Month: January 2014

Hotel Review: Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf

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Hotels / Sleep

Strictly speaking, this hotel is called the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel – but taxi drivers will know where you mean if you ask for “the Sheraton”. If you get a newbie, it’s on the Son Vida estate, just outside Palma. The longer-than-convenient hotel name reminds me of my former days of doing PR for Holiday Inn Worldwide (EMEA). When they acquired the famous Midland Hotel in Manchester (where Rolls and Royce met in 1904 and formed […]

Gold in the Soller Valley (Part 2)

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Eat / Food

This is the second – and slightly edited – part of an article I had published in Food & Wine Journal in September 2013. Please see previous post to read the story from the beginning. In the late 20th century, Sóller’s fortunes began to improve – thanks to Franz Kraus, who had moved to Sóller from his native Germany. In 1994 Kraus founded Sa Fàbrica de Gelats – which produces high-quality artisan ice creams and sorbets, using local […]

Gold in the Soller Valley (Part 1)

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This is an edited version of my article published in Food & Wine Journal (quarterly), September 2013. Blinking in the bright sunlight, having emerged from the long dimly lit Sóller road tunnel, motorists see a roadside sign announcing their arrival in the ‘Valley of Oranges’. The sign is hardly necessary: for a large part of the year it’s impossible to miss the profusion of citrus fruit trees – laden with oranges or lemons – growing in Mallorca’s Sóller […]