NEW GARDEN & RESTAURANT IN BUZZING EL TERRENO

TRANSFORMATIONAL TAPAS – COME FOR JAPAS!

Palma’s new boho chic hangout is a charming restaurant oasis in El Terreno.

Hostal Corona & Japas Garden is where Scandi flair meets Mediterrasian vibes.

”We just knew this was our place”, say the co-owners Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman.

It is hidden away on a narrow street in Palma’s most iconic tourist area El Terreno.

The neighbourhood is a bit like a beautiful sleeping princess waiting for a prince to show up. Now the suitor is literally on his way to deliver the kiss. The old party area at Plaza Gomila is about to come to life again as seven new quality hotels are being built.

The entire area is expected to explode.

A few streets higher up on the hill, passers by catch a glimpse of palm trees, greenery and an alluring new chill out space on the rambling hillside through stylish iron gates. The place literally oozes of Art Déco and has lots of charming little nooks and crannies.

Here, near the woods of Castillo de Bellver, the young Swedish entrepreneurs Camilla Broman and Ida W Rådsten, are launching a project in a house from the year 1910, bursting with hippy vibes and recently infused with shabby chic innovation.

Gingerbread house

”Lots of people say they used to play table tennis here in the old days. We love the relaxed garden ambiance – but the table tennis just had to go!”, says Ida W Rådsten, as she explains the philosophy behind the changes they have made at Hostal Corona.

Cultivating the soul of the gingerbread house is key. The signature oxidized red colours have been spruced up with black and gold details, giving the laid back ambiance a plush vibe, but the relaxed ambiance and the fabric garden lamps remain the same.

Despite their youth, Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman have impressive backgrounds in the restaurant business in Scandinavia.

”I was planning on starting a restaurant in Stockholm”, says Camilla Broman.

”When Ida told me about her restaurant and lounge idea at Hostal Corona, I got excited at the thought of embarking on an adventure together in Palma instead.”

Tapas and Japas!

For the two co-owners it was the most natural thing in the world to import chefs from Sweden to give their restaurant project in Mallorca a cutting edge.

Two top creative forces are working among the pots and pans in the open kitchen on the first floor. Chefs Bettina Petersen and Samuel Lewén used to work at culinary hot spots such as EastBerns and Vedholms Fisk in Stockholm, specializing in Asian delicacies.

”We have Japas here instead of tapas”, says Ida W Rådsten, with a smile.

”Sushi and other Asian tapas are such delicious summer foods.”

”It is going to be totally possible to have Spanish cold cuts and great wines too in my wine cellar. All ten members of our staff have attended a wine course too”. says Camilla Broman, who is launching Broman’s Bodega in a picturesque part of the garden entrance, where a growing old olive tree supports a beautiful bar made of olive wood. Camilla Broman’s extensive knowledge of international wines, and her recent in depth studies of Spanish and Mallorcan wines, give the restaurant a cultured viticultural backbone.

Private dining

One of the top attractions is just to sit in the garden enjoying a drink from the generously supplied bar, while sampling exciting Asian snacks from the Bar Menu.

Another is the cosy option of dining near the garden entrance in a chambre separée. Upstairs, where the main restaurant is located, there is yet another room for guests who wish to enjoy their food and drinks in a more private ambiance. If you climb higher up still in the lovely villa, you reach the hostel rooms and a balcony with sea views.

”We are opening the restaurant Japas Garden first and the hostel will happen later”, says Ida W Rådsten.

All over the premises there is an abundance of decorative little gold crowns – all part of the heritage. The former owner Tófol Navarro took over the hostel 34 years ago.

Hostal Corona

”I was born in the Calle Santa Rita right next door to the hostel. and have experienced the height of El Terreno’s existence, as well as it’s lowest points. And now it’s about to get back to its former glory days again”, says Cristóbal ”Tófol” Navarro.

”When my former wife and I took over, the hostel had been running since 1952, and prior to that it was a private house. When we bought it the garden was a parking lot. We made everything grow there and brought a lot of ideas to the garden from all our travels.”

A crown in Spanish is ”una corona”. Tófol believes the name of the hostel comes from the association with the nearby Bellver Castle.

”Kings live in castles, and they used to wear crowns in the old days”, he says.

Hostal Corona’s name will remain the same, despite any possible controversy that could be linked with the health condition by the same name.

”We feel the name will spark interest”, say Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman. And lots of the islands’ well positioned influencers, invited by Hostal Corona & Japas Garden’s COO Eric Franco, came to the opening parties in December 2021. People gathered to check out the new space and sample the yummy food. All eagerness and anticipation!

And with delicious food such as sublime sushi and sashimi, tuna tataki salad & chapche sweet potato noodles with mixed vegetables, all paired with top wines, a great atmosphere and a fun crowd, who can resist to visit this new watering hole in Palma?

Text Charlotte von Proschwitz Photo Thomas Engström

TRANSFORMATIONAL TAPAS – COME FOR JAPAS!

Palma’s new boho chic hangout is a charming restaurant oasis in El Terreno.

Hostal Corona & Japas Garden is where Scandi flair meets Mediterrasian vibes.

”We just knew this was our place”, say the co-owners Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman.

It is hidden away on a narrow street in Palma’s most iconic tourist area El Terreno.

The neighbourhood is a bit like a beautiful sleeping princess waiting for a prince to show up. Now the suitor is literally on his way to deliver the kiss. The old party area at Plaza Gomila is about to come to life again as seven new quality hotels are being built.

The entire area is expected to explode.

A few streets higher up on the hill, passers by catch a glimpse of palm trees, greenery and an alluring new chill out space on the rambling hillside through stylish iron gates. The place literally oozes of Art Déco and has lots of charming little nooks and crannies.

Here, near the woods of Castillo de Bellver, the young Swedish entrepreneurs Camilla Broman and Ida W Rådsten, are launching a project in a house from the year 1910, bursting with hippy vibes and recently infused with shabby chic innovation.

Gingerbread house

”Lots of people say they used to play table tennis here in the old days. We love the relaxed garden ambiance – but the table tennis just had to go!”, says Ida W Rådsten, as she explains the philosophy behind the changes they have made at Hostal Corona.

Cultivating the soul of the gingerbread house is key. The signature oxidized red colours have been spruced up with black and gold details, giving the laid back ambiance a plush vibe, but the relaxed ambiance and the fabric garden lamps remain the same.

Despite their youth, Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman have impressive backgrounds in the restaurant business in Scandinavia.

”I was planning on starting a restaurant in Stockholm”, says Camilla Broman.

”When Ida told me about her restaurant and lounge idea at Hostal Corona, I got excited at the thought of embarking on an adventure together in Palma instead.”

Tapas and Japas!

For the two co-owners it was the most natural thing in the world to import chefs from Sweden to give their restaurant project in Mallorca a cutting edge.

Two top creative forces are working among the pots and pans in the open kitchen on the first floor. Chefs Bettina Petersen and Samuel Lewén used to work at culinary hot spots such as EastBerns and Vedholms Fisk in Stockholm, specializing in Asian delicacies.

”We have Japas here instead of tapas”, says Ida W Rådsten, with a smile.

”Sushi and other Asian tapas are such delicious summer foods.”

”It is going to be totally possible to have Spanish cold cuts and great wines too in my wine cellar. All ten members of our staff have attended a wine course too”. says Camilla Broman, who is launching Broman’s Bodega in a picturesque part of the garden entrance, where a growing old olive tree supports a beautiful bar made of olive wood. Camilla Broman’s extensive knowledge of international wines, and her recent in depth studies of Spanish and Mallorcan wines, give the restaurant a cultured viticultural backbone.

Private dining
One of the top attractions is just to sit in the garden enjoying a drink from the generously supplied bar, while sampling exciting Asian snacks from the Bar Menu.

Another is the cosy option of dining near the garden entrance in a chambre separée. Upstairs, where the main restaurant is located, there is yet another room for guests who wish to enjoy their food and drinks in a more private ambiance. If you climb higher up still in the lovely villa, you reach the hostel rooms and a balcony with sea views.

”We are opening the restaurant Japas Garden first and the hostel will happen later”, says Ida W Rådsten.

All over the premises there is an abundance of decorative little gold crowns – all part of the heritage. The former owner Tófol Navarro took over the hostel 34 years ago.

Hostal Corona

”I was born in the Calle Santa Rita right next door to the hostel. and have experienced the height of El Terreno’s existence, as well as it’s lowest points. And now it’s about to get back to its former glory days again”, says Cristóbal ”Tófol” Navarro.

”When my former wife and I took over, the hostel had been running since 1952, and prior to that it was a private house. When we bought it the garden was a parking lot. We made everything grow there and brought a lot of ideas to the garden from all our travels.”

A crown in Spanish is ”una corona”. Tófol believes the name of the hostel comes from the association with the nearby Bellver Castle.

”Kings live in castles, and they used to wear crowns in the old days”, he says.

Hostal Corona’s name will remain the same, despite any possible controversy that could be linked with the health condition by the same name.

”We feel the name will spark interest”, say Ida W Rådsten and Camilla Broman. And lots of the islands’ well positioned influencers, invited by Hostal Corona & Japas Garden’s COO Eric Franco, came to the opening parties in December 2021. People gathered to check out the new space and sample the yummy food. All eagerness and anticipation!

And with delicious food such as sublime sushi and sashimi, tuna tataki salad & chapche sweet potato noodles with mixed vegetables, all paired with top wines, a great atmosphere and a fun crowd, who can resist to visit this new watering hole in Palma?

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

FILM IS A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR ALEXANDRA

Actress Alexandra Rapaport filmed ”Mother Goose” (Gåsmamman) in Mallorca with her childhood friend Linda Torkelsdotter Flytström as one of the assistants. 

– We are each others’ lifeline to the past, and love being together on the island.

We have decided on meeting on a modern and elegant restaurant terrace at Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous. There are big lounge chairs in the a beautiful white ambiance, and a fabulous breeze from the beach next door manages to cool us a little in the sweltering July heat. 

 Alexandra Rapaport looks stunning in an airy white and blue summer dress. Her sporty friend Linda Torkelsdotter Flytström is chic in a blue mini. The two of them became great friends when they were just six years old, and spent nine years in the same class at school in Sweden.

– We are more like family, really, says Alexandra Rapaport.

– It’s such a luxury to have a great friend who has been in my life so long, says Linda.

Alexandra became a famous actress in Sweden in 1999 in the film ”Tsatsiki Morsan och Polisen”Since then she has had many successes with TV-series such as ”The Sandhamn Murders” and ”Honour”. 

Penoza became Mother Goose

A few years ago, when Endemol was being launched in Sweden, they wanted to do a remake of the Penoza series in Sweden. Alexandra Rapaport asked if she might be involved in presenting the Swedish version, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

 – I became a mixture of a dramaturge and an editor, says Alexandra.

 When the series was adapted to Swedish circumstances, Alexandra showed the buyers how the story could be told, and suggested that the main character would be called Sonja. When the viewers get to know Sonja Ek in ”Mother Goose”, she is living a normal life enjoying her existence with her beloved family. Her husband Fredrik secretly brings in a little extra on the side to keep the family prosperous, selling marijuana. Suddenly the bubble bursts, and in order to keep her children safe, Sonja is forced to play a dangerous game with organised crime on one side and the police on the other.

– I suppose we have a strong sense of family in common, says Alexandra Rapaport. 

– My family’s holidays together are holy, for instance. I love enjoying Mallorca with them. We make lots of tapas at home and don’t go out much. 

 Alexandra and her director husband Joakim Eliasson are in Mallorca relaxing with their two children Blanca,10 and Elmer, 13, staying in her husband’s family’s apartment near Palma. The kids have a stand up paddle board each, and love bobbing up and down on the waves. Alexandra enjoys taking it easy, sometimes with her friend Linda Torkelsdotter Flytström. But not so long ago they were working together on the island. 

Mallorca became Colombia

– We had some scenes to film for ”Mother Goose” in a Colombian atmosphere for the fourth season of the series, and it seemed like a good choice to do it in Mallorca, and Linda came along to assist us too, says Alexandra.

 – ”Mother Goose” is my baby – it’s my favourite project so far. We ”created” a new airport in Palma at the ferry terminal in Porto Pi, filmed at Hotel Feliz and turned a lovely Mallorcan finca into a Colombian hacienda where one of the characters in the series ”got an eye taken out” in the story…. 

 The idea of filming in Mallorca again appeals to both Alexandra and Linda. 

 – I would love to film more in Mallorca, says Alexandra Rapaport. 

 – It would be nice to be a film crew assistant over here again, says Linda, who normally works with design.

If they come back to film ”Mother Goose” in Mallorca it will certainly be a family project. Alexandra’s husband Joakim Eliasson has taken over as the director of ”Mother Goose”, Alexandra plays the lead and is the executive producer of the series too.

 – When we were searching for a new director I was a bit doubtful at first when my husband’s name was mentioned, says Alexandra. 

 – It’s really important to get the vibe and temperament right. The drama is really strong and there are lots of feelings involved in the series. Eventually the choice did seem logical, as Joakim has been a part of ”Mother Goose” through me. He really has made the TV-series pop now. I am very proud! 

Said ”I do” on the island

Linda and Joakim are both proud of all of Alexandra’s achievements too. Not only does she have prominent acting parts in several TV-series, she is debuting in a film by Martina Haag as well, and she is the executive producer of the TV-series ”Honour” as well. 

 – When Calle Jansson, formerly the head of Discovery Networks Channel 5, asked me to start a production company with him, my husband said ” Congratulations – he is fantastic”, says Alexandra. 

 Alexandra’s and Joakim’s kids have banned all ”shop talk” at home. But it’s getting harder for them to keep the promise as Joakim Eliasson is taking over the director’s chair for the TV-series ”Honour”, where Alexandra plays one of the leads and is the executive producer as well…

 – We have been together for 16 years and married for 12 years and are learning how to talk about work away from home, says Alexandra. 

 – We had a small wedding by the sea here in Mallorca, actually, so this place is more than special to us in many ways! 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

MALLORCA IS IN GREAT DEMAND

One of the amazing stone houses Bjurfors Mallorca has on their site: https://www.bjurfors.se/en/real-estate/spain/for-sale/islas-baleares/nordvast/valldemossa/valldemossa8/

The trade is in beauty and new horizons. No wonder Richard Rasmussen, real estate agent and co-owner at Bjurfors Mallorca, loves his job. 

 – Lately there has been a huge influx of people longing for fabulous countryside homes, says Richard. 

Bjurfors is a Swedish real estate agency founded in 1965, with many international divisions. One of them is in Mallorca, Spain. 

Richard Rasmussen heads the sales department in Palma, and describes how different his world is to that of an estate agent on the Spanish mainland. 

 – In the south of Spain lots of apartments and houses are sold over the phone, explains Richard. 

 – That is because it is possible to buy a property on the mainland for 70.000 euros. In Mallorca prices have remained high because the demand over here is still huge. It is very difficult to find anything at all over here for less than 200.000 euros.

Fabulous and pricey 

Not only do prices vary between Mallorca and the more reasonably priced mainland Spain. In Mallorca there is a huge leap in prices depending on the property at hand as well. 

A normal purchase through Bjurfors Mallorca is a property of 600 – 700.000 euros. Richard gives us a fine example of how prices can go up and mentions a beautiful property in the Tramuntana mountains. 

 – It’s an absolutely amazing place! It’s an old historic finca that has been completely refurbished. It has 15 large bedrooms and the price tag after all the fantastic work that has been done is 44 million euros, he says. 

 – Another absolute top spot is a fortress with both sea and mountain views and 15 bedrooms. A dream!

Richard Rasmussen with colleagues at the Tennis Club in Palma de Mallorca.

Is anyone buying, you ask?

– Yes, there is a lot of interest in expensive properties too, says Richard. 

The actor Michael Douglas’ beautiful white Ibiza-style finca was for sale for a while at 56 million euros. He has said he wanted to sell it because he had access to it only six months a year. 

– In the end he bought his ex-wife Diandra‘s part of the finca and has spent lovely holidays there with his current wife Catherine Zeta Jones and their children, says Richard. 

Owning a place to live in Mallorca is special. Now that we have had time to consider how much we disliked being cooped up in our small homes during the pandemic lockdowns, people are taking out their savings and investing them in a home over here. 

Michael Douglas´ finca in Mallorca.

Top support

Richard Rasmussen is glad to have the invaluable assistance of two more real estate agents at Bjurfors, and two people doing back office work as well. And there are new additions to the team too.

– I am especially glad that Camilla Alverus has joined us as a co-owner of Bjurfors Mallorca and that Sara Mårtensson is our Chief Operating Officer, says Richard.

– When the pandemic came it changed a lot of things for many of us. And Camilla, who works in the hard hit event business, was in a position to join forces with us. I have known her for many years and am very impressed with her work and her dedication. We are so fortunate to have her and Sara. 

Speaking of the pandemic, in what ways do you think Mallorca will change now?

– I think people will rent houses and stay in small boutique hotels instead of large hotels, says Richard. 

