This 17th-century mansion has magnificent mountain views, and it’s a 15-minute walk to the heart of Deya.
This one-time country mansion is built on a mountainside, giving you beautiful views over olive and lemon groves. And it’s a 15-minute walk to the centre of Deya, one of the island’s prettiest villages.
The hotel has 14,000 square metres of landscaped gardens. Meanwhile, the springwater pool is a full 32 metres. For food, there’s a pool bar, as well as a fine-dining restaurant and a tapas bar.
Our 2nd visit to Es Moli and another lovely and relaxing break. The Hotel is delightful, the staff are friendly and the standards are good. We stayed in the annex this time, with a large and comfortable room - the short walk is no problem.
The food seemed better this year , and the restaurant was busy. Breakfast was a high standard on the lovely terrace.
We did notice more nationalities this time, and actual children (not many), which are positive changes.
Altogether a good experience.More
Charming hotel but somehow lacking on this visit, sadly
We have stayed at Es Moli before, a couple of years ago and out of season, on recommendation. We returned again in August this year and the hotel was much as we had remembered.
The staff were pleasant enough, the grounds are lovely and the swimming pool is very large and well cleaned / maintained. Breakfast was excellent... Lots of choice, superb omelette chef and lovely freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh fruit and baked breads / pastries. We paid extra and had a nice terrace overlooking the mountains, which was perfect.
On the negative side... The bathroom ( we were in the main building) was quite old fashioned and didn't have very good lighting, particularly the shower. We didn't find the food at lunch very good at all... For a hotel of that standard they do need to step up their game on the food (breakfast aside) and we heard a number of people commenting about the poor food at other meal times too.
Most irritatingly, in spite of signs asking guests to refrain from reserving sun loungers and from diving in the pool, no one enforced either of these notices. One particular family seemed to dominate the pool during our week long stay in several ways.. Both the sun loungers which they would reserve early in the morning and then disappear for the day and appear early afternoon; and their ill-behaved children jumping, screaming, diving and making a scene, splashing guests every day. I asked them politely to stop and then in frustration complained to the hotel.... who apologised and then did absolutely nothing. Other guests were also complaining.
As has been mentioned below, perhaps by people who were there the same week as us, I believe Es Moli really would be best suited to an adult only hotel. If not, at the very least, please politely enforce the signs and policies you yourselves are displaying around the hotel! Most of the guests do not have children or are older, and go there to relax, lounge by the pool and chill out, not to be dive-bombed and yelled over!!More
mobilelisa, Weybridge, United Kingdom
This was our first visit to Es Moli and , on the whole, we were not disappointed. Obviously it is an expensive place to stay and our expectations were high so it lived up to most of them. We chose to pay a bit more for a room in the main building with a balcony and the room was fabulous- great views over the mountains, village and sea. It was kept spotlessly clean and the super king sized bed was really comfortable. Breakfast was definitely the best meal of the day- lots of choice and very fresh. We stayed half board but didn't really enjoy the food choices so were a bit disappointed with that part. However, the alternative to half board would be an uphill climb into the village of Deia in 30+ degrees heat which wasn't much of an alternative! We were quite shocked by the prices in the only little 'supermarket' in the village- clearly lots of visitors to Deia are extremely rich! We had to travel to Soller to find things at normal prices. The free bus service to the private cove at Muleta was really good and a great escape from the hotel. However it's clear that some guests like to claim the 'best' spots very early in the morning both at the cove and by the pool! We also agreed with previous reviewers that the hotel is probably best suited to adults - we felt really sorry for the few children who appeared quite bored as there's not much for children to do all day. All in all, we enjoyed our week but a week was enough- not enough to do in the immediate area but lovely for a relaxing break.More
Kate F, Crewe, United Kingdom
Not quite where it should be
This was our 5th visit to the Es Moli, and fundamentally it's still a great hotel. Not long after arriving I guessed there'd been some change in management in the last 2 years. It didn't quite feel the same and I later found out Angel, the man who'd run it for years, had retired.
