HOTEL REVIEW: CASTELL SON CLARET, MALLORCA, SPAIN
As a restored 18th century castle, you might think that Castell son Claret in sunny Mallorca would be a flamboyant nod to its baroque past. Instead, its ‘less-is-more’ approach is offering a new kind of luxury…
You’ll find no flashy lobby, state-of-the-art check-in or showstopper concepts at Mallorca’s new opening Castell Son Claret, but that’s not to say the converted 18th century castle doesn’t feel palatial. Castell Son Claret has no truck with hoteliers’ current penchant for sensory overload. Instead the new Mallorcan hotel is redefining the concept of luxury with a pared-back, but no less sumptuous, approach for a new breed of travellers.
Hidden away on a vast 325-acre estate, in the west of the island and under the shadow of the Tramuntana Mountains, German owners Christine and Klaus-Michael Kühne have tapped into the current hotel trend of ‘poetic quietness’ with this private-home style retreat. With just 38 rooms, a subterranean spa and a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Fernando Pérez-Arellano, it merges its traditional architecture with modernist interiors – it’s a grown-up take on fairytale luxe.
While interiors in the restored 18th century castle fall just the right side of plain, they are undoubtedly top-end. Polished limestone floors, white-on-cream décor and slick fittings give a real sense of wellbeing and comfort – with a special nod given here to the state-of-the-art heated loo and one of the most sumptuous beds I’ve ever slept in. Juliet balconies, hidden-away courtyards and a real Rapunzel suite set in its own private tower add a unique touch of magic.
You can get lost in the dreamy, scented gardens, designed by landscape artist Tatjana von Griesheim, practice the art of mindfulness with a spiritual practitioner and, best of all, stay the night in one of the most original suites I’ve come across. The two-storey Rapunzel tower (originally the castle’s water tower, shown above) stands alone in the hotel’s orchard and gives panoramic views from its circular rooms across the grounds to the peak of Puig de Galatzo. It may be tiny inside but the marble flooring, oak wood furniture, art by Mallorcan artist Ramon Canet and sumptuous, cloud-like bed make for a cosy space. Ideal for letting your hair down.
Set in a glorious 325-acre estate, in the province of Calvia, Castell son Claret seeks to be the ultimate cocooning retreat. Meander through the scented gardens – rich in the aromas of bergamot, jasmine, rose and vetiver – and you’ll be on a natural high, basking in the silence that surrounds you. As well as the lessons on ‘mindfulness’ and meditation are on offer as are outdoor yoga sessions in the shade of a lemon tree. When it comes to culinary delights, simplicity is key, from the fresh bread straight out of the castle’s own bakery to the stellar choice of just two menus in the haute-cuisine Zaranda restaurant. Be prepared to be wowed as this is dining meets theatre.
Factor in the subterranean Bellesa de Claret Spa with hammam, infinity pool and terrace with views over the Tramunta mountains and it’s proof that less is definitely more. Fantastic highlights include the attentive yet unobtrusive service, the fast-track VIP service from Palma airport, just half-hour away and the pre-treatment holistic walk around the estate. Castell son Claret’s ‘luxury of silence’ ethos means this renovated castle is an enchanting place to recharge your batteries.
Rooms from £245 per night, B&B.