- Belinda Maude, Assistant Content Editor, Hotels
Located in the charming village of Deia, on Majorca’s west coast, Belmond La Residencia lies sprawled across the hillside in the shelter of theTramuntana Mountains. Just a short walk to the village, the hotel’s location allows easy access to the surrounding area and the city of Palma, which services the island’s only airport. The nearest coastline is a difficult downhill walk.
Style & character
Settled amongst citrus and olive groves, the traditional 16th-century manor houses which make up the hotel are flanked by a collection of hillside suites. Immaculate gardens ornamented with lawn sculptures and lined with flowerbeds bursting with colour surround the bar’s seating area. Attractive dark wood furniture and pastel décor maintains the hotel’s stylish atmosphere. From the lower area, a maze of stone stairs threads through the buildings towards the sun-soaked pool-scape. Views of the Mediterranean are slightly restricted by the hillside.
Service & facilities
Friendly local staff create the homely atmosphere that sees guests returning year on year. Service was faultless in all departments, from housekeeping to reception and especially in the restaurant. Equipped with two tennis courts offering panoramic views of the sea, the hotel boasts activities for all ages. Children can enjoy a donkey trails through the olive groves while adults indulge in the on-site spa. With three swimming pools, an outdoor whirlpool tub, a well-equipped gymnasium, an acclaimed art gallery as well as a boutique shop, La Tienda, the hotel’s facilities are second-to-none.
- Fitness centre
- Kids' club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
The award-winning spa at the Belmond La Residencia offers a variety of treatments in a unique environment, with three of the six treatment rooms overlooking the striking Tramuntana Mountains. An indoor pool, whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room are dotted around the smart interiors.
Typical Majorcan style seeps through to the 67 rooms covering 35 rooms and 32 suites. Deep terracotta floors, often partially covered by beautiful rugs, run through the charming warren of rooms. Large, ornate, bedframes dominate the smaller bedrooms but the irregular ceilings and choice of subtle furniture helps create a sense of space. Suites are pleasantly large and light-filled with separate seating areas and balconies, some with plunge pools. Sea views aren’t accessible from all the rooms; those that offer views over both the Mediterranean and the village of Deia are certainly the most desirable.
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Food & drink
The El Olivo restaurant extends from the atmospheric, candlelit interior dining room to the romantic outdoor terrace. Incorporating local Majorcan cuisine into the menu, guests can expect crispy suckling piglet, cooked at a low temperature, flavoured with myrtle (€44/£34) or typical Ligurian cuttlefish and chickpea soup, flavoured with rosemary (€39,50/£30). If the eight-course tasting menu is on offer, go for that: it’s an extensive and hearty introduction to Majorcan cuisine which is beautifully presented. Café Miro, the hotel’s on-site bistro which serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, is located on the beautiful outdoor balcony surrounded by typical Majorcan foliage.
Value for money
Double rooms from £298, including breakfast. Taking into account the location and all that’s on offer, it’s definitely worth the money. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Belmond La Residencia, being an older terraced property, only has two rooms available for guests with disabilities.
The hotel welcomes families and has a popular kids' club that organises fantastic activities including pottery workshops and cooking classes. Children under 12 can enjoy a complimentary bed when sharing a room with parents.