16 Oct 2008

With crystal clear waters, a stunning countryside and Ibiza right next door, no wonder the Mediterranean island is home to the rich and famous

Wondering where Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas take the kids when they’re bored of Bermuda? They hop across to their Dhs27 million mansion on a secluded hillside in Valldemossa near Deya in Majorca, joining a host of other serenity-seeking celebs who escape here for a few dressed-down days in the Spanish sunshine.

The largest of the Balearic islands just off the east coast of Spain may be a popular spot for holiday-makers, but it’s still blissfully easy for the stars to go unnoticed between the quiet stretches of golden coastline, quiet coves that are perfect for a private yacht or two, beautiful castles and down-to-earth mountain villages.

While tennis ace Rafael Nadal is lucky enough to call it home, Harrison Ford, Bob Geldof, Rod Stewart, Pierce Brosnan have all whisked away their better halves for a few romantic days of the al fresco life in spots like Port of Sóller. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself sipping Sangria alongside Claudia Schiffer in Camp de Mar. The German beauty has been holidaying on Majorca since she was a child and now has her very own piece of paradise – a Dhs40 million mountain-top retreat that was built on land she bought from her personal friend, Spain’s King Juan Carlos. “I have to say that I’ve been around the world and I’ve seen the best locations for holidays and I still prefer Majorca,” she says.

If owning your own Majorca mansion is not in the stars, there’s always the royalty favourite, Hotel La Residencia, where you’ll be able to bask in the island’s beauty with the most A-list of them and add that touch of celebrity style to your own glam getaway.