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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We’ve stayed in many premium hotels, and Castell Son Claret is up there when it comes to the beauty of the facilities. The charming castle is perfectly conserved, and surrounded by the beautiful Tramuntana mountains. A peaceful retreat, with a warm and friendly atmosphere...
All of that said, BEWARE. The hotel follows some old ‘milk the customer to the last penny’ techniques that will ensure the guests will have some unpleasant surprises when paying the bill... the servers are well trained to put all kind of food and drinks in front of you, all without asking for it, these will be peppered through the pool area, the room, and ‘appetizers’ during your dinner... all the little plates with olives, alioli and almonds... all of these you will pay for, even if you didn’t touch or ask for them.
Bottles of water will keep coming to your table, and you will certainly pay the premium price for them.
if you travel with kids, beware, because they will certainly charge for bread and aperitifs as if they were adults... if you are there for a couple of days, all these will add up yo an unpleasant surprise for sure.
A shame for a place that charges premium for a beautiful location, but that goes to this medieval practices to squeeze guests out of every single penny they can.
The main restaurant’s food is sub par with the 2 michellin star restaurant, also located inside the hotel, with a friendly smile, but a very slow service.
Secluded and absolutely stunning. The views are uninterrupted and nothing is around us. The infrastructure/buildings are excellent, very well kept and clean. Food is also amazing. Service is excellent and we’re looking forward to coming back again.
This hotel is utterly beautiful upon the approach and has amazing meticulously maintained gardens with a wonderful nature perfume all around from the flowers. The staff has incredible attention to every detail in the room with great amenities, fresh bottled water and little gifts, an amazing pillow menu (anti-aging down pillow with vitamin E) and more then I can list!
The food was amazing with Zaranda, a Michelin 2 star restaurant on site and a must do!
Staff was amazing and I’ve never seen staff with so much passion and love in their work and skill and grace.
The spa was amazing as well and after that signature body wrap I had to go back for more. It was a 2 hours amazing experience!
If you are a cyclist this is heaven on earth. I was able to have a high end racing bike (DueAce) and was able to conquer the hills! The cycling routes right outside the hotel are amazing! Bring your gear and they will set up up with VIP cycles in Mallorca. They have a small gym as well with all that you need.
The only bad thing was that I had to leave. This is amazing place and a small and private one to relax in.