Mallorca is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, with crisp white beaches, rolling countryside scenery, and ancient picturesque towns. The island’s history is chequered with settlements, invasions, plagues and pirate attacks, which only add to the drama and intrigue of the dramatically rugged coastline, with high cliffs indented by pure, sandy coves and magical caves.
There are dozens of hotels and resorts encircling the island, like all-inclusive watchtowers full of blissful holiday makers guarding jugs of Sangria, barely aware of the real natural beauty outside the walls that surround them. But there is a better way, the best way, in fact, to experience this incredible island, far from the crowds, amongst real local, island life – Rent a private luxury villa in Mallorca! The privacy and independence of a private villa in Mallorca is perfect for travelers and holiday-makers who insist on the freedom to explore for themselves, to cook their food and not have to fight for space around a crowded pool!
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We went to Travelopo and arranged a private luxury villa in Mallorca for a week, in Pollenca (Pollensa), an ancient town in the far north-west of Mallorca, set up on the hills above the historic Port of Pollensa (Pollenca).
Our Luxury Villa in Mallorca
A luxury villa in Mallorca is all about having everything you want and need under one roof…And more!
Luxury villa in Mallorca – Spacious living room and beamed ceiling
When we arrived at Villa La Rafal Den Angels, the first thing we noticed was the tranquility. Walking up the gravel driveway and through the front doors into the spacious, open-plan lounge and dining room with big comfy sofas under a high-pitched ceiling lined with traditional exposed beams. The only thing separating the substantial, granite-topped kitchen from the rest of the villa was a sleek breakfast bar, connecting the chef with the guests over a few glasses of wine.
Luxury villa in Mallorca – Generous master bedroom
The three country-cottage-style bedrooms, two twins and one double, were comfortable and uncomplicated with everything you need. The two twin rooms shared a generous bathroom and large walk-in shower, with bright white walls, big floor tiles, and more beautiful beams. The double bedroom was huge and spacious, looking out onto the back garden and the pool. The en-suite master bathroom had a luxurious, full-sized bath and a separate walk-in closet and dressing room.
The Luxury Villa Garden
The back of this luxury villa was the highlight, though, because when we walked out through the big double patio doors, we were stunned by a huge expanse of garden, with a carpet of thick green grass punctuated with fruit trees surrounding the crystal blue, 8-metre long swimming pool.
Luxury villa in Mallorca – Countryside views and Mount Puig
Walking out into the garden, we realized that our luxury villa was surrounded by countryside and rolling, grassy scenery, with a commanding view of the Puig Maria Mountain and an ancient monastery perched on its summit. When we weren’t exploring the coastline, the old town, and the inland rural villages, we just chilled out on the sun loungers, floated in the pool and cooked up fresh seafood and kebabs on the outdoor grill just to one side of the pool, next to the covered patio dining area.
The Old Town of Pollenca (Pollensa)
The best part of this luxury villa was the location, tucked away behind the old Roser Vell chapel, just outside the town of Pollenca (Pollensa), which despite the peace and privacy is only minutes away on foot. Winding, medieval lanes and public squares are perfect for exploring little shops, art galleries and relaxing in shaded coffee shops surrounded by locals and tourists who blend in with one another, daily life going on, uninterrupted and unspoiled by the influx of tourists who come for all the same reasons the locals stay.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Pollenca.
Other things we did with our week in a luxury villa in Mallorca
The Palma Aquarium, Mallorca
Only one hour away from our luxury villa, with 55 aquariums and 700 different species of sea life from around the world.
Exploring caves and underground lakes
The rocky coast of Mallorca is dotted with sandy coves and hidden caves, the largest of which, the Caves of Drach (Dragon Caves), hides a 115-metre underground lake, which we crossed in a small wooden boat, with a short concert by four classical musicians at the end.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Cuevas del Drach.
Exploring the real, rural Mallorca
The coastline of Mallorca is amazing, but most of the real Mallorca life is to be found inland, away from the tourists and resorts. We visited small, traditional towns, bought fresh fruit at local markets and helped to make our BBQ lunch at an old farm villa.
Luxury villa in Mallorca – Rural towns and local markets
Make the most of your time in Mallorca, keep your independence, your freedom and explore this little piece of paradise the way you want to, with a luxury villa in Mallorca.
Note: We were guests of the hotel, and all opinions and text are all mine!
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