 – And people will buy more homes in Mallorca. Buying properties is much better than keeping your money in the bank in this day and age. The UK left the EU and now they would like a golden visa over here, and we can help them with that too. I think there will be less alcohol related travel and more quality tourism from now on.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

ART OUT OF THE BOX

When Ingela Gyllenkrok wasn’t redecorating notable Swedish homes, she would visit horse shows around the world.But one day she decided to make a big change  in her life and move to Mallorca. She bought and remodeled Julian Lennon’s old house in Palmanova. Now it has become a creative heaven for her stunning ceramic boxes.



– I have always loved beautiful packages and boxes, explains Ingela Gyllenkrok, as she opens the door to her fabulous, almost Mexican, hacienda-like home in Mallorca, and shows us a large dining table full of her amazing, colourful artwork. 

There is a clear creative vibe about the place. The house is full of patios, attractive stone sofas with cushions, comfy porches, old cartwheels and lots of lovely flowers and greenery. 

A house with a history.
No wonder.
The villa was designed by the famous Spanish architect Pedro Outzop, the man behind the village-like sea front housing in Cala Fornells, and several other charming Mallorcan areas. Señor Outzop created the villa for himself and his wife Nicole in 1960. 

Many years later, Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon from The Beatles, bought the house. He lived there just before Ingela arrived eight years ago.  Ingela Gyllenkrok’s keen eye for houses and interior design was formed at an early age.
– I grew up on a farm in the countryside called Idingstad outside Linköping in Sweden, in an area with a lot of history from the viking era, says Ingela.  

– In 1963 my father brought back some Purebred Arabian horses to the farm and that was the beginning of a lifelong love and admiration of this wonderful breed.-We began breeding these beautiful animals at just the right time, and little by little we learned how to understand the breeding lines and features really well and created a well known stud farm The family business almost became  Ingela’s entire life, but somehow she managed to have time to get married and have two daughters, Anna and Alice too. 

Ingela had a knack for it. She loved working with horses and got to take them to shows all over the world. Nowadays a lot of the breeding is done via the internet and banks of frozen sperm. 
– The crown prince of Saudi Arabia invites a few horses from outside Saudi Arabia  every year to be part of  a large horse show in Saudi, says Ingela.  – When my stallion was invited to take part, I got a personal invitation to go too, otherwise I would have had a visa problem. Everything was paid for. My horse was among the top five. It was a great honour. Despite her aptitude for horse breeding, Ingela started another business as well.
She was asked if she knew someone who might take over an interior decoration shop. 
– I thought it might be a good idea for me, says Ingela.
 
Decorating notable homes 
– The shop went well, but I was getting lots of offers to renovate and decorate people’s homes to such an extent that I had to give up the shop in Malmö and work full time with different projects. Eventually I also got some big projects in the Ukraine and worked there on and off for 10 years,  Ingela Gyllenkrok’s daughters grew up and moved to London. Meanwhile, Ingela was living in a big house in the south of Sweden, wondering what to do next.

– I decided to stay in London for a while, and soon realized I was ready for another adventure in life, says Ingela.  – I thought about going to Italy first, but thought I I might be lonely there. Next I considered  Mallorca.  Ingela looked at some houses online and found one she liked. It used to be Julian Lennon’s, but at the time she had no idea that was the case.

When she visited Mallorca she saw a number of other houses to have something to compare with, but she had known it from the start. She promptly fell head over heels with what was to become her new home.
– There was a lot to do, but I Iove renovating . As you can see I am no minimalist, and I adore lots of strong colors and different styles! Ingela’s home is deliciously well decorated and everything is in its own perfect place. There is a wonderful sense of calm in the courtyard, where Ingela loves having a gin and tonic with visiting friends. Two little miniature metal horses prop up the door to the kitchen. 

– They are awards from the breeding shows, says Ingela, who still co-owns five purebred Arabian horses who are stabled in a beautiful training and breeding farm in France. But after her move to Mallorca eight years go, Ingela longed to be creative again.  – I wanted to take up ceramics, but my back wasn’t in good enough condition to work on the wheel  so I decided to start creating boxes and other ceramic items by hand.

Exhibiting ceramic boxes
Before Ingela makes a new box out of mud, she needs to think carefully about the process.  

– Getting the lines straight is critical, and when you move the pieces they  are very delicate and can easily break before they have been fired. – Once I sit in my little workshop I am almost captive there between five and eight hours to get a piece ready. Ingela Gyllenkrok makes affordable art with prices between 400 and 1200 euros.

Apart from all the delightful boxes in yellow, orange, green, red and blue, there are bowls, candlesticks, plates and more …
Once Ingela has taken her art to be fired, the next process is glazing the ceramics, which entails a lot of chemistry. Each of her pieces of art takes takes between 8-12 hours to create. – I was just about to have an exhibition in Sweden last summer when Covid happened, says Ingela.  – I had a  pop up exhibition for a few hours  in my house 2019 and it was great fun.
I sold  almost everything I had in just three hours!  
Now Ingela is planning another exhibition.
Watch this space for the time and the place!

You can contact Ingela via email: ingelagyllenkrok42@gmail.com

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

THE CONCEPTION OF A PALMA PALACE HOTEL

Palma’s new pride and joy is an ex soap factory, originally built in 1576, with stunning vaults in the ceiling.
Golden stone, brass walls and green tiles – a sublime Scanditerranean style – shows off the brand new Hotel Concepció by Nobis.

The concept of the elegant boutique hotel Concepció by Nobis in Palma was born on the day the building was purchased in 2016, when around 3.000 pigeons had made it their home. Today the birds have flown away, and 31 elegant hotel rooms have being deliciously decorated there instead. The Dux beds are tucked in with first class Egyptian cotton sheets and the elegant furniture has been shipped from Denmark and Croatia. 

Mysteriously some Mallorcan newspapers recently reported that Hotel Concepció was going to be taken over by the Marriott chain. That rumour is untrue, says Nobis Group.

Nobis owned – and nothing else

– Nobis does collaborate with Design hotels,and that company was bought by Marriott recently, but Hotel Concepció belongs to Swedish Nobis hotels and is going to continue to be run that way, says Ralf Thalén, head of business development at hotel Concepció by Nobis.

Ralf Thalén is a former restaurateur in Stockholm who co-owned restaurants such as Grodan, Victoria and Biblos. He started J Restaurant and Hotel J in Nacka Strand before he joined forces with Sandro Catenacci at Nobis and sold J Restaurant and J Hotel to him.

Nobis CEO Sandro Catenacci, owns seven other hotels of varied sizes in Scandinavia – one of them, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, is in Denmark, and the rest – Stallmästaregården, Hotel Miss Clara by Nobis, J hotel and restaurant, Blique by Nobis, Nobis Hotel Stockholm, Hotel Skeppsholmen by Nobis, – are all in Stockholm.

Hotel Manager Jonathan Liu.

This is the first hotel for the Nobis Group outside of northern Europe. The Mediterranean flair of Palma palaces has been paired with cool Scandinavian elegance, and the result is warm, elegant and inviting.  Concepció by Nobis is conveniently located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, offering air-conditioned rooms, a fabulous pool terrace, a 24-hour front desk and proximity to popular attractions like Plaza Mayor, Avenida Jaime lll, Palma Cathedral and lots of bars and restaurants.

Danish furniture

– Come and try this chair, says Ralf Thalén, and points to an interesting looking brown leather chair in the hotel’s impressive lounge area.

 – This is the Spanish Chair, designed in 1958 by Börge Mogensen from Denmark. It is one of my favourite items, the patina of the leather just gets better the more you use it. 

It’s comfortable, and it’s pricey. 4500 euros per chair. Within the hotel, restored spaces are united with materials that will age gracefully through the years such as wood, leather and wool. The Swedish architecture firm Wingårdhs brought a lot to the table, along with local eye-catchers, such as the cream and bottlegreen floor produced by the Mallorcan ceramic tile company Huguet.  

 Restaurant Xalest has a fitted all-day bar . There is a long table for both meetings and meals is in place connected with a large lounge, and outside there is outdoor and indoor dining in front of the hotel for 40 guests, as well as on the pool terrace. Chef Xema Àlvarez’s cuisine embraces the Spanish sharing concept in everything from pintxos to tapas, appetizers and entrées.

Now that we have completely fallen under this gorgeous hotel’s spell, Ralf Thalén drops a new bomb on us. 

Planning yet another hotel!

 – We have had the go ahead signal for a second Palma Nobis hotel just five minutes away from Hotel Concepció in Palma’s Old Town, he says. 

 – The new Can Oliver Hotel will perhaps be even more spectacular than this. Many have tried to get permission to build there, and have failed. We got it thanks to the Spanish architectural firms Jordi Herrero Arquitectos och Eduardo Garcia Acuna Arquitecto.

Two large patios and a 120 square metre salon that measures 9 metres from the floor to the ceiling, certainly does sound like spectacular material for a promising new hotel. 

Will the Nobis owned restaurant and night club Café Opera in Stockholm get a Palma branch at Can Oliver?

– That would be really cool, says Ralf Thalén.

Ralf Thalén.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

Cecilia and Dennis said “I DO”!

Booking a wedding during the Covid pandemic has been a risky business for many.
Cecilia Niklasson Österberg and Dennis Adali from Stockholm had many a scary moment during the planning, and for a while it looked grim.
But love conquers all! On June 12th their big day came, and it was so beautiful!

Mallorca is a favourite location for weddings, and the wedding trade was booming until the Covid pandemic came and the subsequent restrictions put a spanner in the works for the industry.

In 2019 about 30.000 couples got married in the Balearic islands. Last year that number was supposed to have been 3.000, but for people in the industry that sounds like a lot of tiny weddings without parties, as the rules for weddings were very severe, which made the business lose 95 % of its turnover.

Lots of weddings were rescheduled first from 2020 to 2021, and then to 2022 as well. Some couples decided to go to the Spanish mainland instead, as 500 guests can attend a wedding in some places there.

Cecilia and Dennis were made of sterner stuff. They had booked the iconic venue Son Marroig in Mallorca and wanted to have their wedding there despite the many obstacles they encountered. 

First it looked as if the curfew might put a stop to the wedding, next it was the guest numbers that might not be allowed, then it was the number of guests allowed at each table and after that the no dancing policy before the ”end the party at midnight” came along.

In order to allow for lots of scenarios the couple’s planners www.mallorcaweddingplanners.com had differents set ups and flower decorations at three different venues, where some of the venues could cope with an earlier time table.

The season started with strong restrictions for all private events in Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands at least until the end of May when only 15 people were allowed at an indoor setting at 30 outside. Not knowing how to plan ahead has probably been the hardest thing for all couples to cope with.

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Being patient and positive through the process has been very important. Recently the rules changed to allow a more interesting 50 guests outside, and 10 people per table instead of just 4, and that was what Cecilia Niklasson Österberg and Dennis Adali had been hoping for. 

– We are so glad – the venue is even lovelier and greener than I thought it would be, says Cecilia. 

 – And we got the place of our dreams! 

 The guests were invited to a lovely ceremony by the Swedish priest Carin Saracco from the Swedish Church in Palma, and then they had a fun cocktail followed by a stunning sunset and a gorgeous fairy light lit dinner with dancing under the stars (in masks of course!).

Congratulations, Cecilia and Dennis, you give us hope and we wish you the best of luck. It is wonderful that the weddings have begun again. The vast majority of professionals working in this sector, such as photographers, organisers or decorators, have closed their premises to cut costs and the most powerful companies are surviving thanks to ICO credits. 

The young couples wanting to start their new life have been hard hit as well. So many of them have had to reschedule their Big Day, which is very stressful. Seeing Dennis and Cecilia enjoying what they had planned and longed for with their loved ones was an immense pleasure. 

 From now on 120 guests can come to Mallorca to enjoy a wedding here, and all of them have to take an anti gene test before the wedding, or have must had two vaccinations. 

With some luck the Covid rules will soften as we go along. Hopefully the party will soon be allowed to go on a little longer, and masks outside may perhaps also not be mandatory. 

Long live LOVE!

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz
Photo: Thomas Engström

KATARINA FOUND POWER WITHIN AND REGAINED HER HEALTH

One day, in April 2020, when Covid-19 was paralyzing the world, Katarina Mannheimer Ahlström looked in the mirror and caught sight of a lump on her left breast.

It was a malignant tumour. Katarina decided to do everything she could to heal. 

 – When I was operated on 12 days later, the tumour had weakened to a degree of 90 percent, says Katarina, who has written a book called ”I will get through this”.

She is a picture of health today, with her blonde hair, slender frame and blue eyes, that reflect both sparkling boisterous light and deep sincerity at the same time.

Katarina Mannheimer Ahlström and I are sitting at a café outside her lovely Palma apartment in Santa Catalina, talking about her healing journey. She has just finished writing ”I will get through this”, a very interesting book about tapping into our inner powers to heal. It is a book that all fellow human beings can be inspired by.

 Like so many of us Mallorca lovers, Katarina feels the pull of Mallorca’s strong energy, and has had a love affair with the island since she was five years old and was taught how to swim here.

 – Mallorca’s wonderful sunshine makes us all feel fantastic, she says.

 – In April last year I actually felt fine too, despite the lump in my breast, but the doctor I went to did an ultrasound and made a biopsy, and recommended that I have an operation whatever the result might be. Just six months earlier I had had a mammogram. I couldn’t help wondering how that lump could just have showed up so quickly out of nowhere.

Journey of the heart 

Katarina works as a conversational therapist and runs an education company called Academy Compassion. She has a Doctor’s degree in Clinical Social Work, specializing in Psychology, at the University of Chicago. 

She knows hypnotherapy and has 15 years of experience in visualization techniques and meditation. Katarina has explored spiritual and mystical traditions, and her first book ”Journey of the heart” was a personal reflection about moving from ego consciousness to the seat of the soul. This knowledge was very valuable during Katarina’s healing. 

 – The week after I had the biopsy, the news was all about the increasing amount of corona deaths in the world, and we were told to keep the distance and wash our hands constantly. I thought I was OK, but I had grade 2 breast cancer on the so called Elstron scale. I heard the warm and kind doctor telling me that this type of cancer is hormonal and easily spreads to first the lymph nodes, then to the brain and the bone structure. He said he wanted to make sure things hadn’t progressed, and wished to remove some lymph nodes.

Katarina’s cancer had been found at an early stage. She was lucky, and got an appointment to have the cancer tumour removed less than two weeks later. Friends were calling to say ”You can do this! If anyone can, it’s you”. 

 Katarina went to work as usual in a small apartment where she had a patient booked for a hypnosis session. She enjoyed the healing energy and the creative flow of the hypnosis, and was just about to leave when her husband called. 

 – Darling, he said to me, I think I am coming down with a cold, says Katarina. 

Quarantined 

They both thought of Covid-19, of course, and Thomas suggested that Katarina be quarantined to avoid picking up something that might prolong or adventure her treatment. 

 – I decided to stay in quarantine in my work apartment and to concentrate on myself and my healing at least leading up to my operation, says Katarina. 

 – The thought of assisting myself and my healing process was amazing. I wanted to tap into all the resources I could imagine that might help the surgical procedures as much as I could possibly do by myself. 

 Eating a healthy diet and skipping meat, fish, dairy, gluten, alcohol and sugar became an important step in the process. Eliminating all forms of stress was another. Making these choices could greatly reduce the level of inflammation in the body. 

 – I wanted the cancer to feel uncomfortable, says Katarina. 

 – I decided to eat tasty, colourful and anti inflammatory food, such as red, green and yellow peppers, spinach, broccoli, red onion, celery, beets, red cabbage, tomato, wild rice, chickpeas and beans, served with spices such as garlic, rosemary, basilica, ginger, turmeric and chili. Because of all the retreats, meditations, hypnosis sessions and a lifetime of studies, Katarina already knew that one of the most important things she could do was to meet any fears that she might be feeling. 

Facing the fear 

– I really made it my mission to meet my feelings head on, she says.

 – Every time I felt the fear approaching, I invited it in and let it soar like a tornado until the feeling just left as suddenly as it had arrived, and I felt calm once more. 

She also intuited that keeping a sense of being at peace would be the most beneficial to her. 

 – I knew that feeling safe and calm, as if I could be healing, was the most important thing I could do in the long run, she says.

 – I concentrated on that above all else. Meditation became more important than ever to me. Katarina wore soft sweaters to feel cared for, went for nice long walks in nature and watched a couple of episodes of ”Friends” every day. The TV-series was a way of laughing a lot, that Katarina’s children had suggested. 

 – I began to realize that I hadn’t been very good at taking care of myself before, and that I had avoided letting my most feminine side blossom, always prioritising a male perspective. 

 – I needed to do something about this imbalance. And in my meditations I felt that the Universe was supporting me. 

Katarina is convinced that we create our lives from the perspective of the thoughts we have and the attitude we live by. The effect a placebo pill has when we believe it is capable of healing is well known and documented. Katarina has seen it proven again and again in her work with hypnosis meditation too. 

