La Residencia gives life to Mallorcan landscape with olive grove restoration project
21st October 2010 - La Residencia www.laresidencia.com, on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, is a luxury hideaway surrounded by 32 acres of land historically farmed for olives, carobs, and oak. The hotel has just launched an exciting new project aimed at restoring the previously untended mountainside in which it is nestled to its former glory.
During the last century, when focus moved from agriculture to tourism, the land that surrounds the hotel was left untended. However, recognising the increase in demand for locally sourced and organic produce, La Residencia has taken action to restore this land and bring back the crops that would have traditionally grown there. The hotel has signed a contract with the local agricultural Cooperative, and work has already begun to clear the terraced olive groves of unwanted pine and undergrowth. The trees will be pruned correctly, ensuring a new harvest of olive oil in December and another in January.
Unwanted wood from the clearance will be stored in a woodpile for the hotel’s fireplaces during the winter season and a field of almond trees has been planted with the hopes that they will bloom for a summer harvest next year.
La Residencia has created a dedicated three night Olive Oil package to offer guests a chance to take part in this special project. This package will include accommodation, daily breakfast, a short introduction to olive harvesting and an opportunity to hand pick the olives that will then be pressed into oil. Also incorporated in the package is a Citrus Olive Siesta beauty treatment at La Residencia’s spa, a traditional Mallorcan lunch at a mountain refuge within the hotel’s land, and a three course dinner at El Olivo where guests will be able to taste various olive oils. As a mark of thanks to those participating in the clearance and harvest, the hotel will create a personalised sign in the guests’ name for the olive tree that they have tended.
The Olive Oil package is available from 18 November to 18 December 2010 and costs 1,230 Euros (approximately £1,081) based on two people sharing and including VAT.
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