Perched on top of the shallow cliffs of Cap Enderrocat, this military fortress boasts stunning views back across the bay of Palma with the city shimmering in the distance.
Twenty four rooms in total, each with its own terrace and eye-popping views of the Mediterranean. Although the overall look is one of clean minimalism that makes good use of the natural stone and wood of the island, it is nicely softened with local textiles, colourful Moroccan kilims and densely textured bed canopies to lend a little romance. I love the fact that Majorcan architect and designer Antonio Obrador has also come up with some unusual details to reflect the fortress's past, like the quirky bullet door knobs.
There are several lounges of different sizes, mixing Moroccan banquettes, leather chesterfields and erotic art, plus one with a large fireplace. Patios have also been turned into chill-out zones and there’s plenty more space outside. I really like the wildness of the gardens, and what is essentially, if not technically, a private beach. More splashes of Morocco in the form of a Caidal tent provides shade for the terrace, and a highly relaxing spot to drink wine and soak up the view.
Eating and drinking
When the hotel finally has all cylinders firing I think it’s going to be pretty good for foodies. Currently it’s only the main restaurant that is properly open and several guests have complained they can’t get snacks round the pool. That doesn’t particularly bother me. Come spring, the alluring looking Kitchen Restaurant (in the barrack kitchens) will offer private dining, wine tastings and cooking classes. I’m also keen to check out the Sea Club for traditional Majorcan fish dishes on my next visit.
Inset into the ramparts is a deep, refreshing pool, one of the finest I’ve seen. A jetty is scheduled for completion by the start of next season, which will provide a jumping off point for yacht excursions and scuba diving. They are also happy to help organise golfing outings, yoga, football and whatever else you might fancy.
The jury is still out on this. Reports are coming in that it’s a little bit muddled, but for now I’m putting this down to teething problems. My experience was pleasant enough, staff helpful and keen.
Who stays there
It’s so new it’s still hard to say. No kids obviously, so that rules out families. I’m guessing romantic weekenders, couples looking to put a bit of sparkle back in their relationships, probably largely British and American. Gay friendly.
It’s not going to be cheap, but I think once the details are ironed out it will be worth it for the experience.
- Business travellers
- Sporty types
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Adult only
- Still some details to iron out