The Majestic Expression of Mallorca
We are open! As of April 2022, we invite you to discover our refurbished Rooms & Suites, inspired by Mallorca´s indigenous charms and treasures. An Adults Only 16+ hotel, with captivating panoramic views towards the bay of Palma, Castillo Hotel Son Vida embodies the alluring lifestyle of its affluent neighborhood. Combining an enriching heritage with thoughtful service, the sophisticated ambience extends throughout 164 guestrooms and suites. Surrounded by three excellent golf courses and featuring two outdoor swimming pools for unequalled recreation, the hotel also offers prime downtime by Castillo Hotel Son Vida Spa, including a 24-hour fitness center. A dining destination on its own, an inspired range of restaurants, make the most of the unsurpassed vistas, from fine-dining El Castell to bodega-style Es Vi. Our renovated meeting rooms boasting natural day light, create the perfect setting for corporate and social events.
The Castillo Hotel Son Vida Story
The 13th century castle hotel captivates its guests with a blend of historical architecture, exquisite antiques, valuable paintings by significant artists and all the latest in modern conveniences.
In the chronicles of Mallorca Island, Son Vida is first mentioned in 1518 –as a country estate in a dream location on the city limits of Palma, with an unforgettable view of the bay.
The Vidas were a highly regarded family that had amassed great wealth after the conquest of the island. After a turbulent history, Son Vida was radically altered by Nicolau Truyols, Marquis de la Torre from 1900 to 1905, as a romantic token of his esteem for his wife: inspired by aristocratic manor houses on the mainland, he turned the estate into a castle.
Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca offers the prime location for guests seeking the tranquility of impressive, hilltop living with the relaxation offered by an Adults-Only, five-star residence – a rarity in Spain. A privileged haven, the property embraces the serenity of the island and is designed to appeal to seasoned travelers, from those seeking time with loved ones, friends sharing enriched moments and golf aficionados.
Supported by unrivaled service, this historic hotel offers both recreation and respite. Inspired destination experiences, a legacy for immersive gastronomy, including private dining, as well as enhanced spa and wellness through individual and shared treatments at Castillo Hotel Son Vida Spa, all combine to create the exceptional.
Enjoy an unforgettable meal while overlooking Palma. Beyond the remarkable vista, our refined Es Castell restaurant offers a lavish breakfast and inventive Spanish and international dishes.
Sa Font Pool Bar
Serving quenching fruit juices, refreshing soft drinks, and delicious snacks, the Sa Font Pool Bar offers the perfect mid-day pick-me-up. Seasonal operation. Pool Day Pass Available.
Pay homage to the hotel's aristocratic history with an afternoon tea at Salón Real. In addition to savoring indulgent tea and chocolate caliente, guests will revel in the graceful surroundings.
Relax at Bar Armas, an intimate salon-style bar filled with relics from the hotel's past inside & the grand terrace with views of Palma outside. Choose from our cocktail list and menu of fresh appetizers. Live music every Wednesday evening with Sahra Lee.
George Sand Lounge
The name honors the French writer, who lived for a winter in Mallorca with her lover Chopin. In this historic lounge, you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere and relax with a refreshing drink from Bar Armas.
The Balcony of Mallorca
Located in Palma, this lively and luxurious Bar Armas welcomes guests with a wide variety of delicious drinks such as wine, distinctive whiskys, fresh prepared alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Arabella Golf Mallorca
Gazing at the beautiful island scenery, both Son Vida Golf Course and the Executive Course of Son Quint surround the hotel whereas Son Muntaner & Son Quint Golf Courses are just two minutes drive. We offer a singular golfing experience that stands unequaled in Europe. With our Unlimited Golf Offers, our guests can swing their clubs at any of the nearby Arabella golf courses: four distinct experiences on the island’s time-tested and revered greens. The leading golf resort in the Mediterranean offers you 63 best reasons to play golf.
A meaningful day like your wedding deserves to be celebrated in an exquisitely appointed venue. The ceremony and the banquet may be arranged at the main terrace as well as in our banquet facilities.More Details
Your preferred golf break – 3 to 7 nights
Available: March 15, 2021 — March 15, 2022
Stay in Son Vida and discover a singular golfing experience that stands unequaled in Europe.
Available: November 5, 2021 — June 1, 2022
Stay in Mallorca and discover the golfer in you, playing as much as you wish on all 4 Arabella golf courses.
Castillo Hotel Son Vida, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mallorca
C/Raixa 2, Urbanizacion Son Vida,Palma de Mallorca Spain 07013
To make your arrival more comfortable you can reserve our private transfer service.
360 Virtual Tour Castillo Hotel Son Vida
It is not that easy to experience the majesty of our stunning hotel, rooms & suites, restaurants and meeting spaces without actually visiting. Nevertheless, using some state of the art photography, we wish to bring our facilities closer to you, with our 360-degree virtual tour, aiming to provide an excellent taste of what you will see when you arrive. Explore the enchanting lobby, admire the breathtaking views, choose the room you like the most and imagine yourself relaxing at our Spa.
Castillo Hotel Son Vida’s noble history dates back to the 13th century, when King Jaume I declared the hills behind Palma city—where the hotel is located—fertile ground.
It wasn’t until the 16th century, when Mateu Vida acquired the medieval castle that now houses the hotel, that the building was baptized. The castle’s subsequent owners, the aristocratic Desmás and Truyols families, kept the castle’s distinctive name, marking the beginning of a proud heritage of elite service, elaborate feasts, and profound relaxation. Near the turn of the 20th century, Fernando Truyols and Despuig undertook extensive and extravagant renovations as a gift to his wife, Magdalena Villalonga. The result was a villa with the look of a castle, complete with a tower. Fifty-seven years later, the Truyols family sold the private Son Vida estate to Steve Kusak, the founder of “Urbanización Son Vida,” and on June 23, 1961, the castle opened its doors as a luxury hotel. Three years later, the island’s first golf course, the Golf Son Vida, was inaugurated next door. In 1995, the hotel was purchased by the Schörghuber Group, renamed Castillo Hotel Son Vida, and designated as one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. In January 2005, the hotel closed its doors and undertook a renovation and rebuilding, which was completed the following February. Two years later, in March 2007, the legendary hotel became a member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Luxury Collection, joining the ranks of the world’s most extraordinarily, unique luxury hotels and resorts. Today, Castillo Hotel Son Vida, part of Marriott International, shines with a rich legacy and history, drawing influential guests from all over the world. Politicians and celebrities have chosen Castillo Hotel Son Vida as their Mallorcan destination including: Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Anthony Quinn, Pedro Almodóvar, Claudia Schiffer, and many more.
Art in Castillo Hotel Son Vida
The 13th century castle hotel captivates its guests with a blend of historical architecture, exquisite antiques, valuable paintings by significant artists and all the latest in modern conveniences. These pieces of art can be found in different areas of the hotel. A large sample can be found around the stairs way, in the Anckerman room, the reception, or in the bar Armas
Work and Importance
Fausto Morell was known for his exquisite imitations of the 15th-century Flemish style. His most important works are paintings of historical events, religious scenes and portraits. Morell was a descendant of a very prominent Mallorcan noble: Prince Orlandis, the founder of Casal Solleric (18th century), which is now Palma’s municipal cultural centre in the Passeig d’es Born.
He grew up in a very art-minded family: by the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, Casal Solleric had already become a private cultural venue for symposiums and artistic events. Among the visitors were writers, musicians and painters, as well as Austrian Empress Elisabeth (known to posterity as “Sisi”), who came in the company of her relation Archduke Ludwig Salvator, and of course incognito, to see Fausto Morell’s studio. In addition to the archduke, who sat for a portrait, Morell’s circle of friends included the musician Pau Casals, the poet Miguel Costa y Llobera and Ricard Anckermann. Fausto Morell interceded on several occasions when differences arose between the proprietor of Son Vida at the time, Fernando Truyols, and the artist Ricard Anckermann regarding the dining room decor. One of Morell’s idiosyncrasies was to invite friends like Pau Casals or Archduke Ludwig Salvator to his studio and, while painting, to engage in heated conversations often revolving round the subject of the work in progress.
