All posts tagged: Mallorca

Female Chefs on Mallorca in Repsol Guide’s Top Ten

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Mallorca has plenty of traditional restaurants where a woman is at the helm in the kitchen. They’re often referred to as cooks, rather than chefs. But there are some women in restaurant kitchens on this island who are most definitely chefs. And two have just been selected by the travel guide Guía Repsol for inclusion in their list of the top ten women chefs in Spain. Macarena de Castro (Jardín, Puerto Alcúdia) and María Solivellas […]

Adopt a Mallorcan Olive Tree

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Eat / Food / Hoteliers / Hotels / Mallorca extra virgin olive oil / Mallorcan produce / Sleep

If I had to name my one indispensable Mallorcan product – apart from the wines! – it would have to be the island’s luscious extra virgin olive oil.  Olive trees first came to Mallorca more than two thousand years ago and today there are thousands of hectares of land devoted to growing the trees. Many of them are more than a hundred years old, and nature and time have sculpted their trunks into living artworks – shapes that further enhance the […]

Seven Tried-and-Tested Hotels on Mallorca (part two)

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Our hotel stays in 2014 were all on Mallorca – and each for one night. I’ve already written about Castell Son Claret and Es Revellar Art Resort, in part one of this post. Today you can find out about three more hotels we enjoyed staying in during the course of the year. Petit Hotel Son Arnau, Selva I first heard about this new luxury village hotel (opened at the start of 2014) when I saw a special […]

Seven Tried-and-Tested Hotels on Mallorca (part one)

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My name is Jan and I’m a hotel-aholic. It started even before I began as in-house PR for a large chain of business and leisure hotels in the UK. Although I later became a full-time radio broadcaster (before I moved to Mallorca), my interest in hotels has never waned. If anything, it’s grown – probably because Mallorca has more than its fair share of great hotels. A night away in a hotel here is always a special treat for us, as we […]

Seven Michelin stars for Mallorca for 2015

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Within the past hour, the news that every decent chef in Spain and Portugal has been waiting for was announced: the Michelin stars for 2015. Last year on Mallorca there were five restaurants with Michelin-starred cuisine. For 2015 there are two new additions; the restaurants with stars in 2014 have retained them for 2015, making a total of seven restaurants each with one star.  I’m pleased to say I’ve eaten in them all and can confirm that […]

Review of Dinner and Overnight Stay in Banyalbufar

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Its name apparently means ‘vineyard by the sea’ and this couldn’t be more appropriate for the beautiful coastal village of Banyalbufar, on the northwest of Mallorca. Wine was made from grapes grown here from the time the Moors occupied the island, until the dreaded phylloxera plague devastated the island’s wine industry in the late 19th century. Today wine production on Mallorca and in the village of Banyalbufar is thriving. The wine made at the latter’s bodegas is from the malvasia grape […]

Rialto Cafe: Style and the City

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How do you escape the many visitors that throng to Palma in summer? Some come for a break from the island’s beautiful beaches; some are cruise ship passengers – disgorged from their floating holiday homes to try and ‘discover’ Mallorca’s capital in a few hours. Most want to spend some time relaxing over a drink or something to eat during their visit. Respite, Relaxation & Rialto Living Cafés and bars on the main thoroughfares in […]