Luxury hotel news from Mallorca: A centuries-old castle has been turned into a royal hideaway called Castell Son Claret. Nestled on 325 acres, the castle hotel will open its doors in May 2013 with 38 guest rooms. Top digs: We have our eye on the couple of suites housed in the former stables, as they’re outfitted with their own private pools.
Here’s what UrbanDaddy has to say about it: "Imagine the medieval version of the mansion in Scarface. Comically long driveway. Towering palm trees. Turrets where knights once fended off any would-be pillagers. That’s this place. The only difference between this and Tony Montana’s: you’re on a Spanish island in the Mediterranean, not in Florida. (And there’s slightly less contraband in-house.)"
For a small property, the Castell has extensive facilities. Michelin-starred chef Fernando Perez Arellano will relocate his Zaranda restaurant there. The Castell Bar, formerly the chapel, will serve up homemade cocktails and rare whiskies. There’s also a spa and gorgeous outdoor pool. Note for wedding planners: the estate can host receptions for up to 350 guests.
The Castell Son Claret is located in the province of Calvia in the western part of Mallorca. Nearby are the Tramuntana Mountains, declared a UNESCO world-heritage site in 2011. For more information, visit castellsonclaret.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/CastellSonClaret