Frequencies 

– As you relax you can convince your subconscious that you are being healed, she says. 

 – Our outer reality reflects our inner focus in many ways and ”brainwashing” can actually be used for good purposes too. When we tell ourselves something we wish would happen has already happened, and are grateful for that, we can move mountains.

Healing frequencies became the next big part of Katarina’s healing. Sound frequencies of 444 Hz are not comfortable for cancer cells. 

 – I turned up the volume and used a loudspeaker from my headphones with the very loud screeching sound directed onto my cancer lump. I felt the effect immediately. The tumour started itching and felt like it was healing. I decided to do this morning and night.

Katarina’s operation came and went, and she continued her life in quarantine a little longer, to keep the healing focus during the radiation therapy too. 

Two weeks after the operation she went back to the doctor’s office again. 

 – We can tell you that your lymph nodes were fully healthy, said the doctor to Katarina. 

 – Your prognosis is actually much better now. We don’t really know what happened. Your tumour had hardly any cancer cells left when it was removed during the operation. The tumour actually shrank from 8 to 1% – that means it shrank as much as 90%! ” 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

PALMA INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW IS BACK!

Stunning rows of superyachts and plenty of fun and games with foils and sea scooters. Palma international Boat Show is back after a pandemic pause. 

 Urban Glinning from the glitzy diesel super tender Performance Ribs Mallorca discussed fuel with Martin Gustavsson from the all electric and sustainable Xshore. 

Trouble watching the video on a smartphone or tablet? Use this link: https://youtu.be/mB9AFcarLpo

 – Yours are the future – but our ribs are 22 knots faster, says Urban, with a laugh. 

It wasn’t really a pissing contest, but comments passed just for fun 😉

Urban Glinning showed us Performance Ribs Mallorca’s exhibiting super tender at Palma International Boat Show – it is 13,5 metres long, packs 1050 horsepower, an has a cabin, a toilet and a small kitchen. Absolutely ideal for assisting the large yachts, of course, but also for scouting out locations, doing rescue missions or just going for fast spins at 55 knots… 

 – It takes an hour to go to Ibiza using our super tenders, says Urban, and his colleague Fabri interjects how he was caught in a 40 – 50 knot storm in Ibiza last summer and had to wear snorkelling gear to be able to breathe while driving. 

During a normal high season just one of the three super tenders gets requested between 60 and 80 days.

100 percent electric

Moored right next to Performance Ribs Mallorca was Xshore’s 100 percent electric rib. Martin Gustavsson and his colleagues have sold 40 of them and are in Palma to find more parties that might be interested in selling the all electric boat too. 

 – We do 33 knots as our top speed and are better for the environment, says Martin. 

 – We carry a lot of weight with the batteries and engines, though, which is the only problem we have. The actual charging works the same way diesel fuel does. A meter tells you when you need to fill up, and you can plan this easily. 

 The two competitors Performance Ribs Mallorca and XShore are both interested in environmentally sound solutions and projects, and agreed that they love sustainable options and welcome lots more on the market. 

 Estate Mallorca Magazine is eager to join forces with Ocean Warriors, an environmentally sound initiative Urban and Fabri at Performance Ribs are running. We will organise beach cleans in Mallorca at the end of the season. Watch this space! 

 Ultra cool Awake were showing off their fun foil toy, and Osium had what they described as a scooter, but it looked more like a surfboard with a handlebar. Loads of laughs! 

Live radio broadcasting 

Over at Estela Yachting’s stand among the superyachts,  Melissa Martínez was drawing visitors with her captain’s hat and poses. Cati Moreno was playing live radio there for Who Electronic Radio, collaborating with Radio Italiana Mallorca, and she interviewed Estate Mallorca Magazine regarding our fab new online magazine about Mallorca, ofcourse. 

Yes, you should head over to see all the new global scale boats and nautical equipment. Exhibitors finally get to present their offer in person after several months of business done virtually. The fair includes the Palma Superyacht Show, the exhibition of large yachts with lengths over 24 meters, and a new designed Refit & Repair area, which is specifically aimed to nautical professionals.

To avoid crowds at the boat show, the number of people who are visiting the fair at the same time is limited. There are temperature controls at the entrance gates too. And the tickets – daily pass and professional pass –  can only be bought online at Palma International Boat Show website. 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

A HOME IN MALLORCA IS ON TOP OF THE LIST

Lockdowns have made the world value life more.
Many of us seem to ask ourselves ”where do we really wish to be?” 
 – People take out their savings to use them on something they can really enjoy – such as a home in Mallorca, says Hans Lenz, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers, Mallorca Southwest.

At the top of the real estate tree on the Balearics, Engel & Völkers have a large network of offices and agents. They reside in elegant modern offices with white facades, and the staff is friendly and efficient. 

 Estate Mallorca Magazine met one of their newest agents, Bela Almström Alonso-Castrillo. She was recruited just a few weeks ago, and already she is showing clients amazing properties, such as a round penthouse with 360 degree views at 11,8 million euros.

Bela Almström Alonso-Castrillo.

– My office has a great team of professionals who want to help others. I felt at home here immediately, says Bela. 

 Hans Lenz, Managing Director of Mallorca Southwest in Puerto Portals, the area that sells many of the the most expensive Mallorcan properties, has welcomed Bela with open arms.

 – We have properties in all price ranges, but it is true that we have some expensive estates for sale too, some of them are finca mansions, and most of them are secret estates, says Hans. 

Not only are there some stunning places on the market, but people are buying them too. The average sale at Engel & Völkers was 1,6 million euros in 2020, that is more than the 1,5 million euro average in 2019. Sales went up during the lockdowns, contrary to speculation. 

– We had less activity in 2020, but we had a higher closing rate, explains Hans Lenz. 

– Our clients come out of lockdown deciding that life must be enjoyed. Savings should be used. Now that we are seeing an increased number of flights arriving to the island, we expect more people to follow. We have 3000 listings, but they are decreasing rapidly and people who own properties seem to be hanging onto their homes too … 

The Germans are buying more than other foreigners at around 50 percent, the Brits are buying about 20 percent of the properties, and the Scandinavians 10 percent. The rest of the foreign market is a mixture of different nationalities. 

The property market is making positive noises, but most other business sectors are sadly struggling. 

– The hoteliers in the ”German” areas of Mallorca sound a lot more positive about business than the ones around Santa Ponsa, for example, who have a lot of British clients, says Hans. 

Hans Lenz.

– Tourism and retail are business sectors that have been severely shaken up. We have an opportunity now to reinvent ourselves and to push towards a new future. Repositioning the island is what many business sectors are talking about. 

– We need to ask ourselves if we want more and more people at larger and larger airports, or if we want to create a different future, says Hans.  

Can you give us an example of how the property market can adapt to a different future?

– We are working on several hybrid forms of real estate and tourism, for example, where a hotel can be owned by many people,who each own a room or a suite that they use at leisure. When the room is free it can be rented out as part of the hotel business, operated by the hotel. There might be a 51% owner of the hotel, and the rest of the rooms are sold to people who use them as they wish, and earn money on their investment when they are not there. 

 This is not time sharing, as the owners of the hotel rooms actually own the rooms and can sell them if they wish. 

 – Another example of fractional ownership would be to have four families with 500.000 euros, who either know each other or not, come together and buy a 2 million euro finca to share. Agreements would be organised on who goes to the finca at what time, and the owners can sell their share when they wish. 

Mallorca is in need of affordable housing, especially for younger people on the islands. Are some older hotels possible for projects like that? 

– There are a lot of social housing laws that haven’t changed here since 2007, says Hans. 

 – It’s a hot potato that gets passed around. Developers would like to contract housing at affordable prices, but it is economically impossible to build at prices round 200.000 € with the current cost of land and the existing building parameters. Politicians are screaming for money, but I think there will be an opening for foreign investment. 

 – The hotel sector is opening up to transforming third and fourth line hotels into affordable housing projects. We also have a lot of new types of tourism such as winter tourism, health and treatment tourism and tourism for the third age. We need to think out of the box to create a new reality. First the pandemic put us in a state of shock, then we began to feel hope and next we have reached reality where we need to deal with the new situation at hand.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE IN MALLORCA

Sandie and Steven from Paris fell in love with each other first, then with Mallorca. 

 A ceremony by the sea was the plan, but it was an inland finca that swept them off their feet. 

 – Finca Son Togores is exquisite and Fosh catering’s food is superb! 

The Galician beef tartare canapés, the Marinated langostinos with quinoa and yellow gazpacho along with the Veal sirloin and caramelized onions, had them oo-ing and ah-ing in that typical endearing French way. 

After almost five months without being able to go to a restaurant, Sandie Piron and Steven Boisdefer from Paris sampled their wedding food. And they were more than delighted.

This past year they have been extremely patient. Originally they chose a wedding venue by the sea, but the price had more than doubled since they made their original booking in 2019.

 – We like the sea views at our first venue, but thought we could find another good option, says Steven.                                                        

– Our new venue has turned out to be even better than what we originally planned for!          

The pandemic certainly hasn’t made it easy for wedding couples since March 2020. So many obstacles involving travel, health issues, lockdowns and regulations have surrounded events and celebrations in particular. 

 On May 21st, 2021, Sandie and Steven were finally able to lift from Orly, and their plane landed at Son Sant Joan airport outside of Palma in the afternoon. 

 The venue hunting started immediately in the 26 degree Celsius sunshine. Several beautiful ceremonial spots by the sea were inspected, as well as fincas, hotels and other stunning locations for weddings. 

 – We thought the sea and mountain views in the heavenly village of Deià were fabulous, but the location didn’t feel quite right for us. 

 Some ceremonial spots by the sea near Palma were inspected, and Sandie and Steven decided on a hotel by the sea for their wedding accommodation, but they started to get more and more sure that a finca was what they really wanted for the wedding party. 

 – When we came to Finca Son Togores we knew we had found our spot. The owners are charming and the venue is very beautiful. There are so many great possibilities for the ceremony, and we have yet to decide which one is best for us. But this is absolutely our place! Luckily our wedding planner Mallorcaweddingplanners had booked a tasting at Fosh catering, who do the exclusive catering at Son Togores, so we could sample the venue’s food too. 

 Sandie and Steven inspected the tableware while they were sipping the cocktails. They decided which of all the masses of yummy canapés they preferred for their cocktail hour. They chose 12 canapés, and ordered a double ration of the two canapés they were particularly fond of, to make it a total of 14 canapés. Sandie and Steven then tried three starters, three main courses and three desserts too! 

 – We are French, and people in France love great food and fabulous wines, so we are very picky. We are really impressed with the food and with the service! There is only one thing we want to work a little longer at – wines – we have some wine buffs coming to the wedding… 

Maria the maitre and David the chef at Fosh Catering were more than eager to help, and it was decided that the sommelier will work on some excellent suggestions for a special wine tasting in November, when Sandie and Steven will come back to try all their food choices again, paired up with several exceptional wines. 

– Mallorca is fantastic and we are so glad to be going ahead with our wedding again now!

 Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.

AN ORANGE VALLEY VENUE DREAM

Mallorca is ideal for weddings at fabulous finca venues.

Imagine welcoming the guests with a cool drink in a picturesque village square.
Next a donkey and cart arrives to take a few of the guests for a ride, while the rest stroll down a garden path to where a glorious Mallorquin possessió is waiting … 

Chic white parasols and panama hats are handed out to the guests as they walk together in the lovely sunshine towards the shiny white finca facade. 

Beautiful balustrades and willowy trees surround the upper levels of the garden. A stone folly, partially overgrown with ivy, has been styled with comfortable cushions, elegant candelabras and fresh flowers. A cute rustic market stand with wooden boxes, greenery, baskets, herbs, oranges, lemons and a display of sweet flowers, offers thirst quenching cava and orange sangría from pretty water dispensers. It is all in celebration of love!

Below the upper terrace, the lawn is adorned with altar decoration with lots of flowers and greenery in front of ceremonial seating. A Spanish guitar player strikes up a catchy Spanish tune. Nobody can escape the great vibe of the Mallorcan moment.

Meanwhile the bride is having final touches made to ensure that her beauty is dazzling. The bridesmaids are fanning her with Spanish abanico fans, and the best man is making sure that the rings really are secure in his coat pocket.

On being discreetly nudged by the wedding planners, the groomsmen start ushering the happy guests to the ceremonial spot, while the groom catches a word with the wedding celebrant. Oh yes, and the photographer and video photographer are in place….

There is lots of anticipation in the air. Just at the the right moment the entrance music strikes up and a bevy of attractive bridesmaids starts walking down the aisle. A huge sigh is heard from the crowd as the beautiful bride comes down the aisle with her doting father. And so the love fest begins, specially tailored to fit the personal tastes of the wedding couple. Their wedding planners are making sure that all the details are in place and that the happenings all align in accordance with the agreed plan of the day. 

Inside the finca, five double rooms have been offered to the couple and their closest circle. Outside the finca the wooden dinner tables look charming with garlands of greenery and flowers, and the fairy lights and candles are ready to twinkle when the time is right. 

Behind the scenes the caterers are preparing an abundant cocktail and an even more amazing feast. A waiter is filling up glasses with cava champagne for the toast. A baker is making the final touches to the wedding cake while the band members are checking their instruments.

Tech crews, light crews, DJ’s, entertainers, special entrances, requested sound bytes and lots more all need to be staged and arranged in advance. Inside the finca a Plan B area has been prepared in case of possible freak weather. Transport is pre-booked for the departure.

Visits, introductions, tastings, trials and lots of lovely moments of planning and laughter go into these amazing celebrations of love. And finding the best venues to offer all the great international couples is an important part of the wedding planning work too. Magicmed’s wedding division www.mallorcaweddingplanners.com has just revamped their website and includes this amazing orange valley finca venue 33 in their venue selection. They bid you welcome to the magical world of Mallorca! 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Video: Thomas Engström.

FIRST LINE SEAVIEW DUPLEX IN PORT DE POLLENCA

Dreamy vistas of the beach, the sea and the mountains as far as you can see! 

Located by the famous Pine Walk, this duplex apartment offers a rare chance to own a brilliant holiday property in the best Port de Pollenca area.

Get sand between your toes and go downstairs for a swim in the mornings wearing a bathrobe over your bathing suit, if you like. Having an apartment in a prime location comes with fringe benefits. 

Take the lift back to the 4th floor after your swim. Enter a fully reversible airconditioned apartment and have breakfast at a 4 person table on the balcony, or go upstairs to the fifth floor, where the bigger balcony is, and enjoy the priceless views with more visitors. The large terrace, that you share with other tenants, is located there too.

”Everyone” wants to own a property on the Pine Walk, and this two floor dream home is situated in a prime position. The town centre with its restaurants, banks and yacht marina is just a few minutes away on foot.

As you access the apartment you walk through the hall that is adjacent to the kitchen, and enter the living room with the lovely sea views and smaller balcony. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms on this level. A spiral staircase connects you with the upstairs area with one bedroom, a bathroom and the larger balcony that enjoys even lovelier sea, pine tree, mountain and beach views.

Port de Pollenca is one of Mallorca’s prime holiday spots with its international yacht marina, great social scene, lovely water sports and great opportunities for golf. Pollenca has a 9 hole golf course, and Alcanada golf is a stunning 18-hole course.

Sales contact: estate@estatemallorcamagazine.com

Phone: +34687934707

Reference: EMM5

PRICE: 950.000 €

The apartment is 124 square metres large with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a terrace, 2 balconies, fitted wardrobes, reversible aircon/heating, a lift 

Take the rare chance to own a brilliant holiday property in Port de Pollenca’s best area. Contact us now to arrange a viewing.

The emblematic Pine Walk is just a step away!

Everything in Port de Pollenca is near. Driving to Palma takes about 45 minutes.

Local tips include:

¤ While there is no shortage of lovely beaches in Port de Pollenca, one of the very best beaches on the island with powder sand and clear water is a must visit – the Formentor beach. Take the ferry from Port de Pollenca pier or brave the mountain roads!

¤ Go for a bike ride or a car trip to Can Vidalet bodega to sample some of the lovely local wines.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

WAS COLUMBUS FROM MALLORCA?

Officially, history states that Columbus was Quidem-Colonus Genovés, 1451 – 1506, a poor and mediocre wool carder and tavern keeper from Genoa, Italy. 

Nevertheless, an inordinate amount of documents exist that indicate otherwise. According to them, Columbus, or Cristóbal Colom, 1460 – 1506, was in fact born in Mallorca, and had King Fernando and Queen Isabel of Spain as his uncle and aunt. The Spanish king and queen funded Columbus’ first expedition. According to the documents in Mallorca, Columbus approached them in the Almudaina palace in Palma, and not on the mainland. 

The Mallorcan theory states that Columbus/Colom was the son of Don Carlos, Prince of Viana (King Fernando’s brother) and a Mallorcan lady, Margalida Colom. In Felanitx there is an old noble house that is said to be the place where Colom/Columbus was born. 

When he arrived in America he founded a convent and called it San Salvador, which is interesting, as there is a monastery by that name just outside of Felanitx. 

