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Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Spain

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High on the hills overlooking the ancient Moorish casbah that is Palma de Mallorca sits an enchanting 13th Century castle, one of the most renowned hotels in the Mediterranean.  Surrounded by lush sub-tropical gardens, it is home to elegant suites, delicious cuisine, sparkling pools and sweeping views over the city and the cobalt waters of the sea beyond. It's no wonder Grace Kelly decided to stay in this fairytale haven when she visited Mallorca all those years ago.

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  • rooms

    All 164 rooms and suites were recently renovated and offer a variety of interiors from traditional Spanish haciendas style to sumptuous fabrics, antiques, oriental rugs and chandeliers. Most have a private balcony or terrace and boast unique panoramic views out over the city.

    Choose from classic doubles or grand deluxe rooms with their 5* amenities and stunning views. Or spread out in one of the spacious suites. There's a choice of classic or deluxe with their large living spaces, separate kitchens and opulent bathrooms. Or step it up a little in the iconic Loewe Suite (designed by famous Spanish designer Enrique Loewe) or the Royal Suite – steeped in luxury.

    Finally there is the enormous Villa Suite. Four bedrooms and bathrooms, huge living space and personal fitness centre spread over two floors and complete with sweeping balcony and lush garden views.

  • facilities & activities

    Surrounded by three destination golf courses, a state of the art golf academy, a driving range and a free shuttle service from the hotel, there's everything here for the golf enthusiast – and they come from all over the world to play here. There are tennis courts and a 24 hour fitness centre for the energetic or swim in the tranquil waters of the outdoor pool and soak in the stunning views and warm breeze from the terrace. Flop onto one of the many sun loungers (complete with complimentary fluffy towels) and enjoy a refreshing drink under the palm and pine trees that surround the pool.

    For a little more relaxation then head to the sumptuous spa and enjoy a personalised treatment before hitting the sauna or jacuzzi in the exclusive health club.

    When it's time to explore, then Palma's delights are within easy striking distance and the island itself is small enough to discover all its treasures. On the way you'll enjoy majestic mountain ranges, velvet soft beaches, artisan stone villages and meander through the lovely orange and olive groves. There's also a wide variety of activities on the doorstep – choose from hiking, horse riding and water sports – or find one of the picturesque little port villages and have a coffee while you people watch, overlooking the sparkling sea.

  • dining

    The restaurants offer seasonal and fresh local produce, served with Spanish flare. Choose from luxurious ES Castell with its gorgeous views through the huge glass facade and inspired cuisine such as foie gras terrine with popcorn crust. Or choose the authentic tapas at hip ES VI with its relaxed and vibrant vibe – even the locals flock to 'see and be seen' here. With the choice of over 400 wines found within a walk in wine cabinet, a beautiful outdoor terrace and delectable seasonal menu, you can see why.

    If you can't move from beside the pool, then the poolside bar serves up light bites such as crisp salads and fresh fish, alongside cocktails, smoothies and ice creams. And if you are looking for an aperitif or a night cap then follow in the steps of Aristotle Onassis and settle in the destination bar to enjoy a smooth whiskey or cold glass of wine. There's even a traditional English Afternoon Tea too.

    And if you want to sample the gastronomique delights of Palma then the hotel also provides a shuttle bus service to local restaurants.

  • family

    Children are given a warm Spanish welcome here. There are interconnecting rooms or lovely spacious family suites available with two separate bedrooms, private balconies and all children under 3 are free when using existing beds. Additional beds are available but up to a maximum of one per room. Restaurant ES VI serves up imaginative children's menus and they'll love the relaxed atmosphere and large terrace. And if you need to tuck them in then there's room service 24 hours a day.

    During the day older kids will be happily occupied with the pools, tennis or golf and the peaceful beaches are nearby hosting an array of watersports. During high season there is a daily Kid's Club for smaller ones aged 3 -12 with a dedicated shady swimming pool, a playground and activities throughout the day.

  • location

    Found in the prestigious residential address of Son Vida, the hotel is only 5 minutes from the beautiful walled city of Palma, 15 minutes from the golden and white hued beaches and surrounded by three famous golf courses. The airport is an easily drivable 7 miles and parking is free at the hotel. Or arrive in style and enjoy the hotel's unique limousine transfer service.

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