Another week in Majorca
The last trip I took before the pandemic lock-down was to Majorca, so to celebrate the end of the travel restrictions, let’s spend another week in Majorca!
My wife was commissioned to spend a week in Majorca inspecting several luxury properties and, being the very supportive husband that I am, I joined her in this very estrenuos assignment (by the way, my daughter also seems to be quite supportive, as she joined us as well) ;-)
On Monday, July 5th we flew Valencia-Palma, after filling out the Covid forms and downloading our proof of vaccination. We were surprised and disappointed that neither the authorities nor the airline demanded proof of vaccination, only their form’s QR.
Upon arrival we rented a plug-in electric car, a brand new Renault Zoe. What a delightful little car! Combustion engines are dead to me, and electric is the only way to go. Driving around the island with the windows down and not hearing the engine’s noise or smelling the exhaust’s fumes was wonderful.
After checking in at the luxurious, discreet, and tricky to access even with GPS Es Princep hotel, we went to have lunch at the cafe Gran Hotel, in the Caixaforum. Excellent cuisine at very reasonable prices. Thanks for the recommendation, dad!
As we didn’t have much time, we decided to spend the evening at the beach across the street (Can Pere Antoni), and then have dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, AlmaQ, with live music. The views of the cathedral and the beach were great, but they felt even better from bed.
On Tuesday we drove early in the morning to Port Soller, where we rented a boat for the day. We sailed South to Sa Foradada, and since the restaurant was still closed, we had lunch onboard, anchored off Punta Son Beltran, where we swam and snorkeled. Then we sailed North, to Sa Illeta, and anchored again at Ses Cambres, for more swimming, snorkeling, and feeding the fish.
By the time we arrived at the magnificent Jumeirah Port Soller hotel & spa, we were quite exhausted and had a bit too much sun on our skins. Blessed be the after sun lotion. But we mustered enough energy to go have dinner by the Port.
On Wednesday we spent the whole day at the spa: infinity pool, whirpool, sauna, hammam, ice fountain… we felt like kids being pampered! We had cap roig fish for lunch at the hotel’s Cap Roig restaurant (although I had to finish my lunch in the room, as I had a couple of conference calls), and dinner at the appropriately named Sunset lounge, enjoying a breathtaking sunset while eating fun nibbles and tapas.
On Thursday we drove to the Cap Vermell Grand Hotel. Right after checking in we went to have lunch at the nearby Arenal de Canyamel restaurant, where we had an excellent black seafood rice, right on the Canyamel beach. Our idea was to have gone to the amazing Arta Caves (much less “touristic” than the famous Drach caves) and then to Ses Cabasses or Alcanada Island… but we liked Arenal de Canyamel so much that we stayed all day at the beach and for dinner!
On Friday we drove to Cala Deia, to have lunch at Can Lluc, one of those places with so much local flavor that seems unreal. Yet, although the view, the water, the cala, and the pine trees were incredible, we decided to move on after lunch because we witnessed several people getting stung by jellyfish. So we ended up at Es Camp de Mar beach. The idea was to have dinner at the Illeta restaurant after some swimming and snorkeling, but we got tired, so we decided to get some food to go and eat it back at the next hotel: the incredible XIII Century castle Castell Son Claret. Talk about grace and elegance. Rural Majorca at its best. We swam in the pool until 8pm, and then they opened the heated indoor pool and spa just for us. So nice!
Finally, on Saturday, after having breakfast at the Olivera restaurant and checking out, we drove to Forn de Son Rapinya in Son Rapinya, and to Ca Sa Camena in Palma, to get the most delicious ensaimadas you’ve ever had. We brought them home as a gift, and it was a big hit with the whole family. So much better than the ones you can buy at the airport!
A very short flight later we were back in Valencia. But like my daughter said, not for long!