This month Essentially Mallorca, the association of elite hospitality and travel businesses operating on Mallorca, held its first Awards.
The Awards were made at a prestigious Gala Dinner on December 13th, hosted at the Restaurante Sa Simentera de Canet in Esporles, and attended by over 50 guests representing the spectrum of luxury travel, hospitality, services and experiences available on Mallorca.
The Essentially Mallorca Awards have been created to recognise excellence in initiatives that have further enhanced the luxury travel sector in 2018, as well as enhancing perception of Mallorca.
20 nominations were considered by the Essentially Mallorca judging panel (prictured) of Cristina García (second right – Port Adriano); Nicolás Ostrovsky (right -Hilton Sa Torre); Kristoff Both (not pictured – Golf Alcanada); Prof. María Eugenia Girón, (entrepreneur, counsellor and president of the IE Business School’s luxury observatory): and the island’s leading communicator related to this sector, Esteban Mercer (left). Also pictured is Samuel Alvarez (second left) from the Executive of Essentially Mallorca (Group Sales & Marketing Director of Marugal Distinctive Hotel Management; and María Renart (middled – Balearic Tourism – Agencia de Estrategia Turística de las Islas Baleares – AETIB)
The Awards were:
BEST LUXURY COMMITMENT
Awarded to Belmond La Residencia for its ‘Adopt an Olive Tree’ initiative.
To maintain tradition agriculture, respect the history of the La Residencia Estate and to help restore the ancient olive groves, Belmond La Residencia launched an initiative to raise funds through the possibility of sponsoring an olive tree. Funds raised support the restoration and care of trees and olive groves.
READ about our experience at Belmond La Residencia here.
BEST REFLECTION OF THE ESSENCE OF MALLORCA
Awarded to Son Sureda Ric for ‘Conserving the tradition of the island’
This winery keeps alive the tradition of the island of Mallorca both in its way of wine making and also the wines, maintaining its historical, gastronomic and cultural heritage. On the farm, the typical crops and livestock of Mallorca are still maintained under an ecological agriculture and livestock regime. Guests can experience this authentic essence of the island through their exclusive guided tours.
BEST DIGITAL AMBASSADOR
Awarded to Europair for its ‘ Europair Jets App’Europair has always focused on technological innovation. The company has created Europair Jets, the first Spanish application that allows passengers to search, compare and book a private jet with total autonomy and discretion from an iPhone or iPad.
BEST INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE
Awarded to Belmond La Residencia for its ‘Donkey Trail’
This unique guest experience consists of accompanying two charming Mallorca donkeys along a natural path that leads up the mountain, passing through century-old olive groves on the hotel’s estate. Guests can enjoy the local flora and fauna – and once they reach a stone shepherd’s hut, originally a mountain refuge, a traditional Mallorcan lunch is prepared with authentic, local ingredients.
Essentially Mallorca members include:
Golf Courses: Alcanada, Son Vida y Son Gual.
Sports Centre: Rafa Nadal Sports Centre.
Belmond La Residencia
Hotel Es Princep
READ about our experience at Hotel Es Princep here.
GPRO Valparaíso Palace
READ about our experience at GPRO Valparaíso Palace here.
Gran Hotel Son Net
READ about our experience at Gran Hotel Son Net here.
Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca Resort
READ about our experience at Hilton Sa Torre here.
Hotel Can Simoneta
Gran Meliá de Mar
Gran Meliá Victoria
Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
READ about our experience at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa here.
Palacio Ca sa Galesa
Park Hyatt Mallorca
READ about our experience at Park Hyatt Mallorca here.
Posada Terra Santa Boutique Hotel
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
READ about our experience at Sant Francesc Hotel Singular here.
Son Brull Hotel
READ about our experience at Son Brull Hotel here.
Luxury Marina – Port Adriano
READ about our experience at Port Adriano here.
Elite Transport Services: Transfer Class & Europair
Exclusive Concierge: Vanity Welcome
Unique Experiences: Bodega Finca Son Sureda Ric