30 January, 2015

A chill out castle in Mallorca - Castell Son Claret

If you're looking for somewhere in the sunshine to be seriously pampered, then look no further. If you'd also like a romantic retreat with food from a chef whose restaurant has earned a Michelin star when you're there, then again - this could be just what you're looking for!

Castell Son Claret is a beautifully renovated 14th century castle which is now as a 38 room boutique hotel. It's set in a secluded location near the inland village of Es Capdell√° by the Tramuntana mountains in west Mallorca.

The rooms are beautifully furnished, and have beautiful wood-beamed ceilings and great views of the grounds and surrounding hills. There is also a huge spa with a Turkish bath, while tented treatment rooms can be set up for massages in the gardens - bliss!

Madrid chef Fernando Perez Arellano has set up a new home for his fine dining Mallorcan restaurant Zaranda, and the tasting menu is a real treat. There's also a more informal restaurant which serves light Mediterranean dishes using vegetables from the gardens, and bread from the castle's own bakery.

There are 325 acres of grounds to explore which are beautifully landscaped, and
while you might feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, it's only a 25 minute drive to Palma, and even less to the nearest beach. The Castell Son Claret motto is "The Luxury of Silence", and where better to enjoy that peace and quiet than at this chill out castle which is one of a kind on the island. 

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