Opened in spring 2019 and housed in a converted monastery, the Creu de Tau’s fortress-like, sandstone facades certainly make for a striking first impression. Interiors don’t disappoint either, with a seductive combination of bold contemporary artworks, swish vintage furnishings, and beautifully updated period features.
Spacious guest rooms are high-tech with luxury amenities, and elegant decor – many also feature stunning views. The restaurant offers some of area’s finest dining, while a sleek pool area and deluxe spa complete an impressive package.
The Creu de Tau is the only hotel found in the small town of Capdepera, just a few kilometres inland from the island’s most easterly point. While the popular holiday resort of Cala Ratjada is just a few minutes’ drive away, Capdepera is a particularly quiet and oft-overlooked destination, despite its charming historical character and dramatic 14th-century castle fortress that dominates the surrounds. The Mallorcan capital, Palma, and its airport are just over an hour away by road.
Relax & enjoy
A wood decked pathway leads through the hotel’s gardens and to its main relaxation zone – a lovely pool area surrounded by Bali beds. There are around a dozen beds in all, complete with white cotton drapery and comfy mattresses, from which guests can order from a menu of drinks and light meals.
The 11-metre swimming pool offers views out to the hilltop castle. Inside, the spa – purpose-built in the period style – offers a second heated pool, plus Jacuzzi and spacious sauna. There’s also a good range of spa treatments, including three-day packages.
Previously the nuns’ chambers, the 27 soundproofed rooms are divided between the hotel’s top two floors. Even the smallest is rather roomy, at 35-square-metres, and no two are identical, albeit following similar styles of tastefully muted tones combines with marès stone floors, leather headboards, and beamed ceilings. While oozing classical style, rooms are high-tech with touch screens for climate control, Bluetooth systems, and smart lighting.
All rooms open to at least a Juliette balcony, with suites offering spacious terraces with hot tubs and spectacular sunset views of the countryside, castle and – on a clear day – neighbouring Menorca. Pod coffee machines, bathrobes, and king-size beds all come as standard.
Eat & drink
The hotel’s Cova Negra restaurant, under the direction of Valentian chef Pablo Tamarit, has quickly established itself as one of the finest in the area. Interiors draw from a palette of earthy tones, with chunky wood tables and elegant stone arches. The exceptional menu is largely Mediterranean, with the occasional Asian flourish, and combining market-fresh produce with innovative touches.
An excellent breakfast comprises an extensive buffet plus cooked-to-order items such as crepes and eggs. Meals can be taken inside or on the terrace accompanied by sweeping panoramas. There’s also a beautiful, high-ceiling bar area, which used to be the old chapel, now offering a mix of expertly made classic and signature cocktails.
Close to the hotel
It’s a short stroll to the town centre, where visitors can find some typical restaurants and a few shops, but the main attraction is its spectacular castle – a 10-minute walk, most of which is uphill. There are also several sandy beaches within 10 minutes by car, including the beautiful Cala Agulla. Those looking for nightlife can find plenty around the Cala Ratjada marina, just a few kilometres away.
Good to know
There’s a footbridge that connects the top floor of the hotel directly to the hillside gardens, which lead straight to the swimming pool area.
Why you should stay here
Gorgeous rooms in a beautifully converted monastery, with world-class dining, luxury spa facilities, and great views, all within easy reach of east coast beaches.