Senior Corporate & Leisure Travel Advisor Sandra Reig jetted off to Spain and the South of France for a quick taste of Majorca, Barcelona, Cote d’Azur and Provence.
Q: Your journey began in Majorca at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, recently awarded the #1 hotel on Conde Nast’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Spain. What are your impressions of Majorca?
I loved Majorca. Upon arrival at the hotel I dropped my bags and set off to explore the old town. By horse and cart I wheeled past 12th century churches and buildings and even a thousand year old olive tree in the square.
After meandering back to the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular for a 3 course sumptuous dinner at Quadrat (the hotel’s main restaurant), I sunk into bed dreaming of the Majorca of yore.
Q: Tell us about the Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Gran Son Net?
The Gran Son Net is a 17th century private estate turned luxury hotel. Situated in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, retreat to cycling, hiking, mountain climbing, horse riding and golf. Or if you want to completely relax by the pool, you’ll have three to choose from. My delectable dinner at Oleum revealed that the centrepiece of the restaurant was an original olive oil press dating back to the 17th century.
Q: Next onto Barcelona!
I lunched at the trendy Wittmore Hotel located between Gothic and El Born in the heart of the old town. Then I got lost in Barcelona’s small streets full of life and music.
Venturing out of the city into the countryside, I arrived in the late afternoon to the amazing Relais and Chateaux Mas de Torrent located in the Costa Brava area of Spain. Mas de Torrent was formerly a Catalan farmhouse dating back to 1751.
The hotel is located on beautiful grounds with a main pool as well as private villas with their own pools. They also have a separate spa/wellness centre with sauna, indoor pool, massage/treatment rooms. Nearby guests can hot air balloon, cycle or hike. The beaches of the Costa Brava are also not far from the hotel.
Q: The next day found you driving to Provence to stay at Baumaniere Les Baux de Provence.
This beautiful property is set amongst mountains and medieval towns, amazing. The essence of Provence is driving around and getting lost in the stunning countryside, stopping along the way to have lunch at a winery or finding the perfect cheese. That night I experienced a light show in an old quarry called Carrieres de Lumieres, and after the show I wandered the medieval town of Les Baux de Provence dating back centuries. For dinner a gastronomic feast awaited in their 2 michelin star restaurant Oustau de Baumaniere.
Q: The next morning you drove to Castillon du Gard and stayed at the Vieux Castillon. Tell us about the hotel and visiting the Pont du Gard.
The next morning after breakfast I headed off for a two hour drive for the last night at the Vieux Castillon stopping in beautiful townships along the way to savour local French cuisine and scenery. After a light lunch I headed to the Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct standing for centuries from approx. 40-50 AD.
The final night in France was spent at the beautiful Vieux Castillon where I was treated to an impeccable dinner from the chef who trained under the 2 Michelin star chef Remi Giraud of Domaine des Hauts de Loire! Heaven. Sadly the next morning it was time to say goodbye as the staff wished me bon voyage departing for Marseilles airport.