Make love not war at Cap Rocat’s former military fort, hidden on a cliff in a peaceful pocket of Palma bay. More heritage site than hotel, the fort’s defensive paraphernalia (drawbridge, bunkers, trenches) provide a dramatic setting for pared-down boutique bedrooms, a dazzling infinity pool and two tempting restaurants.


  • Staying in a 19th-century Spanish fort

  • Clifftop views of the sea and Palma

  • The restaurant, tennis courts and gardens

Smith extra

A bottle of cava in your room on arrival

In the know

Also need to know:

The stronghold was built to protect Spain from the US after American troops swooped on Cuba and the Philippines. Order breakfast in your room – a generous spread of fresh fruit, home-made pastries, cereals, yoghurts and jams will arrive at your door in a picnic hamper, and be set up at your table.

Packing tips:

Binoculars for boat-spying; a yoga mat for daily sun salutations on the private patio; a waterproof camera; smart attire for dusk-time dining.

Dress code:

Military chic or fabulous fisherman: nautical stripes and gold frogging, or a splash of blue and a vivid coral necklace.

Accommodation details


Carretera de Enderrocat, s/n, Mallorca, Cala Blava, 07609


0.3 mi / 0.5 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Spa
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Tennis court
  • Restaurant
  • Lounges/bars
  • Room service

Dining information


Linger over lunch or have a decadent dinner at La Fortaleza (the Fortress), set in one of the main pavilions (open from Tuesday to Saturday). The dining room is used during the winter months and inclement weather (tents will be added to the roof for alfresco dining in 2011). Food is Spanish/Mediterranean in character, with dishes such as pimientos al piquillo (red pepper with cod and an aioli dressing). During summer months, eat at sea level in the Sea Club, an open-air restaurant by the waterfront in the Queen’s Cove. Food here is more relaxed: zingy salads, pasta and grilled meat and seafood.

Top Table:

Eat on the roof under the shade of the Moroccan canopy, looking out to sea.

Last Orders:

Lunch is served between 1pm and 3.30pm; dinner is 8pm until 11.30pm. Breakfast isn’t dished up at a set time, so let the hotel know when you’re likely to feel peckish. La Fortaleza is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Room Service:

The 24-hour room service includes items from the Sea Club menu (1pm–3.30pm and 8pm–10.30pm) and cold snacks such as charcuterie, cheese, salads, sandwiches, fruit salad and cake (almond, with almond ice cream).

Hotel Bar:

There’s no bar as such, but drinks can be sipped on any of the terraces or patios, or in one of the lounges from 8am until midnight.

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