programme for 2022. As before, the venue for the weekend is the 5-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Sa Coma.

The Culinary Contest at Protur Chef

Some 300 culinary students went through the selection process for this year’s Protur Chef. Eighteen finalists, representing 15 cookery schools from 13 cities across Spain, will be at the stoves on the professional stage, cooking and presenting their dishes to the judging panel. Eight of these students are from the Balearics. Cameras capture the action which is shown on giant screens for the audience.

Protur Chef Kids

The weekend also includes a competition for budding junior chefs, and I’ve loved seeing how enthusiastic and creative these children can be. The weekend also has children’s workshops for decorating tartlets, making wraps, and the popular Spanish cake decorated with sweets (tarta de chuches).

Other Events for Foodies

The Protur Chef weekend also offers workshops, tastings, show cookings, conferences, some special paired dinners, and a very tempting Gastronomic Market of Balearic products on Saturday (10-20h) and Sunday (10-16h).

Show cookings include chefs Marta Rosselló of Sal de Cocó (Forgotten Fish – Saturday 11h); William Tétard of Ses Rotges (The Art of Moulding Chocolate – Saturday 17h); and Tomeu Martí of the excellent Arume restaurant in Palma (Fusing Japan with Mallorca – Sunday 12:30h)

New for Protur Chef 2022

Two well-known chefs are behind Protur Chef: Tomeu Caldentey (whose restaurant Tomeu Caldentey Cuiner is also in Sa Coma) and Koldo Royo, who is an entertaining master of ceremonies. This year they’ve added new elements including the Cullerot Daurat (Golden Spoon) awards (presentation on Friday at 19:30h), and Protur Chef Celebrities, in which eight celebrities will have their knowledge of cooking put to the test. During this event there’ll be a charity draw with many prizes, for the benefit of the Aproscom Foundation in Manacor.

Find Out More

**Check out the full programme for Protur Chef 2022 here. Next weekend’s event promises to be a good reason to visit Sa Coma in Mallorca. A highly recommended weekend for foodies.

For more information about food, drink, and hotels in Mallorca, follow eatdrinksleepmallorca on Facebook.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Suite Treats Mallorca: Ca’n Beneït

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Are you planning a holiday abroad this year? After two years when many of us stayed at home or took staycations, it’s not surprising that the biggest travel trend this year – according to an article last month on the CNBC website – is to ‘go big, spend big’.

For some, that will mean a dream holiday on distant ocean shores. But not everyone wants the rigours of long-haul travel or has that type of budget. ‘Going big, spending big’ may instead mean upgrading the holiday experience in a destination that’s familiar, a favourite, or simply not too far to travel.

The island of Mallorca offers plenty of opportunities to increase the luxury quotient of a holiday. For example, nine restaurants around the island have Michelin stars. There are more golf courses than you shake a club at, and plenty of sleek yachts and motor yachts to charter for a day on the Mediterranean.

When it comes to accommodation, ‘going big, spending big’ could mean an upgrade to a higher-star-rated hotel, or a higher category of room. Does a suite sound like a sweet treat to you? It does to me.

Suites at Ca’n Beneït

In this post I’m writing about the two different types of suite available at Ca’n Beneït in the tiny hamlet of Binibona. The name Ca’n Beneït means ‘house of the blessed’ and it’s easy to understand why, as you explore the nooks and crannies of this historical farmhouse. Set in more than 200 acres, its features include an old chapel and olive press (tafona), outdoor pool with loungers and Balinese beds, and also a modern sauna.

Ca’n Beneït’s Junior Suites

We first stayed at Ca’n Beneït last April, shortly after it opened under its current ownership, and spent a night in one of the two junior suites. These offer accommodation of 30 sqm, with a large bed, sitting area, and spacious bathroom – which has both a shower cubicle and a whirlpool bath. There’s also a private terrace with dreamy views that make one sigh with contentment and never want to check out.

The Suites

With a special occasion to celebrate, we returned last week to Ca’n Beneït and this time stayed in one of the four suites. Yes, a grown-up suite, as opposed to a junior one.

The difference between junior and its big brother? More space: the suites are 40 sqm and have a separate sitting room with sofa (which can convert to a bed). Bedroom and sitting room both have Samsung Smart TVs. There’s a lot to be said for having a separate sitting room with its own door, especially if the person you are staying with has insomniac tendencies or snores – or one of you is a lark and the other an owl.

