Destination Wedding: Majorca
Sometimes things surpass your expectations. Sometimes you are so blown away by what you see, experience and feel that it’s hard to put into words how grateful you are. Finca Oliva, in the middle of the Mallorcan countryside is one such place that delivered so much more than I expected. It was only as I checked out that I realized that this villa belonged to the infamous Danish fashion and textile designer, Marlene Birger, someone who I’ve been a big fan of for a number of years. Lise Dons, our gracious and most generous hostess, gave me the warmest welcome, with a little note (I really love a hand written note) and a bottle of wine (I really love bottles of wine). So far, so amazing!! As soon as I arrived, after getting lost due to my fear of driving abroad-of which I’m now a pro (if you take out life insurance that is), the shoes came off and I walked blissfully around the house on the smooth white concrete. I get that this sounds pretty standard but I have a thing about bare feet and cold, smooth surfaces when you’re on holiday. I instantly felt like I lived here. A cosy and well equipped casita with a MASSIVE bed and Marlene Birger bedding, naturally, was where I chose to sleep, leaving the main house and other 2 gorgeous bedrooms to Ana Lui and Diva Borrelli (Ana is an Ibiza photography goddess and Diva is a New Yorker/Ibizan hair and make-up maestro). I’m no scaredy cat when it comes to travelling on my own, but there’s something eerie yet breathtaking about being in such solitude on your own when you’re used to racing around at a hundred miles an hour. Every noise is amplified and every movement becomes super sensitive to your eyes, hence choosing the cosy casita I could hide away in before the girls arrived a couple of days later. Bare in mind, I still had (silent) neighbours nearby, yet the villa was so big it felt like I was the only one for miles. The quietness was astounding, and it finally silenced my busy mind. Wandering down to the pool was like stumbling across an oasis. Dazzling turquoise tiles sat beautifully next to lavender bushes full of delicate shades of lilac as bees flitted from one bush to the next. Submerging myself in the sun-dappled water with mountains rising up either side of me felt surreal, considering I thought I would never find this place. The hidden nature of the villa makes it even more of a retreat-like you’re hidden away from the world in your own private cocoon. The house had EVERYTHING you could ever need and more. Beautiful crockery, glassware and shimmering shell and muted silver cutlery would make for a stunning dinner party with friends on the 10 seat dining table outside, while the kitchen is made for the ultimate social hostess. Perfectly designed (my boyfriend would have a fit at the amazing kitchen) and planned, it’s an amateur and professional cook’s heaven. Leading from the kitchen are the cool concrete stairs, splitting off to the 2 huge bedrooms styled with stripes, beautiful soft rugs and giant squashy linen cushions. It’s close to the beautiful port of Andratx and to stunning beach clubs along the coast with thatched umbrellas and crystal clear waters, where sipping a café con leche and people watching is the only thing to be done (as well as eye up which boat you would buy if money was no object). Only 30 minutes from Palma and close to the infamous walking treks that Mallorca is famous for, I think you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect villa in the whole of the Balearic islands. It was the location for our stunning photo shoot and it’s the perfect villa for a Mallorca wedding party to get ready in and for your guests to stay too. We would love to help you plan your Mallorca wedding! Email us at Hello@islaandsmith.com to find out how we can be your trustworthy Mallorca Wedding Planner. All images taken by Lisa at Isla & Smith Wedding Planning and Design. With warmest thanks to our beautiful hostess, Lise Dons.