Ca's Xorc

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Reviewed by Nikki Tinto
A chic Mallorquin finca hotel, hidden high in the Tramuntana mountains
Located between Deia and Soller on Mallorca's rugged northwest coast, this former olive mill has become a chic and discreetly glamorous small hotel. The feel of style oozes from every corner - perhaps passed on by the touch of its sparkling young staff. The look is shabby-chic, blending Mallorquin with a hint of Moroccan.

You'll lap up sensational mountain views from the veranda, while sipping your drink to the sound of rustling olive groves and sheep bells tinkling in the wind. The food is delicious and the dining areas imaginative - lots of hideaways and a Moroccan-style tent for parties (lots of weddings are held here). This place is and has been good enough for premier rock stars and A-listers (Mick Jagger and Claudia Schiffer are both fans). But ordinary mortals love it too. Go walking along quiet mountain trails, lie by the pool and sun-soak, find a quiet corner to chill out and help yourself to books from the library.

Highs

  • Cool interior design - this is definitely one of the island's most stylish small hotels
  • The beautiful grounds, dotted with bougainvillea, hibiscus, marguerites, lavender, olive and lemon trees and aromatic herbs
  • Our delicious dinner when we revisited in 2012 - lobster with saffron risotto followed by a sweet pastry stuffed with pumpkin mousse and cinnamon ice cream
  • The Deluxe Rooms with Terraces - ask for #8, which is up in the attic with stunning views and plenty of privacy
  • The whole atmosphere feels special, helped by the hotel's small size and friendly staff - you are very well looked after

Lows

  • A car is essential to reach beaches, shops and nightlife (there's no bar or lounge for after-dinner drinks). Be warned, the drive up is a bit hairy; big cars won't get round those dusty hairpins, and your SatNav may not work
  • Some don't like the old-fashioned style in the rooms, and cheaper rooms feel a bit small and dark
  • Some past guests feel it is overpriced, but others say it is worth every euro. Mixed reports of service, too
  • It's always full, so book early

Best time to go

May to September is hottest - a little before and after this is still ideal as the weather won't disappoint. The hotel closes annually from late October to late March.

Our top tips

Stay as long as you can - at least a couple of days to get into the swing of winding down and soaking up the atmosphere, a week if you want to explore the island. However long you stay, you'll really miss the place when you've gone.

Great for...

Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 14
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Closed: 10 Dec 2016 - 29 Mar 2017
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Yoga classes
Room:

Rooms

Each guest room is unique in style but all blend Mallorcan tradition with modern design. The west-facing rooms offer the best views, stretching out across the valley towards Soller and the sea beyond.

All rooms have elegant charm, though the cheaper ones feel a bit small and dark so it's worth upgrading if you can. We liked the beds (some antique four-posters, some modern fabrics); the cool flooring in pale limestone or traditional salvaged tiling, and the fine bathrooms with showers and grooming kits - some with vintage slipper baths (if a bath is essential then request at time of booking).

When we revisited in 2012, we stayed in one of the Double rooms and were very comfortable. Our window looked out onto a hillside with goats wandering past, our shower was good and powerful with nice toiletries to pamper ourselves with, and we slept well in the comfy bed.

However, when we return we'll splash out on a Superior room for a fabulous far-reaching view. Deluxe rooms also have big private terraces (we loved the thought of lazy days reading and sunbathing in privacy) plus some have open fireplaces so even if you come in winter you'll be cosy.

Since our visit, 2 Garden Cottages have been created next door to the main hotel. We're yet to seem them, but with oodles of private outdoor space, they sound like a tempting summer option.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Ca's Xorc's food is one of the stars of the show. The kitchen is state of the art - even here style pervades - and guests are welcome to look over the cooks' shoulders while they prepare Mediterranean delicacies from the best local produce. The dining areas, both outside and in, are beautiful, imaginative and very comfortable - think piles of fresh lemons, candles, fine napery…

At lunch there's an a la carte menu (perhaps homemade gazpacho, sundried tomato and hake risotto); for dinner there's a daily set 3 or 4-course menu (with a choice of fish or meat for the main course). When we first stayed, our main course was goat - presented to us prior to its introduction to the oven (thankfully not live and kicking). It returned very tasty and tender. When we revisited in 2012 we had lobster with saffron risotto, which was delicious, as was the pumpkin mousse pastry that followed.

The chef is happy to prepare simpler dishes for children on request, and can also do a 6-course taster menu, with advance notice.

Breakfast is anything you could care for - the sweetest fresh orange juice, croissants, breads, hams and cheeses, and also a choice of cooked. It is a very refreshing start to the day as you sit (weather permitting) on the wonderful veranda overlooking the valley.

If you feel like a change of scene, there are some really excellent restaurants within a 15-minute drive. We love La Almazara, run by Ca's Xorc's chef; Bens d'Avall - a favourite to watch the sun set over the Med; Es Raco d'es Teix and Sebastian's in Deia.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Swim, gaze out to sea and listen to the wind rushing through the trees. Then splurge on an aromatherapy massage or other relaxing treatment in your room (by arrangement)

  • Walk through olive groves, hills or coastal forests - the hotel lies just by the Deia-Soller footpath. There's good birdwatching too, so take your binoculars

  • For beautiful sandy beaches, head off up north to Formentor or to the east coast for the day. Nearby Puerto de Soller has a long stretch but it's rather uninspiring. Otherwise, Deia (15 mins' drive) has a pretty, pebbly cove

  • Day trips on Mallorcan fishing boats can be arranged, to see the beautiful coastline

  • Stroll around Soller, an atmospheric Old Town a few km away. Then grab a newspaper and enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice in one of the cafes on the leafy main square

  • Take the picturesque hour-long journey by wooden train from Soller to Palma

  • Visit the pretty villages of Deia and Fornalutx - both a 15-minute drive away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Swimming
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome and baby cots and extra beds are available for a supplement with a discount for younger children. If required a babysitter can be arranged with notice. However with the exception of the pet sheep's feeding time and a swimming pool, this is not a place where you'll find a bouncy castle or Coco the clown! Olive terracing and a shallow pond in the upper garden are not ideal for toddlers, and retaining the tranquil atmosphere is appreciated by the other guests.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
7/
Food
8/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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