The Other Fausto Morell
There’s another important painter named Fausto Morell: viz. Fausto Morell y Orlandis, the father of the aforementioned artist. Heirs of a rich aristocratic family, both enjoyed the privilege of not having to cater to patrons and their tastes, which left them at liberty to develop their style and subject-matter freely.
Anckermann was born in 1842 in Palma de Mallorca. As his surname suggests, he was of German descent: at the end of the 18th century his grandfather, Karl Angermann, was recruited by a Swiss regiment to serve as armourer. The regiment hired their services out to the Spanish crown and were transferred to Palma. The alteration of the name Angermann was due to civil servants’ errors in writing the unfamiliar name and the prevailing tendency to bring spellings into line with Spanish pronunciation. Ricard Anckermann’s father, Jordi Angermann/Ankermann (there are over a dozen variants of the family name), in turn served as armourer in a battalion of the Mallorcan militia.
Ricard Anckermann’s talent was conspicuous even from a young age. After his first years of study and a very brief career as municipal councillor of Palma, he fled from politics to Paris, to give himself entirely over to his art. When he ran out of money, his brother, an engineer supervising the building of a steamship in England, found him a job as interior decorator, and with the same ship that was later to ply between the island and mainland under the name of “Lulio”, Anckermann returned to embark on a brilliant career as an artist and art teacher.
Ricard Anckermann had an astoundingly wide range of interests. He felt at home and achieved consummate mastery in vastly different styles, subjects, formats and materials. He took a serious interest in other pursuits as well. He loved music not only as an inactive listener, but played the cello and even composed works of his own, one of which he sent to his brother Carles, director of the Tacón theatre orchestra in Havana, Cuba. His other passions were literature and historical research; in the latter field he published two treatises.
Decoration of the Son Vida dining room
At the turn of the century Ferran Truyols, the Marqués de la Torre and owner of Son Vida, commissioned Ricard Anckermann to decorate the dining room. The artist spent four years working on it, his last major project. The work consists of canvases that are mounted on frames and cover the walls of the room. They depict ten scenes from a royal hunting expedition in the 18th century.
The scenes show: The Departure from the Castle, Riding to the Hunting Grounds, The Pursuit of Game, A Bolting Horse, the Prince and His Bride, Open-Air Cooking, Banquet, Dancing, Games and the Return to the Castle.
In contrast to his previous works, the painter here entirely dispenses with heavy symbolism and concentrates all his efforts on a naturalistic portrayal without ulterior motives.
Work and Importance
Antoni Ribas exemplifies the artist who, despite tremendous talent, never took the leap into the international art market because he preferred the security of steady employment at home to the prospect of a precarious existence as an artist abroad. And that in spite of the sensation he’d caused by winning the gold medal at the exhibition of the Academia de Bellas Artes in Barcelona in 1866: against the phalanx of established Catalan artists who had embraced the prevailing trend of historical Romanticism, the unknown 21-year-old Mallorcan pitted a naturalistic landscape, which took first prize. With this achievement, Ribas reinforced and consolidated the revolution that had already begun in Spanish painting towards realistic depictions of landscapes.
After his success in Barcelona, he took up work in 1868 as a set designer at the Teatro Príncipe de Asturias in Palma and in 1872 as an art instructor at the Academia de Bellas Artes, also in Palma. As an artist he had already received honorary titles from an early age. Towards the end of his career, however, Ribas, the one-time pioneer, came to be seen as a figurehead of established academic painting, against which the turn-of-the-century modernists revolted. Ribas was friends with O’Neille, Ricard Anckermann and Fausto Morell, with whom he started up an artist’s association (Fomento de la Pintura y Escultura) in 1876.
