The first place in the whole of Spain that sees the sunrise, Minorca (Menorca) is the easternmost Balearic island and has quiet unspoilt beaches with clear turquoise waters and swathes of white sand along with picturesque landscapes. In fact, every tourist brochure cliche comes true in this spectacular place. The island was also declared a Natural Biosphere by UNESCO in 1993.
For those who hold luxe as paramount, here’s a list of the most luxurious properties on the island that suit various budgets. Whether you prefer the convenience of a hotel room, the privacy of an apartment or the grandeur of a villa, you’ll find it all here! However, a lot of the hotels in Minorca are adult-only, so ensure that you make proper checks before booking.
A minute away from the beach, this property is surrounded by pine forests and pretty coves. It has elegant rooms with satellite TV and fully-equipped bathrooms. The a-la-carte restaurant serves Italian specialities while The Lobby Lounge Bar features a menu of distinctive drinks. It has a fitness center, hot tub, sauna and spa on site with activities such as pilates, yoga and tonic training available for the guests. Besides this, it houses two pools and also has a sun terrace. It has a dedicated tour desk and offers currency exchange services, babysitting services and an ATM on site.
Guest Experience: “Lovely friendly welcome, staff very helpful, food beautifully presented and lots of choices. Although solo traveler felt very comfortable there. Absolutely immaculate everywhere.” - Amanda, UK (Booking.com)
Meliá Cala Galdana
Address: Urbanización Santa Galdana, 07750 Cala Galdana, Spain (see map)
Price: from 900 USD / 803 EURO
An appealing colonial design with contemporary artwork from various artists can be seen all throughout at this property. The hotel restaurant offers themed dinners with live music. It serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine as well as a comprehensive buffet breakfast. It also has a cocktail bar and a grill bar with a terrace. The hotel houses an outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub, Turkish bath and a gym. It has a free minibus service which runs several times a day.
However, it is an adults only hotel, only kids above the age of 16 are allowed at this property.
Guest Experience : “* The hotel was well maintained, very clean and the food of good quality. All of the staff were very attentive and friendly.” - *Steve** , UK (Booking.com)
PortBlue La Quinta
Address: Urbanización Son Xoriguer s/n, 07769 Son Xoriguer, Spain (see map)
Price: from 700 USD / 625 EURO
The hotel situated 10 minutes away from the Menorca airport is one among the most preferred properties there. It is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and houses soundproof rooms with traditional Menorcan decor and exposed beam ceilings. Traditional cuisine is available at the hotel’s restaurant which is prepared from the produce of the local ecological farms.
It houses an outdoor pool, massage and fitness center on site. Pets are strictly disallowed at this property. Snorkeling and horse riding are available off-site nearby. The property has facilities for disabled guests. The place is often fully booked, so make sure you book well in advance.
Guest Experience: “The facilities were very high spec’ the room was beautiful and the surrounding grounds stunning. Staff were friendly and food was particularly delicious but most importantly healthy. The whole area smelt of lavender, rosemary and Jasmin so instantly relaxed you with a few deep breaths. The bed was extremely comfortable and the extra seating soft and warm blankets for the evening complemented the relaxed atmosphere. We will definitely be returning.” - Nigel, UK (Booking.com)
Address: Carretera Mao-Cala'n Porter, km. 10, 07730 Cala'n Porter, Spain (see map)
Price: from 1100 USD / 982 EURO
A luxury property with a seawater pool, surrounded by the island countryside, the hotel offers horse riding on-site from its own stables. It houses a restaurant, garden area and a terrace. It has a massage center and solarium for the guests as well. They provide babysitting services at additional charges.
Guest Experience: “The views are incredibly beautiful, the people were kind and helpful, and the quiet - oh, the quiet! All I could hear was the wind thru the ancient trees. The staff was so welcoming, the food was incredible and seemed to be authentically Menorcan. We will certainly be going back one day!” - Mim, USA (Booking.com)
Hotel Rural Binigaus Vell
Address: Cami De Sa Mala Garba Km 0.9, 07749 Es Migjorn Gran, Spain (see map)
Price: from 290 USD / 259 EURO
A restored house from 1777, this property has grand rooms with private attached gardens for rooms on the ground floor and terrace for those on the first floor. It houses a swimming pool, a tennis court, paddle tennis court and massage rooms. A traditional restaurant is available on site. Meals can also be enjoyed by the guests on the terrace overlooking the panoramic countryside.
Guest Experience: “What an absolutely delightful rural hotel! Terrific location, just outside Ciutadella. The hotel is very peaceful; the rooms are very clean and very comfy! The hotel staff was extremely helpful at every opportunity. The on-site restaurant serves excellent food. Loved it! The Bacon-Cheese Risotto was the best Risotto I’ve ever had! The buffet-style breakfast was quite well done – plenty of choices and variety for everyone. The pool was wonderful – clean and well cared for. We had a great stay, and are very glad we chose the Sant Ignasi as our accommodation while visiting Menorca.” - Mike, USA (Booking.com)
Hotel Rural Sant Ignasi
Address: Ronda Norte, s/n, 07760 Ciutadella, Spain (see map)
Price: from 400 USD / 357 EURO
Elegant rooms on offer with wooden floors and individual balconies, the property offers independent apartments as well. It features indoor and outdoor pools along with a spa. The place also has a sun terrace offering a breathtaking view of the city. The hotel has a sauna and hot tub and offers a range of beauty treatments. It is well connected to transit modes and major attractions.
