Castell Son Claret, Spain

Sandy shores line the mountainous jewel of Majorca, peppered with hilly towns and bursting with Mediterranean flavourWednesday, 9 November 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Sandy shores line the mountainous jewel of Majorca, peppered with hilly towns and bursting with Mediterranean flavours. The island’s history is written across its capital, Palma. A labyrinth of cobbled streets lined with buzzy markets and boutique shops lead to a Gothic cathedral and Baroque churches. The sea meets the edge of the city, with forest-clad peaks creating a dramatic backdrop.

Heading west on a short drive from Palma will take travellers to the beach town of Calvià, wedged between the Serra de Tramuntana and the Serra de Na Burguesa. Natural beauty and golden beaches are part of the old-school charm, and it’s here, close to the village of Es Capdellà, that Castell Son Claret blends in with its historic surroundings. A Majorcan monument, the manor house also features contemporary art interiors.

A 1,000ft-long palm-lined avenue leads to the entrance of the hotel, and the building itself is framed by persimmon, pomegranate, almond, olive, lemon and orange trees.

With only 38 suites and rooms, the large estate maintains a quiet atmosphere, eschewing the noises of modern life with the luxury of space and exclusivity. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel sits at the foot of the UNESCO-protected Tramuntana Mountains, surrounded by 132 hectares of private gardens and lush landscapes.

Castell’s own baker, Sergio, bakes fresh bread and pastries each morning, and local produce inspires the menu at Zaranda — the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant on the Balearic Island. The breakfast ‘a la casa’ is dished up on the terrace restaurant Olivera, with light snacks served during the day. Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine fills the menu during the evening, and guests can wash meals down with Majorcan wines from the extensively stocked cellar. The Castell Bar is perfect for a nightcap, with signature drinks including splashes of lemon and olive oil produced in the hotel grounds.

The surrounding area is ideal for cycle tours and nature expeditions. Afterwards, guests can unwind in the hotel’s spa, which includes a pool, two treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna and steam room.

Don’t miss

Tuck into dinner at Zaranda, the only two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the Balearic Islands

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 38 suites and rooms
• Two-Michelin-starred Zaranda restaurant
• Olivera restaurant
• Castell Bar
• Spa Bellesa de Claret with signature hammam treatment
• Indoor pool
• Sauna
• Steam room
• Yoga retreats
• 7km jogging path
• Tennis court
• Castell bikes

Contact Information

castellsonclaret.com
T: +34 971 138 620
E: reservations@castellsonclaret.com

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