With Palma’s sun-washed facades and palm-lined streets fading into the rear view, we set off north, replacing long, busy roads with gentle winding highways. As the mid-morning rays kissed the rocky outcrops, we rolled down the windows, let the cool air rush through the car and made the ascent into the Serra de Tramuntana. One bend and then another, and then Deià — a tapestry of golden-toned fincas clinging to the hillside amid terraced citrus groves and cascading palms, it was glorious.
Life atop the Mediterranean hillsides deserves to be lived slowly, and our destination was the iconic and effortlessly beautiful Belmond La Residencia, a place that knows luxury, and life — is best served chilled. Set between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the rustic 16th century guesthouse is steeped in historic charm. A feast for the senses, the immaculate gardens are bursting with vibrant bougainvillea and the sweet scent of orange trees —sunny private verandas are paired with glistening pools and breath taking views of the village below. Once the home of novelist Robert Graves and loved by international artists and art lovers, La Residencia is home to over 750 works of art from local painters, including an exclusive exhibition of work from Joan Miró.