One can read about all this in English in The True Christopher Columbus (An Ancient Lie Exposed) by B. Costa-Amic, and in Spanish there are many books by the same autor— La Mallorquinidad (Catalanidad o Hispanidad) de Colom, el Almirante de la Mar Oceana, a collection of documents and arguments in favor of the Mallorcan origin of Columbus.

Certainly “Colom” is a very common surname in the Balearic Islands, and the specialized Genealogy web: https://es.geneanet.org/genealogia/colom/COLOM states there are 16.307 references to this surname in Spain whereas there are only 63 in Italy. 

Text: Astrid A. Möller

DIVINE VINEYARD AND FINCA HOTEL PROJECT

Invest now, and influence the development of the fully licensed 28 hotel rooms, restaurant, terrace, courtyard, pool, spa and mountain glamping areas.

Would you like to own an exquisite five star finca vineyard hotel?

Invest now, and influence the development of a fully licensed Hotel Rural with 28 rooms, a restaurant, terrace, courtyard, pool, spa and mountain glamping areas just 35 minutes from Palma.

The lovely old ”possessió” finca is located in one of Mallorca’s most beautiful valleys and has sublime views of the countryside.

The current owner was told the hotel license was going to take a maximum of two years to prepare, and after three years and more waiting, life just had to move on. Five years passed, and now the license has finally arrived, thus presenting a golden opportunity for a Mallorca lover who enjoys fincas, great wine, fabulous farming and a top hotel project.

The Hotel Rural is being created in 18th century buildings and 28 hotel rooms have been approved, as has a pool and a winery, which you can see in the plans below.

The land that belongs to the Hotel Rural spreads over 72 hectares. Apart from the vineyard there are olive trees, almond trees, alfalfa fields and carob trees, There is a small herd of Dexter cattle and a wolf dog too. The land is rich in water resources and has a 372 metre mountain where a glamping project with tents is being planned.

This project has all the plans in place to convert the original buildings into a boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar, gym, small villa and swimming pool. It has the unique advantage of having a 20 hectare olive grove with trees that are many hundreds of years old, along with an 11.5 hectare vineyard with 8 different types of grapes that can produce of 55,000 litres of wine per year.

The original main house is 2081,3 sqm and located in a raised position, flanked by the Tramuntana mountains with spectacular views of the whole vineyard and surrounding countryside.

The finca has a consecrated chapel, an ancient olive mill, a courtyard and over 1700 square metres of terraces. As the license has been approved now work on the project and the 28 boutique hotel rooms will proceed as planned. The opportune moment to act is now, when the price is at its lowest point, and while there is ample opportunity to influence the building plans still. Otherwise the hotel will be built and sold at a later date.

While visiting, one can easily picture exclusive weddings being held here, and corporate events and holistic retreats would do marvellously there too. Wine and olive oil tours are naturally advantageous with the vineyard and the olive oil production onsite. The hotel-to-be is located just 15 minutes from the sea and 35 minutes from Palma.
Five star hotel project. 

Sales contact: estate@estatemallorcamagazine.com
Phone: +34687934707

Reference: EMM4

Price : 7,5 M€ 

Includes:

Buildings – see plan of existing layout and new bodega.

Land: 72 hectares

Vineyard: An 11.5 hectare area with vines, almost ecological, planted in 2017 to 2019 with Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Chardonnay and many local varieties which is expected to produce 55,000 liters per year on maturity.

Olive grove: A 20 hectare olive oil grove with many ancient trees that produce extra virgin olive oil. Carob and almond trees are grown, and there is a small herd of Dexter cattle.

Hunting reserve: Some 40 hectares of pine and oak forest on the mountain provide a hunting reserve where wild goats, fowl, hares and rabbits can be hunted.

Water: Two deep drilled wells produce enough water for the hotel and vineyard and there is permission to drill for more if needed. A reservoir holds 650.000 litres of good drinking water. There are also many natural wells on the land.

A Machine park with tractor, trailer, stone crusher, vineyard implements and more.

Additional costs: The completion of the project is expected to cost a further 3 M€ approx.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE WITH CLAIRE

Sometimes lending a friend a helping hand can have unexpected consequences.

Claire Hyde knows. Today she runs Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca with her husband Bernd Filsinger. 

 – It all started as a roller coaster ride when a friend was taken ill, and turned into a business that we love, says Claire, who has become a wedding celebrant herself.

When Claire Hyde came to Mallorca to live in 2015, she started working as a wedding planner at Magicmed Mallorcaweddingplanners, leaving a successful career as Head of Communications at large companies, such as the National Maritime Museum and Kew Gardens in the UK. 

 – One of our celebrant friends, Paul Betts, was suddenly taken ill in 2018. It was soon clear that his recovery was going to be slow and so suddenly, there were 44 weddings to arrange celebrants for – and just a couple of weeks to sort out the whole season. My husband Bernd Filsinger and I wanted to help, says Claire.

Luckily Paul had a booking system in place, but there were lots of gaps in the information we had available. We hired two wedding celebrants and trained two more. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride with weddings on remote cliff tops, for example, but we managed to juggle everything and loved the special bond we got with the couples and all in all it was a great adventure.

Paul Betts ended up returning to the UK, and Claire and her German husband Bernd, who had started a small events company earlier, decided to turn it into Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca, a business offering great wedding celebrants to all the wonderful weddings here in Mallorca.

– With my background in communications, and my husband’s in payment technology, we certainly had varied enough backgrounds to support each other. We put together a team of three celebrants – British Paul Archer, German-Swedish Jonas Verner-Carlsson and Swedish Ulf Bernström, and very quickly we were up and running. One of our first bookings was an interesting Chinese wedding at Belmond La Residencia, where the guests didn’t speak any English… 

There was another great challenge at one of Mallorcaweddingplanners’ weddings where Jonas had to learn to speak some Russian and Chinese too, and did it extremely well. The guests were so pleased when he greeted them in their own language.

– Jonas is great at that sort of challenge with his theatre background, says Claire. 

 – They are all fabulous – Paul Archer in his very British way and Ulf with a little cheekiness. It’s interesting that they all very often end up being approached by guests who say ”I expect you must be an old friend of the family”. Of course that isn’t so, but it’s great that they feel the celebrant’s connection with the couple. People give us wonderful testimonials. It was easy to train our celebrants in public speaking and writing personalised scripts for our clients. They all had lots of relevant experience but it’s also something I used to do when media training colleagues as Head of Communications. I was a guest lecturer myself in communications for 10 years too.

 One pair of shoes at Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca still needed to be filled, however. Until very recently there was no female celebrant to be found. 

 – Yes, I am delighted to be stepping into those shoes, says Claire, who will still be running Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca with Bernd, and working as a wedding planner. 

 – All celebrants need to have gravitas. But where men have a more vicar-like function there is an added warmth that can be brought by a female celebrant. For us at Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca it is great to have several celebrants too, as we often get asked to do several weddings on the same day.

Why do you think it’s a bad idea to have a friend of the family lead the ceremony? 

 – A friend will take it very seriously but often they will be starting from scratch with no ceremony backbone or structure, and without the words that create that special emotional feeling, says Claire.

 – The ceremony sometimes becomes very long, and seems more like an after dinner speech than a ceremony, which is a problem because it is so disorienting. Guests feel that they have somehow ended up at the end of the wedding, not the beginning. And often a friend is not well versed in what to do with ushers,  microphone technique, cueing the music, getting out of the photographs when this is customary, and so on, and that affects the flow of the ceremony.

What makes a ceremony ”good” ? 

– One of the most important things is that people need to feel completely comfortable. We want the couple to feel confident and supported throughout. The ceremony needs to be professional and free of anxiety, says Claire.

 – When someone takes charge and is able to guide everyone where to go, sit and what to do it calms people’s nerves. Liaising with the techies, caterers and so on is something we celebrants do as well, especially if there is no wedding planner. It is very important for the ceremony not to be too long. 

Has celebrating the love between two people become more personal? 

 – Yes, people used to think ceremonies were stuffy and impersonal, but no! More and more it’s the love that comes through, freed from tradition, says Claire. 

 – Apart from personalizing the ceremony with the touches we have arranged with the couple prior to the wedding, we also integrate ceremony enhancements, such as a sand ceremony where sand from their home is blended with sand from Mallorca, a beautiful wine box ceremony, handfasting with ribbons made of special material, libations and more.The couple chooses readings for their loved ones to cite, special music for the entrance, calm and ”breath catching” tones for the signing of the certificate, and lovely upbeat music for the finale. The way we run the ceremonies we want people to feel totally at ease and happy with all the elements they wish to bring into their love celebration.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

LOVE MAKES US HEALTHY!

Did you know that love literally is what we need to be well?

TV presenter Martina Hirschmeier is planning a health centre on the island to help raise our frequency and promote wellness. 

 – Eating organic flowers, listening to 432 hz frequency music and being in love all make us healthier, she says. 

Martina Hirschmeier has ample TV experience back in her native Germany, both as a presenter and a producer. She has collaborated on projects for prominent TV channels, such as Pro7 and Sat. 1 for the likes of ‘Germany’s Got Talent’ and ‘German Breakfast Club’.  She also founded an educational film company, and has travelled far and wide.

Out of all the lovely places she has visited, she chose Mallorca to live her life. Martina is planning a health centre on the island, focusing on re-creation, health and creativity. Currently, she is working on a podcast for a telegram channel that is called: die Essenz ist die Frequenz (the essence is the frequency). She is working with a machine called a cell tuner, a technology that goes back to the famous physician Nikola Tesla, and has had clients who have experienced enormous positive health changes using it. The technology is built around frequencies.  One of Martina’s goals is to help us feel more healthy and teach us how the entire world is energy, and that the right frequencies are important to our health.

Synchronicity 

 – Think of how amazing that feeling of being in love is, says Martina, laughing. 

 – We walk around on air, thinking about the person we have those special feelings for. The thoughts make us vibrate on a higher frequency. Everything seems possible and we feel fantastic. When we are one with a high frequency, we experience synchronicity too. 

 Martina and I, Charlotte, who wrote this article, actually became friends because of a series of synchronicities. 

 – I was in an ”I can do it” mood one morning, and decided to take my bike to work that morning for the first time ever. It was a real challenge as there is a long steep slope up to Son Dureta where the TV Studio is, says Martina, with a chuckle. 

 – Because I had my bike I was able to go another way than I normally do with my car, and on impulse, I decided to visit my friend Jessenia in the Petit Mercat fruit shop on Calle Rubén Darío on my way home after work. I love this shop, because in the window it says in Spanish ”Here we treat people and fruit with love”.. I had been meaning to go for such a long time. I walked in, and Jessenia immediately said ”you really must meet my friend Charlotte”. We had a look at Jessenia’s fairy cards, so I stayed a little longer in the shop. A few minutes later Charlotte walked in. She normally goes to the shop in the mornings, but for once she came in late. We chatted and noticed how much we have in common, and a few days later we visited a finca together, and talked about various projects we could do. When doors just open and we feel it all has a deep meaning to us, the event is clearly synchronistic. 

Moments like these seem to be arranged by someone or something else, but we really don’t know why these things happen. 

 – Consider falling in love, for example, says Martina. 

 – You can’t plan falling in love. It just happens! When the sun shines, a flower opens, and when the sun goes away the flower closes. Love is like the sun. If we are closed to love our cells close down, and so does our mind and everything else. We feel isolation and fear. The key is to feel love even if there is no one we could fall in love with at that moment. The opposite to love is fear.

Fear creates illness

 Staying away from fear is important to our health. 

– The more fear we feel the greater the likelihood is of us getting an illness, says Martina. 

– Fear vibrates at a very low frequency and generates more acidity in the body, and so do certain types of food. Meat from animals that experienced pain and panic when they were killed is especially bad for us. When we eat this meat, we are also consuming the frequency of the animal being in fear, and that causes acidity in the body, which in turn promotes inflammation.

 An alkaline body doesn’t get ill. The body’s PH should be at around 7,8. At that level the body is fighting acidity, that creates inflammation that can lead to cancer and other diseases. Therefore, one of the goals we should have is to get the body as alkaline as possible. 

 – Right now media all over the world is making people feel scared. Let’s all do what we can to counteract the low frequencies that make people ill and become healthy instead. 

Martina’s health tips

Martina wishes to share some of her tips that promote happier and healthier people in alkaline bodies with less inflammation: 

 ¤ Visit nature and pick plants to display in your home 

 ¤ Eat more ecologically grown vegetables and flowers, such as the roses in the photos 

 ¤ Always bless your food before eating to raise its frequency, although it feels strange in the beginning ;0) 

 ¤ When you eat, begin by eating something raw – fruit is great! After that you can eat something cooked that would otherwise cause inflammation 

 ¤ Take time to have a bath with bicarbonate of soda in it – soak for at least 30 to 60 minutes to help make your body more alkaline. It’s great for the skin too! 

 ¤ Drink 2,5 – 3 litres a day of good water that has been cleansed through a cleaning system. No plastic bottles! 

 ¤ Breathe in through your nose and count to three. Breathe out through your mouth on 7. Do this three times as often as you can remember!

 ¤ To raise your energy, walk barefoot, meditate, be among flowers, listen to birds singing and listen to music of the right frequency that was used before. 

Was the frequency of music better before? 

– Yes, it was changed in 1939 when the standard pitch tone A was given the 440 HZ frequency that doesn’t benefit us, it irritates our pineal gland. The earlier frequency, 432 hz, is easier to digest, says Martina. 

 – It’s interesting to see what happens to the sand in this film when the frequency changes between 432 hz and 440 hz. Imagine what the frequencies can do with our minds and bodies too! There are also 432 hz converter apps that you can get online to make all your music healthy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qix33jt0lg


Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

FANCY BEING A LANDOWNER WITH YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN?

The views at this estate are nothing less than spectacular.

Be the lord and lady of a 519 metre high mountain, 960.000 m2 of fabulous land, a finca with 10 bedrooms, an olive mill and a hunting lodge in Alaró.

Alaró is a charming village located some 25 minutes from Palma. The village has lots of activity. There is a great mix of Mallorquin and international residents. There are nice restaurants and bars and the village is famous for being extra friendly.

In a very private location, with no paths or neighbours next door, a gorgeous piece of land with spectacular views and great farming possibilities is located. The finca used to be a vineyard and could easily become one again today.

Currently olive trees, carob trees, almond trees and alfalfa is grown on the farm, and further up towards the 519 metre high mountain mostly pine trees grow.

The finca is a beautiful home, but it could be turned into a charming boutique hotel. Today there are 10 bedrooms, but many more could be made using the outhouses around the main building. A pool project has been started and is fully licensed.

Sales contact: estate@estatemallorcamagazine.com
Phone: +34687934707

Reference: EMM3

PRICE: 5.450 000 €

The finca mansion’s living area is spread over a 802  living area . There is a lovely olive mill, a great kitchen, several salons, terraces and gardens and there is 658 m2 of storage space that could be transformed into for example hotel rooms.

At the moment the finca has 10 bedrooms, a fantastic attic space with windows and lovely views, several larger rooms and a cosy kitchen. 

With as much as 960.000 m2 of land you become a proper land owner and on the estate there is even a hunting lodge in the mountains that can be made into an extra comfortable home.

Walking to the Alaró centre takes about 12 minutes. Driving to Palma takes 25 minutes.

Local tips include:

A hike to Alaró castle n the mountains is a must.

Have lunch afterwards at Es Verger, famous for its lamb but not for its decor 

Bodega Olorón vineyard does tastings. Make sure to make a booking first. 

Es Rústic Petit Restaurant is one of the popular eateries to visit in the village.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

DREAM EXPERIENCES AT FINCA SON TOGORES

The land whispers as we approach. We can hear tales of horsemen, lovely ladies and intriguing families that have lived here generation after generation. 

The beauty of finca Son Togores is timeless. Every guest that visits seems to wish to host an experience or a celebration on the fascinating premises.

Son Togores

The finca is flanked by the Tramuntana mountains and surrounded by land with trees. It is located just 15 minutes from Palma, near the village of Esporles, and very easy to reach. 

You drive through an elegant mharés stone gate that looks very grand, and suddenly the finca emerges on a hilltop like a mirage, with its tower, its splendid terraces, its artful fountain and its well kept gardens.

Fairy tale blossom

Son Togores is pretty as a picture, surrounded with trees filled with olives, oranges, lemons and carobs. The 100 hectare area has 100 sheep and 2000 almond trees as well. In February, when those trees blossom, the white and pink almond flowers make the estate look like a picture from a fairy tale.

Son Togores is different from many of the islands other ‘possessiós’. Through many generations it was owned by various Mallorcan families until another Mallorcan man, who lived a large part of his life in Lebanon and Egypt, decided to change it. 

Joan Muntaner i Rosselló was a businessman who came back to Mallorca and bought the old Moorish buildings and vineyard at Son Togores. In 1891 he created a glorious Tuscan style mansion with a courtyard and a chapel, adding marble, balustrades, gardens and terraces too.

