We stayed for eight nights at this beautifully situated hotel in the lovely little village of Deia. We were picked up from the airport by the first of what was virtually without exception an excellent set of staff. Marga on reception and Andro one of the Maitre D's were particularly impressive amongst a very happy and helpful team.
We spent part of our stay in a junior Suite and part in a Classic Room. ( We booked late and couldnt get a suite for the whole stay) Both were spacious and well equipped, with good maid service twice a day. The bathroom in our Classic Room was a bit small, and the aircon wasn't adequate. The TV reception was poor, which made watching Wimbledon in the early evening and Lions at the weekend difficult. We raised the aircon and TV with reception but there was no discernable improvement. Not really good enough at €1000 a night on average.
Breakfast is in El Olivo and is excellent. Great choice in the buffet and you can get virtually anything you like cooked freshly. And a great location in the morning sunshine on the terrace.
Other food was mixed. We tried San Morague for dinner which was OK but a bit soul less but accompanied by a determined pianist, and had a good couple of lunches at the poolside restaurant, the buffet is great. We had dinner three times at El Olivo, and can say it was OK, but no more. It is also pretty expensive for what you get. On our final night we were virtually ignored by the Maitre D, but he was also not directing the staff either so it was quite chaotic. Dishes we had were Soller Prawns with Pork Belly which ranged from good on the first night to poor on the last, turbot which was over salted, sea bass which was excellent, beef which was pretty good and monkfish which was OK. Extensive and expensive wine list with no half bottles other than dessert wine, a shame.
The main pool is good, but got slightly noisy and posy so we mainly went to the smaller adults only one. Good poolside service with remote buzzers to call a waiter. Plenty of sun loungers and towels and umbrellas.
The Spa was good with very pleasant and competent staff.
The gardens and terraces are really beautiful.
Reception staff were really helpful, efficiently organising car hire and restaurant bookings off site. Deia has some good restaurants, Sebastian is probably the best all round but we also enjoyed Es
Raco d'es Teix and even a basic Italian, all within a couple of hundred yards walk of the hotel. See separate reviews.
La Residencia is physically a beautiful hotel with generally fantastic staff, and Deia is lovely, if possibly a bit quiet for some, but not us. So why not 5 out of 5? I think mainly because of a series of individually minor issues, the small bathroom, the inadequate aircon, the poor TV, the OK but not great but expensive food in the evenings, the overwhipped and somewhat artificial cream rather than proper cream with the afternoon tea, none of it individually major issues, but just a bit disappointing. So it's only four out of five I am afraid. Would we go back? Definitely and hope that we are able to give it five out of five next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a stone's throw from the Mediterranean, nestled beneath the Sierra de Tramuntana, Belmond La Residencia is set in two manor houses from the 16th and 17th century. All the 67 rooms and suites are exclusively designed and decorated in typical Mallorcan style and some suites feature a private swimming pool. For the ultimate of privacy, guests can choose to stay in the hotel's private villa, sharing all the facilities with the hotel and located just a few steps away in the charming village of Deià, a secluded artists' haven. Dining opportunities on property include the gourmet El Olivo Restaurant, the Cafè Mirò and the relaxed Pool Restaurant located just beside one of the pools. Guests at Belmond La Residencia have plenty of possibilities to relax and regenerate. They can linger by one of the two outdoor swimming pools, be spoiled with an exclusive treatments at the award-winning Spa, which includes an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and six treatment rooms, or they can enjoy a fully-equipped fitness centre and two superb tennis courts with a resident tennis coach. A complimentary boat excursion is available daily during summer months to explore the most beautiful corners of the coast. And to enter the deepest spirit of Mallorca, the hotel offers an exclusive donkey trail with its resident donkeys in the hotel's own olive groves followed by a picnic with traditional Mallorcan dishes. Moreover, the hotel boasts an art gallery with temporary art exhibitions and art classes with the resident painter and sculptor. A Kid's Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available to entertain the younger guests with lots of funny and exciting activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Residencia Deia
- La Residencia Hotel Deia
- Belmond La Residencia Deia, Spain - Majorca