Castell Son Claret
Situated in a private 325-acre estate just 20 minutes drive from Palma, Castell Son Claret is an oasis of serenity that effortlessly conjures up a fairytale fantasy with it’s crenelated towers, lush vegetation and manor house dating back to the mid-18th century. At the bottom of the impressive Tramuntana Mountains, Castell Son Claret is in an area of natural beauty where you will be enchanted by its countryside charm and calmness.
Just 38 elegant rooms are spread between the main house and smaller historic buildings around the extensive grounds. All rooms have pretty terraces, balconies or patios from where the beautiful surrounding greens can be enjoyed.
Oak-floored rooms are in natural, restful tones including a luxurious large bed with the softest linens. A complimentary bottle of cava accompanies the handwritten welcome note. And straw hats and bags are on hand to make your relaxation in the sun just that little bit more perfect.
The large panoramic pool continues the feel of serene relaxation. Large white loungers line the side looking out to the magnificent view of the mountains beyond.
Exploring the meandering paths throughout the grounds brings you to pools, fountains and the kitchen's small vegetable and herb garden. A small gym and tennis court are available for more active guests. A jogging track takes you through fields and countryside where you can follow a very small map that will ensure you get lost. But finding yourself in a field of sheep isn’t the worst way to spend your holiday.
There are two restaurants to choose from, including the Balearic Islands only 2 Michelin Starred reatuant, Zaranda. Unfortunately they were full with outside guests when we visited and were not able to accommodate us, which was a real let down. Make sure to reserve well ahead if you hope to get a table to eat at Zaranda.
Olivera is a more casual dining experience located in a small terrace opening up to the pool where breakfast and lunch are also served. Mediterranean dishes are served on the romantic terrace facing the mountain setting. Service is friendly and vegan dishes can be put together without any fuss.
Castell Son Claret, with it’s grand castle turrets and expansive gardens, oozes a serene calmness thats hard to beat. But there’s something about being in Mallorca and not being able to see the blue turquoise seas that gave me a little touch of fomo.