We could be slightly facetious and claim that the journey really is its own reward, for the path to Castell Son Claret runs through 250 meters of sweeping palms with impressive almond, olive, lemon and orange trees to the right and left.
LEAN BACK AND DREAM ON
We could be slightly facetious and claim that the journey really is its own reward, for the path to Castell Son Claret runs through 250 meters of sweeping palms with impressive almond, olive, lemon and orange trees to the right and left. There may be something to it in this case, for nature seems determined to make life particularly pleasant for visitors here. As the scent of lemon mint, jasmine, rose, coriander and fresh grass soothes your senses, let your eyes wander up to the battlements of this almost 600-year-old fairytale castle.
Before setting that first foot in the entryway though, stop and really listen. You’ll be surprised by what you hear – absolutely nothing. It is hard to imagine this magical stillness is just a 20 minute drive from the Palma Mallorca Airport. It is not surprising, though, that the Tramuntana Mountains with our castle nestled at their feet, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s go inside.
As old as the castle’s noble bones are, its renovated interior is purely modern. An individually adjustable heating system tucked away under heavy oak and marble flooring ensures cozy warmth year-round. Just 38 rooms and suites, some with a private garden and pool, guarantee spacious accommodations. The Panorama Pool, filled with water from the castle’s own historic well and with a view of the entire valley, is, of course, open to all guests. Despite all the comforts we might list for future lords and ladies, we seemed to have moved back outside. It is so hard to resist: a course runs more than seven kilometers through the spacious 130 hectare grounds, transforming runners into dreamers. A Moorish garden with discreet benches surrounded by a riotous sea of flowers issues an invitation for a little romance – perhaps following a relaxing spa treatment?
Closest city: Es Capdella
Destination airport: Palma de Mallorca
Flight time from Frankfurt: approx. 2 hours 10 minutes
Additional travel: approx. 20 minutes
Price: starting at €€ incl. à la carte breakfast
7.2 kilometer fitness trail perfect for hiking, jogging or biking. In the mood for a massage in the great outdoors or in maybe the indoor spa with its Moorish hammam? A couple matches on the tennis court followed by the heat of the sauna and a lap in the indoor pool? Whatever you decide, you simply must dine in Zaranda, the best restaurant on the island. And how about a little tour on the hotel Vespas tomorrow?
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