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La Residencia in Deia, Mallorca- 09.20.11

resroomMAIN.jpg On great escapes, the Orient Express (and their Journey Like No Other) seems to know how to do it ~ this week in particular we’ve been hiding out at La Residencia in Deia, Mallorca, Spain in between trips (See the madness surrounding this escape and a peek at the views at night). I can guarantee your stress levels will drop ten fold even from the drive in from Palma (or via private jet)… the softly twisting roads bring you deeper into the island’s canyons and terraced lush green hillsides. The hotel and surrounding town have apparently changed little over the last few decades, and before joining the Orient Express family in 2002 was owned by Richard Branson since the late 80s, and a favorite escape for many high profile clients over the years. Luxurious accommodations, great service, and breath taking views… not to mention divine tapas… while you have multiple pools, tennis, spa and lots of hiking, sailing, and more available, it’s hard to beat taking a few hours curled up on the patio of our suite staring out at the mountains and ocean… so take a peek inside the Alfabia suite, our ridiculously large bathroom, luscious four poster bed (with tv that pops out from the foot of the bed)… in addition to a few other fun details ~ from the call buttons that are poolside… to the various donkeys, sheep, and olive groves around the property (which they make their own olive oil from!) as well as an organic garden next to the spa!

p.s. You have to see the amazing little cove that is a quick walk/hike down into the canyons to the water…

resroom0.jpg It’s hard to beat the views from the patio of the room…

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resroom2.jpg Up the stairs to our suite…

resroom3.jpg … into the room… yes, the tv is hidden in the shelf at the foot of the bed and controlled by bedside switches.

resroom4.jpg … view from the bed!

resroom5.jpg The bathroom is HUGE. (the shower itself is pretty much the size of that whole sink area…)

resroom6.jpg Bathtub has REN bath/body goods and a family of rubber duckies awaiting you…

resroom7.jpg They have essentially made the bathroom your giant closet as well…

resroom9.jpg Down by the pool there are buttons to call for a waiter when you’re in need of a drink…

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resroom11.jpg As you walk towards the tennis courts you encounter the first donkey ~ perhaps this is the one that will bring a picnic up on a hike with you…

resroom12.jpg As you keep wandering up the terraced hillside of olive trees, the view gets more and more beautiful…

resroom20.jpg The olive trees have some incredible patterns as they show their age…

resroom13.jpg And then we found more donkeys!

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resroom15.jpg … and sheep with cowbells…

resroom17.jpg Alongside the spa is their organic garden ~ which the chef often cooks specials from! Filled with everything from tomatoes and peppers to eggplant and squash and more!

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resroom19.jpg Dinners at El Olivo have stunning views in what used to be the manor’s olive press long long ago…

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