From this edition Taste for Travel will be featuring a monthly Wish List of extraordinary travel destinations. It might be a mountain chalet in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, a yurt in Mongolia or where to find the best ice cream in Iceland. For a start, we’ve found a stunning trio of hotels in Spain. Enjoy!
HOTEL ORFILA www.relais.com/orfila Near the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museums, and a few minutes from Old Madrid and the Golden Mile (city’s most exclusive shops), this small 20-room, 12-suite palace, built in 1886 (pictured above), offers guests an oasis of quiet in the centre of the cultural and business centre of Madrid. The hotel immerses guests in an art gallery with its period furniture and feature marble. In the 1920s, it was made famous by the plays staged within its walls. Today, its tea room and cocktail bar are imbued with English chic, and its restaurant El Jardin de Orifila, with its flowering patio and exceptional cuisine and selection of wines, invites guests to dine under the stars. This five-star hotel is a great place to set off and explore Madrid. Take the Fast Train from Madrid to Valencia (approx. 1 hr 40 min) Euros 200.00 – 630.00 average nightly rate.
SON BRULL HOTEL & SPA www.relais.com/sonbrull This comfortable and inviting hotel with stunning beaches is a former hillside monastery located in the north of Majorca. The spa uses essential oils derived from the island flora. Rooms are complete with Jacuzzis and views of the olive tree orchards. Organic produce is cultivated on the grounds and served in the restaurant. Activities on site include swimming, hiking, and tennis. Other activities in the vicinity include golf, biking, horseback riding, fishing, water-skiing, sailing, diving, and canoeing. Euros 485.00 – 595.00 average nightly rate.
VALLDEMOSSA www.relais.com/valldemossa Housed in two 19th century stone houses overlooking the Tramuntana mountain range and Palma Bay, this 12-room hotel, formerly the Carthusian Monastery of Valldemossa, once inspired guests Frederic Chopin and George Sand. Located in one of the most picturesque towns in Mallorca, the multi-level hotel is set in a complex of gardens and terraces in the midst of seven hectares of orange and olive groves. French-style rooms feature antique furniture and works of art, and meals are provided in the hotel restaurant. A spacious outdoor swimming pool is located in the gardens, along with a bar. Nearby activities include golf and hiking. Euros 395.00 – 525.00 average nightly rate.