Archive December 2019

Bye 2019 – My Favourite Moments

As 2019 is ending, and a new decade is about to start, I wanted to take time to reflect and think about this past year. It’s been a pretty amazing one, full of surprises! Here are some of my favourite memories of 2019.

I started the year in France surrounded by my family. I was happy to go back to my beloved island and explore: I went many times to Banyalbufar, it became my favourite town on the island: mountain and sea, almond and palm trees, cactus and flowers; amazing terraces, breath-taking views…

End of January I met a very cool group of Belgian guys, we became instant friends and throughout the year we all went back and forth between Palma and Brussels; we’ve had so much fun!

In February I went back to France and it was lovely to spend time with my family, it was freezing but oh, beautiful!

March was the time for new flatmates, and I couldn’t have asked for better girls. I’m so grateful for them, we’ve created a little happy home.

April started in Finland! I was visiting a Uni friend in Turku and we had a great few days: sunrise on the frozen lake, typical Finnish sauna, barbecue on the beach because it was SO warm (14°C), exploring small towns and laughing a lot. Can’t wait to see where we will meet next time!

In May, I was lucky enough to have several members of my family – including my mum for the first time! – coming to Mallorca to celebrate my Godmother’s 50th birthday. It was so much fun to show them around the island, and for me it was very special to show my mum the life I’ve created in Mallorca. One of my favourite during that week was Botanicactus: paradise for the cactus lover that I am!

In June, I celebrated my 23rd birthday surrounded by my loved ones. I eel very blessed when I see the people I have in my life here on the island.

I also spent an amazing week with my friends visiting me in Palma, working in the morning and exploring in the afternoon: we hit so many places I was dreaming of discovering such as Calo D’Es Moro and Sa Calobra.

A must do in Palma: the rooftop of the Cathedral, find out more about it here.

We also made the most of Palma night life and tried a few rooftops. My favourite is Hotel Almudaina Sky Bar: love the view of the cathedral! And prices are quite reasonable.

After this, I spent a week in a gorgeous region of France: Ardèche, for the baptism of one of my cousin. It was so relaxing to be in a small village in the middle of the mountains.

August came, and back to France again! This time to show Paris to my God-daughter (5yo): it was amazing to see the world through her eyes! It was also great to see many of my friends from high school around a yummy dinner on the beach.

At the beginning of September, I’ve worked on my first Festival: doing the social media coverage during all the events: it was challenging, intense and tiring; but I got to discover many new places (including amazing restaurants) on the island!

Mid-September, end of summer, time for a boat party with Mallorca Girl Gone International. So much fun!

October started for me in Barcelona: my high school English teacher from when I was living in Australia came to Barcelona so I took the opportunity to visit her and rediscover this city.

2 favourites there: the Palau de la Musica Catalana and Alsur café.

I was invited on a boat cruise with Save The Med Foundation and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we saw dolphins! Such an amazing memory.

Mid-October, and still an amazing weather on the island. I joined my favourite Pink Flamingo, Chloe at Ten Mallorca hotel in Sineu: the ultimate Instagram hotel. We had so much fun with Chloe sipping Gin&Tonic by the pool, laughing and taking cool photos ahha.

October was definitely an amazing month, as I was lucky enough to go to the European Hot Air Balloons Championship that was taking place in Mallorca. You can read about the whole experience and see more photos by clicking here.

October was also the month I launched Palma Insta Tour, I’ll talk more about the concept in another blog post, but you can follow this project on Instagram and book on Airbnb Experience.

November: time to visit the island next door! Let’s go to Menorca. A weekend to relax and disconnect. Pretty empty at this time of the year, it was hard to find places to eat but amazing to not be surrounded by hundreds of tourists. We were gifted with the most amazing sunset and we had so much fun on wine tour and cheese tasting. More photos coming soon in another blog post!

The month ended with the visit of one of my lovely friend, who I don’t see enough. We went on the most amazing hike from Cala S’almonia to Cala Marmols. And we spent hours walking through town looking at all the Christmas Lights. It was such a chilled but full weekend, can’t wait to see her again!

December has been quite busy as I was preparing to take time off for Christmas, but seeing the Christmas Lights every time I’d cross the city at night was such a lovely feeling. I finally launched my website and started my blog, yay! I’m also so grateful for the amazing friends I’ve made on the island and who are part of my close circle, and for all the people I’ve met through the year: new clients, business partners and friends.

As I’m writing this, I’m on the plane flying from Dubai to Jakarta. My 2019 will end in Lombok and 2020 will start in Bali, how lucky! I hope you all had a great 2019 despite the many challenges. Bring it on 2020!

Adèle xx

A Magical Christmas Market in the Woods

Come along to the best Christmas Market on the island: local, eco-friendly and vegan artisans coming together to create the magical Countryside Christmas Fair, all orchestrated by Jada and Baran, the loveliest couple running the gorgeous B&B Spoon Full O’Moon in Costitx.

Walking through the woods, you could treat yourself to the amazing waffles by Mukka Coffee, try Totally Gutted’s truffle cheese, eat a mushroom pita by Max Campbell Catering, then taste all the flavours of Solstice Blends lattes, alongside with vegan treats by Eat Me by Eva, to finish with a tea made from olive leaf by Dos Alquemistas.

