New United Destination Mallorca, home to one of Spain’s dreamiest seaside retreats

New United Destination Mallorca, home to one of Spain’s dreamiest seaside retreats

New United Destination Mallorca, home to one of Spain’s dreamiest seaside retreats

Hotels don’t get more romantic than Cap Rocat: a restored 19th-century fortress on a secluded 88 hectare park overlooking Palma Bay. In fact, it’s just a 15-minute drive from Palma de Mallorca Airport, which has just become more accessible than ever for American travelers.

Fly non-stop from the US to Mallorca

Majorca, the largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands (which also includes Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera), is a short 30-minute flight from mainland Spain, yet feels a world away. Best known for its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, this island paradise is also home to the dramatic peaks of the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, a verdant agricultural heartland filled with olive groves, vineyards and citrus farms, not to mention the cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca, one of the best culinary destinations in Spain.

As of last week, the Balearic Islands have been closer to the US east coast than ever, following the launch of United Airlines’ brand new, three-weekly service from Newark (EWR) to Palma de Mallorca (PMI).

Cap Rocat: one of the most romantic hotels in Spain

Majorca has more than a myriad of idyllic hotels, but none are as exclusive or as remote as Cap Rocat. A 19th-century military fortress transformed into a 28-room hideout that redefines the notion of barefoot chic. The hotel is located on a private peninsula with breathtaking 270-degree views over the bay of Palma.

All rooms and suites at Cap Rocat have extra-large double beds, double vanities and a private outdoor terrace. Some have intimate private plunge pools and cliff-top terraces, while others offer dreamy Balinese beds and breathtaking views of the natural reserve that surrounds the hotel.

As a guest you can choose to enjoy a relaxed breakfast with fresh Majorcan specialties in the privacy of your own terrace. From here you can watch the sailboats bob gently in the nearby bay of Palma or, if you’re lucky, even spot a local falconer training her kestrel.

Treat yourself

Cap Rocat is not only a feast for the eyes, but also seizes every opportunity to pamper its guests. On-site facilities include a private beach with plush sun loungers, natural rock pools and crystal clear aquamarine waters, a stunning saltwater infinity pool carved into the walls of the ancient fortress and a sensuous underground spa from which you can bathe in the sun.

There are two restaurants: Sea Club specializes in fish treats cooked in a traditional Mallorcan firewood oven with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, while La Fortaleza is as romantic as can be for a late dinner a deux by candlelight. Both restaurants source as much produce from local suppliers as possible – a nod to Cap Rocat’s longstanding commitment to sustainable hospitality practices and environmental stewardship.

Outstanding service

True luxury starts with excellent service. At Cap Rocat, where the staff is several times larger than the guests, personalization has been taken to the next level. Nothing is too much trouble for the team who magically drive guests around in their golf buggies, deliver breakfast to the room and make sure no one gets lost in the torchlit fortress walls at night.