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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Finca Es Castell Caimari, Majorca
- Finca Es Castell Hotel Caimari