LJs Ratxó Eco Luxury Resort, Puigpunyent, Spain: Natural and committed design
Owner Lisa Jane Cross, together with interior designer Blanca Rosselló, have turned this Mallorcan finca into a haven for lovers of the new sustainable luxury. This authentic destination hotel, located in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana (Mallorca), has its own team of 6 carpenters, who have made wood the common thread of their creative concept.
At LJs Ratxó everything seems to have its place. Despite its cozy and extremely homely atmosphere, no detail is the result of improvisation. Its luxury is intentional, and the result of the dream of its owners, Lorenzo Fluxá Domene and Lisa Jane Cross, to make this beautiful corner of the island of Mallorca, the home of many travelers who decide to visit it to get to know its authentic DNA, the other Mallorca: the unknown, the unexplored, the green. A green that in the Sierra de Tramuntana is legion, and that has inspired Lisa Jane Cross, a great lover of design, and the interior designer Blanca Roselló, when creating the creative concept of this authentic 5-star, 25-room destination hotel.
LJs Ratxó enjoys a privileged location in the heart of the Sierra de Tramuntana, in a 14th century estate, which occupies 2.6 million square meters of land. This exuberant nature, full of oaks, pines and olive trees, is what Lisa and Blanca have wanted to transfer to the interior of the hotel, using the wood from its forests. In this sense, LJs Ratxó is the only hotel in Mallorca, and one of the few in the world, that has its own team of carpenters, formed by 6 professional cabinetmakers. Through their hands pass every day pieces of trees, which are discarded in the always necessary cleaning of the forests, and trunks that come from their usual pruning. And from there, just like the ancient carvers of the island, they work their magic, turning nature into pure art. The result? Beautiful wooden boxes for bathroom amenities; supports for TV remote controls; the most ecological room numbers; elegant "do not disturb" signs; lamps and terrace tables in boho chic style, which invite you to enjoy a natural furniture, and absolutely committed to their environment.
An environment that has been respected, and wonderfully recreated, in the interior of her a la carte restaurant "Roots", in an interior design project that for Blanca Rosselló has been "a beautiful adventure, which has allowed me to work, as never before, in a natural environment of great beauty, and to create inside a space that respects the aesthetics and the Mallorcan landscape". Built literally next to the mountain, whose spectacular nature is revealed through a large window, "Raíces" emulates a Mediterranean forest formed by huge trunks and branches that support its roof, and whose main pillar is covered by the trunk of a sturdy tree. Bunches of light bulbs recall the fruit of the earth and illuminate the experience, while the dry stone walls, exceptionally cut by the estate's own "margers" to fit together, without the need to add cement, evoke the typical terraces of the Sierra de Tramuntana. A decoration that, according to the well-known Mallorcan interior designer, "reflects Mallorca in its purest state".
Luxury and sustainability in perfect harmony. The Eco-Luxury Retreat tries to keep its guests and interested parties constantly up to date on their projects, so they have developed a traffic light to represent which goals have already been achieved, which are currently being implemented and which are still in the future.
Achieved - 100 %
- Use of umbrellas with solar panels to illuminate the restaurant
- Reuse of the wood of the environment to create decorative pieces
- Use of Cups made from coffee beans
- Installation of a reverse osmosis drinking water system
- Garbage compactor machine (plastic, cardboard and paper)
- Use of wooden cards as a room key
In progress - 50%
- Implementation of a renewable energy system to produce hot water, electricity and heating
- Implementation of a sustainable guest transportation system, using hybrid and electric vehicles
- Eco-friendly water-powered gym machines
Future - 10 %
- Implementation of international eco-standards, such as EMAS (Eco-Management Audit Scheme), and ISO 14001, emphasizing organizational environmental performance to achieve sustainability