Soller, Mallorca, Spain.
Previously an 18th century oil mill, Ca’s Xorc is now a charming boutique defined by its rich, authentic character. Perched on a cliffside flanked by lush lemon groves and olive trees, it is the perfect setting for those looking for some secluded relaxation, but equally wishing to experience the many joys that Mallorca’s rugged northwest has to offer.
Ca’s Xorc sits atop a hillside in the Tramuntana mountain range – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – between the towns of Deia and Soller in north-west Mallorca. Quaint mountain villages can be reached within 10-20 minutes and Palma airport is just a 40 minutes drive away.
Dating back to the 18th century, Ca’s Xorc was once an estate that housed an oil and grain mill. In 1998, owner Klaus C. Plönzke fell utterly in love with the finca and lovingly converted it into the luxury retreat it is today. Many of the original furnishings are still on display; the mill, one of the few preserved and operating on the island, is still used by the hotel to make some of the most cherished olive oil in the area. The antique hydraulic tiles, original stone floor and old wooden press, which donkeys once turned to squeeze the fruit, also remain.
Total relaxation. It’s a slow-paced haven of peace and quiet, a sanctuary for those looking to recharge and unwind. Here, you can kick back and absorb the warm breeze and soft faraway sounds of sheep bells, washing away the stresses of modern living as you go. Ca’s Xorc offers a little bit of everything that is quintessentially Mallorcan – authentic finca architecture, spectacular mountain vistas and access to whimsical, winding country roads leading to small villages. Traditional aesthetic components from years gone by are retained, and sit alongside modern design features that ensure the property exists in harmony with its surrounding environment. The entire building, from back to front, is elegant, refined and well curated, and supported by a backdrop of spectacular sunsets and starry nights. It’s not surprising Ca’s Xorc hushed intimacy and romantic subtleties have turned it into a mini-mecca for the well-heeled, tired of modern living and looking to get away from it all.
My partner (suitcase carrier) in crime.
Rooms start from £188 per night. Moderately priced for boutique luxury and well worth it.
Where You’ll Stay
Up here, the tranquility of silence prevails, only interrupted by the soft chirping of birds, the tinkle of sheep-bells and the wind snaking through the palm trees. Bougainvilleas, hibiscus and lavender plants join forces to form a spectacular patchwork of flowers blooming across the shady terraces, their colours and smells ensuring a multi-faceted sensory experience every time you step outside.
Inside, you will find two adjoining fincas that play host to a labyrinth of stone staircases that weave around the 13 guest rooms, dining room, indoor restaurant, bar, library and several lounge areas. Designwise, grand wooden beams, carefully constructed stone walls and Mallorcan tiles are all retained in traditional celebration, while decorative Moroccan elements, like exotic lamps and lavish cushions in the lounging areas, gives it a dash of bohemian.
The standard rooms offer stunning views of the Tramuntana mountains, but opting for a superior or deluxe room, and its breathtaking views of the Soller Valley and beyond, is absolutely recommended. There are also two separate cottages that come with private gardens, ideal for those looking for a more exclusive experience.
We stayed a night in the deluxe room. The four-poster bed and old-style, wood-framed windows exude traditional charm, as do statement pieces like the crystal chandelier and cosy-up-closer fireplace. Our bathroom consisted of a shower and little else, but many of the rooms at Ca’s Xorc are decked out with spacious bath tubs. Although the rooms carry the charm of bygone times, they still have all the modern comforts you may need; a sound system, minibar and AC all feature. The highlight is the room’s terrace, which comes with comfy outdoor seating and a sensational backdrop of gardens, towering peaks and the sea in the distance – a view we don’t think we could ever get used to.
The hotel’s outdoor areas are the real stars of this quite impressive show. Get lost in the enchanting gardens, 100-year old olive groves and lemon tree plantations. Take advantage of the on-sight library, grab a book and find a spot to match under the shade of the palm and fig trees. End the day by picking up a refreshing drink from the honesty (yes, I was) bar and settle into a spot next to the pond.
A walk through the orange tree-lined path brings you to the spectacular infinity pool, which seemingly spills over the cliff edge onto the mighty mountains. On the level above, a sunken jacuzzi is set into a pristine lawn under lemon blossoms. Sun loungers are dotted around the gardens, with magisterial fountains on hand to provide the musical score. Still feeling a bit tight around the shoulders? Massages and yoga classes can be arranged on request.
