The five-star Belmond La Residencia in Deià is situated in the charming mountain village of Deià – once home to the famous English writer Robert Graves – the tiny pueblo has been attracting international bohemians for decades. Writers, celebrities, musicians and artists choose La Residencia for the extraordinary service, landscape, the light, and to feed their creativity. El Olivo, the hotel´s fine dining restaurant, has cuisine that is equally satiating.
El Olivo boasts one of the best views over the magical village of Deià, and sitting outside on the terrace under the jasmine pergola with a cold glass of cava is why you come here. Executive chef Guillermo Méndez and his team offer the best of Mediterranean and Mallorcan cuisine with the majority of the ingredients coming from the hotel’s own vegetable garden and the local village.
Nicola Santificetur is the gracious maître d’. The excellent wine list regularly achieves an Award of Excellence from the prestigious ‘Wine Spectator’. Candelabras, flowers and intimate tables in cosy corners add to the romantic ambience. Paintings by local artists decorate the walls, and some of the plates used are exclusively handcrafted by a local glass artist for specific dishes.
The cuisine in the restaurant is nouveau international. There’s a choice of à la carte dishes and four different tasting menus to choose from. A salad of fresh vegetables with lavender vinaigrette is fragrant and delicious. Wild sea bass served with buttered seaweed and plankton is interesting and light, while a roast duck with beetroot and pine honey is rich with flavour notes that are familiar and inventive. From the ’Classics‘ menu the Sóller prawns cooked in salt with sea beans is a standby; the prawns are sweet and the beans flavourful.
The hotel has two restaurants, and Café Miro, El Olivo’s counterpart, is more casual, serving traditional tapas and Mallorcan comfort food facing the mountains of the Tramuntana.
Booking essential. Open for dinner only, lunch can be arranged for special groups.