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Finca Es Castell
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Caimari
Certificate of Excellence
London
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36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

We had a great week here last April, just as the cyclists were thinking about leaving the island and before the crowds of summer travellers arrived.

We arrived quite early in the morning and our sat nav did a great job of finding the hotel, as it really is tucked away off the beaten track and on the doorstep of some pretty impressive peaks. We were immediately offered breakfast by our friendly hosts and my other half did not waste any time before starting to make friends with some of the staff by chatting away in Spanish. Note to self - I must start to use those Spanish lesson CDs!

The room was great, up our own little staircase from the reception area, and with it's own set of doors out onto the communal terrace (although we did get a small area of this to ourself). The view was lovely and the sound that I won't forget is the gentle clonking of sheep's bells (or at least I think that is what it was).

The highlight for me was eating breakfast each day on the terrace, in the morning sun, with an view of well over 180 degrees. We did not eat our evening meals at the Finca, but instead took the opportunity to explore the local area for restaurants. This undoubtedly bought our spend on food down, but we were restricted on our wine consumption as clearly one of us had to drive back each night.

The gardens and area around the pool were an ideal place to relax, but given the temperature in April, we weren't brave enough to try the pool. A nice touch is the free tea and coffee and honesty bar in the old building housing the ancient olive press. Talking of which, it is almost worth a visit just to see this.

We tried one of the short walks in the surrounding countryside (as detailed in a useful map/instructions sheet), but you could no doubt spend a whole week walking, just using this as your base.

Going back to the subject of cycling, if you are a keen road cyclist, you might not want to ride your pride and joy between the end of the tarmac at the edge of the estate and the Finca car park. This is more suited to mountain bikes.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

Wow what a place.
Just what the doctor ordered. A stunning old finca, a place to chill out and recharge your batteries, perfect surroundings, fantastic accomodation, attentive hosts and fantastic food! Trying to think of an excuse to go back immediately!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

Stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon in June. Our biggest regrets was not staying longer. This place is absolutely amazing. The food is amazing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Self service on the bar which is great and the prices are cheap. James is an attentive and a great host. Staying at this place is a total relaxation. Can't recommend this place highly enough. When you go to Mallorca this is a must.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

I can't recommend Es Castell enough to friends and family members. I'm a lover of small, independent hotels/inns with great food and this was...well...like a dream. Great service, lovely rooms, unbelievable attention to detail, wonderful dinners (thanks Lee!), amazing orchards to get lost in. A truly special place.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

This lovely old finca is full of charm and has many quiet corners in which to get away from it all. The owner James and his staff cannot do enough for you, but will discretely leave you alone to read or contemplate the lovely views. The food is superb and could easily give fancier restaurants a run for their money, and it is this and the peace and quiet that you will remember long after you return home. We are returning with 'foodie' friends for a short break in October and have no doubt they will love it just as much as we do. Everything is very relaxed and you have the run of the place; it sometimes seems that it is your own private finca, but with better service. Do yourself a favour and go!

  • Stayed August 2011
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3 Thank TheDKs
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Southampton, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

Everything written in all the other very positive reviews turns out to be true and it would be hard to add much to that here : wonderful location, superbly run and pretty much faultless in every respect. Our specific stay was marred slightly by some noisy young children and so it wasn't quite as peaceful as others have found it. Of course this is not the fault of the hotel or its owners but perhaps it is not the best choice of destination for those with small children as I suspect parents' nerves would quickly become frayed trying to maintain that wonderfully tranquil atmosphere the hotel normally has.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

The first time we went to Es Castell, on the recommendation of a friend, I remember thinking 'this is heaven'. Five visits later, it is still heaven.

The setting is beautiful and my heart misses a beat when we bump over the cattle grid on to the estate as I know what lies ahead. The memory of waking up to birdsong and sheep bells and the view from the breakfast terrace gets me through the winter months.

James and Paola (and all the team - welcome back Lee) are so welcoming and there when you need them for advice. The little touches such as flowers, wine and water in the room, the ice creams and coffee on tap all make for a special holiday.

The food is fabulous and dinner on the top terrace as the day fades away is not to be missed.

As many other correspondents note, Es Castell is a secret you want to keep to yourself.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Finca Es Castell
Address: Calle Binibona s/n, 07314 Caimari, Majorca, Spain
Region: Spain > Balearic Islands > Majorca > Caimari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Caimari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Finca Es Castell 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Finca Hotel Es Castell, a renovated 11th century ancestral "Finca" Estate located in the foothills of the serra de Tramuntana world heritage site. This small, charming hotel, recently voted as "Spains Best Hotel", offers 12 simple, stylish rooms and suites, featuring traditional beams, exposed stone walls, but with all the modern conveniences and comforts of a five-star hotel. The pool has stunning views, and the hotel, located in 3 1/2 million m2 of its own farmlands, olive groves and pine trees, offers a wonderful secluded relaxing break ideal for cyclists, walkers, families (in school holidays), gourmets, or for those simply looking to do nothing! Come and pay us a visit. James and Paola ... more   less 
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