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Castell son Claret lies at the heart of an historic 325 acre estate which has been lovingly restored, throwing open its fine oak doors to guests in 2014 and in an instant becoming one of the best luxury hotels in Mallorca.
The owners of Castell son Claret have spared no expense in restoring the castle-style main building and also the stables and outhouses (and even an old water tower) which now collectively house 38 rooms and suites. The look is all about contemporary elegance - think oak flooring, leather headboards and marble bathrooms - with every room and suite having a terrace, and some their own private gardens. A couple of the converted stable suites even have their own pools.
Another coup for the owners was snaffling the considerable talents of Spanish chef Fernando Perez Arellano, whose restaurant Zaranda has now earned him a two Michelin stars. The emphasis at Zaranda is on haute cuisine using extremely fresh and seasonal ingredients, something the hotel is well positioned to cater for given gardens on site. When the weather is good - which it almost invariably is in the summer months - guests can eat outside in the lovely courtyard. The Olivera restaurant serves delicious breakfasts (including breads from the hotel's own bakery), lighter Mediterranean lunches and more informal dinners specialising in pastas and grilled or slow cooked meats either inside or on an olive tree shaded terrace. For a pre- or post-prandial drink, the Castell Bar - once the estate's chapel - is now a temple to mixology, with the barman primed to knock up excellent cocktail, inspired by the surrounding gardens.
The spa, Bellesa de Claret, has an indoor pool, a sauna, Hammam steam room and several treatment rooms but there are also 'pocos nuvols' - outdoor tents - dotted around the grounds for treatments, meditation and yoga sessions. Meanwhile the panoramic outdoor pool is another place to laze away an afternoon, with lovely view of the Tramuntana Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you can drag yourself off the sunbed, the gardens and grounds are well worth exploration. There are several hundred year old olive trees; almond, olive, pomegranate and orange groves and extensive herb gardens as well as four miles of circular paths through the grounds that are ideal for walking and mountain biking. The Mallorcan capital Palma, which is undergoing something of a renaissance of late, is also just 20 minutes' drive away.
Why we love it
Choose your favourite location in the extremely extensive grounds and the spa team will set up an outdoor treatment tent so you can enjoy a massage while breathing in the scent of herbs and enjoying the silence of this supremely secluded spot.
Nick, Original Traveller