Near Caimari, Mallorca, Spain
The Independent, March 2012
"Stay at the secluded Finca Es Castell, in the village of Caimari, a 10-minute drive north of Inca. A former olive farm with views towards the mountains."
The Guardian, July 2011
"The welcoming feel of Es Castell is in no small part down to the warmth of British owner James and his wife Paola, who run this beautifully converted finca with love and flair. Behind the thick stone walls lie 12 traditionally furnished rooms overlooking a cobbled courtyard dotted with terracotta urns brimming with geraniums and bougainvillea. Dinner here is the real treat – a 4-course set menu that often includes a pasta course (thanks to Paola's Italian roots) and which will be happily adapted for veggies."
"This ancient farm estate, encompassing a muddle of sturdy stone houses and 300ha (740 acres) of farmland dominated by olive trees, makes the perfect rural escape. The 12 rooms are simple and inviting. The location is what really makes, set deep in hilly rural country.
This 13th-century farmhouse, still owned by the same family more than seven centuries later, is run with flair and the rooms have an appealing rustic feel, with terracotta floors, timber furniture and marble topped chests of drawers. Stone archways lead through plant-lined courtyards, quaint nooks decorated with old farm tools and the tafona (or onetime oil press, sometimes used for banquets). The kitchen serves up fine Mediterranean meals, using only local produce. In summer, dine on a terrace with valley views. Otherwise, a series of romantic dining areas is sprinkled inside. Relax by the pool or on one of four terraces, slump into a hammock or wander off into the olive stands. The managers are keen hikers and will take you off for yomps into the surrounding hills - the nearest ones of which belong to the property."
"To walk through the doors is to step back in time - the tiled floors, white walls and exposed beams make it difficult to argue with manager James Hiscock when he describes Es Castell as "one of the prettiest hotels in Majorca." The hotel's philosophy is to give guests something a little different from the minibar-and-flat-screen experience so familiar from their business trips. Which means no minibar chilling tiny bottles of vodka, just an honesty fridge stuffed with San Miguel, lemon sodas and ice cream. No bells-and-whistles entertainment system, but a TV discreetly placed in each room and a library of children's DVDs to choose from. And in the restaurant, no culinary chemistry of foams or jus, just a beautifully simple four-course dinner that makes liberal use of the figs, olives, oranges and lamb grown and bred on the farm. With all that and a stunning pool, a series of beautiful courtyards and friendly, helpful staff, no wonder guests find themselves quickly easing into long days of warm indolence."
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
"The village of Caimari sits among olive, fig and fragrant lemon trees, hiding the 750 year old Finca Es Castell. And at night, the terrace of this elegant hotel is a near spiritual experience itself, with only your thoughts and the hum of cicadias to keep you company."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“We had a wonderful stay. James was extremely helpful, the food was exceptional and James kindly accommodated our children's wishes on a daily basis. The food for vegetarians was also accommodated with different dishes daily, no mean feat. Very relaxing and peaceful setting. We will be back. Thank you very much James and fellow staff. It was a truly memorable trip.”
sharon, United Kingdom (30.05.15)
“Friendly, small, hugely characterful, peaceful. Overall, we really loved this place. Special mention for the food, which was excellent - as a vegan foodie, I try to keep my expectations low, but everything was delicious and all the staff super- friendly and helpful. The wine choices were not stellar, but they were local and this is a small place. Loved sitting out under the trees for dinner and watching meteor showers from the rooftop terrace at night. This is a pretty magical place. The room was comfortable, with a cute terrace that captured the late afternoon sun. Only small gripe was that our room (9) was below another room with apparently only floorboards between, so not very well soundproofed, especially with a crying baby upstairs (though babies can cry their way through most things).”
beverley, United Kingdom (23.10.14)
“The mattresses were hard, the spacious rooms has very little daylight, but with the neighboring rooms a practical and comfortable family suite, ideal for 5 people. Inca, Placa Blanquer 10 i a s great restaurant by Joan Marc, he cooks really delicious food.”
Hans, Germany (13.09.14)
“The staff were generally very friendly and helpful, and it's a beautiful location. We ate nice food (but I think they miss a trick by not serving more traditionally Mallorcan food), and the wine was good and sensibly priced. We arrived with 3 kids (aged 4, 5 & 8) and although I can't fault the hotel staff in terms of a warm reception, I think it's fair to say that several of our fellow guests would have preferred us not to be there.”
Jessica, United Kingdom (28.08.14)
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this summer. The rooms were perfect, the setting was idyllic and we loved exploring the local area. We also thought the staff were great. The only slight disappointment was the food, which was fairly average and didn't live up to the fabulous setting. There was one evening we had to ask for more food for the children but James was quick to put this right. We'd definitely consider going back.”
Hannah, United Kingdom (03.08.14)
“We really enjoyed Finca Es Castell, and would and have recommended it. James was very charming and helpful. The place is beautiful and peaceful, and food was gorgeous. Service was great and friendly and we slept well. My husband was taking part in the Mallorca iron man and James was really helpful lending us his bike shed and tools even. In fact, we went to a ‘better’ hotel afterwards and wished we had stayed here instead!”
Ina, Switzerland (11.05.14)