On the wrong side of the tracks (the mountain as opposed to the sea side of the road), but secluded enough to feel exclusive.
The property has 59 rooms, including various suites in ancient buildings scattered across the grounds. Décor is surprisingly simple for a hotel of this standing – the predominant colour is white, offset by ancient wood beams and Majorcan country antiques - but none the worse for that. The minimalist approach actually makes the whole experience more calming. A big shout out for their single rooms too, which are among the finest I’ve stayed in anywhere. Standard and superior doubles are similar but bigger. You’ll need deep pockets, but the Superior Suites are where it’s at for history buffs (the Tower Suite is believed to have been built by the Templar Knights). Have a peek at the eight new Tramuntana Suites, and you'll start to understand why the celebs like it: all have 450-thread Egyptian cotton sheets, private gardens and plunge pool. Finally there’s ‘The Villa’, a deluxe self-catering, three double bedroom, one swimming pool, maid serviced option, for anyone who wants to do it their way.
Rambling gardens, wicker chairs piled with cushions on terraces shaded by wisteria, and an informal lounge with open fireplace where you’ll find a continuously changing exhibition of local and international artworks.
Eating and drinking
Food’s a big part of the draw here (at least for greedy travellers like me), with four top-notch restaurants including Guillermo Méndez’ excellent El Olivo for new-wave Mediterranean, Son Fony for a sumptuous garden breakfast, Son Moragues for light lunches, afternoon tea, champagne and cocktails, and the Pool Bar for more casual grilled meat and fish.
I love that La Residencia thinks outside the box. Yes there’s a spa, three pools, mountain bikes and tennis. But they also organise excellent cultural tours to wineries, olive presses and local art galleries, gourmet picnics led by donkeys, sunset boat trips, hot air balloon rides and pretty much anything else you can think of. My personal favourite is actually something far more simple: the classical recitals on the hotel’s beautiful Steinway piano.
Only one way to describe it: faultless.
Who stays there
Honeymooners on a trip of a lifetime, demure jet setters and occasional Hollywood A-listers. Impressive as the guest list is, the vast majority (birthday parties and other celebrations not withstanding) It’s not really a place for wild parties.
Whichever way you look at it, La Residencia is expensive. On the upside, guests expect a lot for their money and generally get it.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- One of the world’s top hotels
- Understated luxury
- Decor a bit underwhelming for the price