Like the junior suite we stayed in last year, this suite also has a staircase in the bedroom leading up to a roof terrace that’s totally private. It has a small bistro table and two chairs and two deckchairs. We spent some time lolling in the deckchairs after breakfast, soaking up the tranquillity, the surprising warmth of the mid-February sunshine, and gazing out over the surrounding landscape. We did, indeed, feel very blessed.

Luxury in All Rooms

Luxury doesn’t have to be ostentatious. The luxury touches in every room at Can Beneït are all designed for the comfort and convenience of guests. The beds are all Mallorcan antique, but the modern mattresses are blissfully comfortable. Swedish company Spirit of the Nomad is the source of the luxurious, high-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedlinen, towels, bathrobes, and slippers. A discreet wooden box contains a selection of device chargers, should you forget to pack your own. Deliciously scented organic L’Occitane toiletries are provided in the bathrooms.

A coffee machine and kettle are provided with free coffee capsules (compostable) and a choice of tea bags, replenished daily. Guests have access to a free minibar and water (in glass bottles).

Verdict

If you value tranquillity, gorgeous panoramic views, seclusion, and the authenticity of the Mallorcan countryside in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Ca’n Beneït ticks all those boxes and more. It has only ten rooms and suites, so the ambience is intimate and the service personal.

And you won’t have to spend too big on a suite holiday at this rural gem of a hotel in Mallorca. Which could make it possible to have a longer stay – or a return holiday later in the year.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Europe & the Mediterranean’s Most Romantic Hotel is in Palma de Mallorca …

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… according to publishers Condé Nast Johansens. The hotel in question is the five-star Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden, which received this accolade for 2022. It’s one of only five hotels in Spain to receive a Johansen Award for Excellence for this year.

Can Bordoy is located in Palma’s atmospheric La Long district, and the jewel in its crown (for me, anyway) is its rear garden. Guests staying in the hotel have access to the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, screened off from those who visit only to eat or have a drink in the peaceful outdoor space. Guests can also use the rooftop terrace and basement spa.

Plant-based Cuisine

The hotel’s restaurant, Botànic, offers a mainly plant-based cuisine (although fish and meat dishes are on the menu too), from the talented chef Andrés Benítez who has previous Michelin-star restaurant experience and has been at Can Bordoy since it opened.

Can Bordoy has 24 suites, all of which have an opulent feel. If you’re the type of person who can’t pass a piece of velvet without stroking it, you’ll be kept busy staying in one of these suites.

We had a wonderful one-night stay in Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden for Valentine’s 2019 – shortly after the hotel had opened. If, with Valentine’s Day less than month away, you’re considering having a romantic night away in Mallorca’s capital, Palma, this hotel is one you may wish to check out. And check into.

©Jan Edwards 2022

Visiting Mallorca in 2022?

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What are you looking forward to in 2022?

We’re longing to see family members and friends visiting Mallorca again. One of our greatest pleasures with foodie friends who visit is sharing food and drink experiences. And we’ve discovered quite a few different places we think friends would enjoy.

Although we’re usually spontaneous when it comes to eating out plans, we do have a fabulous dinner ahead that we’re really excited about. Our great friends Duncan and Kristina, who have visited us from Oxfordshire many times since we’ve lived here, generously Christmas-gifted us a voucher for dinner at the Michelin-starred Marc Fosh restaurant in Palma. We are so looking forward to our dinner there in March when Marc Fosh re-opens for the season.

Marc Fosh restaurant features in my novel Daughter of Deià, as does Belmond’s La Residencia hotel in Deià. Despite the uncertainties of the pandemic, La Residencia apparently had its best August on record and is one of several 5-star hotels in Mallorca to report an excellent 2021 season. I had the pleasure of attending another media dinner at La Resi in the early autumn, but my only stay in the hotel this year was a vicarious one, in the fictional world of Daughter of Deià’s protagonist Laura Lundon.

A Bargain Read for the New Year

Daughter of Deià is available in Kindle and paperback formats and is currently on special offer for a limited period at 99 pence from the Amazon UK store. If you’re missing Mallorca and don’t know when you may next visit, enjoy some armchair travel as we head into 2022. All for less than the cost of a coffee out.

Thank you for reading Eat Drink Sleep Mallorca, and I wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Fulfilling New Year.

©Jan Edwards 2021