Binigaus Vell

Es Migjorn Gran, Menorca, Spain Book from

Charming rural hotel with restaurant, pretty pool and horse riding, within easy reach of white-sand beaches
Bucolic: an adjective relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life. This is a perfect description of Binigaus Vell. Tucked down a narrow lane, surrounded by sprawling horse pastures, dry stone walls and birdsong, this 19th-century cheese farm was sympathetically converted, emerging - white exterior and terracotta roof intact - as a peaceful and authentic Menorcan retreat for chilled-out families and those seeking a taste of the simple life.

But rest assured it’s not all rustic charm. The creative Mediterranean restaurant serves delectable dinners beneath the stars, sleek white loungers line the turquoise pool and the 20 welcoming rooms are rich with comforts and mod cons - most also have far-reaching views or private terraces. Beyond the estate the charm offensive continues: historic settlements, cycle paths, rural walks and white-sand beaches await.

Highs

  • Great beaches nearby (walk 2km cross country or drive), and paths from the hotel for hiking, horse riding and cycling
  • Relaxed breakfasts and a pretty pool make lazy days very appealing
  • Families are well catered for, plus there's lots of space to play
  • A welcoming team who can help you explore the island - it’s an easy drive to all the highlights
  • We particularly liked the romantic Superior Rooms in the small stable block, and the Junior Suite terraces

Lows

  • No lunch served, dinner can be pricey and we’ve heard reports of slow table service
  • Most room terraces aren't very private, but their outlooks are lovely
  • You’ll want a car, as it’s fairly isolated - a 10-minute drive to the village, a little longer to beaches
  • Standard Rooms lack outdoor space and are a little dark

Best time to go

July and August are gloriously sunny and popular (for families in particular), but spring and early autumn are still warm enough to swim and great for activities - be it walking, cycling or horse riding. The hotel closes from November until March.

Our top tips

If you don't mind a bit of exercise, you could do without a car here. A combination of taxis (from the airport and for evening dinners out), exploring on foot or by bike, and the odd bus if you want to venture further afield would work fine.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 20
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages are welcome
  • Closed: 2 Nov 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Horse riding
Room: Junior Suite

Rooms

Spread between the original farmhouse and 2 former stable blocks, a sense of tradition and comfort permeates the rooms and suites. The 1st-floor Standard Rooms reside entirely in the farmhouse, where floral throws and carved wooden headboards create a sense of home. Some are well placed for sea views, while 2 are tucked away via a quiet corridor, which can be closed to other guests if they’re booked together. Handily, every room has a bathtub and shower.

The larger stable block holds the Junior Suites, with space for families and charming private terraces gazing over manicured gardens towards open fields.

Superior Rooms are divided amongst all 3 buildings and all have cute (if not particularly private) terraces. Those in the farmhouse will suit traditional tastes, one in the larger stable block offers extra space and disabled access, while those in the smaller block have a sleeker, more modern look and extra privacy - this building is hidden in a quiet corner of the estate.

For full room details see rates.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee/tea making (on request)
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Supplemented by a pretty herb garden, the restaurant serves classic yet creative fare featuring authentic Menorcan produce. The traditional Mahon cheese that the farm once produced is still sourced locally and present in many dishes.

A cosy dining room spills out onto a sun-dappled terrace: definitely our location of choice for a lazy breakfast or candlelit dinner. There’s little more than birdsong and rustling trees to break the peace and, though we didn’t dine here, dishes like chicken and truffle cannelloni and Iberian pork shoulder sounded very appealing.

Picnics of cured meats, bread and fruit can be requested for days out and there are a few informal eateries at Santo Tomas beach (2km cross-country walk or 15-minute drive). You could also walk 15 minutes to Es Migjorn Gran village for lunch, although the quiet track might be better attempted in a car if you fancy an evening out. Menorca is great for seafood and tapas - ask the team for recommendations or see our destination guide.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Peaceful and picturesque, the surrounding countryside is a joy to explore. The hotel has horses for guided riding and bicycles can be arranged on request
  • Walk 2km cross-country to beaches - Cala Binigaus, Santo Tomas and San Adeodato. Walking maps can be provided, or it's a 15-minute drive to each
  • Other local highlights include the Sant Agustí prehistoric settlement, the Cave of the Doves and the coastal Cami de Cavills
  • Ask staff to arrange a boat trip along the coast or a relaxing in-room massage. There's also tennis at Es Migjorn Gran's sports centre or, easiest of all, you could simply lounge by the swimming pool
  • Bite-size Menorca is wonderfully easy to explore - see our destination guide for more highlights and inspiration

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wine tasting

Kids

All ages welcome and kids can let off steam in the secure, landscaped grounds. Though unfenced, the pool is within easy view of most of the property.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can hold a baby cot and Junior Suites have lounge areas with double sofabeds. Two Standard Rooms (doubles or twins) can be booked together, with their private corridor shut off to other guests. All rooms have a bathtub and shower.

Babysitting:

Available on request

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' menu

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Bicycles
  • Horse riding for kids over 12

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • Boat trips
  • Caves
  • Tennis

Families Should Know:

Cala Binigaus lacks facilities and is popular with nudists; Santo Tomas and San Adeodato have beach bars, umbrellas and loungers. Horse riding is suitable for children aged 12+ only.

Distances:

  • Airport: Mahon (30 minutes)
  • Hospital: Mahon (plus medical centre in Es Migjorn Gran)
  • Village shop: Es Migjorn Gran (a 15-minute walk)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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