Guest Experience: “Friendly helpful staff; late checkout; special gluten-free options provided at breakfast (on request); great breakfast choices; clean rooms; large balconies; roof-top pool; relaxing sauna; large room with large comfortable bed; minibar; free wifi; quiet location and not too far from the centre (near bus station and cheap car parks). Would stay here again while in Mahon because, while it wasn’t right in the center of the old town, it was only 10 minutes walk and easy to drive out of town (we stayed for a week but could have stayed much longer!). Great value for money considering the service and amenities. Always greeted with a smile from all members of staff whether in the spa, dining room, housekeeping or front desk. Just lovely.” - Alison, UK (Booking.co)
Hotel Artiem Capri
Type: Hotel, Aparthotel
Address: San Esteban, 8, 07703 Mahón, Spain (see map)
Price: from 210 USD / 187 EURO
This posada offers apartments with a kitchenette and balcony. It overlooks the town’s marina. The property has an outdoor pool and terrace with Balinese beds for the guests to lounge. It has a dedicated tour desk and offers car and bicycle rental services at additional charges.
The hotel does not accommodate children
Guest Experience : “The whole hotel and facilities were great and matched the reviews and photos seen. Excellent location and staff very friendly *”- *Natalie** , UK (Booking.com)
Casas del Lago Hotel, Spa & Beach Club
Address: Via de Circunvalación, 5, 07769 Cala'n Bosch, Spain (see map)
Price: from 200 USD / 178 EURO
Small apartment complexes owned by Port Blue chain offer sea views. There is a swimming pool at the property and well-furnished terrace. The place also has a well-stocked bar and an in-house restaurant and snack bar. They offer packed lunches and cater to any special diet menus on request. It is close to a sports complex with areas for tennis, football and other sports and is 7 kilometers (4 miles) away from the airport with an airport shuttle available at the site.
Guest Experience : “Very clean apartment and extremely friendly and obliging staff. Good sized pool and lots of sunbeds. A bit of entertainment most nights, some better than others but not compulsory, not too loud & can’t hear it from most rooms. Free road train to local restaurants & supermarkets, also other hotels in the chain if wanted. My second visit June 2016 would love to go back next year.” - Janine, UK (Booking.com)
PortBlue Las Palmeras
Address: Urbanización S´Algar, 07713 S'Algar, Spain (see map)
Price: from 200 USD / 178 EURO
The property is a centrally located 240-square-meter (2,583-square-foot) farmhouse. It offers all basic facilities, including internet access, washing machine, oven, microwave, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker and kitchen utensils and is well stocked with pantry items, linens and towels. It houses an outdoor grill, fireplace and a private pool. There is also sufficient and secure parking space, a shaded pergola and an outdoor shower. The property is favorably located with both the northern and southern beaches of the island within close proximity.
Guest Experience: “Everything about Magister Gardens is magical. The setting couldn’t be more perfect. As soon as you enter the property, it’s like being in your own completely peaceful and private world. The interior of the villa is beautifully designed, spacious and a deliciously cool refuge from the baking sun! It is comprehensively equipped with everything you could possible need and maintained and serviced to the highest standards.” - Ben David D (Homeaway)
Magister Gardens Menorca
Address: Camí Cau de sa Guineu, 07730 Alaior, Girona, Spain (see map)
Price: from 614 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Minimum nights: 4 Nights
A villa set amidst tropical gardens, this property offers a breathtaking sea view and boasts of some excellent sunsets. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has a satellite TV, microwave, oven, refrigerator, freezer, stove and all necessary kitchen paraphernalia. It also has an outdoor grill, two shared pools, a huge table and sun loungers on the sun terrace along with two swivel chairs. Maid service is available. The sandy beach of Cala Tirant is just a few minutes walk away from the property.
Guest Experience: “We loved our break here recently. The house had all we needed, had lovely views and was in a great location. There was nothing we didn’t enjoy about this property and holiday.” - Lesley C (Homeaway)
3C10 Garden Villa
Price: from 133 USD / 118 EURO
Number of Guests: 6
Minimum nights: 7 Nights
Live your fairytale cliche at Minorca!
The unspoilt island, on the whole, has a pretty chill vibe and unique energy despite being so calming and quiet. The locals also believe that the island offers something healing for those who visit it. Also, once you’re done exploring caves, beaches and soaking in the beauty of this island, make sure to stop at S’Hort de Sant Patrici Winery and Cheese Farm where you can learn about their production and sample all the delicious wine and cheese.
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