Ulrika Davidsson has stayed in many hotels, but one of her favourites is Hotel Tres. The Swedish celebrity chef was sitting in the interior patio of the La Lonja boutique stay one morning when hotel manager Svenn Rudow saw her. As is his custom, greeting all guests in a friendly manner, he stopped to chat.
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Two pleasurable hours of conversation later, the two had hit it off, and Sven, wishing to revamp his hotel’s food offerings, knew that Ulrika’s input would be perfect.
“I thought, though, that having someone of her calibre on board would cost a great deal of money,” he says (Ulrika is famous throughout her home country as a bestselling cookbook author). Luckily for him however, Ulrika took the project on as something of a labour of love, and shortly after their meeting, was sitting on her plane home writing a beautiful new proposal for Hotel Tres.
The result is a colourful collection of healthy and delicious Swedish tapas quite unlike anything available elsewhere.
“Salads! I couldn’t find great salads anywhere in this city, and I found that really missing.”
Ulrika’s salads are mouth-watering displays; explosions of yummy superfood heaven on a plate. Equally virtuous yet tempting are her smørrebrød; Scandinavian open sandwiches bursting with freshness and flavour, raw food balls for snacking and zingy green smoothies, perfect for a quick hit on the go.
Meeting the Swedish nutritionist in the cosy bar of the hotel, she radiates health, and is currently travelling with 160 women as part of a lifestyle training and diet consultation tour. Later that day, Ulrika will be offering valuable advice concerning one of her big areas of interest: eating for blood type.
While championing transformative approaches which also include the raw-food detox and the 5:2 diet, Ulrika has a refreshing, common-sense attitude towards nutrition, extolling the importance of balance. Breakfast is a small seeded cheese-pastrami-and-tomato roll, with an Americano; wheat, dairy and caffeine are things to be enjoyed in moderation, not banished forever.
“So often today, people are not thinking about what they eat. We have to eat food that gives us energy; that nourishes us.”
An urban retreat, Hotel Tres is a trendy boutique accommodation in La Lonja in Palma de Mallorca. The roof-top pool and sun terraces are a great place to relax and unwind. […] Hotel Tres in Palma de Mallorca
Ulrika sees something special in the island lifestyle and mentality of Mallorca that is not unlike her beloved summer home of Gotland, an unspoilt province located off the Swedish coast. Her latest book, Ulrika’s Gotland, gives a window into the charming restaurant she opened there – “in a renovated pig shed!”-; of days spent with her family basking in the dreamy natural surroundings and, of course, the wholesome dishes she creates in the kitchen; “my passion, what I truly love doing and for me, like a practice in mindfulness and meditation.”
With its present-day incarnation as a gourmet paradise, Mallorca has the potential to be a wonderful setting for another Ulrika Davidsson restaurant.
“I think that sometime in the not-too-far future I will have a home here, perhaps in Es Molinar, with the cycle path next to the sea… so much life. I love that area.”
Foodies should watch this space; and in the meantime, feel their taste buds liven and energy levels soar by sampling a Ulrika-created brunch or lunch at Hotel Tres. Truly a match made in Scandinavian food heaven.