Amazing places to stay: Castell Son Claret

Whoever said it’s not the destination, but the journey that counts?

It’s testament to the über-comfort of this rurally sited, German-owned hotel, which opened in 2013, that I felt perfectly refreshed after only four hours in one of its cloud-like beds. The truncated night came courtesy of France’s air-traffic controllers, but at least I saw the garden, awash with blue agapanthus, and the 1450 castellated manor house in a romantic dawn light.

Pleasing touches in the rooms include sunhats and a big basket for carrying your clobber to the pool, which has uninterrupted views of the Tramuntana mountains, and I’m still dreaming about exquisite, frothy lemon juice and smouldering Michelin-starred chef Fernando Pérez Arellano’s paella.

Rooms from €266 per night (00 34 971 13 86 20; EasyJet flies to Palma— a 25-minute drive away—from London Gatwick (