Singer James Blunt and fiancée Sofia Wellesley, granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, will tie the knot this summer on the island of Mallorca, at a property owned by her family. The society wedding (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and singer Elton John are reported to be on the guest list) is likely to spark even further interest in getting married on this beautiful Spanish island.
Mallorca is already a popular destination for weddings – not just because of the Mediterranean climate and good flight connections with the rest of Europe. The island offers a large and diverse choice of romantic venues for all sizes and types of wedding ceremony and/or reception, and a raft of English-speaking professional Mallorca-based services. These include wedding planners, private caterers and chefs, florists, photographers and marriage celebrants.
The following are among some of the most romantic and photogenic luxury hotels for wedding ceremonies/receptions:
The 5-star boutique Gran Hotel Son Net has a rural hilltop location and was once the family home of its American owner. A ceremony in the hotel’s landscaped gardens offers views down to the small village of Puigpunyent and of the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site Tramuntana mountains.
The boutique hotel Ca’s Xorc is an 18th century finca in the mountains, with spectacular views down to Soller and its port. The pretty gardens are on different levels, and there are plenty of cosy places for the bride and groom to enjoy some quiet moments together. James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy – the couple behind boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith – chose Ca’s Xorc for one of their two weddings.
Son Brull Hotel & Spa, near Pollensa in the north of Mallorca, is a former 18th century Jesuit monastery set in extensive grounds. The 5-star hotel has a contemporary interior and beauty treatment rooms for pre-wedding pampering. Except in high season, the 23-room hotel can be booked for a wedding party’s exclusive use.
The stone-built Hotel Valldemossa is another hilltop hotel with views of Valldemossa village, including the monastery where composer Chopin spent a chilly winter with lover George Sand. The gardens of this Relais & Chateaux member hotel are ideal for civil ceremonies.
Singer Robbie Williams chose 5-star La Residencia, in the picturesque mountain village of Deia, for his romantic pre-wedding holiday with Ayda Field. This Orient-Express hotel is also where Irish singer Caroline Corr and her husband had their wedding reception.
Hiring the services of a Mallorca-based English-speaking professional planner – with their language skills, local knowledge and specialist experience – takes most of the stress out of organising a wedding abroad. The following all have an excellent reputation and can also arrange weddings in unique settings and private venues that individuals are unlikely to find for themselves.
Like James and Sofia, you could be married somewhere very special on the Balearic island of Mallorca. Just don’t expect Elton John to turn up for the wedding…