Still waters run deep and as soon as I stepped into the tranquil world of Cal Reiet I felt every breath of tension leave my body. The name Cal Reiet in Mallorcan translates to house of the little king, and for many years the pretty property changed hands – turning from holiday home to TV set, before finally it came to Petra and Henning Bensland and transformed into a beautiful upscale holistic retreat.
Lingering over a fresh organic breakfast beside the shimmering pool, surrounded by century old palm trees splashed in sunshine and slurping on a deliciously rich green smoothie– Henning struck up conversation. After introducing me to their two beautiful children he told me how Cal Reiet came to be.
When the World Changes Pace
Henning once worked in finance; a world tight at the collar and one where you carry the weight of stress. After being diagnosed with MS he decided it was time for a change. He turned to mindfulness and started weaving yoga and meditation into his world. In 2012 on a delayed flight he found himself stuck in Mallorca when his eye caught a property for sale. Like a flash he saw a path stretching ahead – a desire to create a stunning holistic retreat.
Henning’s face lights up as he glances around and realizes his dream “I am happy to be able to share this fantastic oasis with our guests and friends. My passion behind Cal Reiet is to create a place that supports community connection and inspires transformation and personal growth.”
Historic Facade Hides Cool Charm
I can feel my own personal growth standing a little taller as I soak up the warmth of my surroundings. It feels wrong to call Cal Reiet a hotel, to me it seems to radiate a summer house vibe, with its fragrant tropical gardens and it’s cool and collected interior. On the outside Cal Reiet holds on to her historic façade, its golden stone offering a beautiful contrast against the bright pink bougainvillea and the pale teal plantation shutters.
The interior by Bloomint boasts a seamless blend of classical styling meets modern breath of fresh air. Exposed wooden beams look striking when placed against white walls and soothing shades of cream, beige and blue. The design seems to capture an air of simplicity that matches the spiritual lifestyle, while offering all the comfort of home and a Zen like air to encourage clarity.
Gorgeous Gardens for Walking Meditation
It’s not only the interior design that has been beautifully and carefully curated, but also the gardens. Graham Lloyd Blunt has created a glorious outdoor space that flows like a crystal-clear river. From the silent but for bird song yoga shala to the sparkling 20m pool framed by lush vegetation and towering palms, you could walk circles around the grounds and never tire of the beauty. When I felt the need for a change of scene I found the tanned sands and turquoise waters of Es Trenc beach close by a slice of paradise.
The Food – a Fine Gift from the Land
The food at Cal Reiet also calls on the grace of the land – offering organic, vegetarian or vegan fayre splashed with all the color and zing of the Mediterranean. Artisan breads are drizzled with cold pressed olive oil and smashed with avocado, fresh salads and cheese. Buddha bowls are a rainbow myriad of flavor, and the chef’s choice three course menu is sure to leave you satiated.
Yoga Classes Offering a Spiritual Feast
Holistic wellbeing and yoga are top of the things to do list, with Petra paving the way for a sublime spiritual journey. Petra studied with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand and in 2013 at the end of her studies she began to nurture a dream to create a retreat center where people of all ages can rest, practice, reset, heal, grow and be inspired. The classes menu is a spiritual feast – from sacred feminine dance to water flow yoga, vinyasa flow and tai chi.
Spending my days grazing on natures produce, re-balancing my inner strength in the incredible presence of Henning and Petra, and embracing the beauty of Mallorca made for an impeccable experience, one I am sure I will carry with me.