“A chic Mallorquin finca hotel, hidden high in the Tramuntana mountains”
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.
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.
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.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement