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After years in the shadow of its buzzier Balearic siblings, once-sleepy Menorca is stepping forth with a clutch of newly opened boutique hotels and villas, all perfectly placed for exploring the island’s white-sand beaches and picturesque towns. As such, 2015 sees hip hideaways expert i-escape.com launch its first Menorca collection, featuring 8 chic places to stay in this under-the-radar destination.
Ranging from a modernist hotel on a working vineyard to a secluded sea-view villa with a concierge service, the collection has something to suit all tastes and budgets. Highlights are below; for the full portfolio please click here.
Funky townhouse with garden and pool - Hotel Petit Mao, Mao (opened 2014)
Tucked away in Menorca’s vibrant capital, Hotel Petit Mao is a seriously cool townhouse hotel with just 6 bedrooms, which opened in July 2014. This discreet hideaway is intimate and welcoming in equal measure: host Nina strikes the perfect balance between attentiveness and independence, and the rooms are light and airy with quirky vintage touches (reclaimed chairs, Formica tables). The pretty walled garden and swimming pool are perfect for cooling off after a day’s sightseeing, and guests can rent electric bikes to explore the town and coastline.
Prices start from £61 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis.
Award-winning agroturismo on a working vineyard - Ca Na Xini, Ferreries
Ca Na Xini is an embodiment of opposites. Visitors are greeted by the exterior of a traditional Menorcan estate, but inside a sleek modernism pervades. Stark white walls act as the backdrop to cubist furniture and crisp linens, and there’s an air of calm intimacy. A working farm and vineyard, it’s home to award-winning wines and delicious cheeses, with a glass-walled dining room that serves up tasty local produce. Guests can learn first-hand about production methods, roam the estate’s lush gardens, and swim in the pretty pool.
Prices start from £107 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis (including winery and vineyard tours).
Rustic romance in a charming townhouse - Hotel Tres Sants, Ciutadella
Hidden in the labyrinthine streets of Ciutadella’s old town is Hotel Tres Sants - a great-value and romantic townhouse with charm by the bucketful. Despite having just 8 bedrooms, it boasts an underground pool and a roof terrace with 360-degree views (perfect for taking in the island’s beautiful sunsets). Rooms are peaceful and indulgent, and the service is outstanding; don’t miss the homemade cakes and pastries at breakfast. Around the corner, a handful of self-catering 2-bedroom apartments welcome family travellers.
Prices start from £84 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis. Apartments start at £46 per night (breakfast optional).
Understated yet luxurious rural hotel - Torralbenc, Cala en Porter (opened 2013)
Hidden among the pastures of southern Menorca is Torralbenc, a traditional farm turned fabulous hideaway. Home to 27 beautifully crafted suites, an excellent restaurant and a tempting spa, it offers understated luxury at its very best. Most of the rooms catch slivers of the turquoise sea from their private terraces, and you’re just a short drive from excellent beaches. Sip sunset drinks at the famous Cova d’en Xoroi cliff bar (a 10-minute drive), before returning for a romantic candlelit supper - the melt-in-the-mouth lamb is sourced from Torralbenc’s own flock!
Prices start from £152 per room per night, based on 2 sharing on a B&B basis.
Also included in i-escape’s new Menorca collection are:
Jardi de Ses Bruixes, a sophisticated hotel in the heart of Mao (opened 2014). It sits in an 18th-century townhouse, with 8 elegant bedrooms and an enchanting courtyard café.
The Manor House, a swish and secluded sea-view villa (opened summer 2013) that boasts a concierge service and private access to a pristine beach.