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.
“James and staff were all friendly and made us feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble. The setting of the hotel is lovely and we enjoyed staying put and relaxing. We did not have a car which suited us as we had arranged transport to and from the hotel, but it may not suit everyone as there are no shops of any kind nearby. I would highly recommend Es Castell. Evening meals are very good value and delicious, although no evening meals on a Sunday but James booked us a meal in a hotel in the nearest village just a 20min walk away. Altogether a lovely week in an excellent hotel, surrounded by lovely views.”
Linda, United Kingdom (24.07.12)