From the moment I first enquired about room availability, I have been nothing less than overwhelmingly impressed with Finca es Castell and the way it is run. Prior to booking our holiday in Mallorca, several fincas had been recommended to me by friends, and it soon became a difficult task deciding between them. However, James, the hotel's owner, replied so promptly and helpfully to my numerous emails and enquiries, that we knew before we set off that we'd made the right choice.
The hotel is well and truly off the beaten track- and is all the better for it. Having picked up the hire car (essential for access) at the airport, and leaving the Magaluf-bound coaches behind, a pleasant 40 minute drive took us to a region of Mallorca that feels a million miles away from the infamous resort. Set in the hills amongst olive groves and lemon trees, Finca es Castell would have been almost impossible to find without James' very useful directions.
At our arrival, our tiredness was anticipated and we were given the chance to freshen up before a delicious lunch of a variety of meats and cheeses. Due to lack of availability we had only booked a standard room, but even this was a wonderful homely room with a delightful en-suite and small terrace- complete with breathtaking views across the hills.
We ate in the hotel's restaurant on two of our six nights. Like many in the region, dinner is a four course set menu affair made largely with local produce. Memorable highlights were John Dory with salsa verde, and roast beef. The two local red wines we sampled were delicious. Despite obviously wanting guests to eat at the hotel's restaurant, this did not in any way deter James from recommending fantastic local alternatives and booking tables for us. Breakfast was another highlight. Brilliantly, it is available until 11am- thereby eliminating the argument often had between those who want to get up early for it (me), and those who would rather have a lie in (Tara). After filling up on delicious fruit salads, cereals and freshly prepared scrambled eggs, it was easy enough to miss out on lunch and build up an appetite for dinner.
We took advantage of the less-than-perfect weather to explore the island by car. Again, James recommended a few road trips to take in the highlights of Mallorca.
I cannot recommend Finca es Castell highly enough. I don't think we could ever go back to booking standard package holidays ever again. Staying at the finca was like having your own private holiday home, where you are free to wander the local area, relax in the garden, and enjoy the relaxing silence. James and his fantastic staff facilitate that relaxation by providing a polite, friendly and helpful service, whilst never wanting to impose on your time and space.
We would return in a heartbeat - and even enquired about (one day) having our wedding at Finca es Castell. Sadly this isn't an option, but will not deter us coming back to a perfect place to rest, relax and recharge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Finca Hotel Es Castell, a renovated 11th century ancestral "Finca" Estate located in the foothills of the serra de Tramuntana world heritage site. This small, charming hotel, recently voted as "Spains Best Hotel", offers 12 simple, stylish rooms and suites, featuring traditional beams, exposed stone walls, but with all the modern conveniences and comforts of a five-star hotel. The pool has stunning views, and the hotel, located in 3 1/2 million m2 of its own farmlands, olive groves and pine trees, offers a wonderful secluded relaxing break ideal for cyclists, walkers, families (in school holidays), gourmets, or for those simply looking to do nothing! Come and pay us a visit. James and Paola ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Es Castell Caimari
- Finca Es Castell Hotel Caimari