Experiences in 1908

Joana Cañellas, daughter of the current owner of Son Togores, Sebastian Cañellas, tells us Sr Muntaner had his own way of life. All the rooms have numbers on them, and no one really knows why.  In l’Almudaina you can read that Son Togores was giving people experiences as early as in 1908, when a group of visitors spent some time at the Sr Muntraner’s marvellous Tuscan finca, loving the comfort of the building and its pretty terraced gardens and going for excursions in the beautiful neighbourhood.

A few decades later, Joan Muntaner i Rosselló’s will and testament made clear that he was ahead of his times in more ways. He asked that 50 percent of his assets be donated to men and women who did not have sufficient means to live by, and created a foundation for people who could not afford university studies.

Nowadays the Son Togores farm produces a lot of fruit, almonds and olives, aided by EU-funding, and sheep are also kept. A lot of new trees have been planted recently. Carob trees are especially advantageous as carobs are used in esthetic products these days. 

Top food

– We love Son Togores and my family has discussed how best to preserve the estate, says Joana Cañellas. 

 – It could be made into a school, a hotel or a restaurant. We looked into the hotel idea, which is a very big investment, and have settled on hosting events and experiences here. We have international weddings already, and are branching out to do more corporate events, excursions, activities and meetings as well. 

The culinary delights for events at Son Togores are supplied by the excellent Fosh catering team. The cuisine is that of chef Marc Fosh, who has a Michelin star at his Palma restaurant, led by the equally fabulous chef Kevin Becker and his crew. The weddings, banquets, gala dinners, lunches and show cooking experiences at stunning Son Togores match the beauty of the ambience with top quality flavours and textures. 

 Not only does Son Togores have terraces for cocktails, lunches and dinners. The courtyard is perfect for gatherings, and there are several large and small salons inside the finca that can host meetings and events for groups of various sizes. 

Talayotic remains

There are interesting places to visit on the Son Togores property. Visitors can take a trip on mountain bikes or enjoy a fabulous hike in the surrounding mountains. There are talayotic remains to see, and some guests might enjoy having a picnic on the way.

One of the newest additions at the finca is a large welcome terrace on the other side of the finca entrance, where it is easy to picture all sorts of team building games. As it is large and beautiful it would be perfect for outdoor exhibitions.

Please contact www.sontogores.com for more information about the finca and its services.

Couples using www.mallorcaweddingplanners.com ‘s services have been very happy with their experience at finca Son Togores:

‘Wow!! The wedding at marvellous Son Togores was an absolute success, we had amazing reviews! Thank you for everything, we are so happy with the outcome and how everything turned out!”

Ivailo and Brooke, August 5th, 2019

”We had the most perfect day at amazing Son Togores, it couldn’t have gone better, thank you so much for everything. ”

Alex and Richard. August 23rd, 2019


Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

MARIA NILA’S ANN WIKSTRÖM MOGLIANI CREATES MIRACLES

Gorgeous locks frame the lovely face of Ann Wikström Mogliani, the queen of vegan hair products. 

 Against all odds Maria Nila’s founder turned her life around twice. 

 – I lost everything when my husband was swept away by the tsunami in Thailand, says Ann, now an exhibiting artist in Palma de Mallorca. 

For many years Ann Wikström Mogliani led a hair and beauty care company in the south of Sweden. Today her company Maria Nila makes vegan,sustainable and cruelty free beauty products in a 4500 square meter hub.

The popular salon products are manufactured beneath a roof covered by solar panels. The factory has circular air condensation equipment, which saves a great deal of the invested resources. Every hour 5000 vegan hair and beauty units are manufactured there, generating less energy and emissions per produced unit than ever before.

The state of the art facility is a testimony to the strength and dedication of Ann Wikström Mogliani, who faced many hurdles to achieve the goal she and her husband Ulf set together. Their story began in Poland in the late 1980’s. The couple worked there together for four years, before they returned to the south of Sweden to establish their company in 1990. 

– In the 80’s people were getting perms, and after that things really changed, says Ann. 

– Suddenly people wanted lots of hairspray and wax in the 90’s. My husband Ulf and I wanted to create a clean brand. We were inspired by my mother’s paternal grandmother, who came from the north of Sweden. She belonged to the ingenous ”same” tribe in Lapland. 

Maria Nila

Trip to Thailand 

”The mountain lady” – Maria Nila – gave Ann’s and Ulf’s company its name. 

 – We wanted to focus on a brand for people with a healthy lifestyle.By 2004 we had around 50 employees. My husband Ulf was the CEO, and I was in charge of economy and marketing.

The hard working couple needed a holiday and decided to go to Thailand. They went when the tsunami changed the lives of thousands of people in 2004. Among them was Ann. Ulf Wikström was not to be found, and eventually Ann had to return to Sweden. She remembers making a firm decision.

– I wanted to concentrate my life on what my husband and I had built together, she says. 

 – This sense of creating a routine saved me. I spoke to the factory staff and went to the office every single day. I let everyone know that I wanted to work really hard to make sure we met our corporate goals. The staff was amazing! I think that is why we managed to survive as an enterprise. 

There were more challenges ahead, among them a big fire and a financial crisis, but in 2010, after Ann had taken over as the CEO of the company, things started changing for the better.

Success story

Maria Nila’s manufacturing began to soar, and by 2014 the company’s development had become a gigantic success.

– We became one of Sweden’s main brands for hair and beauty products at salons, and our market was growing in the US and in Asia too, says Ann.

Good business skills seem to run in the family. Ann’s son Marcus came back from his university studies with a lot of ambition. 

 – It was pretty obvious how good he was straight away, says Ann.

– Little by little I noticed that he needed space to develop as a businessman, and I began to wonder what I might want to do with the rest of my life. I had planned on going to Art School when I was young, but when I was 17 I had my daughter Marlene, and my artist plans were put on hold. 

 – All those years later I suddenly I felt I wanted the artistic part of my life back again – and in 2016 my son was ready to step into my shoes and become an amazing CEO at Maria Nila. To me it is a miracle that so much grief could turn into success. 

 Ann’s dream was to go to a warm place and settle down and become a full time artist. 

 – When I came to Mallorca I felt ”This is it!” There was no doubt at all in my mind. When I found my house I loved that it was in the old town and that it had a courtyard garden. 

 Ann bought part of an old townhouse in Palma.and managed to convince her neighbours to sell their apartments to her. Today she owns the building.The ground floor is looking stunning with its unusual creations in stone and wood, such as a very artistic table. 

Tell us about the tree table! 

– There wasn’t enough room for a large dining table in the courtyard unless we removed the tree, and I didn’t want to do that, says Ann. 

 – Now they coexist nicely, and the tree seems to live in symbiosis with the table, and there is enough space to have guests at the table too. 

 A small but lovely bar and a powerful wooden bench adorn the courtyard. At night the atmosphere is magical when all the ambient lights are on. In this creative environment, Ann has made a studio for herself, where she gives birth to bold and beautiful paintings and sculptures. Next door to her work space, a garage is being turned into a gallery. She paints figurative works of art with oils on canvas, and uses many different techniques. 

 – I have studied Toulouse Lautrec, Dali and Picasso, say Ann. 

 – Now I have come full circle, and am able to indulge in art, my earliest passion, and have changed my life around for the third time. I was lucky to meet a lovely sculptor friend, María Isabel Ballester, and we are very closely connected artistically. At the moment I am painting some of her wonderful sculptures. 

Before the new gallery is ready, Ann’s paintings, one has a touch of Degas, another a hint of Gaugin, are being shown at María Isabel’s stylish gallery in Calatrava 1. Soon the two artists will be launching a project where the sales of their artwork will be donated to a mountain village in Morocco in need of a drinking water system. They will be travelling there to see the pump launched in a hole in the ground that has already been drilled.

Strength – better than money 

– At María Isabel’s gallery I am currently showing the painting of Maria Nila, says Ann.

– My mother’s paternal grandmother, who took care of her reindeer in the mountains of  Lapland, has been such an inspiration. Another artist friend and I painted her together.

The 1,2 metre tall portrait of Maria Nila’s wrinkled face is fabulous. The mountain lady’s face looks both striking and wise. In many ways Ann Wikström looks just like a smooth skinned version of herself.

– I like to think I have inherited some of Maria Nila’s strength, says Ann. 

 – I never thought further than one day at a time in hard times, and that worked for me during my most challenging moments. Strength is so much more important than money. 

 Ann has some important advice to others who have been hit by great grief. 

 – Live in the moment, she says. 

 – Don’t let your age stop you from fulfilling your dreams. I honestly don’t believe in saving up pension money for ”later”. Use the money while it makes you happy. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone and not to be afraid. I love painting in Mallorca! My daughter and son bring my grandchildren to see me in the summertime. That, to me, is bliss …

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

PENTHOUSE PORTALS POOL TERRACE APARTMENT

Would you like to enjoy a magnificent sea view from your own pool terrace?
Check out this three bedroom, large salon and open kitchen penthouse apartment.
Sales contact: estate@estatemallorcamagazine.com


It’s not common to see large penthouse apartments with private pools dotted about the countryside near Puerto Portals in Mallorca. This one is especially marvellous. The three bedroom, three bathroom, walk in closet, large salon, great open kitchen, fine storage spaces, excellent surrounding terraces and top pool terrace cover 510 square meters on the 6th floor and upper pool terrace level.  

The owners Gisela and Michael were drawn to the beauty of this gorgeous place when it was still a diamond in the rough back in 2014.

– We were living in London then, planning to move here permanently, they say, as they show us around the immaculate property. 

 – We had the apartment refurbished completely, and started to tick boxes on a bucket list with wonderful faraway trips over a six month period. When we came back to Mallorca, we had two normal weeks to enjoy there before the corona lockdown happened in March 2020. We were amazingly grateful to have the pool terrace to go to when no one was supposed to go outside their property.

– Our two adult sons joined us when the world was at a standstill, and worked from the apartment very successfully during lockdown. The 510 square meter area is large enough to share comfortably, and it is perfect for parties. 

 For our photo shoot Camilla at the interior decorating shop Kharma in Palma, did beautiful home staging. She brought carpets, vases, fruit bowls, cushions, lamp holders and lots more to make the gorgeous penthouse even more perfect.

– We love the way the apartment turned out, but we are longing for a garden and an entire Mallorca house to enjoy, says Gisela.

– We have decided to sell the penthouse apartment, and hope to get wonderful new owners for it.

THE PORTALS PENTHOUSE TERRACE APARTMENT

Reference: EMM2 Sales contact: office@estatemallorcamagazine.com
Phone: +34687934707

PRICE: 2.350.000 €

The 150 m² living area has been completely reformed and is distributed over 3 bedrooms3 bathrooms, a walk in closet and a large open living room and kitchen with access to the terrace on the same level. The salon terrace has a staircase leading to the large roof terrace with an outdoor kitchenswimming pooloutdoor shower and sublime views of the sea and the mountains. Together the living area penthouse terraces and the large upstairs pool terrace cover 345 m2The terraces and apartment are a total of 510 m2.  One parking space is included.

Walking down to the marina takes 10 minutes. Driving to Palma takes less.

The owners’ local tips include four restaurants nearby:
Ritzi’s
Wellies
Lila Portals 
Hotel Bendinat’s restaurant 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

JOIN THE PADEL PALS!


Fernando “Bela” Belasteguín at Pins Padel Club in Palma. He currently occupies the No. 4 position in the WPT (World Padel Tour) ranking.

Two years ago they gave padel a test run in Palma, and the rest is history.
Thomas Engström and his wife Lena Alderö Engström had just moved to Mallorca from Bangkok, where the constant 38 degrees made it too hot to try the outdoor padel courts.
Now Thomas organizes Estate Mallorca Magazine’s padel game EMMPadel.
– There is something about hitting that ball that makes me crave padel, he says.

In Bangkok the intense heat made Thomas and Lena avoid getting more sweaty than necessary. But on the marvellous island of Mallorca they enjoy playing padel several times a week. It all began thanks to their friend Camilla Bröms who took them to Pins Padel in Palma.

– We lost that first game, of course, says Thomas, who is our photographer here at Estate Mallorca Magazine (EMM).
– But it was great all the same! I never played squash or tennis before, just table tennis as a kid, so there was quite a lot to learn. But we quickly caught on, and came back for more.
Having a really healthy interest that is fun and addictive can’t be wrong. And playing 8 days a week is not too much …
– The best thing about padel is that it’s something really enjoyable that you can do with your partner even as you are getting on in life. 

The game was born in Mexico in 1969, but the rules from the early padel era are different from today’s. There is yet another kind of paddel too, spelt with two d’s, with its own rules.
Spanish people tend to play padel back and forth with long balls. Expats seem to go for the quicker version of the game.- Padel the Palma way is very social, says Thomas.- It doesn’t matter if you are well off or not. It’s just 5 euros per person for an hour and half game at Club U36 in Palma and no-one cares what kind of a car you drive or how big your house is. We are all the same on the padel court.

It’s so easy to make friends. In some of the countries we have lived, people used to chat about hanging out with with the rich and famous. At the padel courts in Palma people chat about everyday things and life in general and connect in another way.

What is the big secret – why is padel so popular?
– Because it’s a family game where everyone can join in, says Thomas. He assures us it’s fun to look at padel on TV too and to watch live games on World Padel Tour.
As it’s Spain’s most popular folk sport after football, it seemed like a great idea to get some organized games going, especially since outdoor padel has been allowed even during harsh covid-19 measures. Thomas rounded up a lot of fellow Swedes and created 
Svenska Padelgruppen Palma.

– There are more than 60 of us playing on Sundays at Club U36, where the participants are divided over 24 courts, says Thomas.
– Now we are starting Estate Mallorca Magazine’s padel games – EMMPadel – for anyone who would like to join in at Club U36 on Saturdays between 14.00 and 15.30.
Sign up here!
Write to thomas@estatemallorcamagazine.com

 – Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to have any experience at all.
Once people have been playing for a while Thomas and his padel pals hope to organize some tournaments with us at Estate Mallorca Magazine, as well with social events and so on. But let’s get the regulations on our side first.

How do you experience padel addiction, Thomas?
– I can feel the pull in every cell of my body – I am itching to get that (damn) ball over the net!

When the padel racket goes with you everywhere …



Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

KING OF PALMA

It may still be difficult to eat a meal inside a restaurant or take a walk along the sea front without a mask, but it is totally possible to make films in Mallorca. The film crews are doing lots of PCR tests, administered by local nurses, to be safe, however.

At the moment the crew of the German TV series King of Palma is filming in Mallorca and will be doing so until the month of July.

Recently Can Picafort went through a time machine to set the scene for the series, and the entire town was transformed to its 1997 timeline with signs for restaurants, bars and discos from the 1990’s, phone booths and other details from 25 years ago, according to Majorca Daily Bulletin.

The production will move to s’Arenal shortly, where a restaurant on the sea front has been turned into a German beer garden. The TV series is produced by Johannes Kunkel from RTL and the local company Sunnysideup . The American film maker Damian John Harper, based in Germany, is directing it.

Bierkönig beer garden owner, Manfred Meisel was savagely murdered on November 12, 1997 in Palma, along with his son Patrick and an employee, Claudia Leisten. ”King of Palma” is based on this real life tragedy. To this day the murders have still not been solved. Drug lords, maffia bosses and jealous females have all been thought responsible. 

After the fall of the Berlin wall, a German family move to Mallorca to experience paradise. When they arrive they decide to open a beer. This new found freedom comes at a high price, as we will be able to see once the series has been completed.

We are proud to learn that some local actors also appear in the show, including Santi PonsAina CompteIrene SalordMarc Joy and Núria Hosta.

Around 2,500 extras have been hired to take part in the 6 episode series, streamed on the RTL TVNow Channel in 2022.


FILM BOOM MALLYWOOD!

Our spectacular island is ideal for film.

A Mallywood world is being co-created.

– For numerous reasons, a considerable number of well-established professionals from the film industry, among them Californians, have moved to Mallorca, says actress Tara Marie Amaury.

-The climate is similar to California, we all speak English here, and the Balearic islands are close to major European cities, she continues.

Tara Marie Amaury has been working in the German, French, American and Spanish film industry for over 20 years. She sees herself as an international actress and is pleased that the island of her choice is becoming an international film production destination.

– Directors, producers and actors enjoy the Mediterranean flair and join us as residents while the film projects increase, says Tara, who is half French and half German.

Tara Marie Amaury recently played the worried mother in a film called ”La casa de la tiza”  about a Madeleine McCann-type kidnapping, produced by Álex de la Iglesia. Director Ignacio Tatay filmed it in Madrid with Elena Anaya in the lead, known from Pablo Almodóvar’s “The Skin I live In” and the blockbuster “Wonder Woman”

– Everyone loves being in the Balearics – not just to enjoy sunny holidays. For any business, and especially the film business, it is a gorgeous, safe and highly accessible part of the world. There are many visually appealing and diverse locations, natural resources, cultural treasures, beautiful buildings and lots of artwork, she says.

