What a boutique hotel can lack in facilities, it often more than makes up for with charm, personality and uniqueness. And as Menorca has remained relatively unscathed by mass tourism and mega-resort hotels, it is home to more than its fair share of lovely boutique properties. We’ve picked out our bijou favourites.
This luxury hotel, converted from a traditional 19th-century Menorcan farmstead, is one of the island’s finest examples of boutique rustic-chic. 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 from its stylish infinity-edge pool that also features countryside panoramas. For a real treat, and maximum privacy, check in to the Pool Cottage, with a private plunge pool set in a secluded garden.
Jardí de ses Bruixes Boutique Hotel
Jardi de ses Bruixes (meaning ‘Dandelion Garden’) occupies a traditional Minorcan townhouse right in the centre of the capital’s pretty Old Town. It combines some lovely original architectural details with a warm, inviting atmosphere and tastefully stylish decor. Its 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. Guests can also take breakfast in the courtyard under orange trees, enjoy a soak in the luxurious basement spa or climb to the lookout tower with 360° vistas over the picturesque surroundings.
Hotel Rural Biniarroca
An adults-only hotel with 18th-century origins, the Hotel Rural Biniarroca used to be a dairy farm before it was converted into these quaint rural lodgings. Think magenta 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.
Sodium Hotel Boutique
While from the outside this six-room boutique hotel looks like any other traditional Menorcan townhouse, inside is 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. Some lovely 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.
Hotel Del Almirante
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 guests 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. Guests can also cool off in the swimming pool, knock a ball about on the tennis court or take a stroll down to Mahon’s pretty waterfront.
Tucked away down a cobbled street in the sleepy town of Ferreries is this tiny gem of a hotel. An unassuming whitewashed facade is typical of its residential surrounds, but inside is a fabulously quirky combination of vintage furniture, original artworks and 19th-century architectural features. Its 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.
Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell
Surrounded by scenic countryside a short drive from the island’s south coast, this former dairy farm comprises beautifully renovated main house, stables and barn. The 20 rooms of the family-run property combine oodles of traditional charm with a stylishly modern update, while a chic 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.