The start of a new year leaves many of us craving a blast of fresh air to clear away the cobwebs and take a deep breath before we break ourselves free from the last twelve months, and tackle the year ahead. Don’t get us wrong, spending a week comfortably reclined on a soft, sandy beach being waited on hand and foot certainly has its place, but sometimes a jolt is needed to shake us from our post-Christmas slumbers.
So, what do we suggest you do to cure yourself of last year’s hangover? Well, we think Mallorca has a wonderful solution – a luxury cycling break. Mallorca is a haven for cyclists and, throughout winter, the best European teams, including Team Sky, Liquigas-Cannondale, BMC and Radioshack-Nissan-Trek, train here to improve their skills.
Here’s why. Before kicking into summer holiday mode, Mallorca has a delightful spring period that is often under-utilised by holidaymakers, despite being perfect for activity holidays. The weather is comfortably warm, and while the sun beating down is great for beach holidays in July and August, it poses its problems for those wanting to get out and about to enjoy the beautiful scenery of one of our favourite Balearic Islands.
In this cooler period, cycling is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of Mallorca, and, with endorphins pumping as you hit the pedals and the soft breeze blows through your hair, it is an even better way to start the year. The roads here are smooth and well-maintained, with low traffic levels, accommodating for leisurely and high-impact cyclists alike. The Tramuntana mountain range, meanwhile, offers a thrilling challenge for mountain-bikers. Stretching the whole west side of the island, this rural area is most picturesque in spring time, and being out in the beauty of nature has an inexplicably therapeutic energy. If you are looking to fully submerge yourself in the solitude of a country retreat, Belmond La Residencia is a charming hotel sheltered by the mountain range on the peaceful north west coast. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can return from your bike-ride and gaze back at your accomplishment from your lounger in this quaint, artist village location.
For a full-on cycling training experience, though, Jumeirah Port Soller is the place to be. In April 2016, the hotel is teaming up with one of Britain’s most successful professional cyclists, David Millar, to offer guests once in a lifetime, three-day riding weekends, complete with a customised training plan, personalised jersey and kit from ChptIII and expert support and technical assistance. Afterwards, we recommend staying a little longer and soothing your aching muscles at the resort's Talise Spa, with an enviable cliff top location and an extensive menu of massages, holistic therapies and pampering beauty treatments. It also has state-of-the-art fitness facilities for those who prefer, quite literally, to get straight back on the bike!
Finally, after all that hard work, you’ll be looking for a good meal. True well being starts from within, so we recommend The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort for tasting some of the finest cuisine the Balearics has to offer. Here, at the Michelin starred ‘Es Fum’, you can try innovative creations from Chef Rafael Sánchez, and, as you look out across the Mediterranean Sea, feel the colour flow back into your cheeks as your batteries slowly but surely power up for the year ahead.