The Best Hotels in Menorca for Every Traveller

Feel like royalty in a converted 16th-century palace
Feel like royalty in a converted 16th-century palace | Courtesy of Hotel Can Faustino / Expedia
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17 February 2021

While Menorca can’t match bigger sibling Mallorca for boisterous resorts, the quieter, more laid-back vibe means it holds its own when it comes to the best hotels in the Balearics. So whether you’re here to explore the Mediterranean-style buildings of Ciutadella, explore the sandstone quarries of Ses Pedreres de s’Hostal, or simply laze on the sands, there’s a hotel for you here.

Menorca Experimental

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Enjoy a balance of rustic Menorcan countryside and salty sea air with a stay at Menorca Experimental. Pine groves and fragrant juniper shrubs surround the 19th-century finca, which is a 15-minute walk along the Cami de Cavalls hiking path to the secluded pebble beach, Cala Llucalari. Stone floors, embroidered bed throws and dried flowers in woven baskets inhabit the 43 guestrooms, nine of which have private dipping pools. Opt to explore the island on horseback or discover what’s below sea level and dive in the marine reserve in the bay of Fornells.
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Hotel Tres Sants

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Hidden in the historic centre of Ciutadella – so much so that you may mistakenly miss the entrance – this 18th-century mansion does a good job of stealing the hearts of those who stay here. See its history in exposed wooden beams, arched windows and stone ceilings, and rooms that contain secret alcoves and four-poster beds. Don’t fancy soaking up the sun on the roof terrace? Then spend your time swimming in the underground pool, or lounging in the Turkish baths.
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Casa Albertí

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A visit to Casa Albertí is a history lesson in itself. It was built in 1740 by one of the most important literary figures in Menorca, Vicente Albertí y Vidal; a floor-to-ceiling staircase, coat of arms over the balcony, exposed beams and restored doors pay tribute to his legacy. The city port is within walking distance, and the hotel staff will happily provide you with a picnic for your excursions. Take inspiration from the first proprietor of the building and use the writing desk in your room.
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Hotel Can Faustino

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Built as a palace in the 16th century, it’s not just the architectural heritage here that makes you feel like royalty. The army of staff will organise wine tastings, horse rides, boat tours – on one of their two vessels – and city walks. The medieval cathedral, Plaça des Born, and the excavated ruins of the Museu Municipal are just around the corner, but you’ll quickly forget you’re in the midst of a city when exploring the olive trees of the hotel garden. Enjoy the pleasant surroundings while dining al fresco at Fuego, where home-grown vegetables from local producers are used to create dishes.
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Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell

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Binigaus Vell is the place to escape when you’re tired of concrete jungles. Exposed cobble walls, wooden beams and traditional oak furniture pays tribute to the agrarian history of the farmhouse, but it’s the surrounding pine-covered Es Migjorn Gran countryside that signals you’ve left the city behind. Spend your days exploring the hiking trails, where you can end up in hidden caves or on the Binigaus Beach; go on foot or on one of the family’s Menorcan horses.

Melia Cala Galdana

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Set into limestone cliffs overlooking the turquoise waters of Cala Galdana bay, this hotel has a setting to take your breath away. Each of the 340 rooms features those stunning vistas, together with the four 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.

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Artiem Audax

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This swish, adults-only hotel also has some spectacular views over Cala Galdana, a picturesque cove. Artiem Audax also has one of the most impressive spas in Menorca, if not the Balearics, together with a fabulous rooftop infinity pool. Super ecofriendly policies also make this one of the greenest hotels on the island.

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PortBlue La Quinta

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An 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.

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Hotel Torralbenc

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Converted from a traditional 19th-century Menorcan farmstead, this luxury hotel is certainly one of the finest examples of 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 – the stylish infinity-edge pool also features countryside panoramas. For real luxury and privacy, check in to the Pool Cottage, which has a private plunge pool set in a secluded garden.

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Royal Son Bou Family Club

Resort, Serviced Apartment
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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 has a raft of kid-focused facilities including a heated splash pool, childrens buffet and six mini-clubs for every age from zero to 17. 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.

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  • Artiem Carlos

    Resort, Chain Hotel
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    Part of the Menorcan Artiem chain, the Carlos 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 atmosphere. Thanks to a far-easterly position, early-birds are also treated to some of the best sunrises on the island.

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    Hotel del Almirante

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    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 former name suggests, it was once the home of Admiral Lord Collingwood – a contemporary of Nelson – and you can partake in tours of the historic property. You can also cool off in a decent swimming pool, knock a ball about on the tennis court, or take a stroll down to the pretty Mahón waterfront.

    Barcelo Hamilton

    Resort, Chain Hotel
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    This upscale, child-free resort certainly scores high on style, with a swish contemporary finish adding to the chilled, 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 a 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 set the romantic mood.

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    Prinsotel La Caleta Hotel

    Resort, Serviced Apartment
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    Comprising around half a dozen low-rise buildings scattered around manicured gardens, the Prinsotel La Caleta 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. 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.

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    Hotel Rural Biniarroca

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    Another kid-free hotel with 18th-century origins, the 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 peace and tranquillity. A green mosaic-lined pool provides somewhere to cool off, while excellent cuisine is locally sourced and the bar features a particularly impressive menu of gin and tonics.

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    Carmen Bellot contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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