For a more relaxed, rustic escape in the Balearic Islands, bypass the hedonism of Ibiza or Majorca and head to the often-overlooked, sun-bleached shores of Menorca.
With plenty of low-key historic towns, rolling Mediterranean countryside and some of the best white-sand bays Spain has to offer, this is a great spot for families and those after a mellower vibe.
Here, SL runs through the top stays on this picturesque isle...
Known for its airy rooms, excellent food and attentive service, the charming Alcaufar Vell Hotel is ideally located in the south-east of the island, close to the capital Mahon. Housed in a Neoclassical 14th century building, this boutique option boasts extensive grounds (it’s situated in a nature reserve) with a large outdoor pool and an outside courtyard where you can dine on fresh Mediterranean cuisine.
With impressive sea-views and recently updated rooms, the four-star Barcelo Hamilton is a luxury option with serious wow-factor. There’s plenty of space to relax, thanks to the large swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees and daybeds, and the rooftop terrace complete with whirlpools where you can gaze out over the port of Mahon. Ideally located just a five-minute walk from the bars, restaurants and shops of pretty Calas Fontsl, this is a great base from which to soak in the Menorcan atmosphere.
Ca Na Xini Hotel
Surrounded by gardens and vineyards, this luxury rural hotel is situated a short drive from the town of Ferreries, where culture vultures will be keen to take in a number of sites, including the picturesque Castle of Santa Agueda. With an outdoor pool, sun terrace and spa offering beauty treatments and massages, this is the perfect place from which to explore the nearby beaches and coves of Menorca, with a picnic lunch dished up by the restaurant in hand.
The first five-star hotel in Menorca’s ancient port of Cuitadella, Hotel Can Faustino delivers rustic Spanish glamour at its best. This 16th century palace has been carefully restored, with contemporary furniture to compliment the vaulted ceilings and elegant balustrades. Head here for the standout tree-shaded patio, complete with cocktail bar and pool.