A leisurely candlelit dinner on the terrace, as the sun sets the Tramuntana mountains on fire and the chirping of crickets takes the place of birdsong; there’s a sense of magic in this special spot. Many ingredients in Paola’s thrice-weekly suppers – tender lamb, olives, almonds, figs, lemons – are grown in the surrounding finca, a 20-minute drive down country lanes from the coast. Flushed with the success of their rented property, Es Castell, Paola and James have transformed a 200-year-old manor house into a boutique hotel that offers serious competition. Interior design is as Mallorcan and modern as the cuisine: zebra print cushions, wrought-iron chairs, leafy plants scampering up chunky stone walls. A cool, airy feel wafts through just eight bedrooms with immaculate cast iron beds and jetted spa baths – if you want to save water, share! Four have balconies where you can uncork a bottle of wine and drink to the beauty of the mountains. When you’re done wandering in the garden and lazing by the pool, there are trails, caves and monasteries to explore, and cafés in quaint Moscari a half-hour stroll away.