On arrival, the hotel was noticeably quiet. Previously the terrace would be buzzing with people having drinks and the restaurant thriving, but it wasn't that busy.
Most notably, the hotel was largely devoid of the British 'clique' that have dominated the hotel in past years. Although it was nicer to have a broader scope of nationalities and not feel like a members club, it felt that standards had slipped a bit. Perhaps it was to keep the 'clique' happy but the previous manager would never have tolerated the boy running around peeing in bushes.
Many of the staff have been there a long time and whilst some remain exemplary, there no longer seemed that enjoyment in what they did, or as much engagement with guests. Reception didn't seem as well run as it used to be and it took a while to clarify with the girl that I'd been overcharged by 90 Euros. There wasn't much cooperation between front desk and back office.
Savings have been made in some areas. The 'complimentary' sherry in the room was under fermented, incredibly sugary and nowhere near ready to drink. Of course, you don't get this for free and I'd rather pay a couple of Euro more and drink, it rather than have to throw it down the sink. It might sound trivial but one of the Es Moli's strong points used to be the little touches that cumulatively made a lasting impression on your stay. The refurbished bathrooms are nice but some of the items could be better placed and better quality (hairdryers, I'm told). I wonder how long the new bathrooms will remain in this state. Ours actually had builders scribbles on the stone work around the basin.
I've been to the Es Moli a comparatively modest 5 times in 10 years and maybe it's familiarity, but I felt that a lot of little things that made the Es Moli such a great place to stay and justified the cost have slipped a bit. Perhaps that's why the hotel appeared quiet and why I only recognised two other couples there. I may give it a break for now.
Anyway, what did all that matter - our private transfer from the airport is usually a Mercedes. This time it was a Porsche Panamera!! I was chuffed already!More
MarkSk, Twickenham, UK
3rd Visit but different this time
This was our 3rd visit to the Es Moli. We actually agree with the previous post though.
The hotel seemed different this time, as if it were being marketed differently.
For any one who has not visited before, we would still highly recommend this hotel, it is in the most stunning location, breath taking in fact. The private beach which you can get to via the hotels free minibus service is also stunning; with beach bar / cafe/ toilets/ sun beds/ snorkeling equipment etc
The room is immaculate and the staff are seen around the hotel changing seat covers in the outdoor bar area etc and it is a comfort to see the whole bed being stripped including bedspreads when room change overs take place - Little things that make a lot of difference.
The breakfast was plentiful with lots of choice, the food in the restaurant was sometimes a tad too fancy.
The hotel management and staff are faultless, ever guest is made to feel special and the service is exceptionally high.
The little town of Deia is just 10 minutes walk away with a few gift shops and eateries plus a mini supermarket for essentials.
Our gripe: and you do feel awful saying anything bad about this hotel as it is highly recommended by us, but this is the reason we have given 4 stars instead of 5 this time......
The hotel in our view should be adult only. As this is a hotel to get away from it all, and one where you do spend a lot of time as you are quite isolated; you do not expect to have children diving into the pool, shouting and playing with water toys! On previous visits adults have lounged around the pool on lovely sunbeds each with individual tables and parasols and occasionally swam in the pool to cool off. Usually all you can hear is the church bell every 15 minutes and the tinkle of the goats / donkey bells in the mountains. This time we laid by the pool listening to children crying, screaming, playing etc. Unlike other hotels which cater for children, this hotel has few facilities for children; the ones that visited during our stay thought this big adult sized large pool was their own personal paradise and their behavior seemed very inappropriate, they spoiled it for us; we heard other couples complaining too. Having said all that we may just have visited on a bad week?
We feel more people would visit if you made this hotel adult only. There are lots of hotels with water slides, children's clubs etc to suit families, we have been there and done all of that and now we choose to have a quiet holiday. A peaceful relaxing holiday is what we were looking for and the last two times we visited this hotel that is exactly what we got. Because of our experience this year we will probably choose a hotel that is adult only next time. Sorry Es Moli, potentially we would have come back again and again and we will if you make it adult only !!More
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