Since 1961 the Castillo Son Vida has stood as a beacon of luxury hospitality, refined and yet not overly ostentatious, where the collection of bedrooms and opulent suites are bedecked in the finest fittings and furnishings.
The Castillo Son Vida Hotel is a tasteful conversion of a historic medieval castle that has an impressive legacy, dating back to the 16th century. This is luxury accommodation at its finest; a glance at the guest book will reveal names like Prince Rainer of Monaco and wife Grace Kelly, grand chess master Gary Kasparov, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and film director Pedro Almodóvar.
This is Mallorca's oldest golf course and its quality has been underlined by the fact that it has hosted the prestigious Balearic Open twice. Set amid a magnificent setting of blue skies, verdant foliage and rolling hills, Son Vida ranks among the island's most beautiful courses. Generous fairways sweep over and around gentle undulations and the trees that border the fairways call for accuracy from the tee. That being said, golfers will have to pay most attention to the water hazards and the quick, undulating greens to be sure of a good score. The entire course is a joy to play but it is most famous for its collection of challenging doglegs and the stunning closing hole – a par 5 that will tempt the longer hitters to have a crack at the green in two. Be warned though, this requires a good carry over a large water hazard and a poorly struck shot could well put a dampener on your round.
The Son Quint course is one of the youngest courses on the island and yet it has a distinctly mature feel to it. It hillside location offers fantastic views of the city of Palma and, of course, means the golfer has to carefully negotiate sweeping undulations in order to score well. Imposing pines and ancient olive trees add to both the beauty and the challenge and while golfers will be confident of finding the expansive greens in regulation, the tricky pin placements will make three putting a distinct possibility if the flat stick isn’t running on all cylinders. Measuring 6,780 yards this course is long enough to challenge the big hitters out there and thanks to a number of different tee positions beginners and higher handicappers can also enjoy a fair challenge.
Nestled between the hills of Son Vida and Palma, the magnificent Son Muntaner course is perhaps the most challenging of the courses on offer at this fantastic resort. Players are given a sign of things to come from the very 1st hole where a difficult approach must be played over water to a green heavily protected by bunkers. Course management is key around this stunning course as the strategic bunkering and natural undulations call for placement over power and while concentration is important to ensure a good score golfers should take time to soak up the beautiful natural surroundings as this course is home to numerous species of birds and a wide variety of Mediterranean flora. Teeing off against a breathtaking sunrise is one of the signature experiences at the club so push for an early tee time is possible.
All the guest rooms afford magnificent views over the stunning estate or the Bay of Palma sprawling below, and are sure to guarantee the most memorable stay should you choose the unparalleled Castillo for your next golf or leisure holiday on the beautiful isle of Mallorca.
The active-minded will certainly enjoy the golf and tennis facilities at the castle, but the health and beauty possibilities are also a real draw. The Castillo Hotel Son Vida Beauty Spa has an endless list of specialist treatments, aided by the exclusive Anne Simonin product range, designed to maximise your relaxation experience. The hotel has an absolutely stunning swimming pool, surrounded by a graded terrace and gardens, while inside you will find a well-equipped gym, sauna and indoor pool.
The hotel's restaurant is held in high regard, where expertly prepared and elegant Mediterranean cuisine is tastefully married with wine from the island's most extensive cellar.
The hotel's Es Castell Restaurant provides majestic views towards Palma and the bay, while Es Vi is supported by a collection of some 400 fine wines.