The rugged scenery and culture-brimming cities of Menorca make this Balearic island much more than a beach holiday destination – explore it all from your own home from home.
For a therapeutic dose of unspoiled nature, Menorca is a safe bet. The Balearic island is home to some 70 beaches strung along the coast, while inland city Mahón offers boutique shopping, historical Spanish architecture and, come the spring, a lively fair. Ciutadella, on the other hand, is a fascinating haven of winding, cobbled streets hiding all sorts of (nice) surprises. These carefully selected hotels plonk you in the heart of whatever adventure you plump for in this sun-drenched corner of Spain.
This modern getaway is perfectly located for a peaceful beach break. Step through the lush greenery by one of the two hotel pools and your toes will be in the golden sand of the small beach between Cala’n Bosch and Son Xoriguer. Enjoy postcard-worthy views of the Mediterranean before heading back to the beachfront hotel for a buffet dinner at the seaside-themed restaurant. Modern decor meets traditional with beamed ceilings above pinewood floors and oversized wall lamps.
Here you can relax in your simply-decorated apartment or in a canopy bed by the pool – but best of all are the nearby sites to explore. Walk 10 minutes to historical capital city Mahón, famous for shopping, festivals, a twinkling harbour and colourful Spanish architecture. Friendly hotel staff will help recommend must-sees and adventurous island excursions. Apartments have kitchens so you can fill up before exploring, and the delightful restaurant food is homemade using local ingredients.
This boho-chic hotel earns a ‘boutique’ title with high, beamed ceilings and sheer-draped four-poster beds. In the heart of Ciutadella, you’re moments from the Cathedral and Placa Des Born. Dine at tapas bars in the cobbled streets, then finish your night on the hotel rooftop with panoramic views of the twinkling town. With a basement pool and steam room, this 18th-century former mansion is perfect for romantic breaks and (let’s face it) total Insta bragging.
On a traditional back street, you’ll find this 17th-century former stately residence where history meets design. Rolling stone arches separate luxurious rooms, which contain a mixture of period and contemporary furniture, including rose-gold glass-topped coffee tables with ornate patterned wooden frames. Concierge is on hand for your every need, including in-suite continental breakfast. The Ciutadella labyrinth of restaurants and shops is just outside.
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Cala’n Bosch beach is just 400m (1300ft) away but it’ll be tough to leave this exciting hotel with three pools (indoor and outdoor, plus a Splash! zone with slide), evenings of entertainment and spa including a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and fragrance shower. The buffet restaurant has show cooking so you can watch chefs rustling up treats, and there’s a Happy Burger outdoor bar for supercharged snacking. Rooms are simple and bright.
By Cala en Forcat cove, where shallow clear waters lap rugged cliffs adorned with adventurous walkways and bridges, you’ll find Blue Beach apartments. The decor reflects the coastal nature outside with statement walls as blue as the waves, and seaside-themed wall art. The outdoor pool overlooks lush forests, which lead down to the small sandy cove. This unique location will be your holiday highlight.
Though it’s only a few steps from the centre of bustling Ciutadella, this resort is a perfect relaxation retreat. Located on the seafront, this modern getaway has loads of places to chill including several swimming pools with comfy canopy beds and a poolside bar serving icy drinks. With sea-view balconies and blue decor running throughout, the light aesthetic of the hotel blends with the natural beauty of the bright Spanish skyline bringing a sense of peace.
This four-star resort is made for family fun in the sun, featuring a pool with pirate ship, a playground and exciting activities such as table tennis or archery. It’s all-inclusive so you needn’t worry about a thing. The restaurant buffet has themed stations and show cooking, while the poolside bars serve cocktails with twists such as the Martini Royal featuring peppermint. Bedrooms are modern luxury with silk cushions and sliding wall dividers.