A 19th-century military fortress may not sound like an idyllic space for a romantic boutique hotel, but the Cap Rocat Hotel in Mallorca has managed to curate something that lives and breathes love out of the spoils of war. Standing proudly on the bluff of a nature park, backed by pure blue sky and with arresting views over the Bay of Palma, Antonio Obrador has crafted a space that pulls on the divine moody hues of Moorish history, married with vintage touches and local fabrics, and the gaze of the Mediterranean.
As soon as you step foot on the drawbridge to pass through the impregnable stone fortress, you know this isn’t your usual hotel experience. A golden warren of trenches and tunnels leads you finally into a space of soothing neutral colors, warm wooden hues and sensually low lighting. The tone is immediately set as you are handed a cinnamon sprinkled orange blossom zest.
Wandering through the endless array of finely tuned facilities, the word ‘oasis’ is sure to keep murmuring in your mind. The infinity pool carved into the upper deck of the fort offers a cooling place for post sizzle plunges and cooling gin and tonics to punctuate sleepy afternoons.
The spa sits in a stunning space; a once upon a time limestone water depository. The treatment list invites soothing scrubs, muscle-melting massages and hammam steams that have the power to make you feel born again. Yoga sessions are also worked into the wellness program for those looking to uplift their spirits with a series of sun salutations.
Aside from attention to health and wellness, guests can snuggle up in the private cinema, linger over rare and elegant wines carried lovingly from the well-stocked cellar, or pore over a good book in the library. Those itching to explore the breath of beautiful Palma Bay can make full use of the complimentary bicycles and abundance of snorkeling gear before hitting the town and the beach.
With only 26 rooms and suites available, Cap Rocat isn’t yet a victim of its own success. The vibe remains elite without the mark of pretension, just a handful of people enjoying a beautiful space, indulging in the fantasy of finely executed service.
The Sentinel Suite is a plush recent addition to the collection of divine spaces at the Cap Rocat Hotel. The former watchtower brims with an atmospheric beauty, sending a tingle down the spine that you are standing in the same space as former soldiers – your eye turned to the same stunning horizon. Hewn into the rock, the private terrace boasts its own blue plunge pool and plexiglass walls to bring the light of the sea sweeping inside.
Arched ceilings, heavenly color schemes, king beds – some with the added romance of being four-poster. All these factors bring a sensual yet cool touch to the surroundings.
The thoughtful touches of straw hats for the beach, soft robes for after your shower, and salt selections for the freestanding bath earmark Cap Rocat for thoroughly understanding what it takes to be an award-winning boutique hotel.
Two restaurants on-site invite exceptional dining for those who don’t feel like leaving their enclave to head down into the town. The open-air spritz of saltwater and stars makes The Sea Club a dreamy place to dine on sultry summer evenings. Tuna tartare and Majorcan wood-grilled flavors dance on the palate, especially when paired with the sommelier choice of intricate European wines.