– Add to that the local talent of the people, and the European production possibilities. There is lots of potential here! And, among other benefits, Americans prefer their children growing up in a safer environment.

Places like Deià in Mallorca have always always attracted the international film, fashion and arts world. Many reconnect there after, or in between, their career lives in New York, LA or London.

Working remotely

Actress Tara Marie Amaury.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

– It seems like Covid has brought us a few advantages after all, says Tara Marie Amaury. – Traveling restrictions accelerate the process of transforming the film productions in the Mediterranean. Productions, crews and cast avoid travelling great distances if it is not necessary. This also reduces budget costs. The industry is looking for closer locations – like Mallorca and the Balearics.  Remote working is now the “new normal”. What could be better than doing so in a 

beautiful part of the world?

As many as 635 productions have been shot in Mallorca since 1899. Right now 

the BBC:s  ”Mallorca Files”, Netflix ‘‘White Lines” a Chinese series called ”Spain Passion”, a German film called ”Nachts Baden” ,”Lies” for Atresmedia, the Benito Zambrano movie, ‘‘Lemon Bread” and lots more film is in the pipeline. 

The German series ”King of Palma” will be filmed in Mallorca from April to July this year, in areas such as s’Arenal and Can Picafort. The story is about a group of Germans that arrive in Mallorca after the fall of the Berlin wall. On the island they discover what liberty and joy of living really means. Some of the casting for ”King of Palma” is local, and as many as 2.500 extras arebeing sought. 

 – The Mallorca Film Commission has supported the industry very well indeed, along with other local authorities and lots of productions have been made despite the pandemic. On top of that applications for permission to film here are flooding in, says Tara.

Raising the local talent

Tara Marie Amaury is a quad-lingual actress who is signed up with a Spanish, a

French and a German talent agency. She turns her good connections with the German, Spanish and French film industry into benefits for her fellow actors too.

– When most actresses reach the age barrier of 35 plus, they often get the feeling that their

market worth seems to decrease, she says. But I always said I would prove the opposite. I am in awe of strong women with visions and great actions. I help fellow female actors because I believe in the law of cause and effect – you give, and you will receive. So we write scripts with great roles for women in them, shoot films with our actors and local cinematographers, and connect them with agents and casting directors.
And of course: I now write my own roles as well.

Besides being an actress, Tara is the founder and director of the acting school Institute for Acting Mallorca www.i-am.actor and president of the association International Casting & Acting Network Mallorca, I.CAN, dedicated to bringing together actors with casting directors. She had created the first open data base for actors residing here, www.balearic-actors.org , which aims to give visibility to local talent and to expand professional networks worldwide.

– The Institute for Acting Mallorca has been up and running since 2018 and is steadily growing. Our focus at this acting school is film and casting. We invite artistically recognized and well-known film industry professionals to give masterclasses, panels and networking events for local actors and international film professionals,” says Tara Marie. – We collaborate with casting directors, directors, screenwriters, agents and producers. Among our instructors are Kate Bone from Nina Gold Casting, who did the casting for ”Game of Thrones” and ‘‘The Crown’’Nathalie Cheron, responsible for the casting of ‘‘Tolo Tolo”  and the Luc Besson movie “Lucy”, and Luci Lenox, casting director of “Victoria” ”Warrior Nun”  and ”Vicky Christina, Barcelona”. One of our main teachers is Giles Foreman, a leading Acting Coach of most well-known figures in the new generation of British, European and American acting, and also producer of “La femme et le TGV” with Jane Birkin.

Hotspot Mallorca

Local actors and actresses can get overlooked for bigger parts, but the good news is that things are changing. The new streaming industry has opened up a whole new market. Spain-based Netflix, for example, is more often than not looking for new faces and unknown talents, so Mallorca’s film professionals will be tapping into that market too.

– However, not every casting director has the same approach to find actors for the perfect cast.  Through excellent international film festivals like Mallorca’s Evolution, where I am on the board as an advisory director, I have been able to open the eyes of highly respected and influential producers, directors, filmmakers and casting directors to the wealth of talent the Balearics has to offer, says Tara.    – Together with the platform provider www.castupload.com, our association intends to reach every possible casting director in the world. Unlike the traditional agents and databases, who charge fees and take percentages from their clients, our actors database www.balearic-actors.org is an open and free platform. 

In 2021 Tara Marie plans to make a real push for the more than 200 Balearic actors on the platform, and for her worldwide acting students too.

– We are about to open a film business co-working space, says Tara Marie Amaury.                     
– A studio where you can train, write, produce and do castings. I feel blessed to be living at a time when we are gathering our creativity and network to contribute the best way we can to such a magical place as Mallorca.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

MALLORCA’S FABULOUS FINCAS

If you loved making castles in the sand as a kid, Mallorca’s fincas will fascinate you.

Imagine a cross between a château and a grand farmhouse with lots of charm.

Historic ‘possessiós’ – or finca estates – are great places for the most amazing events, weddings, excursions and activities too!

In their heyday, Mallorcan ‘possessiós’ were large centres of culture and business. 

It’s hard to tell when they emerged exactly. Evidence of human settlements on the island goes back as far as 6.000 years BC. Being located in a central spot in the Mediterranean, Mallorca was always sought after by the lords of the land around the island.

Business hubs 

Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Moorish pirates and others came, conquered and left, but when the long Moorish rule began in the 9th century, their alqueria houses, terraced farming, irrigation and gardens became an integral part of Mallorcan life. By the time King Jaime I claimed Mallorca in 1229, many of the Moorish alquerias were confiscated and turned into estates for the king’s noblemen and their families. 

 Spanish noblemen began to rule the areas around their property. That included not just housing areas, but also facilities used for farming and extensive areas of land. By the middle ages the ‘possessiós’ had become a symbol of how the island was run. They were a way of structuring society, of perceiving time and of understanding life. 

The architecture of each estate, as well as the organisation that went into the farming, reflect the social structure and cultures around at the time the estate was built. Thus many cultures helped shape the emblematic fincas, and they became important business hubs that ran the agriculture, livestock farming, hunting and forestry on the island. 

Cardinal Despuig 

 Typically, a finca estate would have a main building where the owner family lived, and the workmen would be housed in much simpler abodes around the ‘possessió’. As churches were often located a long way off, the owners created chapels on site to provide a place of worship for the workmen. Today many of the chapels are still used, often for weddings.

In 1785 Cardinal Despuig created a work of art when he made a map that placed 1300 ‘possessiós’ all over Mallorca. The old alquerias from the Moorish era, with their abundant water and many cultivated riches, were mixed with newer estates that had been feudally governed by the descendants of King Jaime’s noblemen. Imagine as many as 1300 lovely castle-like buildings scattered all over the island! And lots of them are still here today!

The ‘Senyors’ where the descendants of the first Spanish king of Mallorca. They were instrumental in the creation of more landowners among the local people too. 

Amo and Madona

At the ‘possessió’ the senyors had a right hand man, known as the ‘Amo’, who was responsible for the way the farm and the estate were run. His wife the ‘Madona’ was in charge of the domestic arrangements, making food for the ‘Senyors’ as well as the ‘pagesos’ who farmed the land and did the work. The workmen lived simply and carried out the many tasks. They took care of the horses, cows, pigs, chickens and herded the sheep. They were there to sow the grain, often aided by extra workforce when necessary, plant the trees, make repairs, pick the almonds, grain, seed, olives and fruit. They also needed to be ready to fight whenever there were pirates around…

Courtyard centre 

The courtyard was the centre of a lot of the activity at the ‘possessió’ back in the day. The horses, olive mill, grain mill and cellars were all located around it. 

It was of vital importance to have a place in the courtyard where one could fetch water, and it was customary to have a large tree or two to provide some welcome shade there. The nicest finca adornments, such as larger windows and balconies, were placed with a view of the happenings in the courtyard. 

 Nowadays the courtyards at Mallorcan fincas are still the centre of attention. The courtyards offer a fabulous place to socialize. People love having their dinner celebration at a corporate event, wedding or private party in a romantic Mallorcan finca courtyard. 

Changing times 

Mallorca is unique. Most of the old beautiful ‘possessiós’ from days long gone, still exist. Many of them even belong to the same old families.Today a number of fincas are still ancestral family homes, but a lot of them have been given new purposes too. 

 Farming has become very expensive, and time has taken its toll on the fabulous fragile buildings in need of careful restauration and love. In order to get funds to keep the ‘possessiós’ beautiful. some owners open their doors to weddings and parties.

Others have transformed their ancestral homes into agrotourism hotels, museums or vineyard bodegas. The fascinating fincas are moving with the times. 

 Perhaps you are like the creators of this magazine. We visited some ‘possessiós’ in Mallorca about 26 years ago, and have been under the finca spell ever since. Nowadays we create events in them, photograph them, write about them in Estate Mallorca Magazine and are also more than happy to help you find a finca mansion of your own to buy. Contact us here 

On these pages we will present a number of fantastic Mallorcan ‘possessiós’ all over the island. The first of the fincas you can read about straight away – it is an article about the amazing Finca Son Togores – a beautiful venue for events owned by the Cañellas family. 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

PALMA MUSIC STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD APPROVED!

From Left:
Rene Shades -Studio Manager
Lena Neogard Thomander -Client Manager
Fredrik Thomander – Co-owner/CEO
MaySan Lau -Administration Manager
Dani Paz -Producer/engineer/mixer

One step closer to Hollywood! The Screen Actors Guild in America has made Palma Music Studios the first “SAG AFTRA-Approved Audio Studio” in Spain.
Fredrik Thomander, CEO of Palma Music Studios is very pleased. 
– We knew we were being vetted by Americans for some production, but we still don’t know what it is, he says.


They have even been sent a box of face masks from the US that is stuck in customs.
Perhaps the Americans need to be sure things are being done the right way in Europe?  

– We have been carefully checked, including how we run our Covid-19 protocol, says Fredrik Thomander, a Swedish songwriter/producer, with numerous hits all over the world, who now runs Palma Music Studios.
Fredrik also co-owns the studios with Johan Lundgren, the CEO of easyJet in London. Together they have set up a world class recording studio. And now it has been officially approved for film work from Hollywood too.

As one of just a handful of studios in Europe, Palma Music Studios is the first Screen Actors Guild Approved Studio in Spain to be approved for recording talent in movie post production.

– We get more and more actors here, who record their voices for international films, says Fredrik. 

– Film companies call us and send us local and foreign actors. We have had Mads Mikkelsen here for Carlsberg and for film work, and we have had Til Schweiger from Germany, who is doing a huge new film called ‘Medieval’. A year ago we just started working with ‘Mallorca Files’ before they paused for Covid.

Since the beginning in 2018, Palma Music Studios has had a lot of success recording musical talent. When Covid-19 hit in March last year, they had to become creative. 

– We were locked up for two months just like everyone else was, says Fredrik, who has worked with artists such as N’Sync, Arashi, Scorpions, Girls Generation, Agnetha Fältskog (ABBA) and Kim Wilde. 

– We began doing online education courses that went very well, and have had some streamed concerts with for example Jakob Hellman, when 900 people paid to see and hear him play online. My wife Lena Thomander started making audio books, and that has gone really well too. And luckily people want to start recording music again – the Germans are eager to begin. 

Mallorca has taken one more big Mallywood step and we are eager to report back about the film work the US has in store for Palma Music Studios and Mallorca when the time is ripe.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström. 

A HOLIDAY THAT LAST FOREVER

For such trips Mallorca has a great future and many hidden gems to offer.

– Sleep under the stars, work in the herb garden, do yoga and enjoy life, suggests Brenda Ooteman at villa Osa Major near Montuîri in Mallorca.

More and more of us are opting for alternative solutions when we plan our holidays.

Superficial tourist activities don’t attract people the way they used to. Challenging holidays with Bucket List type experiences, transformational health and wellness trips along with spiritual retreats and cultural activities, are all becoming more interesting to holidaymakers.

We plan to present some wonderful examples of out of the box travelling in the Balearics in Estate Mallorca Magazine. Osa Major, a lovely stone villa near Montuiri, named after the ‘great bear’ star constellation that is visible above the finca each night, is one example.

The villa’s many terraces with Moorish lanterns, heavy wooden tables, white sails, a fun tiki bar and chic bamboo details, all offer amazing views of the countryside, along with many recreational and cultural activities. Inside the villa there are airy rooms with wooden-beamed ceilings, stained-glass vases and giant pillows. 

Osa Major is a popular place for weddings and retreats. But the severe restrictions lately have meant a lot of cancelled weddings.

– We have had yoga people come for shorter stays and in smaller groups, says Brenda Ooteman, who owns the lovely 7 bedroom villa with her husband Roland.

– We have also had local Mallorcan companies come for one day activities, perhaps including some yoga and a great catering meal. It has been fun reinventing what we do finding new ways of working safely and inspirationally.

At Osa Major you can join a peaceful retreat,read by the infinity pool or explore the stunning rolling hills nearby, for starters. Once you are ready to get active, Mallorca awaits you with its intense natural beauty, charming old buildings and villages and endless thrilling legends and history.

– Our island is the perfect place for those who wish to find a different kind of trip where you broaden your horizons and engage more deeply with your surroundings, says Brenda.

– We have a lot of space here at Osa Major with yoga zones, the pool and bar areas, a rain proof outside space for meetings, meals or recreational activities, lots of lovely open terraces and great areas nearby and further off to go for hikes in.

Although the rooms are very comfortable, guests sometimes ask if they can go to the Stairway to Heaven terrace and sleep outside on one of the loungers, just to see what it’s like to spend the night under the stars. The memory of a starlit night is priceless.

– We rent mountain bikes and go for challenging and less challenging rides with our visitors, for example, says Brenda.

– There is a great vineyard nearby where we love having wine tastings with local wines and great food. Some friends have a fabulous farm with olive oil and ecological wines near Pollenca that we visit too, and less than half an hour away the amazing natural beach at Son Serra de Marina is a perfect visit. Another thing people really enjoy is to go on is a classic sailing yacht for an afternoon. 

By mixing everyday activities and challenging ones we keep pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Once we leave our comfort zone we experience a shift in perspective that improves the way we connect with the world. Travelling the transformational way enriches a person’s life and makes the memory last a lot longer than the journey itself.

– People enjoy simple things like preparing food together too, says Brenda.

– When there are kids here they love it when everyone makes pizza outside. They also adore fetching the eggs that the chickens lay, and seeing what can be made with the eggs afterwards. We have a great local guy who makes pasta from local grains, and it’s fabulous when we combine this with other excellent local food and vegetables.

Some of the guests are partial to working in the herb garden.

– We are going to have bees soon too, we think some of our guests will find that really interesting, and although I have knowledge from working with bees in Holland, we will be engaging a local Mallorcan lady to work with the bees as well. When Brenda Ooteman’s husband Roland had a big birthday two years ago he wanted his friends to bring fruit trees to honour his big day. Thanks to his request, Osa Major now has masses of different fruit trees to harvest from as well – oranges, lemons, apples, olives, almonds, figs, pears, peaches, pomegranates, cherries, nisperos and lots more.

Osa Major is fabulous if you want to make a change or just broaden your horizons.

– We are in the middle of the countryside. When people visit they don’t get to see tall buildings. It’s great to see how disconnected they become!

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

GLAMPING – A NEW WAY OF LIFE

Dominique, who works with glamorous tents for events, uses sturdy poles for the bedouin tents that are very popular for events. Now her company Tentagent has new ecological and carbon neutral tents that provide great accommodation for glamping guests too.

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Camping + glamour = GLAMPING. 

It sounds vaguely naughty, but it represents a sustainable and ecological way of providing glamorous accommodation and event spaces in comfy tents.

Dominique Huetten from Tentagent did not sit idly at home during lockdown. She got busy with new environmentally friendly ideas. 

 – Before the pandemic we supplied attractive tents to hotels, agroturismos, restaurants in Ibiza,and offered great-looking event tents in Mallorca and Ibiza too, she says.

 – As we couldn’t do our normal job, I decided to find a green and CO2 neutral glamping tent, and started researching what was available. Finally, in autumn last year, I found gorgeous handmade tents in Austria.

These nature compatible tents, called Strohboid Lounge, are surprisingly easy to put up. It takes five to six hours to get the job done. The tents need a base to protect the ground, either done with loose cement blocks or wood on level ground, or stilts, if the area is uneven. The luxurious tents can be a gorgeous permanent addition to any island estate.

Strohboid Lounge is an environmentally friendly tent for accommodation and small events with lots of luxurious details for your estate or hotel. Glamping is becoming more and more popular as people wish to enjoy life and more more off the beaten track on our amazing islands.

– The Lounge tent has beautiful flooring made with wood called beech. There is a 20 square meter wooden frame and two electric systems that can be connected to the main system, offering both light and heating. The electrical system can carry chandeliers, and has LED lights on the inside of the tent, and sockets too. If you like, you can even connect a solar system to it. 

Look at the stunning photos of the glamorous tents. You can chill in them, while eating grapes and sipping nectar. Or, with some of the designs you can have a nap in a separate bedroom that you close with a zipper. If the weather is good you can open the tent and keep the fresh air coming in.

