Good friends of mine recently returned from Mallorca having been there on business. They were effusive about how much Chris and I would love it. Beaches, great restaurants, tapas, fun bars…that certainly sounds right up our alley. Of course their recommendation to visit got my wheels turning and my researching has begun. I’m hoping that we can make it there next summer, a getaway full of playas, siestas y sol and the chance to explore Spain.
I came across the hotel Cap Rocat and am eyeing it as a top option for our possible Mallorca stay. The hotel resides in what was a former military fortress in a secluded area of the bay of Palma de Mallorca.
The fortress was completely refurbished by Antonio Obrador and the original character, unique architecture and natural environment have remained untouched. The hotel allows you to step back in time while stepping into a hotel with not only modern conveniences, but some of the finest food, amenities and comfort that Mallorca has to offer.
There are five different suite styles to select from, each perfectly stunning and more than inviting. With fabrics, patterns and materials keeping within the palette of the fortress and surrounding scenery, the indoors seems to meld seamlessly into the outdoors.
Some suites offer their own private pools if you’re willing to splurge, but the hotel’s main pool looks to be a serene enough setting for me. More likely you will find me on the hotel’s private beach enjoying the sun and sand, watching the sailboats pass by while sipping on some sangria.
There are two main restaurants at the hotel, La Fortazela and Sea Club. La Fortazela is in the main building of the fortress and offers both indoor and al fresco dining. Sea Club is an open air restaurant on the waterfront open from May to October with food prepared in a traditional Mallorcan firewood oven and grill.
Private dining can be arranged in almost any setting selected by a guest on the hotel’s property. The original fortress kitchen, which has been refurbished while keeping its original touches, is available to book as a private dining room and also offers both cooking classes and wine tastings — something I am certainly going to look into.
À la carte experiences are offered by Cap Rocat which can fulfill almost any traveler’s taste. Sailing, SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, tennis, golf, horseback riding, sightseeing, cultural excursions, yoga and spa treatments are just some of the regularly offered activities. The hotel is open to any requests which makes utilizing it as a jumping off point for exploring Mallorca that much more enticing.
Now that I’ve found where I’d like to stay for the Mallorca leg of the trip all of the ideas for the rest of the Spain adventure are starting to simmer. I’m lucky enough to have a friend who just moved to Madrid as well as another pal who lived in Seville, and of course my two friends who just returned from Mallorca so they’ll all be hearing from me. I foresee a lot of brain-picking for suggestions in my future. One of the most fun parts of travel can be the planning so I’m going to let the fun begin.