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Friday, May 26, 2017

Mallorca: May 2017

We left for Mallorca on May 13th, staying for a bit over a week. It was a good flight from Heathrow to Palma, and after picking up our Mercedes from Europcar it was about a 30-minute drive west to our hotel in Port Adriano, the Pure Salt. We were last to the island in August 2015; and like last time, met our friends Annie and Joël.
Port Adriano

The hotel has 91 rooms and our room had lovely views to the sea and Port Adriano. The port was planned by the prolific designer Philippe Starck and houses upscale shops, restaurants and is packed full with super yachts.
We met our friends for dinner on our first night at the hotel’s restaurant, mediocre at best.

What followed was a week of wonderful sun, relaxation and a lot of eating. Annie and Joël are foodies extraordinaire; and our reservations were excellently planned. The best of these was in Palma at Di Tokio a Lima housed in the boutique hotel Can Alomar. 

Di Tokio a Lima Terrace

The tasting menu at one-stared Michelin Marc Fosh was unfortunately disappointing for all of us – still the local rosé wine was good: “Project 2015.”
Marc Fosh - Palma

Another evening had us to the interior of the island; we revisited Zaranda at Castel Son Claret, also one-Michelin starred. The 37-year old chef, Fernando Pérez Arellano created a set menu of eight courses – very over the top. Still, the dishes and presentations provided us with a bit of humor, including a last puzzle course of “a hand of the route of spices.” We had a quick tour of the kitchen after our meal.
Castel Son Claret
"Hand of the Route of Spices" - two pieces already missing!

More casual fair was had al fresco with paella specialties at Palma’s Caballito de Mar, and a fun evening at Claxon, a local, hip and youngish spot on 31 Diciembre, 9. Our last meal was in the port, at Ristorante Giuseppe.

View from Pool at Hotel Pure Salt

Weather was great throughout; the fresh water pool, although cold, was excellent for swimming. We got our walks in, down to the port most mornings; breakfasts were good, and there was even time for some shopping. On our last day Annie and Joël left before us; we had an extra few hours before leaving for the airport. We arrived a bit late back to London, but still in time to get to Waitrose for some milk for our morning coffee – back to real life.