Each of the four Balearic islands possesses a different personality. While Ibiza and Mallorca have been in the spotlight for decades, and tiny Formentera is really just a sleepy speck of a place, Menorca is shyly stepping out as the next must-visit island off the coast of Spain. Connoisseurs of the Balearics insist Menorca has the best beaches, ranging from sandy strands to intimate coves. It now also boasts fine boutique hotels and distinctive cuisine. We ventured to the island and discovered three new hideaways to recommend there.
Housed within a whitewashed farmhouse dating from the 19th century, this casually elegant hotel 8 miles from the beach town of Cala’n Porter is perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. The 27 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites take inspiration from rural architecture, and most feature exposed wood-beamed cathedral ceilings, straw area rugs and small private terraces overlooking the estate’s olive groves. The menu of the gourmet restaurant is small but carefully conceived to frame Menorcan culinary tradition with a modern sophistication. This 190-acre estate also encompasses a saltwater swimming pool and a wellness and fitness area (open to the public), plus a 34-acre vineyard and wine cellar.
From the editor: “Torralbenc is a fine base from which to explore Menorca, as well as an impressive destination hotel.”
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Located a few miles south of Mahón, this handsome ginger-colored stone manor house hotel nestled within a 250-acre estate has 12 stylish guest rooms. Beautiful public spaces include a romantic candlelit dining room serving gourmet meals and a large lounge on the first floor handsomely appointed with cushy sofas, shelves stocked with books in many languages and a Juliet balcony overlooking the property’s vineyards and olive groves. Spacious guest lodgings feature large windows that flood the room with natural light, dark parquet floors, beamed ceilings and French doors that lead to private terraces with neatly trimmed box tree hedges. Surrounded by topiary, the infinity pool is flanked by terraces furnished with comfortable chaise longues. Other amenities include a small spa offering holistic massages and a gym.
From the editor: “Cugó Gran Menorca is a stylish but friendly and peaceful hotel, where it is easy to linger for several days doing nothing much aside from enjoying the pool, the spa and the views of the Mediterranean.”
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This handsome mid-19th-century manor house with a crimson-painted stucco façade is set on a hillside surrounded by lush Moorish-style gardens with trickling fountains, orange trees and bright blazes of bougainvillea. The 21 guest rooms are divided among the main manor and several outbuildings. Charming Prestige Suites, which come with garden terraces, feature an appealingly rustic décor with beamed ceilings, wicker wing chairs, beige stone floors and handmade oyster-colored tiles in the well-equipped baths. Though the property lacks an on-site dining option at the moment (a new restaurant will be opening this summer), the hotel’s nearby sister property, Torre Vella, has an excellent restaurant serving primarily vegetarian dishes. The magnificent grounds encompass a plunge pool, and a new spa housed within the estate’s 18th-century cisterns will be revealed in 2020.
From the editor: “We explored the grounds and took a dip in a plunge pool created from a former irrigation reservoir. Afterward, sun loungers on grassy terraces invited us to spend a quiet afternoon with a book.”
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