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Sa Llupia, Deià, Mallorca

Simon's Recommendations

Although Deia is just a 30-minute drive from the airport in Palma, I love it as it feels like a world away from the crowds and the chaos.

Just a one minute walk away from Sa Llupia is La Residencia, recognised as the best hotel in Mallorca and, in my opinion, arguably best in Europe. Carved out of two 16th and 17th-century manor houses, and set against the dramatic backdrop of the mountains, the hotel shares Sa Llupia's panoramic views over the village. So, you have all of this on your doorstep - for a fee you can make use of the hotel’s excellent spa and tennis facilities.

Deià attracts its fair share of celebs – Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bob Geldof and Andrew Lloyd Webber all have properties in the village and surrounding area. Frequent visitors include Richard Branson, Tom Hanks, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Kate Moss. However, whilst Deià oozes exclusivity, it's also friendly and low-key. Everyone dresses down and no-one bats an eyelid at the gathering of famous faces around the village restaurants and shops.

I'm a real foodie and for me Deià is gastronomic heaven. In fact, speak to anyone who's been to Deià and they'll tell you the food is as good as anywhere in mainland Europe, better than the best that Barcelona or the South of France has to offer.

While La Residencia's restaurant, El Olivio, offers gracious fine-dining, Deià itself has a host of excellent restaurants, and I'd highly recommend the Michelin-starred Es Raco d'es Teix - otherwise known as Josef's. El Olivio's renowned German chef, Josef Sauerschell, left La Residencia to set up the place some years ago, and now does the cooking while his wife is in charge of front of house. The restaurant is small and booking is essential in high season - especially if you want one of the highly sought-after seats on the terrace to soak up the incredible views over the mountains and village. The food is stunning without being fussy. The fish is fresh from the market in neighbouring Soller; the octopus is incredible, the lobster ravioli sensational, and Andrew Lloyd Webber dubs the prawns ‘the best in the world'.

Another of my favourites is Sebastian's, where the specialities change every day, but include such delicacies as sea bass with truffled cucumber spaghetti, and breast of guinea fowl. The place is absolutely lovely.

If you want to work off your meal, then take a stroll up the hill to marvel at the glorious views and atmospheric 15th century church that sits at the top of the village.

One of the village's most famous residents was the poet and novelist Robert Graves, who wrote most of his important works in these beautiful surrounds. He is now buried in the church at the top of the hill, and his family opened his villa as a museum in 2006. A great way to find out more about him and his fellow bohemians is by taking the Deià artists' tour. With a little more time to spare, spend a day exploring the north-west of Majorca, around Deià, Soller and Port de Soller. This is the best area for walking and the road from Deià to Soller - a pretty mountain trail with exquisite sea views, past orange and lemon trees and herds of goats - will take you a couple of hours.

Alternatively, hop on a bike to explore this rural part of Majorca. When you get to Soller, enjoy a fresh orange juice in one of the main square's pavement cafes and then reward yourself with a delicious seafood lunch in one of the fish restaurants.

Recommendations

Josef's - Es Raco d'es Teix: 34 971 639 501

Sebastian's: 34 971 639 417

Deià
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