While Menorca is not known for its glitzy five-star hotels, luxury needn’t be defined by private butlers, chartered yachts, and monogrammed bathrobes. It can be in more modest details, such as personalised service, great design, and imaginative dining. Here’s our selection of – admittedly upmarket – hotels on Menorca where you can find all this and more.
Hotel Can Faustino
This former 16th-century palace is hands-down one of the most luxurious places to stay on the island. Service is attentive and personalised, while the hotel’s rooms are brimming with high-end amenities, and its restaurant is world-class. A luxe spa is housed in an ancient grotto, and their outdoor pool is heated year-round. Positioned on the edge of Ciutadella’s beautiful old town with views over the harbour, the setting also scores top marks.
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.
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 boasting a private plunge pool set in a secluded garden.
Melia Cala Galdana
Set into limestone cliffs overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of Cala Galdana bay, the setting of this upscale hotel is certainly enough to take your breath away. Every one of its 340 rooms also featuring those stunning vistas, together with its three restaurants and infinity-edge pool. Service and dining are also top-notch, plus a summer kids’ club takes care of the little ones while the grown-ups can luxuriate in sea-view Jacuzzis.
Jardí de ses Bruixes Boutique Hotel
Jardi de ses Bruixes (meaning ‘Dandelion Garden’) occupies a traditional 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.
Set on the other side of the bay from the Melia Cala Galdana, this swish, adults-only hotel also boasts some spectacular views over this most picturesque cove. Artiem Audax also boasts one of the most impressive spas on Menorca, if not the Balearics, together with a fabulous rooftop infinity pool. Super eco-friendly policies and practices also make this one of the greenest hotels on the island.
Barceló Hamilton Menorca
This upscale, child-free resort hotel certainly scores high on style, with a swish contemporary finish adding to the chilled-out, grown-up vibe throughout. There are two outdoor swimming pools, one of which is heated over the winter months, and a deluxe underground spa featuring the Menorcan wine experience involving grape products. It’s the rooftop terrace, however, that really steals the show with six hot tubs and views over the Bay of Mahón, plus the bonus of some spectacular sunsets to really set the romantic mood.