For a small Island, Mallorca attracts far more than its fair share of celebrities, jetsetters and royalty, and it has the hospitality to match. From city boutique hotels to romantically rural ve star paradises, there’s plenty of paparazzi-free choice to rest weary wealthy heads.
New to the Island’s hotel offering (if a June 2010 open date still quali es it to be “new”) Cap Rocat brings something utterly unique to Mallorca – and perhaps Europe. Not easily slotted into any design category (think military Mediterranean Bedouin barefoot chic) the hotel occupies a fortress built more than 100 years ago during the Spanish-American War. Until 1996 it provided military barracks for young Spaniards undergoing national service but, in 2000, architect to the stars, Antonio Obrador (known for his work at Hotel La Residencia by Orient-Express in Mallorca, Masia la Torre Hotel in Teruel and Barcelona’s incredible Gran Hotel La Florida) snapped up the site to transform it into understated ve star luxury. Although cannon re has now been replaced with the über calming sound of lapping waves, Obrador has stayed true to Cap Rocat’s military roots by creating suites (there’s a total of 24 in 88 acres) out of the old shooting buttresses and an in nity swimming pool from a rampart. The huge drawbridge (now xed in place) makes for a very dramatic entrance and the thick sandstone walls keep the Hotel pleasantly chilled in the summer. Staff waft around in loose- tting linen ensembles and cater to your every need, including whisking you from picnic-basket breakfast in your suite to sunbathing on the private beach, and from a pamper at the Spa to candlelit dining at the Sea Club, on one of the Resort’s liveried golf buggies. Set on cliffs just east of the City, with 270 degree views across the Bay of Palma, Mallorca’s International Airport is a swift 15 minute drive.
Formerly part of Sir Branson’s empire, La Residencia came under the wing of Orient-Express in 2002 and is now an iconic part of Mallorca’s hospitality scene, a 67 bedroom country delight. Set in the town of Deià, famed for being home to British poet Robert Graves who passed away here in 1985 and the summer getaway for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Geldof and more, La Residencia manages to combine sophistication with informality, contemporary comfort with Mallorcan tradition.
Cut from local stone, the Hotel is set amongst olive trees and citrus groves, just perfect for lazing and unwinding around the swimming pools (plural) with a good book. Or you could learn to paint in the artists’ gallery, practice a spot of yoga, hit some balls on the tennis courts, take a hike in the verdant mountainous countryside or wander down to Cala Deià, a tiny gem of a beach with two rustic seafood restaurants.
On-site La Residencia offers three restaurants with award-winning El Olivo the main event. A feast for the palate as well as the eyes El Olivo is set within and outside a huge olive press with flickering candles providing the ambience. The chef uses organic fruit and veg produced on-site, a trend that continues to the Spa where they incorporate home-grown olive oil and lavender in their treatments.
Rooms, some within 16th and 17th century buildings, deliver rustic luxury with original beams, cool tiled floors, spectacular pieces of antique furniture and fresh fruit and flowers placed in rooms every day. Little wonder La Residencia has a visitors’ book filled with a who’s who of celebrity and a long list of happy repeat customers.
Perhaps the most eagerly awaited opening of 2013, Castell Son Claret brings more than a touch of class to Mallorca’s already ultra classy hotel scene. Once a dilapidated 18th century country estate, it has been transformed by a German couple into a magical ve star 325 acre retreat complete with Spa and hammam where the tagline is “the luxury of silence”. Surrounded by orange and lemon groves, persimmon and pomegranate trees, scented roses and 200 year old olives, fragrant gs and delicate almond blossom, the noble building now houses 38 luxurious rooms and suites, some with terraces and gardens, a couple with their own pools, but all with walk-in rainshowers, freestanding bathtubs and thoughtful touches such as organic beauty products and owers handpicked from the Castell Son Claret grounds. The focal point within those grounds is water, either the geometrically perfect ornamental ponds or the stunning salt water swimming pool with a front row view on fertile valleys framed by the Tramuntana mountain range. Grab a book and a sunlounger and “listen” to that silence. Castell Son Claret is also home to one of Mallorca’s fabulous ve restaurants with Michelin stars – Zaranda. Chef Fernando Perez Arellano will not only be gathering ingredients from the vegetable and herb gardens, but the on-site bakery will also create the most delicious afternoon teas whilst simultaneously perfuming the air with the aroma of freshly baked bread. Meanwhile mixologists and a ne whisky collection are on hand in the Castell Bar - housed decadently in the chapel.