Castell Son Claret
What We Love
- Breakfast for up to two people is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Enormous rooms with views of the magnificent gardens and UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana mountains
- Michelin-starred Madrid chef Fernando Perez Arellano oversees the food program and incorporates hard-to-find local ingredients
- Spa treatments are hand-tailored to each guest using Thalgo’s exclusive Terraké product line
What To Know
- It’s a 15 minute drive to the closest beach and a 30 minute drive to Palma
- Food options are delicious but limited to the two on-site restaurants
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Mediterranean castle meets Moorish fortress. This exclusive retreat sits in a bucolic valley an hour from Mallorca’s capital, Palma. Guests enter the sprawling grounds along a palm-lined driveway and traverse designer gardens before reaching the main house. Limestone halls have been redecorated in a mod-chic melange ranging from swinging ’60s to contemporary minimalism with a dash of Philippe Starck-flavor thrown in. The grounds include an enormous azure pool lined with plush lounge chairs and an honor bar brimming with ice cold island wines, as well as meandering hiking paths through the nearby hills.
Bed and Bath
The room decor reflects the property’s centuries of history as a country retreat, with rustic fittings such as oak floors and buttery brown leather headboards that feel especially right in rooms housed in the former stables. Free WiFi, LCD TVs and well-stocked minibars offer present-day convenience. The bathrooms are positively palatial, with peaked roofs, Travertine marble and specially commissioned Plantation bath products based on Mallorcan scents. Take your room’s beach bag (prestocked with sun hats and towels) out to your sun-drenched patio or balcony.
The hotel is filled with rendezvous spots, including the former chapel, which serves as the intimate cocktail bar, and an inner courtyard where guests can enjoy a seasonal tasting menu designed by Madrid-based Michelin-starred chef Fernando Perez Arellano. The hotel’s more casual dining experience is Olivera, where a breakfast of local specialties like sugar-dusted ensaimada pastries is served on a patio with mountain views. Lunch and dinner consist of simple gourmet fare that might include local langoustines in a pastry crust with mango and ginger dip. The subterranean Bellesa de Claret spa is anchored by a tranquil pool with a living wall of plants. The treatment of choice is a hammam session in a crystal-lined room, though the Primordial Water Hydrating Facial might be just what your skin needs after a day out in the Mediterranean sun.
In the Area
Mallorca means beaches, and no visit to the island is complete without a stop at some of the most popular, like Cala Agulla, a white sand beach backed by pine trees and mountains, and Es Trenc, on the southern coast, which is famous for its sand dunes and rocky outcrops. Beaches on the south and east sides of the island tend to be more secluded, though you’ll find a megayacht or two moored in the coves. For a dose of culture, head to the charming hill village of Valldemossa, which is filled with leafy lanes and an imposing Carthusian monastery where Chopin spent a summer with Georges Sand convalescing and composing.
How to Get There
I absolutely loved everything about this hotel, from the grand entrance, 15th century walls, warm and friendly staff, amazing breakfasts, scented hamman. We stayed there for two nights and I would go back in a heart beat. We got bikes to loop around the area, but enjoyed mostly reading in the library and sampling all the delicacies on offer. You can't go wrong is this quiet piece of heaven, mostly for adults only.
Early October, stayed in room in main building that was very nice but was told that the A/C would not function because they shut it down after summer. Seems strange for a luxury hotel. Didn't spend much time in room during day, but at night, would've like to have room cooler than opening door/window. Fortunately, not much noise outside.
Also, the mattress seemed to be past its useful life.
We drove here for lunch. The castle is located on the mountain and has spectacular views. De lunch was nice, personnel friendly. But for me. A bit overpriced. The food was nice, but not great, which I had expected here.
It’s beautiful but you don’t feel on an island as there is no sea view. So not for me next time..
I was lucky enough to stay here for my god daughters wedding and wow! the staff were amazing - the suite I was in 116 had a massive terrace over looking the gardens and hills the room was bliss and the bathroom with Ren products and every need was catered for.
again..the staff were so efficient in every way to make the wedding two day extravaganza such fun. The food was out of this world. Thank you.
For a couple of nights we joined family staying here who had found the Castell after much online research. They certainly chose very well as this is a most delightful place, nestled in a valley surrounded by the rocky outcrops of the mountains with countryside views and not another building in sight. Just 30 minutes from Palma airport a perfect location.
We were impressed by the very efficient 'meet & greet' service at the airport and we were transported to the hotel in style. On arrival we were shown to our Deluxe Terrace Room - important to have some private outside space - which was well appointed, comfortable and just a short stroll from the main building through the beautiful gardens.
The hotel has the only Michelin ** restaurant on the island, but we did not eat there as we dislike "tasting menus" and there was no alternative à la carte on offer. The secondary restaurant 'Olivera' has a charming terrace location looking over gardens, the valley and the large pool. Sadly the food was not particularly inspiring: we did eat everything we ordered as it was perfectly good but mostly rather pedestrian - with the exception of an outstandingly good Gazpacho served at lunch. Service was always attentive but sometimes slightly intrusive at dinner - perhaps back off a touch?
One other comment: there is no 'solid' shade anywhere, just parasols and awnings which do not adequately filter the sun's rays so it was very hot during the day with nowhere to sit and read comfortably - I had to find shade under a tree in the garden. It would be better to have a proper rattan roof over the outside bar area.
Apart from these minor matters (hence the 4 stars), we have to say how very much we appreciated management's consideration in granting us an extended late check-out - effectively half a day - at no extra cost. Our flight back to Ibiza was changed to 9 pm so had we checked-out at the normal time we would have had a long and tiring wait in the heat. As it was, we were able to enjoy a leisurely lunch (the Gazpacho again!) and a last swim before heading off to the airport. In the busiest week in August this was very kind of them and much appreciated.
As a total escape from normal, hectic, life, the Castell Son Claret is a splendid haven of peace and tranquility. Recommended.