Castell Son Claret, where castles overlook Mediterranean vineyards in Mallorca
Mallorca, and its capital city of Palma, has become an international tourist destination with the island’s many beaches and idyllic weather. A mountain range to the northwest, the Serra de Tramuntana, features so many glorious cliffs and rocky structures that they were deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. On the foothills of these mountains stands the estate of the Castell Son Claret, a grand castle in the Moorish style that has been transformed into a fine hotel. The first historical appearance of the castle is dated back to tax reports of 1450, and in the 1700’s, a local lord, Don Gabriel Claret, united several properties and their seven separate buildings into the estate’s current form.
When German entrepreneurs Klaus-Michael and Christine Kühne discovered the 132-acre former winery, just north of the village of Es Capdella, they immediately realised its potential. An extensive and loving restoration designed by Danilo Silvestrin carefully converted the three-story central building, water tower, and stables into modern suites, and a grand outdoor pool was built on the western side of the grounds, while tennis courts were added to the east. Castell Son Claret opened as a luxury hotel in May 2013, and has been a grand success.
Choosing Between Towers and Suites
When you arrive at Castell Son Claret, you pass through a grand entryway formed by the Moorish Garden, with its Arabic fountain and Mount Galaxto rising in the distance. The estate features 38 total guestrooms, including 20 rooms in the main building and 18 in the six Annexes, the Old Water Tower, and the converted Stables. All rooms boast views of the surrounding vineyards, heated floors and balconies. Children are welcome at Castell Son Claret, and bespoke arrangements are all easy to make through the Guest Services Department, rather than concierge offices. The hotel offers cooking classes, and has great pride in its Michelin two-star restaurant, Zaranda. You will also enjoy the spa services offered by Bellesa De Claret, a complete spa providing massage and beauty treatments, with fitness centre, indoor pool and Moorish Hammam.
Peaceful Relaxation in a Mallorcan Castle
When you arrive at Castell Son Claret, you can spend days just exploring the large vineyards of the estate. At one corner of the Moorish Garden, there are two olive trees, each about two hundred years old, standing with entwined branches. They are called El Y Ella, “He and She,” and they have been lucky to survive a lot of history together. More energetic guests can enjoy guided hikes into the mountains on a bespoke basis. In the city of Palma, bespoken tours can introduce you to several museums and exhibitions, and the nightlife is always vibrant and lively. The beaches and golf courses of Mallorca are internationally renowned, and when you return to the hotel, you can relax at the Castell Bar, located in the former Chapel of the estate. Enjoy exquisite cuisine at Zaranda, where Executive Chef Fernando P. Arellano focuses on the island’s produce and seafood with a genuine, extensive embrace of local dishes. For lighter fare, the Olivera Resaurant offers tapas and al fresco dining. After dinner, a stroll through the gardens, where El Y Ella whisper their thoughts on time and life, may convince you that Mallorca and Castell Son Claret are places where one can truly know luxury and joy.