I don’t know how you might have felt about Campos in the past – but I used to drive past this little town just to get to Es Trenc which is only a few kilometers away. Now everything has changed and I like to stop here, preferably for a few hours because since last year, three small, adjoining townhouses have woken from their slumber. Courageous investors, Enrique Picó and his wife, decorator Teresa Artés de Arcos, both from Barcelona, have realised their dream with a lot of attention to detail. At their 5 star boutique hotel, Sa Creu Nova, this power couple has succeeded in combining traditional Majorcan architecture with modern elements, contemporary art and two excellent restaurants, the Tess de Mar and Kairiku. Both restaurants also welcome guests who are not staying at the hotel. Internationally experienced chef, Juan Ocampo, impresses with his Majorcan traditional dishes and avant-garde touches. His inventive creations, which amongst others he put together while at the sophisticated Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, provide a unique culinary experience.
One floor down, in the Kairiku restaurant, César León pampers his guests with a seven course tasting menu, which is in a class by itself, and all paired with the appropriate drinks and sakes. Kairiku comes from Japanese meaning that a maximum of 10 guests share a large table. More than one friendship has been formed here – island wide!
A stone’s throw away, on the same side of the street, there is the Calle Cruz 20, a small concept store and bistro with a charming patio. For over 10 years wonderful breakfasts and freshly squeezed juices have been enjoyed here and, thanks to the free international press, you can bring yourself up to date on world news. Each day for lunch they serve a different “plato del día”. There are homemade jams, freshly prepared ice tea and cakes like your mother made. The Moroccan home accessories, kaftans, vintage fashion and jewellery are always a nice gift for your home. Anyone who is looking for a property in and around Campos is in the right place with the Swiss, Dominik Kraehenmann, who set up his second office at the entrance to the bistro. With a wealth of knowledge on the renovation of old village houses as well as new builds, he is well connected and therefore has many properties in his portfolio that are not even “officially” on the market.