The extraordinarily connected Kay Perry is EC Villas’ girl-on-the-ground in Mallorca. A die-hard patriot of her adopted island, she’s been working as a vacation consultant there for 17 years. If you’re coming to Ibiza then an extended holiday in Mallorca is a must, or perhaps you’d be interested in purchasing a holiday home there? Food for thought.
Entirely different to her sister island, Mallorca is at once cosmopolitan and steeped in history. Amazing restaurants and bars, charming picturesque villages and a stunning capital city, this place is not to be missed. If there is anyone who knows what is going down in Ibiza’s sister island, it’s Kay. Here she answers a few essential questions about her favourite place in the world.
What is your Mallorca story?
I came to Mallorca 17 years ago, with the intention of taking a six-month sabbatical from work and never went back. I fell in love with the island’s diversity, international culture and stunning scenery. I have always felt safe here, the island’s infrastructure is great, the healthcare is also very good and it’s easy to travel anywhere in Europe from here.
How long have you been working as a holiday consultant there?
This will be my 16th year assisting people with their vacation requirements! Needless to say over the years I have met many nationalities from around the world, many which are return clients year after year.
Ibiza vs Mallorca?
As much as I love hopping over to the white isle for a weekend, Mallorca is a lot more cosmopolitan and Palma, the capital, is much like any other European city. It is fabulous for shopping, art galleries, restaurants and culture. There are many more traditional Spanish villages and the Serra de Tramutana mountain range, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers an amazing backdrop to the north and east of the Island. Mallorca has always been considered a family island while Ibiza is more for singles looking to party but this is a very stereotypical view. Mallorca certainly knows how to party if that’s what you want!
When people come to visit you what five things do you insist on doing/showing them?
1. Palma Cathedral (Le Seu): Even of you are not into the cultural scene I defy anyone not to be impressed by this gothic cathedral with Gaudi influences.
2. Es Trenc Beach: This beach, often referred to as Mallorca’s Caribbean, is a stunning stretch of white sand, crystal clear waters and outstanding natural beauty. It is backed by natural sand dunes and salt marshes. This is also a great spot to stop by boat, and a must for a day chilling and sipping a cocktail in one of the beaches three chiringuitos.
3. Hire a boat: I love taking a boat out with guests and always recommend it to clients as a great way to see the island from another perspective. In the summer months, this the best way to stay cool and escape the crowds. I always have a chef prepare lunch for us to take on board, to make the most of the day.
4. Shopping, lunch and sightseeing in Palma: If you want to immerse yourself in Mallorca life, spend a day wandering the city. Palma has a number of luxury brand boutiques as well as exclusive galleries and art stores. There are also an array of wonderful tapas bars and restaurants (too many to recommend here!).
5. A trip in the Serra de Tramuntana (UNESCO World Heritage Site): If it is by mountain bike, road bike, hiking or by car a trip along the west coast and up to the north allows you to see nature at its best. The stunning mountains with the sparkling Med below and some beautiful villages throughout the area are just divine.
What are some of your fave cocktail sunset spots?
I love Bens D’avall Restaurant between Soller and Deia on the west coast, Beach Club Grand Follies near Puerto Andratx, the terrace of the Mood Beach Club Puerto Portals and Pondesrosa Beach Playa de Muro.
There are so many amazing beaches on the island. If you are looking for family friendly beaches then the South West near Portals Nous, Palma Nova or in the North Pollenca and Alcudia. Then their are many gorgeous coves around the island, too many to mention but my personal favourites are Cala Formentor, Cala Deia, Cala Mesquida and Son Serra de Maria. The best way to explore the coast is by chartering one of our amazing yacht fleet, either sail or motor.
Palma: Forn de San Joan
North West Coast: Bens d’avall
South West: Flannigan’s
North East Coast: Sa Punta at Port Verd
South East: Cap Rocat
I also recommend my clients enjoy a night in their villa with a private chef cooking for them. We have a great selection of chefs in Mallorca who can cook everything from traditional Mallorquin food to Thai banquets. It’s a great way to entertain friends and family.
How do you unwind after a days work?
I very often go trail running in the mountains, which is a great escape from everyday life. In the summer months I enjoy going to the beach as everyone else is leaving, around 8pm and staying until sunset. An aperitif on a terrace somewhere in the streets of Palma with friends followed by dinner at a restaurant.
Mallorca has been the location of many films and TV shows….
The diversity of scenery in such a small area makes it ideal for filmmakers. Most recently we had The Night Manager, also Cloud Atlas, Top Gear, Mad Dogs, as well as loads of television commercials. It is also a popular location for fashion shoots.
Lots of people are choosing to move to Mallorca. What’s the appeal for families or retirees?
Mallorca is only a few hours from all the major European cities. It has a vibrant year round capital city and an international community. It has excellent international schools, hospitals and infrastructure. Many people use Mallorca as their base and commute to work Monday to Friday elsewhere. It provides a certain lifestyle without forgoing anything. I think people see it as the safe haven and extremely convenient.
Anything else you think that needs mentioning?
The Times voted Palma de Mallorca the best city to live on the planet in 2015 overtaking 50 other cities. The annual ranking took into consideration climate, environment and the quality of life. Of course, I knew that all along!