Mallorca in Its Glory
In three 17th-century stone buildings on the craggy north coast of Mallorca, La Residencia has already become a Mediterranean classic—especially the new suites (54, 61, 64, 66). They're austere—terra-cotta floors, white walls, olivewood shutters—without sacrificing comforts like private pools and plasma TVs. The hotel also has a spa and several shady terraces with chaises that make you want to lie there all day. But if you did, you'd miss its superb restaurants, Son Fony and El Olivo, which serves prawns with pork belly confit and a roast suckling pig with apples, sauerkraut, and foie gras. Rooms, $295-$1,560. At Son Canals, Deià; 34-971-639-011; www.hotellaresidencia.com.
Hot Table: Convent de la Missió
You won't find any Michelin stars on Mallorca, but you will find Jaime Oliver (no relation to The Naked Chef), who has arguably the best kitchen on the island. Refectori, his restaurant in Convent de la Missió, a design hotel in the Palma district, serves excellent foie gras with caramelized apples, tiny octopus and beans over couscous, and wild bass with tomato foam. The room is smartly decorated with black-and-white photos of Mallorcan salt mounds and a fireplace that resembles a Cy Twombly sculpture. Make a reservation a month in advance, especially for a Friday-night table on the terrace. Dinner, $200. At 7 Carrer de la Missió; 34-971-227-347; www.conventdelamissio.com. Open Saturday and Sunday to hotel guests only.