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
Situated in the hillside town of Clavia/ Es Capdella, the pristine buildings and beautiful gardens that is the Castell Son Claret, built in local stonework, seamlessly fits into the mountain scenery.
This is a stunning period castle that has been painstakingly restored to an exceptional level and retains original features yet designed with ultra modern state of the art facilities
Together with the outstanding service, and a lovely garden restaurant as well as a separate Michelin Star restaurant, this hotel does customer service!!
We had a lovely evening here last night. The atmosphere and ambience of the dining room are perfect. The staff were all friendly and not overly intrusive. The food was amazing, truly wonderful.
My only question would be why a two star restaurant allows people to use their cell phones in the restaurant and take photos (with flash) of their food. It’s very very annoying to other diners. I wouldn’t let this put you off as the experience is excellent. Enjoy!
The Castell has been renovated to an outstanding level, the grounds are beautiful and it is a super place to kick back and relax. The rooms are nice, good for a long weekend, any longer you may need more storage space and a bath. The staff are attentive and helpful. Restaurants were expensive, if you love everything that Michelin stars stand for and enjoy each course delivered with a story and flamboyance then Zaranda is the place for you! Lovely outside pool with stunning views. Would recommend the hotel, surrounding and Spa.
Really an incredible property. The grounds are worth the visit just by themselves. Our room was very spacious and it opened up to a beautiful courtyard. The staff were helpful and the service was top drawer.
The hotel is superb with rooms and suites that ooze quality (German owned so not at all surprising) and friendly multilingual staff that are always helpful and constantly available. Our garden suite was nicely furnished without being opulent and the main bedroom an oasis of bed perfection and soft pillows, although for four persons the additional beds compromised the sitting area. The rather small terrace looked out onto the entrance road so didn't have the privacy one would have liked. The pool area was clean and well cared for and the gardens would clearly be a thing of beauty a little later in the year when flowering shrubs and trees are in full bloom. There is a small indoor pool and fitness/beauty treatment area and a two-star restaurant within the hotel but operated independently. The hotel Olivera restaurant is a curate's egg. The breakfasts were excellent. However, we were a little surprised at the modest quality of the menu which seemed to be set in stone, at least during our week's stay. An example of its perhaps underperformance was the fish dish served with a limp and chewy skin-on that should have been seared and crisp. The house Caesar salad also came with skin-on chicken. These are perhaps small things but with the prices charged it is reasonable to expect something approaching perfection even if not quite getting there. Of course the Michelin 2-star Zaranda restaurant within the hotel provides an optional search for perfection!