a guide to Mallorca
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all great, and are having the best week so far. Sorry for the silence over here- I’ve been in Spain for the last 10 days, firstly for a work trip with H&M X Love Stories swimwear collaboration- which I got to shoot! and was incredible and then for my pals Kim & Simon’s wedding. I’ll be sharing behind the scenes from the swimwear shoot in Ibiza very soon but today’s blog post is all about Mallorca, and the wondrous place it truly is.
From Ibiza with H&M I flew into Palma, where James was waiting to pick me up in our hire car- I couldn’t recommend a hire car more because they are really reasonably priced and you’ll save so much money on taxi’s if you’re wanting to explore the island like we did.
Our first stop was a complimentary stay hosted at Ca’s Xorc by Mr & Mrs Smith hotels who I absolutely swear by. I’ve worked with them in a professional capacity for quite some time now but whenever I need to book anything outside of work, they are my first port of call too. The final hotel we booked for this trip was also a Smith hotel but more on that later.
Ca’s Xorc is close to Sóller, nestled in the mountains with some of the best views I have ever, ever seen. There’s a car park here too, so it’s easy with your hire car!
Check-in was seamless and easy, and we headed up to our room which was a deluxe with it’s own terrace overlooking the valley, again, the views! The character and heritage of Ca’s Xorc is like nothing I’ve ever felt before; super chic, traditional Spain from the moment you set foot in the door. I think I actually felt my shoulders relax.
You’re surrounded by 100 year old trees here, as well as lemon trees, olive trees, you name it. It just feels incredibly tranquil, there’s no rush, but you’ve got everything you need. Including a jacuzzi pool. The main swimming pool is an infinity pool that overlooks the valley which is really special too.
Breakfast is a hearty buffet with everything from fresh fruit to eggs, and you can eat outside on the terrace which is set in the most beautiful gardens, or indoors around a giant table which is a really lovely concept. I can also recommend the salad at lunch time, it was beautiful! I can be a fussy eater so I like to have quite a lot of variation to go at. The menu is the same at lunch and dinner which is fine but for me, I needed a few more options. I can also vouch for the wine, it’s a gorgeous, local wine and is very purse friendly! The evening restaurant is honestly amazing too, very romantic indeed.
Ca’s Xorc is a very special place, and it’s the first time that I’ve stayed anywhere like this and I’ll be back in a hurry.
From Ca’s Xorc we headed closer into Sóller, sicking with the mountain theme! to an apartment that I shared with James, Lizzy and Ben. The four of us booked it ready for Kim & Simon’s wedding and stayed for 3 nights in a 2 bedroom apartment. This place was a gem, and so inexpensive! It’s called Agroturismo Muleta de Ca S’hereu. There’s a slightly hairy mountain side drive to the top- tight corners on a winding road but as long as you take it easy you should be okay. There’s plenty of parking here too.
To get down to the Port, the hotel run a shuttle service up and down the mountain and as long as you give them a little bit of notice they are more than happy to do the trips for you. We were surrounded by donkey’s and sheep! The pool area is gorgeous here too, and again, amazingly peaceful. The apartment was ace, both rooms had an en suite and we had a full kitchen, and our own terrace too.
Breakfast and lunch were brilliant- and just again, everything you could want. We didn’t have dinner here as we were with the wedding party, eating down in the port. Unfortunately we didn’t have a too many decent meals but the one we did have that we all enjoyed was at a place called Randemar. We didn’t do our research which isn’t like any of us! We did have an incredible gelato each though and that’s just on the front so you can’t miss it!
Saturday was wedding day and oh my goodness, what a day it was. A beautiful location in Fornalutx, the most amazing views of the sun setting on the mountains and two of our pals getting wed. It’s always the best when you watch two of your close mates tie the knot, I shed lots of tears at how beautiful it all was. The food, the band, the company, it was all unbelievable. A class act and a tough one to follow!
Once the wedding was over and we had all recovered from the free flowing rosé, James and I headed onwards again to another Smith hotel, that we paid for ourselves. This time, more rural countryside than mountains and so peaceful. It was Sa Rota d’en Palerm dubbed as a fuss-free finca. It was absolutely beautiful, and again, so so reasonable in price. We booked a 1 bedroom apartment with a terrace overlooking wheat fields.
Once we had checked in, we headed into the local town to get some lunch, we shared some tapas at a no frills bar and it was just what we needed. We got ready and took a taxi into Palma to meet up with Kim, Simon and a few others for dinner and drinks which was so much fun. Head to La Bodeguilla for the best tapas.
Breakfast was the same set up as all the other hotels, and was my favourite way to do it! We ate so much at breakfast that we didn’t have lunch and saved ourselves for dinner in Sineu which was the closest town, about 10 minutes away by car, and is absolutely beautiful. We found a little pizzeria with seating outside in a beautiful square (strategically right next to an amazing gelato place). It was called Santapi Pizzeria Napoletana and I would go back for the pizza.
It has been the most amazing 10 days spent exploring Ibiza and Mallorca, and now I’m ready to go home, pack up my flat and move house!
Things I wore on repeat during the 10 days away:
Thank you so very much for reading and I hope it’s given you some inspiration for visiting Mallorca in a new way. James and I will absolutely be back to explore more of Mallorca too. xx