The tents are built in a way that protects the inside from the heat in summer, and lets the sun in wintertime. The tents can handle winds of up to 120 km per hour and fights mosquitos too, providing a suitable net.The fabric is 100% water resistant and durable, and there is up to 10 years warranty.  Those of you who fancy a bigger and even more glamorous tent can take a look at the Pavillion tent that is 70 square metres. In them you can even install a kitchen or a BBQ with a tube that lets the air out of the tent.

– You can connect several tents to each other to make it 300 or 400 square meters. The best thing is – you can create a glamorous permanent tent abode for yourself, for your guests or as a solution for visitors to hire. 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.



GAME ON – LESS PLASTIC!

 – We can do it together – If we don’t it will be game over, says Brad Robertson, president of SaveTheMed in the Balearics.

Brad Robertson, president of SaveTheMed, says it is time to make urgent changes.

The Balearics have banned disposable plastic now. Stopping plastic bottles is next.

– All we need is true commitment to save the world, says Brad.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, he spent 10 years on the Great Barrier Reef. 

 – I met my Spanish wife Bea from Pamplona there, says Brad Robertson. 

 – When she said she wanted to go back to Spain, we decided on Mallorca. 

 Once here, Brad started the event and diving company Ondine, romantically named after a cousin of the mermaid, and quickly became engaged in environmental issues.

– It’s hard to have a business and work with non for profit issues. When I ended the business the organisation exploded! We had first 3, and then 5 employees, working with much more transparency and more control. 

Plastic Free Balearics

Save The Med Foundation is a name that says everything. Today the Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) has 13 employees and 8 board members. There is a team of scientists, along with a crew that does education and multimedia.

 – The sea can manage perfectly well without us human beings – in fact the sea would be so much better off without us, says SaveTheMed’s president, who wears a necklace that is the shape of a whale’s tail, and carries his long hair in a ponytail. 

 – Our course of action is to make the collective human behaviour change. If we don’t it will be game over. The limit is close. Look at the floods on the east coast of Australia… 

 IbizaPreservation and SaveTheMed are preparing the ”Plastics Free Balearics” initiative to stop 200.000 tonnes of plastic from polluting the Mediterranean. Finding alternatives to single-use plastics is the road forward. SaveTheMed designed a tool that measures plastic usage, offering comparisons and improvements to make us more environmentally friendly. 

Today the Balearics have banned plastic plates, cutlery, cups, trays and rings for holding cans of drink together. Masks and other hygienic single-use plastic items are excluded from the ban as long as the state of alarm lasts.

Recycling glass bottles

Tourism has been the main source of waste in the archipelago, where it is one of the biggest sources of pollution overall in the Mediterranean.

Plastic water bottles for water and other drinks should be the next thing to go.

– It is necessary to have fresh water, especially now that we have completely polluted the underwater reservoirs because of bad farming practices, says Brad. We shouldn’t be using a product made of oil that isn’t biodegradable. Regrettably, glass bottles are the best solution for drinks today, as they are recyclable at least. Any company that shows a real commitment to changing the environment is welcome to work with SaveTheMed.

– We would work with companies like Coca Cola, if they were genuinely interested and devoted to changing their business model and investing in environmental protection, and decided to go ahead with recyclable glass bottles for everything. The responsibility has to be with the manufacturers, as they have mega billions involved and also have a responsibility to the consumer.

Top level environment changes

Each of us consumers should of course do whatever we can to pick up plastic items and make sure to manage our own waste as much as possible. But large corporations and governments have the power to do so much more to change the tragic cycle we are in.

– There are lobbyists in plastic that have a lot of power, says Brad.

– There are lawyers, there is corruption and greed. Fighting this thing is hard. It needs to be dealt with within the European Community and at a high corporate level. People at the top need to be held personally responsible. Today many are filling their pockets and taking zero responsibility. The majority of the environmental corporate social responsibility projects out there are paper solutions only.  They might as well throw it all away – it’s very frustrating.

The system isn’t working

Yes, people still need to make money. But today’s system isn’t working.

– Bioplastics are as bad as the old plastic – if not worse, says Brad.

– There is still a base of petroleum in it, and when some bioplastic breaks down into little beads the size of nanoparticles, this will create an even bigger problem as these will enter the food and water systems and wreak havoc with our lives.

SaveTheMed’s president has built a good relationship with many organisations, companies and people through the job he is doing with his exemplary organisation.

– But when you put facts on the table stating that changes involving 7 to 8 million euros need to be made, people tend to disappear, and sure, I sometimes wonder if I will end up at the bottom of Palma Bay, says Brad Robertson, making us worried for his safety.

Poisonous garments

Another source of future health problems is clothing made of recycled plastics.

– Plastic that has been left in the sea for a long time accumulates toxins, he says.

– There are a lot more horrible chemicals in plastic brought up from the sea, and now lots of companies are making clothes with it. I have asked CEO’s at several companies what their process is to remove these chemicals, as they are putting carcinogenic materials into their clothes.

Another thing SaveTheMed does, is to investigate companies that claim to be making biodegradable products. One of the products they investigated recently makes straws for drinks. A proud hotelier was sure he had done something great when buying this.

– The straws, that seemed to originate from the island, had roots in Holland and China too, and in the end they turned out not to be biodegradable at all, says Brad Robertson.

– After we took action, the biodegradable info vanished from the company’s website. The problem is, if we are able to stop one company with misleading info, two new ones pop up.

Education

SaveTheMed has amazing children’s courses, some of them on board ships. One of them is dedicated to pollution reduction and the other to marine protection.

– The children are very invested in these issues and many of our participants have changed their lives completely after getting involved with SaveThe Med, says Brad.

– We can see that the children of people in the yachting industry are putting pressure on their parents. They are rejecting the wealth and calling for environmental support. We believe children’s education is key and that their views will hit home with their parents. We need to educate people to make their minds up. With 1,2 million people in the Balearics supporting us we can do lots more!

Amazing sea life

SaveTheMed goes between 10 and 20 miles from the coast and finds large schools of bluefin tuna and other marine riches there.

– We had seven Giant Devil Rays swimming around us, says Brad.

– These moments are life changing for kids. We are all so connected to nature, and this really becomes evident when we get to actually experience nature together. One of our goals is to have environmental education at all the schools here.

How do we educate adults to be more environmentally friendly?

– We should have a law that enforced businesses to have two extra columns on their spreadsheets. One would be for the environment and the other would be dedicated to change social damage.

– Where marine life is concerned we have made videos where we tell people what to do if they find a sea turtle that is caught in a net, for example. It isn’t good for the animals just to be cut free. Call 112 and ask them to come over, or we might be the ones to come to the rescue. Check out our video here to see what the vets do.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

POPPING WITH POSITIVITY

POPPING WITH POSITIVITY

You know the saying.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Anne Elina Turunen seems to embody that saying, as she navigates happily around Covid to assist others on the island.

She has placed a pheasant called Hilding at the entrance of her pop up showroom in Calle de la Concepció 28 A in central Palma. Her own colourful artwork is on the walls, creative chef Bittan Gustavsson’s cookery book is on display on a stand, and designer Aira Lee is showing a stylish navy poncho on a mannequin.

It’s a fun mix, and the showroom perfectly enhances how Anne steers ahead in step with the turbulent times. 

– I have actually not been thinking that much about the pandemic this past year, she says.

 Anne, who grew up feeling foreign in Sweden because of her Finnish ancestry, clearly understood that we must all create our opportunities in life at a very early age.

– When Covid happened in Mallorca I wanted it to be business as usual as much as possible, even with all the restrictions. It is my way of tackling life to try to walk around any obstacles I meet.                                                                                                                    

Anne has a big smile and a sunny disposition. She is on leave from her permanent job as a tour guide at the Swedish travel agency Kulturresor Europa, and for one year now she has been working with smaller groups and events for families and friends, following the restrictions, of course.                                                                                                                                             – I help small entrepreneurs promote their products too, says Anne, who found a commercial space and decided to create a marketing tool for people in need of a helping hand.

Several small entrepreneurs have worked in Anne Elina Turunen’s pop up showroom, and soon a jeweller and a clothes company will promote their products and conduct business meetings in Palma there too, at 75 euros per day.

– This is a really good street where lots of people pass by, and we make sure to keep it lit in the evenings too, to show passers by what lovely products we have on display, says Anne.

– I also offer people video promotion, window dressing and market support – oh yes, and I am the coordinator for a young PGA golf professional called Charlie Jerner too.

We are not surprised. We feel sure Anne will help herself and the people who engage her through the tough times, because of her dedication and by being as positive as she is!

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

STARS AND GOURMET GOLD

As Michelin stars are constantly showered over Mallorca, the island’s culinary profile keeps rising.

That means many, many other restaurants are worth their weight in gold too.

Innovation, history, tradition, culture, variety and ecological ambition are all in abundance.

Mallorca is restaurant rich, and Palma is a small melting pot with everything from luxury lounges and sustainable trendy eateries to local hamburger joints.

Now we are all crossing our fingers, hoping that the current troubling times will avoid inflicting our warrior restaurateurs and their battling chefs. It is during moments of hardship that innovation flourishes and amazing projects appear out of nowhere.

The Michelin Guide appeared like clockwork despite the viral load, to proclaim heroes within the realms of Mallorca’s gastronomy. A total of nine lovely stars were handed out.

A green star, for sustainability and awareness, Michelin’s brand new award of the year, was given to Andreu Genestra for his restaurant at Hotel Predi Son Jaumell in Capdepera. A total of 20 green stars were handed out in Spain, and Genestra’s was the only one in Mallorca.

Santi Taura rolled his two restaurants Santi Taura and Dins into one and the same project in 2019, and the result is to be found in Palma’s Old Town at Hotel Llorenc in La Calatrava, Santi was rewarded with a star for the first time.

The other brand new star went to restaurant Bens d’Avall and to chefs Benet and Jaume Vicens, who create their prized dishes in a spectacular setting between Sóller and Deià.

British chef Marc Fosh has been creating delicious cuisine in Mallorca for more than 20 years and has earned two stars for his culinary work, one for his former venture at Read’s Hotel, and another long time standing star for his current Restaurant Marc Fosh in the several centuries old monastery-turned-hotel Convent de la Missió.

The restaurants Adrián Quetglas in Palma, Es Racó des Teix in Deià, Es Fum in Costa d’en Blanes, A Maca de Castro in Alcudiaand Voro in Canyamel all maintained their star. Sadly, the Zaranda restaurant by Fernando Arellano closed and therefore lost its two stars.

Two Mallorcan based chefs entered the select section of the guide – Marga Coll at Miceli, and Kiko Martonell at Can Boqueta.

Great Marc Fosh recipes here: https://estatemallorcamagazine.com/recipes/

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Private.

VILLAGE FOOD

A guide to eateries all over Mallorca!

Always ask the locals if you are looking for a great place to eat in Mallorca’s villages!
When we are out on an assignment we go all over the island, and we rely on the locals to give us hot tips about the best watering holes are.
And It works!

The fun thing is, with the locals as our guides, we get to experience a large variety of food, décor, price and ambience. You won’t find that the recommendations below are the same. As they were hand picked by so many lovely people who are totally different from each other, the eateries range from the quaint to the very rustic, and the elegant too! Occasionally we come upon a shut door when we are hungry, and have pick something ourselves. 

Join the fun! Take the car, bring out the bike or hop on a bus or train, and go on excursions to Mallorca’s amazing village. At some point lunch is going to sound like a great idea. If you find a place you enjoy – why don’t you let us know about it? Write to us at 

SANT LLORENC DES CARDASSAR – CAN PEDRO GRILL – CALLE FEMENIES 59, Telephone +34 – 971838448

A nice new friend dropped us off at this newly decorated restaurant in Sant Llorenc des Cardassar at lunchtime, and we were thrilled to see locals of all ages at every single table in December! Many of them were enjoying typical Mallorquin dishes, but there were a lot more dishes to choose from on the menu. One of us is used to being a very challenging customer. Vegans do not always get a lot to eat on a village tour, but at this delightful restaurant the waiter suggested the Tropical salad n a timbale format. Delicious too! The more normal eater among us, opted for a chicken and goat’s cheese salad, which was also very attractive. Murmurs of ”Excellent” were heard among the munching, and the hungry Estate Mallorca crew could carry on our day contentedly. The owner, a very kind gentleman, will give you his best suggestions and help you in every way he can. Recommended!

SANTA MARÍA DEL CAMI – SA SINI – PLAZA HOSTALS 20 PLZ, Telephone +34 – 971620252

If we go to the Santa María area, we don’t tend to go on Mondays. That’s when the lovely restaurant Sa Sini is closed. We very much enjoy the traditional atmosphere there with the large barrels, the old world ambiance and the way everyone is always casting longing glances at the cake table… Yum!

Arrive just before they open at 13.00 , if you get there much later than that there will probably not be a table left in the house. The outside terrace is lovely, but if you wish to enter the time machine and be propelled a good few decades back in time, the inside is where to go. The friendly staff, the good Mallorquin fare, the pleasant pizzas and the huge and delicious salads keep us coming back for more – and occasionally one of us will enjoy a large slice of cake too. Love it!

SÓLLER – CAN PINTXO – CALLE DE LA RECTORÍA 1, Telephone +34 971 631643

Àlvaro and his excellent team at Can Pintxo are first class creative tapas and pintxo experts. Not only do the small yet so appetizing dishes look amazing, they taste even better! We like the restaurant in the centre of Sóller where you sit among wine barrels, and we are equally thrilled with the tasting room a few streets away where you can bring small groups to get creative among the pots and pans. The flavours are far from just being Mediterranean, there are oriental touches and fancy details such as foam and smoke. Everything can be tailored to fit your specific tastes as well. An all vegan tapas meal turned out to be the most excellent tapas feast for flexitarians too. Add fabulous wines into the mix and you will be tempted to stay for a long dinner. Very addictive!

CALA BONA – SA PUNTA GASTROBAR – URBANISACIÓN PORT VERD 14. Telephone +34 – 971585378

There is nothing better than having a great meal by the sea! We sought this place out because we love the tropical ambiance with palm trees, cacti and the nicely starched tablecloths on the tables. The menu is extensive too, so lots of amazing things to choose from, and while you are waiting for the food to arrive you can go for a stroll around the small peninsula that belongs to the restaurant. Lovely and different! Our host Paul gave us great olives, alioli and bread to start, and we viewed the menu hungrily. A yummy vegetable stir fry, or grilled vegetables with romescu sauce? Or perhaps a pear and Gorgonzola pasta? Paella, with seafood… And meat lovers might go for the fillet of beef with foie and sauce with port! Our team has visited twice already, and we have promised to come back again!

SES SALINES – CASSAI – CALLE SITJAR 5 – Telephone + 34 – 971 649721

This restaurant I lodged in a glorious little courtyard with a cosy inside in a 300 year-old house. It is nicely decorated with comfortable seats and lots of reserved tables, and it is one of our favourites in Ses Salines area in the south east. Whether you wish to enjoy a cocktail or a hearty lunch, the innovative cuisine and bar service will delight you! Tapas, salads, fish – all sorts of lovely foods await you in a charming ambiance. It is really wise to book a table before you go, however. Add a walk in the charming village, a visit to the stunning Es Trenc beach and a great lunch at this little gem, and you will be a few steps closer to heaven! 

DEIÀ – XELINI – ARXIDUC LLUIS SALVADOR 19 Telephone  +34 971-639-139

In the quaint main street of the charming village of Deià you will find a 130-year-old building with a pretty garden terrace. A combination of angelic artwork and a huge wooden door outside lead the way to a decorative inside seating area. Walk up to the bar area and enjoy the numerous tapas on display. The menu has a focus on Spanish fare – offering an impressive choice of more than 60 tapas – combined with plenty of Mallorcan-inspired touches. We always go for the salads and the small green peppers de Padrón, and some of our friends have liked the croquettes, the dates in bacon and the Spanish omelette. This family-run restaurant also has regular live music in the evenings. Nice one!

FORNALUTX – CAN ANTUNA – CARRER ARBONA-COLOM, 14 Telephone +34-971 63 30 68

Arriving in Fornalutx you need to park your car as driving isn’t possible in the narrow charming streets of this gorgeous village. As you start walking from the car park to the village, you will stumble upon this picturesque restaurant with local food. In Mallorca this is synonymous with lots of meat dishes and large portions. The cuisine at this restaurant is well known for creating good versions of the local specialities. You can have a meal outside on a nice terrace with an amazing landscape. While munching our Trampó salads we saw others eating “porcella” ,which is a typical meal of the island. The views of the valley are well worth a visit. If you are veggie based there are just a few tapas you can enjoy. Gorgeous views!

