Monday, August 6, 2012

HOTEL CHECK SPAIN, part 2, La Residencia


VIEWS AND THINGS THAT COUNT.
Arriving at La Residencia we were blown away by the beautiful surroundings and welcomed by attentive staff. In the smooth style of this elegant Mallorca hotel, our checkin was seamless and stress free. We were taken to Son Moragues terrace restaurant to complete the check-in process over a welcome drink, which was a glass of the local Cava (better than some champagne’s we have tasted). 

There are many shops and restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the hotel – some local tapas restaurants and some fine dining. Opposite the hotel is the traditional village of Deia where many local artists have lived and worked. There is also a church and cemetery at the top of the hill – this spot is worth a visit as it has the most beautiful panoramic views on the island.

Accommodation

We stayed in one of the Tramuntana suites - these are located at the very top of the hotel, overlooking the valley and Mediterranean. The view is stunning. We had fresh fruit, flowers, a welcome bottle of Cava. The suite had a large terrace area with a private plunge pool – great for watching the sunset whilst drinking your welcome bottle of Cava/Wine. The room was very spacious, with a very large bathroom featuring separate walk in shower and double basin. The minibar was complementary and offered a wide selection of soft drinks and alcohol as well as a Nespresso machine with a great selection of coffee and teas (also fresh milk in the fridge as opposed to powdered milk). These are the little touches that make a big difference.



All 67 rooms have been individually decorated using local furnishings, and this adds a real charm to the hotel. We recommend booking a Tramuntana suite; or if the budget does not stretch, a superior double. Be warned that classic rooms feel a lot smaller.

Food & beverage

Dinner at the wonderful ‘El Olivo’ restaurant was truly an amazing experience!
You simply have to dine here – but you MUST pre-book as this is a very popular restaurant, with good reason.

Facilities

There is a lovely spa which has an indoor heated pool, out door Jacuzzi, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room:




There are 2 outdoor swimming pools, 2 tennis courts and a gym with top of the range equipment.

Mallorca
is really popular with hikers and cyclists, and the hotel can assist with booking a walking guide if a guest wishes. You can walk from the hotel down to the sea where there is a little swimming cove (for sunbathing need to travel further); our walk took approx 25 mins. Please note: take suitable walking shoes!  

Who to stay

We recommend this hotel to couples or anyone who wants to escape for a few days and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Foodies will also enjoy this hotel as the food and wine are superb! We would not recommend this hotel to families with children under the age of 16, or anyone who has walking difficulties. There are lots of high steps and steep hills. There is no kids club.   

How to get to La Residencia

Upon arrival at Palma airport we were met by our driver in the arrivals hall.
The transfer was approx. 45mins and was very pleasant – the driver was very friendly and was happy to talk to us about the Island. This was a great introduction to the holiday.

You should know

The hotel has a no ‘mobile phone’ policy – they ask guests to use mobile phones only in private areas such as bedrooms.

Added values

A local welcome amenity.











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