Cap Rocat

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Address: Ctra. d'Enderrocat, s/n, Cala Blava, 07609, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.7

Luxe 19th-century fortress, and the hottest opening of 2010 - for adults only.

This is one of the more unusual hotel conversions on the island, and the first in a military fortress. What is immediately striking is how soft and luxurious such a place can become. Although the architect has been true to the original structure, clever lighting and design, along with some ingenious use of materials from its former life such as the gun-stand coffee tables, gives it a real edge. I should say here that the hotel is still finding its feet, so I’ll be updating this review after my next visit.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.9
90%

Location

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. 

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

It’s not going to be cheap, but I think once the details are ironed out it will be worth it for the experience.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Design
  • Location
  • Adult only
  • Still some details to iron out
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