PORT DE POLLENCA – STAY – MOLL NOU S/N – Telephone +34 971 864013

When in Port de Pollenca, we love walking out on one of the piers to find ”Stay” restaurant. Sitting surrounded by the sea while lapping up the amazing views is half the fun. Once you have gazed your fill, there is a very extensive menu to explore. Great salads, tapas, starters, a variety of amazing fish dishes and lots of meat plates too. On top of that they have invested in an entire vegan menu for lovers of fresh plant based fare. Once you have enjoyed the mains you are offered eleven elaborate desserts, and five sugar free ones too! This place is generally full of guests. It is highly recommended to make a reservation before you go. We enjoy it!

PUIGPUNYENT – ES PONT – CARRER SA TRAVESIA 2 – Telephone + 34 971 614485

Once a typical village bar with teenagers, beer drinking elderly men and housewives having a coffee too, this place has gone through a huge transformation in 2020. The walls between the bar and a neighbouring restaurant have been pulled down, and the entire area has been refurbished with elegant design and cosy furniture. My companion very much enjoyed his chicken stir fry and the vegetable salad and fries were excellent too. We liked the staff and the fire place area, as well as the huge terrace outside. This is a real asset to the village of Puigpunyent!

SINEU – MOLI D’EN PAU – CARRER DE SANTA MARGARIDA 25, Telephone +34 971 855116

Well situated restaurant on the edge of the town of Sineu. Just look for the windmill – it is that easy to find. There is a nice outside terrace with cosy outdoor seating and a charming inside area too. If you fancy Mallorca goodies, such as croquettes, pork loin or special bacalao fish followed by almond tart, this is the place for you. For those of you looking for more modern or exotic fare, Moli d’en Pau is not a frontrunner. But Mallorquin dishes, tapas and salads are a treat, and the staff is attentive. Great for lovers of traditional Mallorquin food!

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

THE MONK WHO LINKED MALLORCA TO CALIFORNIA

Friar Junípero Serra from Petra in Mallorca founded San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Los Angeles and San Francisco in California.

The towns started as Catholic Missions established by the Mallorcan Franciscan monk, who lived a truly remarkable life. 

Friar Junipero Serra was born in the small Mallorcan village of Petra in 1713. His lifelong motto was always “Onwards, always onwards; never give up and never go back.” 

At a very early age Serra became interested in a religious life and started as a novice friar at age 17, becoming a fully ordained priest at 24. He studied reading, writing, Philosophy, Theosophy, and Latin, and was awarded a Phd. in Philosophy. 

From 1740 to 1743, by which time he was already generally considered intellectually brilliant, he was a Chair Professor at the San Francisco Convent situated in downtown Palma. A little later, he became a professor at the famous Llullian College established by the famous Mallorcan philosopher, scientist and mystic Ramón Llull in the 13th century. 

Voyage to America 

When he was 35 years old he decided to embark on a missionary voyage to New Spain, the Mexico of today, and together with his friend Friar Palou he landed at Veracruz in 1749. 

He was always very strict with himself, refusing to indulge in anything, and was given to corporal mortification, whipping himself mercilessly every night. During his very first voyage on land in Mexico he absolutely refused to use the horses furnished by the Spanish authorities, preferring to travel on foot, saying that horses were too fancifull and luxurious for one such as him. 

Of course he was promptly bitten by some insect (everyone knows Mexican bugs are mean), and his foot and leg swelled up horribly. He spent the night frantically scratching himself and by morning his leg was much worse and the flesh raw. 

This ailment afflicted him mercilessly for more than twenty years, and during his trip north to the Californias, at age 55, he at times had to be carried on a stretcher. True to his motto he dragged his excruciantingly painful leg around, no matter what. 

Chief Inquisitor 

In 1752 Friar Serra wrote to the Spanish Inquisition formally requesting that they send inspectors to New Spain. The Inquisition responded by naming him Chief Inquisitor.

He at first worked in missions in the Sierra Gorda in Mexico, a very large mountain range with very rugged terrain, including canyons, steep mountains, deserts, and misty rain forests. He endeavoured to learn the local language but was not able to make much progress. He did not connect much with the local indians and was not making much inroads in his efforts to evangelize them. 

Of all the tribes, the Pame were at first the most open towards the Spaniards and their religion, though in the 1740’s the Spanish decided to burn the original Pame villages and build their missions there, resettling the population around missions for better control. Those who did not submit either committed suicide or went to live in the mountains. Previous to Junípero Serra’s attempt to establish missions, others had also tried but failed. 

After 8 years Serra had established 5 missions improving communication and control, and opening roads towards San Luís Potosí. Nevertheless, full domination was never really achieved and some of the missions were later abandoned. 

In 1767 King Carlos III of Spain plotted the expulsion of all Jesuits from their missions and the Franciscan monks were entrusted with taking over the Jesuit missions along Baja California, and what is now Californa, USA. 

The monks were well received by Gaspar Portolá the Governor of Las Californias, but he only conceded them authority over religious matters, retaining administrative and military powers himself. 

Friar Serra was very displeased at what he considered to be gross mismanagement and finally convinced the Spanish authorities to hand over at least administrative power to the Franciscans. 

In 1769, the first mission was established in Baja California: San Fernando Rey de España y de Velicatá. The founding celebrations took place “with all the neatness of holy poverty” in Junipero Serra’s own words. Gun smoke from the repeated volleys by soldiers was used in lieu of incence. 

From here on he travelled constantly north to fullfill the task the Franciscans had been entrusted with. 

A cure was found

Finally, when nearing San Diego in 1769, his leg was truly driving him up the wall and he at last accepted taking some sort of medicine and asked a humble muleteer, Juan, to prepare something for him. Juan explained that he only knew how to cure animals and Friar Serra told him: 

“Go ahead, treat me as an animal, we are all God’s creatures”. 

The muleteer prepared a poultice out of tallow and green dessert herbs and applied it overnight. In the morning Serra was much better and since then his long standing ailment bothered him only occassionally with some itching. 

The group arrived in San Diego in July of that year, but of the 300 men who originally started on the voyage, only about half remained. 

They were originally well received by the local Indians whom Serra in fact liked quite a lot. The Indians and missionaries exchanged articles: local foods and products for the missionaries and cloth for the Indians. Nevertheless, later on, things turned sour and at one point the missionaries were attacked by the Indians. Friar Serra prayed to God so both sides would be spared but many other members of his group were against the Indians and many battles ensued. In this atmosphere it was very difficult to establish some sort of rapport and convince Indians to convert to Catholicism, which after all was one of the aims of the whole endeavour, the other being the establishment of roads and communications with a view to political and military dominance. 

In the first nine months only one single Indian couple approached Friar Serra wanting their child baptised in the Catholic Faith . 

True to his motto, he refused to give up and eventually was more successful either by using his word or by devising ways to coerse the Indians into accepting “The Faith”. 

A total of 9 missions in California 

He did not stop at San Diego, but continued onwards establishing 8 more missions, until his death from tuberculosis at the Mission San Carlos de Borromeo, on August 28, 1784, at the age of 71.

The Franciscan monks went on to establish many more missions. 

Junípero Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988 and canonized by Pope Francis in 2015 amidst a lot of controversy due to the fact that many natives were mistreated and forced into Catholicism. Controversy comes from the fact that there are very few historical documents that specifically state Serra himself acted as a zealous Inquisitor. There are also well-known cases in which he prayed for both the Spaniards and the Indians to be spared the worst in battle. It is also a fact that he considered everyone to be “God’s Creatures”. Nevertheless, it is well established in history that there were many cases of abuse of the local population at the hands of the Spaniards.

Text: Astrid A. Möller.

Friar Junipero Serra, a Franciscan monk, was born in this house in Petra. He travelled to America and founded many missions that became cities such as San Diego and Los Angeles in California.
Today there is a museum in the house where Friar Serra was born in Petra, Mallorca.

Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

THE LATEST DE LUXE HOTEL

Simon Rees has a luxury hotel in Mallorca – for dogs!

A glass of delicious-looking cava started it.

– Two friends had bubbly at Hotel Bendinat and sent me a photo. I decided Mallorca was irresistible, says the owner of Pooches Luxury Hotel for Dogs in Molinar, Simon Rees, with a chuckle.

Simon, originally from Wales, has been living on the island for a little more than three years now. Anyone who visits loves the stunning views of the turquoise sea from the luxurious penthouse at Simon’s Pooches Hotel. As we approach, we can see the sleek grey and clear crystal of the stylish facade, and hear the pitter patter of tiny paws, followed by some sweet yelps. 

Luscious kisses

– Come in and join the crazy crowd, says Simon, and one by one six little doggy darlings approach the entrance to shower us with kisses.
There are two golden-haired spaniels, Kanga and Roo, who are just about to check out of the hotel. They have had a great holiday. They are bursting with energy and doggy love. Little Teacup is shy, and very cute, with a natural coat of brown and white, and loves getting attention. 
Hooper is black and brown and looks a little sleepy in front of the telly. Definitely the relaxed vacation mode going on there. Remo, on the other hand, a gorgeous golden brown bundle of joy, bounces about a lot, as if she was in charge of the aerobics. Meanwhile, little Mallorcan princess Fudgie, the only permanent visitor at the hotel, likes to tell the other dogs who’s boss…WOOF!

Garden strolls and snuggles

Like the hotel director he is, Simon Rees uses just the right tone of quiet authority as he steers his clients, and the reigning diva duchess, about among the fancy facilities.
Downstairs the TV-room is full of lavish lounges and comfy dog beds, all meticulously cleaned every few days or so. If the hotel guests feel so inclined, the decorative garden next to it is available for strolls and sniffs, or even for a snooze in the shade.
Upstairs bedrooms, with real beds and dog beds, are ready for when the guests wish to get tucked in. Some dogs even get to snuggle under covers… 

The Balinese Dog Bed

But long before then, the pièce de la résistance, the party area on the third floor beckons with treats and gossip. The penthouse provides panoramic views, a Balinese bed and a lovely sofa area, and lots of opportunity to watch dogs and people passing by. 
What a wonderful existence, I can’t help wishing I was a dog that could check in too.

– Dog rates are 25 to 30 euros for 8 hours of day care and 40 euros including an overnight stay (pups are 50 euros), says Simon. And no, I have never regretted liking the look of the cava my friends were drinking in the photo they sent from Hotel Bendinat. I am so glad I came to Mallorca – I love my life here with the dogs! 

Property development

In London Simon Rees worked with first banking, and later in property development in the northwest, buying properties, working on architectural aspects and seeing if the properties could be made better. 
– I had a super life in London driving Bentleys and living in super glamorous homes, says Simon, who spent 25 years there before he decided to retire and enjoy life, just before turning 50. 

 – When Brexit was about to happen the economic climate was changing. and I needed to do something else. Mallorca provided a great opportunity to do that. When the last dog I owned, a chocolate coloured lab, died, my mother said I should never have another, but I missed having dogs in my life, and I know it is much easier to meet new lovely doggy people when you have dogs too. I decided a Luxury Hotel for Dogs might be just the thing for me.

International owners

Simon has two dear friends staying in houses some 20 metres away on each side of Pooches Hotel. Friends often come to see him, and bring their dogs over too. Thanks to Facebook and Instagram people with semi permanent or permanent homes on the island from Switzerland, Spain, Scandinavia, France, Germany and Britain have found Pooches Luxury Hotel for Dogs. 
Most days there are 6 or 7 doggies staying there, and despite the time it takes to feed and entertain the clients, Simon has started a charity sideline as well.

– I wanted to give something back, Simon says. There are rescue dogs who badly need new homes, and I like to help provide dogs like that with good homes. We have placed 7 dogs so far, and have handed out lots of blankets, doggie beds and other dog items. 

One of the dogs who needed a new home was lovely Fudgie, who actually spent two months with me as well, in my perfectly non-luxurious ordinary home in the centre of Palma, when her former owner had to go to hospital in the UK. Later, Fudge’s owner came back to Mallorca and Fudge returned to him. Eventually he had to take care of his health again in the UK, and Simon Rees opened his generous arms to include Fudge as a permanent resident at the marvellous Pooches Hotel.

 – I absolutely adore her, even though she is bossy, says Simon, with a laugh, and whispers that she has got a boyfriend now too. 
And guess what, it’s one of the frequent hotel guests…. 
It’s Kanga Spaniel ! Ooo, we love a bit of romance….

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

To contact the Luxury Hotel For dogs check out www.poocheshotel.com 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN EVENTS

Fresh produce and less plastic.
Chef Ronny Portulidis at The Duke restaurant is taking on the challenge, and wants to support change in Mallorca’s event world. His recipe involves minimizing waste. 
– Refrigerate the surplus and take it to people in need after the event, says Ronny. 

After over 10 years at Duke restaurant in Palma’s Santa Catalina area, at www.dukepalma.com, and many years doing catering in Mallorca, Ronny Portulidis admits that sustainability presents a challenge. Catering involves aesthetics and display.
– I like the lavish look with lots of food, says chef Ronny.

– Buffets and market station presentations at caterings look wonderful with an abundant amount of food. One idea to reduce the waste would be to ”recycle” the food and use it later in the evening as a midnight snack. Another is to drive it to one of the social kitchens in a refrigerated truck after the event. 

Chef Ronny recommends having a plated multi course menu format rather than a buffet.

– Serving plated courses allows a more precise portioning of the food which can drastically reduce the food resources needed, and also the price, says Ronny, who offers plated courses in this format at a cheaper price to encourage the sustainable choice.
Drinks is another area to address to minimize waste and create a cleaner world.

Chef Ronny at Duke Catering is collaborating with the Cleanwave Project, www.cleanwave.org , to reduce the consumption of plastic bottles on the island. At the events he uses refillable glass bottles and glass jugs for the water provided by Cleanwave.
For private consumption there are refilling water stations in Palma too. where you can refill your glass or metal bottle and navigate between the stations with an app. A fabulous project!

 – For wine not that many bottles are used, normally, but we gather them of course and return those that can be returned, and get beer bottles that are returnable, or draught beer.

 – We rent plates, cutlery, crockery and glasses, along with napkins made of cotton or linen that are all washed and used again.
Ronny stopped using straws made of plastic and replaced them for biodegradable straws years ago.
– I don’t encourage using straws, however, as they are more for decoration, he says.

Between the implementations above, Ronny Portulidis is convinced that he can reduce wastage by a significant margin.He hopes that other caterers and event professionals on the island will follow suit and to make the event landscape of Mallorca more sustainable.

Ronny and The Duke catering, www.dukecatering.party ,will be collaborating with the eventplanning company  www.magicmed.com with www.mallorcaweddingplanners.com on several events, and together they have decided to work with Ronny’s concept above, adding to that wooden furniture, decoration that is reusable and also a promise to make a big effort to take care of flowers and plants in the intense heat and give these away to hospitals and care homes after the event, whenever this is possible.

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engstrom.

THE MYSTERY OF PALMA CATHEDRAL

Palma’s amazing Cathedral, La Seu, should not be able to stand upright.

Scholars at the Balearic university made the calculations, and found that the Cathedral is a mathematical impossibility.

But the legendary Cathedral still stands! And there are lots more exciting and little known facts about La Seu…

When king Jaime I of Aragón came by ship to conquer Mallorca from Arab hands, he encountered a most terrible storm. He fervently prayed to the Virgin Mary promising to build a cathedral in her honour if he and his noblemen survived. The ships landed on the beach of what is now the town of Santa Ponsa, about 22 kilometres west of Palma.

They dined well 

They continued on horse arriving late at night at the old Bendinat Castle, where they were well received. Legend has it that there was no food to eat so the desperate cook took the one single garlic head he had and roasted it for the conqueror. Jaime I divided the head into small pieces and handed them out among those at the table. According to legend, when they had finished eating it, King Jaime said “Ben em dinat” which in Catalán means “We have dined well”, and hence the name of the castle nowadays: Bendinat. Today this small beautiful neo gothic jewel situated in the Bendinat neighbourhood is in private hands, and you can catch a glimpse of it while driving on the highway from Palma to Portals Nous. 

After the conquest was successfully completed in 1229 work on the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary was started by King Jaime. It was built right on top of an old Mosque, and for this reason it is the only Catholic cathedral facing directly in the direction of Mecca. Once consecrated, it became the official Cathedral of Mallorca and the temple of Santa Eulaliawhich had previously been the Cathedral was “demoted” to just a plain church. Santa Eulalia is also beautiful, but very small and is situated around the corner from Plaza Cort in Palma where you can also enjoy the beauty of the Baroque building housing the Palma Town Hall , built between 1649 and 1680. Before becoming the seat of the Town Hall in the 18th century, this building was used first as a hospital and later as a university. 

The rosette window

Construction on the Cathedral started around 1229 and was completed circa 1630. At the Cathedral of today you can enjoy the incredibly spectacular rosette (rose window), the largest in Gothic style, measuring 13 metres in diameter. It is true there are others measuring 15 metres elsewhere, but they are not Gothic, rather Neo-gothic. Curiously, it including a typical Jewish six-point star of David diagram, and it has 1.115 individual pieces of coloured glass, most of which are almost paperthin, being only 12 mm thick and therefore very delicate. This is the reason that in modern times the yearly firecracker show on 24th June San JuanS