- Style Cliff-clinging fortress
- Setting Palma's life aquatic
For lovers, not fighters, a military fort in a former life, Cap Rocat hotel is a boutique retreat on a cliff overlooking peaceful Palma Bay in Mallorca. With the detail of a heritage site – drawbridge, trenches, towers, vaulted archways – this fort is a dramatic location for a serene hideaway. Think breezy bedrooms, a calm infinity pool and two candlelit restaurants.
Need to know
- Rooms 24, including 22 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $550.58 (€400), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast an non-motorised watersports equipment.
- Facilities Gardens, clay tennis courts, gym, library including DVDs/CDs and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, CD player, minibar, espresso machine and free bottled water.
- Poolside The outdoor infinity pool overlooks the sea, flanked by cool and comfy white leather sun beds. Local plants including potted mastic trees and palms add shots of emerald to the scene.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Not-so-little Smiths (15 years plus) are welcome; the fortress’ architecture isn’t suited to tots. Extra beds are available at €162 a night, and the hotel has plenty of space for restless teens to roam around in.
- Hotel closed End of October.
- Eco‐friendly Food is organic and locally sourced (fruit and vegetables are grown on site) and everything that can be is recycled. When the vegetation was planted, it was carefully matched to the terrain and climate, meaning a minimum of plant-watering.
- Also The stronghold was built to protect Spain from the US after American troops swooped on Cuba and the Philippines.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For sea views, book rooms starting with a 2 or 3; if you’d rather admire Palma bay and the mountains, book a room beginning with 4. Cap Rocat suites are former shooting pads, each with their own private patio and terrace.
- Packing tips Binoculars for boat-spying; a yoga mat for daily sun salutations on the private patio; a waterproof camera; smart attire for dusk-time dining.
- Also Order breakfast in your room – a generous spread of fresh fruit, home-made pastries, cereals, yoghurts and jams will arrive at your door in a picnic hamper, and be set up at your table.
Food and drink at Cap Rocat
- Hotel restaurant Linger over lunch or have a decadent dinner at the Fortress, set in one of the main pavilions. The dining room is used during the winter months and inclement weather (tents will be added to the roof for alfresco dining in 2011). Food is Spanish/Mediterranean in character, with dishes such as pimientos al piquillo (red pepper with cod and an aioli dressing). During summer months, eat at sea level in the Sea Club, an open-air restaurant by the waterfront in the Queen’s Cove. Food here is more relaxed: zingy salads, pasta and grilled meat and seafood.
- Dress code Military chic or fabulous fisherman: nautical stripes and gold frogging, or a splash of blue and a vivid coral necklace.
- Top table Eat on the roof under the shade of the Moroccan canopy, looking out to sea.
- Last orders Lunch is served between 1pm and 3.30pm; dinner is 8pm until 11.30pm. Breakfast isn’t dished up at a set time, so let the hotel know when you’re likely to feel peckish.
- Room service The 24-hour room service includes items from the Sea Club menu (1pm–3.30pm and 8pm–10.30pm) and cold snacks such as charcuterie, cheese, salads, sandwiches, fruit salad and cake (almond, with almond ice cream).
- Hotel bar There’s no bar as such, but drinks can be sipped on any of the terraces or patios, or in one of the lounges from 8am until midnight.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details