Golden olive oils, stone cottages in honey hues, mellow yellow wines from autumn vineyards bathed in a golden light – Mallorca well suits its name of ‘La Isla de Oro’, the Isle of Gold, as penned by writers and poets in the early 20th century.
You’ll find a very warm welcome here too, not least at Hotel Illa d’Or (the Island of Gold in Catalan), as I found out last week during a very memorable stay on the island.
Nestled among the pine trees, this lovely hotel lies to the north of Puerto Pollensa with breathtaking views across the bay – the idyllic spot for breakfast, lunch or an aperitivo before dinner!
My sea-view, recently refurbished, room was light, stylish and welcoming and the view from here too was superb! This really was the perfect base from which to explore the north of the island.
As always, food featured highly on the agenda and Mallorca did not disappoint. Whether traditional or more modern, everything I ate, or indeed drank, was a delight. Highlights included the typically Mallorcan sausage, sobrasada; a soft spreadable sausage made of cured pork and spices and the locally produced wine, which I’ll be sharing more on in a future post.
The hotel first opened in 1929 and has welcomed many an illustrious guest over the years including, Agatha Christie, and more recently, Annie Lennox. I loved the sense of history the hotel exudes. I knew, as soon as I arrived, that this was going to be a very special break on the island of gold.
My trip to Mallorca was sponsored by:
Hotel Illa d’Or celebrates its 85th anniversary next year. All 120 rooms are being refurbished as part of a major refurbishment programme ahead of reopening in March 2014. Approximately 45 minutes transfer from Palma airport, this classic hotel offers a quiet position at the end of Puerto Pollensa Bay with a private jetty, a spa and health club, outdoor pool and seafront dining.
Classic Collection Holidays (0800 294 9318) offers 3 nights from £540 (or 7 nights from £836 per person), based on 2 adults sharing a twin / double room on a half board dining basis and includes return flights and private transfers.
Pollensa Hotel Association Information on accommodation, tourism and activities in and around Pollensa.
As always, all thoughts expressed here are my own, uninfluenced opinions.
More photos from my visit to Mallorca can be found on Flickr.