Buzzing at lunchtime and candlelit for dinner, Sa Tofana restaurant really is a destination in its own right. Meals are served outdoors whenever the weather permits, with guests free to tuck in under the shade of the pergola or pink pepper trees. On colder days, cosy up next to the fire in the indoor dining room, for the snuggest of dining experiences.
Ca’s Xorc’s original take on classic Majorcan cooking relies on the best organic, seasonal and local produce. For lunch ,there is a bistro-style menu including tapas and fish of the day, and at dinner, there’s both an à la carte and six-course tasting menu to choose from. Expect only the finest selection of Mallorcan wines and of course, a cuisine dressed by the estate’s own oil.
Breakfasts are a further illustration of the owner’s desires to keep the hotel rooted in Mallorcan spirit, with fresh locally-baked breads, an assortment of artisan cheeses, delicious cold-cuts, seasonal fruits and the sweetest orange juice fresh from the estate all to hand.
What I loved
The delicious souvenir. Fancy taking a little part of Ca’s Xorc home? The hotel sells homemade Virgin Extra Olive Oil in decorative tins, which comes from only the best, handpicked olives from their groves.
Beautiful nearby sights. Although secluded, this charming hideaway is not too far from civilisation. For those wanting to be beside the sea, Cala Deia is a shingle beach with clear waters and rock pools, and can be reached in 20 minutes. Alternatively, rent a boat to explore the cliffs and coasts surrounding Port Soller, which is just a 10 minutes drive away. The romantic villages of Deia and Fornalutx are just a short drive away, offering an array of restaurants and charming little streets to wander.
Ca’s Xorc is close to several renowned restaurants that are not to be missed. Perched above the clear waters and rock pools of Cala Deia, seafood restaurant Ca’s Patro March is one of the most sought after restaurants on the whole island. Renowned for its Mediterranean cuisine, Bens D’Avall on Carretera Soller-Deia is just a short drive away. Be sure to ask for a cliffside table (thank me later). If you are there for lunch, go for a dip in the sea below – it’s one of the island’s secret swimming spots.
Panoramic and perfect, Ca’s Xorc provides an unforgettable dining experience. Booking a table for sunset is encouraged – there’s nothing like admiring one of the best views of the island during golden hour.
Things To Know
The drive to Ca’s Xorc is a bit hairy; the mountain road leading up to the hotel is a bumpy track with a series of tight, hairpin bends that feel more ‘Top Gear special’ than ‘relaxing holiday’. Many sharp intakes of breaths and three-point turns were made but once arriving at the top, you’ll be more than rewarded for your efforts. Renting a car is essential to reach nearby sites and a smaller car will make it easier to navigate the treacherous turns.
Leave the kids at home. Children are welcome when the hotel is completely booked by a group in exclusivity, but otherwise this is an adult’s only hotel.
Surrounded by such beautiful scenery, it’s no surprise that Ca’s Xorc is a popular venue for special occasions. They have an exquisite outdoor moroccan style tent (with under-floor heating), which is ideal for weddings or parties. Hopefully my future husband is reading this and taking notes.
Maturer, more discerning travellers, city-weary R&R seekers and besotted couples searching for a sufficiently romantic backdrop to declare their undying love for one another in front of. Probably explains all the weddings. Ca’s Xorc is a departure from the hustle and bustle of the island’s more heavily toured spots, so it’s easy to see why it attracts a crowd looking for the same sun, less noise and more opportunities to disconnect from the trials and tribulations of contemporary society.
Rooted in its locality, Ca’s Xorc invites you into the heart of Soller’s sumptuous countryside for one thing only – a luxurious hotel experience with character to compliment the natural beauty that envelopes it. Being one of the Balearic’s best hidden gems, Ca’s Xorc is one of those places that you will always want to come back to, hoping it hasn’t changed.
about the author
Hi! I’m Maz, born and raised in London. After working in finance for 5 years, I was left craving a life with more meaning and less monotony - so I decided to set up my hotel reviewing business, something I'd always dreamt of doing. Now I am always in search of beautiful spaces which inspire people and create memorable experiences.