Once you’d tried all the goodies, it was time to find your newest natural beauty products by Gaia and the most amazing candles and bomb bath by E-oil Alchemy. After that, you could then try on the gorgeous dresses made by Sunvibes, or S de Socorro’s beautiful pieces; and find the perfect piece of jewellery by Dzerve to gift the women in your life.

At the end of the pathway, Ivan and Lara of Wine Industry were waiting for you with mulled wine. It was time to sip away while watching the different talented performers: Sofia DV Music’s students, Holly Jazz’s choral, Stina Jones and Merel Jansen.

And let’s not forget taking fun photos at the photobooth or chilling by the bonfire, a kids favourite!

Let me introduce you to my favourites.

Dzerve Jewellery

Sustainable, precious handcrafted jewellery inspired from nature. I love my wave ring made with love by Ieva. Handmade in Mallorca, she also delivers all around the globe if you order from her Etsy shop.

Sunvibes

Boho chic sustainable fashion designer, Eli, makes the most gorgeous and unique dresses. If you’d love to gift your loved ones an experience this Christmas, Sunvibes also offers sewing courses and workshops.

E-oil Alchemy

Natasha is a holistic health and wellness coach, and global essential oil Educator. Trust me, the pot-pourri, candles and bath bombs smell like heaven! If you need any advice on essential oil, she’s the one you need to speak to!

Mukka Coffee

Mukka Coffee is a vegan and gluten free café. For the market they prepared the yummiest waffles, cookies and donuts. You can find them in Palma: 12 Carrer del Carme, from Monday till Friday from 8-16h and Saturday from 9-14h.

Solstice Blends

Plant-based, vegan, superfood lattes: Solstice Blends is THE alternative to coffee. Each different colourful powder has a magic power. My personal favourites are the Pink Coconut and Blue Mermaid.

Totally Gutted

Newly opened in Santa Catalina (52 Carrer de Despuig), Totally Gutted is probiotic, pro-health shop! Libby offers hand-crafted fermented foods and beverages, and let me tell you her vegan cheeses are to die for!

Congratulations to all the local artisans who offered amazing products and delicious food.

Bravo, Jada and Baran

This market wouldn’t have come to life without the hard work of J&B. If you ever get the chance to stay at their amazing B&B Spoon Full O’Moon, just go for it as they are the most amazing hosts you could wish for. In the meantime, you can follow their every day adventure on Instagram @spoonfullomoon. Congratulations my beautiful friends for a successful first Christmas Market in Costitx, we all hope to do it again next year!

Watch this video to get an insight feeling of the countryside Christmas market in Costitx:

I hope you enjoyed discovering Spoon Full O’Moon magical Christmas fair in Costitx. All photos by me.

Merry Christmas !

Christmas Spirit in Palma

Oh, I love December in Palma: the sun is still warming us up most of the days, the sunrises and sunsets are colourful and the streets are magical as soon as the Christmas Lights are turned on.

Here are my favourite spots around Palma during the holiday season.

Passeig des Born: delightful during the day and magical at night; it was quite crowded on the night they were switching the lights on.

I love the stars on Plaza de la Reina.

I don’t know why, palm trees and Christmas lights make my heart jump: I feel so luck to live on this beautiful island.

Another of my favourite corner: Jaume III

There’s something so special about La Rambla during the holiday, I love seeing the flower shops along with the Christmas lights.

I love walking through Plaza Mayor at night, the yellow – my favourite colour – plaza is even more special all lighten up.

Last but not least, Plaza Cort and its sky full of lights.

I’m going away for the holidays so I’m taking all the Christmas spirit I can get before that! I still have a few Christmas events to go to: Santa Lucia at Palma Cathedral on Friday Dec 13th, the Countryside Christmas Fair organised by my beautiful friends at Spoon Full O’Moon on Sunday Dec 15th and a few Christmas drinks with my friends.

If you want to know more about how Christmas is celebrated on the island, check out this Ultimate Christmas on Mallorca Guide.

And you can check my video of the Christmas Lights as I walk through the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca.

Happy holidays!

Heavenly Hike in Eastern Mallorca

A very special December 1st

Mallorca is known for some of its breath-taking views and amazing calas, some with access only by hiking for a couple of hours or by boat. While it might be hard to get there in the hot summer days, it’s the perfect spot to explore during the ultimate hiking season in Mallorca: Autumn.

Let me take you to some magical spots around Santanyi.

We started the hike in Cala S’Almonia.

For 2 hours we walked while having great views.

We passed the cutest house with the most amazing view! Who whished it was available on Airbnb to be able to wake up there?

We finally arrived to Cala Dels Marmols, where we were greeted by the cutest Husky.

What’s best than having a nap on the beach on the 1st of December? You tell me…

The way back seemed way quicker and we stopped at yet another breathtaking point of view.

Back to Cala S’Almonia, we headed to Calo d’es Moro.

What a difference a season makes: in Summer it was packed with people and we were swimming in the sea. This time we could enjoy the peaceful view and empty beach.

One last stop before heading back to Palma: Cala Llombards as the sun was setting and turning the sky pink.

4 calas in a day, the perfect Autumn Sunday.