While Menorca doesn’t match its bigger sibling Mallorca in terms of boisterous resorts, given that it’s the quieter, more laid-back, and less developed of the two, it certainly holds its own when it comes to being home to some of the best hotels in the Balearics. We scoured this picturesque Mediterranean isle and came up with 10 of our favorites.
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 features 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.
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 whole of 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.
Another adults-only option, this high-end hotel oozes luxury with colonial-style architecture and an impressive collection of modern art. As one of only a handful of five-star hotels on the island, this boutique property features a particularly deluxe spa and a sunny, semi-circular swimming pool.
Converted from a traditional 19th century Menorcan farmstead, this luxury hotel is certainly one of the island’s finest examples of 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 real luxury and privacy, check in to the Pool Cottage, which boasts a private plunge pool set in a secluded garden.
Hotels rarely come more family-friendly than the Royal Son Bou Family Club. As well as being just minutes from the super child-friendly (and longest on the island) Son Bou beach, this four-star property boasts a raft of kid-focused facilities including a heated splash pool, children’s buffets, and no less than six mini-clubs for every age from zero to 17 years. Apartments are also adapted to the needs of families with children, with self-catering facilities and separate bedrooms for the little ones. An optional all-inclusive plan also keeps things simpler – with free ice-cream for all!
Another winner from the Menorcan Artiem chain, the Artiem Carlos III is a real polished gem of a hotel. With spectacular sea-view panoramas from multiple vantage points, this adults-only option pairs an outstanding setting with upscale service and a chilled-out atmosphere. Thanks to its far-easterly position, early-birds are also treated to some of the best sunrises on the island.
Hotel Del Almirante, Es Castell | courtesy of Hotel Del Almirante
Once an 18th century mansion by the name of Collingwood House, this 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 with 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 partake in tours of the historic property. Guests can also cool off in a decent swimming pool, knock a ball about on the tennis court, or take a stroll down to Mahón’s pretty waterfront.
Barceló Hamilton Menorca is for adults only | Courtesy of Hotels.com
This upscale, child-free resort hotel certainly scores high on style, with a stylish 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.
Prinsotel La Caleta Hotel, Ciutadella | courtesy of Prinsotel La Caleta Hotel
Comprising around half a dozen low-rise buildings scattered around manicured gardens, the Prinsotel La Caleta Aparthotel is a fun and breezy holiday complex overlooking the sea. It offers both apartment and regular room accommodation, plus a wide range of entertainment and facilities that make it popular with both families and couples of all ages. Deluxe apartments feature terraces with daybeds and whirlpool tubs, while all rooms are bright and spacious with free wifi and outdoor space. It’s also located within walking distance of a kid-friendly beach, and a short drive from the picturesque city of Ciutadella.
Hotel Rural Biniarroca | Courtesy of Hotel Rural Biniarroca
Another kid-free 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 tranquility. A green mosaic-lined pool provides somewhere to cool off, while excellent cuisine is all locally-sourced and the bar features a particularly impressive menu of gin and tonics. What more do you need?