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Son Vida at Fifty

Palma's upmarket, elegant and somewhat opulent Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Palma's upmarket, elegant and somewhat opulent http://www.mallorca-spotlight.com/hotels/palma.htm is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Its 50 years in the business is the veritable
story of upscale tourism in Mallorca and its very walls seem to ooze history.

Its opening on 23rd June 1961 was presided over by Spain's most elegant and first lady, Carmen Polo, wife of the dictator General Francisco Franco, and its guest list after that is like a who's who
of 20th century royalty, fame and fortune; Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Michael Caine, Yasser Arafat, "http://comunidad.diariodemallorca.es/galeria-multimedia/Mallorca/Castillo-Hotel-Vida-celebra-aniversario/28559/2.html" target="_blank">Colonel Gaddafi, Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Paul Belmondo,
King Hassan II, Truman Capote, Gordon Sumner and Montgomery Clift to name just a few.

The tradition still continues in the 21st Century as J.Lo, Princess Jennifer of the Bronx, stayed there only this week and according to the staff, feasted royally on Spaghetti Bolognese!

The hotel has been owned by the German Schörghuber family since 1995 and is part of their rather large portfolio of Mallorca property which also includes the St. Regis Mardavall and Sheraton
Mallorca Arabella hotels, as well as the  Son Muntaner, Son Quint, Son vida and Son Quint Executive golf courses. Just for good measure they've got a couple of breweries, Paulaner and
Karlsberg so they never go thirsty!

These days the Son Vida is run in partnership with the American luxury hotel group Starwood and its rooms cost from €350 to €4500 a night. Top of the range is a 120 square metre suite which comes
with its own butler and is a favourite of the Sheik of Qatar, Hamad al Thani.

Here's to the next 50 years!