17th to 20th May, 2019
An exclusive EBTS tour led by Sally Beale and hosted by EBTS Council member, Charlotte Maclean.
THE EBTS GOES TO MALLORCA
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands with a rich and varied terrain, from jagged mountain peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana in the north to patchwork fields edged by drystone walls of the central and southern plains, all surrounded by dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches. Under Moorish rule for three hundred years, Mallorca is now part of Spain, with strong Catalan ties. About one fifth of the population comprises British, German, Swiss and French expatriates, some of whose exceptionally beautiful gardens are included in this tour alongside those of Moorish influence. The carefully selected Nixe Palace five-star hotel is a very stylish and comfortable base for the tour with all rooms looking out to sea and down to the beautiful small beach. In addition, there is an outdoor heated pool and spa. We dine on two evenings at the hotel to experience the Mediterranean and contemporary cuisine.
Day 1: Friday 17th May
Depart London Heathrow at 09:45 AM to Palma Mallorca Airport, arriving at 13:10 PM on British Airways flight BA0496. Please purchase your own lunch. From the airport, we have three short visits: we drive first to view the wonderful Cathedral in the heart of Palma; then visit Writers Block where by special invitation we visit the garden of writer and ex-Member of Parliament, Jeffrey Archer; finally, we visit the small formal garden of Marivent Palace on the outskirts of Palma, summer home to the Spanish Royal family. Part of the gardens has only recently been opened in the months when the palace is not used, featuring beautiful shaded walkways, fountains, clipped and sculptured shrubs as well as bronze sculptures by Joan Miro, whose former studio is very close. We then drive on to our hotel for a welcoming drink on the terrace looking out to sea followed by our first evening meal together with wine.
Day 2: Saturday 18th May
We start the day at Jardines de Alfabia. In 1229 King Jaume I rewarded his ally, the Moor known as Benhabet, with a large estate, in gratitude for his help in conquering the island. Benhabet created the lush terraced garden in the Arabic fashion that continues to impress. Further along the road is Sóller Jardí Botànic, a centre for conservation and study of Mediterranean flora, an excellent introduction into the native flora as well as the range of introduced species that thrive on the island. Then, taking the coast road, we drive through Deia, past the former home of writer, Robert Graves, to Valldemossa with some free time in this beautiful small town. Here we can visit the former monastery and one-time home to Frédéric Chopin, the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist and George Sands who wrote “A Winter in Mallorca” about her time on the island. There is time to get your own lunch and to explore the shops. In the late afternoon, we drive down to the central plains to discover Biniagual, a private hamlet lovingly restored to include a contrasting series of small gardens surrounding a sequence of historic homesteads producing excellent vintages. We are invited to visit the gardens followed by a tasting of their own wines with dinner before return to Nixe Palace Hotel.
Day 3: Sunday 19th May
Today, we drive through floral-rich meadows to Son Muleta, the exquisite garden created by Camilla Chandon: a hidden retreat enlivened by rivers of blue-flowering plants studded with olive trees and tightly-clipped silver and green Mediterranean shrubs threaded with climbing roses. Following lunch together at Hotel Son Claret, with time included to see the gardens, we drive into Palma for a walk around the old town to include views of patio gardens, the Moorish baths and wonderful Cathedral. Return to the Nixe Palace Hotel for a final dinner together.
Day 4: Monday 20th May
A duo of delights in the south-east of the Island: Son Muda is the home of Helene & Christian Lindgens who are developing an ambitious and wonderfully intriguing white garden decorated with a host of sculptures by local artist Pedro Flores. After lunch at a local restaurant, we are invited to another very private garden. Return to the Palma Airport for flight BA0451 departing 20:20PM, arriving London Heathrow 21:45PM.
HOW MUCH & WHAT’S INCLUDED
The price per person: £1698
A single supplement of £300 is levied by the hotel
The price includes: three nights with bed & breakfast at the Nixe Palace Hotel; two evening meals with wine at the hotel and an evening meal plus wine tasting at Biniagual; two lunches with local wines; and return flights from London Heathrow. Those wishing to make their own flight arrangements should state this on the booking form and we will deduct £233 per person from the tour price. Please note that hotels used by Boxwood Tours are invariably hotels of character featuring a variety of rooms & styles.
The price does not include: extras at the hotel or travel insurance.
This tour is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.