#Badnews … Love Island 2018 is over and it’s a full twelve months before the British public gets their next fix of coupling up, mugging off and turning of heads from the sexy singletons in the Love Island villa. What a summer of love it’s been on the gorgeous Balearic island of Mallorca; we’ve rooted for ‘old’ Laura and Doctor Alex, fallen in and out (and out and in) of love with Wes and Megan, and been constantly reminded that absolutely nobody is quite as loyal as Georgia, babes. If you’re anything like me, you’re definitely wondering where we go from here now that the show has ended!
However, never fear - if you can’t wait until next year for another taste of the Love Island high life, we’ve put together a shortlist of the best Mallorca food and drink hot spots where you can soak up the sun, enjoy a drink or two, and who knows? Maybe you’ll even get your head turned (make sure you don’t put all your eggs in one basket too quickly though).
Restaurant Es Pati
Carrer Soler 22, St. Llorenç
Love Island is filmed on the east side of the island, near the picturesque town of Sant Llorenç de Cardassar. This peaceful spot nestles on the coast, surrounded by magnificent natural landscape and farmland – the perfect place for a Spanish retreat when it isn’t inundated by the Love Island crew!
One of the best restaurants in Sant Llorenç is Es Pati, a gorgeously secluded spot where guests soak up the atmosphere in a spellbinding courtyard area. The five course menu changes daily based on the availability of local produce, all sourced by chef and owner Felix every morning at the town’s own market. His menus embrace the best of Spanish cuisine with just a hint of international influence. Think Asian seaweed salads, quail breast with mango ragout, truffled gnochetini … beautiful dishes invented on a day-to-day basis, with the entire five courses costing an incredibly reasonable €49.
(+34) 971 83 80 14
Bodega Ribas Winery
Muntanya, 2 07330 Consell, Mallorca
The Ribas winery is the oldest winery in Mallorca, housed in a gorgeous stately home that’s beautifully well-preserved and provides the most romantic of settings for a stroll through the 40 hectares of premium vineyards.
Since 1711, the winery has specialised in traditional Mallorcan grape varieties such as Mantonegro, Prensal and Gargollasa – every single grape is hand-tended, hand-picked and generally given the best of care in order to produce a selection of truly stunning wines. These are premium bottles, so you’re not likely to find any of these behind the Love Island bar on an average Tuesday night … but if you have something to celebrate, you could do worse than to treat yourself to a bottle of their 2016 Ribas de Cabrera, a beautifully expressive red with aromas of black fruit, chocolate and liquorice.
There’s also a whole range of tours and tastings to choose from, including some fabulous traditional food pairings. Our favourite is the winery tour and stargazing experience, which combines fine wine with the beauty of the Spanish sky at night. Definitely a bit of me!