For a truly unique experience, head to Cap Rocat, a 19th-century military fort converted into a luxury hotel, located on a private peninsula on the west coast of Mallorca overlooking the Bay of Parma. After crossing a drawbridge to reach the hotel entrance and leading into a striking courtyard, surrounded by turrets and a water fountain made from an old cannon, guests are greeted with an infusion of cinnamon and honey.
The feeling of staying in a military fortress is felt throughout the 88-acre property. Secret watchtowers and ramparts carved into the rock have been elegantly decorated in rooms and suites, many of which have private terraces (for breakfast, nothing beats room service on the terrace gazebo) and some even a private pool – all nestled into the rugged cliff face overlooking sparkling azure waters. Cozy and thoughtful interiors, by Claudia Schiffer’s interior designer Antonio Obrador, exude barefoot luxury, littered with playful details that nod to its surroundings: expect to see real balls antiques used as doorknobs and gun carriages repurposed into coffee tables.
Let the hours slip by at the Sea Club: a private beach carved into the rock with direct access to the sea via carpeted steps, where lunch and cocktails can be brought to your deckchairs by the attentive butler. Alternatively, head to the beach restaurant for a crispy warm goat cheese salad and creamy gazpacho topped with Iberian jamon and chopped egg.