Aerial photo of Castillo Hotel Son Vida Hotel, Palma.

Aerial photo of Castillo Hotel Son Vida Hotel, Palma.

20-08-2012

Parts of the Castillo Hotel Son Vida building date back to the 13th century and today it’s celebrating its 60th birthday as a hotel.

The property has changed hands several times over the years and was once owned by Mateu Vida and the Truyols family. In the early 1900’s, Fernando Truyols y Despuig spent a fortune on renovations turning the home into a castle-style villa with a tower.

In 1961, it was bought by ‘Urbanización Son Vida’ founder, Steve Kusak, who turned it into a luxury hotel and held a lavish opening party the likes of which had never been seen before in the Balearic Islands.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida poster from 1968.

In 1995 Castillo Hotel Son Vida was bought by the German business group, Schörghuber. The hotel closed for renovations in mid-2005 and reopened in February the following year.

King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia at Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Palma.

In March 2007, it became a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Luxury Collection and it’s now part of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection brand.

Prince Rainier of Monaco & Grace Kelly at Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Palma.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida has been a magnet for the rich and famous for decades, hosting royalty, politicians and celebrities. Former guests include Felipe González, Mikhail Gorbachev, Juan Carlos I, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Grace Kelly, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, John Lennon, Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, James Brown, Maria Callas, Brigitte Bardot, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Steve McQueen, Anthony Quinn, Michael Caine, Truman Capote, Woody Allen and Pedro Almodóvar.

Julio Iglesias at Castillo Hotel Son Vida, Palma.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida has two restaurants and guests can choose either fine-dining at El Castell or tapas at the bodega-style Es Vi.

The hotel is surrounded by three excellent golf courses and features two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool, a Spa and a 24-hour fitness centre.

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