With jingle bells of Christmas and festive fireworks of New Year celebrations behind us; it’s time to launch into a brand new year with new brand plans and expectations.
Have you already made plans for Saint Valentine’s Day? If you are still looking for ideas, we’ve got a good one for you. How about whisking away your loved one for a romantic weekend in Mallorca? With Orient-Express’ La Residencia opening for a new season 2013 you’ve got the perfect opportunity to do it in style.
Perched on the edge of an artists’ village of Deià, on the north-west coast of Mallorca, and sheltered by grand mountains of Tramuntana on one side and a pretty swimming cove on the other, this historic mansion come luxurious boutique-hotel is an epiphany of a love nest. Set amongst beautiful gardens surrounded by olive and lemon groves, the estate is hidden from stress and noise of the modern-day high-paced life, and offers peace and tranquility in a picturesque setting with spectacular views of the mountains and the sea. What better place for a memorable celebration of the most romantic day of the year?
If that sounds tempting, La Residencia offers a special package for The Valentine’s Day celebration to set a romantic tone to your stay. You will receive an automatic upgrade to a Junior Suite, a complimentary bottle of Champage and a beautiful bouquet of flowers to welcome you, a four-course dinner in El Olivo, the hotel’s exquisite fine dining restaurant, and a €50 credit at La Residencia’s award-winning Spa for each guest. In addition to that, the morning after, you can take your time greeting the new day with the loved one by your side, as breakfast can be served in your suite till as late as 2 o’clock in the afternoon, which is also a part of the package.
Whether you come to stay for two days or longer, you are in no danger of being bored. There are plenty of things you can enjoy together. To make the most of the breathtaking scenery and bohemian location, the hotel offers car and bike excursions, hot-air balloon and helicopter rides, as well as sailing or motor boat trips around the beautiful coastline. If you are into physical activities, why not to explore the local hiking tracks on foot or astride a cute resident donkey and take in the stunning panoramic views along the way, or try out the hotel‘s two superb tennis courts surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains and overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean. There are Yoga, Tai-Chi and Pilates sessions as well as an indoor heated pool aqua-aerobics classes on offer.
For creative souls, there is a fantastic opportunity to see artists at work and to try your hand at painting, ceramics or sculpting under the instruction of a professional. There are hands-on demonstrations, art classes and workshops for guests as well as a hotel gallery featuring a remarkable contemporary collection of original works of art created by artists who have lived and worked in Deià or Mallorca.
When you get hungry, being busy with all the activities, there are plenty of options to fulfill all your gastronomic needs right in front of you. From fine dining in an award-winning El Olivo, set in a 16th-century olive press and offering a superb spread of Mediterranean delicacies in a romantic, elegant ambience, all the way to a cozy traditional picnic outside with a view to behold.
And, of course, there is an award-winning La Residencia Spa to consider at the end of an adventurous day. What better way to complete your wonderful break together than to get pampered side by side at a fabulous spa with a view? Some of the treatment rooms have open-air terraces, so that you could enjoy the astonishing views while having a soothing treatment. There is a wide range of therapeutic treatments that will help you relax and unwind, as well as an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna to enhance your experience.
So, if you are planning an unforgettable romantic get-away this February, La Residencia in Mallorca might be just what you are looking for. A fairy-tale mansion in gorgeous surrounding… Who said that romance is dead?
By Natasha Godbold