Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Castillo Hotel Son Vida
A Luxury Collection Hotel
What it is
A 13th-century estate turned glitterati hideaway.
What it isn't
Inconsistent. As a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, it maintains royal-level standards.
What we think
No less than Princess Grace of Monaco, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis frolicked here in the 1960s, and their doppelgängers are still booking suites today. The reason: The hotel maintains every ounce of ostentation it had then, plus modernized amenities. Among them: a nearly 5,000-square-foot spa (you want to try the volcanic thermal stone massage, a black basalt scrub-down) and a palm and pine-tree cloaked outdoor pool, waitstaff at-the-ready. The 164 rooms are trad but suave; some have been renovated recently with a fresher, brighter look (the Loewe suite, done up by the Spanish luxury label, is notably more contemporary). Note to the golf-obsessed: You’ll have easy access to 63-hole Arabella Golf Resort, the largest in Spain.
You're here because
If you don’t have a bird’s-eye-view on vacation, you feel like you may as well have stayed home. On this mountaintop perch, you get a sweeping overlook of the yachts bobbing in Palma bay.
On an island of food worth traveling for, the glass-walled Es Castell Restaurant has some of the locavore best—think foie gras bonbons with orange crumbles, ferried delicately to your sun-dappled table.
Restaurants & Bars
Restaurant Es Vi - Tapas, Mallorca flavors and a modern Spanish bodega ambient.
Restaurant Es Castell - Spanish and international cuisine
Bar Armas - the Bar Armas welcomes guests with a wide variety of delicious drinks such as wine, distinctive whiskys, fresh prepared alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails
George Sand Lounge - offer from Bar Armas
Pool Bar Sa Font - crisp salads, daily specials and fresh fish dishes
Only 10 miles from Palma, though it’s so lush and hushed it feels like it’s on another island.