What: A 13th century castle that was converted into a five-star deluxe hotel in 1961. Having undergone a total renovation in 2006, the hotel has more than equipped itself to receive even the most discerning of travelers.

Where: Commanding beautiful, sweeping views over the bay of Palma, the Castillo Hotel Son Vida is located on the Balearic island of Mallorca.

Why: Labeled as the most exclusive hotel in Mallorca, the hotel is something very special indeed. Reopened after extensive upgrading to the interiors as well as the adjoining landscape, the hotel can cater both to the seeker of activity and to those who while vacationing look more toward achieving pure luxurious respite. From the sumptuous suite designed by the Spanish luxury brand Loëwe to the glittering chandeliers, the interiors have been extremely well appointed. A wealth of activities awaits those who like to keep occupied while on vacation, with two championship golf courses, tennis courts and a swimming pool, not to mention a fitness room on site. For a more subdued time, guests can visit the Turkish baths and beauty spa for ultimate relaxation. And to dine, visitors can try the Mediterranean specialties proposed in the Es Castell restaurant or opt for more nouveaux dishes in the restaurant Es Vi, topping it all off with a quiet drink in the Armas Bar and Cigar Lounge.