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With a richly historic capital, an abundance of breathtaking beaches and whitewashed villages peppering a lush rolling landscape, Menorca packs a lot into its modest size. The boutique hotels on the island, too, squeeze a lot into their bijou proportions, brimming with unique charm and a personal touch often lacking in bigger properties.
This luxury hotel, converted from a traditional 19th-century Menorcan farmstead, is one of the finest examples of boutique rustic-chic on the island. The property is set in a series of low-rise whitewashed buildings with plenty of wonderful vantage points overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the distance – one being a stylish infinity-edge pool that also features countryside panoramas. For a real treat, and maximum privacy, check in to the Pool Cottage, which has a private plunge pool set in a secluded garden.
Jardí de ses Bruixes (Dandelion Garden) occupies a traditional Menorcan townhouse in the centre of the capital’s pretty old town. It combines lovely original architectural details with a warm, inviting atmosphere and tastefully stylish decor. The 16 rooms are bright and beautifully finished, fusing contemporary minimalism with traditional tiling and original antiques. All rooms feature wood-burning stoves for snug winter evenings. You can take breakfast in the courtyard under orange trees, enjoy a soak in the luxurious basement spa or climb to the lookout tower with 360-degree vistas over the picturesque surroundings.
An adults-only hotel with 18th-century origins, Hotel Rural Biniarroca used to be a dairy farm before it was converted into these quaint rural lodgings. Think bougainvillea climbing whitewashed stone walls, secluded gardens brimming with well-tended plant life and absolute peace and tranquillity. A lovely green mosaic-lined pool provides somewhere to cool off, while the excellent cuisine is all locally sourced and the bar features a particularly impressive menu of gin and tonics.
While, from the outside, this six-room boutique hotel looks like any other traditional Menorcan townhouse, the inside tells a different story. Opened in 2017, swish airy design takes the fore, with crisp 21st-century minimalism and modern artwork creating a bright and contemporary feel throughout. Original 19th-century detailing remains in the form of patterned tiling and wood-beamed ceilings. Don’t expect much in the way of facilities, but an excellent breakfast, hip and spacious rooms and super-friendly staff complete an outstanding little property. It’s also just steps from the cobbled streets of Cuitadella’s gorgeous old town centre.
Once an 18th-century mansion by the name of Collingwood House, this 40-room boutique hotel is still brimming with old-world charm. A Regency-style salon serves local brews in chunky flagons, while an al fresco terrace means you can dine on seafood while enjoying views of fishing boats in the distance. As the name suggests, it was once the home of Admiral Lord Collingwood, a contemporary of Nelson, and visitors can take a tour of the historic property. You can also cool off in the swimming pool, knock a ball about on the tennis court or take a stroll down to the pretty Mahón waterfront.
Tucked down a cobbled street in the sleepy town of Ferreries is this tiny gem of a hotel. An unassuming whitewashed façade is typical of its residential surrounds, but, inside, there is a fabulously quirky combination of vintage furniture, original artworks and 19th-century architectural features. Six bright and spacious guest rooms are simply and individually styled, with the odd hip, retro piece or splash of coloured fabrics against white plaster walls. Since opening in 2010, it’s also been a hub for local culture, hosting regular exhibitions and small plays. Its island-centre location puts it within easy reach of numerous beaches and tourist attractions.
Surrounded by scenic countryside and only a short drive from the south coast, this former dairy farm comprises a beautifully renovated main house, stables and a barn. The 20 rooms of the family-run property combine oodles of traditional charm with a stylishly modern update, while a freeform swimming pool provides a serenely bucolic spot in which to cool off. An excellent restaurant incorporates plenty of local produce and extends to a lovely pine-shaded terrace for romantic candlelit dining.