“A tranquil and decadent finca with beautiful gardens and an excellent restaurant, perfect for chilling out with your partner”
The 17 bedrooms all have their own entrance and private terrace, and are cleverly angled so that each feels completely private and separate from its neighbour. Inside they're very spacious and wonderfully relaxing. Chill-out music plays as you enter the room, and a jar of bright sunflowers immediately catches the eye.
When we first reviewed the hotel, we stayed in a Suite and it was very pretty. Our sun terrace, with loungers, a table and chairs, was set in a rockery of cacti and bird of paradise flowers, overlooking the valley; the banisters leading up to our door were entwined with small purple flowers. Inside, there was a large seating area, with an L-shaped red sofa strewn with yellow and red cushions.
The room was full of objets d'art: brass tools and bellows for stoking the wood fire; an old-fashioned dial telephone; and ceramic urns snuggled into an alcove. There was a small kitchenette, and a plasma TV and DVD player. The bedroom and bathroom were set slightly higher, both decorated in duck-egg blue and clean white. The kingsize bed was super comfortable (I had my best night's sleep here) and 2 large wardrobes provided storage space.
The bathroom was separated from the bedroom by a curtain, but the toilet and bidet were in their own room. Towelling robes, piles of soft white towels, Aromatherapy Tea Tree products and a Jacuzzi-style bath made the small space seem sumptuous and inviting. Strangely though, the full-length mirrors were on the back of the toilet door, so you had to go in to see your reflection...
The other bedrooms we saw were as impressive. While smaller, the double rooms still had terraces with loungers, tables and chairs, plus kettles with tea and coffee (though no kitchenette), and our favourite suite, Es Niu, had a rooftop space with a comfy daybed and fabulous views.
When we revisited in 2013, we stayed in a Superior Suite. These are generally bigger, and well suited to families or for a longer stay. We loved the high-standard bathrooms, although we found the Jacuzzi a little hi-tech!
Can Curreu's restaurant is well-known on the island and popular with locals so it's advisable to book ahead in the summer months. It has a lovely terrace for alfresco dining, and inside, a romantic candlelit setting. A large fireplace was piled with logs and candles; gourds stood on the mantelpiece and sunflowers decorated each table.
The food is sublime: contemporary Mediterreanean using many home-grown ingredients. Imaginative starters included foie gras with caramelised apples and apricot compote, fennel marinated salmon, and sautéed scallops topped with a porcini mushroom risotto. For mains, we had rack of lamb with red wine sauce and duchess potatoes (delicious), and duck magret with a raspberry and candied fruit sauce (beautifully rich). Excellent desserts followed with a snifter of sweet wine, recommended by the waiter - Corte Dulce. My banana flambé with cointreau and freshly squeezed orange juice served with vanilla ice cream was very good, as was the mint and matcha green tea parfait with braised pineapple ice cream. There's also an impressive cellar of fine Spanish wines.
When we revisited in 2013, we loved our amuse bouche of chicken tempura, the starter of scallops with Iberico ham and seaweed, and our main of suckling pig. Portions were huge! The atmosphere is rather staid so if you want something more relaxed, ask them to deliver your meal to your room (no extra charge) and eat on your private terrace.
Breakfasts are equally good: fresh pineapple juice, homemade breads and jams, croissants and a choice of cooked dishes. I loved the ham, mushroom and cheese omelette, rounded off by freshly brewed coffee.
The restaurant is open for lunch every day, too. The suites and some Superior Suites have a kitchenette, which comes in handy if you just want an easy sandwich. Another option is to visit the bar/restaurant at the end of the road, which does excellent tapas - calamares, spinach tortilla, patatas bravas etc.
Children are very welcome and will love the pool and horse riding, as well as playing in the gardens. However, the majority of guests are couples seeking peace, so you might feel self-conscious if your kids are lively. Extra beds, cots and babysitting can be arranged.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Superior Suites have the most space. All Suites and some Superior Suites have kitchenettes, which families will find useful.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots can be provided on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking