Popular for weddings and other celebrations, the Valldemossa Hotel is a spectacularly located luxury boutique hotel (a member of Relais & Chateaux). It is also close enough to Palma – around a 25-minute drive – to come here for a special lunch or dinner in the restaurant.
The hilltop setting, combined with the light interior décor and good food should make any meal here memorable. Whether you dine indoors or on the romantic terrace, you’ll be drinking in glorious views of the Tramuntana and the Real Cartuja (where Chopin famously stayed). Classic elegance, superior quality and a high appreciation for all things traditional is how one can best describe the mood. This is, after all, a restaurant in which the Spanish King Felipe, and his glamorous wife Queen Letizia have dined.
The chef Ricardo Rossi and his brigade offer innovative cuisine and tempting menus, based on fresh seasonal local produce. At lunchtime there’s a bistro menu, including grilled fish of the day, homemade burgers, and salad; at night you can dine à la carte. For starters, the scallops with pork jowl, rocket, sun-dried tomato pesto and beetroot gelee is beautifully presented and hits all the right notes in terms of flavour. The fried John Dory main course is served with prawn ravioli, red onion, curried mussels and sea urchin is imaginative and tasty. Valldemossa is famous for the coca de patata and for dessert, we recommend the restaurant’s version, Valldemossa toast of sweet potato sponge.
The restaurant also offers a good children’s menu and in the summer they organise entertaining jazz lunches. D.O. wines from Mallorca and Spain are on the extensive wine list. The prices reflect the location and its many attributes.
The Valldemossa Restaurant offers top-class food and warm, friendly service in an intimate romantic environment, with breathtaking views over the village. One can’t help but think that if the Valldemossa Hotel and Restaurant had existed in the late 1830s, the writer George Sand would have been reminded of the glamour of her life in Paris – and written a very different account of her winter in Mallorca!