Complex Made Simple

A real fortress of luxury solitude

While you can occasionally hear the loud techno beats of party boats passing by – carrying visitors to snorkel in the deep blue water – Cap Rocat, which hugs the craggy coastline of the bay of Palma de Mallorca, is a departure from the scene of discotheques and nightlife that draws many tourists to the island.

And no one under the age of 15 is allowed to stay at the former 19th-century military fortress that in 2010 was converted to a privately owned 28-room hotel, given the catwalks over dry moats, private terraces perched on fortified ramparts and steep roads descending to the rocky edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the rule is not entirely unwarranted.

Meticulously refurbished by the Spanish architect Antonio Obrador, what were once surveillance points are now three luxury suites called the Sentinels – private enclaves carved into the rocks, complete with their own plunge pools, which opened in June.

The military drills have been replaced with a burgeoning breakfast of fresh bread, fruit and eggs, delivered to each room in large wicker baskets. And an airy hilltop cabana houses a spa, where the natural breeze off the sea is a free addition to any treatment.

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