See a quieter side to the Balearics by booking into a Menorca hotel, on the coast or hidden away in the countryside, but always a far cry from Ibiza’s hectic hedonism and Mallorca’s summer-holiday crowds.
BEST MENORCA HOTELS
From Crete to Bodrum and Sicily to the South of France, the Mediterranean is packed with beautiful places for a beach getaway and Menorca is one of our favourites when it comes to choosing an underrated destination.
The wilder, more rugged Menorca has a slower pace and is proudly much more low-key than its neighbours, swapping slick hotels for rustic fincas, boutique guesthouses and carefully renovated historic hideaways. Its pine-lined coast has rocky coves, long stretches of sandy beaches and cliff-top towns above ancient harbours.
A peaceful island, it's great for families – but since there are lots of adults-only agriturismos (farm stays) too, it’s also perfect for couples in search of some rural romance.
For the ultimate home-from-home retreat, check in to Cristine Bedfor, where the glamorous but imaginary host gives guests a seat at her table – and lets them admire her impeccable taste in antiques. Or if your holidays have to have free-flowing cocktails, try the Experimental group’s Menorcan outpost, where the drinks are still stiff but there’s a contemplative, more artistic side, too.
Fashionable fincas rule around here, such as the Fontenille estate, home to both Santa Ponsa and Torre Vella, and the rural perfection of Torralbenc, eight years in the making and worth every second.
Read on for the loveliest Menorca hotels beckoning for this summer…