Life, Work, Importance
Juan Pantoja de la Cruz ranks among the leading Spanish portraitists of the late 16th century and is an exponent of Spanish Renaissance painting. In 1598 upon Philip III’s accession to the throne, he was appointed court painter.
For professional guests or those in need of advanced technological services, our all-hours Business Center has top-of-the-line communication facilities.
Along with PCs, High Speed Internet Access, and Wi-Fi, there is a complimentary internet-based printing service and our professional staff is always available and happy to assist.
All above facilities and services are available for our hotel guests for no extra charge.
Please contact Guest Services to arrange access.
Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Learn more about our hotel's green initiatives, including energy and water conservation, recycling, environmentally responsible purchasing and more.
Energy & Water Conservation:
High-efficiency lighting in guestrooms
High-efficiency lighting in public areas
Water conserving fixtures
Regular preventive maintenance
Waste Minimization & Environmentally Responsible Purchasing:
Elimination of styrofoam packaging
Environmentally preferred products
Alternatives to plastic bottled water
Sustainable food and beverage options
Enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality:
Integrated pest management practices
Low-emitting materials, such as paints, flooring and furniture
Property-level Green Council
Sustainable Meetings Practices
Our concierge desk is open every day and 24 hours to assist guests with all their needs, including but not limited to: Restaurant Reservations, Car Rentals, Airport Transportation, Airline Tickets, Floral Arrangements, Tour Reservations.
Along with providing on-site services, our concierges particularly recommend the following sites: Palma de Mallorca Cathedral: Dating back to around 1036, the beauty of this cathedral, known as the “Cathedral by the Sea,” is stunning. In addition to featuring over 87 stained-glass and seven rose windows, it also houses a museum with three galleries. Valldemossa Royal Charterhouse: The monastery located in the colorful mountain town of Validemossa has origins as an early 14th century palace. It has since housed prominent figures such as Gaspar M. Jovellanos during his exile, Frederic Chopin and George Sand, Joseph Bonaventure Laurens, and others. Be sure not to miss Valldemossa’s culinary specialties like potato cocas and horchata. Es Baluard, Palma’s Contemporary and Modern Art Museum: Located in a new building enclosed by the seafront promenade’s Renaissance walls, the museum offers a wide array of art and corresponding activities.
24 Hour Room Service
Dry Cleaning Service
Wake up Calls
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Pets Not Allowed
Accepts: Cash,Credit Cards
Concierge desk service
Property has elevators
Languages spoken by staff:
Spanish, English, German, Italian
For more information about the physical features of our accessible rooms,common areas,or special services relating to a specific disability,please call +34 971-493493
Accessible on-site parking
Property has elevators
Self Operating lift or a sloped entry in hotel swimming pools
Service Animals are Welcome
Valet parking for vehicles outfitted for drivers in wheelchairs
Van Accessible on-site parking
Accessible Entrance to On-Site Pool
Entrance to On-Site Business Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Fitness Center is Accessible
Entrance to On-Site Spa is Accessible
Main Entrance is Accessible
Meeting Spaces are Accessible
On-Site Restaurants are Accessible
Room and Suites Access through the Interior Corridor
Adjustable HIght Hand-Held Shower Wand
Alarm Clock Telephone Ringers
Bathtub Grab Rails
Close Caption TV
Deadbolts on Guest Room and Suites Doors
Electronic Room Key
Flashing Door Knockers
Guest Room and Suites Doors Self-Closing
Hearing Accessible Rooms and/or Kits
Lever Handles on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Deadbolts on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Electricat Outlets
Lowered Night Guards on Guest Room Doors
Lowered Viewports in Guest Room Doors
Mobility accessible rooms
Non-slip Grab Rails in the Bathroom
Room Windows Open
Safety Chains and/or Latches on Guest Doors
Secondary Locks on Room Windows
Toilet Seat at Wheelchair Height - Toilet for Disabled
Transfer Showers in Guest Rooms
Viewports in Guest Room and Suites Doors