“Charming-chic finca and spa set within peaceful organic gardens and rolling hills, close to unspoilt beaches and Arta”
The 15 suites are 'junior' by name but not by nature; there are no duff rooms here. Most have 4-poster beds wrapped in gauzy curtains and all have a private terrace. We revelled in our suite's space and understated quality design: a vast kingsized bed with crisp linen, linen-covered armchairs and high wooden rafters. Double doors opened out to our stone-walled terrace with sun loungers and views to the distant sea.
One of the suites even has its own roof solarium with 360-degree views of the countryside (you reach this by going out of the room to an external staircase). Most are in the main finca, but the 5 newest suites are in a separate, modern wing which flanks one of the pools; we can't wait to see them.
Bathrooms have limestone interiors but share the same ceiling as your bedroom giving additional sense of space and light. All have baths and walk-in showers. You get large fluffy towels, bathrobes, slippers and a selection of delicious-smelling Bulgari toiletries.
All rooms have satellite TV, CD/DVD player, air conditioning (although it still gets quite warm at the height of summer), heating (for winter), minibars, a safe and hairdryer.
It's easy to see the restaurant's use of fresh local ingredients for yourself. Baskets of organic vegetables are carried from the gardens to the kitchen each day. Fresh flowers from the garden are on every table.
You can take your breakfast inside or out on the terrace with the garden and orchard before you: when the weather's fine and the bougainvillea flowering, there are few spots as nice to start your morning. Orange juice is fresh as can be. There's an excellent buffet to fill you up: cakes and croissants, luscious homemade plum and apricot jams, ensaimada (a feather-light but wickedly fattening Mallorquin pastry), sobrasada (a local red sausage), as well as bowls of fruit yogurts, interesting cheeses and slithers of succulent Serrano ham. If this isn't enough, they will cook you egg dishes if you ask; we tried the Mallorquin omelette and it was very good (although very rich!). If you need a snack at lunch, they can whip up a sandwich or salad.
For dinner the restaurant (only open to guests) serves a selection of classic Mallorquin recipes. Don't expect the haute cuisine standards of sister hotel Convent de la Missio in Palma - this is simple, country fare prepared by local matriarchs. You need to book in earlier in the day, and it's a daily set 4-course menu with an option of fish or meat for the main (they're not focused on vegetarians). We loved the lubina (sea bass) and turbot served with a huge dish of delicious tumbet (a local speciality made with sliced aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes and potatoes - all fresh from the garden).
When we revisited in 2012, we found the food good but certainly not gourmet, so it felt rather overpriced compared with other Mallorquin hotels we visited, but we still enjoyed it. We started with a lovely tasty vegetable lasagna, and then tender rabbit. Vegetables came in a tomato sauce, and the wine list was very reasonable. Our dessert was stewed pears with vanilla ice cream.
If you're staying for several nights, you can ask for just a main and dessert, for a reduced cost, but note the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. For fine local cuisine with a modern twist (and a Michelin star) try, Es Molí d'en Bou, housed in a former windmill, 10 minutes' drive away. The funky Cafe Parisien in Artà (Calle Ciutat, 18) with its lovely courtyard garden is a good spot for a coffee, light lunch (the pasta is excellent) or evening drinks.
Children are welcome - cots and babysitting can be provided on request, but extra beds are not possible. The pool and gardens will keep kids amused for a while and there are sandy coves nearby but there are no special facilities and this is definitely a quiet spot (teenagers would not thank you for bringing them here!). For those with toddlers please note the pool is not fenced off.
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking